Your Week Seven plug-and-play options
We lose four teams this week, as Pittsburgh, Seattle, Oakland and Green Bay all will take a seat. How you handle your byes will go a long way towards determining your fate in Fantasy. There will be more weeks with teams on bye then those without during the Fantasy regular season; that’s just a fact. How you go about setting up your roster, your claims during the week, who to start, who to sit and who to release are the most important decisions you will make all season. Here are players that you might want to add to your lineup for Week Seven.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals: Quarterback is just so deep in Fantasy Football. Dalton is up against Kansas City. Everyone eats against that defense in what should be another high-scoring affair like the Chiefs’ matchup with the Patriots last week.
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This is the last week in which I will put Winston on this list. It’s not because Winston won’t be of any use after this week, but because he will be a Top 10 Fantasy QB the rest of the way. Sure, he’s an average, at best, NFL QB, but he can throw the ball and has plenty of weapons at his disposal. Combine those facts with a defense that has more leaks than the Titanic, and you have a recipe for Fantasy success.
Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears: Trubisky scares me on a week to week basis, but he does have nine TD passes over his last two games. The run game hasn’t performed all that well of late and the Bears are likely to have to throw the ball in order to keep up with Tom Brady and the Patriots. Full disclosure I traded Trubisky in my home league (Superflex) this week, but it wasn’t because I don’t believe he will perform, it was because I already had Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, and Winston in that league. What did I receive for him? Odell Beckham. Apparently, I’m not the only person who believes in his Fantasy ability.
Eli Manning, New York Giants: Yeah, I get it: How can you trust him? Well, you probably can’t, but the Falcons’ defense just isn’t very good. They also don’t have much of a run game, so the Giants should have the ball enough times to do damage. Would you have to be desperate? Yes, and Manning would only be a start in Superflex or 2QB leagues or in those in which there just aren’t any better options because of the byes.
Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears: This comes down to the Bears cutting back the workload on Jordan Howard. Someone has to get touches in that backfield, and if the Bears no longer trust Howard because of his lack of ball security, then Cohen it is. Problem is, Cohen also put the rock on the ground last week. Still, he seems to be more of a threat than Howard right now, and may also be more trusted.
Chris Ivory, Buffalo Bills: Make no mistake, this is a gamble. Why is Ivory on the list? Simple: the Colts defense is terrible, and this could be one of those weeks in which Ivory vultures a TD from LeSean McCoy. The opportunities should certainly be there.
Frank Gore, Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins can say all they want about Kenyan Drake, they obviously trust Gore more than do him. This isn’t likely to change after Drake fumbled at about the one-inch line in overtime last week. Gore is not the future Hall of Fame back he once was, but he’s still a serviceable RB2 in most leagues.
Ito Smith, Atlanta Falcons: We finally have some clarity as far as the Falcons’ RB situation is concerned. Devonta Freeman is gone until at least December. Tevin Coleman is now the number one RB for the Falcons, but there will be a role for Smith. Even with Coleman, Smith has scored a TD in three straight games. Neither one of them has done much via the ground but Smith could still be the ball carrier inside the 10-yard line.
Kelvin Benjamin, Buffalo Bills: Perhaps Benjamin will want to run routes with Derek Anderson in pregame this week. Like Ivory, this comes down to playing the Colts. Their defense is terrible, and they are likely going to have chances to get the ball down the field via the pass. It also doesn’t hurt that Benjamin and Anderson have played together in the past.
Terrelle Pryor, Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets: Quincy Enunwa is out for this game, which should open up targets for Pryor and Kearse. The Vikings have a strong run defense, but their pass defense has been leaky at times this season. The Jets will have to throw to stay in this game. Pryor has caught TD passes in two straight games and Kearse had nine receptions on 10 targets last week.
Keenan Cole, Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars: The Texans boast one of the worst secondaries in the NFL. You want to take advantage of this, but which Jags WR do you trust? The answer really is none of them. I would have them ranked Westbrook, Cole then Moncrief, but there is no way of truly telling who will have the big game. And, of course, there is always Blake Bortles and his inconsistency to worry about.
Cam Meredith, New Orleans Saints: This is not the best matchup for Meredith, as the Ravens’ boast one of the best defenses in the NFL, but with Ted Ginn out last week, he caught all five of his targets for 71 yards. Meredith may finally be healthy and getting comfortable with Drew Brees. I’d rather add him one week early than one week late.
Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams: Cooper Kupp is out this week with a knee injury and the Rams are playing another team that has no secondary. Sure, Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods will still get looks before Reynolds, but there is no TE to worry about here and Reynolds has performed well in the past. You could do much worse than start Reynolds on Sunday.
O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: I’ll admit, I was worried that Winston would pick up where he left off last year and look for Cameron Brate over Howard, especially in the end zone. Well, Brate did have a scores last week, but it was his only target. Howard has taken over the TE1 role there and should finish as a TE1 this season in Fantasy.
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals: Another player I keep banging the drum on. The Bengals have a nice schedule as far as the passing game is concerned. Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft are out of the lineup. The Bengals are playing the Chiefs this week, so he’s a must start as are any Bengal player you may own.
Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys don’t have much of an offense—the 40-point game versus the Jaguars last week has to be a fluke—but they can play defense. They can rush the passer and their linebacker corps is one of the most athletic in the game. What keeps them from being a top defense is their secondary, but the Redskins just don’t have the players to take advantage of that weakness.
Los Angeles Chargers: The Chargers came into the season as one of the top Fantasy DSTs, then were released as they played terribly thanks to several injuries. They have rebounded since then and are now playing the offensively inept Titans this week. The Titans have no run game and with Marcus Mariota still nursing an arm injury, they can’t throw the ball deep into the secondary either.