We are back with Week 7 undervalued fantasy players! I took a short hiatus from my weekly articles to focus on my recent half-marathon. Missed me, didn’t you? Well, don’t worry, I’m here to reveal my picks. To help you apply my advice more concretely, I’m including some players I would choose to bench instead of my guys. Let’s do this.
Brian Hoyer, QB Bears
Despite a dip in fantasy production last week due to throwing no touchdowns for the first time since snagging his starting spot, Hoyer is currently the #6 fantasy QB over the past four weeks according to ProFootballFocus.com. He’s thrown for over 300 yards in every game and at least 2 TDs in 3/4 of his starts. Currently ranked by FantasyPros.com as #18 QB, Hoyer tops my undervalued picks this week.
The Bears face a Green Bay defense that gives up an average of 287 yards and 2 TDs per game through the air and has been decimated by injuries. Hoyer has yet to throw an interception and keyed in on new target Cameron Meredith and veteran Alshon Jeffrey successfully in Cutler’s stead. Look for Hoyer to hit pay dirt this week and outplay his current ranking.
Players I would play him over: Carson Palmer, Joe Flacco, Alex Smith, Tyrod Taylor, Eli Manning
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB Bucs
If you haven’t heard, Doug Martin is OUT for week 7 due to a tweak to his existing hamstring injury. With Charles Sims on the IR, that leaves Rodgers as the bell cow back once again for Tampa Bay. In week 5, the Bucs fed Rodgers THIRTY carries on which he gained 101 yards as well as 6 targets (caught 5 for 28 yards). He showed signs of slowing towards the end of the game, as Carolina tried to stop his momentum. Even given that, Tampa Bay’s commitment to the run and his performance were enough to convince me to look his way again in week 7.
Hopefully, Rodgers used the bye week to prep for another opportunity behind the banged-up backfield, as the Bucs draw a San Francisco defense that just gave up 200 rushing yards and FOUR touchdowns to the Bills running backs last week. Currently ranked by FantasyPros as #26 RB, Jacquizz is going eat this week. There’s even a chance that he gets more opportunities if Martin continues to struggle with injuries throughout the season. Snag him with confidence(he’s 37% owned in Yahoo leagues and 31% owned in ESPN leagues) to help you fill in your week 7 RB gaps.
Players I would play him over: Jordan Howard, Jamaal Charles, Tevin Coleman, CJ Anderson, LeGarrette Blount
Michael Thomas, WR Saints
Thomas has quietly moved up the ranks in the pass-heavy offense that is the New Orleans Saints. Brees targeted him 25 times over the past 3 weeks and he’s scored a TD every week since week 3. He’s the #26 fantasy WR overall according to ProFootballFocus.com, receives 16% of the overall target share (#2 behind Cooks), and gets the most red zone looks (21%). This week, the Saints face Kansas City who give up the 12th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Now, one concern is that KC does well at home and they’ve won both times they’ve played in Arrowhead this season. The defense held both SD and Jets receivers to no TDs in those games. I’m confident that Thomas will get his chances from a QB that throws the ball 45 times per game on average. It might not be as easy as it would be at home in the dome, but he’s definitely undervalued. Currently ranked at #37 WR, Thomas should best that in week 7.
Players I would play him over: Willie Snead, Travis Benjamin, Golden Tate, Jordan Matthews, Allen Hurns
Isaiah Crowell, RB Browns
How quick we are to jump off the wagon after Crowell has two down weeks! After week 4, Crowell stood as the #4 fantasy RB. He struggled mightily against both New England and Tennesse in weeks 5 and 6 and now owners and analysts alike run scared from the once “hot” RB. Not this girl in week 7. Tennesee run defense gave up the 8th fewest fantasy points to RBs, while New England gave up the 6th fewest. NE defense also hasn’t allowed a rushing TD since week 3 and Tennesse only allowed 3 TDs total this season so far. Let’s give Crowell in week 7 a closer look.
Crowell rushed for 100+ yards in two games this season and averaged over 6 YPC in his first 4 games. The past two admittedly haven’t been as pretty (1.8 YPC). This week, Crowell draws Cincinnati who just gave up 136 all-purpose yards and THREE touchdowns to New England running backs last week. In week 5, Ezekiel Elliott bulldozed them to the tune of 171 yards and two touchdowns. Currently ranked as #24 RB this week by FantasyPros.com, Crowell possesses some valuable upside as they take on their divisional rival.
Players I would play him over: Jeremy Hill, Jerrick McKinnon, Frank Gore, Matt Forte
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE Texans
OK, so did some of you say to yourself, “Who?”. Sure, that’s fine. This guy is so deeply undervalued that he’s really more of a sleeper in week 7. Fiedorowicz (can we give this guy a nickname?!) snuck up on all of us over the past three weeks, getting 20 targets and catching 14 of them for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
The Texans face Denver this week. Again, I know what you’re thinking. “Come on, Jen. That match-up?!”. Hear me out. Denver’s talented defense will focus on stopping Hopkins and Fuller, leaving C.J. to snag some looks. Hunter Henry caught 6 for 83 yards and a TD against Denver last week and they give up an average of 58 yards per game to tight ends. That might not sound like much, but Fiedorowicz is currently ranked as the #21 fantasy TE and he could best that easily. In the midst of byes, injuries, and inconsistency at the position, C.J.’s not a bad streaming option and falls into my undervalued this week.
Players I would play him over: Antonio Gates, Charles Clay, Jack Doyle, Zack Ertz
Ty Montgomery, WR Packers
Eddie Lacy and James Starks are out with injuries and though the Packers snagged Knile Davis, he is new to the offense. That leaves Ty Montgomery and Don Jackson (promoted from practice squad). Reports out of GB today stated that he “will get the majority of the running back reps” Thursday night against the Bears. Knile Davis is a good stash for rest of season and showed he is a capable starting RB (should Lacy’s injuries continue to nag…as they tend to do), but this week, Ty is the guy. Adding some fuel to his fire would be his likely involvement as a WR3 if Devante Adams is sidelined with a concussion. A dual threat!
In week 6, Montgomery caught 8 receptions for 98 yards (good for 9.8 AVG) and rushed three times for six yards. The Packers face the Bears tonight on Thursday Night Football. Though they have played better as of late, the defense has proved beatable on the ground and through the air. They’ve given up 100+ yards and at least one touchdown to running backs in 4/6 of their games this season and give up the 14 most fantasy points to opposing WRs. Currently ranked as the #42 fantasy WR, Montgomery is a sneaky play this week due to his usage (and designation as a WR instead of RB) and definitely fits the bill as an undervalued fantasy pick.
Players I would play him over: Quincy Enunwa, Stephon Diggs, Allen Hurns, John Brown, Travis Benjamin
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