It’s Week 7, and the waiver wire is as thin as ever. Even if there are guys out there that you really like, with six teams on bye next Sunday, chances are most of the guys won’t be playing this week. We’ve picked out a handful of guys who can hopefully help you this week. Good luck in Week 7 (and beyond)!
Phil Dawson, PK, Cleveland: This is strictly a one-week addition, especially for fantasy owners searching for a bye-week replacement, but it is worth mentioning. The Browns will hit the road for Indianapolis, an indoor game, fresh off their first victory of the season. Dawson is a perfect 12-for-12 on field goals this season, and he has is 14-for-14 on extra points. His production hasn’t been staggering, but he has been consistent. He is averaging just short of 10 fantasy points per week, which makes him a nice short-term fill-in.
Dannell Ellerbe, LB, Baltimore: We haven’t been including individual defensive players (IDPs) in the past, but thanks to a request on Twitter, here is a good addition for you! Ellerbe and Jameel McClain are expected to jockey for a starting inside job now that LB Ray Lewis (triceps) is lost for the season. Regardless of who earns the starting job, Ellerbe is a solid addition. He has been very busy on defense this season, posting 29 tackles with two sacks through the first six games despite no official starts. McClain has started six games outside, but he has just 24 tackles and no sacks.
Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis: This is a ground-floor acquisition, as Givens is still owned in just about five percent of all fantasy leagues. Givens was targeted a season-high seven times in Miami in Week 6, and he posted three grabs for a career-best 85 yards. He was also targeted at least once in the red zone from what I recall watching on television, but he just came up short of the pylon for what would have been his second touchdown in three games. As it stands, he has at least 51 receiving yards in each of the past three, and as the rookie gets more comfortable in the system, his role has gradually expanded.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Cincinnati: Gresham has managed at least three catches in each game this season, and he has been targeted at least five times in each of his first six games. This week he’ll play on Sunday night against a Pittsburgh team which hasn’t been great. Gresham’s yardage total has increased in each of his past two games to a season-best 68 yards with a score in Week 6. He isn’t a long-term solution, at least not yet, but he is a solid bye-week replacement and short-term add.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland: I know we used Gordon last week, and we try not to have repeaters on this list, especially the very next column. However, it appears fantasy owners didn’t get the initial memo. After posting two grabs for 82 yards and two scores in Week 5 at N.Y. Giants, fantasy owners must have thought it was a fluke. Gordon is still available in three-quarters of all fantasy leagues. In Week 6 against Cincinnati, he had three grabs for 99 yards and another score. Did you know over his past two games he has more fantasy points than Detroit’s Calvin Johnson?
Felix Jones, RB, Dallas: It’s a given that Jones will be one of the hottest pick-ups off the waiver wire this week following the injury to RB DeMarco Murray (foot) in Baltimore Sunday. It appears as if Murray has escaped a more serious injury, but he is still expected to miss the Week 7 game. As luck as it, the Cowboys are matched up against the Panthers, a team with the league’s 23rd rank rushing defense. Carolina allows 127.4 yards per game on the ground, so if you can get your mitts on Jones this week, use him as your RB2 or ‘flex’ play.
Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco: Manningham squared off against his former team in Week 6, posting five grabs for 72 yards against the Giants. He was targeted a season-high 10 times, doubling his previous best. Perhaps he was in the game plan more because of his familiarity with the G-Men, or maybe he is more comfortable in the system as a whole. The fact remains that Manningham is still just 26, he is still fitting into the San Francisco scheme, and his best football is ahead of him. Now is the time to stash him away.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle: There were some questioning whether Wilson should retain his starting job about two weeks ago. After being the Patriots in Week 6, and posting a career-best 293 passing yards, that has been put to rest. Credit head coach Pete Carroll for sticking by the rookie when things got rough. Wilson has had back-to-back 200-plus yard games after failing to reach the mark in his first four starts, and he tossed three touchdowns Sunday, a career best. He has at least one TD in five of his first six games, and has emerged as a decent short-term add, especially for those in leagues which require two starting QBs.