Fantasy Football Week 7: 10 Waiver Wire Pickups for the Savvy Fantasy Owner

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2010

Fantasy Football Week 7: 10 Waiver Wire Pickups For the Savvy Fantasy Owner

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    FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 8:  Deion Branch #83 of the New England Patriots catches a pass from Tom Brady against the Buffalo Bills during the NFL game on December 8, 2002 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  The Patriots defeated the Bills 27-17.
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    It's early in the fantasy week, but savvy owners already need to start thinking ahead to Week 7. 

    Scouring through the waiver wire is always a good idea if you want to keep improving your team.

    There are plenty of potential gems available to help propel you to the fantasy playoffs.  With injuries and bye weeks possibly affecting your rosters, good fantasy managers will need to makes some changes.

    Here are 10 waiver wire pickups that you should consider.

10. Danario Alexander, WR, St. Louis Rams

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    ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 17: Danario Alexander #84 of the St. Louis Rams celebrates his first career touchdown against the San Diego Chargers at the Edward Jones Dome on October 17, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Chargers 20-17.  (Photo by Dil
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    With Sam Bradford having open auditions for a go-to receiver—Alexander may have found himself a job.

    At 6'5" and 215 lbs. he's got plenty of size to be a great target for Bradford.

    Alexander was targeted five times by Bradford but caught four of those passes for 72 yards and a score.

    After not playing in a game this season, Alexander was promoted out of the practice squad and may have just played himself into a starting position.

9. Patrick Crayton, WR, San Diego Chargers

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    ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 17: Patrick Crayton #12 of the San Diego Chargers sits on the bench during the waning seconds of a loss against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 17, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Chargers 20-17.
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    Crayton led the San Diego Chargers on Sunday with six receptions for 117 yards. 

    Those numbers came as a result of the absence of tight end Antionio Gates and top receiver Malcom Floyd. 

    And that may happen again this weekend against the woeful pass defense of the New England Patriots.

    The Chargers don't expect to have Floyd back from his hamstring injury and Gates is listed as questionable with a sprained ankle.

8. Davone Bess, WR, Miami Dolphins

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 04:  Receiver Davone Bess #15 of the Miami Dolphins scores a touchdown against James Sanders #36 and Devin McCorty #32 of the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium on October 4, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Image
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    If you haven't been keeping track. Bess scored his second straight touchdown in as many games on Sunday.

    He also came in second on the team with nine targets. 

    With quarterback Chad Henne appearing to have more confidence in him, Bess is making a strong case to be the number two receiver in Miami, alongside Brandon Marshall.

7. Mike Williams, WR, Seattle Seahawks

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 12:  Wide receiver Mike Williams #17 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against Parys Haralson #98 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL season opener at Qwest Field on September 12, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule J
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    The Seahawks came out of their bye week with one less receiver and an apparent focus to throw the ball often to big Mike Williams.

    He led the team with a whopping 15 targets against the San Francisco 49ers.

    Williams didn't find the end zone but he did catch the ball 10 times for 123 receiving yards.

    A performance like that screams add me

6. Deion Branch, WR, New England Patriots

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    FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 17:  Wes Welker #83 celebrate with teammate Deion Branch #84, both of the New England Patriots, after Branch caught a touchdown pass in the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on October 17, 2010 in Foxboro,
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    As of today, Deion Branch is only owned in just over 50 percent of CBSSports fantasy football leagues. 

    After his performance this weekend—nine catches for 98 yards and a touchdown—Branch is a must-add.

    Everyone in New England is high on his return and so should fantasy owners. 

    He showed on Sunday that he still has great chemistry with Tom Brady and he hasn't lost a step.

    Add him now.

5. Chris Ivory, RB, New Orleans Saints

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10:  Runningback Chris Ivory #29 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the football against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeate
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    This past week, injured running back Pierre Thomas made a revelation—he's more injured than he was letting on.

    Instead of being out for two weeks, Thomas said that he actually expected to be out for four-to-six weeks.

    With Thomas still a few weeks away and Reggie Bush still out, Ivory is the back to pick up.

    He separated himself from the rest of the backs he was sharing the backfield with by carrying the ball 15 times for 158 rushing yards.

    The Saints play the Cleveland Browns next week, who have allowed an average of 120.2 rushing yards per game.

4. Danny Woodhead, WR/RB, New England Patriots

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    FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 17:  Danny Woodhead #39 of the New England Patriots is caught by Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens in the first second half at Gillette Stadium on October 17, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriot won 23-20 in overtime.  (P
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    Diminutive Danny has been a pleasant surprise for New England.

    Against the Ravens, Woodhead tallied 115 total yards—including a team high 63 yards on the ground.

    He is both WR and RB eligible in most leagues, which makes him a versatile option for fantasy owners.

    In his last few games, Woodhead's role has gradually increased and after his performance against the Ravens, there's no reason to believe that he'll get less work in this Bill Belichick football team—even with the return of Fred Taylor in the Patriots backfield.

3. Benjamin Watson, TE, Cleveland Browns

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    PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 17:  Benjamin Watson #82 of the Cleveland Browns attempts to go up and over Ryan Clark #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on October 17, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Ima
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    Thanks to James Harrison's reckless hitting, the Browns may be short two receivers this weekend sidelined with concussions. 

    After being taken out of Sunday's game against the Steelers, Benjamin Watson emerged as rookie Colt McCoy's security blanket.

    McCoy targeted Watson nine times, and he caught six passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.

    If the Browns are again short on pass-catchers, there's no reason McCoy will stop throwing the ball to Watson.

2. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14  of the Buffalo Bills readies to pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. Jacksonville won 36-26. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    It's not often you see the name Ryan Fitzpatrick followed by advice to add him, but the Bills quarterback has been remarkably reliable since being named the starter in Buffalo.

    In his last two games he's thrown for five touchdowns and no interceptions.

    Although he faces a tough matchup against the Baltimore Ravens this weekend, Fitz' early success makes him a solid candidate to fill in as a backup quarterback on most benches.

1. Matt Cassell, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Quarterback Matt Cassell #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs hands off to running back Larry Johnson #27 during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by
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    Against the weak pass defense of the Houston Texans, Cassell finally connected multiple times with receiver Dwayne Bowe.

    That's excellent news for the Chiefs' quarterback who has seen very little production from his supposed best wide receiver.

    In the next two weeks, he'll have favorable matchups against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills.

    He's a great fill-in starter if you're in need.