Week 7 Pickups: Waiver Wire Wonders of the Week
The waiver wire is generally starting to get whittled down throughout fantasy leagues at this point in the 2012-2013 NFL campaign, but if you look hard enough you can still find some hidden gems.
Whether it be a speedy running back or a rookie receiver trying to prove himself in the pros, there are still some options for needy fantasy owners to latch on to as we enter Week 7.
Here's a look at my top waiver wire wonders of the week.
Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys
I've already written a little bit about Felix Jones, but the long and short of it is that DeMarco Murray is out with a sprained foot in Week 7, and Jones racked up 92 yards and a touchdown on a season-high 18 carries last week with Murray being taken out of the game.
Jones has traditionally been used in multiple-back sets, but he has averaged 5.1 yards per carry for his career and also has the ability to catch passes out of the backfield and turn upfield in a hurry.
Jones faces the Carolina Panthers in Week 7, a team that has allowed 4.4 yards per carry this season (23rd in the NFL).
The Panthers can also be beat through the air. Michael Turner had a 60-yard touchdown reception against the Panthers in Week 4, and Darren Sproles caught 13 balls for 128 yards in Week 2.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
I wrote about Josh Gordon when the Browns took him in the NFL supplemental draft this summer, noting that he was a smart selection.
Is Josh Gordon for real?
In short, he has the size and speed to be an impact player for the Browns, and he's started to emerge as a true threat the past two weeks, totaling 181 receiving yards and three touchdowns against the New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals.
Gordon faces an Indianapolis Colts defense that is allowing 7.6 yards per pass attempt this season (19th in the NFL) and has ceded 10 passing touchdowns.
It's a favorable matchup for the rookie.
Vick Ballard, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Vick Ballard, a rookie out of Mississippi State, didn't do as much as expected against the New York Jets in Week 6 with Donald Brown out, but part of that was the fact that Andrew Luck was forced to air it out after the Jets built a formidable 21-6 lead at the half.
Still, Brown is out again this week, and Ballard faces a beatable Cleveland Browns run defense that is allowing 4.6 yards per carry this season (25th in the NFL).
Plus, I'm not expecting Luck to have to go to the air early on against the Browns. Ballard should get his touches.
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