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Week 7 Pickups

Roy Williams scores a touchdown (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images).

Roy Williams has been a tough fantasy player to figure out. He was fairly productive in Detroit, then he gets traded to Dallas and you figure his fantasy value can only go up in a better offense, right? Wrong.

Then the next season roles around and you figure he has had more time to work with Romo, he’s got to at least have a solid year. However, Miles Austin had other things to say about that last season. Now finally it appears he has reemerged again, as a go-to red zone target, if nothing else.

Week 7 Pickups

Here are some players that are generally available in most leagues who are worth a look depending on your roster construction. The percent that each player is are owned in standard ESPN leagues is included.

Roy E. Williams, WR, Cowboys (66.1 percent owned)
Though Williams is still on rosters in most league, he remains available in almost 35 percent of ESPN standard leagues even after producing 5 touchdowns in his last 3 games. Williams and QB Tony Romo seem to finally be on the same page, especially in the all-important red zone. I suggest snatching him up if no one has done so yet in your league.

Jabar Gaffney, WR, Broncos (48.1)
Gaffney has been on this list before, but continues to be looked over in many leagues. He is not going to put up huge numbers every week, but he seems to be Kyle Orton’s go-to guy and will continue to rack up the receptions. He may never be a fantasy starter, but he is a reliable option off the bench in most leagues.

Chris Ivory, RB, Saints (2.1)
The Saints’ backfield is always unpredictable, but with 158 yards on 15 carries this week, Ivory has cemented his role as lead back at least until Pierre Thomas returns. When Thomas returns is a bit up in the air as the Saints have made it seem as if he is close to returning every week since the injury. Its anyone’s guess how the carries will be split after that though.

Mike Williams, WR, Seahawks
Williams was a big sleeper coming into the year, but did not put up huge numbers early. After a 10-reception, 123-yard week following the trade of Deion Branch, he looks to be someone who may be relied on more heavily in this offense.

Danny Woodhead, RB, Patriots (6.3)
Woodhead has become a bigger part of the Patriots’ gameplan every week since he was signed. With Fred Taylor out he looks to be the most fantasy-viable option out of New England and continues to open eyes. He also will come up with receptions, making him useful in PPR leagues.

Matt Cassel, QB, Chiefs (10.4)
Cassel has been coming on strong the last few weeks, including three-touchdown performances this week and week 3. He has a young offense that seems to be jelling and a strong offensive coordinator, so the upside is there. He is also facing the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, who have been terrible at stopping opposing QBs this season.

Defensive match-up of the week

Each week I select one defense that is available in most leagues and has a favorable match-up.

Seahawks D (37.8 percent owned) vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals defense has been a mess this season, while Seattle’s defense has been surprisingly strong.

Other names to watch:

Deon Butler, WR, Seahawks (1.3 percent owned), Donario Alexander, WR, Rams (3.2), Buster Davis, WR, Chargers (1.5), Patrick Crayton, WR, Chargers (1.4).

About Matt Huegel

Stats: •Age: 21 •Sex: Male •Favorite sports: Baseball, Football, Basketball •Favorite Boston Players: Rajon Rondo, Dustin Pedroia, Wes Welker •Title: Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, Fantasy Writer •Contact: Huegel at I publish articles focusing primarily on Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, and fantasy sports. I have been a life-long fan of Boston sports. I first began my love of our home-town teams with the Red Sox, and in recent years I have taken that passion to a new level. Not only do I follow the major league team, but all of the minor league affiliates on a daily basis as well. I am well-versed on almost every prospect in the system, and began writing some shorter news pieces for in March of 2010. My love of Boston sports extends strongly to the Patriots and Celtics as well, and also to the Bruins to a lesser degree. I currently attend Northeastern University in Boston, and will graduate with a degree in Political Science and History at the end of 2010. I have always been interested in taking my love of sports to a new level and making a career out of it. Sports of Boston is a great opportunity for me to get my ideas out and hone my writing skills. I enjoy writing on these teams that I am so passionate about, and hope it shows. When not watching or reading about Boston sports, I am often doing research on fantasy sports. Specifically, I am obsessed with fantasy football and a keeper league which I have been taking part in since my high school days. Fantasy football goes year-round for me. I hope to share some of my expertise in this area when the NFL season begins.

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One comment for “Week 7 Pickups”

  1. Where the hell did Woodhead come from?

    Its unbelieveable the production he’s had so far. I’m hesistant to pick him up but I think I’ll be sitting by my computer Sunday incase he makes a better case for himself.

    Posted by DanPitrowiski | October 21, 2010, 7:40 pm

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