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.
It’s Week 7 of the fantasy football season and now the bye weeks are in full swing. With four teams (Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh Seattle) on bye this week that means fantasy owners are dealing with a wide receiver/tight end talent pool that does not include Antonio Brown, Davante Adams, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Doug Baldwin, Amari Cooper, Jimmy Graham, Jared Cook, Tyler Lockett, etc.
It's Week 7 of the fantasy football season and from a quarterback standpoint, this bye week stings a little. There’s no Aaron Rodgers this week. There’s no Ben Roethlisberger this week. There’s no Russell Wilson this week. What there is in Week 7 are a lot of holes on fantasy rosters, especially if you only have one quarterback on yours.
It’s Week 7 of the fantasy football season and this week the big news is that the Falcons have put Devonta Freeman on injured reserve, which basically makes him irrelevant for fantasy purposes for the rest of the season.
So where does Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith rank this week? Are they both ranked inside the top 24? And what other running backs should you play closer attention to with James Conner, Marshawn Lynch, Chris Carson and Aaron Jones (among others) all on bye?
Fantasy owners may have been hesitant to start Jameis Winston in Week 6, but he finished as the top quarterback (depending on league scoring), beating out Patrick Mahomes. Winston is playing for an offense that has plenty of weapons, and will often be playing from behind. The Bucs' defense is terrible, coupled with a non-existent running game, and Winston is going to be throwing the ball a lot this season. He's still only 59 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues; if he's available, grab him now.
As fantasy football owners enter Week 7, they may be looking to fill gaps in their lineup. Four teams (Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle) are on bye in Week 7, which means plenty of owners are looking for players to start on their teams. Additionally, some key wide receiver injuries in Week 6 may impact some owners.
It’s not often that a kicker makes the injury report for fantasy football, however, welcome to Week 6. Not only has a kicker been ruled out (Greg Zuerlein), but another is questionable. Obviously plenty of other offensive skill position players are also on the injury report.
Even with only two teams (Detroit, New Orleans) on a bye, plenty of fantasy owners need to check the inactive report before game time this week. The number of all position players (even kickers!) on the injury report that have fantasy relevance is seemingly the highest it has been all season.
Heading into Week 6 of the fantasy football season the running back injuries are starting to pile up and that means lots of opportunities for players to step up.
But which players are actually worth starting this week? Is T.J. Yeldon a top-10 ranked running back this week? What about the Patriots' running backs? Who has more value this week, Sony Michel or James White?