Top waiver wire pickups for Week 7
Note: This list includes only players who are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues.
Nick Foles (PHI): Michael Vick's (hamstring) status for Week 7 is not looking good, and the Eagles would not even commit to him as their starter once he's healthy. That leaves Foles as a viable bye week fill-in. He went up against Darrelle Revis, Dashon Goldson, and the Buccaneers in Week 6, racking up 296 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He'll take on the Cowboys' 30th ranked pass defense at home in his next game.
Ryan Tannehill (MIA): Showing early signs of being worth the high draft pick that the Dolphins spent on him, Tannehill's statistical production continues to be slowed by an offensive line that is giving up sacks at a league-worst rate. He has a touchdown in every game, however, and is averaging 276.1 yards per contest. He could very well be in for a nice day against the Bills' 22nd ranked pass defense. One thing to beware of, however, is Mario Williams (8.0 sacks this year) taking on the Dolphins' turnstile tackles.
Joseph Randle (DAL): It's always smart to handcuff a running back who gets injured as often as DeMarco Murray, but with No. 2 back Lance Dunbar also sidelined, Murray's handcuff is likely still available in your fantasy league. He got the first touches of his career on Sunday after Murray got hurt, turning 11 carries into 17 yards and a touchdown to go along with two catches for 15 yards. He's not all that talented, which obviously limits his upside, but until Murray and/or Dunbar get healthy, Randle will be the lead back for the second highest scoring team in the NFL.
Andre Ellington (ARI): I understand those who are a bit skeptical of Ellington's consistency. He has touched the ball only 9.0 times per game over the past four weeks. However, he is so much more effective than starter Rashard Mendenhall, and I expect his weekly touches to stay up around 12, which is how many he had on Sunday. He's averaging 7.0 yards a carry and 10.0 yards a catch, and just punched in his second score of the year in Week 6. He's worth a start at the flex, particularly for those dealing with bye weeks.
Brandon Jacobs (NYG): In the national spotlight on Thursday night, I think most of us saw Jacobs' blast-from-the-past performance. With 106 rushing yards and two touchdowns, Jacobs notched his highest rushing total since 2010. It was also his first performance with 105+ rushing yards and 2+ touchdowns since 2008. You can not expect this type of production regularly, but Jacobs was running well, the Giants' offensive line finally looked to be coming together, and the Giants have no healthy runners to seriously threaten Jacobs for playing time.