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When it comes to Week 7 this is the proverbial hump in your season. You’re halfway done and have an idea whether you will be a buyer or a seller at the upcoming trade deadline.

Even Justin Timberlake knows that this week is all about the bye, bye, bye.  Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego all get to chill out on Sunday.  San Diego really the needs bye week after gagging away a 24-0 halftime lead to Denver last night in their 35-24 loss to the Broncos.

(If you get that song stuck in your head, please call (555) 666-7962. That’s 555 NO-NSYNC and a man named Arthur will visit you shortly to deliver a ball peen hammer that you can use to hit yourself upside the head in an effort to get that song out of your brain.)

With only 13 games on the docket it really shrinks the pool of players you can pick up for this week. Not only will I give recommendations on who to pick up but whether they are a one-week flier or something to hold on to more long term.

The percentages are the available percentages on ESPN.com leagues and FAAB are based on $100 budgets.

Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman TB (34.2%; $2). Freeman faces a Saints’ defense that hasn’t stopped much of anyone this season. New Orleans has allowed at least 24 points in each game this season and has a poor defense to say the least. They rank in the bottom four against the run and the pass so Freeman and the Bucs should be able to score fantasy points. Freeman had a strong set of numbers against KC this past week. In their 38-10 win over the Chiefs, Freeman threw for 328 yards and 3 TDs.

Pick him and keep him through the bye weeks as he has some easy matchups in the next five games with the Saints, Vikings, Raiders, Chargers and Panthers before the byes end. His value should rise over the next few weeks.

St. Louis QB Sam Bradford (55.1% $2) is also going to be a good pickup to help out. Bradford and the Rams threw for 315 yards but no touchdowns in their 17-14 loss to Miami last week. What makes that number more impressive is that it was done without the services of star wide receiver Danny Amendola as he deals with a clavicle injury. The Rams face Green Bay and New England in their next two games prior to their week nine bye. St. Louis will have to throw to keep pace with an invigorated Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.

Green Bay and New England are two of the better matchups a quarterback can have in fantasy. Both teams are susceptible to the pass and will yield points and yardage in garbage time. It may not be pretty but Bradford can get it done to help you through the next couple weeks.

 Pittsburgh RB Isaac Redman (34.4%; $3) would be a good pickup to get through the next few weeks. Rashard Mendenhall left the Steelers’ loss to the Titans with an Achilles injury. It’s believed to not be too serious but will certainly impact Mendenhall’s ability to run. Redman showed he can be a threat out of the backfield in the passing game as he picked up 105 yards on four catches.

Redman will be a good one-week pickup against Cincinnati and should be held onto if Mendenhall doesn’t show improvement in his health or his production. Washington, the Giants and Kansas City are on the docket before a three-game run against Baltimore (twice) and Cleveland. The Ravens’ defense has been weakened by season-ending injuries to Ray Lewis (triceps) and Lardarius Webb (ACL) so Redman could be very productive over those three weeks.

Dallas RB Felix Jones (48.6%; $15) is worth a strong move on the waiver wire this week. DeMarco Murray is dealing with ligament damage he suffered in his left foot and is listed as week-to-week. Jones steps into a matchup against Carolina who is the best possible matchup in fantasy for running backs. Carolina has given up at least 115 rushing yards in four of its first five games so the potential is there.

The only drawback is the extent of the injury on Murray is unknown, so this might be a one-week fling with Felix. Keep in mind that Jones hasn’t been spectacular when he carries the ball. Over the last two seasons, he has 312 carries for 1375 yards and a total of two rushing touchdowns. He’ll add value with his pass-catching ability but consider shying away from him in TD-only formats.

Tennessee WR Kendall Wright (83.6%, $3) makes for a nice pickup if you need a wideout. The Titans are on bye on Week 11 which is the last bye week of the season so he can be plugged in during the next four weeks. Wright could be right for you since Kenny Britt is barely starting to get back on track. Britt had more yardage in the win at Pittsburgh (62) than he had in the entire season to date (60). Nate Washington continues to get the targets but isn’t worth more than a couple catches a game. Wright, the rookie out of Baylor, has 15 catches for 137 yards in his last two games so his appeal is greater in PPR leagues.

Wright is worth holding on to since he has favorable games against Buffalo and Indianapolis in the next two weeks. The Titans will have a tough go against Chicago but play a weak Miami defense in week 10. Three out of four isn’t bad for a receiver that can help fill in the gaps.

Tampa Bay WR Mike Williams (45.3%; $3) would be a nice addition for depth on your roster. We mentioned the Bucs’ schedule above so the appeal on Williams is consecutive 110-yard games and three touchdowns this season.

Get a hold of the Dallas D/ST (66.2%, $1) for a one-week play against Carolina. The Cowboys might be a little beat up with the injury to Morris Clayborne but Carolina looks like a hot mess. Cam Newton and company are going through a tough season and the running backs are not doing well for the Panthers. Dallas takes on the Giants and Falcons next so they won’t be a recommended play going forward.

If you can’t get the Cowboys, go for the Patriots D/ST (54% $2). New England is coming off a loss against Seattle and will look to take it out on the Jets. They’ve recovered seven fumbles in the last three games and have two good matchups before their bye week. After the Jets, they take on the Rams in St. Louis. Both teams are top-10 matchups for opposing defenses.

Players to Avoid

Detroit RB Joique Bell should be left on the waiver wire. With Jahvid Best being ruled out indefinitely (concussions), Bell steps into the RB2 spot on the Lions’ depth chart. With Detroit’s running game being shoddy at best (pun intended), Bell would face some tough matchups with Chicago, Seattle, Jacksonville and Minnesota in the next four weeks. Even if you own Leshoure, Bell is best left to the bench until Leshoure gets hurt.

Cleveland RB Montario Hardesty is also waiver wire fodder. Yes, Trent Richardson left the game with some rib pain and had an MRI to check for damage. The real issue is whether or not T-Rich can tolerate the pain. With this being the NFL, look for him to find his way into the game and relegate Hardesty to his reserve role.

 

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  1. PPR –

    Thanks to Rivers horrible second half I lost 8 points, 1 pt for each interception and 2 points for each fumble – I lost my game by 5 points.

    With Rivers on Bye next week – I need a QB, I was looking at trying for Freeman but also noticed that Hasselbeck and Palmer are both on waivers as well.

    Which QB would be the better Bye week play?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Clueless, Sorry to hear that Rivers’ second half cost you a win. Then again, I’m sure he cost a lot of people a win, so you’re not alone.

      I’m still going to go Freeman over Palmer and Hasselbeck. The reason is that Palmer and Hasselbeck each have running backs who can perform at a high level with very good matchups. Look for Oakland and Tennessee to pound the rock with McFadden and CJ?K this week.

      Tampa doesn’t have as effective of a ground game and New Orleans has an extra week to tighten the screws defensively. Also, if Johnathan Vilma comes off the PUP list and plays for the Saints, it’ll put more pressure on Williams.

      New Orleans scores a ton of points so you know Freeman will have to pass to keep up. Jacksonville takes on Oakland and has a feeble offense outside of MJD. Buffalo will look to chew up clock on the ground as well.

      I say go Freeman since you know he’s the QB who will be using his arm the most this week.

  2. Captain Kirk says:
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    Ok so I’ve had the #1 waiver for the entire season…..

    I don’t need an RB, but desperately need a 3rd WR…..

    Do I use my waiver on Felix Jones to block others from picking him up… or do i use it on the likes of Josh Gordon or Brandon Gibson?

    Or just wait until Free Agents?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Captain Kirk, Everyone will want to get their paws on Felix Jones and you should get him to use as a trading chip to get a decent WR. I think that Murray’s injury is worse than what is being let on and Jones could be getting the wall for a while.

      Murray is also injury-prone so Jones could have more value and would make Jones someone very much in demand and easily traded.

      Gibson and/or Gordon should be able to be picked up in free agency.

  3. Plainview says:
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    Please rank these bye week QB fill-ins:

    Cutler
    Freeman
    Palmer
    Bradford
    Weeden

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Plainview, I like Freeman, Cutler, Bradford, Weeden and Palmer in that order.

  4. Murph says:
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    Is Pierre Thomas or Johnathan Stewart worth a pick up over some of the”speculative” adds of the week?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Murph, J-Stew is second fiddle to D-Will and Carolina lost its starting center so no. Thomas is part of a backfield with too many mouths for Brees to feed so I’m not big on him. Thomas has about 300 yards of offense this season and no touchdowns.

      I wouldn’t add either of those two RBs and would look elsewhere for players to better your team.

      • Murph says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier,

        Sounds right on to me, I am kind of hoping J Stew takes the lead after the bye week because he really is the best fit for that offense. The Demarco Murray injury is killing me as I traded for him last week. I think this injury will be a lingering one and I doubt we see Murray back anytime soon. Any chance the Blount TD streak continues?

        Can you rank these waiver WRs (NON PPR)? Thanks Andrew
        Kendall Wright
        Dominc Hixon
        Josh Gordon
        Randal Cobb

        • Andrew Nordmeier

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          @Murph, Cobb, Wright, Gordon, Hixon in that order. Hard to pass on the guy who catches balls from a resurgent Aaron Rodgers. Wright is stepping up nicely for the Titans as a rookie.

          Gordon is a guy whose name sticks in my mind for the right reasons and he had a nice line last week 3-99-1. Hixon might get buried more on the depth chart with Nicks back.

  5. DKAS says:
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    Quick trade question in PPR 14 team league where I’m desperate for a win.

    I was offered Calvin Johnson, Michael Turner, HAwkins for
    Chris Johnson, Kenny Britt, LAnce Moore

    I have mcfadden as my other rb and steve johnson as my other WR.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @DKAS, I’d do that.

      Turner would be a solid RB rest of the way while CJ?K is, well, a ? at best. Britt has been massively disappointing.

      Moore is better than Hawkins but when you’re talking PPR, it’s real hard to pass on Megatron.

  6. george says:
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    Hey Andrew,
    Need some waiver wire advice.
    In a standard league, and my WRs are welker, t. smith, hawkins, and garcon, with julio on bye.

    I was thinking of benching garcon, and having hawkins as my #3 but I really dont like his matchup at PIT. Some guys still on the wire: andre roberts, kerley, tate, hixon, donne avery, devery henderson, givens, doug baldwin, and blackmon. I was thinking of going donney avery, but just wanted to know what you think, someone else, or should I roll w hawkins @ PIT.

    Thanks alot.

    • george says:
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      Also, would you drop SEA D, for Oakland? Hes got SF and get a leg up on me.

      • Murph says:
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        @george,

        Garçon will most likely be ruled out for week 7 it is possible that this could continue all season I would look to replace him immediately while waiver wire receivers are still available

        No worries with Seattle D I’m going up against SF D this week and I actually really like the matchup after the giants shut them down plus it gives you an idea of where you stand going into sunday no reason to drop a consistent D like Seattle for a flukey one like Oakland

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @george, Defenses I would keep Seattle. They have a better value the rest of the way.

      As for the WR, Garcon should be benched until he’s 100% healthy. Out of that pool of wideouts, I like Avery the best since Luck has been good this season. Kerley would be a second choice since the Jets play a leaky Patriots defense that allowed 288 yards per game through the air.

      The rest are lottery tickets at best. Roberts has a new QB this week in John Skelton after Kevin Kolb left the game against Buffalo. Kolb got hit so hard his ribs popped out of his sternum.

