Week 7: Pickups of the Week
Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne both had poor performances against the Jets secondary, but Avery was still able to find his openings. As a number two, Avery has been a remarkably consistent option this season -- remarkable partly because he has stayed healthy and maintained his game-breaking speed following a 2011 season that was lost to him as he recovered from ACL surgery. His star is back on the rise and he is a great candidate should you need bye week WR or flex support over the next few games.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
With Danny Amendola gone for at least a month, the Rams desperately needed Brandon Gibson to step up and embrace an alpha role. He delivered in Miami, catching seven of his nine targets for a team high 91 yards. Though he did have a nasty drop during the game, he more than made up for it with an insanely athletic twisting one-handed grab that should stay looped on Sports Center highlight reels all season long. With St. Louis expected to stay airborne versus the Packers and Patriots over the next two weeks, Gibson will undoubtedly see a high volume of passes thrown his way.
Kendall Wright leads all rookies in receiving yardage this season and he's done so while competing for snaps and dealing with a quarterback change. The snap sharing will continue as long as Nate Washington and Kenny Britt are healthy. And it looks like all three Titans receivers will be catching passes from Matt Hasselbeck for at least another week. None of this should detract deep-league owners from giving Wight the call on Sunday as the explosive young receiver will remain a big part of this offense under almost any circumstances.Injury Status: Out - Hamstring
Back on the field for the first time since opening day, Dustin Keller was quiet on Sunday but won't remain so for long. He's one of the only proven pass-catchers left on a team that desperately needs a pair of reliable hands. And while the nightmare tandem of Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow would cripple a wideout's fantasy prospects, a tight end better suits the limited range and accuracy of Jets QBs. Keller's hamstring issues appear to now be behind him. Healthy once more, he provides a decent bye week option for needy owners.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
The Bears had the week off and their kicker was probably dropped in many fantasy leagues by owners who can barely stomach the idea of rostering one kicker, let alone two. Now is your chance to swoop in and nab a high-scoring PK who remains perfect on field goals and extra point tries this year. Because I need to eat up some more space, I'll leave you with this head-scratcher: Robbie Gould is in the final season of a six-year deal worth more than $15.5 million dollars. That's right: someone who nets roughly 30 seconds of playing time per week could make close to $3 million this year when you factor in roster bonuses. Tell that to the 41 Chicago players -- many of whom are starters playing difficult, high skill, high impact positions -- who stand to make less than him this season.