2016 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Sleepers, Streamers, and Fliers


 
2016 NFL Week 7 Fliers, Streamers, and Deeper Sleepers
These teams DO NOT play week 7 (bye week):
Carolina Panthers
Dallas Cowboys

Running Backs (RB)

Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 43.1% of all ESPN leagues):
And so, Ajayi is the big news of week 6, rushing 25 times for 204 yards and 2 scores.  More shocking, though, is the fact that Arian Foster only got 5 total touches (rushes and receptions) to Ajayi's 26.  Yes, Ajayi's performance warrants a speculative add to most rosters.  Buyer beware: the Dolphins face have some much tougher matchups over the next few weeks, and a week 8 bye.  It also  remains to be determined how the workload will be split.  Put Ajayi in your line-up, if you must, but week 7 should provide more clarity.
 
Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 55.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Ivory found the endzone, or any type of meaningful fantasy production for that matter,  in week 6 against the Bears.  This is purely a match up play.  While the Jags rank second to last in the league in rushing so far this year, the Raiders present an intreaguing matchup, giving up 3 rushing touchdowns to the division-rival Chiefs.  If the Jags' offensive line can continue to gel, Ivory might be worth a look.  Buyer beware, Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack is still one of the best in the league, and that could make it a tough day for both Jaguars backs. 

Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 29.9% of all ESPN leagues):
CJ Anderson has been largely ineffective in the run game this season.  He's averaged just 3.5 yards per rush and has seen his rushes cut in half.  It could be the result of the Broncos getting down early, or it could be that the Broncos' backfield situation is becoming more of a timeshare.  Either way, Booker is a speculative add, especially in PPR leagues.  He's proven himself as a capable receiver out of the backfield, and is averaging 4.7 yards per carry compared to Anderson's 3.5.  With The Broncos' defense looking leaky all of a sudden, Booker could see more of the field as a safety valve, and/or to move the ball upfield quickly.  For more on Booker and other rookie rushers in 2016, check out our rookie running backs article here.

Wide Receiver (WR)

Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 1.2% of all ESPN leagues): Wright had fallen into fantasy oblivion before this game.  There was very little about the Titans offense to get excited about.  Then the Browns came to town and made the Titans look like superstars.  Wright could keep things rolling in the next few weeks against the Colts, Jags, Chargers, Green Bay, and Colts again.  The Colts' and Packers' secondaries have been suspect, but the Chargers and Jags seem to be getting things together on defense.

Kenny Britt, WR, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 13.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Britt didn't exactly break out in week 6 against the Lions, but it's looking pretty close.  He's caught 12 passes for 211 yards and 2 scores over the past 2 games.  He's struggled since coming into the league in 2009, and had his best year in 2010, catching 42 passes for 775 yards and 9 scores.  That seems like a distant memory as he's only averaged 2.5 touchdowns per season in the last 6 seasons.  Still, if you're in need of a wideout, grab Britt as a speculative add.  He's on pace for 1000 yards this season, but only deserves flex consideration in deep leagues until he can put up consistent numbers.  After all, both of Britt's touchdowns this season did come against a leaky Lions secondary.
 
Quarterback (QB)
 
Cody Kessler, QB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 1.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The rookie third round pick has real chance to break out this week against a below-average Bengals defense.  Terrelle Pryor has emerged as a real receiving weapon and still has Gary Barnidge as a safety valve.  Kessler is backed up by a decent running game, but he threw for 366 yards and 2 scores.  Most importantly, he didn't turn the ball over in his first start for the Browns.  He has a nice schedule coming up (as long as Revis doesn't come back) and could go on a run.  Kessler is a speculative add, but the Browns' rookie and 4th stringer could be this year's deep sleeper. 

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