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Fantasy Football: Week 7 waiver wire

10.15.13 at 9:57 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 7 waiver wire. Things start to get more challenging this week as the byes hit in full force. We also had injuries to some major players over the weekend, which will have some fantasy GMs searching for answers. For those of you who play in deeper formats, head on over to Rotobahn.com for even more free agent options. I will be adding names throughout the day as I continue to work through the Week 6 game film. I’€™ll be back here at WEEI on Friday with my starts and sits.  I’€™ll also  sit down with Jim Hackett for the Fantasy Football Podcast brought to you by our friends at Mohegan Sun. You can find the podcast in our audio on demand section.

QUARTERBACKS

Jay Cutler, Bears

You can still get him in 24 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and he’€™s looking more and more like a weekly starting option, even in smaller leagues. The new coaching staff has really improved things in Chicago, and the personnel has been upgraded as well.

Andy Dalton, Bengals

He’€™s available in 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and he can be a strong play when the matchup is right. Dalton’€™s weapons are all young and improving, and that includes rookies Gio Bernard and Tyler Eifert.

Terrelle Pryor, Raiders

You can still get him 63 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He can be your starter on most weeks if need be because he gives you extra points with his feet and he has underrated weapons around him.

Sam Bradford, Rams 

He’€™s got a lot of good receivers to work with, and the running game has been stabilized in recent weeks by our guy Zac Stacy. Bradford can help you when the matchup is right, and you can still get him in 51 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Nick Foles, Eagles

We’€™ve always liked Foles, and now he may have stolen the starting gig from Michael Vick. He’€™s a much more accurate passer than Vick and he runs the offense the way Chip Kelly wants it run. Foles is definitely worth a speculative add right now if you have a roster spot for him and a need at quarterback. Foles can be had in 71 percent of CBS leagues.

Josh Freeman, Vikings

He could end up starting as soon as this week, and he is the most talented quarterback in Minnesota at this point. In larger formats, he might be worth adding now. You can get him in 84 percent of CBS leagues.

RUNNING BACKS

 Zac Stacy, Rams

He’€™s still available in 61 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and that’€™s a joke. Stacy has the gig in St. Louis and should have had it all along. He can help you as a bye week starter as or as a strong RB3 or flex. He was one of my underrated backs in the 2013 class. Check out our pre-draft scouting report if you’€™ve never seen Stacy run.

Andre Ellington, Cardinals

Ellington was one of my favorite backs in the 2013 draft class, and he’€™s really lived up to expectations. Allow me to correct some of the misconceptions about Ellington. During last week’€™s broadcast of the Cardinals-49ers game, the announcers para-quoted Arizona coach Bruce Arians as saying, ‘€œIf he was 10 pounds bigger, he’€™d be another [Darren] Sproles.’€  This quote has been repeated in a few places since.  Folks, if Ellington was 10 pounds bigger, he’€™d then be 19 pounds heavier than Sproles.  He’€™s currently nine pounds heavier.  There’€™s further speculation that Arians doesn’€™t view Ellington as an every-down back.  This is all nonsense, and Arians has said so directly. Ellington may continue to split time with Rashard Mendenhall, but it won’€™t be because he needs to gain weight or because the coach doesn’€™t see him as a full-time back. It’€™s because the team is bringing him along at a steady pace — possibly due to Ellington’€™s health woes last offseason. Ellington is available in 64 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and that should change this week after he performed so well in Week 6 against San Francisco.

Brandon Jacobs, Giants 

I’€™m hesitant to go too crazy over one game, but Jacobs’€™ Week 6 performance was certainly noteworthy. It was a true turn-back-the-clock outing for the 31-year old tailback. He may not have the staying power of Ellington and Stacy, but he’€™s hot right now and he should be a big factor for at least the next two weeks unless David Wilson gets some really good medical news. Jacobs can start for you in any format this week vs. the Vikings and next week at the Eagles.

Shane Vereen, Patriots

It’€™s getting close to that time. Vereen will be back for Week 11, and we’€™d expect him to hit the ground running. If you are looking for some running back depth to take you through the entire 16-week season, Vereen can absolutely help you, and he is available in 68 percent of Yahoo! leagues. If you have a good team, you should find a way to roster this guy as soon as possible.  He’€™ll have RB2 upside as soon as he gets back, and he’€™s worth even more in PPR scoring.

