Fantasy Football: Some Waiver Wire Options Heading into Week 7
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Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was off to a great start against the Ravens on Sunday before he sustained a foot injury that kept him out of the rest of the game.
Results from Murray's MRI on his foot shows some ligament damage and early indications are that Murray is unlikely to play in Week 7 against the Panthers.
In relief of Murray on Sunday, Felix Jones ran the ball well although running on the Ravens is no longer as difficult as it once was.
Both Murray and Jones rushed for more than 90 yards each and Jones scored a touchdown for the first time since Week 1 of the 2011 season.
Seeing Jones run well against the Ravens bolsters my confidence that he'll be able to run well against the Panthers if his name is called.
In the only week of the year with six teams on bye, Jones has the potential to be a solid RB2 this week and he's currently available in 78 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Players that appear on this waiver-wire list need to satisfy two criteria: (1) they are owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less and (2) they were not on last week's waiver-wire list. And, of course, they are worth adding to your squad(s).
In addition to Jones, here are some other players to consider adding to your roster (Yahoo! league ownership in parenthesis):
QB - Carson Palmer, Raiders (43 percent)
Through Week 6 games, Palmer ranks in the top 10 in passing yards per game (286.8) and has cut down on his interceptions (three). If you need to find a bye-week fill-in at quarterback this week, Palmer faces the Jaguars, who rank in the bottom 10 in passing yards allowed this season.
RB - Felix Jones, Cowboys (22 percent)
RB - Darryl Richardson, Rams (14 percent)
In last week's game against the Dolphins, Richardson had only one carry less than Steven Jackson's 12 carries, but he led the team in rushing with 76 yards. While I don't necessarily think that these two backs are in a timeshare going forward, Richardson has averaged 5.2 yards per carry and has been the more effective runner this season. By comparison, Jackson is averaging only 3.6 yards per carry.
RB - Vick Ballard, Colts (40 percent)
With Donald Brown having a knee scope last Tuesday, many folks picked up Ballard last week for what appeared to be a favorable matchup against the Jets. While he didn't have the performance (25 rushing yards and 17 receiving yards) many expected, the Colts trailed early and lost big, which limited Ballard's rushing attempts (eight). Ballard has a great opportunity to redeem himself as the Colts have another favorable matchup in Week 7 against the Browns.
RB - David Wilson, Giants (25 percent)
Like many rookies, Wilson struggles in pass protection and the fumble on his second carry of his career has limited his touches this season. That said, Wilson is an explosive player and is starting to earn back trust from the Giants coaching staff.
He had a career-high seven carries against the 49ers last week and he is averaging 5.8 yards per carry on his limited amount of work this season. He also ranks seventh in the league in kickoff return average in your league awards points for return yards.
RB - Montario Hardesty, Browns (three percent)
Trent Richardson left Sunday's game with an abdomen injury and if he's unable to play in Week 7, Hardesty should be the back to get the majority of touches. In Week 6, Hardesty had 15 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown plus one reception for nine yards. As noted above, the Browns and Colts face off this week and the Colts defense made Shonn Greene look like an All-Pro running back last week.
WR - Josh Gordon, Browns (14 percent)
The Browns used a second-round pick in this year's supplemental draft to select Gordon, a big receiver (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) with good athleticism. In the past two weeks, Gordon has made several big plays and three of his five receptions have gone for touchdowns of 71, 62 and 20 yards. While those big plays make him a bit of a boom-or-bust player, he has the potential for a big week in any given week and has a nice matchup this week against the Colts.
WR - Mario Manningham, 49ers (37 percent)
Through six games, Manningham has had at least three receptions each week and had a season-high 72 yards last week on five receptions. So far this season, he has 24 receptions for 258 yards and a touchdown.
WR - Davone Bess, Dolphins (33 percent)
Bess does not have as much upside as teammate Brian Hartline, but he should see a more consistent amount of targets on a weekly basis. While Hartline set a franchise record with 253 yards a couple of weeks ago, he wasn't even targeted in Week 6.
On the other hand, Bess has at least 40 receiving yards in every single game this season and has a total of 28 receptions for 388 yards over the past six games. Unfortunately, Bess and the Dolphins have their bye this week so you may want to wait a week before adding him.
WR - Chris Givens, Rams (three percent)
Although he only has five receptions over the past three weeks combined, Givens has at least 50 receiving yards in each of those games. Last week, he had season highs of three receptions for 85 yards. This week, the Rams host the Packers and it's very possible that they spend much of this game in catch-up mode and need to air it out.
TE - Brandon Myers, Raiders (five percent)
In five games, Myers have 21 receptions for a team-high 290 yards but no touchdowns. With the exception of Week 4 against the Broncos, Myers has at least 55 receiving yards in all four of his other games this year.