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Fantasy Football Week 7: Earnest Graham and 4 Players to Start for Injured Stars

Nick KostoraContributor IIIOctober 21, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 7: Earnest Graham and 4 Players to Start for Injured Stars

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    With a bevy of stars injured this week, there are some unheralded players who may deserve spots in your fantasy lineup.

    Players like Kevin Walter and Earnest Graham may not be household names, but they could prove valuable for at least this week.

    The Lions went through a debacle with the attempted Ronnie Brown trade, and that puts even more pressure on Maurice Morris to show his value against the Falcons.

    Here are four players to start this week in place of injured stars.

4. Maurice Morris

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    Jahvid Best is out with a serious concussion and Maurice Morris will be thrust into the starting role this week against the Atlanta Falcons.

    The attempted trade for Ronnie Brown may have affected other players, but Morris has been in this league long enough to know his role.

    The Lions have not been great rushing the ball this season, but against the Falcons, they will look to at least establish a ground game early.

    If Morris can break a few big runs on the first couple drives, then he could be in store for a surprisingly good day on the ground.

    Earnest Graham is a better option if available, but don't count out Morris.

3. Kevin Walter

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    Andre Johnson has not been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans. That being said, even if he plays, he will not be at 100 percent because of his hamstring injury.

    That leaves the door open for a player like Kevin Walter to step up and get more receptions.

    Walter has 15 receptions on the year for 182 yards.

    Look for him to produce better numbers this week with the hampered Johnson.

2. Earnest Graham

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    LeGarrette Blount will not play in London this week against the Chicago Bears because of a knee injury.

    He missed Week 6 action as well and, with a bye coming up next week, it makes sense to give him the extra rest.

    Earnest Graham is a capable backup who has carried the load before. Last week, he averaged 6.4 yards on 17 carries.

    If you are in need of a running back or flex player, then consider Graham.

1. Carson Palmer

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    Carson Palmer is a bit of a mystery because of his situation, but if things go right, he could be a great fantasy option this week.

    Jason Campbell is out, but realistically Palmer is the new starting quarterback anyway. You do not trade first-round picks for a backup.

    The Chiefs do not pose much of a threat—especially with their best defensive playmaker Eric Berry out for the season.

    Palmer has a chance to come back to the NFL in a big way.

    If your starting QB is on a bye week, then Palmer could be a great boom-or-bust play.

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