Here's a simple tip to get an edge in fantasy football transactions: Pay attention to actual NFL transactions.
The NFL trade deadline is just two weeks away, meaning teams are beginning to wheel and deal as they finalize their rosters for the home stretch.
The New England Patriots, for example, reportedly are bringing back tight end Ben Watson after releasing him just days earlier. Watson obviously isn't Rob Gronkowski, but he's essentially unowned right now and could be a contributor late in the season when it matters most.
Who else on the fantasy free agent market can help your squad, either in the short- or long-term?
Here are some of the best waiver wire pickups for Week 7.
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (owned in 52 percent of Yahoo! leagues): Allen already has a high floor thanks to his rushing ability. In Week 7, he gets an atrocious Miami Dolphins defense that's allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than any NFL team. Allen is a legitimate QB1 who's available in essentially half of all leagues. Put your bids in now.
Other quarterbacks to target: Sam Darnold (NYJ), Kirk Cousins (MIN), Jacoby Brissett (IND)
Mark Walton, Miami Dolphins (5 percent owned): As usual, the pickings are slim here. But Walton averaged 5.3 yards per touch last Sunday and looked better than Kenyan Drake, so there's upside here, especially if he continues to be involved in the passing game (five catches for 43 yards in Week 6).
Other running backs to target: Jamaal Williams (GB), Chase Edmonds (ARI), Alexander Mattison (MIN)
Auden Tate, Cincinnati Bengals (23 percent owned): The Bengals seem committed to just chucking the ball while trailing (Yes, I'm a salty Joe Mixon owner), and Tate has emerged as a benificiary, converting 12 targets into five catches for 91 yards last week. If A.J. Green and John Ross are out again in Week 7, Tate is a solid FLEX play.
Other wide receivers to target: Jaron Brown (SEA),Cole Beasley (BUF), N'Keal Harry (NE)
Ben Watson, New England Patriots (1 percent owned): It's worth a shot, right? The Patriots are thin on pass-catchers and Watson has more experience with Brady than any pass-catcher not named Julian Edelman. It may take a few games for Watson to get up to speed, but at a desolate position, he's a better option than most other free agents on the market.
Other tight ends to target: Luke Willson (SEA), Dawson Knox (BUF)
Buffalo Bills (67 percent owned): This is the pickup of the week. The Bills are coming off a bye and are facing the fantasy gold mine that is the Dolphins offense, which has allowed double-digit fantasy points to every defense it's faced -- even the Washington Redskins.
Other defenses to target: Packers (vs. OAK), Titans (vs. LAC)
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