Post Week Seven Waiver Wire

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It’s just about the halfway point in the majority of fantasy leagues. How will the second half of your fantasy season fare? As the season stretches on, injuries become even more significant. Week seven boasts some of the best value pickups thus far for any waiver wire week on the season.


Josh Freeman-
Freeman did exactly what he needed to do in a stretch against poor defenses. The Buccaneers expanded the offense during that stretch and Freeman has continued to ascend with new target Vincent Jackson. Mike Williams is even becoming more consistent in terms of catches. With the running game still working out kinks, Freeman may continue to be a focus point for the offense.

Mark Sanchez-
Talk has slowly shifted from the benching of Sanchez for Tim Tebow the last couple of weeks. Sure, Sanchez could have connected on a few more balls against the Patriots, but he has played fairly well against both the Texans and Patriots. With the limited talent he has at his disposal you could say it’s been quite impressive.

Running Backs

Kendall Hunter

Gore was in obvious pain towards the end of the Seahawks game on Thursday night. The apparent injury has been labeled as a rib injury. The extent of that only Gore knows. Gore has been one to play hurt throughout his career and it seems he will attempt to do so with his rib injury. Hunter has been getting roughly eight carries a game, and may get a higher average now to preserve Gore for the playoffs.

Jonathan Dwyer
Dwyer was on my addition waiver wire list in anticipation of bypassing Isaac Redman weeks ago. Neither were able to do much and it appeared the Steelers were in a deep hole with Redman and Mendenhall out against Cincinnati. Many expected Baron Batch to get the bulk of carries due to Dwyer’s ineffectiveness earlier this year. Dwyer finally had his breakout game and will be the top fantasy waiver wire pickup this week.

Philip Tanner
Carolina shut down the Cowboys rushing attack, largely due to the fact they limited Felix Jones. Jones has always been the old Napolean Kaufman type of running back. If he isn’t busting loose on a big run, his value is diminished tremendously as an every down back as he lacks the hard nosed between the tackles rushing. Tanner can do that and even though he also had a tough time against Carolina he had nearly the same amount of carries as Jones.

Rashad Jennings

All the owners that hand cuffed MJD with Rashad Jennings during fantasy drafts must have been impatient as the season went about, and dumped Jennings for a waiver wire pickup. That’s a golden rule not to do with a top tier fantasy running back. Now it’ll be a free for all to get a back in Jennings that’s in a true old school backfield system. There is no complimentary back in Jacksonville, so Jennings will receive 90 percent of the duties. Jennings is available in over 70 percent of Yahoo leagues.

LaRod Stephens-Howling

Howling was another waiver wire addition weeks prior to his breakout game on Notjustagame. Howling is just a better all around threat and does more in smaller space than William Powell and Alfonso Smith. The Cardinals finally decided to test Howling as a feature back and it worked out well as the Cardinals finally had a hundred yard rusher on the season. It was Howling’s first game with a high amount of carries. We will see how his body takes the hits for a smaller back over the course of a few games.

Wide Receivers

Titus Young

With Nate Burelson done for the season, Titus Young and Ryan Broyles figure to be in the mix to get more attention from Stafford. Monday when Charles Tillman did a solid job covering Calvin Johnson, Stafford looked more to Young’s direction. In a meaningless drive except for Vegas, Stafford hit a huge out route to Young that was his best throw of the night on a third and nineteen. Though he needs to stop his antics after each catch, Young should offer high value for the rest of the season.

Devin Hester

Hester has always flirted with fantasy rosters as a receiver, but now may be the best time. Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler are so in sync, that Hester is going to get some one on one plays just with his speed. With Alshon Jeffreys out to injury, Hester could have a big game or two during the stretch without Jeffreys.

Jeremy Kerley

Kerley continues to make the weekly waiver wire report after three consecutive solid games now. Maybe folks just don’t trust Mark Sanchez enough to believe the Jets can have a reliable fantasy wide receiver. Still available in over 50% of Yahoo leagues, Kerley just seems to get open with his speed with regularity.


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