NFL: 5 Fantasy Football Standouts – Week 7
By Steven Callahan
Since so many crazy things can happen in the NFL, fantasy football is all about making adjustments. There is a very good chance that your starting lineup in the middle of the fantasy season is a lot different than the team you drafted. One injury or a solid matchup can turn a player on the waiver wire into a fantasy football superstar on any given week. These are the five Week 7 fantasy standouts that shoud look for on the waiver wire or your bench.
Injuries to Doug Martin and Charles Sims have made Jacquizz Rodgers one of the most exciting running backs heading into Week 7. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers get to run the ball against the terrible San Francisco 49ers defense this week. Rodgers carried the ball 30 times in the only game he played without Martin and Sims. He should get another big workload this week, so fantasy football owners can expect a top 10 running back performance from Rodgers.
There is a very good chance that Kenny Britt’s great season is being disrespected in your league because he plays for the Los Angeles Rams. He may have Case Keenum throwing him the ball, but Kenny Britt has put up a solid performance in five out of six games this season. There is absolutely nothing scary about the secondary of the New York Giants, so there is no reason to believe Kenny Britt’s solid season will be derailed this weekend in London.
Most football fans probably do not know that Andy Dalton is the third leading passer in the NFL entering Week 7. The plethora of passing yards has not resulted in a lot of fantasy points because Dalton only has six touchdowns, but that should change this week. The Cleveland Browns have not shown an ability to stop anyone on defense, and they are going to be forced to play without star cornerback Joe Haden. The great matchup means you should be starting Dalton over Russell Wilson and Derek Carr this week.
Cameron Brate was already having a solid season, but his targets should drastically increase starting this week. Wide receiver Vincent Jackson is out for the rest of the season, which gives everyone on the offense an increased opportunity to catch passes. Brate was the third option in the passing game in recent weeks, but he will now be the second option behind only wide receiver Mike Evans. Jameis Winston should have plenty of time to throw against the 49ers, so expect a big day from Cameron Brate on Sunday.
LeSean McCoy has failed to practice since he injured his hamstring earlier this week. All signs point to McCoy missing the game this week, which makes Mike Gillislee the new starting running back for the Buffalo Bills. Gillislee has already proved he is one of the best backup running backs in the NFL, so he should have a huge day against an average Miami Dolphins defense. The running back position has been a mess in fantasy football this year, so Gillislee is a must-start if McCoy does not play.