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.
Be sure to be active on the waiver wire or free agency to see who might be available. Also, please note this list contains only players that are less than 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues. Others may be available in your league (hint: sort by ownership percentage, not projected points just to see).
Teams on bye: Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle
Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (42 percent owned)
Since taking over for the Browns in Week 3, Mayfield has three starts and four touchdowns. He does have five interceptions as well in those three starts. However, he has had a rough schedule. Starting in Week 7, the schedule opens up for Mayfield (with Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Kansas City) before the Browns' bye. The issue for Mayfield is the lack of solid weapons (trade deadline is approaching), but he’s a streaming option for those looking for a quarterback.
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears (24 percent owned)
In the past two games, Trubisky has nine touchdown passes and one interception. This is not to say that Trubisky is going to compete with Patrick Mahomes for quarterback of the week, but perhaps the Bears have figured out some of their offensive struggles. The Bears face the New England Patriots in Week 7, which should be a good matchup for Trubisky and the offense. He’s a streaming option this week.
Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (33 percent owned)
Many fantasy experts thought that Ronald Jones would emerge from the bye as the primary running back for the Bucs. Spoiler alert: it didn’t happen. Barber had 13 carries for 82 yards and four receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown in Week 6. Jones had one carry for three yards and three receptions for 16 yards. It doesn’t seem that the Bucs are going to be making the switch any time soon, so pick up Barber while he’s still the No. 1 guy. He’s no more than an RB3 for fantasy, however.
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts (26 percent owned)
Mack’s biggest issue is staying healthy. When he is healthy, he’s the best back in Indianapolis. However, he’s only played in two games so far this season. Mack seems to be healthy coming out of Week 6, and the Colts face Buffalo in Week 7. He should be a decent flex option for that game. He will continue to share work with both Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. As a result, Mack is a better option in standard formats as opposed to PPR.
Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons (9 percent owned)
Over the past three weeks, Smith has scored a touchdown in each game. This includes Week 5, when Devonta Freeman was active. Smith has had seven, three and 11 carries over those three weeks as well. It seems that the Falcons are using him in the red zone, and with the bye weeks, he’s worth considering as a flex, especially if Freeman is out again, which is the early indication.
Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans (47 percent owned)
Will Fuller had three targets in Week 6. DeAndre Hopkins had six and Coutee had five. It’s not that Coutee has bypassed Fuller on the depth chart, but rather, Deshaun Watson doesn’t have as much time to throw the ball as he used to and is looking for a shorter route. That’s where Coutee steps in. He only managed three receptions for 33 yards in Week 6, but the targets were there. In Week 7, the Texans face the Jaguars, which is a tough matchup. However, expect the Texans to be playing from behind, which means plenty of passes to go around.
Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (44 percent owned)
With nine targets, Godwin was clearly involved in the passing game in Week 6. Whether this was because of the change at quarterback or not, it’s unclear, but Jameis Winston looked for Godwin and found him six times for 56 yards and a touchdown. Godwin now has touchdowns in four games (out of five) this year, although only one was with Winston. He should be owned as a WR3, especially with the Bucs' bye over and the next five weeks featuring at least four teams on bye.
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago Bears (22 percent owned)
In PPR leagues, Gabriel should be owned. He has at least five targets in every game this year. He has at least four receptions in every game as well. In back-to-back games, he has more than 100 receiving yards, and he has two touchdowns so far this year. Trubisky is looking for him, and he should be flirting with WR2 status for Week 7 against the Patriots. New England just struggled to cover Tyreek Hill in Week 6, and while Gabriel isn’t Hill, both are very fast receivers that the Patriots cannot seem to effectively cover.
Albert Wilson, WR, Miami Dolphins (10 percent owned)
Often, a receiver has a big game, they are added in a bunch of leagues and then they are a disappointment. Tyrell Williams (Chargers) is an example of someone like this. However, the difference here is in the targets. Wilson had six receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns, but this was on nine targets. He had six targets in Weeks 4 and 5 as well. This is someone that the Dolphins are looking to get involved in the offense (Brock Osweiler moreso than Ryan Tannehill, perhaps). He’s worth an add in deeper leagues.
C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (33 percent owned)
In Week 6, Uzomah had seven targets. He caught six of those for 54 yards. Uzomah isn’t a great option at tight end, but with four teams on a bye, plus injuries at the position, fantasy owners are getting desperate. The Bengals don’t have any other tight end options, with both Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft injured. Uzomah and the Bengals are at Kansas City in Week 7. He’s a TE2.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Indianapolis Colts (6 percent owned)
It’s always tough starting a bad defense and hoping to get points from them. However, the Colts face the Buffalo Bills, who may be without Josh Allen. Nathan Peterman, in 2018, has attempted 30 passes. He has completed 11 of them (36.7 percent) with one touchdown and four interceptions (13.3 percent interception rate). Even though the Colts only have six interceptions so far on the year, they should get more in Week 7.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.
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