Week 7 Pickups: Must-Add Waiver Wire Targets You Must Acquire

Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2013

Aug 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle (35) runs with the ball after making a catch in the second quarter against the Houston Texans at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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Playing the waiver wire wisely is what separates the fantasy football gurus from the chumps that constantly finish last in their leagues.

Knowing what players to target and whether or not they are worthy of a high selection is critical to the success of almost every team, regardless of format or scoring system.

Here’s a look at a handful of waiver-wire talents you should be considering adding to your roster in Week 7.


Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles were flying high without starting quarterback Michael Vick, as Foles started Week 6 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had no issues carving up a rather solid secondary.

Foles completed 22 of 31 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions or fumbles, raising his total scores to six over his past three appearances.

There’s a chance that he retains the starting job even after Michael Vick is 100 percent healthy, as the 24-year-old has more upside and the potential to be the future of the franchise.

Sept. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) and quarterback Michael Vick (7) during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 27 - 6. Mandatory Credit:
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For fantasy owners, Foles could be a superstar down the stretch and help lead a number of owners to a championship.

If you took a chance and got burned on unproductive signal-callers such as Carson Palmer, Ben Roethlisberger or Joe Flacco, Foles represents a chance to greatly upgrade the position.

As a bye-week replacement, he’s second-to-none and should be rostered in every league as a top backup and possible season-long starter.


Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys

DeMarco Murray suffered his first injury of the 2013 season on Sunday Night Football, leaving the game with a sprained MCL in his left knee and could miss a number of weeks while recovering.

Rookie back Randle received the majority of work after Murray exited, rushing 11 times for 17 yards and a score. He also caught two passes for 15 yards and provides a bit of value for owners in PPR leagues.

Owners of Murray are definitely going to want to add Randle as a handcuff option and potential starter until the Cowboys' top back is able to get back on the field.

Those looking for a potential bye-week option or even plug-and-play starter in deeper leagues should also give Randle heavy consideration—especially if he’s named the starter in Murray’s possible absence.

Keep a close eye on this situation over the next day or so before putting in the claim.


Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 08:  Harry Douglas #83 of the Atlanta Falcons rushes upfield after a reception against the Cincinnati Bengals at Georgia Dome on August 8, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Falcons are usually deep at receiver, but injuries to Julio Jones—who is out for the season with a foot fracture—and Roddy Whitedealing with a hamstring issue—have left them extremely thin at the position.

It’s going to be tough for Douglas to step up and fill the shoes of those two great talents, but he’s the best healthy option Atlanta has at this juncture. He’s not a true WR1, but due to the sheer number of targets and opportunities he will get, he could produce like one on a weekly basis.

Heading into Week 7, Douglas has recorded 16 receptions for 219 yards and no scores. His best season came back in 2011 when he caught 39 passes for 498 yards and one touchdown.

He’s not a touchdown machine, but someone is going to have to catch those passes from Matt Ryan. Tony Gonzalez is going to get even more looks in the red area, but opposing defenses will likely double up on him every time the Falcons get close to the end zone.

Don’t be surprised if Douglas capitalizes on single coverage and becomes a sneaky-good fantasy play over the next few weeks. Consider him a must-add in every format.