Frey’s Fantasy Focus: Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

Oct 17, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) runs with the ball in the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings may be on their bye this week, but the fantasy football schedule just keeps on truckin’ along. In order to replace all those Vikings players in your lineup, you might be searching the waivers for the players that might pop off. Here are a few last minutes options to stream this weekend.

QB Tua Tagovailoa (41.6%)

2020’s fifth overall pick has gotten off to a slow start in his young NFL career. This season has been disappointing for Tua Tagovailoa because of injury more than anything else, but a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London last week is not a great look either. Despite the loss though, Tagovailoa put together an intriguing stat line of 329 passing yards and two TDs while also adding 22 yards on the ground.

This week he and the Dolphins get a very favorable matchup with a Falcons defense that has has given up the fifth-most fantasy points to QBs this year. They should be rested coming off a bye, but they have given up 261+ passing yards in three of five games. They also do not force turnovers as opposing QBs’ TD:INT ratio is 11:1. A lot of big fantasy football names at starting QB are on bye or injured this week, so this is a great replacement.

WR Marquez Callaway (46.5%)

A lot of fantasy football is trying to find guys that will be able to make explosive plays on a week-to-week basis. Before going on bye, Marquez Callaway had one of his best games of his career by recording 85 yards and two touchdowns against Washington. Callaway has been very boom-or-bust this season with three games producing over seven points, while he also has two games of under 1.5 points. It’s also worth noting that the “sub-two” games each came in the first two weeks of the season.

This week looks like it could be his fourth consecutive “boom” game against a struggling Seattle secondary. Per sharpfootballstats.com, the Seahawks have given up the eighth-most explosive pass plays this season, by allowing 18 plays for 244 yards. This is where Callaway has thrived this year as he’s averaged 17.1 yards per reception. He sits as a strong flex option with WR2 upside this week.

TE Ricky Seals-Jones (45%)

With Logan Thomas on IR for one more week, Ricky Seals-Jones looks to be the catalyst for Washington’s offense against a still banged up Green Bay defense. Since Thomas went on IR, Seals-Jones has played in 99% and 100% of Washington’s offensive snaps over the past two weeks and has earned 15 targets in those games.

Last week he caught his second touchdown of the season, and he could be on track to get another this week against the Packers who have given up 11 passing touchdowns through six games. Additionally, he should see a large workload as tight ends have been targeted 5+ times in five of the Packers’ first six games. He’s well worth a starting tight end spot in most fantasy leagues this week.