Chris Ivory, Jets

His workload will continue to grow if he can stay healthy in the coming weeks. He’€™s not a bad guy to add if you need some upside at the position. The Jets are blocking the run very well right now, and Mike Goodson is done for the year with an ACL. That leaves things to Ivory and Bilal Powell in the Jets backfield. The former Saint is available in 78 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Joseph Randle, Cowboys

He’€™s available in 94 percent of CBS leagues, and he may get a few starts depending on what kind of timetable they put on Demarco Murray‘€™s knee. Randle can help you in the near term as a way to protect yourself against Murray missing games, though Murray claims he might play this week.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Justin Blackmon, Jaguars

Despite my begging and pleading, this guy still can be had in one out of five Yahoo! leagues. Make sure he is taken in yours, and make a claim if he’€™s not. He’€™s really come back strong.

Michael Floyd, Cardinals

You can still land him in 41 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Floyd finally broke through and found the zone against the 49ers, and I think he’€™ll become a regular TD guy going forward. Add him in any league where he’€™s available. As I said last week, Floyd has serious upside.

Rueben Randle, Giants

Randle can help you get through the bye weeks, and he’€™s available in 49 percent of Yahoo! leagues.  He gives you solid performances on most weeks, plus you get a nice lottery ticket in the event that Hakeem Nicks gets traded in the coming days, as rumors suggest he might. It makes plenty of sense for all involved when you consider the Giants’ won-loss record.

Percy Harvin, Seahawks

You need a roster spot that can be dead for a few weeks, but it sounds as if Harvin may be back sooner than expected if you listen to coach Pete Carroll. Harvin would be a weekly starter as soon as he’€™s starting for Seattle, so the time to add him is now in all leagues that give you some bench space to play with.

Terrance Williams, Cowboys

We like Williams, as we said in our rookie rankings this summer, but we had him targeted for a 2014 fantasy arrival. The recent injury to Miles Austin may have sped up the timeline, and I’€™d consider adding Williams if you have a bench spot to play with. The kid has the talent, as we knew, and now he’€™s forcing his way onto the field. You can still get him in 57 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Keenan Allen, Chargers

As with Williams, we had Allen pegged as a 2014 breakout guy. Well, after season-ending injuries to Danario Alexander and Malcom Floyd, Allen’€™s time has arrived a little early. He has a chance to give you WR3 value on most weeks, and he can be had in 68 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Oh, and he went off Monday night against the Colts.

Harry Douglas, Falcons

He’€™s been around for a few years now, and we’€™ve always said that he’€™d be a solid guy if he got more looks. Well, with Julio Jones‘€™ season-ending injury, he’€™ll get just that. Douglas should end up having some value in smaller leagues and will certainly have weekly value in larger formats. He’€™s still available in 64 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Aaron Dobson, Patriots 

If you watched Sunday’€™s game, you know that Dobson played a very high percentage of the snaps. While he had a few more hiccups, he also caught six balls on 10 targets. It was his third game with 10 targets. This is a player to keep a close eye on in 10-team leagues and a player to add in all other leagues. Dobson is available in 81 percent of CBS leagues and was one of our favorite players heading into the 2013 NFL draft.

Jarrett Boykin, Packers

If the rumors about Randle Cobb are correct, and he misses the next 6-8 weeks, then Boykin is a player to add right now. He’€™s the player most likely to pick up value in the wake of Cobb’€™s injury, and he could have enhanced Week 7 value if James Jones (leg) is out, too.

TIGHT ENDS

Heath Miller, Steelers

You can still get him in 51 percent of leagues, and he’€™s up to his old tricks with Ben Roethlisberger. Miller looked all systems go last week against the Jets.  He can help you in any format.

Jeff Cumberland, Jets

He’€™s looking better every week and he even scratched out a few nice grabs against a Steelers defense that is always brutal on tight ends. Cumberland in available in 96 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Jordan Reed, Redskins

He’€™s available in 91 percent of Yahoo! leagues and he has legitimate upside if he can stay healthy. He’€™s already the lead tight end in the passing game for Washington and he’€™ll get plenty of red zone looks once they get things ironed out with the offense.

Charles Clay, Dolphins

He’€™s available in 61 percent of Yahoo! leagues and he’€™s been very consistently involved in the offense since Dustin Keller suffered a season-ending injury. Clay has the added benefit of being past his bye week.

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