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Vick or Kolb... or both?: Week 7 Waiver Suggestions

Mark Stopa

Mark Stopa

Mark Stopa has been sharing his fantasy insights for Rotowire since 2007. Mark is the 2010 and 2012 Staff Picks champion (eat your heart out, Chris Liss) and won Rotowire's 14-team Staff League II in consecutive seasons. He roots for the Bills and has season tickets on the second row, press level to the Rays.

Kevin Kolb and Mike Vick, QB, Eagles: Whoever starts at quarterback for the Eagles is a top 10 fantasy QB. Who's it going to be? At this point, candidly, your guess is as good as mine. Heck, I'm not sure Andy Reid knows. After watching Kolb excel this week, though, I realized it's time to suggest rostering Kolb AND Vick so you can start whoever starts for the Eagles. Yes, this will require you to roster a third QB for the Eagles Week 8 bye, but depending on your league's specs, it may be worth it.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: Lynch is getting a majority of the carries and the goal-line looks, so he shouldn't be unowned in 20% of ESPN leagues. Make him your top waiver priority if he's available.

Derrick Ward, RB, Texans: Arian Foster is still the unquestioned starter in Houston, but Ward has emerged as the clear backup, ahead of Steve Slaton. The Texans are a carnival for fantasy purposes (fun for everyone!), and Foster has never played a full season, so there's a lot of value for Ward as a handcuff. Heck, even with Foster playing, Ward has scored three straight games. Consider Ward one of the highest-upside backups in fantasy football.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants: Jacobs has scored three straight weeks, and, unlike Ward, it's because Jacobs has a well-defined role on a weekly basis. Jacobs is getting about a third of the Giants running back touches and some of the short yardage carries. That makes him start-able in good matchups and own-able in just about all leagues.

Keiland Williams, RB, Redskins: Injury-prone Ryan Torain is all that stands between Williams and a feature role on a quickly-improving Redskins offense. In deeper leagues, Willliams may have been cut a few weeks ago, after Torain emerged; if so, it's worth stashing him again.

Deion Branch, WR, Patriots: Which is the bigger understatement - to say that Branch's fantasy value has increased after his trade to the Patriots or to say it's better to have Tom Brady as your quarterback than Matt Hasselbeck? Either way, make sure Branch isn't sitting on waivers in your league.

Kenny Britt, WR, Titans: I've been slow to recommend Britt based on my perception that the Titans are a run-first team with a few interchangeable receivers. These past four weeks, though, Britt has proven me wrong. He's scored four straight weeks, separating himself from Nate Washington and Justin Gage. As a 2009 first-round pick, Britt's pedigree suggests this is no fluke, either. Obviously he's not going to keep scoring every week, but Britt must be owned in all formats.

Patrick Crayton, Craig Davis, and Vincent Jackson, WR, Chargers: Philip Rivers is terrific, and this week he gets the Patriots leaky defense at home in a must-win game. Even better for Crayton and Davis are the injuries to Antonio Gates and Malcolm Floyd. Early reports are that Floyd won't play in Week 7, whereas Gates is more optmistic. Regardless, from what I know now, I'd be fine with rostering Crayton and Davis as well as Vincent Jackson, who is said to be returning to the team soon to ensure unrestricted free agency next year. Yes, Jackson is a wild card, but that's why he's a waiver claim.

Jason Avant, WR, Eagles: Avant has limited upside, but with DeSean Jackson out this week, Avant is an option against a Titans team that should roll coverage to Jeremy Maclin.

Danario Alexander, WR, Rams: Sam Bradford looks really good, especially for a rookie, but who does he have to throw to? Last week, it was Alexander, who posted 70(+) yards and a TD. Can Alexander be fantasy-worthy? Who knows. I'd think somebody is going to emerge at wideout for the Rams, and based on last week, Alexander seems as likely as anyone else.

Heath Miller, TE, Steelers: I profiled Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Wallace last week and was remiss not to mention Miller as well. Miller is certainly an option with Ben back under center, especially with the bye weeks upon us.

Todd Heap, TE, Ravens: The past few seasons, Heap has been on the fringes of fantasy relevance. He's on my radar this week because the Ravens are playing the Bills, who have allowed an NFL-high 12.6 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends (including 2-TD performances by Dustin Keller and Mercedes Lewis).

Billy Cundiff, K, Ravens: The Bills have given up 30 points in four straight games. This week, they play the Ravens (who will be mad coming off a loss) on the road. Do you think Cundiff is going to get his share of points this week? I sure do.

Redskins D/ST: After playing the Colts, I suspect the Redskins defense is going to be available on waivers in a lot of leagues. That's a good thing, as they get a juicy matchup against the sack-prone Bears this week.

49ers D/ST: Yes, the Panthers offense is this bad.

In a week where several key players were knocked unconscious, it seems wrong to profile players who are "Dead to Me." That, and I'm sort of worried the NFL would suspend me. Let's revisit that next week.