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Before we get to the meat of today's newsletter -- the top waiver-wire targets for Week 7 and the first look at my rankings -- can we just take a second to appreciate what Derrick Henry is doing right now? He had his third three-touchdown game of the season in Monday's win over the Bills, just the 10th time since the AFL-NFL merger a player had done that -- and he still has 11 games left!

Henry has been the best player in Fantasy this season, and it really hasn't been close -- his 168.1 PPR points are 39.3 more than any other RB, 15.3 more than the No. 1 WR, and more than all but four QB.. Here's his current 17-game pace just for fun: 

  • 465 carries (would be an NFL record) 
  • 2,219 rushing yards (NFL record)
  • 28 rushing touchdowns (ties NFL record)
  • 45 receptions (26 more then previous career-high)
  • 419 receiving yards (213 more than previous high)

I was skeptical Henry could replicate his 2020 season, just I was skeptical he could replicate his 2019 last season, and he just keeps proving me wrong. He probably won't be able to keep his current pace up -- that would be the most carries for a season by nearly 50, for one thing. However, I've been saying that about him for years now, and he's done it every time. The passing game usage has helped take his game to another level -- though to be clear, he's also taken the rest of his game to the next level. 

Henry is the easiest player to rank for Fantasy every week, because you just put him at No. 1 at RB and move on to the rest of the list. And the rest of that list was especially tough today, because Week 7 is shaping up to be one of the worst weeks in the history of Fantasy Football.

I'm sorry, I don't mean to be hyperbolic. It's just true. Based on NFC Average Draft Position data, just four of the preseason top-12 at running back are even available to play this week: Henry, Alvin Kamara, Jonathan Taylor, and Aaron Jones. Extend it to the top 24 in ADP, and you only add seven more names, and not all of those are must-start players at this point. It's the combination of injuries and a bye week featuring the Bills, Cowboys, Chargers, Vikings, Steelers and Jaguars all off at the same time that makes this week so tough. 

Good luck filling out those lineups! We'll obviously help you out, but the truth is, we're all going to have to run out some pretty ugly combinations of players this week. The first step is to see if there's anyone on the waiver-wire who can help you, so we'll start this morning's newsletter with a look at Jamey Eisenberg's top targets for Week 7. Then, we'll get to my rankings, with some thoughts on each position. 

For more on what will be another busy week on the injury front, make sure you tune in to Fantasy Football Today on CBS Sports HQ at noon ET, and for help locking in your waiver-wire claims join Jamey, Adam Aizer, and me on the FFT YouTube stream tonight at 8 p.m., where we'll be taking your questions live for an hour. If you've got any questions before then, as always, you can email me at with the subject line "#AskFFT" to be included this week -- including in tomorrow's trade mailbag. 

And here's what we've got on tap in today's newsletter: 

  • ➕Top Week 7 Waiver Wire Targets
  • 📈Week 7 Rankings📉

➕Top Week 7 Waiver Wire Targets

Rondale Moore scores in Week 2.  Douglas DeFelice / USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully, this week's waiver options will be able to make an impact, and there are a few who certainly have the opportunity. You can find Jamey's entire breakdown here. We're gonna need the help: 

