Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (12) is tackled by Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. (26) as defensive back Alohi Gilman (32) looks on during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Whether revealing sleepers, busts, shocker specials or other related fantasy football viewpoints, The Fantasy Five is geared for dedicated fantasy football players combing through sources for definitive takes.

Today’s topic: Week 7 waiver targets.

1. D’Ernest Johnson, Browns, RB (2% rostered in Yahoo)

Another week. Another marquee RB struck down by the unforgiving injury imp. Kareem Hunt, carted off deep into the game against Arizona, was the latest victim due to a calf injury. With Hunt headed to short-term injured reserve and Nick Chubb no guarantee to play on a short week, the undrafted Johnson enters the picture. He doesn’t showcase much wiggle, but his 3.00 YAC over 33 rush attempts last season was laudable. Running behind Cleveland’s man-moving offensive line, he’s FLEX-y sexy in a burdensome bye week. If the Chubb Club doesn’t reopen, the third-stringer is likely a 12-14 touch lock. If reduced to a complementary role, he could still log 7-10 touches. Denver isn’t the friendliest foe (3.75 YPC allowed to RBs), but Johnson could be an ideal one-week stopgap in 12-team leagues. (FAAB on $100 budget: $10-$14)

2. T.Y. Hilton, Colts, WR (39% rostered in Yahoo)

Thought to be zombified, HIlton returned from injured reserve and proved to all skeptics he certainly registers a pulse. His appetizing performance, which included multiple chunk connections with Carson Wentz, has him squarely back on the weekly WR3/FLEX radar, assuming the quad setback he suffered late in the Colts’ blowout win against Houston is only minor. Overall against the hapless Texans, he caught all four of his targets for 80 yards, netting a 16.50 average depth of target. His upcoming matchup in San Francisco may first appear unattractive, but the 49ers secondary has been far from lockdown. In total, the Niners have given up 7.05 pass yards per attempt and five double-digit WR fantasy performances in .5 PPR formats. (FAAB: $12-$16)

3. Rashod Bateman, Ravens, WR (28% rostered in Yahoo)

Excitement on draft night for the rookie was warranted. Smooth in his routes and execution at the college level with Minnesota, Bateman was a first-round pick for a reason. For a Baltimore offense absent reliable vertical weaponry outside of Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown, the rookie’s arrival meshed with Greg Roman’s design to attack defenses more often downfield. Then a groin setback sapped his early season. Fully recovered, Bateman finally made his season debut Sunday against the Chargers. Registering 45 snaps, he contributed immediately to the box score by catching four of six intended looks for 29 yards. Expect his role to steadily grow. Going toe-to-toe with Cincinnati in Week 7, a secondary that’s yielded the 16th-most yards to WRs, Bateman enters into the WR3 debate, especially in a brutal bye week. (FAAB: $11-$15)

4. Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington, TE (29% rostered in Yahoo)

Similar to his cousin, NFL great Eric Dickerson, the end zone has become quite familiar for the journeyman tight end. With Logan Thomas shelved, Seals-Jones has established a consistent rapport with Taylor Heinicke. Including his standout Sunday against Kansas City, he’s vacuumed nine receptions (on 15 targets) for 99 yards and a touchdown over the past two weeks. Due to Washington’s lack of reliable targets, Seals-Jones should continue to occasionally torch the opposition. His next opponent, Green Bay, hasn’t moved mountains defensively, particularly against tight ends. The Packers rank No. 15 in fantasy points conceded to the position. Given the very limited number of useful options in FLEX-heavy formats, RSJ could churn out a handsome payday. (FAAB: $7-$11)

5. Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins, QB (17% rostered in Yahoo)

Rediscovering his bollocks inside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Tua, with the exception of one ugly interception, played brilliant football against the Jaguars. On a voluminous 47 attempts, he completed 33 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns. His advantageous legs also chipped in 22 rush yards. The sophomore is one of the game’s basement dwellers in multiple adjusted completion categories, but his scintillating effort across the pond was encouraging. With Josh Allen, Dak Prescott and Justin Herbert taking a catnap this week, he’s a top-of-the-line plug-and-play option in 12-team leagues. His Week 7 opponent, the Atlanta Falcons, have allowed 7.53 pass yards per attempt, 257.6 pass yards per game, a 11:1 TD:INT split and the 12th-most fantasy points to QBs. When the dust settles, a 20-25 point outburst is very possible. (FAAB for streamers: $4-$7)


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

Others to consider
Player Team Position FAAB
Jameis Winston Saints QB For streamers: $3 to $6
Jarrett Patterson Washington RB $7 to $11
Rashaad Penny Seahawks RB $7 to $11
Rhamondre Stevenson Patriots RB $7 to $11
Devonta Freeman Ravens RB $3 to $6
Donovan Peoples-Jones Browns WR $3 to $6
Amon-Ra St. Brown Lions WR $2 to $4
Pat Freiermuth Steelers TE $3 to $6

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