Fantasy Football Week 7: Hidden Gems on the Waiver Wire


Oct 13, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) throws the ball during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Berry’s waiver wires and sleepers, oh my. If you started foaming from the mouth after reading the first few words, then you, my fantasy football nerd, are ready for some fantasy football — and it may also be time to see a shrink. If you’re in a league, or several leagues, it’s all business from here on out. Fantasy football. All. The. Time.

Owners: Don’t jump off the ledge just yet. There’s plenty of season left, and if you dedicate yourselves to weekly roster maintenance, you can still right the ship. More importantly, if you want to win succeed in life, check out EWB’s weekly fantasy football section for some golden nuggets of information.

Fantasy football Week 7 waiver wire must-haves below:

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles
Don’t go crazy now, Michael Vick owners, it’s still the guy’s team. But while he’s on the sideline, Foles is the man and he has proven he can get your team those fantasy points you need to put you over the edge. Last week against Tampa Bay, Foles was spectacular. The quarterback completed 71 percent of his passes, finishing the game with 296 passing yards and four touchdowns (he ran one in).

Going against a Swiss cheese Cowboys defense in Week 7, expect Foles to put up similar numbers. This season, the Cowboys defense, on average, has given up 329 passing yards per game and 15 touchdowns through the air.

New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs
Yes, you read that correctly; and yes, he is nursing a hamstring injury, but being limited in practice this week and having an extra day to heal (Monday night game) can do wonders — especially for an old man like Jacobs.

Last week, against the Bears, he looked like the Jacobs of old (no one saw this coming) and was running people over, fighting for yards. Jacobs finished the game with 106 yards (4.8 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. With no one else on the Giants’ running back depth chart, aside from Michael Cox, the big man will get a big workload again — let’s not forget that the Vikings’ run defense is horrendous, so Jacobs can have another big game.

Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria
Fauria hasn’t racked up big yardage, at least not yet. At 6’7″, 255 pounds, the big tight end has become Matt Stafford’s favorite endzone target. Need proof? Check out Fauria’s numbers last week: three receptions for 34 yards and three touchdowns!

The undrafted tight end out of UCLA is making a name for himself — no, I’m not talking about his dance moves — and he’s a big and strong, can’t-miss target. Fauria has seven receptions, but five of those are in the endzone (fourth highest among tight ends).

Expect to be seeing a lot more of this on a weekly basis:

San Diego Chargers defense
No Blaine Gabbert (not like it matters), no Cecil Shorts, Maurice Jones-Drew is a shell of his former self, and c’mon, it’s the Jaguars.

The Chargers defense hung with Andrew Luck and the Colts, limiting them to only three field goals, I’m sure they can do better against Chad Henne; there’s that and the fact that opposing defenses are scoring the third-most points against the Jaguars.

Atlanta Falcons receiver Harry Douglas
You may be asking yourself: who in the world is Harry Douglas? He’ll soon make a name for himself, and if you didn’t pick him up, I’ll come back and hit you with an “I told you so”.

We know the Falcons love to pass — especially with Steven Jackson still out, and with Roddy White nursing a hamstring injury and Julio Jones out for the rest of the season, who else outside of Tony Gonzalez will Matty Ice throw it to? Douglas will get a lot of attention.

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