Fantasy football championships aren’t won at the draft but on the wire. Week in and week out, you need to keep an eye on your team and make sure you’re putting out the best possible lineup to crush the competition. We’re here to help. Let’s go through some of the best streamer options and some injuries to keep an eye on for fantasy football in Week 7.
QB: Daniel Jones v ARI (40% owned)
Daniel Jones has arguably one of the better matchups this week facing the Arizona Cardinals. They get veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson back in the lineup, but their defense has been very susceptible to quarterbacks thus far this year. Add to that the return of Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram to the New York Giants’ offense, and it’s clear why Jones should succeed.
QB: Kirk Cousins @ DET (36% owned)
Kirk Cousins had a great Week 6, throwing for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. This week he faces a tough Detroit Lions’ defense who only has ten sacks and three interceptions on the year. This means Cousins should have plenty of time to survey the field and find one of his stud receivers throughout the game, racking up points for you in the process.
RB: Jamaal Williams v OAK (49% owned)
You need not look far to see just how valuable Jamaal Williams is to the Green Bay Packers’ offense. Last week, he rushed for over 100 yards and caught a touchdown pass, clearly muddying the water for Aaron Jones truthers everywhere. He’s easily the top streamer of the week, and if he’s available in your league, you should pick him up immediately and start him against the weak Oakland defense.
RB: Chase Edmonds @ NYG (28% owned)
Chase Edmonds is an interesting option. If David Johnson is out, Edmonds quickly becomes a solid RB2 and should be in your starting lineup. However, even if Johnson plays, Edmonds could still warrant flex consideration going against the horrible Giants’ defense. Edmonds got seven total touches and a touchdown last week. Look for him to do something similar this week, therefore making him worth the add if he’s available in your league.
WR: Auden Tate v JAX (34% owned)
The only knock on Auden Tate is that his quarterback is Andy Dalton. Tate has the size and the skills to be a solid flex player in most leagues, but his offense is likely holding him back. With A.J. Green still likely to miss time and John Ross on IR, Tate slots into the WR2 role for the Cincinnati Bengals, who face a Jalen Ramsey-less Jacksonville defense after they traded him to the Los Angeles Rams.
WR: Cole Beasley v MIA (27% owned)
When in doubt, flex whoever plays the Miami Dolphins. This week, the Buffalo Bills get the honor of playing the team with the least talent on their roster. The entire offense should do well here, and that includes Cole Beasley. He only saw three catches for 21 yards in Week 5, but coming off the bye, look for the Bills to light up the scoreboard against the lowly Dolphins, giving Beasley increased odds to score.
TE: Darren Fells @ IND (12% owned)
Would you believe me if I told you that Darren Fells is the TE 10 in all of fantasy football on the year? Yes, it’s true! He’s only got 20 targets through six games, but he’s got 3 touchdowns and averages about 10 yards per catch, something that is going unnoticed in most leagues. The Houston Texans should be throwing a lot in this game to try to keep up with Jacoby Brissett and the Indianapolis Colts, and at TE, you can definitely do worse than a guy like Fells.
TE: Jordan Akins @ IND (6% owned)
Not to sound like a broken record, but would you believe me if I told you that Jordan Akins is the TE 13 in all of fantasy football on the year? Yes, it’s also true! Much like his teammate, Akins only has 18 targets through six games, but he’s got two touchdowns and averages about 15 yards per catch. Whichever Houston TE is available in your league, don’t let either one slip through waivers again this week and put them in your starting lineup going forward.
D/ST: Colts @ HOU (16% owned)
The Colts face the relatively porous offensive line of the Houston Texans this week and should be able to get pressure on quarterback Deshaun Watson. Through six games, the Colts only have 13 sacks and two interceptions, but the Texans’ offensive line has allowed 18 sacks, seventh-worst in the NFL, meaning something’s gotta give. The Colts aren’t a bad streaming option if your usual starting D/ST is on a bye this week.
D/ST: Cardinals @ NYG (9% owned)
I mentioned before that the Cardinals get veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson back this week to face the Giants and rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, making them a viable candidate for streaming at D/ST. The Giants have been pretty stout in pass protection, but adding a player like Peterson back into the fold changes everything. Go grab the Arizona defense if you’re desperate this week and thank me later.
Injuries to keep an eye on
Here are some fantasy football players who are injured that we’re watching as we approach Sunday and Monday. At the very least, put these guys in your flex spot so you can have more options for replacing them should they be a late scratch at game time.
David Johnson (Sun Early) – Limited – Game-time decision
Aaron Rodgers (Sun Early) – DNP – Likely to play
Davante Adams (Sun Early) – DNP – Unlikely to play
Jimmy Graham (Sun Early) – DNP – Likely to play
Tyrell Williams (Sun Early) – DNP – Unlikely to play
Darren Waller (Sun Early) – DNP – Likely to play
A.J. Green (Sun Early) – DNP – Unlikely to play
Sterling Shepard (Sun Early) – DNP – Unlikely to play
Alvin Kamara (Sun Late) – Limited/DNP – Game-time decision
Amari Cooper (Sun Night) – DNP – Unlikely to play
DeSean Jackson (Sun Night) – DNP – Game-time decision
Josh Gordon (Mon Night) – DNP – Unlikely to play
Rex Burkhead (Mon Night) – Limited – Game-time decision
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Andrew Hall is a writer for PFN covering Fantasy Football. You can follow him @AndrewHallFF on Twitter.