Week 7 Waiver Wire October 15, 2012  |  gregsauce

The waiver wire isn’t exactly teeming with fresh options this week. Many of the best potential pickups are players that could or should have been added last week. Meanwhile, most of Week 6’s breakout performers were drafted as starters back in August (nice of you to finally show up, Jordy Nelson). Still, Sunday’s games gave us a handful of injuries and a couple of workload shifts that could open the door for some fantasy free agents to make a splash in Week 7 and beyond.


Brandon Weeden, CLE – For the second week in a row, Weeden threw for over 200 yards and two touchdowns. Despite a 7-to-10 touchdown-to-interception rate for the season, Weeden makes a nice bye week fill-in for Week 7 thanks to a tasty match-up against the Colts.

John Skelton, ARI – Skelton replaced an injured Kevin Kolb near the end of the Cardinals’ loss to the Bills on Sunday. He didn’t fare especially well (2-for-10, 45 yards, 1 INT), but it’s not like Kolb was doing much better. Arizona had been winning with in spite of Kolb, but having lost their last two, this injury to Kolb presents a golden opportunity for Skelton to regain the starting job. Take notice in 2-QB leagues.


Felix Jones & Phillip Tanner, DAL – Murray was having a nice game against the Ravens on Sunday, with 93 yards on 14 carries, but he sprained his foot in the first half. Before Murray got hurt, Felix Jones stole some carries and vultured a touchdown. Jones is a must-add if Murray misses Week 7, but even if Murray plays, the Cowboys should still use Jones more to avoid aggravating Murray’s bum foot. In very deep leagues, Phillip Tanner is worth a look as the backup to Jones if Murray sits.

William Powell, ARI – Powell ran for 70 yards on 12 rushes against the Bills (5.4 YPC) en route to winning the Arizona running back sweepstakes. LaRod Stephens-Howling only managed 2.0 yards per carry and Alfonso Smith didn’t touch the ball once. Beanie Wells is still the Cardinals running back you’ll want in a few weeks, but until then, Powell is the guy.

Daryl Richardson, STL – No, Steven Jackson didn’t get injured again. Seriously, he’s fine. I’m not joking. Why won’t you believe me?! Richardson has simply been running well and taking increasing carries away from Jackson.

Jahvid Best, DET – Best is eligble to come off the PUP list this week and having had so much time off, he’s reportedly in great shape. Assuming he can put his concussion woes behind him, Best should immediately garner playing time over fake football favorite Joique Bell and perhaps even over starter Mikel LeShoure.

***UPDATE: A few hours after submitting this piece, it was reported that the Lions will not activate Best at any point this season. This is a huge blow to anyone who already added Best, but a great boon to Mikel LeShoure owners. In the scope of Waiver Wire additions, the biggest winner here is Joique Bell, who has the Lion’s 3rd-down running back role locked up for the foreseeable future.

David Wilson, NYG – By avoiding fumbles and possibly by putting a voodoo curse on one-week phenomenon Andre Brown, David Wilson has escaped Tom Coughlin’s dog house. Wilson looked sharp in limited action against the 49ers, but his fantasy value will be minimal as long as Ahmad Bradshaw continues to stay healthy and run well. Regardless, Wilson makes a fine stash, handcuff, or deep-league buy on the chance that he doubles down on voodoo curses and Bradshaw misses time again.

Montario Hardesty, CLE – Trent Richardson took a punishing hit against the Bengals on Sunday and is listed as “sore” (thanks for the hard-hitting injury analysis, Stats.com). The Browns’ rookie expects to play in Week 7, but he’s scheduled for an MRI on Monday. If Richardson can’t play, Montario Hardesty will start against a Colts defense that was just torched by the menacingly mediocre Shonn Greene in Week 6. Keep an eye on Richardson’s status through Tuesday to see if Hardesty is worth an add.

Isaac Redman, Baron Batch, & Chris Rainey, PIT – Might as well add Jerome Bettis and Willie Parker to this list, as we currently have no idea who will be running the ball for Pittsburgh in Week 7 if Rashard Mendenhall can’t go. Redman injured his ankle in last week’s contest, but because he played on Thursday, he might have enough time to heal before this week’s game. If Mendenman & Redman can’t take the stage against the Bengals on Sunday, emcee duties should fall to Batch first, then Rainey.


Devery Henderson, NO – I told you to pick up Henderson last week, but with the Saints coming off a bye, it’s possible he’s still be available this week. If Jimmy Graham can’t bounce back from a sprained ankle, Henderson will be the main beneficiary in the Saints offense.

