Through six games James Starks, not Eddie Lacy, has been the Packers' most productive running back
As we prepare for Week 7, I am keeping the fantasy football waiver wire target list thin and hoping you have been scooping up some of the players I have previously suggested. Names in last week’s article, such as Gary Barnidge, Blake Bortles and Charcandrick West are all owned over 70 percent, so the window is closed. However, if for some reason you are in a league with any of these players still available get them!
This week I am only seeing a few names on waiver wire that I am willing to make a move for. With bye weeks continuing, your hand may be forced to make a move, but unfortunately the wire is thinning quickly this season.
Good luck this week everyone. If you are having issues with who to drop, or hold from your fantasy teams, be sure to check out my latest series called Patience or Panic where I analyze players who are under-performing and whether you need to cut bait or hold.
I will be here to guide you each and every week with some players who are owned less than 40 percent in ESPN.com leagues and could have an impact on your squad for this particular week or the rest of the season.
1. Christine Michael, RB Dallas Cowboys (31.5 percent owned in ESPN.com leagues)
Michael will be an oft-discussed name this week and he will be watched closely in practices if he continues to get first-team reps. It is looking likely that he will get the start and depending how he fares behind the much praised offensive line could make him yet another chunk to the RBBC clutter in Dallas. Or will he break free and become a midseason savior and star in fantasy football. A player with explosive speed and talent who has been described as “Just needing an opportunity” may finally be getting one. Scoop him up this week, even if you don’t need a running back it could be a great move.
2. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings (3 percent owned)
Diggs’ ownership percentage will likely rocket up this week thanks to his strong showing for a second week in a row. He has shown ability to get loose from coverage, go after balls and is quickly becoming the top target for Teddy Bridgewater in Minnesota. Diggs has seen six or more targets in his last two games, and as long as Charles Johnson is out, the rookie will be capitalizing on targets. Even when Johnson returns Diggs is going nowhere. With 87 yards in Week 4 and the 129 in Week 6 the arrow is pointing up for Diggs.
3. James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers (23.7 percent owned)
Starks rumbled and rose to the occasion this weekend against the Chargers. Whether Eddie Lacy has simply been benched, or if his ankle is nagging him I guess we don’t know. However Starks has time and time again shown why he is an essential handcuff. Rushing for a touchdown and 112 yards will service fantasy owners just fine. The Packers are also undefeated along with Lacy’s struggles, so if health is the real concern there is no reason they will not be using Starks more.
DST Streamer(s) of the Week
I am a part of the streaming DST movement. I don’t typically waste a draft pick, unless I need to, in my drafts and instead cut someone and add a DST. Clearly the top defenses will be owned and not available, but streaming is always an option when it comes to DSTs. So each week I will be providing a DST that is owned in less than 30 percent of ESPN.com leagues and can be useful.
Washington vs. Tampa Bay (6.4 percent owned in ESPN.com leagues)
Washington has been a surprisingly productive fantasy DST so far this season with four games with at least six fantasy points, and a high of 12. This trend should continue in Week 7 against my favorite opponent to target the Buccaneers. Sign me up!
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.