      Tate needs the refs to intervene to be useful and Baldwin is better than him, but it’s still a tough roll of the dice against SF.

      Hixon will be buried in the depth chart behind Nicks and Cruz. Henderson is a crapshoot, Blackmon is just crap and Givens is iffy at best.

      • george says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier, how about hawkins, you never adressed him. Is avery a better option than him? I know PIT def is tough, but with the hair god sidelined, they shouldnt be as tough?

        • Andrew Nordmeier

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          @george, I missed that one…there were so many of them. Hawkins has been an all-or-none player and lately has seen his production drop.

          1st three games: 12-208-2; Last three games: 13-121-0.

          Both those touchdowns were on plays of more than 50 yards (50,59) so if it’s a standard league, I pass. He’s okay for PPR but the yardage is dropping off quickly.

  7. Emily says:
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    Peyton is on bye.. Can’t decided whether I should start Alex Smith or Jay Cutler this week! Help!

    • Murph says:
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      @Emily,

      Based on these major reasons I would go with cutler

      Defensive Matchup: Seattle is a tough matchup for even elite QBs as seen with Tom Brady last week. The Lions are close to the bottom in fantasy points allowed to opposing QBs
      Rest Time: 49ers play Thursday which leaves little time for recovery. Bears play Monday night after a long bye week off it allows plenty of time for rest and game planning
      Offensive Weapons: Alex smiths greatest weapon is Vernon Davis and the 49ers strategy is to run the ball often. Jay Cutler will be allowed to spread it around to great athletes like Brandon Marshall Devin Hester and Matt forte.

      Remember Jay Cutlers last Monday night performance against Dallas? it was quite impressive look for him to repeat in a shootout this Monday

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Emily, Is there a neither option? Maybe a FA option for you Emily? I’m kidding.

      If you have to pick one I go Cutler against a weaker Detroit defense.

  8. Sampsonite says:
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    Who’s the better pick up if Bradshaw can’t play?

    Wilson or Andre Brown?

    • george says:
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      @Sampsonite, Wilson is the clear backup.

      • Murph says:
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        @george,

        That’s all wrong…Wilson was a 1 week fill in for Brown who is now cleared to play after suffering a concussion. Brown has earned the back up spot because he is more complete Wilson has trouble running between the tackles and pass blocking. Brown would be in line for nearly double the carries Wilson receives if Bradshaw is ruled out.

        • george says:
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          @Murph, you’re right brown is the clear backup with wilson having more upside. sorry for the misinformation.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Sampsonite, Brown performed better than Wilson and has apparently recovered from his concussion. I’d go Brown in this case.

  9. AOTP says:
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    I need 3 WR’s my options are Stephen Hill, Antonio Brown, Joshua Cribbs,
    Andrew Hawkins,and Andre Roberts. it is a retun yardage leauge as well
    and would you drop 1 of these guys to pick up Kendall Wright if so who

    and at running back i need 3 as well i have Fred Jackson, Alfred Morris, Darren Spoles, Daryl Richardson and William Powell with David Wilson on waivers

    We award 1 point every 20 yards for return yards and 1 point every 10 yards rushing or Receiving who are my best 3 options at both spots moving forward

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @AOTP, Lotssa questions. Lotsa answers.

      RB: Morris, Sproles, Jackson are the starts. Richardson is worth holding onto. Powell would be droppable since Arizona’s next three games are MIN, SF and GB, not the best matchups for RBs before a week 10 bye. Don’t get David Wilson, Andre Brown is the backup for the Giants.

      WR: Brown (1st 1000-1000 guy with Rec Yards/Return Yards), Cribbs (top 3 in each of KR/PR yard/return).

      3rd one is tougher. Roberts has a less mobile quarterback in John Skelton throwing him the ball now which is a huge problem behind an Arizona offensive line that’s like wet toilet paper. Hill is coming back off a hamstring injury but has a nice matchup. Hawkins (see above) has been falling off the table lately.

