Fantasy Football: Some Waiver-Wire Options Heading into Week 7

One of the players on our waiver-wire list last week, Giants running back Brandon Jacobs revived the G-Men's rushing attack with a strong performance on Thursday Night Football against the Bears.

Although the Giants lost their sixth straight game to start the season, it wasn't Jacobs' fault. Jacobs rushed for 106 yards and two scores and ended up with 22 fantasy points.

Provided that he's still available in your fantasy league — and he's available in about two-thirds of Yahoo! leagues, he's worth adding to your fantasy roster with a favorable matchup coming up in another prime-time matchup.

Playing on Monday Night Football in Week 7, the Giants will host the Vikings, who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season.

Every week, we compile a list of potential additions to your fantasy squad(s) that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in either the short- or long-term (or both).

For a player to appear on this list, he needs to satisfy two criteria: (1) he is owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less and (2) he was not on last week's waiver-wire list.

So, in other words, Jacobs won't appear on the list below since he only meets one of our self-imposed two criteria.

Some players from last week's list still worth adding, if available, in your league(s) include Jacobs, Pierre Thomas, Zac Stacy, Keenan Allen, Percy Harvin, Kendall Wright, Terrance Williams, etc.

Here's a new list of players to consider adding to your fantasy squad (sorted by position and Yahoo! ownership):

QB - Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (owned in 19 percent of Yahoo! leagues)

Through five games, Tannehill is on pace to throw for 4,426 yards this year after throwing for 3,294 last season. Although he has a mediocre 6-to-5 TD-to-INT ratio, he has a favorable matchup this week against the Bills. The Bills have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in all but one game and 300-plus passing yards in three of their past four.

QB - Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (14 percent)

If Michael Vick does not start in Week 7, Foles is a nice plug-and-play option against the Cowboys, who currently allow the most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season.

Although Foles is obviously not as athletic as Vick, he rushed for a touchdown and threw three others against the Bucs on Sunday. Carolina's Cam Newton is the only quarterback that had more fantasy points than Foles last week.

RB - Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons (47 percent)

It's unclear whether Steven Jackson (hamstring) will be able to return in Week 7 and at this point, it appears that he won't play. If he isn't ready to go, it will be a combination of Rodgers and Jason Snelling against the Bucs this week.

In his past three games, Rodgers has a total of 239 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.

RB - Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals (36 percent)

Once again, Ellington had another productive game for the Cardinals. Once again, he was more productive than teammate Rashard Mendenhall.

The rookie out of Clemson carried the ball seven times for 56 yards and a touchdown and caught another five passes for 36 yards. On the season, Ellington has 25 carries for 176 yards (7.0 yards per carry) with 18 receptions for 180 yards and two total touchdowns.

RB - Roy Helu, Washington Redskins (18 percent)

Helu is more of a stash in the event that Alfred Morris suffers an injury, but he has a total of 161 yards from scrimmage in his past two games. Two seasons ago as a rookie, Helu had a stretch late in the season with three consecutive 100-yard rushing games and he set the franchise's single-game receptions (14) record.

RB - Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys (one and seven percent, respectively)

It appears that DeMarco Murray will miss Week 7's matchup against the Eagles as he left Sunday's game with an MCL sprain. Based on talent, I prefer Dunbar over Randle, but Dunbar has missed the previous two games with a hamstring injury. If Dunbar is unable to play in Week 7, it will obviously mean even more carries for Randle in Philadelphia.

RB - Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers (six percent)

In his previous three seasons, Tolbert had a total of 28 touchdowns. Although he didn't score in either of the team's first two games, he now has three touchdowns in his past three games including two against the Vikings on Sunday.

While DeAngelo Williams could have a huge week against the Rams, who have allowed three 140-yard rushers in the past four games, Tolbert could be worth a flier if you're desperate at running back this week.

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WR - Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons (36 percent)

With Julio Jones (foot) out for the season and Roddy White's (hamstring) status in doubt for Week 7, we could see a lot of Douglas even though he's been inconsistent up to this point. Douglas has 16 receptions (on 27 targets) for 219 yards and no touchdowns.

WR - Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills (32 percent)

Woods had only two receptions for nine yards in Week 6, but he has at least 60 receiving yards in half of his games this season. Unfortunately for Woods, his fantasy owners and Bills fans, the team is without E.J. Manuel, who suffered his second knee injury in the past couple of months and he will miss a few more games.

WR - Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots (14 percent)

With Danny Amendola suffering another injury, it should continue to mean more snaps for Dobson, who played 80 of the team's 88 offensive snaps on Sunday. Dobson has been targeted 10 times in three of his five games played and he has 19 receptions for 230 yards and a touchdown on the year.

WR - Stephen Hill, New York Jets (13 percent)

With a special combination of size and speed, Hill has the potential for a monster week any time he steps on the field. Unfortunately, he has also suffered some drops and is playing with a rookie quarterback. Through six games, Hill has 18 receptions for 300 yards and one touchdown.

WR - Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (seven percent)

Although he has only 21 catches through six games, Baldwin has a team-high 344 receiving yards and a touchdown. He has a reception of at least 24 yards in all six games this season.

WR - Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers (two percent)

With Packers receiver Randall Cobb expected to miss the next six to eight weeks with a broken fibula, Boykin will get an opportunity for increased snaps and targets. Although there is optimism that James Jones, who left last week's game early as well, may be able to play in Week 7, Boykin could be in store for a solid performance this week against the Browns. Shutdown corner Joe Haden will likely shadow Jordy Nelson this week.

WR - Kris Durham, Detroit Lions (one percent)

Durham led the Lions in receptions (eight), targets (13) and yards (83) in Week 6 against the Browns. On the season, Durham has 16 receptions for 215 yards and a score. While he's unlikely to have many/any more games with 13 targets, Durham should get several targets per game in an offense that throws it as much as any other.

TE - Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (49 percent)

For the second consecutive week, Miller finished with at least six receptions and 70 yards. While he may not the upside that many of the young tight ends possess, he is a solid contributor and a low-end TE1 going forward.

My Rest-of-Season Rankings (Weeks 7-16): Quarterbacks - Running Backs - Wide Receivers - Tight Ends

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