Week 7 Waiver Wire: Bye Week Fill-Ins to Pick Up Before Sunday's Action
This point of the season is among the most difficult for fantasy football players, as many of their best players will be riding the bench thanks to a bye week.
Pickings are slim for replacements this year, but there are a few players on the waiver wire who could post big stats this Sunday.
Here are three players that could make an impact for desperate fantasy owners.
Brandon Gibson, WR St. Louis Rams
With Danny Amendola still sitting due to injury, Brandon Gibson has stepped in as the Rams' top receiver, but he's still available in over 70 percent of ESPN leagues.
Against the Dolphins, Gibson was targeted a season-high nine times, which he converted into seven receptions for 91 yards.
Gibson has been a factor all season long, never being targeted less than four times in a game. With Amendola out of the picture, though, Gibson has the potential to go off this week against a porous Green Bay secondary.
The Rams will be forced to throw quick patterns due to the ferocious Packer pass rush, which will play right into Gibson's hands. Gibson excels on short and intermediate routes, and he should have plenty of opportunities this week.
Finally, Gibson might be the beneficiary of an enormous Green Bay lead. If Green Bay jumps out to an early lead, the Rams will pass all game, guaranteeing a big day for Gibson.
He's a bit of a risky play, but in PPR leagues especially, Gibson has a chance to have a very big day. He's definitely worth a look as a bye week fill-in.
Matt Hasselbeck, QB Tennessee Titans
Matt Hasselbeck is hardly a hot commodity on the waiver wire right now, being owned in just 13.9 percent of ESPN leagues, but he's certainly worth a look this week as he takes on the Buffalo Bills' mediocre defense.
Hasselbeck has yet to draw an easy matchup, going up against a tough Houston defense, a ferocious Vikings' pass rush and the always tough Steelers defense. Even so, Hasselbeck averaged 227 yards per game while throwing for four touchdowns over that span.
This is his first week against a truly mediocre defense, and he has the weapons to turn this matchup into fantasy points for anyone brave enough to give Hasselbeck a chance.
Alex Green, RB Green Bay Packers
There aren't many running backs available right now, but Alex Green is a starting running back who is available in 45 percent of ESPN leagues. Of all available backs, Green has the best chance to make an impact Sunday.
Helping Green's chances is the likelihood of a blowout. In theory, the Packers should jump out to an early lead against the Rams, meaning Green will have plenty of opportunities at the end of the game.
Green managed 65 yards against the Texans' stout defense. He should at least be able to replicate that production against the Rams.
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