Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 7: Best and Worst Bye Week Flex Plays

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIOctober 21, 2012

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 14:  Running back LeGarrette Blount #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates in the end zone after running  11 yards for a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs October 14, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  Tampa won 38 - 10. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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It’s Week 7 of the fantasy football season and already you’re scouring the waiver wire in an attempt to stay competitive.

Don’t blame yourself for a poor draft—fantasy championships are won in the bye weeks when you make the clutch waiver wire pickup that wows your league and gives your team the edge.

With all of the professional fantasy advice out there, the next guy is getting smarter and you need to start making moves early.

Here’s some guys you should pick-up if they’re still available or plug in if you’re in need of a bye week filler.


Running Back

LeGarrette Blount, TB

Blount scored in Week 6 and is facing a porous Saints defensive unit this week in what is sure to be a shootout.

The Bucs backfield may be crowded with rookie Doug Martin sure to commandeer the bulk of the carries, but I like Blount to get the goal-line looks and a steady workload.

Jonathan Dwyer, PIT

Dwyer is pegged to make his first career NFL start against a pretty underwhelming Cincinnati Bengals defense. Last season, he carried 11 times for 111 yards against the Tennessee Titans, including a 76-yard scamper off of a middle-trap play.

Dwyer certainly has the physical skills it takes to have a big day in Cincinnati. The only thing holding him back will be the Steelers’ offensive line’s ability to take advantage and make holes for the second-year RB. 

Vick Ballard, IND

Cleveland is banged up in the middle of its defensive front and young at the linebacker position. Andrew Luck’s best friend is an effective running game and the Colts will need to establish one if they hope to avoid another embarrassing performance.

Ballard isn’t a great running back, but he’ll get a good amount of looks against a suspect defense this week. 

Wide Receiver

Mike Williams, TB

No one has benefited more by the Bucs acquiring Vincent Jackson than Mike Williams. Well, besides maybe Josh Freeman. Williams has made big play after big play, somewhat reminiscent of his 2010 season.

He’ll be the focal point for Freeman and the Bucs in their vertical passing game as the porous New Orleans Saints defense hasn’t been able to stop anyone downfield. He’s recorded over 100 yards and a touchdown in 4-of-6 games this season. 

Josh Gordon, CLE

Cleveland has finally found itself a strong-armed quarterback and a wide receiver with the physical tools to stretch the field. Oh yeah, unlike Braylon Edwards and Greg Little, Gordon can catch it, too.

Indianapolis has been gouged by the run, so expect a heavy dose of Trent Richardson and/or Montario Hardesty in this matchup. However, Gordon’s ability to lull defenders to sleep and then break deep will be given a chance again after two consecutive weeks of Brandon Weeden connecting to him down the field.

Also, Mohammed Massaquoi has been ruled out for the game. This ensures a big workload for Gordon in Indianapolis. 

Devery Henderson, NO

Henderson is a bit of a sleeper and gut call. He’s available in most leagues and formats, but he could really have a huge week.

He’s coming off of the biggest game of the season in the team’s first win against the San Diego Chargers in Week 5. After the bye, the Saints have had plenty time to study and dissect the poor Bucs pass coverage.

Add in the suspension of Bucs’ starting CB Aqib Talib, and Drew Brees will be salivating at the thought of connecting with his speeder Henderson down the field. 

Kendall Wright, TEN

The Buffalo Bills have been unable to stop anyone, well except the lackluster Arizona Cardinals’ offense. You have to believe they’ll be focusing on Kenny Britt, who is finally fully recovered from injury and up to speed following his early season suspension.

Wright has been a consistent target for a Titans passing game that will be led again by Matt Hasselbeck. Since Jake Locker has gone down with an injury, Wright has been a key target for Hasselbeck. 

Tight End

David Thomas, NO

The New Orleans Saints are going to have to throw to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that’s for sure. Tampa has a stifling run defense and Brees will be airing it out for most of the afternoon.

Also, Saints starting star tight end Jimmy Graham will not play in this game. That immediately makes Thomas worth a look if you had Graham or are in need of another late filler for your bye week. 

Brandon Myers, OAK

Myers is still a bit of a sleeper and an unknown for a lot of people. However, he’s been a consistent and reliable target for Carson Palmer. While he’s only owned in about two percent of ESPN leagues, he’s third for yards per game at his position.

Jacksonville has done a good job bottling up tight ends, but they’ll be plenty busy with the speedy wide receivers and containing Darren McFadden. 

Dwayne Allen, IND

Allen is definitely a sleeper. His two touchdowns, though, are two more than Andrew Luck’s college teammate Coby Fleener. Fleener has just 17 catches and no touchdowns while Allen has proved to be a reliable red-zone target. He has 12 catches to go along with those two scores.

Cleveland’s corners will be busy worrying about Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and Donnie Avery in the vertical passing game. That should leave some decent looks for both Fleener and Allen in this one.

Mike Hoag Jr. is a Breaking News Team writer with Bleacher Report and also covers the NFL and the Cleveland Browns for the site.


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