Welcome back for Week 7 buy and sell on The Fantasy Authority. Tarik Cohen was featured last week as a buy and has been stellar in the past two weeks. He has cemented his role in the Bears offense. He is one of the players I’m most excited about for the rest of the season. Eric Ebron might end up being a hold for now as Doyle continues to sit out, leaving Ebron as a must-start tight end. Time to dive into some more players after Week 6 action.
Ricky Seals-Jones (TE, ARI)
Ricky Seals-Jones has quietly been targeted six times in four of six games this season. The target consistency is there for Seals-Jones, the production just needs to follow. Josh Rosen has provided life to the Cardinals offense since taking over as the starter. Ricky Seals-Jones and Christian Kirk have been the main beneficiaries in the passing game. Seals-Jones has his best game of the season last week against the Vikings (5/69) and has 6 points (half ppr) in three of his last four games. If Seals-Jones continues to build rapport with Rosen he could become a nice tight end similar to how David Njoku is blossoming with his own rookie quarterback.
Jarvis Landry (WR, CLE)
After getting off to a hot start to the season, Jarvis Landry had a rough week 6. He went 2-for-11 but was targeted nine times. Landry has scored less than 12 points in the last three games probably putting him in the doghouse for fantasy owners. However, he has been one of the highest targeted receivers this season sitting at number six overall. That’s enough for me to buy low on Jarvis Landry. If someone wants to sell a receiver who has the sixth most targets in the NFL, help them out. Landry has a fantastic schedule going forward and his connection with Mayfield will improve. His efficiency will go up and we should see him start to churn out WR2 weeks with WR1 upside.
Chris Godwin (WR, TB)
Chris Godwin, who I watched while I was a student at Penn State, has been a solid number three receiver for the Bucs. Godwin has at least 12 half PPR points in 4 of 5 games this season and has a touchdown in those four games. Clearly the third of fourth concern of defenses, Godwin has taken advantage of his situation. When the other receivers lining up are Mike Evans and Desean Jackson, plus O.J. Howard at tight end it is easy to get forgotten. The Buccaneers have a favorable schedule moving forward and are a very high powered offense. Godwin can become a nice flex option and bye-week fill in for your team especially since he has already passed his bye week.
Marshawn Lynch (RB, OAK)
Marshawn Lynch is a prime buy-low candidate right now. He is coming off two poor performances and is banged up. But he is going into his bye week and word is that he should be fine after that. The first four weeks of the season he was reliable. Reliable is the right word because he had all double-digit performances but nothing more than 17 points. Lynch owners might be nervous about him because he is a Raider, and because he is slightly game script dependent. However, if you look at his schedule, game script shouldn’t be a huge issue. He plays either other bad teams or teams with terrible defenses meaning the Raiders can keep up and keep Lynch involved. He is always a touchdown threat and he gets to face the Colts, 49ers, and Cardinals in his next three out of four games. His contribution during those weeks alone down this stretch could make buying Lynch worth it.
Lamar Miller (RB, HOU)
Lamar Miller has struggled mightily this season but owners are desperate for a running back who gets touches and to win now. This week he will face Jacksonville and you probably won’t use him there. Then Miller will get Miami and Denver who will allow him his last meaningful games of the season because D’onta Foreman will slowly be worked into those games coming off an injury. Following the bye week, he has a good chance to take over the job from Lamar Miller. A third-round rookie last year, Foreman is a preferred bench stash at running back with that notion in mind. I believe Miller’s clock is ticking and you should get out before it is too late.
Marlon Mack (RB, IND)
This is a preemptive feature on Marlon Mack. He has two nice matchups coming up against Buffalo and Oakland in which he should perform highly. After sitting out three games with a hamstring injury, Mack returned in Week 6 to rush for 89 yards on 12 carries against the Jets. After those two games, he will have a bye week and then will face Jacksonville twice, Tennessee, Dallas, and Houston all during the fantasy season. Those are all strong run defenses this year. So use him these next two weeks then ship him off. In reality, you probably won’t want to use him more than three maybe four times for the rest of the season so you might as well sell him for another value.
Stefon Diggs (WR, MIN)
Diggs is not a must sell. He would be a good player to sell though for the value that you can receive in return. He holds great name value. Diggs has been a very good fantasy receiver this year scoring 13, 31, 18 and 17 points in four of six games. In the other two games, however, he has four points and six points. In those two games, he was covered by Tre’Davious White and Patrick Peterson. Based on this sample size, if he faces a top cover corner Diggs disappears. The rest of the season he will face three extremely talented cover corners in four games (Darius Slay twice). Two of those games will come in the fantasy playoffs in Weeks 15 and 16 when he will matchup with Xavien Howard of Miami and Darius Slay of Detroit. He will also face Stephon Gilmore who does a great job limiting opposing team’s’ biggest outside threat. The main thing here is that fantasy playoff schedule. I would be nervous to have to start him against those corners and rely on him too much to advance to the next round. If you can sell Diggs for someone with a better fantasy playoff schedule who will still give you similar regular season production I think it is worth looking into. And as we all have been witness to, Adam Thielen is far and away Kirk Cousins’ favorite target out of the slot.
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