Fantasy Football's Week 7 Trendy Pickups: Jason Avant, Patrick Crayton and More

Ray TannockSenior Analyst IOctober 20, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Patrick Crayton #12 of the San Diego Chargers can't reach a ball while defended by Stanford Routt #26 of the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 10, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Another confusing and mind twisting week in fantasy football, and another week of Trendy Pickups leads us into quite possible the strangest week of them all.

Nearly all year, managers have been relegated to making daily decisions on who they were going to pick up off the waiver wire, whether it be for an injury replacement, or an attempt to cash in on the hot trending player of the week.

But in this week’s piece, you’ll see that there are some players who are either potentially on the rise, or great fits for a spot start.

Let’s take a look.

WR, Brandon Gibson, Rams: Yes, that’s right I said Gibson NOT Danario Alexander. Look don’t be that guy who just jumps on a one week bandwagon just because the player came out and had a good day. Usually when that happens, it is a product of a specific matchup that allowed Alexander that success.

Here are some other things to consider.

  • Alexander already has soreness in his 4 TIME SURGICALLY REPAIRED KNEE, Gibson is healthy as an ox
  • Gibson has been the only consistent receiver outside of Amendola on that field. Marty Gilyard has been having issues running his route properly. Laurent Robinson is not a factor. Danny Amendola will almost surely draw the attention of shut down corner Aqib Talib.
  • Brandon Gibson has already been projected to assume the majority of Mark Clayton’s duties, and it shows in his consistent work.
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Gibson may not be that guy who comes out and sets the world on fire—yet—but he is a far better option than Alexander for the interim and possible long-term.

WR, Jason Avant, Eagles: DeSean Jackson has not passed concussion tests as expected, and word is he could miss more than one week (plan on it kids). The Eagles, however, need to run with three receivers and Avant will be that guy.

Avant already knows the system well, has good hands, and could be a nice fill-in flyer this week against the Tennessee Titans who can be burned. Avant is donning an average one percent ownership in most leagues.

WR, Patrick Crayton, Chargers: Malcom Floyd is out and Legedu Naanee is dealing with a hamstring injury of his own. This means that Crayton becomes the WR1 in San Diego at least for this week, and he makes a great single week roster fill against that porous New England secondary.

If you are in bigger leagues (12 man or bigger) then you are dealing with a waiver wire that is pecked dry. But if you still want to take advantage of this situation with San Diego you can try your hand at Craig Davis for a week or two.

RB, Brandon Jacobs, Giants: I like Jacobs as a standard league option for those of you who are dealing with limited options off the WW, in lieu of Kevin Gilbride’s willingness to use him at the goal line.

Jacobs has become the short yardage TD grabber, and you can bet against the Cowboys this week he will used quite often. He is, however, of no use in PPR leagues.

Jacobs is gaining some notice, so if you’re interested act now while supplies last!

DB, Quincy Butler, Saints: Remember last year when the Saints were basically relegated to their fifth string in the secondary and they still wound up producing? Well history really does repeat itself.

Randall Gay has been ruled out with yet another concussion and his career is actually in jeopardy. The other thing to mention here is that the Saints DBs get a lot of work, which means point in IDP leagues, and with Tracy Porter already out, Butler becomes a nice possible long-term grab.

You may have to wait for your league to activate him, so go check now…I’ll wait.

This was a WR heavy piece simply because that is the trend this week, but everyone has their specific situations, so if you have a particular question, leave it below and I’ll answer it for ya.

Also, if you are wondering who to start this week check out my WR Week 7 Start Sit column you may be surprised at who you’ll find.

Good luck this week, guys.