Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire: Top Wide Receivers to Target

Barry Leonard@@barryleonardjrAnalyst IIIOctober 16, 2012

Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire: Top Wide Receivers to Target

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    Fantasy football Week 7 brings bye weeks for some top wide receivers. Roddy White, Julio Jones, Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson and Dwayne Bowe will leave some big holes in fantasy lineups.

    Many fantasy owners will search the waiver wire this week to find that one guy who can provide solid value as a replacement.

    The receivers listed on the following slides were all readily available in most leagues before the start of Week 6. Due to solid games and many byes this week, these players won't be around for long.

    Plan your strategy now and put in your claim for one of these capable fill-ins.

    Note: All points are based on ESPN standard scoring. All ownership percentages are from ESPN leagues.

Josh Gordon: Cleveland

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    Currently Owned: 2.4 percent

    Cleveland Browns rookie receiver Josh Gordon is coming off of back-to-back solid fantasy games in which he scored 20 points and 15 points.

    Gordon could be a risky pick considering that he has only caught five total passes in those two games. However, he is a downfield threat who seems to have formed a good relationship with fellow rookie Brandon Weeden.

    In Week 5 against the Giants he scored 20 points for his owners, catching just two balls but scoring both times. The Week 6 game against Cincinnati saw him put up 15 fantasy points, catching three passes for 99 yards and a score.

    Gordon will look to keep his touchdown streak alive in Week 7 against the Colts. Take a shot with him if you need the wide receiver help.

Mike Williams: Tampa Bay

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    Currently Owned: 54.7 percent

    Williams had a big day in Week 6 against the Chiefs, catching four passes for 113 yards and a score. That performance earned Williams' owners 17 fantasy points.

     It was the third game this year that Williams has put up double-digit points.

    Fellow Tampa receiver Vincent Jackson also had a big day, proving that both players can coexist and make their fantasy owners happy.

    Williams gets a favorable matchup in Week 7 that could see the Bucs going to the air frequently against the porous New Orleans Saints secondary. Grab him and start him with confidence.


Kendall Wright: Tennessee

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    Currently Owned: 13.2 percent

    Wright has been a popular name in fantasy football circles over the last few weeks. The Tennessee rookie has been seeing solid targets, receiving 11 in Week 5 and eight in Week 6.

    He hasn't scored since Week 4, but has provided mid-level fantasy points by going for 66 and 71 yards in his last two games.

    The targets are going to be there for Wright, especially as Kenny Britt gets on track and draws more attention from opposing defenses.

    Wright and the Titans get the Buffalo defense in Week 7. The Bills are ranked as the fourth-worst fantasy defense in 2012.

    Wright could easily put up double-digit points for his owners this week.

Brandon Gibson: St. Louis

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    Currently Owned: 24.8 percent

    Owners who didn't grab Brandon Gibson last week when receiver Danny Amendola went down for the Rams will want to try to nab him this week.

    Gibson has replaced Amendola as quarterback Sam Bradford's favorite target. He received nine targets in Week 6, catching seven of them for 91 yards.

    Though Gibson hasn't found the end zone since Week 2, he looks comfortable in the No. 1 receiver role. He is due to hit pay dirt and Week 7 could be his time.

    The Rams take on the Packers in Week 7, a game that should see Bradford relied on heavily to throw the ball downfield. Gibson should benefit and reach double digits for his owners.