We were slowly eased into the bye-week schedule with two teams off in Week 4. In Weeks 5 and 6, we dealt with missing players from four teams. Now it’s Week 7, and that means six teams will be off this week. Looking for the right players for your Week 7 lineups? Here’s six I endorse grabbing off the wire.
1. Felix Jones, RB, DAL
DeMarco Murray suffered ligament damage while spraining his foot in Week 6, basically sidelining him for all of the second half on Sunday (he had one carry). While it looks like he avoided a Lisfranc injury, he’s already been ruled out of Week 7 and should miss multiple weeks when all is said and done. That will allow Felix Jones to step in and produce starter-worthy numbers for fantasy teams while Murray is out. Jump on him if you have the No. 1 claim and be prepared to use him in Week 7 against the Panthers unless you’re stacked at RB.
2. William Powell, RB, ARI
Powell made our Pick Six last week, and considering he’s only owned in 31 percent of Yahoo! leagues going into the Week 7 waiver period, we’re going to recommend him again. Powell wound up rushing for 70 yards on 13 carries against the Bills and looked every bit the lead back of the Arizona attack moving forward. LaRod Stephens-Howling managed just 22 yards on 11 rushes and didn’t even record a catch, which was supposed to be a big part of his value (Powell had one catch). Considering the Cardinals play defense-and-limit-turnovers brand of football, Powell’s outlook is rosy.
3. Brandon Gibson, WR, STL
We suggested grabbing Gibson last week after Danny Amendola went down with an injury in Week 5. Gibson responded to his first game as the Rams’ WR1 by catching seven passes for 91 yards. His previous season high for catches was four, and that should give you a sense of how much more value Gibson has with Amendola out of the lineup. He’s our best WR option on waiver wires, owned in just 20 percent of Yahoo! leagues this week, and he’s worth starting in Week 7 against the Packers.
4. Daryl Richardson, RB, STL
A lot of buzz surrounded second-round pick Isaiah Pead in the preseason, but it’s been a seventh-round pick who’s wormed his way into a decent workload and occasional time share with Steven Jackson. Richardson picked up 99 total yards on 13 touches against Miami in a game that was competitive throughout while Jackson managed 80 yards on 15 touches. The even-ish split isn’t going to happen every week, but it’s gotten to the point where Richardson can’t be ignored in standard leagues any longer.
5. Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
Gordon was featured in Week 6’s Pick Six as well after being a Week 5 sleeper. He grabbed another long TD last week and even added a couple more receptions to finish the day with 99 yards. Gordon has great speed but is still developing as a receiver, and for that, he remains strictly a boom-or-bust play most weeks. However, he definitely has the ability to swing a matchup or two and is definitely worth a look as a WR3 against the Colts in Week 7 with six other teams on bye.
6. Brandon Weeden, QB, CLE
Scrambling for a Week 7 quarterback with six teams off? Weeden may be your best option. He’s averaged over 250 passing yards per game this season, a pace that would take him over 4,000 yards for the year, and while he owns an ugly 7:10 TD:INT ratio, he’s tossed multiple TDs in two straight games while facing the Giants and Bengals, two playoff teams from last season. He’ll have an easier task at hand when he faces the Colts in Week 7, because although the Colts have managed to surrender just 200 passing yards per game (third-best in the league), they’ve allowed 10 TDs in five games while only picking off two passes. If Weeden can post another two TDs this week, he’s a worthy play.
R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe and contributes to CBSSports.com's MLB Rumors blog. He has previously written for FanHouse, Razzball and FanDuel. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
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