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2010 NFL Fantasy Football: Weekly Waiver Wire (Week 7)
Another week. Another hand-full of fantasy starters that look like they are headed for extended stays in the trainers room. The likes of DeSean Jackson, Joseph Addai, Antonio Gates and Malcolm Floyd are just a few of the players that went down this week. Perhaps the NFL’s initiative to take care of helmet-to-helmet hits will somehow begin to decrease the number of fantasy stars we are seeing go down with each passing week, but for now we will simply have to settle with searching through the waiver wire to find our weekly replacements.
Here is a look at some guys you should consider picking up if they are available in your league.
Matt Cassel, QB, KC - Last week we advised that you pick up Cassel because of his week 6 match-up against a poor Texans secondary. Those who listened were rewarded to the tune of 200 yards and 3 touchdowns. Once again we will offer the same advice to those in need of a quarterback for week 7. PICK UP CASSEL!!! This time he will be facing a Jaguars secondary that is just about as bad as Houston’s. Even Kerry Collins was able to put up a passing touchdown on them during last night’s Monday Nighter, and we believe he could have put up more had the game been closer and the Titans needed to score.
Mike Hart, RB, IND – Indianapolis has had a difficult time keeping their running backs healthy this season and with Donald Brown already out, Joseph Addai suffered a shoulder injury that caused him to have it in a sling following the game. The Colts have a bye this week, but if these injuries continue to linger, Hart could get a bulk of the carries beginning in week 8.
Chris Ivory, RB, NO - The Saints have been waiting for Ivory to show them something and he did just that in their week 6 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The rookie running back went off for 158 yards on just 15 carries, which works out to an incredible average of 10.5 yards per carry. With no timetable set on Pierre Thomas’ return, Ivory should continue to get a lead role in the Saints backfield, making him well worth the roster spot on any fantasy team.
Deion Branch, WR, NE – Deion Branch is back! He may have been gone for a few years, but now that he is back in New England, the former Super Bowl MVP looked like he never left during his week 6 game against the Ravens. Branch recorded an impressive 9 receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown. Look for him to only get better as he regains his comfort in the Patriots’ offensive system.
Danario Alexander, WR, STL – When Mark Clayton was declared out for the season with a knee injury, many believed it would be Danny Amendola who would receive the majority of his targets. However, it appears as though Sam Bradford has another wide receiver in mind and his name is Danario Alexander. The former practice-squad player recorded four receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s victory over the Chargers. He may be just the deep-ball threat that the rookie quarterback needs in order to work the ball down field, and if that turns out to be the case, those who pick him up should be rewarded.