With week 7 underway a lot of your may be scrambling for a bye week fill in for some of your fantasy football studs. This week Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego are off. There a quite a few starters missing this week and many waiver wires have already been hit hard. If you missed out earlier in the week you may find some fantasy gold deep down on the depth chart.
Notable Quarterbacks out this week; Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Michael Vick and Phillip Rivers.
I would certainly hope even the most amateur fantasy football players have a reasonable back up quarterback on their roster but that’s not guarantee. That said, there is a decent chance the top 24 quarterbacks are already gone leaving you with slim pickings. If you have failed to plan ahead and do not have a quality back up I would check the waiver wire for Josh Freeman. Thus far he has been pretty unreliable so should be lurking out there on the wire somewhere. Snatch him up if he is, the Bucs face the Swiss cheese New Orleans Defense this week at home!
Notable Running Backs out this week; Michael Turner, Willis Mcgahee, Jamaal Charles, Reggie Bush, Lesean McCoy and Ryan Mathews.
The running back position has never been thinner when it comes to fantasy football. When you take out 6 of the top backs in the league there are sure to be some deep sleepers in starting lineups this week. Assuming Felix Jones has already been taken, consider Phillip Tanner. The third string running back in Dallas could very well be in line for goal line duty this week against a porous Carolina defensive front. A savvy owner must also consider that the solution to his or her bye week woes might already be on their roster. Don’t be a dinosaur, start three wide receivers and two running backs! That flex spot is not reserved for running backs like it was a decade ago!
Notable Wide Receivers out this week; Roddy White, Julio Jones, Demayrius Thomas, Eric Decker, Dwayne Bowe, Brian Hartline, Jeremy Maclin, Desean Jackson and Malcolm Floyd.
With all these fantasy football studs out this week we have seen an influx of trade advice emails! If you were unable to pull off your deal you may be looking to the bargain bin for wide receiver help. I might consider some of the following; Mike Williams (Tampa Bay) Emanuel Sanders (Pittsburgh) Darius Heyward-Bey (Oakland) Devery Henderson (New Orleans) All have decent match ups and could sneak in a touchdown.
Notable Tight Ends out this week; Tony Gonzalez, Jacob Tamme, Joel Dreesen (I guess..) Brent Celek, Antonio Gates.
Not a ton to mention here as the tight end position is pretty deep but if you are desperate why not Dallas Clark? He doesn’t get a ton of targets but he is a good route runner and about due for a decent game. This week against the 28th ranked New Orleans Pass defense is as good a time as any to roll the dice.
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What is wrong with the Law Firm?
BenJarvus Green-Ellis has seen a significant dip in production over the last few weeks after such promising start. Week one saw the Law Firm rush for 91 yards and score against the previously vaunted Baltimore Raven’s defense. That is roughly 5 yards per carry. He followed that up with a decent game against browns where he rushed for 75 yards on 21 carries only 3.5 yards per carry, the arrow is point down at this point. In weeks 3, 4 and 5 BenJarvus Green-Ellis has rushed 52 times for an atrocious 2.5 yards per carry – unacceptable! This week he faces the Browns once again and in my mind this is his last chance to right the ship before I send him packing! Bernard Scott is officially on IR with a knee injury (what else is new?) so the law firm has no excuses against this 26th ranked run defense.
Who is Vick Ballard and can he be trusted?
Vick Ballard is a rookie running back from Mississippi State who has just inherited the Colts starting running back job from the injured Donald Brown. Vick Ballard actually had a nice little college career. In his junior and senior seasons Ballard rushed a combined 379 times for 2,157 yards and 29 touchdowns averaging 5.6 yards per carry. Don’t overlook the fact that Ballard played his college career in the highly competitive SEC. He did not do much in the passing game but let’s face it; the only Colt catching the ball is Reggie Wayne. This week, Ballard faces the Jets and their 31st ranked rushing defense. This a perfect chance for the young rookie to seize the starting job from the lackluster Donald Brown! He is a must add and a start-able fantasy football flex player in week 6. Do I trust him yet? of course not, but he has a chance to steal that starting gig which equates to fantasy football gold.
Which Cardinal’s Running back should I start?
Only the most desperate of fantasy football managers should be starting any Cardinals running back this week. The match up is just fine against the bills and their 30th ranking rushing defense but I don’t think the Cardinals really know who they want to start. LaRod Stephens Howling is the logical choice simple because he has been with the team the longest but let’s not forget how well William Powell played this preseason. If I were a betting man, I would put my money on Powell winning the job outright. I just don’t think it will happen this week. The Arizona offensive line has been terrible and could not open any holes Beanie Wells or Ryan Williams so I would temper expectations regardless of who get the job. If you had to start one this week I would start William Powell. If he does well, sell high and be done with it.
How sweet it is to be the Packers number two wide receiver!
Remember last year when Jordy Nelson went nuts scoring 15 touchdowns? He always had Greg Jennings on the other side drawing the opposing defenses attention. This season, Jennings has been out for a few games with a groin injury and Jordy Nelson is getting all of the attention. As a result one James Jones has finally found his moment in the sun catching 4 touchdowns in the past two weeks! As long as Jennings is out James Jones will remain a viable flex option in all formats if not better. Get him on your team and into your lineup, but feel free to parlay him over to the Greg Jennings owner for the right price.
Looking for Depth? Try selling your quarterback!
This is usually a tough sell since most standard leagues are 10-12 teams making any top 15 quarterback start-able any given week. But let’s say you need running back depth and someone offers you something like Michael Turner and Joe Flacco for Tom Brady? If you need the depth its worth looking into and it is not often someone is actually looking to obtain a quarterback via trade. Joe Flacco has thus far passed for 1,450 yards to Tom Brady’s 1,456. Tom Brady has 8 passing touchdowns to Flacco’s 7. Not saying you should run out and a make a deal like that but if you need the depth, I don’t see why not.
Sell High, Buy Low?
Speaking of Michael Turner, The artist formerly known as “the burner” scored yet again last week – his 3rd of the year. I think it is very clear that his value has become touchdown dependent so he may have stinkers on the horizon. Looking a little closer at the numbers we will find that so far he has rushed for 324 yards on 73 carries. That would be 4.4 yards per carry which when combined with 3 touchdowns in this running back market we find ourselves with a top 15 running back. His offense is top notch and he will score, DO NOT SELL unless you get some kind of ridiculous offer, which you won’t.
What about Aaron Rodgers? I say buy low while you still can. Let’s remember how good he was last season and put some of these rough games behind us. If there is a disgruntled Aaron Rodgers owner in your league why not throw him an offer? He just might bite and you can pass your way to the playoffs!
Week 6 is upon us! Be sure to get all of your last minute roster questions in and submit your offers anytime for unlimited fantasy football trade advice!