Kendall Wright (TEN), Brandon Gibson (STL), & Josh Gordon (CLE) – Like Devery Henderson, I mentioned all of these guys last week and it’s possible they are still available in your league.

Donnie Avery, IND – Antonio Cromartie and the Jets took Reggie Wayne out of the game on Sunday and Donnie Avery saw 12 targets as a result. This defensive blueprint appears to work against the Colts, which should allow savvy fantasy managers to make Avery work for their fake teams.


Brandon Myers, OAK – Myers continues to see a healthy number of targets for the Raiders. He hasn’t found the end zone yet, but it’s only a matter of time.

David Thomas & Daniel Graham, NO – See Devery Henderson. See Devery Henderson run. See Devery Henderson catch passes. See Thomas and Graham do the same thing if Jimmy Graham doesn’t play.


Vincent Brown, WR, SD – Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem left a flaming bag of dog feces on Philip Rivers’ proverbial doorstep in prime time, so I expect Rivers will be excited to have someone anyone else to throw footballs to starting in Week 7. Vincent Brown fits the bill and is worth a speculative add for when he comes off injured reserve.

68 Responses

  1. Drew says:

    Need to fill my IR spot in a deep dynasty league. Pick up David Nelson, Jacoby Ford, or Jordan Norwood? I’m in it for the long haul.

  2. Banjoe says:

    Bench advice needed ..PPR RB’s are Rice,Mathews,Sproles , David Wilson and can’t believe being last on WW snagged Felix,Jones!. Looking at definitely making Playoffs (8 from 12 Team League)
    DST’s are thin so I have Cards + Pats b/c of future matchups.. Soo any reason to drop a Def or Wilson to Add Wm Powell or D Rich? I see Powell’s sched is brutal. So do u see Wilson as better ROS after hearing of Bradshaw’s Foot Problems? Thx VERY much with this one!

    • gregsauce says:

      Matchups-schmatchups, you shouldn’t carry two defenses. Drop one of them (I’d drop NE) and pick up Powell. His schedule may not be ideal, but he’s still a starting RB.

  3. Boot says:

    Deep question…..14 team 2 QB league…which 2 QBs do you think has the best chance of having value ROS. Kaepernick, Foles, Tebow, Matt Flynn (Rodgers and Palmer are my starters, but need a speculative backup and can use 2 roster spots….need a guy for Rodgers bye week in week 10)

    • gregsauce says:

      ROS, I’d rank them Kaepernick, Tebow, Foles, Flynn. With that said, I wouldn’t roster both Kaepernick & Tebow. Instead, I’d grab one of them and also gamble on Foles in case Vick loses the starting job for the Eagles.

  4. alisa says:

    I have kendall hunter, vick ballard and legarrette blount. which two should I play? Also, should I drop any of those for hardesty? Thanks

    • gregsauce says:

      I would drop Hunter for Hardesty. Then if Trent Richardson doesn’t play, start Ballard and Hardesty. Otherwise, start Ballard and Blount.

  5. Mike says:

    12 team 1pt PPR league and have to make two choices:
    1) Pick 1 – Darrius Heyward-Bey or Devery Henderson
    2) Pick 3 – Darren McFadden, Fred Jackson, Alfred Morris or Rashard Mendenhall OR pick-up off WW Montario Hardesty or Daryl Richardson?

    Thanks for the advise in advance!

  6. Dustin says:

    I have Flacco and Stafford which match up is better. also do you like D. Avery or D. Henderson.

  7. David says:

    Olsen is also available.

  8. David says:

    Picked up Felix but just saw someone dropped Finley. I only have Bennett at TE. Drop Felix for him? Or is it not worth it? I’m stacked at RB but Mathews and McCoy are on a bye. I can play mjd and leshoure this week. Thanks.

    • gregsauce says:

      Hold onto Jones. Finley isn’t much of an upgrade over Bennett, if at all. If you really want to add Finley, you should just drop Bennett. There’s no sense in carrying extra tight ends if guys like Finley and Olsen are free agents.

  9. Brandon says:

    Who makes the beest FLEX play here this week: Brandon Gibson, Britt, or LeShoure?

    Also start Zuerlein or Hanson at kicker this week? Thanks.

    • gregsauce says:

      I’d play Britt, but all of those options are pretty close. Regarding your kickers, I’d use Hanson, but why are you rostering two kickers?

  10. Edward O'Donnell says:

    I need help with my flex

    I have Vick Ballard, Josh Gordon, or Ben Tate?

