As we reach the halfway point of the Fantasy regular season, bye-weeks and injuries continue to wreak havoc on teams. To help you out, I have a list of completely new waiver wire pick-ups to look at for each position.
Acknowledging you need help is the first step. Help me, help you.
Fantasy Football Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups
Josh Freeman, TB, QB (Yahoo! 40%, FOX 48.6)
If you have QB problems in Week 7, Josh Freeman is worth an extended look.
Freeman completed 15-of-26 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns Sunday against the Chiefs. He also completed passes to 7 different receivers.
Add his recent numbers to the fact Tampa Bay plays the awful New Orleans defense, and I expect Freeman to easily conquer the 15 point mark with a legit shot a 20 points for Week 7.
Felix Jones, DAL, RB (Yahoo! 24%, FOX 18.4%)
With the injury to DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones is suddenly a must-own in all formats. That value is augmented since we are in the middle of the bye-weeks.
While the Ravens’ defense is not up to the standard they have set for themselves, Jones was very impressive last weekend with 92 yards and a score on 18 touches.
Stephen Hill, NYJ, WR (Yahoo! 15%, FOX 6.8)
Hill had missed the past two weeks due to injury. He was also only active for 18 snaps on Sunday. Despite the limited play, Hill had 3 catches for 23 yards and a score.
Much like picking the clean-up hitter for the Astros, this is a pick more for opportunity. With Santonio Holmes out, look for Hill to see a lot of action as he heals. If looks go his way, he’s worth a flier.
Greg Olsen, CAR, TE (Yahoo! 54%, FOX 37.5%)
I’m cheating a bit here as Olsen is owner in over 50% of Yahoo! Leagues. But with Carolina coming back from the bye-week, he deserves a mention.
Olsen’s numbers to this point in 2012 have been disappointing. However, if you look more closely, Olsen and Newton seemed to really be working well together prior to the bye. Over the last three games, Olsen has averaged 5 catches and 75 yards receiving.
Oakland, OAK, D/ST (Yahoo! 3%, FOX 2%)
This is a Week 7 bye-week option only.
This suggestion is for two reasons:
1) Oakland’s defense was fairly impressive against a very strong Atlanta attack.
2) They play Jacksonville this weekend.
It’s worth noting that I don’t want to repeat names in these articles, but if players in past editions are available, take a chance on them.
I won’t be able to get to comments and questions this week until the podcast. But I’ll be giving the personal touch again in Week 8.
Until then, keep sweet.