Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 7
Christian Ponder (MIN): He's been on this list a couple times, but he's still only owned in 40% of Yahoo! leagues. His 352 yard two touchdown performance on Sunday proved further that he can be relied on regularly in all fantasy formats. He now has more than 240 yards in four of his six games, and has scored 2+ touchdowns in four of six games.
Carson Palmer (OAK): Another player returning to the list, Palmer is owned in only 43% of Yahoo! leagues. Palmer only has one bad statistical game, and he's been great for fantasy owners in the other four. He's topped 290 yards in three of five games, and in one of the games that he didn't, he threw for three touchdowns. He'll face the 23rd ranked Jaguars pass defense this week.
Matt Hasselbeck (TEN): Jake Locker will be out for at least one more week, which means that Matt Hasselbeck will get at least one more start. Hasselbeck will face the Bills, who field the league's 20th ranked pass defense which has given up the 7th most passing touchdowns. Hasselbeck has been solid, but not great in his three starts so far, but those have been against the league's 4th, 10th, and 7th ranked pass defenses. Hasselbeck will finally go up against a vulnerable secondary and is a solid matchup-play or bye week fill-in.
Felix Jones (DAL): Jones should be at the top of your waiver priorities list unless you hit some sort of running back jackpot. This week's top waiver pickup came in to replace the injured DeMarco Murray against the Ravens on Sunday and ran for 92 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Murray has been ruled out for Week 7, so Jones will face off against a Panthers defense that made the Giants' Andre Brown look like Walter Payton.
Montario Hardesty (CLE): Another player who could see success due to injury, Trent Richardson owners should jump on Hardesty should they not be able to grab Felix Jones. Richardon's status for Sunday is uncertain due to a rib cartilage injury, so Hardesty may end up facing a Colts defense that allowed 161 yards and three touchdowns to the talentless Shonn Greene. Hardesty ran for 56 yards and a touchdown after Richardson left the game on Sunday.
Alex Green (GB): Green wasn't all that impressive in Sunday night's win over the Texans, but the Packers showed that he's the guy they'll move forward with at the running back position. James Starks only had five carries, all of which came inside of six minutes when the score was 42-24. Green was only targeted once in the passing game, but that number should improve as he gets more practice in with Aaron Rodgers. Packers running backs are never the most flattering fantasy options, but Green is a starting running back on a high powered offense, so he deserves a roster spot in all leagues. He's a better long term pickup than the two previous two running backs, but not as good of a spot play for this week.
Josh Gordon (CLE): The Browns' raw supplemental draft pick now has five catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns over the past two games. The more the Browns begin to trust him, the more they'll put him in situations to succeed, and he's doing a lot to gain the team's trust with his limited targets. He's very young and will likely be a boom or bust play going forward, but he could prove to be a viable fantasy option.
Donnie Avery (IND): Avery has at least eight targets in every single game this season. While he hasn't produced all that well, he's certainly being given his chances, which makes him a reasonable bye week fill-in in PPR leagues. He'll face off against the Browns this week, who will have shutdown corner Joe Haden shadowing Reggie Wayne, which should result in a ton of looks to Avery.
Brandon Gibson / Chris Givens (STL): Due to the injury to Danny Amendola, these two receivers have been given bigger roles in the Rams' offense. Gibson led the Rams with nine targets on Sunday, and hauled in seven of the passes for 91 yards. Givens also took advantage of Amendola's absence with three catches for 85 yards, and he also had a 51-yard touchdown catch the previous week after Amendola got hurt. Gibson will likely be the more reliable fantasy option.
Raiders: The Raiders have two very good defensive games this season, and three awful games. Hopefully, their strong performance against the Falcons on Sunday was more a result of defensive minded head coach Dennis Allen making the necessary adjustments over the bye week, rather than the Falcons simply coming out flat. Regardless, the Raiders' defense is a low-risk fantasy play this week against a Jaguars offense that ranks dead last in both yards and scoring.