Buy Low Opportunities Heading into Week 7 (Fantasy Football)
We’re starting to turn an eye toward the back half of the fantasy season already, which feels crazy. This year is both flying by and dragging along at the same time, with the primetime matchups resembling the day in gym class when you had to climb the rope with knots in it. Those that get it, get it. There is plenty of football left, and plenty of options still available to help us craft a championship roster.
The Chicago running back returned to the lineup and was right back where he belonged, in the RB1 seat for the Bears. Khalil Herbert clearly has a lot of talent, but his production this week was on the back of one big play, as opposed to being a product of increased usage. Montgomery played the second most snaps he’s played all season, and it’s very clear that the Bears view Monty as their top dog. There has been so much smoke about Herbert that a lot of fantasy managers assume we will see fire, but the reality is that he’s the clearcut backup. Monty has never been a flashy fantasy asset, but he will be an incredibly useful one down the stretch.
The Arizona Cardinals lost their top receiver this weekend and immediately went out and traded for Robbie Anderson. Hollywood Brown was a true WR1 in fantasy through the first five weeks, so it’s a real bummer to see him go down. Anderson may have some use for the team, but his fantasy outlook isn’t something to be excited about. He’s a deep threat with a limited route tree, and he will take some time to acclimate to the new offense and build rapport with his quarterback. The real player you want to replace Hollywood with is Rondale Moore, who has quietly been compiling targets and playing time since he returned from injury. This past week he played a season-high 99% of snaps and commanded a season-high 10 targets. He’s a huge part of the Cardinals’ offense, and he was just promoted to the primary big-time playmaker with Hollywood out of the picture. DeAndre Hopkins is set to return from suspension, but Moore’s athleticism and YAC ability are going to provide a unique upside for Kyler Murray. It’s a safe bet that Rondale Moore is going to win you some weeks.
Leonard Fournette was a buy recommendation a few weeks back, and that’s turned out really well so far. Rachaad White is flying a bit under the radar, and it’s the perfect time to get him on your roster. He’s a potential league-winning handcuff playing behind an aging running back, but he’s also talented enough to command more work on his own at some point. He’s an excellent pass catcher who has seen 13 targets over the past three weeks, and it’s clear that the Bucs view him as a big part of their offense. He won’t have any lineup appeal unless Tampa Bay decides to lessen the workload for Fournette or he suffers an injury, but in both cases, he would have ridiculous upside. Not every handcuff is a one-for-one replacement, but White would fill in for Lenny in one of the most productive roles in football. It’s a great idea to stash him now before you have to outbid your league mates with all of their FAAB left.
Jaylen Waddle – WR, Miami Dolphins
Tyreek Hill has cemented himself as the top option in Miami, which should surprise absolutely no one. Jaylen Waddle feels a bit underrated in general, but his next two weeks could be potential explosion weeks regardless of what Tyreek decides to do. The Dolphins square off with the Steelers, who are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, and Waddle will see the lighter coverage down the field. On top of the favorable matchup, it’s also a potential shootout. Waddle is seeing a healthy 8+ targets per week and can break a game wide open at any time. He’s a solid WR2 with the potential to finish in the top five at his position this week. To add a cherry on top, he gets the Lions next week as well. Waddle you waiting for? Go get him into your DFS lineups, and try to land him on your team.
Aaron Jones – RB, Green Bay Packers
The Packers’ offense is dying for some production, and time and time again we have seen this story end with Aaron Jones having a ridiculous game or two at some point. Aaron Rodgers has never shied away from how much he wants Jones and AJ Dillon involved, and I fully expect Jones to ascend back to where we expected him to be in the preseason very soon. His usage is similar to what it has always been, the Packers just lack explosive plays across the board. Every time we count Rodgers and company out, they seem to find a way to draw us right back in. The Pack squares off with the Commanders in Week 7 who have been gashed by opposing pass catchers and running backs, so I fully expect a heavy dosage of Jones in a “get right” game. He’s still a high-end RB2 for me, but you can likely acquire him for less than he’s actually worth.