Fantasy Adviser: Successful roster thoughts for Week 7

After a rough Week 6, here are the keys to a bounce back Week 7:


Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City -- Todd Haley finally seems to be recognizing that Charles deserves more carries. He's also beginning to work his playmaker into the passing game. At 6.3 yards per carry, Charles has proven that when he gets the ball, he makes something happen. As long as he's getting more touches, he should be in your lineup, especially this week against a weak Jacksonville defense.

Kevin Kolb, QB, Philadelphia -- The Eagles are blessed to have two starter-worthy quarterbacks. That's a rarity in the NFL. When Michael Vick and Kolb are both healthy, it can be risky to start either one, knowing Andy Reid changes his mind with the blink of an eye. But when only one is healthy -- such as Kolb this week -- don't be afraid to use him in your lineup.


Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota -- Sure, the guy is an NFL legend. And we can argue all day where he ranks among the other quarterbacks to ever play this game. But in 2010, he's simply not a viable option in a one-quarterback league. He's throwing for less than 200 yards per game and has more interceptions than touchdowns this year. Those numbers aren't the recipe for fantasy success.

Deion Branch, WR, New England -- Branch would make for an excellent waiver wire pickup this week if he's available in your league, but that doesn't mean you should insert him into a starter's role just yet. I know he had a great first game back with the Patriots, but I'll need a little more proof before I'm ready to hop on that bandwagon. Stash him on your bench for now and see what he does over the next couple of weeks.


Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis -- Remember two weeks ago when we talked about reacting to NFL injuries? I hope you did, because with Joseph Addai out for possibly several weeks, as reports have indicated, Donald Brown could become a great flex option in the Colts' offense. He has been injured for much of the year, so he may be available in your league. He is expected to return after the Colts bye this week and likely will start over Mike Hart.


Christopher Ivory, RB, New Orleans -- Ivory looked like a man fighting for a starting job against Tampa Bay last week, rushing for 158 yards on just 15 carries. Unfortunately, it won't last. Although it won't happen this week, Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush will return at some point, and that means Ivory's value will take a huge hit. In the meantime, see if a RB-needy manager in your league is willing to give up something for him.


Pierre Garcon, WR, Indianapolis -- It was a fantasy nightmare in Indianapolis this week, with Addai, Dallas Clark and Austin Collie all missing extended time. Clark is out for the season. But Garcon proved last week that he's finally healthy for the first time all year. With Clark and Collie out, expect Garcon to get more targets from Peyton Manning.