All of the Week 7 storylines to watch deal with changes. Some are injury induced, while others are simple benchings.
In Fantasy Football, changes mean opportunities. Whenever a new player is set to have more production, you can pounce on the situation to fortify your roster.
The key is getting ahead of the curve on these guys. If you think a guy is about to bust out like a certain New York Jet, then you can buy-low right now on him.
You also can add a guy a week before he is a hot waiver addition. This can save you waiver positioning or FAAB money.
Keep this in mind as we get to the Week 7 storylines to watch.
Week 7 Storylines to Watch
Steelers’ Offensive Weapons
Ben Roethlisberger looks to miss at least a couple of games after having minor knee surgery. While I think he over-estimates his time missed so that he looks “tough” for coming back early, Landry Jones will have to make a couple of starts.
Pittsburgh has arguably the best WR1/RB1 combo in Fantasy Football. Antonio Brown has had his struggles with non-Big Ben quarterbacks, failing to catch a touchdown from any of them. However, he did have 6 catches for over 100 yards last year in the only game Landry Jones started and finished.
LeVeon Bell should be more effected, but in a good way. I expect him to get his biggest workload yet, especially as a target out of the backfield.
This offense is still one of the storylines to watch though, as the Patriots will put them to the test.
LeSean McCoy’s Availability
McCoy has returned to “stud” status after an injury-plagued year last season. However, the soft-tissue injury has struck Shady again.
At this point, he is a game-time decision so his owners will definitely be keeping an eye on the situation. More importantly, if he does not play Mike Gillislee looks to get the majority of the running back touches. He has been decent in his fill-in time previously.
There was early talk that McCoy could miss multiple games and if that happens, Gillislee would become a Top-20 play.
Geno Smith Effect
In 2015, Geno Smith threw the ball 42 times. Brandon Marshall was the intended target on over 40% of those passes.
— Scott Barrett (@ScottBarrettDFB) October 19, 2016
Geno Smith takes over for the ineffective Ryan Fitzpatrick for the New York Jets. This might not all be Fitzpatrick’s fault though. I mean, the 6-interception game probably was though.
Besides that, the Jets’ offensive line and running game are definitely below average. Their offense was built around having two, big-bodied, big-play targets. With Eric Decker out though, it allows defenses to focus on Brandon Marshall.
When Geno Smith has played with Brandon Marshall, 40% of his passes have gone his way. That is why this is one of the Week 7 storylines to watch: I think Brandon Marshall is a Top-5 receiver going forward.
- Theo Riddick is a game-time decision against Washington. There will be running back Fantasy Points to be gained, so keep an eye on if he plays.
- Can Carson Wentz bounce back, part deux? After two straight sub-par games, Wentz now gets arguably the best defense in the league. Jordan Matthews has also had a rough go of it lately.
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, CB Phillip Gaines Listed as Questionable vs. Saints https://t.co/nTLzsMAU94
— Sportsjunkie (@sportsjunkiemo) October 22, 2016
- Jamaal Charles apparently had a setback in his recovery from ACL surgery. Spencer Ware was already a start-able option this week, but if there is not Charles then Ware becomes a Top-5 back.
- Carlos Hyde will be missing the game this week and it looks like Shaun Draughn and Mike Davis will split carries. This should be interesting in case Hyde misses more time… which he is likely to do.
That’s it for the Week 7 Storylines for Fantasy Football! If you have any Start/Sit questions, consult our article on it, or shoot them to us on Twitter @Tomlin3 or @SoCalledFanEx.
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