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Week 7 Waiver Wire: Hottest Names Worth Scooping off Free Agency

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 29:  Fullback Chris Ogbonnaya #25 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after scoring a touchdown in front of linebacker Vincent Rey #57 of the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2013

Tuesday's arrival can only mean one thing: The day has arrived for fantasy football owners to meticulously explore the waiver wire for some reinforcements.

There's little time to scour over last week's happenings. Whether your loyalty to Calvin Johnson cost you a win or your lunatic opponent was rewarded for starting Joseph Fauria, what's done is done. Put the past behind you and move on to the next matchup.  

Chances are just about every owner has at least one player they don't want to deal with anymore. LeGarrette Blount went from replacing Stevan Ridley in the lineup to taking his spot in Bill Belichick's doghouse, Stephen Hill is going to be a giant pain to own and Terrelle Pryor is at best a No. 2 quarterback.

So who are this week's new flavors of the week? Let's take a look.

 

RB Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15:  Running back Andre Ellington #38 of the Arizona Cardinals carries the ball against the Detroit Lions at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Cardinals have to eventually roll with Andre Ellington as their top running back.

While veteran Rashard Mendenhall has averaged 3.3 yards per carry in 79 tries, Andre Ellington has gained seven yards per run. Eventually, Arizona will have to look at the overwhelming data that says Ellington is the better rusher.

The rookie, drafted in the sixth round, is making it impossible for Arizona to ignore him much longer. In his past two games, he has earned 108 yards and a score on 14 attempts. Ellington has also made his dent in the passing game, collecting 18 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown. 

After suffering a season-ending knee injury in the 2011 season, Mendenhall has shown little outside burst. During the past four games, the battered rusher contributed just one double-digit run. Even before going down, Mendenhall mustered just 3.6 yards per attempt in six games for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season.

Ellington is clearly the better option, and he can serve as a valuable No. 2 back and major points-per-reception (PPR) weapon if given a larger share of Arizona's workload. If you wait for him to officially get the starting job before grabbing him, you'll probably be too late.

 

RB Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns

How quickly we forget.

Chris Ogbonnaya became a solid sleeper in the Cleveland Browns' backfield after registering 48 total yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during Week 4. Then he promptly suffered a head injury the following Thursday night, Willis McGahee became their regular rusher and the rest was history.

But Ogbonnaya returned to action in Week 6. He compiled 24 yards on just five carries, but he made his presence felt with seven catches, 61 yards and a receiving touchdown during Cleveland's loss to the Detroit Lions.

He won't steal significant carries from McGahee, but Ogbonnaya will accumulate plenty of looks as a receiver, which makes him an enticing add in PPR formats. If he can wrangle a few more carries away from an inefficient McGahee, even better.

While he's much bigger, Ogbonnaya is a poor man's Darren Sproles or Danny Woodhead.

 

WR Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 14:  Keenan Allen #13 of the San Diego Chargers catches a touchdown pass against the Indianapolis Colts on October 14, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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That was cute and all when Eddie Royal scored five touchdowns during the first two games, but scoring on half of his receptions was clearly unsustainable and was a red flag for wise fantasy owners. We now know the real breadwinner of San Diego's wideouts is rookie Keenan Allen.

After a slow start, Allen has quickly emerged as Philip Rivers' favorite sideline target. In the past three games, Allen has registered 20 catches for 302 yards. He has compiled at least 100 yards and a score in each of his last two outings.

The 6'2", 211-pound receiver is transforming into the deep threat that Rivers has sorely missed since Vincent Jackson left town, but he is hardly an all-or-nothing option. Allen received 12 targets in Monday night's win over the Indianapolis Colts, which came a week after receiving nine looks against the Oakland Raiders.

If still available, Allen is a must-add who should be become a viable No. 3 wideout with upside for more.

 

 

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