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Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings: Maurice Morris and Week 7 Bye Week Saviors

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Maurice Morris #28 of the Detroit Lions rushes during the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2011

Just because your superstar is on a bye, don't resort to using some lowly backup who will generate no points this week. Be proactive, start making some moves and steal a victory with your fantasy football hero on the bench.

Here are a few players who are likely on your waiver wire that can save you from peril in Week 7. 

 

Maurice Morris, Detroit Lions

Jahvid Best sustained a concussion last week. It resulted in the Lions trading Jerome Harrison and some change for Ronnie Brown. Unfortunately—or fortunately, depending on how you look at it—the doctors found a tumor during Harrison's physical. The trade was voided.

That makes Morris the feature back in Detroit. If you're in a bind and need a flex play or a second running back, don't hesitate to make a play for Morris. He's only got 20 yards on the season, but he's good for at least 10 touches this week.

The Falcons' top priority is going to be Calvin Johnson and the Lions' passing game, which opens the door for Morris to pick up garbage yards this week.

Since all yards count the same in fantasy, Morris is worth the gamble. 

 

Kevin Walter

With Andre Johnson's lingering hamstring injury, Walter is the beneficiary of the Texans passing game.

Last week, Arian Foster was shut down for 49 yards on 15 carries. This week, the Titans' Top-10 run defense will bring more of the same.

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 09:  Wide receiver Kevin Walter #83 of the Houston Texans tries to make a move against safety Jerome Boyd #30 of the Oakland Raiders on October 9, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Raiders won 25 to 20.(Photo by Thomas B. Sh
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Meanwhile, Walter has put up over 50 yards in each of his last two games. Make no mistake, the Texans will air it out if and when Foster struggles again.

He's good for at least 50 yards and there is a solid chance he finds the end zone on Sunday.

 

Steve Breaston

Steve Breaston is finally becoming the kind of threat that the Chiefs thought he would be when they overpaid for him in the offseason. He has 196 yards receiving in his last three games and managed to score two touchdowns in his last game after being held out of the end zone all season long. 

Breaston's starting status will need to be evaluated on a week-to-week basis, but he's up against a Raiders secondary that allows 283.5 yards per game through the air.

Given that the Chiefs are doomed to fall behind early, expect them to air it out and Breaston to have another solid week.

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