Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 10 Players Available on the Waiver Wire

Justine BrownCorrespondent IIOctober 18, 2011

Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 10 Players Available on the Waiver Wire

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    Once again it's waiver wire time, and for many fantasy owners this means time to tap into a lifeline.

    With injuries and Week 7 byes some fantasy owners' roster depth will be effected. Week 6 didn't host too many fantasy football breakout performers, but here are a few suggestions of players to pick up off the waiver wire.

    All of these players are owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues.

Tim Tebow, Quarterback

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    After taking over the reins of quarterback for Kyle Orton during Week 5, Tim Tebow was officially named the Denver Broncos' new starting quarterback during bye week.  

    This week we will see Tebow in action for all four quarters against the 0-5 Miami Dolphins.

DeMarco Murray, Running Back

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    After Dallas Cowboys starting running back Felix Jones suffered a high ankle sprain on Sunday, rookie running back DeMarco Murray was given his opportunity to shine.

    Murray did okay for the Cowboys, carrying 10 times for 32 yards, but the important stat was that he was given twice as many carries as Tashard Choice and will be seen as the starter in the absence of Jones over these next few weeks.

Jackie Battle, Running Back

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    After Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster failed over and over again to make anytime of impact at the running back position in the absence of Jamaal Charles, Chiefs coach Todd Haley finally decided to give Jackie Battle an opportunity during Week 5.  Battle took advantage of that opportunity and rushed for 119 yards against the Colts.  Coming out of a Week 6 bye, Battle should see a majority of reps for the Chiefs.

Fred Davis, Tight End

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    Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley is out indefinitely with surgery needed on his injured index finger and backup Fred Davis is in.  

    Davis has already seen some huge games this season, including six catches for 95 yards on Sunday. Davis is a player who will likely get snatched up quickly so get him while he is available.

Colt McCoy, Quarterback

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    Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy's fantasy value continues to rise as he consistently puts up 200-plus yards per week in passing.  

    This week McCoy threw for 215 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Cleveland's loss to the Raiders.  

    McCoy's not a fantasy superstar, but he is consistent and could suffice as a suitable bye week filler.

Greg Little, Wide Receiver

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    Cleveland Browns rookie wide receiver Greg Little is quickly becoming Colt McCoy's favorite passing option.  Targeted 12 times on Sunday, Little had six receptions for 72 yards.  

    With the Brown's coaching staff stressing getting Little involved his productivity should only increase. Little has good value in PPR leagues.

Andy Dalton, Quarterback

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    This week Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton once again led his team to victory and once again put together another nice stat line.  

    Throwing for 264 yards and one touchdown, Dalton is another player that is not a fantasy superstar, but shows consistency. Dalton would be a nice bye week fill in, but be aware that the Bengals have a bye in Week 7.  

    With a game against Seattle in Week 8, Dalton will have an opportunity to do big things.

Earnest Graham, Running Back

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting running back LeGarrette Blount is expected to be out a few more weeks with a knee injury, but his backup, Earnest Graham, proved to be a pretty good replacement. During his start against the New Orleans Saints, Graham rushed for 109 yards and caught two passes for 22 yards in the Bucs' win.

    Graham could be a good addition to rosters during LeGarette Blount's absence.

Jake Ballard, Tight End

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    New York Giants tight end Jake Ballard has had a touchdown reception in two of his last three games.

    Although he did not have a touchdown during Week 6 he still managed to pull in five catches for 81 yards.

    Playing very well as of a late, Ballard is a tight end worthy of being added to rosters and he is readily available on the fantasy market.

Montario Hardesty, Running Back

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    Once again Peyton Hillis had a disappointing day for the Cleveland Browns, carrying for 14 yards on six carries before injuring his hamstring and missing the rest of the game.  

    With Hillis' status up in the air, enter Montario Hardesty. Hardesty did not have a huge day in the absence of Hillis, carrying 11 times for 35 yards and adding two catches for 18, but the opportunity door is open for him.

    Hardesty may not make an impact instantly, but as things heat up for Hillis in Cleveland—between injuries and contract disputes—Hardesty could make for a good addition to fantasy rosters.