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Week 7: Pickups of the Week

These players are worth considering adding to your roster if they're available. This week's picks include John Beck, Curtis Painter, Montario Hardesty, DeMarco Murray, and Danario Alexander.
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None of Tampa Bay's four sophomore receivers have really broken out this season. However it's Arrelious Benn, not last year's star Mike Williams, who has been making the biggest plays so far. Both receivers are too talented to stay this quiet for this long and Benn in particular is due to make a splash soon enough. Of course, receiver production is largely attributable to the quality of QB play, and up until last week Josh Freeman has played poorly. Hopefully his 300-yard effort against the Saints was a sign of things to come. Look for Benn to start stringing together long catches with greater frequency as the season rolls on.

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Lance Kendricks' production has been steadily growing and last week was his best effort so far. A match-up nightmare for defenses, Kendricks has yet to fully tap into his huge receiving potential. Drops and rookie mistakes have limited his output so far, but he seems to finally be settling in as a regular contributor in the Rams' passing game. Kendricks had reliable hands in college and should quickly start to put these early season jitters behind him. Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Vernon Davis are all off this week, giving curious owners looking for a temporary TE a chance to kick the tires on a rising young star.

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Greg Olsen is still the Panthers TE to own, but Shockey has been making up ground in the last few weeks. The still athletic, still obnoxious Shockey has been largely forgotten by defenses (but not by Cam Newton). Shockey has been seeing a steady five to seven targets a week and could become a red zone weapon by default as defenses spread themselves too thin trying to account for the threat of a running Newton and the need to match their best cover guys on Olsen and Steve Smith.

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Miami's stagnant offense has meant plenty of work for Dan Carpenter who, despite a few misses early in the season, has kicked two or more field goals in each of the last four games. Sadly, this soccer-like action won't stop any time soon because the Dolphins quite simply have no red zone presence. Brandon Marshall drops every goal line pass thrown his way and the combination of Daniel Thomas/Reggie Bush has yet to produce a rushing score. Dan Carpenter is really the team's best (and only) hope for points.

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The battle between the NFL's 4th-ranked passing defense and its 23rd-ranked passing offense provides Ohio's best team with a rare chance at recognition. Provided the Browns can contain Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle running game (and they should; Cleveland has held opponents to only 2 rushing TDs on the season), the Browns' underrated pass-rush will have a field day against a Seahawks offensive line. Only St. Louis has given up more sacks on the season than Seattle, who are also amongst the NFC's most turnover-prone teams.

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