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Sport Fantasy football waiver wire, Week 7 picks: Top players to add include Rashod Bateman, Pat Freiermuth

16:31  19 october  2021
16:31  19 october  2021 Source:   cbssports.com

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The Baltimore Ravens have won five of their first six games. Along the way, they have dealt with significant running back injuries, including losing J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards in the preseason. The setbacks continued on Sunday, when Latavius Murray suffered an ankle injury. Baltimore may now be down to two former stars who are nothing more than desperation replacements. But Fantasy players will still have increased interest in Devonta Freeman and Le'Veon Bell, who are next up at running back on the Ravens depth chart.

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Should Freeman or Bell be among your primary Week 7 Fantasy football waiver wire picks? And which other players on Fantasy football waivers are worth adding to replace guys who are on byes and plug any other roster holes created by other injuries? Before determining who to target on the Week 7 Fantasy football waiver wire, be sure to see what SportsLine's resident Hall of Famer, Scott Engel, has to say.

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Engel is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. He is a four-time FSWA Award Winner and 10-time nominee. In 2020, Scott was a finalist for the FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year Award, which he also won previously.

In addition to being the Fantasy writer for the Seattle Seahawks' official site since 2012, Engel has appeared on The Athletic, SiriusXM FantasySports Radio, ESPN.com, NFL.com, the Associated Press, Yahoo Sports, SI.com, the New York Post, USA Today, RotoBaller, and of course, CBSSports.com. So far this season, Engel has recommended high-impact players such as Kadarius Toney, Cordarrelle Patterson, Dawson Knox and Khalil Herbert ahead of their breakout performances,

Now, he's revealed the best widely available Fantasy football free agents entering Week 7. You can see his top Fantasy NFL waiver wire picks and full analysis over at SportsLine.

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Top Fantasy football waiver wire picks for Week 7

One player Engel is advising Fantasy players to target on the Week 7 waiver wire: Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman. In addition to dealing with their injuries at running back, the Ravens were not quite complete at wide receiver in the first five weeks, as Bateman was out while he recovered from core muscle surgery. The rookie made his NFL debut in Week 6, and now should start to emerge as a significant contributor in an improving Baltimore passing game.

Bateman caught four passes for 29 yards on Sunday, but his role in the Ravens offense should certainly grow in the weeks ahead. Baltimore selected Bateman 27th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. They have tabbed him to be one of their top pass-catchers in an offense that has needed more quality playmakers to match the air attacks of teams like the Bills and Chiefs in the AFC. Bateman is ticketed to become a key performer for Baltimore this season, and the time to add him is now, as he remains available in nearly 70 percent of CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues.

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Engel is also strongly recommending Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth. Another rookie, Freiermuth had his best game so far on Sunday night. He caught all seven of his targets for 58 yards in Pittsburgh's win over Seattle. Fantasy players always need to take note of any tight end who has the potential to provide respectable production.

Freiermuth was selected in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Steelers. He caught two touchdown passes in a preseason game, and now his role in the Pittsburgh passing game can continue to grow. The Steelers do need another high-percentage receiving option to contribute with JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) out for the remainder of the season.

How to set your Week 7 waiver wire claims

Engel is also all-in on a running back who should be an immediate pickup. This player is widely available and could be a huge boost to your Fantasy football lineup. You can only see who it is at SportsLine.

So which players should you target on the Fantasy football waiver wire before Week 7? And which wide running back is a must-add? Visit SportsLine now to see the best league-winning Fantasy football free agents entering Week 7, all from a Fantasy Hall of Famer, and find out.

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