NFL Soup|Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Week 7 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: It’s All About Felix Jones 

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If you’re wondering who shook the NFL and fantasy worlds collectively in week six, take a look at out own Keet Bailey’s Sunday Surprises. If you’re wondering if any of those guys need to be picked up off your waiver wire, this is the column for you.

For those guys and other potential gems just wasting away on the wire, read on.

Note: All options in this column are available in no less than 51% of all Yahoo! fantasy football leagues.

Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Available in 61% of leagues)

Freeman seems to be finally emerging from his cocoon. It didn’t hurt that he faced the Chiefs in week six, but his three touchdowns and 300+ yards were still nice to see. He has a fairly favorable schedule coming up, so he should be plucked off your waiver wire, pronto.

Carson Palmer, QB, Oakland Raiders (57%)

Palmer tossed a dreadful pick-six against the Falcons, but was otherwise on top of his game against a tough opponent, as he passed for 353 yards and a touchdown. Palmer hasn’t been a TD machine, but he’s actually taken good care of the ball (just three picks) and hasn’t dipped under 200 yards passing yet this year. Dates with the Jaguars, Chiefs and Buccaneers the next three weeks suggest quality fantasy production lies ahead.

Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys (84%)

Jones looked fantastic on his way to 100+ total yards and a score against the Ravens, while a DeMarco Murray foot injury could give him plenty of value heading into week seven. Even if Murray is fine, it might be time to handcuff Jones or stash him.

William Powell, RB, Arizona Cardinals (68%)

Powell ran hard and was fairly effective en route to a 70-yard rushing day against the Bills this week. He could have done better, but the offense around him didn’t do many favors. As long as he gets the carries, he’ll provide at least Flex value in the weeks to come.

Vick Ballard, RB, Indianapolis Colts (58%)

Ballard didn’t find much running room in his starting debut, but he’ll continue to get the majority of the totes with Donald Browns out another 1-2 weeks. I think there are betters days in front of him yet.

Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams (88%)

Richardson has been so effective lately that he has somehow elevated himself into a time-share with starter Steven Jackson. He could be holding reliable Flex value soon, while he’s without a doubt one of the top handcuffs to own, given S-Jax’s injury history and spotty play so far.

Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns (88%)

Gordon is a hit or miss option, to be sure, but he’s a big-play talent with endless potential. Three touchdowns in the past two games says he needs to at least be stashed in all leagues.

Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis Rams (80%)

Gibson isn’t an upgrade over Danny Amendola (out up to six weeks), but his seven-catch and 91-yard performance in week six certainly is encouraging. He figures to be Sam Bradford’s new #1 target going forward.

Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans (62%)

Even with Kenny Britt back, Wright continues to have a solid role. He caught six passes in week six and has 15 receptions over the past two weeks. The Titans may not be able to keep him off the field due to this type of production.

Anthony Fasano, TE, Miami Dolphins (95%)

Fasano scored in week six and continues to get a handful of receptions each week. He’s far from the most reliable option, but he could see more weeks like this with teams focusing on stopping Brian Hartline and Miami’s ground attack.

Brandon Meyers, TE, Oakland Raiders (95%)

Meyers caught five passes in week six as he continues to carry solid PPR value. Had he not dropped an easy touchdown pass, he’d be looking even better.

Kai Forbath, K, Washington Redskins (99%)

Forbath will have to continue to prove himself, but with 10 points in week six, I’m dangerously close to saying he’s already an upgrade over Billy Cundiff. The Redskins’ offense can hum, so he could be a sleeper pickup.

Shaun Suisham, K, Pittsburgh Steelers (88%)

Suisham is pretty reliable and his offense helps him out a ton. I think he’s too steady to be available in this many leagues.

New York Jets DEF/ST (55%)

New York woke up against the Colts in week five, as they picked off Andrew Luck twice, shutdown Indy’s ground game and allowed just three field goals on the day. They might need a favorable matchup, but it’s pretty clear they’re not dead in the water just yet.

Miami Dolphins DEF/ST (63%)

Miami has proven time and again that they’re a solid, no-name unit that simply performs. It’s not always pretty, but they aren’t given up many points and they have generally been very stingy against the run, as well. They’re a solid #2 defense with the right matchup.

Cleveland Browns DEF/ST (91%)

Cleveland will certainly be hit or miss due to an inconsistent offense, but with Joe Haden back they certainly have potential. One thing they keep doing is creating turnovers, and you can’t knock that.


About the author: Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts owns and operates NFL Soup and heads the fantasy football division of the site. Roberts also finished 2nd in the Wide Receiver position in Fantasy Pros expert fantasy football rankings in 2010 and 3rd in the Quarterback position in 2011. In addition to running the fantasy football section of the site, Roberts contributes to NFL Soup’s NFL Draft coverage and breaking news reporting. Follow Kevin on Twitter @NFLSoupKevin

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