Kaepernick struggled to find a consistent rhythm against the Bills, but was reasonably rusty returning from a long hiatus under center. He did show me enough to feel confident rostering him in 2QB leagues moving forward. His favorable matchup against Tampa Bay gives Kaepernick another crack at finishing in the top 15 for QBs this week.
The Bottom 5% - Week 7
It was a big week for the Bottom 5% alumni in Week 6. In a full point PPR format, here is the point tally for the best options mentioned in previous articles, followed by the top pickups for Week 7.
|QB - Colin Kaepernick
||RB - Mike Gillislee
||RB - Zach Zenner
||WR - Cole Beasley
||WR - Cameron Meredith
||TE - C.J. Fiedorowicz
||Flex - Dennis Pitta
Gillislee continues his strong play in relief duty for LeSean McCoy. He remains one of the most valuable handcuffs in fantasy football.
Until Riddick or Washington return to the Detroit backfield, Zenner is worthy of desperation spot start in deep formats.
It's mind blowing to me that Beasley is still available in over 50% of ESPN leagues. Dak has proven time and time again that he will consistently take his check downs. Even with the impending return of Dez, Beasley should be rostered if Dak remains under center. Now Romo on the other hand.
Cameron Meredith picked up where he left off last week, as he posted another 100 yard receiving game to go with his 11 receptions. Meredith should be considered a must add with Hoyer under center.
When Brock Osweiler is not forcing the ball to DeAndre Hopkins, it turns out their are some other quality options in this Texans offense. Fiedorowicz was incredibly effective with his opportunities against the Colts. The question going forward will be if there are enough targets for him to be a weekly option as TE. Certainly worth a stash this week, but it would be wise to take a wait and see approach another week before plugging him into your lineup.
Pitta has been a PPR stud for the entirety of this season. If he can begin finding the end zone, he will likely find himself as a top 5 TE on those occasions.
Knile Davis (0.1%)
Hot off the wire, the Chiefs have dealt RB Knile Davis to the Packers for a conditional pick. You don't need me to tell you that Davis has failed to make much of an impact in the NFL. With the exception of back to back 100 yard performances in 2014, he has pretty much fallen out of favor with the Kansas City coaching staff. With injuries to Eddie Lacy (ankle) and James Starks (knee), Davis has an opportunity in a potential gold mine of a fantasy RB situation in Green Bay. I don't know if I would recommend plugging him into my lineup this week, but he is certainly worth a stash.
Mike Davis (0.1%)
Carlos Hyde suffered a shoulder injury against the Bills this past Sunday, and was spotted at the 49ers practice with his arm in a sling. This injury surprisingly led to Mike Davis, not Shaun Draughn, seeing extended playing time. Admittedly, Davis failed to impress, registering a modest 13 yards on five carries. While Davis may not be an explosive talent, he may be an interesting spot start if Hyde misses any action.
Ty Montgomery (0.2%)
Ty Montgomery enters Week 7 as a very interesting waiver option. He was heavily involved against the Cowboys on Sunday. He hauled in 10 of his 12 targets, and carried the ball an additional three time in Week 6. With injuries to both Packer RBs, it isn't out of the question for Montgomery to maintain his increased involvement over the next month. With Aaron Rodgers under center, I don't need to see much to add a Packers WR. If you give me one that could see an additional 3-5 carries over the next couple weeks, then he is definitely a target of mine to stash.
Charone Peake (0.1%)This Clemson rookie caught my eye back in college. With his 10 targets against the Cardinals this past Monday night, he appears to have caught the eye of whoever will be under center for the Jets this Sunday as well.
Peake is a physically gifted athlete, who has the tools of an outside WR in the NFL. Sure, Marshall is still the clear #1 option in the passing attack, and Enunwa is quality slot option. However, the target distribution without Decker is still unclear. As is the QB situation in New York. With so much uncertainty with this offense, Peake is worth a stash in deep leagues to see if he will get an expanded role in the next couple weeks.
Erik Swoope (0.0%)
A former basketball player at the University of Miami, Swoope is a raw, but athletic TE. With injuries to TE Dwayne Allen and WRs Quan Bray and Philip Dorsett this past Sunday, Swoope saw the first significant playing time of his NFL career. Sure, he only recorded two receptions for 42 yards against the Texans. However, I will be interested to see how much they expand his role if Allen misses any action. I don't recommend starting Swoope, but his ceiling as a pass catching TE option in a depleted WR group for Andrew Luck is worth monitoring.