Under The Radar Fantasy Starters for Week Seven
Week Seven Burning Fantasy Questions and Answers
RotoExperts Special for the Associated Press
Which Saints WR will have the biggest boost in fantasy football production with Ted Ginn Jr. placed on Injured Reserve?
The Saints have reportedly been high on Tre’Quan Smith since the preseason. He had 16 receptions (three for 20 yards or more) this summer, and with Ginn sidelined in Week Five he caught three passes for 111 yards and added two TDs. His two scores went for 62 and 35 yards, proof that he’s a big play receiver. Although he was second on the team in routes run, in Week Five he only received three targets. Cameron Meredith should play most of his snaps from the slot. He might receive more targets and catch more passes than Smith, but Smith has the bigger upside. Saints receivers have a tough matchup against a good Ravens defense this week so don’t become alarmed if neither player puts up big numbers. Both receivers should see an uptick in production due to Ginn’s injury, but based on potential rest of season production we like Smith more.
Which under-the-radar WR has the best chance for a big game in Week Seven?
Bears WR Allen Robinson has been dealing with a groin injury this week. He may not play, and if he does, he might be limited. Robinson’s injury could make Taylor Gabriel the Bears’ number one targeted receiver this week. Gabriel hasn’t dropped a pass since Week Three and has two straight games with 100 receiving yards or more. The Patriots’ defense gave up three TDs to WRs in Week Six and the third most TDs to the position (nine) this season. Gabriel leads Bears WRs with four targets within the 10-yard line, and he should have a good opportunity to score a TD in Week Seven.
Jets WR Jermaine Kearse could be in line for another double-digit target week vs. the Vikings. With Quincy Enunwa out, Kearse should play a significant portion of his snaps from the slot, a position that the Vikings defense has been particularly susceptible to.
Which under-the-radar RB has the best chance for a big game in Week Seven?
Peyton Barber may eventually lose his starting job to rookie RB Ronald Jones but it’s not likely to happen in Week Seven. Barber’s coming off his best performance of the season, having rushed the ball 13 times for 82 yards (that’s 6.31 yards per carry). He also added four receptions for 24 yards and a TD. He has the potential to build upon his big Week Six based on his upcoming choice matchup against the Browns. They’ve given up 4.67 yards per carry and the second-most rushing TDs to the position this season.
Kerryon Johnson could also have a larger role out of the Lions backfield this week if Theo Riddick is forced to miss time due to his knee injury. Johnson has averaged 5.98 yards per carry in his last four games and if Riddick misses time he could be featured in the Lions’ passing game a bit more as well.
Which under-the-radar TE has the best chance for a big game in Week Seven?
Fantasy football players have been waiting a long time for Austin Hooper to emerge as a reliable fantasy TE. Well, it looks like it’s finally happening. Hooper has caught nine passes in each of the last two weeks and has over 70 receiving yards in each of the past two outings as well. With Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley battling injuries and questionable to play on Monday night, Hooper should see double-digit targets for a third straight game.
Can you recommend a good buy low target at the WR position?
Browns WR Jarvis Landry averaged just under seven catches per game through Week Three. He’s maintained an average of 11 targets per game, but since Week Three his catch per game average was at just over four catches per outing. Fear not! He has a very favorable schedule over the next four weeks. Landry faces the Buccaneers, Steelers, Chiefs, and Falcons, all four of which are Top Six in most yards per game yielded to slot receivers. If you own Landry, usehim with confidence starting this week. If you don’t, his two catch for 11-yard Week Six performance might allow you to trade for him at a discount.
If Dalvin Cook is active for Week Seven should he be in starting lineups?
Cook’s status (hamstring) needs to be closely monitored as game time approaches but even if he’s active, if you have an alternate option, you should use it. Leading up to Week Six, Cook’s practice status was as both a limited and full participant, he was also questionable, then likely to play and finally inactive. With the constant uncertainty surrounding his availability and the number of snaps he’ll play if active, try to minimize your risk and slip another RB into your lineup if possible.
Is it too late to try to trade Steelers RB James Conner?
No. It never hurts to put a player with Conner’s skill set on the trading block and allow offers to come your way. The potential impending arrival of Le’Veon Bell could drive down Conner’s fantasy trade appeal, but if and when Bell reports, he’s probably not going to be able to take on a full workload for a couple of weeks. If Bell reports and is activated for Week Eight he’d probably suit up, but it might take until Week 10 before he can possibly work as a bell cow back again, and it could still be a time share. Don’t be too surprised if Conner retains a significant role in the Steelers’ offense. You owe it to yourself to put Conner on the trading block to gauge his value if you have another feasible option at RB that you can slide into your weekly lineup. If you don’t, continue to use Conner until he’s no longer a surefire starter.
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