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Each Tuesday, we look back at the guys on the waiver wire, thinking "I wish I had added him before his Sunday performance."  We can think back to a Felix Jones, who, after a DeMarco Murray injury, stepped in and carried the load for Dallas.  Or we can look back a bit further to a Mike Williams, a receiver who certainly should have been owned in more leagues before his back to back 100+ yard performances.  This column is aiming the fantasy crosshairs toward some players who, after week 7, we may look back upon and be glad we added them before next week's waivers.

Daryl Richardson RB STL - Timeshares are not always a bad thing for fantasy running backs, and should the Rams keep games close, this could be one of a handful of rewarding backfields.  Steven Jackson is underwhelming at times, but seems to be running hard when given the chance.  With the ability to catch the ball and create yards after the catch, Richardson should continue to see more snaps in St. Louis.  The Rams don't often find the end zone much, but the yards are there to be had.  Richardson has twice gone over the 90 yard mark in five plus games, and could be a fantasy contributor down the stretch.  Think Pierre Thomas type points at the end of your fantasy bench. 

Daniel Thomas RB MIA - The Dolphins are on a bye this week, and Thomas is coming off of a mild concussion, but he could be a guy you can turn to for the remainder of the bye-weeks.  Thomas gets limited carries in Miami, but Reggie Bush isn't the most sturdy back, and the 'Fins don't like him at the goal line.  Thomas has found the red zone in half of the games he's played in, and been right around 40 yards in 3 of 4 games played.  If he gets 10-12 touches a game, he could post 7-10 points each week moving forward.

Dexter McCluster RB/WR KC - McCluster is fully healthy and led the Chiefs in receptions last week against the Bucs.  KC is on a bye this week, like Thomas, but if the Chiefs continue to downsize and check-down more, Dexter could benefit.  Especially in PPR leagues, you have to like a guy who can pull in 6-7 catches for 40-50 yards a week with the ability to break a big play on every touch.  We think McCluster should be owned in more than 9% of Y! leagues with his dual eligibility and tough bye weeks.


Andrew Hawkins WR CIN - Hawkins has clearly become the second fiddle to elite WR AJ Green in Cincy.  Andy Dalton is gaining confidence in the pint-sized (5'7"!), receiver over the middle of the field.  With Green drawing double-coverage plus, the middle of the field is wide open for Hawkins to run free.  Consider that Hawkins has hauled in more than 4 passes a game and seems to be improving on that number, paired with his two touchdowns and serious big play ability.  Hawkins is the anti Josh Gordon, with similar point potential.  Grab Hawkins while he is still owned in less than 49% of leagues.

Joel Dreessen TE DEN - While Jacob Tamme is still a part of Denver's pass-first offense, Dreessen has helped the 13% of fantasy owners to at least 60 yards or a score in each of his past four games.  Peyton Manning has been on fire of late as well, so leagues that can start two TE's, 12 and 14 team leagues, and owners looking for a bye-week fill in should be looking at Dreessen.



 


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