With injuries piling up and six teams on a bye, Week 7 looks to be a bit difficult for fantasy managers. The Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, and Pittsburgh Steelers are all off this week. The Cleveland Browns, in particular, are dealing with a lot of injuries that fantasy managers should be aware of, especially since they are playing on Thursday. Be sure to keep up to date on who is practicing as it may make start/sit decisions difficult this week.
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Dallas, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, Pittsburgh
Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts (35 percent rostered)
Wentz isn't going to be a great start in Week 7 against the San Francisco 49ers, but if fantasy managers are looking for a decent quarterback, he may be available. He's thrown two touchdowns in each of the past three games, and he now has T.Y. Hilton back. However, he may have lost Parris Campbell for an extended period of time. Wentz only has one game with more than 300 yards, but he also only has one interception this season. He's a QB2 this week.
Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks (7 percent rostered)
Smith isn't the greatest fantasy option, but he is the starting quarterback on a team that does like to throw the ball and is missing their running backs. Russell Wilson is on injured reserve, so it's Smith's job for the foreseeable future. This past Sunday night against Pittsburgh, he had 209 passing yards and a touchdown. He didn't have any interceptions, but he did fumble the ball, which cost the Seahawks the game. Wilson's fantasy owners may have to use Smith this week against the Saints.
D'Ernest Johnson (3 percent rostered) and Demetric Felton (9 percent rostered), Cleveland Browns
Neither back is worth spending a lot of money on, but it is possible that both will see work in Week 7. Kareem Hunt injured his calf badly enough that he may end up on IR. Nick Chubb missed Week 6 and with a short week, it is possible he'll miss another game. The Browns play on Thursday night against the Broncos, who have been tough against opposing running backs. Johnson is more likely to get you 60 yards on 18 carries, and Felton may get PPR owners a few more points.
J.D. McKissic (42 percent rostered), Washington Football Team
Antonio Gibson was on the injury report throughout the week with a shin injury, but it seemed it was a minor issue. Fast forward to Week 6 where he was clearly limited in the game and went for an MRI after. Gibson only had 44 yards in Week 6. McKissic had more than that (45 rushing yards) and he also added eight catches for 65 yards. While Jaret Patterson may see some work as well, McKissic is the one to add in PPR formats. If Gibson were to be ruled out, look for Patterson to pick up more of the between-the-tackles work.
Rashaad Penny (8 percent rostered), Seattle Seahawks
With Chris Carson on IR and Alex Collins beat up (although he may play in Week 7), if Penny is healthy, the job is his. The team has indicated that Penny will be activated from IR this week. So far this season, he's had two carries for eight yards in Week 1 before injuring his calf. Fantasy managers cannot rely on Penny, as he is extremely injury-prone, but the Seahawks need someone to run the ball, and if he's able, it will be Penny.
Marquez Callaway, WR, New Orleans Saints (34 percent rostered)
Now that the New Orleans Saints have settled into their new offense without Drew Brees (and Michael Thomas), it seems that it is Callaway who is the default No. 1 receiver. The Saints were off last week, but in the previous three games, Callaway had either a touchdown or more than 70 yards in each game (both in Week 5). Add to that is that Deonte Harris is injured and more targets should be headed Callaway's way. He's a WR3.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Cleveland Browns (2 percent rostered)
The Browns have a lot of injuries to deal with. Both starting running backs are injured, Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. suffered shoulder injuries in Week 6, and Jarvis Landry is still on IR. The Browns play Thursday night, and if Beckham is out or limited, Peoples-Jones will have WR3 value. Fantasy owners should look at their lineups early to see if they need a bye week fill-in at wide receiver. If so, look at Peoples-Jones. He had a 4/101/2 stat line in Week 6. While he is not likely to repeat that line, he's a decent option.
Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens (27 percent rostered)
Bateman made his long-awaited debut on Sunday after starting the season on IR, and it seems he's already someone who Lamar Jackson is looking to get the ball to. In his first NFL game, he had six targets. He caught four of them for 29 yards, but the key is the targets. The six targets tied with Mark Andrews for the most on the team (more than Marquise Brown's five targets). Expect Bateman to have a role in this offense, but he will be hard to trust each week. He's a WR4.
C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (6 percent rostered)
In Week 4, while on most fantasy benches, Uzomah had a "breakout" game. He had five receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns. He followed that performance with two receptions for 16 yards in Week 5. He scored a touchdown in Week 6, but he only had three receptions for 15 yards. He clearly can't be trusted on a weekly basis, but with the tight end landscape pretty barren, fantasy managers can look to grab Uzomah for the bye weeks.
Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Washington Football Team (29 percent rostered)
In the past two weeks with Logan Thomas on IR, Seals-Jones has nine receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown. Seals-Jones is clearly part of this offense with Thomas out, and he is a TE2 option for fantasy managers. If you need a tight end for the bye weeks, Seals-Jones is likely one of the best ones out there.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
New Orleans Saints (40 percent owned)
The Saints' defense hasn't been great this year, but they face the Seattle Seahawks without Russell Wilson in Week 7. Chris Carson will still be out as well, so they are a streaming option just based on the matchup. Geno Smith will likely be the quarterback, and the Saints have taken advantage of good matchups on defense (see Week 3 against the New England Patriots).
— 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.