Six games have been completed in this 2013 NFL season and two teams remain undefeated, the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. One comes as a surprise while the other no so much thanks to its talented quarterback.
But we all know a quarterback is only as good as the teammates who support him with their play and this is where the different players come in–especially with a fantasy team. As we look ahead to Thursday’s game with the Seattle Seahawks vs. the Arizona Cardinals, it’s time to also look at fantasy football waiver wire picks for Week 7.
Ryan Tannehill (Miami Dolphins): Tannehill will return from his bye week after a Week 5 performance where he passed for 307 yards against the Baltimore Ravens. Based on ESPN scoring, he has a minimum of 12 fantasy points in four of his five games and looking ahead, this should continue with matchups against the Buffalo Bills (Week 7) and the San Diego Chargers (Week 11) while tougher ones will come against the New England Patriots (Week 8) and the Carolina Panthers (Week 12).
But overall, there’s no sophomore slump for this quarterback.
Nick Foles (Philadelphia Eagles): Last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Foles amassed 29 standard fantasy points, according to ESPN.com. This came from 296 passing yards and three touchdowns; he also ran for another score and had zero turnovers. These scores represented “the 1st Eagles QB not named Michael Vick with at least 3 Pass TD & 1 Rush TD in a game since Donovan McNabb in 2003 (at WSH),” according to ESPN Stats.
Whether this continues could depend if starter ick returns this week against the Dallas Cowboys. At the time of this writing, Eagles coach Chip Kelly is being noncommittal about naming his starter for this game.
Brandon LaFell (Carolina Panthers): In Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings, LaFell caught his four targets for 104 yards–a career high–and had one touchdown. In his last last three games, he has three touchdowns and from Week 3, he had two scores against the New York Giants. LaFell’s bye week is done and his performance should continue rising.
Harry Douglas (Atlanta Falcons): With Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White day-to-day (hamstring and ankle), next up is Douglas as tight end Tony Gonzalez can’t do it all.
Douglas has 16 reception (27 targets) for 219 yards to-date but he does have a minimum of four receptions per game three times this season. This number will rise as Douglas knows he will be called upon to perform. This week should provide a lot of opportunity against the Bucs.
Brandon Jacobs (New York Giants): Similar to Douglas, Jacobs is the team’s starter thanks to Andre Brown (leg), Da’Rel Scott (hamstring) and David Wilson (neck) injuries. Last week against the Chicago Bears for his first 2013 start, he rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns.
This role should continue for the next four weeks; we know Jacobs is capable of wracking up fantasy points. He’s the guy you want for goal-line carries and this week could present more opportunities as the Giants play the Minnesota Vikings–a team almost as bad as they are.
Andre Ellington (Arizona Cardinals): In Week 6 vs. the San Francisco 49ers, Ellington had seven carries for 56 yards and one touchdown–pretty good numbers against this caliber of defense. Oh yeah, he also had five receptions for 36 yards.
Fantasy pundits are also quick to note that Ellington has done more than teammate Rashard Mendenhall for less: running for greater yards on single number carries in his last three games.
The Cardinals have a tough game this week against the Seattle Seahawks so look for Ellington to put on his receiver hat: he has a minimum of 30 receiving yards from his last four of five games.
Jeff Cumberland (New York Jets): Against the Steelers, Jeff Cumberland caught four of his five targets for 59 yards. This represented a third solid consecutive fantasy performance. With fellow tight end Kellen Winslow out for three additional games, look for Cumberland to step up.
DST (Miami Dolphins) – O.k. so the Kansas City Chiefs aren’t available, but what about the Dolphins? They started the season with three turnovers and only gave up 10 points against the Cleveland Browns. Week 2 was a win against the Indianapolis Colts but then the team stumbled against the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints.
The defense got back on track against the Ravens with two turnovers, a few sacks and a pick-6 by safety Rashad Jones.
The team is returning from its bye week healthy. They’ll play the Buffalo Bills who have a shaky quarterback situation. Look for the Dolphins’ defense to feast on this.