Week 7 Waiver Wire: Players Who Added to Their Value with Strong Performance

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 14:  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins throws the ball against the St. Louis Rams at Sun Life Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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One key waiver-wire pickup can make or break your fantasy football team this time of year. Bye weeks are heating up and plug-and-play options are becoming more and more valuable.

Being a shrewd owner requires research, especially if you're looking for a diamond in the rough. Sleeper players change on a weekly basis, constantly forcing you to check your league's weekly rankings.

As you wade your way through the waiver wire entering Week 7's contests, consider adding these three players to your bench.


Josh Gordon

Gordon's three-catch, 99-yard day was highlighted by this 71-yard touchdown catch in the first half of the Cleveland Browns' victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

According to ESPN, Gordon is owned in less than three percent of standard scoring leagues. Now that he's scored 35 points in the past two weeks combined, you should expect that number to increase.

Gordon is worth taking a flyer on if you're looking for bench depth. Cleveland still shows its youth, but he's the team's most explosive vertical threat.

Physically, Gordon has a No. 1-receiver's makeup. He's 6'3'', athletic and he has consistent hands. As Brandon Weeden continues to figure things out, expect Gordon's production to increase.

Buy low and stash this kid.


Ryan Tannehill

Don't look now, but the kid everyone was sleeping on in the 2012 NFL draft is emerging in Miami. He's not a No. 1 fantasy quarterback by any means, but if you're like me—with Ryan Fitzpatrick on your bench—he's worth the pickup.

The Dolphins quarterback is only owned in about six percent of ESPN's standard scoring leagues, but he's getting better. With three weeks of 15-plus fantasy points, he's a capable second option if you're in a pinch.

Miami is trusting him more, and his passer rating has increased in each of the past four weeks. Offensively, the Dolphins aren't necessarily explosive, but his grasp on the system gets more firm as each game passes.

Coming into this season, I didn't think I would ever say this, but scooping up Tannehill isn't a bad idea for any owners who are looking for a one-time play on your starting signal-caller's bye week.


Mike Williams

Williams is dynamic, as you can see here:

In an offense that otherwise lacks explosive downfield threats, Williams stands out. He's averaging over 20 yards per catch on the season, and Sunday's 113-yard performance was his second consecutive 100-plus yard day.

He's going to be tougher to claim, especially after this week. Already owned in nearly 55 percent of ESPN's standard leagues, you probably don't have a chance if you're near the back end of your league's waiver order.

Williams isn't going to catch a ton of passes, but when he does he tends to make them count. Out of his 15 receptions on the season, three of them have gone for touchdowns.

Tampa Bay is tough to judge week in and week out, but Williams gives them a vertical element. Josh Freeman is starting to look his way more often, which should make fantasy owners very happy.

Starting him every week isn't advisable, but you should start checking his matchups.