At this point in the fantasy season, pretty much everyone fits into one of three groups:
1) Sitting Pretty.
Stay the course. Your team is performing well, and you just need to keep your fingers crossed that you can stay healthy.
2) Cautious Optimism.
You have 2-4 wins, but between guys getting healthy and solid matchups in the coming weeks, you’re feeling good about your chances.
This one is fairly self-explanatory.
If you are sitting pretty, congratulations. Grab an adult beverage and kick back.
If you’re cautiously optimistic, you’re doing OK, but you may want to add a flier or two before they take-off.
Lastly, there’s crap. All you can do is play spoiler, hopefully preventing someone from getting to the playoffs. Everyone knows your team is struggling due to injuries or bad luck, but they’re going to mess with you anyway. So do it back. Be brash, annoying, outspoken, nonsensical. Have fun.
Regardless of your situation, you may need to fill a hole in your lineup this week. It’s time, once again, to scour the waiver wire, in search of players that might provide value.
Below, I’ll list a player with some upside for this week, their Week 7 matchup, and the percentage of leagues in which he is owned according to our friends at
The hope is that you don’t find yourself in a situation like this. The hope is that you dodge the bullet. But hope won’t help you come Sunday.
Let’s move on to this week’s targets, keeping in mind that these aren’t every week starters. Instead, these are guys that should only be used if you’re in some kind of roster emergency.
Nick Foles vs. Dallas – 44 percent.
Foles lit up the Tampa Bay secondary last week to the tune of 296 yards and three touchdowns while running for another score. He looked comfortable, and he was effective, completing 22-of-31 passes. He now gets a Dallas defense that has given up more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than any other team. Prior to Michael Vick being ruled out, we had projected Foles for 220 yards passing and two scores. I think Foles easily surpasses those numbers, and, if he wins the job going forward, he will continue to be an asset for the stretch run.
Mike Glennon at Atlanta – 9 percent.
Glennon performed well against Philadelphia last week, posting 272 yards and two scores. He looked to be gaining confidence. He also seemed to realize that that this Vincent Jackson guy might be his best shot, targeting him 14 times. Glennon may be in for another nice day, this time in Atlanta. We’ve projected him for 255 yards and two scores, and I think that’s very doable.
Josh Freeman at New York Giants – 43 percent.
That didn’t take long. Freeman signed with the Vikings on Oct. 6, and he was announced as the starter on Oct. 16. That means that it took exactly 10 days to prove that he was the superior option to Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel. He’s still new to the offense, but how hard is it to turn around and hand off to Adrian Peterson? Nonetheless, it’s a dream start for his first opportunity; Monday night football against a Giants secondary that has been really generous to quarterbacks. FantasySharks.com has forecasted 250 yards and two scores, and I think he can achieve those, but I also think he might be a decent bet for the three interceptions, too.
Brandon Jacobs vs. Minnesota – 44 percent.
This is what the world has come to. Jacobs, who for years languished as a bizarro change-of-pace behind Tiki Barber and then Ahmad Bradshaw, has decided to become a productive running back. Last week, he received 22 carries for 106 yards and two touchdowns. And since it was a Thursday night game, his old bones got extra rest before this week. And now he plays on Monday night. He should feel pretty good going into a game against a really weak Minnesota run defense. The 90 yards and touchdown that we’ve projected feels like a bare minimum.
Joseph Randle at Philadelphia – 29 percent.
With DeMarco Murray suffering a knee last week, Randle came on to tote the rock 11 times for 17 yards and a score. While those numbers aren’t all that impressive, Randle has had a full week of first-team reps and will take on a Philadelphia defense that has struggled throughout the season to stop anyone. It will be a shootout, and I think Randle’s physical running style makes him a good bet for a goal line carry. He’s projected for 80 yards rushing and another 20 receiving, and I think he has a good shot at those figures, and he may even be able to get into the end zone. He also may be useful going forward, at least until Murray is healthy.
Zac Stacy at Carolina – 42 percent.
We’re learning what Stacy is as a runner. He’s not a big back, and he isn’t exceptionally fast. But he gets what’s there. Stacy ran 14 times for 78 yards two weeks ago and 18 times for 79 yards last week in Houston. There’s nothing wrong with those numbers, especially if he can manage to get into the end zone. We’ve projected 60 yards rushing and another 25 receiving against Carolina this week. Seems reasonable.
Harry Douglas vs. Tampa Bay – 25 percent.
Last week, I boarded the Douglas train in an effort to get him before people were considering him. But with Julio Jones out for the year and Roddy White nursing both a high ankle sprain and a hamstring injury, Douglas is the new go-to receiver. Matt Ryan will still rely heavily on Tony Gonzalez, but defenses will rally to Gonzalez. Douglas will need to be active if Atlanta wants to move the ball. Our site has projected 60 yards and a score for Douglas, and I think those are minimums.
Terrance Williams at Philadelphia – 43 percent.
Williams should be owned across the board, especially with Miles Austin seemingly always hurt. In any case, the Dallas Cowboys run plenty of three receiver sets, and Williams has become a trusted weapon for Tony Romo. Last week was a reality check for Williams, but he still managed to find the end zone. He’s projected for 85 yards and a score, and I think he plays well this weekend against the Eagles.
Jarrett Boykin vs. Cleveland – 10 percent.
Last week, Randall Cobb injured his leg, and James Jones tweaked his knee. Cobb is out for several weeks, and Jones’ availability is in question. That means it’ll be Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley and Boykin catching balls from Aaron Rodgers. I’m told that Rodgers is pretty awesome, which means that Boykin is automatically worth flex consideration. We’ve projected 80 yards and a score, and I think he hits those marks this week.
Good luck in Week 7.
Drew Magyar is a fantasySharks.com staff writer and member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.