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Fantasy Football: Week 7 Waiver Wire Watch

by: JamieD On  Tuesday, October 20, 2009

chad-hanneTotal Pro Sports – In order to be successful in your fantasy league, you will need to be on top of your waiver wire. Knowing which players are available, and of those, which have value is an important part of building a winning team as the season goes on.

It can be difficult to identify such players, and that is why we here at TPS are going to help you out. Each Tuesday for the remainder of the season, we will give you some players to look out for that may be on your waiver wire. These players are the ones we assume are available in most leagues, but beware. There may be better free agents out there that we have not listed because we just assume that someone should already have taken them. If one of those guys is a free agent in your league, PICK HIM UP!

Here is a look at some guys you may want to take a look at in you league:

Chad Henne, MIA, QB: It can be tough to find a reliable backup quarterback on the waiver wire, but you may want to take a chance on the Dolphins’ Chad Henne.  He was impressive in a week 5 victory over the New York Jets, throwing for 241 yards and two touchdowns.  He will not be asked to do much with Miami’s strong ground attack, but when called upon, Henne has shown he can get the job done.  With favorible matchup in the future (and some nice ones during fantasy playoffs), he may prove to be valuable somewhere down the road.

Laurence Maroney, NE, RB: The New England Patriots’ backfield is always unpredictable, but with Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris both sustaining injuries, coach Bill Belicheck is left with little options outside Maroney and Kevin Faulk.  Maroney showed that he is ready to step up after recording 123 yards and a touchdown against the Titans.  Although we are not ready to say he set to produce in the fashion we believe he would upon entering the league, he is worth picking up if you are in need of some depth at the position.

Mike Bell, NO, RB: The situation in the New Orleans backfield has also become quite confusing with injuries and depth leaving several fantasy owners flustered, but in week 6 it became apparent that both Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell would see work when they are available.  What makes Bell that much more intriguing is the fact that he appears to see more of the goal line work.  Considering the Saints ability to move the ball down the field, you can expect him to get his opportunities to get into the end zone, making him a smart waiver pick up.

Johnny Knox, CHI, WR: He may only be a rookie, but Johnny Knox seems to be building a chemestry with Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler.  Knox has scored touchdowns in three of his last four games, and although his yardage totals have not been all that impressive, Cutler may begin to look his way more often between the 20s if he continues to produce in the red zone.

Michael Crabtree, SF, WR: Crabtree has yet to play a game, but he may become valuble quickly if he can learn and adapt to the NFL game on the fly.  The 49ers have been looking for a go-to wide receiver and they are hoping the rookie out of Texas Tech can be that guy.  While it may take some time, Crabtree may become a great waiver wire pick up before this season is over.  If you are in need of a wide receiver, this is your opportunity to become the one credited with making such a move.





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