It’s Week 7 and there are six teams with a bye week. The injuries continue to pile up and teams taking a week off are not helping you as lineup decisions are made. Here’s a little info about those that are injured or those replacing the injured that can hopefully help lead you to a fantasy victory this week as you decide who to start.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
A lingering hip injury has limited fantasy’s No. 2 tight end in PPR leagues this week, including in Friday’s practice. But unless you are not required to start a tight end and with the six teams on bye it is unlikely you can afford to sit Gronk on the pine this week. He has received at least five targets in five of six games this season and come through with at least five catches in four of those five games. The Jets are ranked 22nd in PPR leagues against fantasy TEs, although Houston’s Owen Daniels (4-79-1) in Week 5 has been the only one to any major damage. The tight end position may be deep in fantasy over the last couple of seasons. The Jets may have limited a majority of tight ends they have faced. Gronkowski may be dealing with a hip issue. But with six teams on bye weeks and the No. 2 fantasy TE on your roster, you’d be hard pressed to sit him in any situation save for his bye week.
Greg Jennings and James Jones, WRs, Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams
Greg Jennings is out again with the groin injury. Jordy Nelson finally shined in his absence last week against the Texans, catching nine of 12 targets for 121 yards and three touchdowns. And that was against top CB Jonathan Joseph nonetheless. James Jones has been the man stepping in for Jennings the last two weeks. He has seven targets each of the last two games, pulling in seven catches for 79 yards and a score — or 10.45 points in a PPR each of the last two games. Only Larry Fitzgerald (8-92) has over 75 yards against the Rams since Calvin Johnson’s 6-for-111 Week 1 performance. There are a number of targets Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers can choose from, but Jones seems to at least be high on his list in Jennings’ sted. You can’t argue with the seven targets each of the last two weeks, and the Rams have been relatively tough on the run. Start Jennings with whatever is a smidge below confidence.
Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets vs. New England Patriots
Dustin Keller returned from injury last week and played in his first game since Week 1 — although you would not have known it. He received one target and caught it for six yards on 49 offensive snaps played. There is no way you are playing Keller this week — six teams on bye or not. Regardless of his injury or lack or production upon his return last week, the Patriots have given up no more than 64 yards at the position and no more than five catches this season. Jets QB Mark Sanchez has other options in the red zone and it is hard to rely on any Jet offensive player right now. If you are looking for a tight end flier look somewhere other than the Jets’ offense; look at a Heath Miller or Jermaine Gresham.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter