Fantasy Football Week 7: Deion Branch and the 5 Smartest Waiver Wire Pickups

Chris Faig@@ULuminaryCorrespondent IOctober 22, 2010

Fantasy Football Week 7: Deion Branch and the 5 Smartest Waiver Wire Pickups

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    The 2010 NFL season has seen many new players making a name for themselves, as well as some legends proving that they still belong.

    There are a ton of hidden gems still available on waiver wires in many leagues that can be valuable assets to your squad.

    The following "sleepers" will have big performances in Week 7.

    Add these individuals to your team where needed ASAP.

WR Deion Branch, New England Patriots

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    Week 7 Opponent: San Diego Chargers

    In Week 6 Deion Branch made his return to New England, rejoining forces with Tom Brady, and he did not disappoint.

    Branch made nine catches for 98 yards and a touchdown, with a majority of his production being in the fourth quarter to help the Patriots win the game.

    Branch and Brady seem to have the same chemistry they once had when they won a Super Bowl together several years ago.  

    In the fourth quarter, when they need to score a touchdown, Branch is the first guy Brady looks for because he is the most reliable receiver on the Patriots. This is good for fantasy owners because you can expect a touchdown out of this guy every other game, if not more.

TE Benjamin Watson, Cleveland Browns

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    Week 7 Opponent: New Orleans Saints

    No matter who the quarterback is for the Cleveland Browns, Benjamin Watson has performed consistently in recent weeks.

    In Week 6 Watson was targeted by rookie quarterback Colt McCoy numerous times against the tough defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers. You can expect this to continue into Week 7 against another talented defense in the New Orleans Saints.

    He's coming off his best game of the season with six catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Another performance like this is highly likely.

WR Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins

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    Week 7 Opponent: Pittsburgh Steelers

    If you want a steady guy on your roster, add Davone Bess. He is becoming a prime target in the Dolphins offense and will be a consistent player to have on your fantasy team throughout the course of the season.

    In his last three games he has made a combined 19 receptions for 219 yards and two touchdowns. This dominance is expected to continue with Brandon Marshall gaining a majority of the attention from opposing defenses.

WR Jabar Gaffney

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    Week 7 Opponent: Oakland Raiders

    In the last two weeks Jabar Gaffney has gone up against two of the best defenses in the National Football League, performing exceptionally well.

    Against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5, Gaffney had nine catches for 87 yards. In Week 6 against the New York Jets, Jabar made six receptions for 81 yards.

    He's a big-time playmaker who has never had the opportunity to play a larger role. Now that he receives more attention from his quarterback, he's able to be more effective.

    Add Gaffney to your roster, as he has continued to progress throughout the season.

TE Tony Moeaki, Kansas City Cheifs

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    Week 7 Opponent: Jacksonville Jaguars

    Tony Moeaki is an unknown in the NFL for the time being, but don't expect that to last. He's been extremely consistent from game to game and deserves a larger role in the Kansas City Chiefs offense.

    Will that time come for Moeaki? Yes, the way he's been playing. In five games as a rookie, Moeaki has made 18 receptions for 194 yards and two touchdowns.

    If you're in need of a tight end, be sure to pick up Moeaki, who will see an increased role in the Chiefs offense as the season continues.