Who to Drop & Who to Pick Up: Week 7 Bye Replacements

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Teams going on their bye during week 7 include the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Carolina Panthers. With these teams on bye that could leave you with holes on your teams at Quarterback, Running-back, Wide Receiver, or Tight-end. In this article you will find a suitable replacement for the week or even a rising fantasy stud. I will also be going over players that you may have thought to be a fantasy stud this year but instead turned out to be a fantasy dud. All statistics used in this article can be found at https://www.lineups.com/nfl. All recommendations in this article will be written for a 0.5 PPR 12-person league.

Who to Drop:

RB Kenyan Drake (MIA) vs. BUF – 79.6% Rostered

The Miami Dolphins in 2019 have quickly become one of the worst teams in the NFL, only in competition with them is the Cincinnati Bengals. Yes, Drake is a starting running-back in the NFL and will get at least a few touches every game. However, Drake’s ceiling is the lowest in the NFL. Drake has averaged 8.2 carries for only 30.6 yards and zero touchdowns per game. Miami is seemingly tanking for the coveted #1 overall draft position in the 2020 NFL Draft. With Drake in his final year under contract and the Dolphins reportedly not discussing an extension with Kenyan Drake back in April, there looks to be no plan to utilize Drake anytime soon. The next 5 weeks the Dolphins will matchup against 4 above average run defenses including Bills, Jets, Colts, and the Bills again. Kenyan Drake is a safe drop to the Waiver Wire.

RB Adrian Peterson (WAS) vs. SF – 55.4% Rostered

Peterson had a solid day against the Dolphins but wasn’t able to reach the end-zone against this Dolphins’ defense who has given up the 3rd most touchdowns in the league to opposing running-backs. Averaging 3.6 yards per attempt, 12.6 carries for 45.2 yards per game, and has only one touchdown on the year. Only averaging 41% of snaps since week 2, the schedule does not get easier from here. In the next five weeks the Redskins will face 4 top-10 run defenses in the league and have a bye week. Peterson won’t see another favorable matchup until week 16 against the Giants. Peterson is not worth rostering.

WR Corey Davis (TEN) vs. LAC – 44.4% Rostered

The Tennessee Titans, who are currently going through a quarterback controversy, have been struggling mightily throughout the season. Having the 8th worst offensive yardage and 7th worst in points scored this season. Davis, who has been struggling since entering the league in 2017 as the fifth-overall selection, hasn’t been able to live up to expectations. Averaging just 2.66 catches on 4.5 targets per game. Davis has seen an impressive 14.8 yards per reception. However, a high yards per reception isn’t worth much when your quarterback can’t get you the ball. A lack of accuracy from the quarterbacks in Tennessee averaging less than 60% completion, is severely hindering Davis’ potential. Titans’ quarterback Marcus Mariota ranks 23rd in passing attempts this season. Although Davis is talented, the quarterback play certainly hasn’t been helpful to his disappointing career so far. Things do not look like they will turn around anytime soon in Tennessee.

Who to Pick Up:

TE Hunter Henry (LAC) vs. TEN – 54.3% Rostered

A premier talent at the tight-end position, with how inconsistent tight-ends can be for fantasy Hunter Henry should be rostered in every league. On the field for 66% of the snaps in week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Henry made the most of his snaps. Catching 8 passes on 9 targets for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. Henry’s incredible talent, dynamic receiving ability, and rapport with quarterback Phillip Rivers means that Henry should be on your roster and starting week in and week out.

WR Dante Pettis (SF) vs. WAS – 26.1% Rostered

Pettis led the 49ers wide receivers in snap count at 72% in week 6 against the Rams. Pettis has been trending in the right direction, getting more and more on the field every week. He also led the 49ers in targets and receptions in week 6. These are some promising signs for the talented young wide receiver. A favorable matchup against the Redskins this week could lead to Pettis break out this week. Washington has allowed the 9th most yards, 4th most touchdowns, and 3rd most completions to opposing receivers.

QB Josh Allen (BUF) vs. MIA – 47.8% Rostered

Josh Allen has been a solid fantasy football quarterback so far this season with the exception of in week 4 against the New England Patriots. If you have been streaming the quarterback position or are looking for a steady starter Josh Allen is your guy. The Bills’ schedule going forward is a quarterback’s dream for the next 5 weeks; going up against Miami, Philadelphia, Washington, Cleveland, and then Miami again. Allen is looking like a quarterback you can roster and start confidently for the next 5 weeks.

I am an undergraduate at Delaware County Community College studying for a degree in Business Administration. Born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs. A devoted Philadelphia sports fan and passionate fantasy football player. There is no better feeling than beating your rival in fantasy football.

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