With tons of BYEs and injuries, many of us are struggling to field a competitive lineup for Week 7. However, there is actually an extremely solid group of players available for Week 7 that most likely were not swooped up on the waiver wire. These players could do wonders for your team this week and help patch together a victory.
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Baker Mayfield is not an ideal play for most weeks. However, in this matchup against the Bengals, I think that he will do more than fine for your roster. The last meeting between these two teams was an extremely high-scoring affair. If this game follows suit, then there is no way that I see Mayfield being a bad spot start. Four out of his last five weeks, he has scored two TDs, and it seems that Mayfield will not kill your fantasy week. It is not my favorite option, but with BYEs, he is probably one of the best choices left.
Joe Burrow is less likely to be available for pickup right now; however, I swooped him off the free agency list in a couple of my 1QB leagues. Burrow is a top play this week. With Joe Mixon out, Zac Taylor is going to rely on Burrow’s arm to win this game. The way that Burrow has been hooking up with Tee Higgins and AJ Green the past two weeks makes me extremely excited for the possibility of a monster week against an average Cleveland secondary. If Burrow is available, he is more likely than not your top option, and you should grab him as soon as you can.
Micahel Thomas is trending out, and Emmanuel Sanders is on the COVID list. Tre’Quan Smith has now found himself atop the Saints’ depth chart at WR. While I do not love the matchup, nor the situation of having Brees passing this deep threat the ball, Smith is still a top streaming option on the week. With how little the Saints have in terms of receiving options for this game, it seems that Smith is staring down the barrel of 8+ targets. With how valuable Smith’s normal targets are due to his playmaking ability, this easily slides him into flex territory on the week. The best part is that there is no way this guy has been snatched up on the waivers. You can wait until the last minute to figure out if you want to go with him. However, he probably is the best 1-week solution for your roster at WR.
Robinson has seen his snap count skyrocket as he replaces Sammy Watkins’ role in the offense. He boasted a 95% snap count and saw 6 of the 26 targets (23%) in the matchup against Buffalo. In this game against Denver, I predict that Mahomes will air it out a bit more with the Broncos’ secondary being their weak spot. If Robinson can keep that target share percentage with 30+ targets, then he very well could be a top-end WR2 on the week. Robinson was able to turn a lot of short routes into chunk plays against Buffalo, and he averaged almost 14 yards per catch. I love this play for Week 7, and I am putting Robinson in wherever I need a spot flex or WR in my fantasy lineup.
Jamaal Williams may see himself become an RB1 on the week. Aaron Jones has picked up an injury extremely late in the week and is looking doubtful to play. As of writing this, his official designation is questionable, but I do not see him starting. I recommend that you go get Jamaal Williams right now. So far this season, on his limited touches, he has been extremely efficient. It is clear that Williams is above rookie AJ Dillion in the pecking order and would receive a majority of the snaps against Houston. Speaking of Houston, their rush defense is dead last in the league, giving up a ridiculous 5.4 yards per carry. For context, the next closest team, the Titans, are giving up 5.1 yards per carry. Houston is setting the bar for bad rushing defense, and Jamall William will be efficient and have a huge workload in this game.
Justin Jackson has been the lead back in Los Angeles since Ekler went out. It is clear that for this team, he is the better option between himself and Joshua Kelley. Last game, Jackson received 20 touches and 59% of the snap count. He was able to boast 4.7 yards per carry, a much higher average than we have seen out of Kelley. Justin Jackson is another great option at RB this week, as he should be the RB1 for the team. I expect him to land solidly into the RB2 category, with a load of upside playing a weak rush defense in Jacksonville. Go grab him off your waivers now.
Darren Fells landed 7 targets in the last game that Houston played. It seems that Watson has started to develop a trust with Darren Fells and is trying to get him more involved. He has always been a main target in the red zone for this team, but now he is seeing more work in between the 20s. I expect this game to be another high-scoring affair and the weak spot for the packers in their LB core. Fells should turn into the main target for Watson in this match, and as always, he has TD upside. Play Fells with confidence in this game.
Washington’s DST will always have upside due to their insane front four combination that sees them get constant pressure on QBs. A defense that gives up tons of points can still be a top fantasy defense if they get sacks and turnovers. With this kind of front 4 and a banged-up Dallas line, you should expect to see plenty of pressure on Andy Dalton. This game has all the makings of a repeat performance of Week 1 for Washinton’s DST, where they sacked Wentz 8 times and collected 19 points on DST in standard-scoring leagues. If you are in a pinch, go with Washinton in your DST spot.
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