Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 7 Grabs That Can Make All the Difference

Peter Panacy@@PeterPanacyCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2013

 If you are one of those fantasy football owners wondering how you can turn your team around as you head into Week 7, there are a number of waiver-wire grabs that can give you an edge this week and get things back on track.

Many of these players should be available―even in deeper leagues―which gives owners a chance to make some headway in the middle of the season.

If you have a roster spot, or two available, or are simply looking for an upgrade over a weak position, these grabs may be for you.

Nick Foles—QB Philadelphia Eagles 

Perhaps you are looking for an upgrade at quarterback.  Perhaps you need a replacement for an injured star like Michael Vick or Jake Locker. 

If either of these statements applies to you, Nick Foles is your guy. 

Foles is currently owned in 57 percent of leagues on CBS Sports, jumping up from 28 percent the previous week.  It is possible that someone may have grabbed him already, but if not, do not sleep on him for long. 

With Vick out for Week 7, Foles has a chance to repeat his impressive Week 6 performance in Vick's stead.  Foles and the Eagles will take on a Dallas Cowboys team that is 30th in passing-yards against.  That means that Foles and Philadelphia's offense could put up some lofty numbers hosting the Cowboys. 


What is even more enticing is the possibility that Foles sticks around for a while.  He is certainly giving Vick some competition for the starting job and has shown that he has what it takes to be an effective NFL starter. 

If he is available in your league, go get him.


Joseph Randle—RB Dallas Cowboys 

Cowboys' running backs DeMarco Murray (knee) and Lance Dunbar (hamstring) will be out of the lineup against the Eagles in Week 7.  This means that rookie back Joseph Randle will get the bulk of carries during this particular matchup. 

Previously owned in a mere four percent of CBS leagues last week, Randle could be available especially considering how prized starting running backs are. 

He also should be highly sought after considering Dallas is taking on a mediocre Eagles defense.  

With the Cowboys' Nos. 1 and 2 backs both out, Randle should be readily available on the waiver wire.  Hopefully you have staked your claim. 

If you do have him, monitor the situation with Murray and Dunbar and see when either returns.  Randle could be the guy to hold you over in the meantime.  


Brandon Jacobs—RB New York Giants 

Let us assume that you did not get the waiver claim on Randle as you had hoped.  No need to fear, Brandon Jacobs could be here! 

Jacobs was owned by 2.1 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues and it is safe to say that most owners probably would not be looking his way for production.  He is also still listed as questionable heading into Week 7 although Giants head coach Tom Coughlin expects him to practice Thursday. 

It is safe to assume that owners will not see Jacobs repeat his 22-carry, 106-yard performance against the Bears in Week 6, but they could at least get some respectable numbers in Week 7 versus the Minnesota Vikings.  

Minnesota has given up six rushing touchdowns thus far, so Jacobs could be a player that could find the end zone. 

Jacobs could be a nice carryover option in Week 7 and could be a short-term solution for your team.  Monitor what happens in New York with his fellow backs and make your adjustments accordingly. 


Kris Durham—WR Detroit Lions 

Kris Durham is no Calvin Johnson, but with Johnson nursing a knee injury and with fellow receiver Nate Burleson out, Durham has a chance to provide some much-needed fantasy points to owners willing to take a shot on him. 

In Week 6 against the Browns, Durham finished with eight catches for 83 yards and was targeted 13 times.  

He was also owned in only five percent of CBS leagues and a mere half a percent of ESPN leagues last week, so Durham should still be available. 

As long as Burleson is out, and especially as long as Johnson recovers, Durham needs to be considered as a viable option.  


Jordan Reed—TE Washington Redskins 

There are probably a few options better than Reed out there at this point, but Reed can supply you with more consistency, especially considering the offensive woes that have plagued Washington thus far. 

Reed has netted 50 or more yards over his last two games and has emerged as a decent option for quarterback Robert Griffin III.  

What makes this rookie special is the fact that he can line up all over the offense.  In fact, he is built more like a tough wide receiver.  He will not offer much by the way of blocking, yet he has been included in Washington's offensive game plan which bodes well for owners. 

The fact that he is owned in only 21 percent of CBS leagues also is a plus. 

Reed and the Redskins will take on Chicago at home in Week 7.  The Bears pass defense is not what it used to be with Chicago having allowed 1,626 passing yards thus far—fifth highest in the NFL.  

That could mean good things for Reed and his fantasy owners looking forward. 


San Diego Chargers D/ST 

This could be a one-week holdover for your fantasy team. 

San Diego takes on the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7, so owners can expect a few good things to emanate from this particular matchup. 

True, the Chargers defense is 17th in the league for points allowed and they do not typically generate a lot of turnovers—only two interceptions and five forced fumbles thus far. 

But they are playing the Jaguars. 

San Diego has a bye in Week 8 before playing the Redskins and Broncos in Weeks 9 and 10 respectively.  For that reason alone, it probably is not wise holding onto this unit for long. 

Yet the matchup against Jacksonville is too enticing to let pass, so if the Chargers defense is available, grab them. 

Hopefully one, or more, of these waiver-wire grabs are enough to help out your fantasy team in Week 7.  Some of these key pickups could make a huge difference and pay good dividends, potentially over the long term. 

While a few may be one-week options to provide a quick fix, others may rise up the charts and you will be glad you took a few minutes to swipe them up when you did.




Feel like discussing other waiver-wire grabs that could make a huge difference?  Chime in on the comments section!




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