Fantasy Football 2012, Week 7: Waiver wire scoops

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Which players can help in Week 7 and add some extra depth to your bench for the bye blues?

This is a big week for byes with several fantasy-relevant teams going on byes. The clubhouse leader for MVP and Atlanta's loaded pass offense headline the group with the Chargers, Eagles and Broncos also getting the week off. Reggie Bush's Dolphins and Jamaal Charles' Chiefs also will not be suiting up.

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Brandon Weeden, Browns - The 90-year-old former baseball player from the dead-ball era is starting to look like a QB. Not counting his ugly Week 1, Weeden has completed 117 of his 196 passes for 1,401 yards, seven TDs and six picks in five games. The fairly high interception total puts his passer rating at 80.8, which isn't exactly setting the NFL on fire. However, the 39.2 attempts per game are a good starting point for a fantasy QB. He'll get the Colts next week and is a serviceable option for teams that have Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning, Michael Vick or Phillip Rivers on a bye.

Bottom line: There are worse people to spot-start against the Colts, especially if Trent Richardson can't give it go.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills - Ryan Fitzpatrick might finally be getting his act together. Three weeks ago he threw four picks against the Patriots, but in the two following games he only threw one against two formidable defenses in the 49ers and Cardinals. Things get better for him as the Bills take on the Titans. Those same Titans that are getting smoked in the passing game and are allowing a league-worst 107.9 passer rating to opposing QBs. While Jordan Babineaux should help, Fitz is in line for a nice day in front of the home folks.

Bottom line: Fitzpatrick might be solid if the Bills can keep him from dealing with Wimbley and Morgan. He's a low-end QB1 this week.

Running Backs

Felix Jones, Cowboys - Felix the Running Back had one of his best games in quite some time and his score from 22 yards out was one of the better plays on the day. His name in this column has nothing to do with performance, though. DeMarco Murray injured his foot and Felix may be in line for the starting gig against the Panthers. The Panthers still rank 23rd against the run despite making some investments to limit the damage, including drafting Luke Kuechly in the first round. If DeMarco Murray misses the game, Jones will be a RB2. Murray may have ligament damage, so Jones may get the job for multiple weeks.

Bottom line: He should be owned in all leagues.

Vick Ballard, Colts - Monster Ballard's first start was pretty soft with only eight carries for 25 yards on the ground. He is still a starting running back and he should see an improvement next week against the Browns. Although, his struggles actually bode well for Donald Brown.

Bottom line: He should be owned in all leagues.

Montario Hardesty, Browns - Trent Richardson is dealing with a rib injury and Hardesty filled in as the featured back on Sunday. He finished with 15 carries for 56 yards and a TD. If Richardson misses the game, he'll get a beautiful matchup against the Colts. The same Colts team that just got shredded for 161 and three TDs against Shonn Greene.

Bottom line: He should be owned by any owner in a jam this week.

Daryl Richardson, Rams - There was a ton of hype coming into the season behind Isaiah Pead as Steven Jackson's handcuff. As fate would have it, Richardson has stepped it up and has turned the Rams into an RBBC team. That's something that S-Jax hasn't dealt with since his days with Marshall Faulk. Richardson doesn't dance in the backfield and he's just another unheralded back to come out in the draft that just "gets it." He is one of the best handcuffs and might be a flex even with S-Jax active.

Bottom line: He might get some garbage time against the Packers and is a decent flex this week in deep
leagues. He should be owned in 14-team leagues.

David Wilson, Giants - Hey! Wilson hasn't fumbled and he's getting touches. Andre Brown might miss some more time and Ahmad Bradshaw has been getting some serious work. While Bradshaw has been extremely productive, his healthy concerns are certainly compounded by the heavy workload.

Isaac Redman, Steelers - It didn't take Rashard Mendenhall long to get hurt. The Illinois product suffered an injury
on Thursday and it allowed Redman to put up 105 receiving yards and 14 yards on the ground. He might
be a useful asset in PPR leagues. Brandon Batch is also on the radar in deeper leagues. Stay tuned for
the injury news on Mendy.

Bottom line: Redman is a player to add in 14-team PPR leagues.

New Hot Handcuffs

Jamie Harper, Titans - He's FUCJ's new handcuff and actually scored against the Steelers. You could do worse in
deep leagues.

Bryce Brown, Eagles - LeSean McCoy getting dinged up and is showing up on the injury report.

LeGarrette Blount, Buccaneers - He's getting some carries and is arguably playing better than Doug Martin

Jonathan Grimes, Jets - Joe McKnight has a high-ankle sprain and Bilal Powell could be out a while. It's crazy how much Shonn Greene's value went up on Sunday, by the way.

Cedric Peerman, Bengals - Getting third-down looks and Bernard Scott is done.

Johnny White, Packers - The Packers claimed him on Monday and Alex Green has done nothing to show he's
capable of being the guy. Crazier things have happened.

Wide Receivers

Almost all of these guys are repeats, so let's not spend too much time on them.

Mike Williams, Buccaneers - He's a must-own guy. Pretty simple.

Donnie Avery, Colts - He had 12 targets on Sunday, which was more than Reggie Wayne. As stated last week, he's the obvious Z receiver and he should continue to see targets. He already had his bye and has a fantastic schedule over the next eight weeks: CLE, TEN, MIA, JAX, NE, BUF, DET and TEN. A called him a must-add on Twitter on Sunday and I stick by that notion.

Bottom line: He should be owned in all leagues.

Kendall Wright, Titans - Wright ranks 14th in the league in targets as well as receptions on the season. He's a
legit WR3 in PPR leagues and the Titans have a nice schedule with Buffalo and Indy up next.

Bottom line: Wright should be owned in all 12-team PPR leagues.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders - Amazing that he's back so soon after being knocked out by Ryan Mundy just two weeks prior. He didn't get dialed in for a full load, but it's a good sign since no other receiver besides Denarius Moore has asserted himself.

Bottom line: Fantasy owners can't start him, but he's a nice guy to stash in 12-team leagues.

Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens, Rams - One of the most intriguing topics of the weekend was trying to figure out who is going to replace Danny Amendola. After one week, it's still not that clear. I'd give the edge to Gibson, but Givens has more upside. Plan accordingly.

Josh Gordon, Browns - No player has a higher yards-per-reception average than Josh Gordon's 22.8 (minimum 10 receptions). This is the fourth time I've covered him and I'm planning on looking for a dead horse to beat after this.

Stephen Hill, Jets - The Jets want to be a running team, but they were ranked near the bottom of the league in rushing before their 252-yard explosion on Sunday. They have nobody at WR and that explains why they put up just 99 passing yards and scored five offensive TDs. Hill has exhibited a solid route-running ability contrary to what draft heads said. Potential owners need to be aware he's going to be inconsistent, but he might be a WR3 in plus matchups. Hill has upside and should be owned in some 14-team leagues.

Lance Kendricks, Rams - Kendricks was part of the offense against the Dolphins with four catches for 40 yards on his four targets. The Dolphins get a terrific edge rush, so Kendricks had a bad matchup. In a somewhat unrelated note, it was surprising to see that the Rams only allowed two sacks on 39 pass attempts. Well, Kendricks should see better days and he's worth monitoring.

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