I love when a certain week’s fantasy mailbag has questions that highlight every single topic on the fantasy football spectrum – trades, waiver additions, injuries. The whole nine yards, as they say.
And by this juncture, every type of question should be on the table. Week 7 isn’t necessarily the turning point of the fantasy season, but it’s definitely one of them.
If you’re 3-3, you want to do everything possible to stay above .500 for good. If you’re 4-2 or better, you have to fend off those 3-3 teams. And if you’re 2-4 or worse, well hopefully you’re doing something.
And in this particular Week 7 we’ll highlight a superstar flirting with a return, interesting ‘buy low’ trade options, and two really close wide receiver matchups.
For any specific questions regarding the ghost of Peyton Manning, please refer here.
How pumped should I be that I picked up Stefon Diggs on waivers? Brandon LaFell?
Remember that time I said to go all in on the Minnesota Vikings? Well, the Vikes are off to a slow start outside of Adrian Peterson, who’s been rock solid.
One name I failed to mention then was rookie Stefon Diggs, who I thought wouldn’t see much playing time because his skill set is similar to veteran Jarius Wright. But a nagging injury to Mike Wallace and the general suckiness of Charles Johnson has opened the door for Diggs.
He has 13 catches for more than 200 yards in his last two games and a soft schedule that includes Detroit and Chicago the next two weeks. If he continues to put up big numbers against those lesser opponents, Diggs looks to be a perfect ‘sell high’ candidate (to a team desperate at WR) before he faces St. Louis, Oakland, and Green Bay. And if you need WR depth, you certainly could do worse than the talented Maryland product.
As for Brandon LaFell, we know he’s good. But is he going to be 100 percent when he returns to the field? My guess is LaFell sits this week against the tough Jets secondary, but returns to the Patriots offense full-time against Miami in Week 8.
If you have the roster flexibility to stash him now and he’s available, I’m certainly not going to stop you.
Working on a potential trade – would you deal Chris Ivory and A.J. Green for Alshon Jeffery and Justin Forsett? (non-PPR)
This is a very, very even deal for both parties. Chris Ivory is as hot as anyone in football right now, while on the other side, Alshon Jeffery is back healthy and showed his lofty ceiling in the Bears’ loss to Detroit.
A.J. Green is one of the game’s best receivers, no doubt. But in Cincinnati’s loaded offense, his fantasy consistency is a question. One week Tyler Eifert will score two touchdowns, the next it’s the running back duo carrying the load, and last week it was Green’s running mate Marvin Jones. That’s why I side Jeffery in this case.
I’ve been all over the Alshon train since before the season and that hasn’t changed. Justin Forsett is more than enough as a complementary piece if you’re going out there to get him.
So, if you’re looking to make a deal to increase the ceiling of your team, then yes. Go do this.
Who are some of your favorite buy-low trade targets?
At this point, I’m targeting two players for the second half of the season that you can get for basically half their preseason value. Those two guys are Eddie Lacy and Jordan Matthews.
I’ll start with Lacy, as he was certainly the higher pick and thus causing more frustration. Right now, Lacy’s stat line reads:
76 touches, 343 total yards, one touchdown
Through six games in 2014, it read like this:
90 touches, 382 total yards, three touchdowns
He ended up finishing with 1,550 total yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014, which are the type of numbers that you drafted him for. The Packers have a well-timed Week 7 bye, giving Lacy the chance to get fully healthy before he gets favorable matchups against Chicago, Arizona, and Detroit twice.
Jordan Matthews is a guy I touted in the preseason, but hiccups in the Eagles offense have stunted his growth as a second-year wide receiver. He’s only found the end zone once and is barely averaging 65 yards per game through six weeks.
But he still leads Philadelphia receivers in targets by a resounding number, and will only improve as the Eagles offense continues to gel and produce under head coach Chip Kelly.
Bright times are ahead for owners of all Eagles players – and that surely includes their top wideout.
If you had to pick one, would you rather hang on to John Brown or Allen Robinson? (Maclin & Hopkins are other WR’s)
Allen Robinson, for sure. I love me some John Brown, but if you’re looking for a Maclin complement or replacement should he miss time, you need the guy who is going to find the end zone more.
I’ll say it again, I love the way John Brown plays football. But Robinson – taken 30 picks ahead of Brown in the 2014 Draft – is the more established red zone option, plays in a higher volume passing offense, and is the team’s unquestioned No. 1 weapon.
Have to go Robinson in a tight one, the guy hasn’t seen less than nine targets in a game since Week 1.
Dez Bryant was dropped in my redraft league, should I pick him up? When is he coming back?
I highly doubt that Dez Bryant plays this week, just six weeks after foot surgery. But then again, it’s Jerry Jones’ world and we’re all just living in it. So if he did, I can’t say that I’d be surprised.
But like I said with Brandon LaFell, whether or not he plays this week shouldn’t matter when making your claims. I’m assuming the only plausible reason he’s not on a roster is because your league doesn’t designate an IR spot. Either way, that guy is insane.
Pick up Dez and stash him until he’s ready to play. The guy is an every week animal and he’s going to produce the second he hits the field.