Week 7 Starts is here and this is the last week before the heavy hitting bye weeks begin. With only Oakland and New Orleans getting this week off, most of your skill position players should be available, outside of Graham, Sproles, and the recently hot Denarius Moore. After this week, the player pool for you daily fantasy site players gets shallow. So let’s dive into Week 7.
The injuries keep piling on, Julio Jones is gone for the year, Randall Cobb won’t return until the fantasy playoffs, and DeMarco Murray looks unlikely to play this week. By now the waiver wire well is dry and you will be starting your studs, so for this week’s blog let’s take a look into some wide receivers and running backs to use outside of the top dollar players (using Fanduel’s prices) and household names.
Wide Receivers Week 7 Starts
Everyone will be on the Justin Blackmon train this week with the numbers he is putting up and with him facing the San Diego Chargers and their 27th ranked defense against wide receivers. His salary cap value quickly shot up but here are some additional guys with great matchups, that could pay dividends.
Mike Wallace ($6,400) against Buffalo – This play comes down to a couple simple stats. Buffalo ranks 31st against wide receivers this season and Miami is one of the most pass heavy teams in the NFL.
The Falcons and Dolphins are tied as the league’s pass-heaviest teams through 6 weeks (70% pass)
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) October 15, 2013
When opportunity, skill, and matchup all meet in fantasy football it usually leads to productive output. Brian Hartline costs a little more but also has a great chance to rack up points.
T.Y. Hilton ($6,000) against Denver – Getting guys active when they play against the Broncos is usually a good thing. Not only are the Broncos in shootouts or forcing opposing teams to play catch-up every week, but their defense struggles against wide receivers. This week T.Y. Hilton will look to bounce back against the Broncos 30th ranked defense against wide receivers. The total for this game is set at 56, so don’t forget about Hilton after last week’s lackluster performance.
Rueben Randle ($5,500) against Minnesota – Rolling the dice on the cheapest of the three headed receiving core in New York could have a huge payoff this week. Randle faces the Vikings who rank 26th against the wide receiver position and this game could be a shootout with the fourth highest point total of the week according to the betting lines.
Running Backs Week 7 Starts
Brandon Jacobs ($5,500) against Minnesota – Speaking of the Vikings bad defense, they actually are worse against running backs, ranking last in the NFL. The Giants can’t keep their running backs healthy, but unlike David Wilson, Jacobs took advantage of his opportunity. With the full work load last week against the Bears, Jacobs went over 100 yards and scored 2 TDs. Monitor is injury come the weekend and if he is good to go, he could have a repeat performance. As mentioned above, this game has a point total of 47, and should provide fantasy players with plenty of scoring chances.
Fred Jackson ($6,700) against Miami – Until the Bills can use a healthy C.J Spiller like they planned in the pre-season, Fred Jackson continues to carry fantasy value. He is a top 10 fantasy running back this year and doesn’t look like he will be losing carries anytime soon. Miami is 30th in the leagues against running backs and with the Bills’ current QB issues look for them to rely on the veteran.
DeAngelo Williams ($6,400) against St. Louis – Ranked second to last against running backs, the Rams will face Carolina off of a nice Week 6 performance. DeAngelo Williams will look to exploit the Rams run defense and add to his top 10 yardage among running backs and top 12 in attempts.
Giovani Bernard ($6,500) against Detroit – Bernard is quietly turning in quality fantasy numbers and is ranked 12th overall for running backs. He doesn’t get headlines like some of the stars but it is safe to say he is not under the radar anymore. You can still get him at good price and this week he faces the Lions and their 25th ranked defense against running backs. Add in the fact this game has a point total set at 47 and only the Cincinnati coaches can stop Bernard from a big day.