NFL training camps are in full swing with league-wide preseason action ready to commence later this week. Better still, the official start of the regular season is a little more than a month away, which means this is a perfect time to update Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Big Board.
By the middle of the NFL season, plenty of fantasy-relevant players are on the injury report. Four teams are on a bye, and two have already played (spoiler alert: Patrick Mahomes will be part of the injury report for the next several weeks).
When fantasy owners are looking at their lineups for Week 7, they may be faced with some tough decisions. The quarterback and tight end landscape is brutal between injuries (and that doesn't even count Patrick Mahomes, at least not for this week) and bye weeks. It's often hard to find someone decent to start. Tight end Will Dissly is out for the season, which left his fantasy owners scrambling to find a replacement.
As fantasy football owners look to Week 7, some of the matchups on the schedule are ones to take advantage of. There are four teams on bye, but fantasy owners should still have plenty of options from the players on their roster/bench.
Four teams are on bye again in Week 7, and fantasy football owners may be scrambling to find players to fill the positions on their roster. The flex position is sometimes the trickiest to fill. One of the keys with the flex spot is to find a player that may be given an opportunity in the current week because of injury. For example, Devin Smith is ranked No. 104 among flex options.
In Week 6, Matt Prater (owned in 21 percent of fantasy leagues) had the most fantasy points as he hit five field goals, two of which were from more than 50 yards. While it didn't surpass Brett Maher's 62-yard field goal, Prater did hit one from 54 yards. Maher is available in about half of fantasy leagues for those looking for a kicker. One kicker that is available in about 75 percent of Yahoo! leagues is Zane Gonzalez.
The Week 7 defense/special teams (DST) rankings for fantasy football this week are all about the matchups. The top half dozen DSTs this week are likely already owned, but I've ranked them even higher due to the weakness of their opponents. And that handful behind them may or may not be owned, but again, I have them ranked higher due to their matchup.
For fantasy owners, picking wide receivers that are going to have a big game is a challenge. It seemed like D.J. Chark Jr. and/or Dede Westbrook would have a big game in Week 6, but the New Orleans Saints shut them both down. The pair combined for less than 100 yards. They should have a bounce-back game in Week 7 against the Bengals. Chark is ranked No. 17.