Week 7 could be the most painful of all the bye-weeks this season. So many big names are sitting this week and it is all but a certainty you are here because your team needs some fill-ins, fast. Well I have good news, there are some fantastic names on the waiver wire this week due to injuries and trades and they can be plugged into your line-up ASAP with high confidence. The more stars the better!
Week 7 Byes: Bills, Bengals, Patriots, Giants, Eagles, 49ers
Tim Tebow – QB
If you need a quarterback and Tim Tebow is still available in your league this is an absolute no-brainer. What he lacks in quarterback stats he more then makes up for in running. He is all but a guarantee for 50-60 yards and a score every week on the ground in addition to his throwing, which is poor at best sometimes. Tebow is the poor mans Cam Newton or Michael Vick right now. Don’t forget Tebow was the MVP of last seasons fantasy playoffs.
Carson Palmer – QB
The world is coming to an end! Reports are slowly coming out that the Raiders are just a few signatures away from acquiring Palmer from the Bengals. The outlook for the Raiders have never been more promising and Palmer is a huge add this week assuming he passes all physicals.
DeMarco Murray – RB
It is looking more and more like Felix Jones is going to be out for at least this Sundays game. Dallas plays the winless Rams who are 28th in the league in run defense. Between Murray and Tashard Choice, Murray looks like the more explosive and elusive back and could easily post top-15 numbers this week, if not better.
Montario Hardesty – RB
With the uncertainty if Peyton Hillis is going to play this week, for whatever reason, Hardesty stands to take over his roll. Throughout the season you could easily make the case Hardesty has looked better then Hillis making this switch easier to trust. I would slightly recommend Murray over Hardesty (for one we don’t know if Hillis will play) but only until we have clarity over both cases.
James Jones – WR
I don’t like recommending Jones, but it is hard to argue his recent production. However, he had one catch last week. It is impossible to predict from game to game if he will even have a catch let alone touchdowns, which is needed for him to have a fantasy relevant day. If you are in a deeper league, or feeling lucky, give Jones a look.
Greg Little – WR
We could finally have a fantasy relevant wide receiver in Cleveland. Greg Little was plugged into the starting line-up in week 6 and he looked great. Going forward he could easily move his way into WR2 status. During a bye-week he is almost a must-start in all leagues 10 teams or more.
Benjamin Watson – TE
Yes, I am extremely bothered by how many Browns I am recommending, this bye-week is very painful. However, his recommendation is simply based on how little tight ends there are to choose from this week. After Watson the only other possible names are Heath Miller, and Fred Davis. Both of them are owned in most leagues. Watson has been hit or miss since last year but he is easily capable of a touchdown every week and he faces a below average Seattle defense.
Kicker pick-up of the week: Dan Bailey
D/ST pick-up of the week: Titans
Other Potential Pick-ups: Curtis Painter (QB), Tashard Choice (RB), Delone Carter (RB), Kevin Walter (WR), Steve Breaston (WR), Devin Hester (WR), Visanthe Shiancoe (TE), Heath Miller (TE)
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