Colts running back Marlon Mack

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Thomason: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 7

Marlon Mack and Chris Godwin are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
October 15, 2018 - 11:09 pm

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member leagues as Week 7 in the NFL is upon us.

A quick note before we get into it: Latavius Murray should be owned in all 10- and 12-team leagues already, but if he's available in your league, he's a top-three add with Dalvin Cook continuing to deal with his hamstring injury.

1. Marlon Mack, (RB, Indianapolis Colts) – Running backs are so hard to come by at this point in the season, and it's possible many Mack drafters got fed up with his injury and dumped him. If that's the case in your league, it's time to grab him. While Mack played just 35 percent of the snaps Sunday, he led the team in touches with 13. Mack averaged more than seven yards per carry on his 12 totes and added a reception. The backfield is still a committee, but it's clear the Colts want Mack heavily involved. Nyheim Hines dropped a pass at the goal line and wasn't heard from much after that. He's also seen only two targets per game with Mack in the lineup as opposed to 8.5 targets in games without Mack. 

2. Chris Godwin, (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – I'm not sure what else Godwin needs to do to not find his name on this list. We know the Bucs are going to throw a lot, as they've done so with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston at the helm. We also know Godwin is a talented youngster who's a red-zone threat. What else do you need to make him a top waiver addition? In PPR leagues, Godwin has scored 13 points or more in four of five games, and for standard league folks, he has touchdowns in four of five games.

3. Peyton Barber, (RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – I was surprised to see how few rosters Barber was still on in seasonal leagues, but then again, he had done little to nothing through four weeks. Then out of the bye, he saw the majority of the playing time, registering 17 touches and piling up 106 yards with a score. A large part of his performance had to do with his foe being the lowly Falcons defense that every running back has torched, but it's also clear the Bucs still favor Barber as their lead back. Tampa Bay's schedule is extremely difficult against the run, but Barber should get opportunities in scoring range on this offense.

4. Taylor Gabriel, (WR, Chicago Bears) – Much like Godwin, Gabriel is underappreciated. He's a main cog in a Bears offense that's beginning to ascend. He has had at least five receptions in every game but one; he's also logging carries and now has back-to-back games with 100 ore more yards receiving. I'd feel comfortable playing him as WR3 or flex on any given week. He's seeing volume and has the ability to score at any time from anywhere on the field.

5. Christian Kirk, (WR, Arizona Cardinals) – Kirk has topped 75 yards in three of his past four games, and he has one touchdown in that span. Josh Rosen continues to have a connection with Kirk in the passing game as Larry Fitzgerald is slowed by injuries and the coaching staff refuses to involve David Johnson. Kirk can be a solid WR3, and his rapport with Rosen will get better over time.  

6. D'Onta Foreman, (RB, Houston Texans) – Once again, this is a lottery play. Lamar Miller continues to struggle, rushing 15 times for 46 yards Sunday. He added two catches for 25 yards. Miller played 67 percent of the snaps, while Alfred Blue saw 41 percent and touched the ball nine times. There's opportunity in the offense and Foreman, if fully recovered from his Achilles injury, will have a chance to take over the backfield.

7. Chester Rogers, (WR, Indianapolis Colts) – Along with Eric Ebron, Rogers continues to be the focal point of the passing game while T.Y. Hilton is out. Rogers has seen a whopping 31 targets in the last three weeks, notching double-digits targets in each contest and totaling 20 receptions over that span. He caught just four balls Sunday but did score a late touchdown to save fantasy owners. He's a viable flex play or a bye week fill-in while Hilton recovers from injury and a player who's still worth rostering upon Hilton's return.

8. Ito Smith, (RB, Atlanta Falcons) – News has already come that Devonta Freeman is like out next weekend. Tevin Coleman has looked mediocre at best during his time as the lead back, and Smith has scored a rushing touchdown in three straight games. Smith (13) actually saw more touches than Coleman (11) on Sunday. Neither was impressive, but while Freeman is out, Smith is a usable flex play as he's getting red zone work and roughly 10 touches per game in a high-powered offense. 

9. Duke Johnson, (RB, Cleveland Browns) – Has Johnson finally had his breakout game or did his performance have more to do with the blowout loss to the Chargers on Sunday? While I believe it had more to do with the score and game situation, it's notable that the Browns left the contest with just two healthy receivers. That alone could get Johnson more involved in the game plan moving forward. He had four receptions for 73 yards and added two rushes for 36 yards Sunday. 

10. Jermaine Kearse, (WR, New York Jets) – With Quincy Enunwa sidelined for the next three to four weeks with a high ankle sprain, Kearse is set to man the slot as a favorite target of Sam Darnold. Kearse saw a team-high 10 targets, hauling in nine for 94 yards. He should be a PPR factor while Enunwa is on the shelf.

Just missed: Raheem Mostert, Jalen Richard, Darren Sproles, Ronald Jones, Frank Gore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Justin Hardy, D.J. Moore, Terrelle Pryor, Paul Richardson, Cameron Meredith, Tre'Quan Smith, Ricky Seals-Jones and C.J. Uzomah.

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​​