Week 7 Waiver Wire: DeMarco Murray and 5 Must-Have Pickups

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2011

Week 7 Waiver Wire: DeMarco Murray and 5 Must-Have Pickups

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    Making smart waiver-wire additions can help take your fantasy team to the next level during bye weeks. Several marquee teams, including the New England Patriots, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, are on bye in Week 7, making free-agent pickups even more important.

    Some players are worth adding for the long term, while others are only an option for a couple weeks while a starter is injured—but both types can help your team survive.

    It's all about research and taking time to make a couple astute moves every week.

    Without further ado, here are five players you should strongly consider before next weekend.

QB: Tim Tebow

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    Tim Tebow scored 16 fantasy points in relief of Kyle Orton in Week 5 and has had the bye week to become more acclimated in the starter's role.

    His dynamic dual-threat abilities make him an intriguing fantasy option.

    His second tenure leading the Denver Broncos offense starts against a Miami Dolphins defense that ranks 31st against opposing fantasy quarterbacks and will be playing an early Sunday game after an appearance on Monday Night Football.

    Tebow doesn't come without question marks, but there aren't any perfect free agents.

    His upside is enough to make him worthy of a bench spot until you know exactly what he's going to provide each week. If you wait until after his first start, you'll risk losing him altogether.

RB: Jackie Battle

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    Jackie Battle had a breakout performance for the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago and promptly went into a bye week, which means he may have slipped through the cracks in your league.

    He'll continue to receive chances to prove himself after ineffective stints by Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster.

    After getting just 10 carries in the first four weeks, Battle received 19 against a weak Indianapolis Colts run defense and took full advantage to the tune of 119 yards.

    He also chipped in two catches for 21 yards to bring his fantasy total to 13 points.

    Kansas City's Week 7 opponent is the Oakland Raiders. Oakland ranks 29th against running backs and has struggled against backs who can make plays in the passing game.

    Battle should keep building momentum, so add him before it's too late.

RB: DeMarco Murray

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    Dallas Cowboys starting running back Felix Jones suffered a high ankle sprain on Sunday, and if he's forced to miss time, DeMarco Murray will likely get a chance to take over the lead back role.

    Even after a slow start to his career, that situation warrants a pickup.

    While Murray has only gained 74 yards on 24 carries during his rookie season, he possesses more potential than Tashard Choice and could help add some balance to Dallas' attack if given a more consistent workload.

    Choice will still steal some carries away, but hopefully the coaching staff gives Murray a long look to see what they really have in the Oklahoma product.

    A game against a weak St. Louis Rams run defense should lead to a strong outing.

WR: Greg Little

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    Greg Little was inserted into the Cleveland Browns' starting lineup following the team's bye week and produced his second straight six-catch game.

    He's clearly developing a strong rapport with Colt McCoy and is a solid flex option in the coming weeks.

    The 6'2'', 220-pound rookie out of North Carolina might finally be the man to step up and fill Cleveland's large void at receiver. It's hard to gauge a young quarterback if you don't give him any weapons, but that's been the Browns' modus operandi as of late.

    Little should continue to see a bunch of targets, especially if Peyton Hillis is forced to miss any time with his hamstring problem.

    He's shown glimpses of his potential the last few games and could really take off soon.

TE: Lance Kendricks

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    Post-hype sleeper alert!

    Kendricks received a lot of publicity during the preseason as a tight end who would provide great value at the back end of drafts.

    He failed to produce in his first four games, and most owners dumped him during St. Louis' Week 5 bye.

    The rookie might finally be finding his stride, though. He caught four passes for 71 yards against the Green Bay Packers, illustrating that he might finally be shaking the lockout blues.

    He gets a Dallas Cowboys defense that ranks 26th against TEs next week.

    Until he proves his worth over the next few weeks, he's probably not an every-week starter just yet.

    However, if you need a fill-in option at a very weak position, Kendricks is a solid choice. And there's a potential he becomes much more than that.