    Who would you start as flex option?

    Also do you think Josh gordon could have a better game than Steve Smith?

    • gregsauce says:

      I’d use Ballard as your flex. Of course it’s possible Gordon could outperform Steve Smith this week, but I’d still start Smith.

  11. Icaro says:

    Just grabbed Britt from waivers :) My WR are Wallace, Nelson, S. Smith, Britt… Should i find someone else, or its better to get RB deepth ? Already have Foster, MJD, Mendy, D. Wilson

    With 3 off my 3 WR should I start this weak ?! And ROS off all ?

    Newton or BigBin this week ?!

    Many tks!

    • gregsauce says:

      This week, I’d start Nelson, Wallace, and Britt (Dallas is very good against WRs). ROS, I’d rank them Nelson, Wallace, Smith, Britt. As for your RBs, you seem pretty shallow there with Mendy hurt and D. Wilson playing behind Bradshawn (and possible Andre Brown again). You could afford to add some depth there. Lastly I’d start Roethlisberger over Newton this week.

  12. y4rivera says:

    Cobb, Andre Brown, David Wilson, and Manningham are also available. I should also mention that I have Lynch. Does that boost Turbin?

    • gregsauce says:

      I’d add Cobb for Rice or Hawkins and I’d think hard about adding one of the Giants’ RBs. Even as the Lynch owner, I think you can ignore Turbin.

  13. y4rivera says:

    Murray was in my flex. I missed out on Felix. On the bench I have Britt, P.Thomas, S.Rice, Hartline, and Hawkins. On free agency is D.Rich, Hardesty, K.Hunter, Turbin, K.Wright, and Devery. Who should I start in the flex and who should I add and drop in general (not just for this week)?

    • gregsauce says:

      I’d start Britt in your flex this week. As for adds/drops, I don’t see anyone in particular in free agency who is a strict upgrade over what you have. You seem to have a lot more WR than RB on your bench, so if you wanted to swap Rice or Hawkins for Hardesty, Richardson, or Hunter, that seems reasonable. Still, you could stick with what you’ve got and be fine too.

  14. A says:

    need some help at RB this week.PPR.. Have woodhead, redman,powell and blount. That are free agents. Only need one

  15. Josh says:

    Also, rest of season RB: J-Stew, hunter, hardesty, Richardson, Felix? I know Felix or hardesty for a week, but would you blow your FAAB money on either of them or stash one of the othe guys for a lot less? Thanks

    • gregsauce says:

      This week: Jones, Hardesty, Stewart, D. Richardson, Hunter.
      ROS: Stewart, D. Richardson, Hunter, Jones, Hardesty.

      I wouldn’t go crazy on any of these guys with FAAB unless I really needed the RB help. Stewart and Richardson seem like they’re guaranteed to get the most work, but Hunter has the most upside as a stash in case Frank Gore gets hurt.

  16. Josh says:

    PPR rest of season: Cobb, Kendall Wright, Mike Williams, Gordon? Thanks in advance.

  17. Robert says:

    Any issue with dropping Finley for Martellus Bennett? Have Celek as well.

    • gregsauce says:

      I have no issue with that. Finley and Bennett have almost identical value to me, so it comes down to personal preference.

  18. Ghost says:

    rank em! Finley, H.Miller, j.Cook, G. Olsen, D.Pitta, F. Davis, or D. Keller ROS?

  19. Randy says:

    Should I drop Andrew Hawkins for Josh Gordon for ROS?

  20. Hunter says:

    Cutler or Stafford in the MNF game?

  21. LakerSteve says:

    Greg, who to drop and what RB to pu? I’m 2-4 in a 10 team, 1pt PPR, H2H and injuries are killing me. Murray is hurt, TRich questionable, McCoy (bye), and LeShoure is @ Chi.
    We play QB, 2RB, 3WR, TE, K, DEF. My team:
    QB: Romo / Ponder
    RB: McCoy, T. Rich (Q), LeShoure, Murray
    WR: Harvin, Britt, Bowe, D. Moore, L. Moore (Q),
    TE: Graham (Q)/ Chandler
    I’m 6th on waivers, so I likely won’t get Felix, but these guys are available: Hardesty, Powell, Richardson, A. Green, Blount, Redman, Woodhead. If I knew Graham was healthy I would drop Chandler, but it looks like I need to drop either L. Moore or Ponder. Ponder has been great the last two weeks, but Romo has a good schedule now and we only play 1 QB. As always, any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

    • gregsauce says:

      Romo has had his bye, so you don’t necessarily need to keep Ponder as a backup QB. With that said, Ponder may be in the class of Romo at this point as a fantasy QB, so I would drop Lance Moore first. Your waiver targets should be Hardesty and/or Powell. Hardesty is backing up your injured starter and Powell appears to have seized a starting role of his own. If you miss out on those two, Alex Green and Daryl Richardson would be decent consolations.

