Waiver Wire Week 7, Deion Branch Break Through
My waiver wire pickups from week 6 were more of injured position pickups for your bench than it was for immediate fantasy success. Stay with Mike Hart, Danny Amendola, Steve Johnson and Brandon Tate the next few weeks before you make the decision to throw them away based on one week. Matt Flynn was a one-week solution to Aaron Rodgers owners worried about the concussion, but now that Rodgers made it through one week, we can forget about the former LSU quarterback for the time being. Here are Waiver Wire Week 7 players.
Waiver Wire: Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Catching 5 passes for 62 yards in the game against the Falcons on Sunday shows exactly what Avant could mean to a Eagles team that could be without DeSean Jackson for a few weeks. Avant has yet to catch a touchdown this year, but the upside is even with DeSean in the lineup he has been able to get 3-4 catches a week; that is the type of consistent production we like to as fantasy owners.
Waiver Wire: Deion Branch, WR, New England Patriots: I know I told everyone to buy Brandon Tate last week; I still agree with that, but this week Deion Branch was the man, next week it could be anyone. I like Branch because he knows the system better than any receiver on that team [probably even Welker]. Tate is the better athlete; Branch is the better fit in the system. This week Branch went off for 9 receptions for almost 100 yards a touchdown, I simply do not think that will last every week, and it simply just matters who is open, because Tom will get them the ball.
Waiver Wire: Matt Prater, K, Denver Broncos: I know, you cannot believe I am even talking about kickers, but this guy has been very effective and has hit the long field goals at a very consistent rate. He hit a 59 and 48-yard field goals this week and has hit 11 total field goals on the season. The Broncos offense is very efficient, and that will give Prater the opportunities needed to produce fantasy points. If you need a kicker, pick up this guy if he is available.
Waiver Wire: Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: We were not positive if Marshawn Lynch was the man for Pete Carroll, but after week 6 when he received 17 carries and scored a touchdown, we are pretty sure Pete loves his new toy. Justin Forsett is a good running back [former college roommates with Marshawn Lynch as well], but he at this point is definitely backing up Lynch in the offense at this point. Forsett will get carries, but expect Lynch to be the workhorse for the remainder of the season for the Seahawks.
Waiver Wire: Fred Davis, TE, Washington Redskins: Chris Cooley was knocked out of the Sunday night game versus the Colts with a concussion, and as we all know about concussions, they usually do not play the week after because of the tests being taken during the week. Also, a good piece of information here was that Cooley suffered at least three concussion while he was in college playing football; so figuring that this is not the first time this has happened to Chris, you figure he could sit out a week or so making sure he is healthy before returning to the field. Fred Davis may be the best backup tight end in the league. Davis has only caught three passes all season prior to replacing Cooley on Sunday Night Football, but from here forward expect Davis to be a integral part of the offense with Donovan McNabb.