Jamey Eisenberg's top targets

  1. Sterling Shepard (64% rostered) -- Unless you really need a running back, Shepard has to be the top target on waivers this week. He's been targeted at least nine times in all three of the full games he has played so far, with 283 yards on 26 catches and a touchdown in those three games. The Giants have been using him as their No. 1 receiver out of the slot so far this season, and he's a top-15 WR for me this week against the Panthers
  2. Devonta Freeman (9%) -- With Latavius Murray leaving Sunday's game with an ankle injury, which could make the Ravens running game more concentrated. Freeman has probably looked best of the team's options of late, rushing for 53 yards and a touchdown on his nine carries in Week 6, and could be in line for a decent role against the Bengals this week. 
  3. Rashaad Penny (10%) -- Pete Carroll told reporters Alex Collins' injury wasn't that bad, but Carroll is notoriously overly optimistic about injuries in his public comments, to the point where you have to take them with a huge grain of salt. Maybe Collins will be good to go in time for Sunday against the Saints, but if not, Penny could be the lead back in his first game off IR. 
  4. D'Ernest Johnson (2%) -- Johnson's value is going to depend on whether Nick Chubb's absence from his calf injury is just a one-week thing and he's back in time for Thursday's game against the Broncos. If he isn't -- and I kind of doubt he will be, given the short turnaround -- Johnson could be starting at a 20-touch role with Kareem Hunt expected to miss multiple weeks with his own calf injury. Hopefully, we'll get some updates on Chubb today, because Johnson would shoot up to the No. 2 spot for me on waiver priorities if Chubb is out. 
  5. Ricky Seals-Jones (25%) -- Seals-Jones is a top-10 TE sort of by default for Week 7 because of all the byes and injuries, but he also just kind of belongs there on the merits. He has 15 targets over the last two weeks, with nine receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown. He's basically playing every snap with Logan Thomas out and is the top streaming option right now. And potentially for as long as Thomas is out. 

One (more) target for each position

  • QB: Tua Tagovailoa (32%) -- The Dolphins have been throwing the ball quite a bit, and Tagovailoa looked pretty good in Week 6, scoring 25.4 PPR points in his first game back from IR. Sure, it was against the Jaguars, but the good news is, he gets the Falcons in Week 7, another very nice matchup. If you need a streamer, I think he's the guy to go with. 
  • RB: Rhamondre Stevenson (35%) -- Damien Harris didn't really lose much playing time in Week 6 despite some concerns that he might be punished for his fumble issues. However, Stevenson still played a solid role for the second game in a row, logging a 33% snap share with five carries (including a touchdown) and three catches for 39 yards on three targets. The passing game usage is the most interesting part because if he could earn that role, it makes his upside significantly higher if he does end up eating into Harris' usage. 
  • WR: Rashod Bateman (31%) -- Hopefully Bateman's drop that led to an interception won't be held against him because the Ravens got him involved immediately when he made his NFL debut in Week 6. He basically stepped into Sammy Watkins' role, earning six targets on 27 Lamar Jackson passes, and if he has something like that role moving forward, Bateman could be a second-half breakout.  
  • TE: Cole Kmet (13%) -- Kmet hasn't quite had the breakout we were hoping for yet, but maybe Week 6 was the start of something. He caught four of the five passes thrown his way for a season-high 49 yards in that one, and now gets an opportunity against a Buccaneers defense that has struggled against the pass at times. He's a desperation play, but a lot of you are probably pretty desperate at tight end right now.

📈Week 7 Rankings📉

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Here's where things stand for me in my first run through of the Week 7 rankings for PPR leagues. You can find Jamey, Dave, and Heath's rankings right here:


Last season, we saw a gap emerge between the elite quarterbacks for Fantasy and the rest of the field, and that gap hasn't gotten any smaller so far in 2021. It's been possible to stream and find success this season, but we've also seen the likes of Sam Darnold, Daniel Jones, and Teddy Bridgewater follow up big performances with some pretty crushing lows, so it's been risky territory. 

In Week 7, we have no Josh Allen, Dak Prescott, or Justin Herbert, so there's a good chunk of the elite Fantasy options off the board -- and Kirk Cousins has been a top-12 guy as well so far. So, you might actually be in the market for some streamers. The top options for this week, in my eyes, are Matt Ryan and Tagovailoa in the same game. Neither has played so well this season that you feel super confident in them, but neither have Darnold, Jones, Derek Carr or the rest of the potential options. 

