Danario Alexander will be a hot waiver wire pickup in Week 7
2010 has been one of the strangest years for fantasy football that I can recall. At times, it seems that we're all living in the twilight zone or have been transported back in time thanks to players like Braylon Edwards and Roy Williams.
With all but one game in the books for Week 6, let's take a look at some potential waiver wire gems that emerged this week.
Kevin Kolb, PHI
Kolb is owned in 48 percent of fantasy leagues and has officially given head coach Andy Reid something to think about. Although Reid did say after the game that QB Michael Vick would be the starter in Week 7 assuming he is healthy enough to play, one has to believe that at least some thought will be given to just how healthy Vick will need to be to play.
Against an Atlanta Falcons defense that had shown improvement, Kolb found the end zone three times while completing 79 percent of his passes and racked up 326 yards in the process. If you need a bye week quarterback for Week 7 because you have Peyton Manning, Matt Schaub or Mark Sanchez, Kolb is worth at least a speculative add.
Matt Cassel, KC
Cassel turned in a very solid performance against the Houston Texans, who also hold the title of the NFL's worst pass defense. Cassel threw for three touchdowns and 208 yards on Sunday, turning in one of the better quarterback performances of the day.
Cassel is still only worth a spot start but does have a favorable schedule coming up facing Jacksonville, Buffalo, Oakland and Denver, all of which rank in the top 10 of defenses that give up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Chad Henne, MIA
Henne is only owned in 43 percent of leagues, and Miami finally seemed to successfully execute both the running game and passing game at the same time, while on the road no less. While Henne is not yet a complete quarterback, the presence of WR Brandon Marshall can mask some of Henne's deficiencies.
Facing the Green Bay Packer defense, Henne accounted for 231 yards and two touchdowns, while only turning the ball over once. Henne may be worth adding for depth, but don't count on him if you need a Week 7 replacement, as the Dolphins must face the Pittsburgh Steelers next week.
Chris Ivory, NO
The New Orleans Saints offense simply runs smoother with a proficient rushing attack, and they got that from Ivory on Sunday. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ivory rushed for 158 yards, averaging 15 yards per carry.
Ivory is not the long-term solution to your running back woes, but he's worth a shot if you are having to rotate running backs due to injuries, or if you own Arian Foster, Jahvid Best, Joseph Addai or LaDainian Tomlinson, all of whom are on bye in Week 7. The Saints face the Cleveland Browns at home in Week 7. Ivory is owned in only two percent of fantasy football leagues.
Danny Woodhead, NE
It's official: RB/WR Danny Woodhead is the do-it-all weapon that head coach Bill Belichick has craved for so long. Woodhead beat the Baltimore Ravens defense for 63 yards on the ground and 52 more yards on five receptions through the air.
Admittedly, it is going to be difficult to predict Woodhead's role going forward each week, but there is another reason you should consider adding Woodhead to your roster. On both Yahoo! and ESPN fantasy sites, Woodhead is listed as a RB/WR, meaning you can use him to plug multiple holes on your roster.
Woodhead is owned in only six percent of fantasy football leagues.
Deion Branch, NE
This is a new-look Patriots team, and it is clear that Deion Branch is going to be a big part of their game plan. In his first game as a Patriot, Branch caught nine balls for 98 yards and a touchdown.
Care to guess how many balls WR Randy Moss caught in the first four weeks this year as a Patriot? Nine.
Branch is owned in 12 percent of leagues and should be one of the top waiver wire pickups this week.
Danario Alexander, STL
Alexander was activated off the Rams practice squad on Monday and six days later caught four passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. Alexander's performance should come as no surprise to those familiar with college football, as he led the FBS in receiving yards his senior year (2010) with 1,781.
Alexander does come with health concerns, having had four knee operations in the last few years. But if he can stay healthy, Alexander is the type of receiver that can help you win a championship. Alexander is owned in less than one percent of leagues and should be a consideration for one of your waiver wire additions.
Roy Williams, DAL
Williams is owned in 64 percent of fantasy football leagues, meaning that there is a chance he is unowned in your league. If that is the case, stop at nothing to claim him. Williams has five touchdowns in the last three weeks.
With the Dallas defense continuing to fail, the offense will be forced to throw more often, leading to increased opportunities for Williams to snag another touchdown or two. Ride this train until it inevitably goes off the tracks.
Ben Watson, CLE
Watson continues to fly under the radar even though he's averaged five receptions and 50 yards through the first six weeks, which is pretty much all you can ask out of a tight end not named Gates or Clark.
Watson exploded for 88 yards and a touchdown, catching rookie QB Colt McCoy's first NFL touchdown pass, against the Pittsburgh Steelers no less. While Cleveland does have its share of issues, Watson is worth a look in deeper leagues where a half-decent tight end is hard to come by.
Heath Miller, PIT
Both starting tight ends found the end zone in Pittsburgh on Sunday, with Heath Miller catching two balls for 50 yards and a touchdown. Miller has been dropped in many leagues—currently owned in less than 50 percent of leagues—due to the inability of QB Charlie Batch to get him the ball. The return of QB Ben Roethlisberger will cure that situation.
That wraps up an early look at the Week 7 fantasy football waiver wire. If any surprising players emerge on Monday night, I'll make sure to hit this with a quick update. Until then, best of luck.
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