Another week, another round of waiver wire pickups to help your fantasy team. In Week 7, Aaron Rodgers’s possible season-ending broken collarbone will send fantasy owners looking for a replacement. Also, Dion Lewis has had back-to-back weeks of leading the Patriots backfield and being a major player in the red zone with a touchdown. #Donttrustpatsbackfield
Besides the RBs, Week 7 doesn’t feature a lot this week, but there are still a few diamonds in the rough that could make or break either next week’s fantasy matchups or those later in the season.
Let’s Dive In:
Andy Dalton: Cincinnati Bengals
This week Dalton faces the Steelers which is not exactly a dream start Dalton might be the best thing you can find on your waiver wire. For those who had Aaron Rodgers…
Since Week 3 when Bill Lazor took over Dalton has averaged over 275 passing yards a game and has 7 touchdowns in that span. Only 4 QBs in the NFL had more in that time and Dalton has the 4th highest completion % (78.2%) during the run.
Over the remainder of their fantasy schedule (10 games), Dalton and the Bengals get IND, CLV, CHI and Det (Week 16 Championship week) all at home and an easy road game at TEN. That’s 5 of 10 weeks that Dalton will be in the QB1 conversation.
Darren McFadden: Dallas Cowboys
With Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension ready to be enforced at any time, McFadden looms as a potential six-game sleeper. Alfred Morris figures to get first crack at starting duties, but McFadden will be involved and could easily take over Dallas’ primary back in short order. Just two years ago he rushed for over 1,000 yards with the Cowboys, and his receiving ability gives him more versatility compared to a power runner like Morris.
PPR Special: Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
Lewis has quietly been moving up the RB ranks for the Pats the past couple games, and he led the team in carries (11) in Week 6. Perhaps most noteworthy is he plunged in a one-yard TD run. With Mike Gillislee failing to separate himself (and losing a fumble) and James White serving almost entirely as a receiving back, Lewis, who’s an adept receiver himself, looks like a solid flex play, if not RB2, going forward.
Orleans Darkwa: New York Giants
Just when we thought the Giants were finished they show they can run the ball. Darkwa was featured as the lead back against the Broncos, tallying 117 rushing yards on 21 carries, by far the most rushing yards against a Broncos defense this year. Wayne Gallman fell into a secondary role, but the split in carries (21-9) shows that Darkwa is considered the main back. As a starting running back, he’s most certainly worth a roster spot.
Robby Anderson: New York Jets
Among Jets WRs, Anderson was head above shoulders the most-targeted receiver (12) against the Patriots. The other three WRs combined for eight targets. In the end, Anderson only caught four passes for 76 yards, but the targets can’t be denied. Anderson also gets a relatively solid matchup against the Dolphins in Week 7.
Bennie Fowler: Denver Broncos
Emmanuel Sanders left the Broncos Week 6 game versus the Giants with what has since been diagnosed as just a sprained ankle. He’s already been ruled out for Week 7, so that leaves him questionable at best for Week 8, he’s truly week-to-week at this point. Someone needs to catch those targets so why not Fowler. Sanders has seen 42 targets this season, Fowler already has 24 targets, he saw a career-high 8 targets in Week 6. He didn’t do much with them, catching just 3-of-8 for 21 yards, but it goes to show that the next man up will fill the role. Fowler hasn’t found the endzone since week 1 after his 13-140-2 game, but faces the chargers again and he’s not a bad fill-in if you’re desperate during the bye weeks
Roger Lewis: New York Giants
Eli Manning didn’t target WRs much, but he did target Roger Lewis twice, catching one for 15 yards, the most among WRs. Manning spent a majority of his time targeting TE Evan Engram (7 targets, 5 receptions, 82 yards, 1 TD). Eventually, Manning will have to pick a WR to throw to, and we still think Roger Lewis is the top choice among Tavarres King, Travis Rudolph, Jerell Adams and Ed Eagan. (I can’t believe i just mentioned those other guys)
Jack Doyle: Indianapolis Colts
It’s been a tough year for Doyle, but he scored in Week 6 and has a chance for a breakout game against a Jaguars defense that takes away wide receivers and funnels most passing attempts to TEs. Jacksonville entered Week 6 allowing the 10th-most fantasy points per game to tight ends and allowed another TE touchdown last week.
George Kittle: TE, San Francisco 49ers
Kittle only had four catches for 46 yards in Week 6, but on the plus side, he had a solid eight targets and fell one yard short of a TD. Kittle is still part of the offense, and the Cowboys are middle of the pack in defending TEs, making him a streamer if necessary in Week 7.
If you’re streaming Defense this week:
San Diego Chargers
The Chargers, on a 2-game win streak and have 6 sacks and 3 interceptions over their last two games they host Denver in week 7. The Broncos have lost 2 of their last 3 games and haven’t scored more than 16 points since Week 2, and are averaging just 14 points over their last 3 games, Siemian turning the ball over 4 times in that span. While Chargers stock is heading up, the Broncos is heading down while having trouble finding an identity on the offensive side of the ball. Surprisingly, the Chargers are very slight favorites in this game at home, with an over/under total on the lower side (42).
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