  1. Patrick Mahomes @ TEN
  2. Kyler Murray vs. HOU
  3. Tom Brady vs. CHI
  4. Lamar Jackson vs. CIN
  5. Jalen Hurts @ LV
  6. Matthew Stafford vs. DET
  7. Aaron Rodgers vs. WAS
  8. Joe Burrow @ BAL
  9. Matt Ryan @ MIA
  10. Tua Tagovailoa vs. ATL
  11. Daniel Jones vs. CAR
  12. Derek Carr vs. PHI
  13. Baker Mayfield vs. DEN
  14. Carson Wentz @ SF
  15. Ryan Tannehill vs. KC
  16. Jameis Winston @ SEA
  17. Jimmy Garoppolo vs. IND
  18. Teddy Bridgewater @ CLE
  19. Taylor Heinicke @ GB
  20. Sam Darnold @ NYG
  21. Geno Smith vs. NO
  22. Mac Jones vs. NYJ
  23. Justin Fields @ TB
  24. Jared Goff @ LAR
  25. Zach Wilson @ NE
  26. Davis Mills @ ARI

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Running backs

I already went over the attrition we've seen at the running back position so far this season, with just 11 of the top 24 backs in NFC ADP even available to be in your lineup in Week 7. But if you narrow it down to players I would actually feel OK started in Week 7, I can only get to maybe 19 of the top 36 in ADP, and that's really stretching it with guys like Javonte Williams, Chase Edmonds, Melvin Gordon, Michael Carter, A.J. Dillon, and Myles Gaskin being included in the "feeling OK" category. It might actually be as few as 14 of the top 36. 

I think this has to be one of the worst weeks for the running back position in a long time in Fantasy football. Maybe not ever, but I genuinely cannot remember a week in my 21 years playing where I felt confident in so few players. And things will look even worse than my rankings if Alex Collins does end up not playing -- though I'll also add that I may be too low on Antonio Gibson right now if the MRI comes back clean on his lingering shin injury. We'll see there, though if Gibson does end up having to miss time, Jaret Patterson might find himself moving into the top-30 range, so consider adding him as a low-cost FAB bid when waivers run. 

  1. Derrick Henry vs. KC
  2. Alvin Kamara @ SEA
  3. Aaron Jones vs. WAS
  4. Leonard Fournette vs. CHI
  5. Darrell Henderson vs. DET
  6. D'Andre Swift @ LAR
  7. Joe Mixon @ BAL
  8. Cordarrelle Patterson @ MIA
  9. Mike Davis @ MIA
  10. Jonathan Taylor @ SF
  11. Chuba Hubbard @ NYG
  12. Darrel Williams @ TEN
  13. Josh Jacobs vs. PHI
  14. Devontae Booker vs. CAR
  15. J.D. McKissic @ GB
  16. Alex Collins vs. NO
  17. Miles Sanders @ LV
  18. Damien Harris vs. NYJ
  19. Chase Edmonds vs. HOU
  20. D'Ernest Johnson vs. DEN
  21. Elijah Mitchell vs. IND
  22. James Conner vs. HOU
  23. Damien Williams @ TB
  24. Myles Gaskin vs. ATL
  25. Michael Carter @ NE
  26. Melvin Gordon @ CLE
  27. Javonte Williams @ CLE
  28. Jamaal Williams @ LAR
  29. Khalil Herbert @ TB
  30. AJ Dillon vs. WAS
  31. Kenneth Gainwell @ LV
  32. Kenyan Drake vs. PHI
  33. Nyheim Hines @ SF
  34. Antonio Gibson @ GB
  35. David Johnson @ ARI
  36. Rhamondre Stevenson vs. NYJ
  37. Jerick McKinnon @ TEN
  38. Mark Ingram @ ARI
  39. Devonta Freeman vs. CIN
  40. Ty'Son Williams vs. CIN
  41. Royce Freeman @ NYG
  42. Ty Johnson @ NE
  43. Le'Veon Bell vs. CIN
  44. Sony Michel vs. DET
  45. Jeremy McNichols vs. KC
  46. Brandon Bolden vs. NYJ
  47. Giovani Bernard vs. CHI
  48. Deejay Dallas vs. NO
  49. Malcolm Brown vs. ATL
  50. Salvon Ahmed vs. ATL
  51. Phillip Lindsay @ ARI
  52. Ty Montgomery @ SEA
  53. Ronald Jones vs. CHI
  54. Trey Sermon vs. IND
  55. Jaret Patterson @ GB
  56. Tevin Coleman @ NE
  57. Marlon Mack @ SF
  58. Peyton Barber vs. PHI
  59. Samaje Perine @ BAL
  60. Wayne Gallman @MIA

