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.
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
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.
Is Randle going to be a stud if Murray misses significant time?
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
The Falcons are usually deep at receiver, but injuries to Julio Jones—who is out for the season with a foot fracture—and Roddy White—dealing 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.