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NFL fantasy football waiver wire: 5 adds and 2 drops for Week 7

Jay Ajayi blitzes the Steelers. Is it finally time to drop Antonio Gates? That and more in this week’s waiver wire adds and drops.

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With the midpoint of the fantasy season nearing, now is the time to make moves in hopes of improving your team’s chances of not only making the playoffs, but winning a championship as well.

It’s time to reassess your fantasy football team and take a look at some of the top adds and drops to make following a wild Week 6 of NFL football.


Kenny Britt

The L.A. Rams appear to have finally found a legitimate No. 1 receiver in Kenny Britt. While he will rarely put up numbers that will carry your team, he certainly did that in Week 6.

Against the Lions, Britt went off for 136 yards and two touchdowns on seven grabs, all of which being season highs. He finally seems to have developed some chemistry with Case Keenum and given this enigmatic Rams offense some semblance of a passing game.

Jay Ajayi

Head coach Adam Gase has been challenging his Dolphins to be more physical, and boy did they respond in a big way at Pittsburgh’s expense. The biggest benefactor was running back Jay Ajayi, who blitzed the Steelers for a career-best 204 rushing yards and two touchdowns, including a 62-yard exclamation point at the end of the game to put the Steelers completely out of reach.

Ajayi was more physical, confident and decisive than we’ve seen him to this point in his young career, and it should have been enough to force the Dolphins to rely on him on as their bell cow running back, despite Arian Foster making his return on Sunday.

Cameron Meredith

Anyone can have one big game in the NFL, but when you put up back-to-back 100-yard games, you’re probably legit. That’s the case with Bears wide receiver Cameron Meredith, who almost no one had heard of going into Week 5, but he has since caught 20 passes for 243 yards and one score over the past two games.

Meredith had just 172 career receiving yards before Week 5, but he’s now become a featured weapon in Chicago’s pass-heavy offense. Even when the Bears have been up, they’re opting to throw the ball more often than not, which may have helped lead to their 17-16 collapse against the Jaguars, but that’s a debate for another day.

For now, pick up Meredith in any league in which you can get him.

Torrey Smith

It was starting to look like Torrey Smith’s NFL career was falling by the wayside in San Francisco. The former Raven thrived in Baltimore off the big arm of Joe Flacco, which works with a one-trick pony like Smith who either does big damage down the field, or puts up goose eggs in the box score.

With the weak-armed Blaine Gabbert, the latter has been more prevalent over the past two seasons, but with Kaepernick and his big arm back in the lineup, Smith went off in Week 6 for 76 yards and a touchdown on three grabs vs the Bills.

Smith is now a worthy addition in deeper fantasy leagues, and with time, he could be someone to add in all leagues.

Brandon LaFell

It looks like Andy Dalton and Brandon LaFell have developed some nice chemistry based on the receiver’s recent performances. After catching a touchdown Sunday in New England, LaFell is now up to three scores over his past two games. He too is someone to consider in deeper leagues.


Antonio Gates

The end of Antonio Gates’ career as a fantasy stud appears to be over. Thanks to a hamstring injury that sidelined Gates for two games, combined with the emergence of rookie Hunter Henry, Gates has been a ghost for virtually all of 2016.

During Thursday’s upset win over the Broncos, Gates secured just two of six targets for 16 yards. In five games this season, Gates has caught only 12 passes for 81 yards. He does have a pair of touchdowns, but it’s clear his role in this offense has greatly diminished with the rise of Henry (18 grabs for 290 yards and three scores over past four games).

Clive Walford

As good as the Raiders’ passing game has been, Clive Walford has been unable to take advantage of it. Oakland’s starting tight end has caught just 13 passes for 125 yards and one score this season.

He’s recorded just six grabs for 75 yards and no scores over the past three games. Find a better tight end option if Walford is on your roster.