I don't know about you all, but this is my weirdest fantasy season ever. At least for the moment, two of my three teams are still in the running. Two of my teams have been hammered with very high points against - far more than any other team in either of those league. My other team, which I would say is average, has had light match-ups and is doing well with a 5-1 record.
I have never had an 0-6 team that I can remember until this season. It is in a league I won two years ago. What happened? Cooper Kupp was out the first four weeks, and this is one of the teams that has been hammered with 124.2 average fantasy points against, which is 13.4 fantasy points more than the next highest fantasy points against. I think I have a good team: Cooper Kupp, Josh Jacobs and DK Metcalf were my first three picks.
What about waivers? Why hasn't that helped? Well you just don't find Cooper Kupp replacements on waivers, especially in an 18-player roster league. All one can do is contain the damage.
With that said, my team has the 2nd highest bench points in the league. So the team has the potential. It has the depth. I have taken advantage of the waiver wire, and have a very deep roster of decent players. Can I still grab a playoff berth? It's not likely but it is mathematically possible, so I will continue to try.
Hopefully Week 7 will be where it turns around. Where ever your teams are at, don't give up. If you are doing well, don't stop working on building depth into your roster through waivers and trades. If you are lagging, even 0-6, it isn't time to throw in the towel - not quite yet. Just focus on getting that first W, and don't worry about anything else.
Okay, down to business. As I have mentioned in my previous streamer articles, this is for deeper leagues. I play in two 18-player roster leagues and one 24-player roster league, which is also a dynasty league. So I have in mind the different types of formats and if a player is a rookie, I mention it below. Players with an asterisks in front of them mean they are available in my 24-player roster league.
Don't go strictly by the fantasy point projections (which are PPR). A lot of the sources of projections aren't up to date yet and you will need to watch related injuries on a few of them, which I also mention in my descriptions below.
- Derek Carr, NO v Jax (15.9): Likely to play, but watch his injury status. Has a favorable matchup against the Jaguars in Week 7.
- *Tyrod Taylor, NYG v Wsh (15.1): This 13-year veteran filled in for Daniel Jones (neck) last week. Watch Jones's injury status going into Week 7. Up against a terrible Wsh D (30th against the pass for fantasy)
- Desmond Ridder, Atl @ TB (14.4): With 2 TDs last week and more than 300 yards in the last two games, Ridder is becoming fantasy relevant, despite his high rate of interceptions.
- Gardner Minshew, Ind v Cle (14.4): Throw 55 passes last week. Up against a tough Browns D in Week 7
- Jimmy Garoppolo, LV @ Chi (13.1): Watch Garoppolo's health status. His availability for Week 7 is uncertain. If healthy he has a favorable match up against the 29th D versus QBs.
- Kenny Pickett, Pit @ LAR (11.2): The sophomore QB in a dismal Steelers offense hasn't thrown for more than 240 yards all season, but if you are desperate he will put up some fantasy points to help your lineup.
- AJ Dillion, GB @ Den (7.9): Double digit carries in 4 of his 5 games this season - but he doesn't do much with them. The Broncos have the worst D in the league versus running backs.
- Latavius Murray, Buf @ NE (6.1): This NFL journeyman has been consistent. Murray will get you some points - not many, but at least it is something.
- Antonio Gibson, Wsh @ NYG (5.9): Plays a lot of snaps, but has low volume carries. Against a poor D against the run in Week 7.
- *Craig Reynolds, Det @ Bal (3.7): Watch the injury status of David Montgomery and Jahymr Gibbs.
- Jordan Mason, SF @ Min (2.9): With Christian McCaffrey (oblique/ribs) and WR Deebo Samuel (shoulder) questionable for next week, Mason could start for the 49ers against a stout Vikings D in Week 7.
- Elijah Moore, Cle @ Ind (10.6): 2nd on the team with 36 targets and 3rd on the team with 29 touches, but no TDs makes Moore a marginal streamer at best.
- Kendrick Bourne, NE v Buf (10.3): The Patriots can't get any worse, and Bourne is their top WR. With 10 catches last week there is some hope.
- Rondale Moore, Ari @ Sea (9.1): Up against a the worst D in the league against WRs this week.
- Wan'Dale Robinson, NYG v Wsh (8.8): No TDs this year, but with 22 receptions out of 25 targets this sophomore is over due. Will his first TD of the season come against a soft Commanders D in Week 7?
- Darius Slayton, NYG v Wsh (8.0): Let the Giants in receiving yeards last week. He is consistently getting a handful of targets each week. Will he record his first TD for the season against a weak Commanders D against the pass in Week 7?
- Braxton Berrios, Mia @ Phi (7.2): Behind Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, Barrios has quietly hauled in 17 of 20 targets this season. Up against the 28th D against WRs this week.
- Calvin Austin III, Pit @ LAR (6.4): Only 1 target in Week 5 before the Steelers bye, which he didn't catch. Up against a very stout Rams D against the pass in Week 7.
- *Kalif Raymond, Det @ Bal (5.4): Even with Jameson Williams active, Raymond keeps getting consistent targets, and he is 14 receptions on 17 targets for the season. (And three rushes for 54 yards.)
- *Jake Bobo: Sea v Ari (2.6): This rookie, behind DK Metcalf, Tyler Locket and Jaxon Smith-Njigba on the depth chart, seems to improve a little each week. Up against a weak Cardinals D against the pass in Week 7.
- David Njoku, Cle @ Ind (8.5): 19 receptions on 22 targets so far this season. Up against the 24th D against TEs in Week 7.
- Gerald Everett, LAC @ KC (8.3): Averaging a little over 4 touches per game.
- Pat Freiermuth, Pit @ LAR (7.8): Coming back after tweaking his hamstring in Week 4. Was a top-10 TE twice this year. Up against the 29th D against TEs in Week 7.
- *Michael Mayer, LV @ Chi (5.3): This rookie TE is getting increased volume as he learns the play book and, in fact, led the Rams in receiving yards last week. Up against the 25th D against TEs in Week 7.
- *Taysom Hill, NO v Jax (4.5): He catches, rushes and throws. This NFL Swiss army knife lacks consistency for fantasy, but always has potential upside every week.
- *Foster Moreau, NO v Jax (1.9): Was the lead TE for the Saints with Juwan Johnson out (calf). Watch Johnson's injury status in Week 7.
- Graham Gano, NYG v Wsh (9.1)
- Jason Myers, Sea v Ari (8.8)
- Blake Grupe, NO v Jax (8.8)
- Matt Gay, Ind v Cle (8.6)
- Brandon McManus, Jax @ NO (8.2)
- Las Vegas Raiders @ Chi (7.1)
- Cleveland Browns @ Ind (6.8)
- Indianapolis Colts v Cle (6.4)
- Minnesota Vikings v SF (6.0)