Wide receivers

Wide receiver is probably in the best shape of any position for Week 7, though we are obviously missing several must-start options here as well. Given the relative depth of the position, your flex options should probably come from this list this week, and if you don't absolutely need a running back for Week 7, Sterling Shepard, Rashod Bateman, and T.Y. Hilton (if his quad injury isn't serious) would probably be my top targets on waivers. 

  1. Davante Adams vs. WAS
  2. Tyreek Hill @ TEN
  3. Calvin Ridley @ MIA
  4. Deebo Samuel vs. IND
  5. Cooper Kupp vs. DET
  6. D.J. Moore @ NYG
  7. Ja'Marr Chase @ BAL
  8. Terry McLaurin @ GB
  9. Chris Godwin vs. CHI
  10. Robert Woods vs. DET
  11. A.J. Brown vs. KC
  12. Marquise Brown vs. CIN
  13. Sterling Shepard vs. CAR
  14. Mike Evans vs. CHI
  15. Antonio Brown vs. CHI
  16. Brandin Cooks @ ARI
  17. Courtland Sutton @ CLE
  18. DeVonta Smith @ LV
  19. Jaylen Waddle vs. ATL
  20. D.K. Metcalf vs. NO
  21. Tee Higgins @ BAL
  22. DeAndre Hopkins vs. HOU
  23. Jamison Crowder @ NE
  24. Odell Beckham vs. DEN
  25. Jakobi Meyers vs. NYJ
  26. Michael Pittman @ SF
  27. Tyler Lockett vs. NO
  28. Corey Davis @ NE
  29. Rondale Moore vs. HOU
  30. Tyler Boyd @ BAL
  31. Tim Patrick @ CLE
  32. Hunter Renfrow vs. PHI
  33. Darnell Mooney @ TB
  34. Allen Robinson @ TB
  35. Rashod Bateman vs. CIN
  36. Mecole Hardman @ TEN
  37. A.J. Green vs. HOU
  38. Henry Ruggs vs. PHI
  39. T.Y. Hilton @ SF
  40. Robby Anderson @ NYG
  41. Christian Kirk vs. HOU
  42. Marquez Callaway @ SEA
  43. Brandon Aiyuk vs. IND
  44. Dante Pettis vs. CAR
  45. Jalen Reagor @ LV
  46. Elijah Moore @ NE
  47. Russell Gage @ MIA
  48. Nelson Agholor vs. NYJ
  49. Donovan Peoples-Jones vs. DEN
  50. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine vs. KC
  51. Devin Duvernay vs. CIN
  52. Dyami Brown @ GB
  53. Adam Humphries @ GB
  54. Kendrick Bourne vs. NYJ
  55. Preston Williams vs. ATL
  56. Randall Cobb vs. WAS
  57. Zach Pascal @ SF
  58. Deonte Harris @ SEA
  59. Quez Watkins @ LV
  60. Van Jefferson vs. DET

Tight ends

The Eagles' decision to trade Zach Ertz last week might have exposed two starting-caliber tight ends to the Fantasy pool, because neither he nor Dallas Goedert were really must-start players playing alongside each other. However, Goedert now moves way up the rankings, to No. 5 for me, while Ertz is in the top 12 -- though Goedert does still need to be cleared from the COVID list, while I have questions about how Ertz will find targets in such a crowded Cardinals passing game. I think the list of players I feel good about starting at tight end probably goes eight deep right now, and the next four look like pretty solid options right now, too. The position isn't deep, but it might actually be the deepest it has been this season. 

