On to the second set of bye weeks. I want to touch on the bottom section of these articles, the “Droppable” section. Please ask me about dropping players before dropping them. These players I list are individuals I am fine with dropping in most instances and I no longer see a need for them to be rostered. However, not every league is the same. I don’t want anyone to be making the mistake of dropping players in a league format that they should still be held on to. It’s tough to blanket everyone’s league with how unique fantasy football has become so please ask me in chat if you have any second thoughts.
Also, if you have any questions on any players to sell, please let me know. It is tough to make a list of “sell” this player or “buy” this player because most of the time those comments fall on deaf ears. This is because 90% of the time no one is buying a player we want to be selling or selling a player we want to buy. However, they’re a few instances where this works but you need to find the proper trade partner who is interested and has the pieces that fit. Trading in seasonal formats is very rare but it’s not unheard of to pull off. So, if you come across a situation, please ask in chat and we’ll work through the offer together.
Upcoming Bye Weeks
Week 7: BUF, PHI, MIN, LAR
Week 8: KC, LAC
Week 9: CLE, DAL, DEN, SF, PIT, NYG
Week 10: BAL, CIN, NYJ, NE
Week 11: JAX, TB, SEA, MIA
Week 12: NONE
Week 13: ARI, CAR
Week 14: ATL, CHI, GB, IND, WAS, NO
Trevor Lawrence (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Lawrence had an extremely efficient game in the Jaguars Week 6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He went 20/22 for 165 yards and a score while adding 6/23 on the ground with two scores. He will face the beatable New York Giants secondary in Week 7 followed by a tough matchup in Denver. After that, Lawrence has a soft schedule consisting of LV, KC, BAL, DET, and TEN to close out the fantasy football regular season. Lawrence is one of the few QB’s available that can be a weekly starter.
Jared Goff (Detroit Lions)
Coming off of the Lions Week 6 bye, Jared Goff is expected to get all of his playmakers back at full strength. The Lions will visit Dallas where the matchup isn’t as imposing as it may seem. With an elite offensive line, it will give Goff enough time to distribute to his playmakers who all have winnable matchups. Goff is right behind Lawrence as a possible weekly starter to run out the year but I’d still stream him starting Week 10 when Detroit has to visit the Chicago Bears.
Matt Ryan (Indianapolis Colts)
Top streaming option this week is Matt Ryan. Back in Week 4, Ryan faced the Titans scoring 17.84 fantasy points (his highest total before he scored 27.16 in Week 6 against the Jaguars). Ryan threw the ball an unsustainable 58 times in this matchup but it went for 389 yards and three TDs without a turnover for the first time this season. As I’ve mentioned throughout the season, Tennessee is very beatable on the perimeter which is where the Colts have their best two pass catchers in Michael Pittman and Alec Pierce. I expect a 300+ yard performance and a few scores in this one.
Cam Akers (LA Rams)
I’m not sure what happened between the Rams and Cam Akers but that relationship is burned. The Rams are actively trying to trade Akers and if they are unsuccessful, he will be cut. I’ve seen him rage cut in a few leagues this weekend so keep an eye out for him. If he is on the wire he still has solid value if he can land in a productive spot. He is likely rostered in most leagues though.
Kenyan Drake (Baltimore Ravens)
Drake seemed to hit a stride Sunday against the Giants, running for 119 yards on ten carries along with a score. During this game, JK Dobbins came up with “tightness” in his knee that was shredded last year. The Ravens indicated it was the turf they were playing on but it is something to monitor. Even if Dobbins suits up this coming Sunday, I expect Drake to lead the backfield with 10-12 high quality touches and an increased chance of scoring.
Rachaad White (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
We should all have White on our rosters by now if he was available but he is still widely available in up to 70% of leagues depending on the format. White has now seen target counts of five, four, and four the last three weeks. He is floating between 25-35% snap share and is seeing snaps in high leverage situations. Keep him stashed on your team, he is becoming a flex option even with Fournette healthy.
Malcolm Brown (LA Rams)
Now that Akers is projected to be out of the picture, Malcolm Brown will be expected to step up. Brown will only see third down snaps and goal line snaps but could be a formidable FLEX in deeper leagues if Henderson were to miss any time. Henderson has a long history of injury issues so Brown seeing work down the road isn’t very far fetched.
D’Onta Foreman (Carolina Panthers)
If you have a deep bench, Foreman is worth rostering in case the Panthers trade CMC by the deadline. I don’t think they do from what I’ve seen, but I’ve certainly seen crazier. The Panthers are on the brink of a complete blow up and want to restart the organization. Trading CMC makes sense but it’s a matter of finding a trade partner. If he gets dealt, Foreman is the projected starter and most talented back still on the team. It is worth mentioning that in any deal there is also a decent chance they get a mid level RB back which can turn this backfield into a rotation. This pick up is solely for deeper leagues where you have a free bench spot.
