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.
Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears (Monday night)
Brandon Pettigrew (knee) received the third-highest target day of his of four-year career a month ago in Tennessee. He had 12 balls thrown his way that day, pulled in eight for 61 yards and also dropped a TD in the end zone. His targets dropped to nine the following week, catching seven for 67 yards and dropping another potential TD pass. His targets dropped to seven last week, catching three for 38 yards. Now he gets a Bears team, ranked 24th against fantasy tight ends. Most of the damage done against Chicago came on Jason Witten's 13-for-112-1-TD day two weeks ago when the game was out of hand. There's nothing to say that the game won't get out of hand for Detroit Monday night and Pettigrew can get garbage-time production. But so could Titus Young, Nate Burleson and Tony Scheffler. Pettgirew is currently 15th at his position in PPR leagues. If you're going to go for someone in prime time this week, go grab Heath Miller or Jermaine Gresham, who are sixth and seventh at TE and play on Sunday night.
Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley, WRs, New York Jets vs. New England Patriots
Stephen Hill (hamstring) is questionable and Jeremy Kerley (finger) is probable for their late game against the Patriots. Hill returned to action last week for the first time since Week 3 — the seven-target, no-catch game against Miami. The rookie caught all three targets for 23 yards and a score. After back-to-back games with three targets, Kerley has had games of nine and six targets each of the last two weeks, turning them into eight catches for 118 yards and no scores. It is a tough call to say "go with any Jet." The Patriots are ranked 27th against fantasy receivers and have allowed and have allowed at least one touchdown per game to the position. They allowed to different Denver receivers and three different Seattle receivers to score in the last two weeks. The Pats have allowed 33 passes of 20-plus yards — six last week to Seattle — and nine for scores. If you are going to take a flier on anyone in the Jets' passing game this week, it should be Hill.
Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens
It's easy to say "No Ray Lewis, so start Ben Tate with ease." But the Ravens were not the run-stopping team of old with Lewis in the lineup this season anyways. They are 22nd against fantasy running backs and are coming off a game in which DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones each ran for 90-plus yards. A week earlier, Jamaal Charles went for 140 yards. The Texans are tops in the league in production from fantasy backs, and that is after their lackluster game against Green Bay a week ago. Tate (toe) is still a risk as Justin Forsett is also in the mix. But it's a bye week for six teams, the Texans should want to get back to ground and pound and Tate is still one of the better flex options for a team that should have rushing success against the Ravens.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter