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Week 7 Waiver Wire: Hidden Gems with High Upside Worth Picking Up

Oct 13, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2013

It's difficult to believe how many quality players can be found on the fantasy football waiver wire each week.

This is especially the case near the middle of the season, as so many developments are influencing fake football. Some stars have emerged, while other players have gone down with injuries or simply been disappointments.

For a sport (it qualifies!) that relies so heavily on the initial draft, many don't realize there is a draft each week in the form of the waiver wire.

Nail this week's draft, because it's the best to date. Keep in mind that the best waiver-wire adds will be consistent in the long term, not for just a few weeks. Here are the top names that should be available for you to grab this week.

 

Nick Foles, Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles

Believe the hype around Philadelphia Eagles second-year quarterback Nick Foles.

Foles went off last week in Michael Vick's place, abusing the Tampa Bay pass defense on the way to 296 passing yards and four total touchdowns (one rushing) as the NFL's second-highest scoring fantasy quarterback.

According to reports from Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia and Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Foles is receiving all of the first-team reps this week, as Vick's injury is all but guaranteed to hold him out of Week 7:

The best part? Foles is just getting started.

I lied. The best part for Foles is that Week 7 sees Foles with a date against the No. 30 Dallas pass defense, which surrenders 308.2 passing yards per game.

Honorable Mentions: Andy Dalton (CIN), Mike Glennon (TB)

 

Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants

Oct 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (34) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

No, it's not 2007, but Brandon Jacobs is fantasy relevant against.

Crazy.

Jacobs and the New York Giants are in the middle of a major break from the field after participating in Thursday Night Football last week. With a date on Monday Night Football in Week 7, the bruising back has plenty of time to rest.

With starter David Wilson out of the picture for three to four weeks, per ESPN's Dan Graziano, Jacobs needs to be fresh as possible for his matchup with a Minnesota defense that allows 110 rushing yards on average.

Last week against Chicago, Jacobs saw his heaviest load to date at 22 carries, which turned into 106 yards and two touchdowns. That won't happen every week, but Jacobs will see the end zone enough to warrant a roster spot.

Honorable Mentions: Mike Tolbert (CAR), Khiry Robinson (NO)

 

Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Sep 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) runs after a catch against the New England Patriots during the second half at Georgia Dome. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 30-23. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY S
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Don't look now, but Harry Douglas is the No. 1 receiver in Atlanta.

As plenty of owners are likely aware, Julio Jones is lost for the season, per ESPN's Chris Mortensen:

It gets worse for Atlanta, as star receiver Roddy White is also reportedly fighting an injury that could hold him out a few weeks, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:

While Douglas has failed to record over 50 yards in three of five games this season and has been held out of the end zone, those numbers are a product of one or both of the aforementioned receivers being on the field, along with Tony Gonzalez.

With Jones and White out of the way for various amounts of time, Matt Ryan will look to his fifth-year receiver often as teams double the future Hall of Fame tight end. Douglas is Jones' direct backup schematically, so he's a starter for the next 11 weeks.

Enjoy.

Honorable Mentions: Jerome Simpson (MIN), Kris Durham (DET)

 

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings

Oct 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) catches a pass as Carolina Panthers safety Quintin Mikell (27) tackles him in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Panthers win 35-10. Mandatory
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The tight end position is difficult to pin down, but last year showed that Minnesota's Kyle Rudolph has a knack for the end zone, as he had nine touchdowns on 53 receptions.

Touchdown-based production is a dangerous way to live, but Rudolph is consistent. Last week, Rudolph had his coming-out party for the 2013 season with nine catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. As Chet G. of Rotoworld points out, those were career highs in receptions and yards:

Rudolph obviously won't post those numbers each week, but his quarterback situation continues to improve. Those numbers came with Matt Cassel under center, and it sounds like Cassel is about to be bumped for Josh Freeman, per Fox Sports' Jay Glazer:

That's huge news for Rudolph, as Freeman is a clear upgrade. Rudolph is now worth a roster spot and a start based on his matchup, which is a favorable in Week 7 against a shaky New York Giants defense.

Honorable Mentions: Joseph Fauria (DET), Timothy Wright (TB)

 

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