In a season that has flown by, we’re already nearing the halfway mark as we head into a busy Week 7. Popular options like the Chiefs, Panthers, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Eagles and Patriots are all absent from this week’s main slate due to bye weeks and primetime matchups, so you may need to get creative as you fill out your lineup card for the 11-game Week 7 Sunday contest.
As you fill out your roster and try to find the best value plays, check out these options at each slot, who are available with an affordable salary but also bring good upside based on their usage, matchup and expected performances this week.
QUARTERBACK($6,000 and under)
Jacoby Brissett, IND vs. HOU, $5,600 – Brissett and the Colts return from their bye week with a huge game against their divisional rival from Houston. Brissett had a quiet Week 5, but did have a key rushing touchdown as the Colts knocked off the Chiefs. Brissett had over 18 DKFP in three straight games before finishing with just 11.94 in that contest. The Texans have allowed over 300 yards passing to Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Matt Ryan and gave up 273 in Week 5 to Patrick Mahomes. They have been vulnerable in the secondary and the Colts should have a good chance to be healthy after entering the bye week a little knicked up. At home, I think Brissett will be the best value QB of the week.
Matthew Stafford, DET vs. MIN, $5,200 – Another QB at home in a divisional showdown who appears to be set to step up is Stafford, whose Lions suffered a heartbreaking loss on Monday Night Football on a phantom penalty. Stafford threw well but couldn’t get the ball into the end zone as Detroit settled for five field goals. Stafford had some nice deep throws, but finished with 11.5 DKFP on 265 yards passing. He threw three scores and had 24.44 DKFP against the Chiefs in his most recent home game and had 17.1 DKFP in his only earlier home contest. At Ford Field, Stafford should be able to dial up some deep balls against the Vikings, who gave up over 300 yards and two touchdowns to Carson Wentz last week. Stafford’s matchup makes him a less ideal choice than Brissett, but he is still very underpriced for his upside.
RUNNING BACK($5,000 and under)
Chase Edmonds, ARI at NYG, $4,700 – Edmonds has gotten into the end zone in back-to-back weeks while filling in for Arizona’s multiple injured skill players, including RB David Johnson (back) and WR Christian Kirk (ankle). Edmonds had five carries for 34 yards and two catches for 33 more yards and a touchdown. His 14.7 DKFP were a strong follow-up to his 17.6 DKFP in Week 5, and he’s developing into a solid option for Kyler Murray ($6,700) and the new-look Cardinals offense. His role and ceiling will still be limited if Johnson is healthy, but he has shown he can still be productive as a backup.
Darrell Henderson, LAR at ATL, $3,500 – The Rams’ offense was a mess on Sunday against the 49ers, but Henderson was one of the few bright spots as he piled up 39 yards on six carries and added a nine-yard reception as well. He and Malcolm Brown ($5,700; ankle) filled in for the injured Todd Gurley III ($6,400; quad), but Brown sustained his own injury and may be limited this week as well. Henderson had a pair of nice runs of over 10 yards and should have earned enough time to be worth this diminutive salary, even if he does have to share the backfield with one or both of those players. The Falcons are a great matchup for Henderson, so keep a close eye on Gurley and Brown and be ready to roll with Henderson if either will be out or limited.
WIDE RECEIVER($5,000 and under)
D.K. Metcalf, SEA vs. BAL, $4,800 – Metcalf has had a strong start to his rookie season averaging over 50 yards per game and working behind only No. 1 WR option Tyler Lockett ($6,600). All four of Metcalf’s catches last week against the Browns resulted in a first down and he already leads the team with seven red-zone targets. With Will Dissly (Achilles) done for the season, Metcalf could be used more over the middle and should get even more work in the red zone. He’s a big receiver and can help support the possession passing game more now that Dissly is sidelined.
Darius Slayton, NYG vs. ARI, $4,100 – Slayton has worked well with fellow-rookie Daniel Jones ($6,100) and could get another start this week if Sterling Shepard (concussion) is still sidelined as expected after his second head injury of the season. Slayton has been targeted at least five times in all but one of his four games and produced over 60 yards twice. He has a very favorable matchup against Arizona, which will likely focus on Golden Tate ($5,800) and could leave room for Slayton to get free. Slayton has a reputation as a field-stretching option, so he and Jones could start connecting on big plays soon.
Trevor Davis, OAK at GB, $3,300 – Davis has been very involved since joining the Raiders in Week 4. He ran for a 60-yard touchdown and had 13.4 DKFP in his Oakland debut and followed that by catching all four of his targets for 42 yards and 7.2 DKFP in the Raiders’ win in London. Davis should be extra motivated this week since he’ll be taking on the Packers, who traded him to Oakland for a sixth-round pick after the first two weeks of this season. Davis will likely be involved against his former team especially if Tyrell Williams ($5,100; foot) or Dwayne Harris ($3,000; ankle) are still unable to return from injury after the bye week.
Allen Lazard, GB vs. OAK, $3,000 – On the other side of that matchup at Lambeau Field, Lazard could make a great bargain play as well. He stepped up last week with Davante Adams ($7,600; toe) out and Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($5,200; leg) and Geronimo Allison ($4,900; chest/concussion) battling injuries. Lazard caught the only WR touchdown of the night from Aaron Rodgers ($6,400) and finished with 16.5 DKFP after not being targeted in the first five weeks of the season. If the other Packers’ receivers continue to be limited, the undrafted rookie out of Iowa State will be a great play at the minimum salary against the vulnerable Raiders’ secondary.
TIGHT END($4,000 and under)
Hunter Henry, LAC at TEN, $4,000 – Henry was expected to be limited in his first game back after a knee injury had sidelined him since Week 1, but he blew that notion out of the water with a massive 33.0 DKFP on Sunday night against the Steelers. He caught 8-of-9 targets for 100 yards and two touchdowns in his return, playing 41-of-62 snaps and running a route on 37-of-46 dropbacks by Philip Rivers ($5,500). Whenever he has been healthy, Henry has been productive, so take advantage of his reduced price during the short time it lasts.
T.J. Hockenson, DET vs. MIN, $3,600 – After suffering a nasty fall in Week 4 while attempting to hurdle defenders, Hockenson actually didn’t miss any playing time due to a well-timed bye week. He caught 4-of-6 targets for 21 yards and 6.1 DKFP against the Packers and was targeted three times in the red zone. The rookie still has a ways to go to be elite, but he has a very high upside and the Vikings have allowed the 10th-most DKFP to opposing TEs this season.
DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS($2,800 and under)
LAR at ATL, $2,700 – The Rams shook up their defense this week trading away CB Marcus Peters to the Ravens and acquiring Jalen Ramsey from the Jaguars for a pair of first-round picks. Ramsey (back) is a huge upgrade if he is healthy enough to play this week, and the Rams have a great matchup against the struggling Falcons in Atlanta. It’s unusual to get so much talent on the defensive side for under $3K especially against a team that is only 1-5.
DET vs. MIN, $2,300 – The Lions forced three turnovers in Green Bay on Monday night and only lost due to that bad call against Trey Flowers. Detroit has forced multiple turnovers in each of their past four games. Kirk Cousins ($5,800) and the Vikings seem to have gotten on track the past few weeks, but Cousins can swing from hot to cold quickly and be turnover-prone when things aren’t going his way.
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