Week 7 Pickups: Waiver-Wire Additions You Must Consider for Your Fantasy Team

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2013

Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (13) runs off the field after a win against the Indianapolis Colts at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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Even going into the seventh week of the 2013 NFL season, there are plenty of solid additions available on the waiver wire.

This is the beauty of fantasy football. Unless you're playing in a 20-team league, you're always bound to find some of those hidden gems that other owners have either cast aside or ultimately decided to pass on. It happens every season.

The waiver wire is generally what helps you win your league, rather than the elite guys like Adrian Peterson or Peyton Manning. You never knock every draft pick out of the park, so it's the guys you pick up off the scrap heap that can make your team solid from top to bottom.

If you're looking for some help this week, these four players offer great value.


QB: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

Oct 13, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) rolls out against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bengals beat the Bills 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sp
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Week 6 was a fantasy catharsis for Andy Dalton. After five weeks of average to below-average numbers, he exploded on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, to the tune of 337 yards and three touchdowns.

The Cincinnati Bengals did a great job of crafting an offensive plan that allowed Dalton to thrive. He had a few deeper throws to complete, but most of his passes were of the short-range variety—screens and posts—which he executed to perfection. A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard used their speed and elusiveness to turn five-yard receptions into 20-yard receptions.

Don't expect Dalton to match his Week 6 numbers. Still, against a middle-of-the-road Detroit Lions defense, he should be able to give you some good points.


RB: Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants

Oct 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (34) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
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Maybe the New York Giants rushing offense isn't completely inept after all. Brandon Jacobs had a great game in a losing effort against the Chicago Bears—22 carries, 106 yards and two touchdowns. It was a positive surprise for the Giants' season.

While it will be hard for Jacobs to break the century mark two weeks in a row, he should have good numbers in Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings.

David Wilson will be out for at least a few weeks, via FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo.

That's going to open the door for Jacobs to get the lion's share of the carries once again. Tom Coughlin may also rely a little more on the run game with the continued struggles of Eli Manning.

Jacobs lacks big-play ability. Inside the red zone, he can be a beast, though, and net at least another touchdown.


WR: Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee (50) and cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) stop San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) after a short gain during first quarter action at Qualcomm Stadium.  Mandatory Cr
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Keenan Allen is finding himself a new habit. For two weeks in a row now, he's had 100-plus yards receiving and a touchdown. Having it happen once, you could think it's an outlier. Twice is more substantive and a possible sign of things to come.

Allen has the perfect confluence of events that have led to him becoming a viable fantasy option. The San Diego Chargers' receiving corps has been hit with a bunch of injuries, opening up a spot for the rookie wideout. And Philip Rivers has been playing with the kind of consistency that allows his receivers to thrive.

What's even better is that Allen should be available in most leagues. Fantasy owners have been a bit hesitant to take a flier on him because of his inexperience and Rivers' reputation, both of which have been largely dispelled so far.

With two good games in a row, Allen has proven his value, and you shouldn't worry about a steep drop-off.


TE: Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller (83) runs after a catch against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Steelers won the game 19-6. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Spor
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Heath Miller has been getting better and better since fully recovering from that torn ACL, and his numbers have steadily risen over those three games.

Because of the severity of the injury, plenty of owners were scared off before the season and wanted to wait until Miller had a few good performances before determining whether he could be a solid fantasy option.

So far, he's demonstrated that he retained much of the talent and ability he had before the injury. Miller isn't an elite tight end, but he's knocking on the door of the top 10, and he's much more established than many of the tight ends on the market.