Week 7 is the last week before we’re hit with six teams on bye for a couple of weeks in a row. However, this week we have lots of options, and a whole lot more information to look at. Let’s check out the early developments on the Week 7!


NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots


Tom Brady ($7,900) – Through two games, one on the road and one at home, Brady is now averaging 391 yards and three touchdowns per game. This week he draws the Steelers, who just allowed over 470 yards of total offense to the Dolphins. Brady continues to be able to find multiple weapons every week, and right now he has a healthy Gronk, one of the most dangerous red zone and run-after-catch players in the league. On an offense willing to pass in every situation, including in short yardage, there is every reason to consider him one of the safest and highest-upside QB on the board in any given week.

Matt Ryan ($7,200) – Coming off back-to-back games against Denver and Seattle, both on the road, it’s officially time to start looking at everything Ryan has done so far as legit. His QB rating of 98.4 last week in Denver was his lowest of the season, and he he managed that by leaning on the most explosive skill players around him – his running backs out of the backfield and Julio Jones. Jones dropped a ball that essentially cost the Falcons the game, but his ability to make plays downfield and create room for everyone else has helped Ryan maintain a solid floor. That should continue with a tasty matchup against the Chargers.


Brian Hoyer ($5,900) – Hoyer has thrown the ball 92 times in his last two starts for the Bears, and he has helped propel the emergence of some exciting new options on the outside (more below). Facing a Packers defense that has been shredded through the air, and will likely be able to stifle the Chicago running attack, there is every reason to believe that the volume is going to continue for Hoyer.

Running Backs

NFL: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers


Melvin Gordon ($6,400) – The volume just continues to be there for Gordon. This is a Chargers offense with enough talent, even without Keenan Allen, to move the ball consistently and make first downs, a key component of the success of any fantasy running back. He managed 94 yards on the ground against Denver this week, and should see just as much volume against Atlanta this weekend, giving him as much upside as just about any running back you could target.

Spencer Ware ($5,800) – At this point, based on what we have seen so far, which includes a small sample with a purportedly healthy Jamaal Charles, the worst case scenario for Ware seems to be a split-carries situation. Given that he was drafted in most seasonal leagues as basically a plug and play for the first few weeks at most, this value at this point in the season is somewhat surprising. But he has earned it – he continues to look good enough on the field that Charles would basically have to be the 2013 version of himself to force him off the field entirely.


Chris Ivory ($3,400) – It’s not looking like a situation you really want to trust in Jacksonville right now, but Ivory is cheap, and last week finished with more carries than T.J. Yeldon, 11 to 6. We’re not entirely sure what sidelined Ivory for the beginning of the year, but he looked healthy here and the Jaguars brought him in after a nice season last year to handle some of these rushing duties, including goal line work (he had a one-yard TD Sunday). With a matchup on tap against Oakland, he has as much upside as you can typically hope for at this price.

Wide Receivers

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders


Amari Cooper ($7,900) – He has taken 25 targets over the last two weeks and turned them into 267 yards. There is no doubt that Crabtree has been a great target for Carr in the red zone, but despite that fact, Cooper is in line for a few more scores as the season progresses. He is on pace for 90+ catches and 1,400+ yards, which makes his one touchdown to this point more of a fluke than anything else. There are plenty of big games in store for Cooper down the stretch, and this weekend against Jacksonville certainly has the potential to be one of them.

Terrelle Pryor ($6,200) – The athleticism is obvious, but when he is out there as a receiver, he is making some truly impressive plays. He is getting open against coverage designed to pay him special attention, and he is making tough catches on the outside and in traffic. You’re going to have to pay attention to his status in practice this week as he is dealing with a hamstring injury, but if he is active, he will be involved enough in what Cleveland is doing to make him worth considering for your lineups.


Cameron Meredith ($4,700) – It certainly seems like this might be the lowest price you see on Cam Meredith for the rest of the season. He has really connected with Hoyer, to the tune of 20 catches on 27 targets (74%) for 243 yards over the last two weeks. The young wide receiver has looked the part, running precise and athletic routes and flashing the long-term potential a lot of fantasy owners expected to be seeing out of Kevin White at this point in the year. As I mentioned above, it’s easy to imagine a high volume of passes from Hoyer this weekend against the Packers, and that could mean another chance at strong production for Meredith.

Tight Ends

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks


Jimmy Graham ($5,800) – Right now, with Graham healthy (and Reed not), you can make a case to put the Seahawks tight end right back in his traditional spot as a top-two tight end option on a weekly basis. We’ve now seen it for three straight weeks, and for a player with his track record, you don’t need any more than that to believe what you’re seeing. Wilson has targeted him nine, eight and nine times in those three weeks, and he has caught 18 of those balls. Even including his first two weeks, when he had just four grabs total, he is averaging over 16 yards per catch, making him the kind of weapon you don’t often see from the position. A tight end with 100-yard potential is an every week starter in a seasonal league, which makes him someone you need to be at least considering every week in DFS as well.


Hunter Henry ($3,600) – Yes, Gates is back, but Henry outsnapped him on Sunday 45 to 31, and the 35th pick in last year’s draft looks to have developed a rapport with Rivers very early on in his rookie year. He was an All-American at Arkansas, named the best tight end in the country, and now he has been over 60 yards receiving in four straight games, with three touchdowns.

Defense/Special Teams

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Buffalo Bills


Buffalo Bills ($3,400) – Heading into Week 6, they had finally reached the status of being a popular DFS option, or streaming choice in your year-long league, and they didn’t necessarily live up to expectations, finishing with only six fantasy points against the 49ers. But despite that, they have had at least three sacks in five out of six games so far, and double-digit fantasy points in four of five. With a tilt against the divisional rival Dolphins this week, it is likely going to be a physical, low-scoring affair, with plenty of opportunities for turnovers.


New England Patriots ($2,900) – This really is nothing but a discussion of value – this is the least expensive the Pats defense has been all year, presumably in anticipation of a difficult matchup with the Steelers. With Big Ben out for Sunday’s matchup, the Patriots become an extreme value facing Landry Jones who has just 3 TDs and 4 INTs in his early career as a Steeler.

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