Rondale Moore (Arizona Cardinals)
Moore led the Cardinals in targets in the Cardinals Week 6 loss to the Seahawks with ten. Marquise Brown is now expected to miss extended time of over six weeks due to a foot injury. The Cardinals are expected to get DeAndre Hopkins back this week and have just traded for Robbie Anderson. I’m not worried about Anderson at all and don’t think he does much in Arizona. Hopkins will likely command targets but if Moore can lead the team with ten in a game that Brown played the majority of, I don’t think DHop presents an issue to Moore’s workload. There is a legitimate chance Moore leads the Cardinals in targets until Hollywood Brown returns (if he does).
Alec Pierce (Indianapolis Colts)
Pierce is exploding onto the scene a month into his rookie year. Over his last three games, Pierce has seen a 17.2% target share and 22 targets overall in that time frame. Pierce is averaging 14 PPR PPG over that span with at least 12 each game. His volume is here to stay and he has an elite matchup against the Titans in Week 7, a matchup in which he dropped 12 PPR points in Week 4, catching four of his six targets for 80 yards including a long reception of 44 yards.
Wan’Dale Robinson (New York Giants)
Robinson only played 15 snaps in his NFL debut on Sunday against the Ravens. Robinson, however, did tie for the lead on the team at WR with four targets on his 15 snaps. He pulled in three of them for 37 yards and a score. With the extreme lack of talent at the WR position for the Giants, I expect his role to grow with his snap share.
Zay Jones (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Zay still leads the Jaguars in Receptions and is second on the team with 37 targets (19%). This role isn’t changing and is going to provide solid FLEX relief during the bye weeks with all of these injuries piling up.
Skyy Moore (Kansas City Chiefs)
I want to keep Moore on the forefront of everyone’s minds. Moore had another outing this Week that keeps him on par with seeing an increased workload, and saw another three targets playing 30% of the snaps. I’m betting on Moore’s talent to shine through by the end of the year and it will be accelerated if there is an injury ahead of him on the depth chart.
Jameson Williams (DET) / Treylon Burks (TEN)
I’ll keep these players at the bottom here to remind everyone to stash them if they are available. They both will likely be back in the next 2-3 weeks and could be pivotal members of your team as the bye weeks conclude and the fantasy playoffs draw near. I rank them in the order I listed them.
Robert Tonyan (Green Bay Packers)
This week is rough for the TE position. There is no great matchup mixed in with some resemblance of talent or even increased volume workload to go with here. Tonyan doesn’t have a very good matchup in Week 7 but he is in a position to earn the most targets of everyone widely available and also to score a TD. Rodgers loves Tonyan as a security blanket and targeted him 12 times in Week 6. I don’t expect that to continue and the Commanders are above average against the TE. If you need a TE, Tonyan is the best bet to see 6+ targets or catch a TD.
Hunter Henry (New England Patriots)
The Patriots have surprisingly been steamrolling with rookie Bailey Zappe at QB for them. The fourth round rookie just so happens to like throwing to his TE as well. Over the last three games that Zappe has played significant snaps, Henry has seen 16 targets and is commanding a 22.5% share. The matchup this week against the Beers isn’t an easy one for Henry and I expect that game to just be ugly (MNF – woohoo) so fantasy production all around will be lowered in this matchup. But, he will get you 5-6 targets and there is always the chance he scores a red zone TD.
Albert Okwuebunam (Denver Broncos)
I’m grasping at straws here but this pick up is predicated on a future trade for the athletic TE. The Broncos don’t see him as part of their future and that was apparent as they made him a healthy inactive in Week 6. If you have a deep bench spot, toss him there and forget about him in hopes he gets traded to a team that just wants to see if his athleticism can translate to a consistent NFL starter.
New York Jets
I can’t believe I am typing out that the Jets defense is a good play this week but here we are. The Jets just dropped 16 points while playing the Packers at Lambeau Field. That is a tough feat and this defense is playing great defense. Their fourth overall pick, Saucer Gardner, is playing lock down coverage and is now the overwhelming favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year. They visit the Broncos this week against one of the most vanilla offenses in the NFL who just gave up four sacks to the LA Chargers.
The Commanders face off against the Green Bay Packers at home this week. After sacking Justin Fields 5 times on Thursday Night Football last week, the Commanders are coming off of an extended week and a half rest. The Packers just let Rodgers get sacked four times at home and have yet to show any signs of life on offense. I do think the Packers get the ball rolling eventually on offense but it won’t be in this one.
This is a last resort option, all about matchup. If Mitch Trubisky has to play QB for the Steelers, this is primed to be a trap game for Pittsburgh. Visiting Miami after laying it all on the line with a turnstyle offensive line and below average QB is a recipe for failure. I think Miami will get 3-4 sacks in this one and can force Trubisky into making a few mistakes.
Russell Wilson (QB – DEN)
Carson Wentz (QB – WAS)
Chase Edmonds (RB – MIA)
Elijah Moore (WR – NYJ)
Josh Reynolds (WR – DET)
Kadarius Toney (WR – NYG)