It’s almost hard to believe we are already approaching week seven of the NFL season. You might have noticed that injuries are starting to crop up and hopefully you made concessions during the draft to fortify your squad. If not, the wire offers a life line to obtain talent, whether to keep and employ, or to possibly close a season-altering trade. It might be a one week fix or something more permanent, but making every attempt to field the most competitive and complete lineup each week maintains team and league integrity. There is no cure-all to losing a starting option, but making the right and sometimes lucky move on the wire can make all the difference in the world.
Let’s take a look at some free agent options on the wire for week seven!
QB Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans – If by chance he was dropped due to the injury to his non-throwing shoulder, rumor has it he is close to returning to the lineup in week seven or the following week. Given the fact that the Titans face Buffalo and Indianapolis over the next two weeks, Locker is most definitely worth rolling the dice on.
QB Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – There was no denying his solid effort Sunday with 328 yards passing and three touchdowns. Next week Freeman and the Buccaneers face the defensively challenged New Orleans Saints. If you need a bye week fill in, you could do plenty worse.
RB Isaac Redman, Pittsburgh Steelers – Keep an eye on the status of RB Rashard Mendenhall’s Achilles injury, as they are tricky and sensitive. Redman only managed five carries for 14 yards, but was a force as a receiver with four receptions for 105 yards. His proven value as a receiver out of the backfield makes him mildly interesting indeed. However if Mendenhall misses any time due to injury, Redman’s fantasy viability increases dramatically.
RB Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys – With RB Demarco Murray awaiting the MRI results on his injured foot, Jones should be more than a blip on the fantasy radar. Taking over Sunday after Murray was forced to leave the game, Jones was solid in relief with 92 yards rushing and a touchdown. Watch the updates, and you might score a nice little replacement in the once irrelevant Jones.
RB Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles – For a brief moment, RB LeSean McCoy owners had a scare as McCoy limped to the sidelines, only to breathe a collective sigh of relief upon his return a short while later. Regardless, grabbing Brown is a wise insurance policy as he’ll get the majority of the carries should McCoy miss any time for whatever reason. In limited action Brown has shown a fair amount of ability, hits the hole hard and possesses a nice burst.
RB Montario Hardesty, Cleveland Browns – Yet another guy who comes into fantasy prominence due to an injury to the starter. RB Trent Richardson exited the game due to a rib injury, and while not believed to be serious, getting Hardesty is probably not a bad idea. He knows this is Richardson’s show, but will be looking to make the most of any opportunities sent his way.
RB Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams – Rumors are rampant that this is RB Steven Jackson’s last season in St. Louis. So it comes as no surprise that Richardson is getting an opportunity to showcase his wares. Against a tough Miami Dolphins run defense, he gained 76 yards on eleven carries, averaging almost 7 yards per carry. He is a handcuff yes, but as the season progresses he may be even more.
WR Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – It is no secret I have been on the Williams bandwagon from the beginning of the season. My suspicion was that the arrival of high profile WR Vincent Jackson would open things for Williams. Yesterday they both got into the act, with Jackson scoring two touchdowns and Williams grabbing four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. If by chance he is available, the Buccaneers have a nice stretch of games coming up, starting with next weekend against the New Orleans Saints.
WR Michael Jenkins, Minnesota Vikings – I mention Jenkins as more of a player that you will want to monitor moving forward. He is still 3rd or 4th fiddle in the pecking order if you take into account WR Percy Harvin and TE Kyle Rudolph, and you’ll also want to be mindful that his viability could be affected by the return of WR Jerome Simpson. That said, the guy was heavily involved this past week against the Redskins, targeted a total of ten times, grabbing six passes for 67 yards and scoring a touchdown. Keep a close watch on the ex-Falcon for sure.
WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns – You might remember he was mentioned here before, but warrants mentioning again as his rapport with rookie QB Brandon Weeden seems to be growing. If you need a bye week fill in, Gordon just might do the trick and is more than worth consideration. He could be a nice sneaky fantasy producer as the season moves along.
TE Tony Scheffler, Detroit Lions – Some of us older folks remember this guy from his days as a Denver Bronco. Well despite taking a backseat to TE Brandon Pettigrew, Scheffler showed he can still make plays as evidenced by yesterday’s performance against the Philadelphia Eagles. Granted he is more than likely a bye week option moving forward, but plays on a team capable of putting up points, and more than has QB Matthew Stafford’s confidence.
TE Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals –The Bengals passing attack is really starting to come together and Gresham plays a big part. If he is available, he is more than worth the roster addition. With WR A.J. Green stretching the field, Gresham is finding himself some opportunities underneath to make big plays. If he can continue to elude the injury bug, he’ll be a solid addition.
Have a great week! Feel free to drop me a line here or find me on Twitter @djleason
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