Fantasy football waiver wire pickups don’t become irrelevant by Week 7.
Players like James Jones and Randall Cobb still get injured. And players like—well, you’ll see—are given an opportunity that hadn’t been there prior.
Of course, there are also sleepers who have simply been waiting to explode, too.
Here are three players fantasy owners must target on the waiver wire this week.
3. TE Joseph Fauria, Detroit Lions
Joseph Fauria is a touchdown machine. Matt Stafford only targeted the 6’7”, 255-pound tight end six times in the previous five weeks. He threw him three balls on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns and Fauria caught all of them in the end zone.
Now that his touchdown total has climbed to five this season, Fauria—who is only owned in two percent of Yahoo! Sports leagues—is definitely worth a roster spot in non-PPR formats. His seven receptions in 2013 aren’t even close to being PPR-worthy.
2. QB Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
When Michael Vick doesn’t start, Foles is a must-start. He completed 22 of 31 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week. Foles also ran in a touchdown.
He has six overall scores in the past two weeks.
The second-year pro, who’s owned in 12 percent of Yahoo! Sports leagues, has a passer rating of 122.4 this season. His play is not only strong enough to be a fantasy starter, it may be strong enough to steal Vick’s job.
1. WR Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers
Boykin is only owned in one percent of Yahoo! Sports leagues. Unlike Foles and Fauria, his play didn’t indicate any reason why that percentage should rise. He only caught one ball. Boykin is still a must-add receiver, though, because Jones and Cobb suffered injuries against the Baltimore Ravens, according to ESPN.
That left Boykin and Jordy Nelson as the only wideouts left on the Packers’ active roster. A potential Green Bay starting receiver is almost definitely a free agent in your league.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.