Week 7 of the NFL season in the world of fantasy football is quickly becoming known as the bye week from hell. A total of six teams will be off the schedule in Week 7 and they include: Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego.
Fake football GMs will be without the services of studs like Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Peyton Manning, LeSean McCoy, Philip Rivers, and Ryan Mathews.
That’s a lot of starters that need to be replaced just for one week. Hopefully you’ve been positioning yourself for the upcoming bye week and have already found suitable replacements. For those of you who haven’t or maybe have but have been screwed over hard with injuries, in my case I had Jake Locker lined up on my bench to take over for Matt Ryan but Locker has already been ruled out for this week, and need to scramble for replacements below you’ll find my Week 7 waiver wire pick-ups.
Matt Hasselbeck. Jake Locker has already been ruled out for the Titans’ Week 7 match-up against the Bills and if you’re scrambling for a QB bye week replacement Hasselbeck could be your man.
Brandon Weeden. The 29-year-old rookie just won his first game in the National Football League against the Cleveland Browns and this week Weeden will be squaring off against fellow rookie QB and the man chosen #1 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, Andrew Luck. Luck might be the more heralded QB and the one getting the most pub but it might be Weeden who’ll walk away at the end of the game with the win and the better fantasy numbers.
Felix Jones. There’s always at least one player who lucks into a starting gig in the NFL due to injury and this week is no different. Cowboys’ injury plagued starting RB DeMarco Murray went down with a foot sprain Week 6 against the Ravens and former starter Jones ended up rushing for 92 yards, which included a 22 yard TD run against the Ravens. Murray will be out for at least Week 7 and possibly more, which means Jones has temporarily reclaimed the starter’s job he lost to Murray last year because of his own injury problems.
Montario Hardesty. Hardesty’s another name that’s here because of injury. Browns rookie RB Trent Richardson left Sunday’s game against the Bengals with what was being described at the time as a “flank” injury. MRI results Monday showed that Richardson has a right rib cartilage injury and has been labeled with the dreaded “day-to-day” status.
Hardesty had a total 64 yards and also scored on 1-yard TD run Sunday. Hardesty isn’t the most attractive name on the waiver wire list but he has a match-up against a Colts team that just let Shonn Greene run wild on them to a tune of 161 yards and 3 TDS! If Richardson is out pick up Hardesty.
Donnie Avery. The speedster is due for a breakout game and this could be the week. Against the Jets on Sunday Avery was targeted a team high 12 times but was able to only reel in four of those targets for a total of 60 yards. Reggie Wayne is the team’s true #1 WR but he should be shadowed by Browns CB Joe Haden, which could leave the door open for Avery to haul a few extra passes and hopefully one that turns into 6 points.
Josh Gordon. In his past two games Gordon has scored 3 touchdowns, 2 of which went for 62 yards and 71 yards. Those are some nice stats to look at, especially in leagues that reward long receptions. Brandon Weeden doesn’t have a whole lot of reliable pass catching options in Cleveland and even though Greg Little is listed as the Browns’ WR1 Gordon is outplaying him and the Browns face a team that is allowing an average of 27.3 fantasy points per game.
Brandon Myers. Not the sexiest of picks in the world of fake football but depending on the size of your league he might be the only name worth taking a flier on in Week 7. In Week 6 against the Falcons Myers caught 5 balls for 62 yards and on the season he has a total of 21 catches for 290 yards. His receiving yards season average is 58 and that puts him at 6th place amongst tight ends.
Oakland Raiders. They picked off Matt Ryan three times on Sunday. Just imagine what they could do to Blaine Gabbert!