Week 7 Waiver Wire: Sleepers to Snag to Bolster Your Squad
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Week 7 in the NFL is an absolutely pivotal in the world of fantasy football. While most normal leagues approach or have already reached the midway point of their season, it's a crucial time that every fantasy player must take advantage of if he or she wants to hoist his league's prestigious trophy high when it's all said and done.
One of the biggest parts of fantasy football is watching trends and finding players on the waiver wire who will not only help you score a couple points but also can take you from pretender to contender in just a few games.
Here are a few guys to go after in your league who can really bolster your lineup down the stretch...if they're still available.
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Holy smokes! If Nick Foles is still available in your fantasy league, you best go get him. Foles went 22-of-31 for 296 yards and four total touchdowns in Week 6, and with Vick needing at least another week for his hamstring to heal, according to Phil Sheridan of ESPN.com, Foles is a must-snag, must-start guy in Week 7.
Foles has played the majority of the Eagles' last two games and has helped them win both, putting up 197 yards on the New York Giants in Week 5 and throwing for 296 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the following week. He's been terrific at the helm of the Eagles' high-powered offense, playing efficient football with a QB passer rating of 127.9 and no interceptions.
The former backup would be a great addition to any fantasy squad, whether you need to fill in for a bye week or you just want to get him off the market so someone else can't. Foles is only owned in 2.6 percent of ESPN leagues, but after putting up 29 points in standard scoring last week, he won't be available for long.
Willis McGahee, Cleveland Browns
McGahee hasn't been incredibly productive since joining the Browns, but he's putting up decent numbers and getting a ton of touches. In just four games, he has 59 attempts on the ground, and while he's only put up 159 yards, he's one of the few weapons on the Cleveland offense and is the team's most viable option on the ground.
He got 26 carries against Buffalo in Week 5 and was able to find the end zone when the Browns had a chance to establish a running game, which really get their offense rolling. McGahee is definitely worth a look if you have injury or bye-week issues at running back and need a one-week Band-Aid in Week 7. But you have to think that a young team like the Browns will want to keep getting a veteran like McGahee looks in the offense as the season goes on, especially with their impressive young receivers.
McGahee has seen more fantasy adds in the last few weeks and is now owned in nearly 60 percent of ESPN leagues, so get him when you have the chance.
Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers
Boykin might seem like a silly thought with just one catch on the season, but if you're hurting for a viable option at wide receiver or flex option in your fantasy league, he's not a bad thought, especially considering his 43 yard scramble on that one catch.
Boykin only found playing time in Week 6 because of the injuries to Randall Cobb and James Jones, but as their injuries linger, he'll see his touches increase. Boykin has crazy speed and plays much like the injured Cobb, and even though he had a few drops against the Ravens, he showed that once he catches the rock, he can make things happen.
The former Virginia Tech Hokie was the all-time leader in receiving yards at his alma mater, and while he hasn't done a lot in the NFL, he will definitely have his chance with Aaron Rodgers and a Green Bay offense that needs people to step up after a few uncharacteristic performances.
I'm pretty sure you won't have an issue tracking him down in your fantasy league if you need him.
Joseph Fauria, Detroit Lions
This dude can dance. He can do some fancy things with the football, too. Fauria, the undrafted tight end of the Detroit Lions, has blown up—not just for his dancing, but also for the looks that he gets in the red zone from Matthew Stafford.
Fauria has just seven catches this season, but five have them have gone for touchdowns. In Week 6 against the Browns, Fauria had just 34 yards on three catches, but they were all touchdowns! Three touchdowns!
It might be tough to pick him up and even tougher to give him a start because of his inconsistency. You can't really count on him racking up many yards, but if you are in dire need of a tight end, you might want to give him a shot. The Lions will take on a tough Bengals team that will have to focus on Calvin Johnson and the other big names on the Lions offense, which could very well leave Fauria wide open.
He's an all-or-nothing kind of guy, but when he gets it all, he gets it all.
The Browns defense? Really?
The Browns offense is a bit of a mess, but if you need a defense, look no further than the boys in brown and orange. The Browns may be just .500, but they are extremely solid on defense.
The Cleveland defense is ranked eighth against the pass, allowing just over 214 yards per game, and seventh best against the run, giving up just 98 yards on the ground per contest.
The Browns are surprisingly solid defensively, and they'll take on a Green Bay offense that is extremely banged up and performing a lot worse than it usually does, which could make for a big week for the Browns defensive unit.
Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
Kickers are an interesting entity in the world of fantasy football. They aren't really a hot commodity, but at the same time, a kicker can have a big week and can give you a quiet 15 points. Who doesn't want 15 points?
Adam Vinatieri is one of those guys. He's one of the best kickers to ever play the game. He's won four Super Bowl rings and has the ability to knock down clutch kicks in high-stress situations. He's sailed through just about every tough spot there is for a kicker and has been outstanding this season for the Colts.
This season alone, Vinatieri is 12-of-14 on field goals. He has knocked down five from 40 to 49 yards and two field goals at 50-plus yards.
The Colts put up a whole bunch of points, scoring less than 20 on just two occasions, which means that Vinatieri gets a lot of opportunities. If you need a kicker, go after "Mr. Clutch."
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