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Fantasy Football: Week 7 Waiver Wire

10.18.11 at 8:45 am ET

Here are the big names on the week seven waiver wire. As usual, we’€™ll be adding players all day at, and we’€™ll have more options for those of you who play in deeper leagues. We also have forums for those of you with specific questions, so please feel free to check us out and to submit a question. We will get back to you within 24 hours and usually the same day.

Christian Ponder, QB, Vikings

We liked what we saw in limited action. Ponder came in cold and looked the part. He made some solid reads and bought time with his feet. Minnesota is not a great place for a young QB, but he does have support on the ground in the form of Adrain Peterson. The offense looked completely different with Ponder versus Donovan McNabb at the helm. We think they will make the switch this week, but if they do go back to McNabb, it won’€™t last long. Ponder is a guy to grab in long term formats and large seasonal leagues. He is a pickup option only in very large formats.

Blaine Gabbert, QB, Jaguars

Yes, Blaine Gabbert! His early number may not look great, but take them in proper context. He’€™s faced really tough defenses and he is a very young player with no typical rookie offseason. He also has meager weapons in comparison to Cam Newton and Andy Dalton. We’€™re pretty impressed with what we’€™ve seen so far. His schedule lightens up after this week.  He could be your bye week option for week 8, 9 or 11.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys

He is going to get his shot and if you own Felix Jones, you should already have him. DeMarco has eye-popping talent, so get him in all formats. He’€™s an aggressive runner who could post big numbers for the Cowboys and he’€™ll be active in the passing game too. Tashard Choice will also be a factor, but we expect Murray to separate himself and to get the bulk of the action.

Montario Hardesty, RB, Browns

With Hillis now banged up, Hardesty is the first in line for the job. We also like their third back Armond Smith, who you should consider going after in larger formats, but for now, Hardesty is the guy to get in lineups. He is a dual threat and will be a force both as a runner and a receiver. He is looking healthy and well recovered from his ACL injury last August. We don’€™t how long Hillis will be out, but he looks likely to miss this week. We’€™d go after Monatrio in all but very small formats.

Earnest Graham, RB, Buccaneers

He played very well and got the lion’€™s share of the workload. Graham is a very good bet to start again this week and he can help you in the short term. If he is still available, he can help you in any league until LeGarrette Blount makes it back.

Greg Little, WR, Browns

We told you about him a while back, but he is now starting. Little could really take off now. Get him in any format if you can. He’€™s got all the tools you need to make it and he is becoming their number one option. We like the potential he has with Colt McCoy as he is a very dynamic player after the catch. He is a big upside player and he is available in a lot of smaller to medium sized leagues. We’€™d pick him up in any league.

Arrelious Benn, WR, Buccaneers

The Tampa offense is looking for a consistent option and Benn could eventually turn into that player. He’€™s getting stronger week-to-week, so this week’€™s outburst could be the beginning. We like him in all but the smallest of leagues. Roster him now and use him as a WR4. In a few weeks, he could become a weekly starter. Benn is nice pickup in medium to large formats.

Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens

Yes, we are betting against Lee Evans. You should too. This kid has more bust and apart from a rough day against Darrelle Revis, he has looked quite good. Joe Flacco‘€™s arm strength allows them to use this kid’€™s deep speed. He’€™s worth an add in all large leagues and some smaller ones too. At the very least, he is a player to watch due to his upside.

Jared Cook, TE, Titans

He was picking it up before the bye.  Pick Cook up if he was dropped. He can be a solution for you at tight end if you have a need. He’€™s got big upside and a legit role in the offense with the season-ending injury to Kenny Britt. Cook is an option between the 20s and is also a developing red zone target. He has a chance to close out 2011 very well. He is an option in any format.

Fred Davis, TE, Redskins

Davis was back to being their number one option through the air and we expect that to continue. The big tight end runs like a smaller man and he can be your starter, so pick him up if you are in need in any sized league. The touchdowns are coming.

Jake Ballard, TE, Giants

He continues to look good and so does the Giants’€™ offense. He’€™s worth an add in large to mid-sized leagues. Don’€™t sign him as a week seven solution as he is out on the bye. Nevertheless, Ballard is flashing solid skills and could end up being a weekly starter at some point.



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