Fantasy Football: Some Waiver Wire Options Heading into Week 7
Some of the names on our waiver-wire list from last week were on bye. Coming off byes, however, they have favorable matchups and, if still available in your league, are worth picking up in your fantasy league(s).
For example, quarterback Tim Tebow faces the Miami Dolphins, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, on "Gator Day." Interestingly enough, Tebow will make his first start of the season on the road, but he'll be one of the members of the 2009 Florida BCS Championship team that will be honored that night.
Meanwhile, Chiefs running back Jackie Battle, who is coming off a 119-yard rushing performance against the Colts, gets another favorable matchup against the Raiders. Going into Week 6, the Raiders have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
That said, neither Tebow, Battle or other guys like Darrius Heyward-Bey, Greg Little, Doug Baldwin, etc. will appear on this week's list despite being good options, because they appeared on last week's list.
We have two criteria for a player to be eligible for the list one they are available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues and second they weren't mentioned in the previous week's list. And, of course, we must believe that they offer value to fantasy owners.
Here are some players to consider as waiver-wire pickups heading into Week 7:
QB—Matt Cassel, Chiefs (owned in 33 percent of Yahoo! leagues): Cassel has three straight games with a passer rating of 100-plus and a 7:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio during that span. In Cassel's first game after the bye, he faces the Raiders, who have allowed a league-high 12 passing touchdowns this season. In addition, Cassel will have an additional weapon in the passing game as Jonathan Baldwin, the team's first-round pick, is expected to make his debut this weekend.
RB—DeMarco Murray, Cowboys (10 percent): Cowboys running back Felix Jones, who already had a shoulder injury, suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, which means he will miss the next several weeks. Murray had twice as many carries (10) than Tashard Choice (five) in the game so he should be in line for the larger share of work between the two backs. Although Murray had only 32 rushing yards, a team high, on Sunday, he has two favorable matchups in the next two weeks against the Rams and Eagles.
RB—Montario Hardesty, Browns (18 percent): If Peyton Hillis misses time due to a hamstring injury, Hardesty will see a significant boost in his workload. While Murray has great fantasy matchups in back-to-back games, the Browns have back-to-back tough matchups for running backs against the Seahawks and 49ers. Both teams rank in the top seven in fewest rushing yards allowed per game and the 49ers are the only team in the league to not have allowed any rushing touchdowns this season. With six teams on bye, however, Hardesty could still be a solid flex option in both weeks if Hillis is out.
RB—Bernard Scott, Bengals (10 percent): If and when Cedric Benson serves his three-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy, Scott will likely be the guy to get the majority of the work. Against the Colts this week, Scott had a season-high 11 carries, perhaps in preparation for that expanded role. Unfortunately, Scott's performance was less than mediocre (29 yards). In six games this season, Scott has 30 carries for 85 yards (2.8 yards per carry), but a couple 20-carry games might be in Scott's future.
WR—James Jones, Packers (48 percent): Jones had only one reception in Week 6, but he finished just shy of double-digit fantasy points (9.5 in standard-scoring leagues) since his one catch was a 35-yard touchdown. Although there are plenty of viable options in the Packers' passing attack, Jones has now scored in three consecutive games.
WR—Danario Alexander, Rams (12 percent): In four games played this season, Alexander has 14 receptions for 287 yards and a touchdown after he had six receptions for a team-high 91 yards Sunday. One concern for Alexander is his continued ability to stay healthy. Alexander, who led all of college football with 1,781 receiving yards in 2009, was undrafted in 2010 because of multiple knee surgeries.
WR—Demaryius Thomas, Broncos (one percent): With the trade of Brandon Lloyd to St. Louis, Demaryius Thomas should get a fair amount of targets assuming he returns to the field in Week 7. Unfortunately for Thomas, one of Denver's two first-round picks last year, the team's other first-round pick last year will be throwing those passes. While Eric Decker is the receiver that benefits the most with Lloyd's departure, Thomas is a big (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) and athletic receiver with plenty of upside.
TE—Fred Davis, Redskins (44 percent): With fellow tight end Chris Cooley scheduled for surgery on his broken finger this week, the opportunities for Davis should continue to be plentiful. Davis, who had six receptions for 95 yards in Week 6, now has three games with five-plus receptions and 86-plus yards.
If you're looking for Week 7 rankings, our rankings will be updated by Wednesday at The Tip Drill, our fantasy section.
Good luck in Week 7!
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