With another wild week of fantasy football out of the way, the grim realization that we're heading into Week 7 signifies fantasy owners should be ready to hit the waiver wire hard.
As much as most of the year’s hidden gems have been snagged already, there is a group of players that has found their way to the top of the depth chart for one reason or another (i.e. injuries, newly developed chemistry, etc.).
All of the following players are worth the risk, and fantasy owners must place their bid for these waiver-wire saviors before one of their competitors does and uses them to steal the fantasy show.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
After a few weeks of testing all of his targets, rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden has finally discovered that his best deep threat is rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon. No matter the reason behind how long it took the two stars to develop chemistry, they now have a major connection.
With 181 yards receiving and three touchdowns over the last two games, Gordon has become the clear No. 1 receiver and Weeden’s go-to deep threat. As the season progresses, though, look for the rookie connection to get even stronger.
The rest of the fantasy season will feature plenty of mediocre secondaries for the Browns, so think about Gordon as a flex play during the bye weeks. If he continues to play this well, you will have a hard time taking him out of your lineup.
Montario Hardesty, RB, Cleveland Browns
With Cleveland Browns star running back Trent Richardson being sidelined with a reported rib injury in Week 6 that could hurt how much of an impact the rookie makes in Week 7, the bulk of the carries could go to Montario Hardesty.
The Browns will be facing off with the porous run defense of the Indianapolis Colts, so even if Richardson plays, fantasy owners should expect stellar numbers from the veteran Hardesty.
As great as the Hardesty play will be this week, the rib injury to Richardson could become an issue as the season progresses, so T-Rich owners must handcuff their rookie back. For those looking to take an educated risk, Hardesty is a name to consider.
Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys
After the news from ESPN’s Ed Werder that star running back for the Dallas Cowboys DeMarco Murray will be listed as doubtful for Week 7’s matchup with the Carolina Panthers, the stock for backup Felix Jones is through the roof.
With 18 rushes for 92 yards and a touchdown against the vaunted Baltimore Ravens, Jones looks like the back the Cowboys have loved from Day 1. Now he can be the No. 1 back fantasy owners need during the bye weeks.
At only 23 percent owned, most fantasy managers will have a chance to snag the unquestioned No. 1 back for a team in Week 7. With the severity of Murray’s injury in question, this is the kind of move that could catapult a fantasy team into the playoffs.
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