Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: RB - Week 7

by Cory J. Bonini on October 19, 2011 @ 14:35:18 PDT


If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the year.

Each week during the NFL fantasy football season, KFFL brings you its Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, which breaks down players to pick up. Be aggressive when picking up fantasy football free agents. Even if you do not need a player, you can tuck him away for depth or block others from adding him to their fantasy football team.

Note: Percentage of polled leagues in which player is available in parentheses

Fantasy football free agents: Priority additions

The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.

DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys (80 percent)

Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray
Dallas hits DeMarco

Felix Jones (ankle) has already been ruled out for Week 7, and owner Jerry Jones said the team is willing to trade Tashard Choice. Murray should see the bulk of the work in Week 7 against the St. Louis Rams, and if he fares well, look for more involvement going forward. It is apparent that Felix Jones cannot stay healthy, so look for Dallas to limit his workload upon his return.

Murray, 6-foot, 227 pounds, is a competent receiver and has enough size to run between the tackles. With the right matchup, he could be a strong play, especially in PPR leagues. He should be an improved pass blocker at this point in the season and could see more work in passing situations.

Dallas' upcoming schedule is hit or miss for running backs in terms of fantasy purposes. In the next month, the Cowboys face the Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills.

Montario Hardesty, Cleveland Browns (66 percent)

Peyton Hillis came up lame in Week 6 with a hamstring injury and is uncertain for Week 7. The Browns had begun to involve Hardesty before their Week 5 bye and could lean on him often until Hillis is up to speed. In his last two games, the second-year back has rushed 17 times for 57 yards, and he has hauled in seven passes for 68 yards. He rushed 14 times for 68 yards and snagged three balls for 19 more yards in Week 3. While his numbers have not been spectacular by any stretch of the imagination, it all comes down to opportunity, especially when you are facing six teams on the bye.

Cleveland plays the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars in the next month.

Fantasy football free agents: Watch list

These fantasy football free agents shouldn't be on your immediate list. They may have had a big week. They may have talent but are buried on the depth chart and merely awaiting an opportunity. Still, fantasy football players must know who they are for their potential contribution in the future.

NEW - Phillip Tanner, Dallas Cowboys (100 percent)

The local product should have a chance for a slightly increased workload with Felix Jones (ankle) on the mend for two to four weeks. Tanner, 6-foot, 218 pounds, offers a physical inside presence that DeMarco Murray, despite his size, doesn't bring to the table. Tashard Choice's blocking will be what puts him on the field on third down and in clear passing situations.

Tanner is not worth adding in standard leagues, but owners in very deep arrangements (rosters with at least 20 rostered players) should consider stashing him if they have the room.

Dallas faces the St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills in the next month.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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