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Fantasy Football: Week 7 Waiver Wire

Fantasy Football: Week 7 Waiver Wire

Whether you're in bye week hell wth six teams off, dealing with umpteen injuries or just always in the hunt for more fantasy football help, here's a look at some likely free agent options for Week 8.

Quarterbacks – Because Eli Manning is hanging on Peyton's couch this week and Ben Roethlisberger is hurt.

1.  Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ
 
2.  Alex Smith, KC
 
3.  Ryan Tannehill, MIA
 
4.  Landry Jones, PIT

* It's reasonable to be like the Jets organization and show Fitzpatrick no love, but there's plenty to like in a matchup against a Browns defense that has allowed at least 17 touchdown passes in seven games and at least two each week. This option is so tempting that Philip Rivers (at San Diego) owners could consider going with the New York guy and just hope he's more FitzMagic than FitzTragic. 

Running Backs Because Le'Veon Bell and Jay Ajayi are on byes and you're not sure what to think of the Bears backfield.

1.  Chris Thompson, WAS
 
2.  Matt Asiata, MIN
 
3.  Dion Lewis, NE
 
4.  Ka'Deem Carey, CHI
 
5.  Wendell Smallwood, PHI
 
6.  Don Jackson, GB
 
7.  Justin Forsett, DET
 
8.  Zach Zenner, DET

* Don't expect a planned heavy workload for Thompson despite his impressive efficiency (113 yards from scrimmage on 19 touches), but he's the main man if Washington trails Cincinnati. With so many teams on byes, PPR leagues can view the scatback as a low-end RB2. ... Lewis could return soon from his injury. While James White is making plays as Tom Brady's pass-catching back, the oomph Lewis provided last season makes him a strong sign-and-stash option.

Wide Receivers – Because Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham are on byes and you didn't plan for that reality.

1.  Davante Adams, GB
 
2.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
3.  Corey Coleman, CLE
 
4.  Marquise Goodwin, BUF
 
5.  Marqise Lee, JAC
 
6.  Tajae Sharpe, TEN
 
7.  Russell Shepard, TB
 
8.  Victor Cruz, NYG
 
9.  Anquan Boldin, DET
 
10.  Brian Quick, LA
 
11.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
12.  Brandon LaFell, CIN
 
13.  Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN
 
14.  Darrius Heyward-Bey, PIT
 
15.  Kamar Aiken, BAL
 
16.  Rishard Matthews, TEN

* Adams is my overall No. 1 free agent this week. Here's what  wrote on the matter for FantasyPros.com:

“Davante Adams had a severe case of the drops last season, but the talent was apparent. Now he’s putting it together and most of all, the opportunities are coming his way. With the Packers run game a mess, more passes from Aaron Rodgers seems logical, which means more pass catching opportunities. Adams tops Jamison Crowder among receivers because his weekly role is clearer, though the Redskins’ slot threat continues to standout.”

Tight Ends  Because Dennis Pitta is on a bye and you're starting to wonder if Travis Kelce will get going

1.  Jack Doyle, IND
 
2.  Vernon Davis, WAS
 
3.  Ladarius Green, PIT
 
4.  Jacob Tamme, ATL

Here's a tweet about that stunning Doyle machine.

Though his matchup against Kansas City isn't great, Doyle is the top option here based on the big picture. Davis has the better matchup (Bengals 25th against fantasy tight ends), but it's possible Jordan Reed (concussion) returns this week. ...Green (ankle) begins practicing this week after starting the season on the PUP list. Before the injury, the ex-Charger screamed top-10 option. Don't expect that version in his first game next week against a Ravens defense that's allowed the third fewest points to fantasy tight ends, but the upside is real.* 

Defenses – Because you stream this position

1. Jets (at Browns)

2. Titans (vs. Jaguars)

3. Browns (vs. Jets)

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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.

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“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.

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