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Fantasy Football: Week 7 Waiver Wire

Fantasy Football: Week 7 Waiver Wire

Whether you're dealing with injuries, schedule issues or just in the hunt for more fantasy football help, here's a look at some likely free agent options for Week 7.

Quarterbacks -- Because Cam Newton is on a bye or you're out on Landry Jones as Ben Roethlisberger's replacement.

1. Marcus Mariota, TEN -- Expect some ups and downs ahead, but the second-year passer is maturing quite nicely while benefiting his owners. Six touchdown passes, one rushing plus 124 yards on the ground works just fine. He's a streamer, but with a winnable schedule over the next month starting with the Colts. Mariota might be more than a one-week fling.

2.  Brian Hoyer, CHI -- Though he didn't throw a TD pass last week, snapping a streak of at least two in three straight games, Hoyer had his fourth consecutive game with at least 300 yards. Green Bay gave up three TDP to Dallas rookie Dak Prescott last week.
Others: Alex Smith, KC (vs. Saints), Colin Kaepernick (vs. Buccaneers)

Running Backs -- Because  Ezekiel Elliott leaves you for a week 

1.  Jay Ajayi, MIA -- Well, how about that?? Ajayi, at least for one week, showed he was more than a tease thanks to 204 yards and two touchdowns against Pittsburgh. That this production cam with Miami's offensive line finally intact bodes well for future results. That Arian Foster remains a thing does not. The Dolphins should feature the young kid over the older option. If you've been hoarding those auction dollars, this isn't a bad spot to jump in.

2. Knile Davis, GB -- The Packers traded with the Chiefs Tuesday and not just for depth. The NFL Network reported starter Eddie Lacy could miss several weeks with an injury. This news comes after backup James Starks underwent surgery. Davis shined at times for Kansas City, but he's a mystery now. Buy the opportunity and hope.
3.  Devontae Booker, DEN -- The rookie keeps eating into C.J. Anderson's lead back status. If CJA ever goes down...
Others: Jacquizz Rogers, TB (at 49ers),  Zach Zenner, DET (vs. Redskins), Matt Asiata, MIN (at Eagles), Robert Kelley, WAS (at Lions),
Wide Receivers -- Because Stefon Diggs, Will Fuller and Terrelle Pryor are uncertain with injuries and your pre-draft self can't believe such thing matter now.

1.  Cameron Meredith, CHI -- Not on anybody's radar to 20-243-1 over the last two games. The Bears haven't been great about feeding Alshon Jeffery, which means more work for Meredith, who received a staggering 27 targets the past two games. Look for more against a beat up Green Bay secondary.
2.  Kenny Britt, STL -- Raise your hand if you knew Britt ranked among the NFL leaders in receiving yards. The Rams will have more success throwing on the Giants than running.
Others: Adam Humphries, TB (at SF), Robert Woods, BUF (at Dolphins), Jamison Crowder, WAS (at Lions), Ty Montgomery, GB (vs, Bears)

Tight Ends -- Because you can't replace Greg Olsen's production, but you must replace him in your lineup

1. Hunter Henry, SD -- The rookie looks legit and it's hard imagining Antonio Gates holding up all season are things I wrote about Henry in this pace last week.  Then he had 83 yards and a touchdown on six receptions against the Broncos. Look for more goodness against a Falcons defense that's struggled against tight ends this season. It's cool to bid heavy.
2.  Vernon Davis, WAS -- We don't know for sure if Jordan Reed (concussion) will miss another week, but good bet the Redskins let their top receiving threat rest another week. Davis looked the part of fantasy starter against the Eagles with his first touchdown since 2014. Detroit allows the third most fantasy points to tight ends through six weeks.
Others: Charles Clay, BUF (at Dolphins), Jack Doyle, IND (vs, Titans)

Defenses -- Because you stream this position

1. Bengals (vs. Browns)

2. Ravens (vs. Jets)

3. Giants (at Rams)

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.


“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.