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Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

felix jonesIf you are still actively looking for fantasy football help off of the waiver wire at this point in the season you may be in luck. Unfortunate injuries have opened up a few starting opportunities for players that can be plucked right off of the wire and inserted into your lineup.

The waiver wire has been fairly disappointing this season. The pickups that have turned into fantasy weekly studs have been very few and far between. Then again if you were lucky enough to get players like James Jones or CJ Spiller would probably argue that point.

Here are a few options this week if you are either hurting in your weekly lineup or want to gamble on a bye week fill-in if your regular starter has the week off.

Running Backs

Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys – Fool me once, shame on you Felix Jones, fool me twice shame on me. It appears that the former Razorback will likely get the start this week when the Cowboys play the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are horrendous against the run so the opportunity for Jones couldn’t have come at a better time. The matchup looks fantastic on paper although I am always leery of putting Felix Jones in my fantasy lineup. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Montario Hardesty, Cleveland Browns – This is a case of taking a guy simply because he is the starter. I don’t expect big things out of Hardesty but it would appear that he will get the start for the injured Trent Richardson this week. Hardesty does have a fantastic matchup on Sunday against an Indianapolis Colts defense that was just shredded by Shonn freaking Greene! That alone makes Hardesty a recommended pickup and start in Week 7.

Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts – Ballard hit the wire last week when news broke that Donald Brown would miss up to six weeks with an injury. I grabbed him salivating over the matchup with the Jets, started him, and was rewarded with a whopping three points in my standard scoring league. What a joke! So why would I recommend him? It wasn’t all of his fault as the Colts were down and needed to throw. It was just one of those kinds of games. I don’t think his three points were indicative of talent, I think it was more the situation. One of the worst mistakes I made this season was dropping Kyle Rudolph after one bad game. You don’t want to do that with Ballard. I am willing to take a shot on him on a Cleveland Browns defense that is weak against the run.

Quarterbacks

John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals – I am putting Skelton here not because I am a big believer, but because I have to. Skelton is a starter on a team that has Larry Fitzgerald at wide receiver, thus he is due to put up some numbers. Skelton and Fitz actually have had pretty decent chemistry in the past so I am willing to take a shot if I am desperate here. Skelton does have some terrible matchups coming up but you never know. You could have said the same thing about Robert Griffin III last week and he lit up the Minnesota Vikings. Would I pick him up and start him? No, but you may need him in 14-16 team leagues.

Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Am I losing my mind over a good game? No, but what I am doing is sniffing out a tremendous matchup for Josh Freeman. Freeman gets the New Orleans Saints who are giving up mega points to everyone and anyone. He will get his chances with Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams and could put up one of the week’s bigger numbers on Sunday. If you have a QB on bye or are facing a bad defensive matchup, you may want to take a shot for one-week only on Josh Freeman.

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