  22. c3rd says:

    Do you think Danny Woodhead and LeGarrett Blount are better pick ups over Hardesty(handcuff)? Thinking of going after one of the three… and is Donald Brown drop worthy or hold on?

    • gregsauce says:

      If you have Trent Richardson, Hardesty should be your top priority for this week. Donald Brown is droppable in that scenario.

  23. Plainview says:

    How would you rank these QB fill-ins:


  24. y4rivera says:

    Which side?

    McFadden and Wallace or Green-Ellis and AJ Green

    • gregsauce says:

      McFadden & Wallace. BJGE and A.J. Green will eat into each other’s production and McFadden’s upcoming schedule is very easy.

  25. ty says:

    Hurting on this weeks byes. Standard 10tm: Vick Ballard or Felix (flex). 3rd WR. Kendall Wright or Josh Gordon

  26. RandyBP says:

    I have the frist waiver pick. Someone dropped Antonio Gates last week (play in a WR/TE league).

    Should I pick up Felix Jones or Gates?

    RBs: MJD, DMC, D Martin, Vick Ballard, Ced Ben (dropped for one of those 2)

    WRs: AJohnson, Nicks, Welker, Wayne, Garcon

    • gregsauce says:

      It depends on who your current TE is. Is the upgrade from D. Martin to F. Jones better than the upgrade of you current TE to Gates? If your only TE spot is WR/TE, I would add Jones because you wouldn’t often start Gates over A. Johnson, Nicks, Welker, or Wayne.

  27. Sully says:

    Would you consider dropping Hixon for Henderson? M. Bush for Felix, W. Powell or D Rich?

    • gregsauce says:

      It sounds like Jimmy Graham may be out a while, so I would drop Hixon for Henderson. As for Bush, I wouldn’t drop him for any of those three if I owned Matt Forte, but if you’re not the Forte owner and you need RB help now, I’d drop him for Felix Jones.

  28. keld says:

    Would you rather drop Crabtree or TB M. Willliams for Kenny Britt or stand pat?

    Also Felix Jones, D. Rich, or Powell for week 7 starter as a waiver wire add?

    I have $71 / $100 left and looking to blow quite a bit this week on Britt, Jones, and GB DST.

  29. Scott says:

    Who do you like between Freeman, Cutler and Hasselbeck as a bye week replacement QB?

  30. Nate says:

    I have Murray. Would you drop Bey, Sydney or Ballard for Felix? Have Stewart as my only other backup RB

    • gregsauce says:

      I’m assuming you mean Darrius Heyward-Bey, Sidney Rice, and Vick Ballard. Of those three, I’d drop Rice or Ballard.

  31. Benjamin L. says:

    Murray poised to miss Week 7 and potentially beyond with ligament damage – how much of $100 FAAB budget would you spend on Felix?

    • gregsauce says:

      Over a third of the way through the season, there’s not a whole lot of sense in saving FAAB dollars, so I’d spend at least half of it. If I was the Murray owner, I’d spend closer to 75%, if not more.

  32. Steve C. says:

    So I have Big Ben as my Starter and Ponder as back up (12 Team PPR league) Stashed Wilson and Best as bench RB’s . Starters are Rice, Mathews, Sproles, Would I be crazy to think of dropping Ponder if I can pick up more depth? Not many RB My Wr’s are Julio, Antonio, Mike Wms. and Avery.. Last on ww but would like to try and Add Britt if he reaches me? RB’s available JQuizz, D.Rich, Powell?? Thanx for ur opinion !!

    • gregsauce says:

      Now that Roethlisberger has had his bye, it’s totally justifiable to drop your backup QB for help at other positions. Britt seems like the best add of the players you listed because you might start him over Williams and/or Avery, but Powell, Richardson, and ‘Quizz all have value going forward and would be fine consolations prizes (I’d rank them in that order, for what it’s worth).

  33. sam says:

    I got VIck on bye, Flacco as backup don’t like his matchup with TEX, should I pickup Hasselbeck to start against BUF??

  34. Jay says:

    As a bye week filler for week7 who would be better Gibson or Henerson?

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