Week 7 Pickups: Top Players to Snatch off Waiver Wire After Strong Performances

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2013

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 13: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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We can't ignore these players much longer.

Entering the week as waiver wire fodder, these players worked their way onto many fantasy football rosters with a positive performance in Week 6. If they didn't have your attention before, they certainly should now.

These guys might not hold long-term value throughout the season. It's possible they don't even have regular playing time in a month, but you're not making a life-time commitment with a free-agent add.

If you're looking to make a roster swap or two before Week 7 beings, give these players a look.


QB Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

We got ourselves a good, old-fashioned quarterback controversy.

With Michael Vick on the bench resting his injured hamstring, Nick Foles went off for 296 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and a rushing score in a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

That now gives Foles a 67.2 completion percentage, 8.89 yards per attempt, six touchdowns and zero interceptions this season. Meanwhile, Vick has completed 46.5 percent of his passes for 554 passing yards and no touchdowns over his last three games.

It certainly seems like Foles deserves a shot. Running Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense would make Foles a top 15 quarterback. In a matchup like this Sunday's showdown with the Dallas Cowboys, he'd make a solid start if Philadelphia felt the same way.

If your league sports a comfortable amount of bench slots, add Foles and see what happens with the Eagles' brewing quarterback situation.


RB Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 10: Running back Brandon Jacobs #34 of the New York Giants is tackled by middle linebacker D.J. Williams #58 of the Chicago Bears during a game at Soldier Field on October 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Get
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I know, I'm surprised too.

Brandon Jacobs looked totally, unequivocally washed up leading up to Thursday night's matchup with the Chicago Bears. He looked every bit the 264-pound, 31-year-old running back with 48 rushing yards through 22 carries.

He showed no burst, no ability to break outside—and any belief that his large frame helps him plow through short-yard situations would be quickly squashed by actually watching him.

Oh yeah, he ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears, playing like the guy from 2008 who averaged 5.0 yards per carry. What gives?

Considering last Thursday marked his second 100-yard game in the past three years, it's likely not wise to expect similar production going forward. But the New York Giants have nobody else at running back. David Wilson will avoid season-ending neck surgery, but NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the young rusher will still miss a few games.

Jacobs will get the rock for now, so owners might as well scoop him up as added depth.


WR Kris Durham, Detroit Lions

We've spent years searching for someone to complement Calvin Johnson. Titus Young failed and the Ryan Broyles experiment did not fare much better. This is usually when Nate Burleson comes in to deliver decent production that won't help fantasy owners that much, but he's now hurt.

Based on last Sunday's box score, Kris Durham is next in line.

With Calvin Johnson playing at less than full strength, Durham received 13 targets, catching eight passes for 83 yards. That gives him 14 receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown over his past three games.

The 6'6" wideout is not exactly the slick, route-running speedster who would work best on the other side of Megatron, but Durham is yet another big target for Matthew Stafford down in the red zone.

Joseph Fauria won't steal three touchdowns every game—he might not even score three the rest of the season.

Durham could fade into obscurity a week or two from now, but he's worth a look in deep leagues.