“R.E.L.A.X.” Aaron Rodgers said this to apprehensive Packers fans after a slow 1-2 start to Green Bay’s 2014 NFL season. The Packers went on to win 11 of their next 13 games for a regular season record of 12-4. For those of you who might be missing this very same player in your fantasy lineups as we head toward Week 7, I give you the same words…umm…letters of wisdom. R.E.L.A.X. The road to recovery always begins with an assessment of the damage and we will do just that with a recap of all injuries from Week 6. Then, we will dive into the waiver wire to find the glowing replacements that NEED to be claimed for Week 7.
Week 6 Injuries:
Aaron Rodgers (GB) – Rodgers has a confirmed collarbone and will be heading for surgery. He is droppable in all redraft formats.
Jameis Winston (TB) – Winston seems to have avoided major injury, spraining his AC joint. He is questionable for Week 7 but I would plan on another starting option.
Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) – Sanders suffered a sprained ankle in what looked to be a much worse injury. He has already been ruled out for Week 7 and is week-to-week.
Tyreek Hill (KC) – Hill got crushed by two Pittsburgh players Sunday afternoon and was heavily speculated as having sustained a concussion. Nonetheless, he was a participant in Monday’s practice and is expected to play against the Raiders on Thursday Night Football.
Golden Tate (DET) – As of Monday night, Tate has an undetermined shoulder injury (possibly an AC joint sprain). The Lions go on bye this upcoming week but Tate’s timetable could have him missing later weeks as well.
Week 7 Waiver Wire:
Andy Dalton (CIN) – I’ll be the first to admit, I was rooting HARD for AJ McCarron after two dreadful weeks of Andy Dalton. But after making Bill Lazor offensive coordinator in Week 3, Dalton ranks 12th in average points per week making him a backend starter for your fantasy team. In the right matchups, Dalton can be a huge value for any team who just lost Aaron Rodgers.
CJ Beathard (SF) – If Beathard needed an easy matchup for his confidence in his first NFL start, he got one in the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas’ lack of healthy and experienced corners helped both Trevor Siemian and Jared Goff put up fantasy starter numbers with 23 and 18 points, respectively, in Yahoo standard leagues. Beathard is a good streaming option for Week 7.
Alex Collins (BAL) – The Ravens offense can’t continue to be this terrible, can it? Despite a pitiful 159 passing yards per game (2nd worst in NFL), the Ravens are actually 6th in rushing yards thanks mainly to Alex Collins. The guy ranks 15th in rushing yards despite not even playing in Week 1. He is a HIGH priority claim for rest of season. A tough matchup against the Vikings is on the horizon, but Collins is the Ravens best offensive player right now and I expect a heavy workload going forward.
Orleans Darkwa (NYG) – This is a waiver guy I’ve been sitting on for a couple weeks now. Who would have guessed he would have his first 100-yard rushing game against the stingiest run defense in the NFL? Incumbent starter Paul Perkins has lost the job and rookie Wayne Gallman has been outperformed by Darkwa the past two weeks. The Giants play Seattle then have a bye the following week so patience must be exercised. Stash Darkwa for later matchups.
Matt Breida (SF) – Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan doesn’t love Carlos Hyde. Sure, Hyde had two touchdowns last week but he also has a slug-like 2.2 ypc and has 39 yards in his past two starts. Breida will continue to get worked into this offense and, with Shanahan changing of the guard mentality, there’s plenty to like about Breida’s chances to take over this backfield sometime this season.
John Brown (ARZ) – John Brown is back baby! Sliding back into his old role as the #2 WR in Arizona, Brown has caught a TD in two weeks straight. With Adrian Peterson (hopefully) opening up the play action pass, Brown is a player that can get behind a defense for a quick six points. The volume could be better, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a more dynamic player on the waiver wire this week.
Corey Davis (TEN) – This is your early warning stash warning for a player who has top 20 potential in the second half of the season. Davis should return as the #1 option for a healthy Marcus Mariota after the Titans Week 8 bye. He needs to be owned based on the upside he showed in his rookie debut.
Bennie Fowler (DEN) – This is a deep dive option for those of you in deeper leagues. Fowler was next man up after Emmanuel Sanders left with an ankle injury Sunday night and received 8 targets. The Chargers will probably shadow WR Demaryius Thomas with star CB Casey Hayward leaving Fowler as a potential option for a nice bevy of looks in Week 7.
Jack Doyle (IND) – Doyle now has 12 receptions in his past two games. A matchup against Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye doesn’t bode well for the Colts wideouts in Week 7. I expect Jacoby Brissett to be looking for Doyle early and often to keep the chains moving against the Jags this upcoming Sunday.
Tennessee Titans – Both Kevin Hogan and DeShone Kizer have more interceptions than touchdowns in 2017. The Browns also rank 31st in scoring with an abysmal 15.7 points/game. Titans are streamer worthy here. Sorry Browns fans.
New York Jets – The only NFL offense who has scored less than the Browns are the Jay Cutler-led Miami Dolphins. The Jets defense is surprisingly pretty decent this year and held Touchdown Tom to 24 points last week. Jay Cutler has four straight games with an interception and I would expect that trend to continue Sunday against the Jets.
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