Week 7 Waiver Wire: Fred Davis and 5 Winning Pickups
Finding fantasy football gems this late into the NFL season can be a chore, but we here at Bleacher Report have got you covered. There are still plenty of point-producing warriors wandering the waiver wire, with these five skill guys standing out as the best of the bunch.
Fred Davis, TE, Washington Redskins
Don't ask me how, but Fred Davis is still available in far more fantasy leagues than you might expect. Davis had already established himself as the Redskins' top pass-catching tight end before Chris Cooley went down with another injury, but now is virtually assured to garner double-digit targets on a weekly basis.
Davis has already racked up three games of at least 80 yards receiving this season and figures to serve as a safety blanket for newly-inserted quarterback John Beck going forward.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys
If you're angling to snag a running back off the waiver wire, DeMarco Murray would be a wise choice. Felix Jones was largely ineffective this season before succumbing to a high ankle sprain against the Patriots and Tashard Choice, now in Jerry Jones' doghouse, may be on the way out of Dallas before Tuesday's trade deadline.
That leaves Murray as the top tailback for the Cowboys. Granted, Dallas' ground game has been among the least productive in the NFL season, with just one touchdown and a shade under 85 rushing yards per game.
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But someone is going to get carries behind that banged-up offensive line. What's more, three of the team's next four games are against teams with terrible run defenses—St. Louis, Philadelphia and Buffalo—so Murray should be able to find plenty of space to scamper.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland Raiders
Don't call it a comeback, but Darrius Heyward-Bey may be a decent player yet. The one-time bust has posted at least 82 yards receiving in each of the Raiders' last three games while showing off the speed that made him a favorite of the late Al Davis.
Losing Jason Campbell for the year would appear to hurt DHB's value, but Campbell wasn't much of a passer to begin with and, well, Oakland isn't exactly a team predicated on its aerial assault. Should the Silver and Black pick up David Garrard or Carson Palmer, Heyward-Bey would be the first one to benefit, as he already leads the team in targets, catches and yards.
Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Across the Bay, Michael Crabtree has come on strong after a sluggish start to the season. Alex Smith targeted him a whopping 15 times on Sunday, of which Crabtree came down with nine for 77 yards.
He'll be off in Week 7, along with the rest of the 49ers, but figures to keep his roll going upon return, especially once San Francisco hits the NFC West-heavy portion of its schedule.
Earnest Graham, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
If a one- or two-week fix at running back is what you seek, then look no further than Earnest Graham. The eighth-year veteran enjoyed his first 100-yard rushing game in three years on Sunday, with 131 total yards on 19 touches in place of the injured LeGarrette Blount.
Blount should be back in action not too long after the Buccaneers' bye in Week 8, but for now, look for Graham to produce against a Bears defense that's allowed 121.8 rushing yards per game so far this season.
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