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FF Week 7 Free Agent Focus

I hope this finds each of you doing very well and sitting at the top of your fantasy football league standings. Through six weeks, I have some very good teams with good depth and I have a few teams that need some work. I won’t give up hope just yet as I have several more weeks to work the waiver wire and find that waiver wire wonder in 2012.
Did anyone stay up on the East Coast last night and watch that unbelievable comeback from the Denver Broncos? After watching the Broncos’ first five games in the NFL season, you knew they would make a run in the second half. I had several games on the line last night and had the following players: Willis McGahee, Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Antonio Gates. I won a few but I also I lost one game by three points to a team that had Peyton Manning. You can’t win them all but it was a fun game to watch.

Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys

With Demarco Murray suffering a foot injury, Felix Jones entered the game on Sunday and finished the game with 92 yards and a TD on 18 carries. Murray had durability concerns when he entered the league and he has an injury history with the Cowboys. I don’t see him making a speedy return and Felix Jones is set to be the main RB this week in Carolina. Phillip Tanner will see a few carries as well for Dallas but Jones will be the main ball carrier. He has a nice schedule coming up against the Carolina Panther, New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons. All three defenses have allowed significant fantasy points to opposing RBs.

Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams

It is clear that the Rams are going to get Richardson more involved in the rushing attack. On Sunday, Richardson carried the ball 11 times for 76 yards. He also added two receptions for 23 yards. Richardson can be explosive and I see him getting at least 10-12 touches per game moving forward. Steven Jackson is in his last year of his contract and the Rams will ensure Richardson sees more time as the season progresses. Richardson would make a nice flex player or bye-week replacement.

Montario Hardesty, Cleveland Browns

Trent Richardson left the game on Sunday with a rib injury. If you own Richardson, you need to add Hardesty immediately. We now know that there were no breaks but with the Indianapolis Colts on deck we have no idea if Richardson will miss time or see a reduced number of snaps on Sunday. Continue to monitor this situation and see how much Richardson practices this week.

Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams

With Danny Amendola sidelined with a shoulder injury, Gibson has seen an increase in targets. On Sunday, he saw 9 targets and had 7 receptions for 91 yards. With limited receivers in St. Louis, Gibson would make an excellent bye-week replacement. His next two games are against the Packers and the Patriots before their bye week.

Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers

Brown is scheduled to come off the PUP list after week 7. If you watched the Monday Night Football game last night, you saw how much the Chargers need a down-the-field threat. Brown flashed his big play potential in the preseason when he caught 6 balls for 112 yards and two TDs before getting injured. Last year he averaged 17.3 yards per catch. If Brown is healthy, he could move quickly past Robert Meachem as he is a good route runner. I would add Brown if you have room on your roster and expect some big games from him in the second half of the season.

Other guys to consider adding: Josh Gordon, Donnie Avery, Brandon Myers.

Good luck this weekend and enjoy the games!