      I would drop Hawkins and get Wright. Start Wright in the WR3 spot. Wright has 15 catches on 19 targets in his last two games for 137 yards. Wright has more yards in two games than Britt has all season.

  10. Nick says:
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    1) I currently have the Cardinals Defense in a 10 team league…would you drop them this week for Oakland, Dallas or NE? I think I should risk it & go for the Raiders in the Black Hole against the worst QB in the league…what do you guys think?

    2) Would you start at flex, S Jax, D Richardson, Greene, Alex Green or my new pickup Devery Henderson?

    I have Newton at QB, Nicks/Bryant/T Smith at WR, & Jones-Drew & Spiller at RB…

    Thanks in advance!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Nick, here’s a couple answers.

      1. I would consider it for Oakland but not Dallas or New England. When Arizona played Minnesota last year, the Cards coughed the ball up early and often. Adrian Peterson had a 3TD game. I think Arizona looks a little weaker this year. Still strong but I won’t be surprised if Minnesota performs well against them.

      Not big on Dallas this week since they allowed Jay Cutler to have a real good game against them last time out. Against three of the five teams Dallas has played, the opposing QB has piled up a rating of at least 100.

      New England has allowed 288.6 yards per game passing this season and is questionable against a Jets team that might be energized after last week’s outing. (The Pats would be good next week against St. Louis if you want to stream defenses).

      Let’s be honest. Gabbert sucks. He’s thrown for less than 800 yards in five games and has been sacked 15 times. Gabbert is also dead last in yards per attempt at 5.45 per toss. Really, that few? By comparison, Dalton is 8.03 YPA.

      MJD hasn’t hit more than 80 yards in any of the last three games and the Jags offense has stagnated to say the least. MJD should get going against the Raiders but when Gabbert gets forced to pass on 3rd and long, the Raiders should have a good chance to score some FP for your team.

      2. Green is the pick. The Rams average 104 rushing yards and a touchdown against them per game.

      SJax/DRich will be used for ball control but when Rodgers gets going, the Rams will be passing to try and stay within shouting distance.

      Greene was a one-week pony and is facing a tough NE rush defense. The Pats have allowed 82 yards per game, no runs of more than 20 yards and two rushing scores this season.

      Henderson will get lost in the shuffle in New Orleans between Graham, Colston, Moore and Sproles so I don’t expect much out of him.

  11. John says:
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    16 team league trade question. I’ve held on to Amendola since his injury. I got a trade offer from the guy that picked up Felix Jones. Would you give up Amendola for Felix Jones? I have DeAngelo Williams, William Powell, Jamaal Charles, Draughn, Cobb, Megatron, Lloyd, Welker, Amendola, & Hixon at my WRs & RBs. I have to start 1 RB, 1 WR, 1 WR/RB/TE, & 2 WR/TE, each week.

    Thank you!

    • John says:
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      Forgot to say it’s a PP1st Down league.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @John, If it is a non-keeper league, then yes. If you can get Felix Jones against a shoddy Carolina defense for a guy who is out for several weeks, do it. It looks even better for you the longer Murray is out.

      Starters: Charles @RB; Megatron @WR; Jones at WRT Flex; Welker and Hixon at your two WT Flex spots.

  12. JJbozzman says:
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    How Long is Donald Brown Expected Out , I have an opportunity to claim him on waiver Fri, Is it worth the Gamble, will he be back anytime soon. As far as bye week filler flex week 7 for PPR Please Rate. Hardesty, Martellus Bennet, Blackmon, Phillip Tanner, Garcon, Dustin Keller, Mercedes Lewis

  13. Raven says:
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    Would you play Kerley over Stephen Hill? PPR League

    Do you like Kerley and Brandon Gibson over Torrey Smith with Flacco struggling on the road?

    Lastly, would you drop William Powell for Andre Brown?

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