Do you often dream that LT2 or Shaun Alexander is on the waiver wire and you have the first choice? If so, I advise you to seek immediate counseling. Or alternatively, join a free Yahoo league where most teams have been abandoned and this is actually a realistic scenario. But I digress…for the rest of you, we present our hot waiver-wire pickups for week 7!!!
Girl-next-door hot, personable, athletic, wealthy, an international star of television and film…what else could a man want? Of course, the ‘carrying Ben Affleck’s kid’ thing kind of makes me throw up in my own mouth, but hey, that’s life! Nope, there’s nobody on the waiver wire this week that’s of the ‘run, don’t walk’ variety in my opinion. But keep reading…there are still some quality pickups to be had after this injury-riddled week. You need help, and help’s right here baby!
Doug Gabriel WR Oakland Raiders
Randy Moss got leveled on Sunday and may miss some games due to back and groin injuries. His slot as the deep-man for the Raiders looks to be filled primarily by Doug Gabriel, who caught 5 balls for 84 yards. And perhaps just as importantly, he had 11 balls thrown to him…a considerable target total. While he’s no Moss, he’s got the speed to stretch the field and could burn teams that challenge the Moss-less Collins to beat them with his arm. Doug is raw, but he’s got talent and is in a great fantasy situation. The bad news is that the Silver-and-Black have a tough Bills pass D to face next week. Keep an eye on Randy’s groin and … did I really just say that?
Chris Perry RB Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are hot, and this Rudi Johnson second-fiddle is in the mix. With 9 catches for 45 yards and a TD, Perry proved to be a suprisingly nice start, especially in point-per-catch leagues. Don’t look for Perry to steal Rudi’s job anytime soon, but expect respectable numbers in his current role as a pass-catching back, and excellent numbers should Johnson miss time…he’s got the skillz to do the job! Word to your mudddaaaa!
Brandon Jones WR Tennessee Titans
The Titans offense is a mess, but a bright spot is the rookie Brandon Jones. He’s been mentioned in this column before, and he becomes a bigger part of the Tennessee offense each week. A poor-man’s Keyshawn in style without the perpetually-moving mouth, he once again produced in unspectacular but solid fashion with 5 catches for 82 yards against the Bengals last week. With receiving-mate Drew Bennett possibly missing some time with a dislocated thumb, Jones could become even more targeted in coming weeks.
Chris Simms QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brian Griese suffered a potentially season-ending knee injury last week, leaving fellow ‘Hall of Fame Quarterback’s Kid Club’ member Simms to be the Bucs starter for the remainder of the season should the injury prove serious. The Bucs pass offense has been solid if not spectacular this year, and Simms has some starting experience under his belt. The Bucs are on bye this coming week, so you might be able to put off this pick for a week unless the Griese owner has a weak backup. You’ve gotta love the Niners matchup in Week 8!
Jabar Gaffney WR Houston Texans
The good news for Houston fans is that it seems the Texans have found a passing route David Carr can complete consistently. The bad news is that this route is only 4 yards long. But cry not, little man! There is a happy ending to this story! Jabar ‘My Sky-hook is unstoppable’ Gaffney was the catcher of a whopping 10 of these passes, racking up 87 yards in the process. If this is truly the new offensive system of the Texans, look for them to complete their winless season and for Gaffney become a very productive #3 receiver for your squad.
Az-Zahir Hakim WR New Orleans Saints
Az has been a boom-or-bust #3 WR throughout his career, and that may never change. But with Joe Horn out of the lineup, Hakim has put up back-to-back solid games, the latest being a 6 grab for 85 yard day against the Falcons on Sunday. Don’t expect great results once Horn returns, but with the Rams next on the schedule, Az might be a good plug-in starter this week for ya.
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Jamie Martin QB St Louis Rams
As I write this article, Marc Bulger is walking off the field at halftime with a bag of ice on his shoulder. Should Bulger miss time, Martin is as close to a Smokin’ Hot pick as there is this week. The Rams system is a fantasy QB dream, and Jaime’s likely a good pinch play for your team just by starting for the Rams. Who heard of Kurt Warner or Marc Bulger before they started torching teams? Martin knows the system and will produce should Bulger miss time. Watch this situation closely!
Chris Weinke QB Carolina Panthers
Hey, isn’t ‘Weinke’ fun to say? After starting 15 games for the Panthers as a rookie back in 2001, to say Weinke has seen less action than Napoleon Dynamite on prom night. Before Sunday, he hadn’t thrown a regular-season pass since 2002! But with starter Jake Delhomme getting hammered going down for the dreaded ‘quarterback slide’, Weinke stepped in and finished the game. The Panthers are on bye next week, but should the effects of Jake’s hit linger, Weinke would be the starter against a soft Vikings defense in Week 8.
Jeff Garcia QB Detroit Lions
Garcia is very close to returning from a broken fibula, but keep an eye on him. Joey Harrington is truly awful and its hard to believe that it’s just a matter of time before a healthy Garcia or even rookie Dan Orlovsky gets a crack at the starting job. As much of a wreck as the Lions offense has been this year, some solid play at QB could really tap some hugely anticipated potential on this squad. If the leg injury doesn’t hamper his mobility, Garcia could make some things happen with his legs as well as his arm down the stretch in the Motor City. And looking at the Lions schedule late in the season, you have to smile…Arizona, Dallas, Atlanta, Minnesota, and Green Bay are the foes starting on Week 10…some nice matchups there indeed!