  1. Travis Kelce @ TEN
  2. Darren Waller vs. PHI
  3. Mark Andrews vs. CIN
  4. Kyle Pitts @ MIA
  5. Dallas Goedert @ LV
  6. T.J. Hockenson @ LAR
  7. Mike Gesicki vs. ATL
  8. Noah Fant @ CLE
  9. Hunter Henry vs. NYJ
  10. Ricky Seals-Jones @ GB
  11. Tyler Higbee vs. DET
  12. Zach Ertz vs. HOU
  13. David Njoku vs. DEN
  14. Evan Engram vs. CAR
  15. Austin Hooper vs. DEN
  16. Cole Kmet @ TB
  17. Jonnu Smith vs. NYJ
  18. Kyle Rudolph vs. CAR
  19. Robert Tonyan vs. WAS
  20. Mo Alie-Cox @ SF
  21. Cameron Brate vs. CHI
  22. Jack Doyle @ SF
  23. C.J. Uzomah @ BAL
  24. Anthony Firkser vs. KC

Top-150 Flex Rankings

  1. Derrick Henry vs. KC
  2. Davante Adams vs. WAS
  3. Tyreek Hill @ TEN
  4. Alvin Kamara @ SEA
  5. Travis Kelce @ TEN
  6. Aaron Jones vs. WAS
  7. Calvin Ridley @ MIA
  8. Leonard Fournette vs. CHI
  9. Deebo Samuel vs. IND
  10. Cooper Kupp vs. DET
  11. Darrell Henderson vs. DET
  12. D'Andre Swift @ LAR
  13. D.J. Moore @ NYG
  14. Brandin Cooks @ ARI
  15. Joe Mixon @ BAL
  16. Cordarrelle Patterson @ MIA
  17. Ja'Marr Chase @ BAL
  18. Terry McLaurin @ GB
  19. Darren Waller vs. PHI
  20. Mark Andrews vs. CIN
  21. Chris Godwin vs. CHI
  22. Sterling Shepard vs. CAR
  23. Mike Davis @ MIA
  24. Robert Woods vs. DET
  25. A.J. Brown vs. KC
  26. Jonathan Taylor @ SF
  27. Marquise Brown vs. CIN
  28. Mike Evans vs. CHI
  29. Antonio Brown vs. CHI
  30. Courtland Sutton @ CLE
  31. Chuba Hubbard @ NYG
  32. Darrel Williams @ TEN
  33. Devontae Booker vs. CAR
  34. Josh Jacobs vs. PHI
  35. J.D. McKissic @ GB
  36. D'Ernest Johnson vs. DEN
  37. DeVonta Smith @ LV
  38. Jaylen Waddle vs. ATL
  39. Alex Collins vs. NO
  40. D.K. Metcalf vs. NO
  41. Tee Higgins @ BAL
  42. DeAndre Hopkins vs. HOU
  43. Miles Sanders @ LV
  44. Dallas Goedert @ LV
  45. Kyle Pitts @ MIA
  46. Jamison Crowder @ NE
  47. T.J. Hockenson @ LAR
  48. Chase Edmonds vs. HOU
  49. Odell Beckham vs. DEN
  50. Elijah Mitchell vs. IND
  51. Mike Gesicki vs. ATL
  52. Jakobi Meyers vs. NYJ
  53. Michael Pittman @ SF
  54. Tyler Lockett vs. NO
  55. Myles Gaskin vs. ATL
  56. James Conner vs. HOU
  57. Damien Williams @ TB
  58. Corey Davis @ NE
  59. Michael Carter @ NE
  60. Rondale Moore vs. HOU
  61. Tyler Boyd @ BAL
  62. Tim Patrick @ CLE
  63. Melvin Gordon @ CLE
  64. Hunter Renfrow vs. PHI
  65. Darnell Mooney @ TB
  66. Noah Fant @ CLE
  67. Jamaal Williams @ LAR
  68. Allen Robinson @ TB
  69. Rashod Bateman vs. CIN
  70. Damien Harris vs. NYJ
  71. Mecole Hardman @ TEN
  72. Javonte Williams @ CLE
  73. AJ Dillon vs. WAS
  74. Kenneth Gainwell @ LV
  75. A.J. Green vs. HOU
  76. Henry Ruggs vs. PHI
  77. Hunter Henry vs. NYJ
  78. Ricky Seals-Jones @ GB
  79. Kenyan Drake vs. PHI
  80. T.Y. Hilton @ SF
  81. Robby Anderson @ NYG
  82. Christian Kirk vs. HOU
  83. Nyheim Hines @ SF
  84. Marquez Callaway @ SEA
  85. Antonio Gibson @ GB
  86. Brandon Aiyuk vs. IND
  87. David Johnson @ ARI
  88. Khalil Herbert @ TB
  89. Tyler Higbee vs. DET
  90. Rhamondre Stevenson vs. NYJ
  91. Jerick McKinnon @ TEN
  92. Dante Pettis vs. CAR
  93. Mark Ingram @ ARI
  94. Jalen Reagor @ LV
  95. Elijah Moore @ NE
  96. Russell Gage @ MIA
  97. Zach Ertz vs. HOU
  98. Ty'Son Williams vs. CIN
  99. Royce Freeman @ NYG
  100. David Njoku vs. DEN
  101. Ty Johnson @ NE
  102. Nelson Agholor vs. NYJ
  103. Devonta Freeman vs. CIN
  104. Le'Veon Bell vs. CIN
  105. Sony Michel vs. DET
  106. Jeremy McNichols vs. KC
  107. Evan Engram vs. CAR
  108. Austin Hooper vs. DEN
  109. Donovan Peoples-Jones vs. DEN
  110. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine vs. KC
  111. Devin Duvernay vs. CIN
  112. Dyami Brown @ GB
  113. Adam Humphries @ GB
  114. Kendrick Bourne vs. NYJ
  115. Cole Kmet @ TB
  116. Preston Williams vs. ATL
  117. Randall Cobb vs. WAS
  118. Brandon Bolden vs. NYJ
  119. Jonnu Smith vs. NYJ
  120. Zach Pascal @ SF
  121. Deonte Harris @ SEA
  122. Quez Watkins @ LV
  123. Van Jefferson vs. DET
  124. Kyle Rudolph vs. CAR
  125. Nico Collins @ ARI
  126. Robert Tonyan vs. WAS
  127. Kenny Stills @ SEA
  128. Bryan Edwards vs. PHI
  129. Demarcus Robinson @ TEN
  130. Terrace Marshall @ NYG
  131. Mohamed Sanu vs. IND
  132. Mo Alie-Cox @ SF
  133. Giovani Bernard vs. CHI
  134. Cameron Brate vs. CHI
  135. Byron Pringle @ TEN
  136. Deejay Dallas vs. NO
  137. Malcolm Brown vs. ATL
  138. Jack Doyle @ SF
  139. C.J. Uzomah @ BAL
  140. Kendall Hinton @ CLE
  141. Albert Wilson vs. ATL
  142. Anthony Firkser vs. KC
  143. Gerald Everett vs. NO
  144. O.J. Howard vs. CHI
  145. Mack Hollins vs. ATL
  146. Allen Lazard vs. WAS
  147. Salvon Ahmed vs. ATL
  148. Phillip Lindsay @ ARI
  149. Ty Montgomery @ SEA
  150. John Ross vs. CAR