by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Injuries are something all fantasy football owners have to maneuver around, and in deeper formats it’s never easy. Who are some options potentially available on your waiver wire that could make an impact in Week 7? Let’s take a look:
Bennie Fowler – Denver Broncos – Wide Receiver
Emmanuel Sanders has already been ruled out with a sprained ankle, leaving Fowler to step into a starting role behind Demaryius Thomas. Sanders has averaged around 8 targets per week, and as it is Fowler has 7+ targets in two of the past three games. There’s obviously questions, as Fowler’s already 26-years old and has been unimpressive in his three seasons (34 games) in the NFL:
40 receptions (72 targets), 488 yards, 4 TD
The Chargers have allowed the eighth most points per week to opposing wide receivers, mostly due to 9 TD. Thomas will be the favorite to find the end zone, but Fowler scored 2 TD against Los Angeles in Week 1 (and one of his TD in ’16 came against the Chargers).
Fowler has to be considered a high risk, high reward option if you are desperate for a WR3.
Marlon Mack – Indianapolis Colts – Running Back
Coming off an extremely disappointing Week 6 (2 carries for 18 yards), most are likely going to have jumped off the Mack bandwagon. Things have changed, though, with Robert Turbin being lost for the season (most likely) due to an arm injury. That is going to lead to opportunities on third down for Mack, as Bob Kravitz recently tweeted:
Chudzinski: Losing Turbin will give Marlon more opportunities, in two minute drill, etc. Good opportunity for him. We’ll get him the ball.
After taking 9 carries for 91 yards and 1 TD in Week 5, we would’ve thought he would’ve seen at least a similar workload in Week 6. That didn’t happen and talk is cheap, but that doesn’t mean it should be completely ignored. Obviously we’d love to see it before we believe it, but if you are desperate for a running back he’s a solid sleeper gamble.
Deep, Deep Sleeper
Zay Jones – Buffalo Bills – Wide Receiver
After Sammy Watkins was sent packing there was hope that the rookie would step in and produce from Day 1. That hasn’t happened, with 5 receptions on 23 targets. However he’s going to step into a favorable matchup (Tampa Bay is allowing the most points per week to opposing wide receivers) and you can argue that he’s the last man standing:
- Jordan Matthews – Doubtful (signs point towards him being out another week)
- Charles Clay – Out
Is the newly signed Deonte Thompson going to produce immediately? Andre Holmes perhaps? If Jones is ever going to breakout, this is going to be his opportunity. If you are desperate for a flier roll the dice.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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