Week 7 was another parade of injuries in the NFL.
Big name players such as Reggie Wayne went down for the year, while the future of players such as Doug Martin are in doubt. All of the injuries will lead to another busy week on the fantasy football wavier-wire.
Tampa Bay running back Mike James will undoubtedly be the first player taken off waivers this week. James, who had just 12 rushing yards before Martin went down with a torn labrum muscle on Sunday, ran for 45 yards on 14 carries after Martin was sidelined. While he doesn't have No. 1 running back potential like Martin, James is likely to see 20 touches a game until Martin returns, if he does at all. Adding James is a no-brainer for owners of Martin or anyone else with injuries or bye week problems.
Two players mentioned in last week's column, Jordan Reed and Jarett Boykin, produced huge fantasy numbers last weekend. Reed, the Washington Redskins rookie tight end, finished with 134 yards on nine receptions, one of which went for a touchdown. Since coming back from a minor injury and a bye week, Reed has posted 13 grabs for 194 yards and a touchdown. Owned in less than 5 percent of leagues, Reed is a must-add for anyone who owned Jermichael Finley, who went down for the season on Sunday with a neck and spinal cord injury. With tight ends such as Martellus Bennett, Antonio Gates, Dallas Clark and Coby Fleener also on byes this week, it might be hard to add a tight end quickly enough this week. I also still like New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland, if you are in need of filling a hole at tight end this week. Andrew Quarless is expected to take Finley's place in Green Bay, but Quarless is a limited weapon in the passing game. I suggest a wait-and-see approach to Quarless for now.
Boykin stepped in for injured Packers wide receiver James Jones with relative ease. He produced a touchdown and 103 yards on eight catches in his first game filling in for Jones. Boykin is still available in more than 90 percent of leagues, and he is definitely worth adding this week when the Packers play the Minnesota Vikings' poor pass defense.
Owners of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler expected to be without him this week as the Bears enter a bye week, but Cutler's availability likely won't come until after Week 11 after he suffered a torn groin muscle on Sunday. St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was also lost for the season with a torn ACL. With Baltimore, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego and Tennessee all joining Chicago on byes this week, quarterback is likely to be a position of high interest this week on the wire.
Unfortunately, the depth at quarterback is scarce this year because several injuries earlier in the year already left the choices thin. However, Ben Roethlisberger is still available in several leagues. While it is tough to win a fantasy championship with Roethlisberger starting, he is a much better option than Thad Lewis, Kellen Clemens or Brandon Weeden at this point in the season. Roethlisberger is capable of scoring double digits every week, though it is asking a lot for him to score 20-plus points.
If there isn't a quarterback on the wire you like, consider making a trade before deadline time approaches. There is a backup quarterback on every fantasy roster who owners will consider trading, and there is a wide receiver on every roster you just can't find space for in your starting lineup every week. Instead of holding onto that receiver or extra tight end, now is the time to make a move to make your lineup stronger.
Last week, I suggested adding Percy Harvin if he is available in your league. The explosive playmaker is expected back sometime soon after he returned to practice on Tuesday. Though he won't play this weekend, definitely consider adding him now before it is too late. The same is true this week for New York Giants running back Andre Brown, who has also been out since the preseason. The Giants need a true No. 1 running back badly, and it looks like Brown will be back in Week 10 when he is eligible to return. If you need some running back depth for a playoff push, get Brown while you can.
This week's survivor pool pick is the New Orleans Saints at home against the Buffalo Bills. The San Farncisco 49ers are also a safe pick in London against the Jacksonville Jaguars.If you have already used the Saints or 49ers, consider Green Bay at Minnesota in a rare road team selection. The Seahawks at the Rams is also virtual lock with Bradford out, but many already used the Seahawks when they hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars.
That is all for this week. I have enjoyed your lineup questions all season. Keep sending them in to my email or Twitter page.