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.
Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
Vincent Jackson showed up on the injury report this week with a calf injury and is listed as probable. He is currently the 21st ranked fantasy receiver in PPR leagues and tied for fourth with four touchdowns. He has only disappointed once this season (1-for-29 on seven targets in Week 3 at Dallas) with four games of at least four catches, three games of at least 65 yards, two games over 100 yards and three games with at least one touchdown. Now he draws a Saints team that is ranked 30th against fantasy receivers, having allowed eight touchdowns to the position and at least 60 yards to an opposing No. 1 receiver in every game; four of those No. 1s have gone for at least 90 yards. It is worth noting that Pierre Garcon (on the 88-yard screen in Week 1) and Greg Jennings (a 9-yard TD on his only catch in Week 4) are the only two No. 1 receivers to score on the Saints. It could mean lowered expectations for VJax — even though he's surely exceeded 2012 expectations already for where you drafted him — and raised expectations for Mike Williams, who likely went undrafted.
Hakeem Nicks, Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden and Rueben Randle, WRs, New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins
Oh, the Giants' receivers not named Victor Cruz. Hakeem Nicks (knee) returned from a three-game absence last week and admittedly was not at full speed in San Francisco. Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden and rookie Rueben Randle have flashed in his sted. Hixon, who missed the Week 3 Carolina game along with Nicks, returned to garner 25 targets over the last three weeks, catching 15 of them for 247 yards and no scores. Barden shined in the first game without Nicks (nine catches, 138 yards on 11 targets in Week 3 at Carolina), but has battled a concussion since then. Randle, the rookie from LSU, did not play a snap against San Francisco. This came a week after six catches for 82 yards on nine targets. Nicks is listed as probable and is expected to start against the Redskins. It is hard to trust any receiver on the Giants not named Cruz, and if Nicks returns at half speed again it just brings the whole lot of them down. If Nicks goes, he has to start, but Hixon is still a good flex play against a Washington defense that is the worst in the league against fantasy receivers.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter