Six weeks of play are in the books for the NFL. For fantasy football players, the time is now to start looking for those waiver wire options for Week 6. Several starters went down and will miss extended time, so it’s now up to their backups to fill their shoes. As the season starts to heat up, more and more players will be used in certain high-workload roles. You’ll definitely want them on your fantasy team because touches and work usually mean production.
Note that to qualify for this list, a player needs to be available in at least 50% of fantasy leagues. Depending on the various sizes of fantasy leagues, there could be better or worse options available than the ones listed here. This article will cover leagues with an average of about 10-12 teams.
Alec Pierce, Latavius Murray Featured Waiver Wire Targets For Week 7
Latavius Murray, Denver Broncos
Mike Boone and Murray have apparently taken over Melvin Gordon’s role. Murray had the most carries out of any back on Monday, making him the starting running back. He turned 15 carries into 66 yards, along with a reception. Gordon had just three carries for eight yards and seemed to be disregarded following some past fumbling issues.
Earlier on in the year, Murray played for the New Orleans Saints in Week 4. There, he rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown on eleven carries. He has done a fine job stepping in this year for both New Orleans and Denver and will likely continue to have a decent role in the offense. As of now, Murray is available in over 92% of leagues.
Deon Jackson, Indianapolis Colts
Jackson has done an exceptional job filling in for Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines this year. Last week, Jackson rushed for 62 yards while catching four passes for 29 yards; and, this was all done while filling in for Hines, who left early. In Week 6, Jackson rushed for just 42 yards but also notched his first touchdown. The biggest source of his point total was his ten receptions on ten targets, for 79 yards.
Jackson did leave early in Week 6’s game and is questionable for Week 7’s matchup against the Titans. But with both Taylor and Hines still fighting injuries and being injury-prone, Jackson wouldn’t be a bad handcuff option should either of the two starters go down again. He is available in approximately 67% of leagues.
Kenyan Drake, Baltimore Ravens
Drake broke out in Week 6 and had the majority of the carries for the Ravens. With 11 touches, Drake amassed 127 total yards and a touchdown. JK Dobbins had a rough game, rushing for just 15 yards on seven attempts. Drake broke out for a few longer runs, and this could give the Ravens more confidence in him. He’s definitely not a “start” for this week because we have to see if he gets the same volume/production in Week 7; but, he could very well earn the starting nod if Dobbins isn’t as explosive as he once was.
Alec Pierce, Indianapolis Colts
In each of the past four games, Pierce has received five targets or more in each. He has turned three of those games into 60+ yard games and two of them into 80+ yard performances. Pierce is averaging 14 points per game over the last three weeks. Michael Pittman is the clear WR1 for the Colts but Pierce is a solid option as the backup. He could continue to see a large volume, especially with a few pass-heavy games potentially coming up.
Robbie Anderson, Arizona Cardinals
Anderson has had a rather disappointing start to the 2022 season. After having a fantastic game in Week 1, Anderson has just eight catches in the past five games. Unhappy with Carolina, Anderson was traded to the Cardinals earlier this week. With Marquise Brown, the current Arizona WR1, out for a while, Anderson could start getting a decent share of targets from Kyler Murray. De’Andre Hopkins is coming back this week, so Anderson won’t be the number one target; but, he could still see quite a good amount of targets and catches with the Cardinals’ seemingly lackluster offense.
Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys
Gallup missed the first three weeks and only has 22.6 PPR fantasy points in three games, for an average of 7.5. He and Cooper Rush haven’t had much of a connection, having just eight completions between them. But, with Dak Prescott returning soon, Gallup could return to his past seasons’ form. Although he isn’t a “start” in fantasy anytime soon, he could very well get much better in the coming weeks and could be a valuable addition down the stretch.
Joshua Palmer, Los Angeles Chargers
Palmer paced the Chargers’ receivers in receptions and yards in Week 6. He posted a nine-reception, 57-yard game in the team’s win. Only Austin Ekeler, a running back, finished with more receptions in the game; but, Palmer served as the number one wide receiver in this one. Mike Williams was locked up all game and Keenan Allen is still out, leaving a viable amount of targets to Palmer. He has posted 13+ points in three games this year and has 6+ targets in four games so far. He is available in about 69% of leagues and could prove to be a valuable asset should Williams or Allen continue to struggle or get injured.