Fantasy Football: 5 Late Waiver Wire Adds for Week 7
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Sunday is almost here and maybe you just realized you have a bad matchup at running back this week, or you just found out that Dez Bryant may miss time this weekend with a groin injury. It could be that you mistakenly drafted both Phillip Rivers and Peyton Manning, thinking you had a great backup option in case one went down with an injury.
If you haven’t already noticed, this is the biggest bye week of the season, with Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego all off the schedule this week.
No matter the reason, here are five guys who are in position to have solid games and can fill in for at least a week to get you through until Week 8. Each one is very likely to be available in your fantasy league.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans
Though he only picked up one win in Jake Locker's absense, Matt Hasselbeck has filled in well from a fantasy perspective.
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Jake Locker returned to practice this week, but Matt Hasselbeck is set to start at least one more week for the Titans before handing the ball back to Locker.
Hasselbeck is coming off a strong performance against the stingy Steelers defense, as he went 25-of-44 for 290 yards and a touchdown. The Bills are giving up more than 250 yards per game passing and are allowing a staggering 32 points per game. Coincidentally, the Titans are the only team giving up more points, allowing 34 per game.
This matchup sets up for what could be a high-scoring game for both offenses, so expect Matt to have more than one touchdown through the air this weekend.
According to NFL.com, he is owned in less than two percent of fantasy leagues.
Running Back LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
LeGarrette Blount dives into the end zone on a 12-yard touchdown run against the Chiefs.
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Although Doug Martin has been the top running back this year for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, LeGarrette Blount has scored in his last two games. In the Bucs' 38-10 victory over the Chiefs last week, Blount had nearly 60 yards rushing.
Fantasy owners have already started to take notice, yet Blount remains owned in less than half of the fantasy leagues. If he’s still available, pick him up.
Tampa Bay is up against one of the league's worst rushing defenses this weekend in the New Orleans Saints. With the Saints giving up more than 170 yards per game on the ground, expect Martin to continue to get the bulk of the yardage, but Blount should get a significant amount as well.
Wide Receiver Donnie Avery, Indianapolis Colts
Donnie Avery had his biggest game of the year against the Vikings with a 111-yard performance.
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While Reggie Wayne has been Andrew Luck’s favorite target in Indianapolis this season, Donnie Avery has been up and down (mostly down) in terms of fantasy numbers. Regardless of his inconsistency, this could be a big game for Avery with the Colts at home this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns' defense.
Cleveland has allowed an average of nearly 300 yards passing per game, and last week Andy Dalton threw for 381 yards, completing 31 passes, of which three were for touchdowns. The Browns did pick Dalton off three times, which could factor into Luck’s numbers but won’t have any affect on Avery.
Avery has 436 yards receiving already this year with one touchdown and is still available in more than 80 percent of fantasy leagues.
Wide Receiver Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets
With Santonio Holmes out for the year, Jeremy Kerley is one of the best options Mark Sanchez has left.
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In the last four games, the Patriots defense has allowed opposing offenses to throw for big yardage. Baltimore’s Joe Flacco threw for nearly 400 yards in Week 3, followed by a 350-yard performance by Ryan Fitzpatrick in Buffalo, and Peyton Manning threw for almost 340 yards in Week 5.
The Patriots are coming off a loss to the Seahawks in which they allowed rookie Russell Wilson to have the best game of his career, as he threw for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns, two of which came in the last 10 minutes of the game.
Sure, the New York Jets' receiving core is depleted, but Mark Sanchez has to throw to somebody. Jeremy Kerley may be one of his best options right now. Kerley had three good games from a fantasy perspective and, strangely, he’s been performing well in odd weeks, so his Week 7 game against the Patriots might just be the right time to pick him up.
Another factor is that the Patriots offense continues to put up big numbers and will force Sanchez to keep going to his receivers if the Jets have any hope of staying in the game with New England.
Kerley has 315 receiving yards on the year with two touchdowns and is only owned in about three percent of fantasy leagues on NFL.com.
Tight End Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills
After catching two touchdowns against the Patriots, Scott Chandler should have another big game against the Titans.
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Don’t let the fact that tight end Scott Chandler has had two bad fantasy outings in a row trick you into thinking he’s not a good pickup this week. He’s coming off games against two of the league’s top defenses in San Francisco and Arizona.
Expect this week’s effort to be much closer to his performance against the Patriots in Week 4. His two touchdowns and 62 yards may have led to waiver wire pickups in larger leagues in Week 5, but he’s still available in most leagues.
As mentioned previously, the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans have two of the worst passing defenses in the league. Chandler has caught three touchdown passes over the Bills' two home games, and Buffalo is playing at home this week against a Tennessee team that seems to give up a disproportionate amount of yards to tight ends.
This should be a great time to pick up Chandler and start him this week. Chandler has 324 yards on the year with four touchdowns and is available in more than 75 percent of fantasy leagues.