The NFL heads into Week 7, and if you’re looking for wide receiver help, it’s not a pretty picture. There are plenty of players that will eventually be coming back from injury, but the healthy options on the fantasy football waiver wire are limited.
This week, the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, and Pittsburgh Steelers are on bye this week, removing some big names from our lineups. Odell Beckham Jr, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, JuJu Smith-Schuster, D.J. Moore, and Curtis Samuel are all sidelined. If you’re desperate for help, we’ve got a few players for you. Below are five options to consider that are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN fantasy football leagues.
Auden Tate, Cincinnati Bengals (21.4 percent)
A.J. Green will be back at some point this season, but until we get firm confirmation of that, Tate continues to offer value on the waiver wire. He had his best game of the season in Week 6, catching five passes for 91 yards. The Bengals host a tough Jacksonville Jaguars defense and then travel to face a shaky Los Angeles Rams defense. With defenses forced to focus on Tyler Boyd, Tate remains a solid option.
DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (7.6 percent)
The Dolphins faced a bad Washington squad, but Parker has been more productive than you might imagine. In five games, he’s had four games with at least seven fantasy points and back-to-back double digit performances. He’s not a sexy addition, but he can offer you some depth. He faces a bad matchup in Week 7 at Buffalo, but at the Steelers, vs. the Jets and at the Colts follow. There’s value there.
Jaron Brown, Seattle Seahawks (0.2 percent)
This one came out of nowhere. Brown has quietly put together decent efforts, but Brown had a big day in Week 6 thanks to a pair of touchdowns. He somehow turns low catch totals into impressive touchdown performances, so in touchdown only leagues, he’s a nice option. And if you’re looking to roll the dice on an upside performance, Brown is an option. He faces Baltimore, Atlanta, and Tampa Bay the next three weeks, all of which offer big upside.
Tavon Austin, Dallas Cowboys (0.1 percent)
Amari Cooper suffered a thigh bruise in Week 6 and left the game. We’re waiting for more specifics on his situation for Week 7, but if he misses any time, Austin gains value. Michael Gallup will be the Cowboys No. 1 receiver, but Austin would move into a significant role. Keep an eye on Cooper’s status the next 24 hours.
Jakobi Meyers/Phillip Dorsett, New England Patriots (1.1/27.3 percent)
The Patriots slot receiver holds some value, particularly in PPR leagues. Meyers filled in for an injured Dorsett last Thursday and would do so again this Sunday against the Jets if Dorsett does not return. But if Dorsett returns, he’s available in plenty of leagues. Both are useful options in deeper leagues.