The 2014 NFL season is moving right along and it's time to plan starting line-ups for Week 7 of the Fantasy Football season! Week 6 definitely offered up some surprises (Dallas beating Seattle, for example!) and while it's fun to watch your FF starting roster either take-off or go up in flames, most of us would rather have some consistency.
That's exactly what we're touching on going into Week 7: consistency. I'm going to break down the good, the bad and the ugly. The players who are reaching their projected points each week, the players who just aren't, and the players who have lost their better halves and therefore, have lost their current FF value.
So let's take a look at the players who should be on your radar to trade for or pick-up off the waiver wire, and the players you can lay to rest.
You Need Them
Not a shocker, but Peyton Manning is the only player in FF to have 20 or more fantasy points in every game he has played thus far. This Manning is on fire! Is it even possible to pick up Manning at this point? It really depends on your league. In mine, there's no way, but if the Manning-led team in your league is in dire need of some good wide-outs or running backs, there might be a potential deal there.
Another veteran who should be on your radar? Tom Brady! I don't know if this guy rose from the dead or what, but the Patriot's leader is back on top of FF points - he brought in 50 total points in his last two matches. If you picked up Brady on a trade early in the season due to his bad performances or if he's still riding your bench, it's time to put him in!
Now, if you need some real consistency in your QB role, opt for Andrew Luck. This Colts QB's points haven't dipped below 18 points in any game so far this season. Cam Newton is another who should be scooped. Just last week against Cincinatti, Newton rushed 17 times for 107 yards and scored a touchdown!
When it comes to RBs, some are just plain good while others depend on their match-up. Based on match-ups and projected points for Week 7, you should aim for these eight:
- DeMarco Murray - 20 Projected Points
- Arian Foster - 20 Projected Points
- Marshawn Lynch - 18 Projected Points
- Giovani Bernard - 18 Projected Points
- Matt Forte - 18 Projected Points
- Jamaal Charles - 17 Projected Points
- Le'Veon Bell - 16 Projected Points
- Alfred Morris - 15 Projected Points
As far as wide-outs go, Green Bay is a good place to start. Randall Cobb has scored seven TD receptions and Jordy Nelson has had 50 fantasy points in the past three weeks alone! That's a good look!
Antonio Brown with the Steelers would be another golden starter. Brown has scored double-digit fantasy points in his past 15 matches, with seven or more points in 19 of his last 22 games! What was the goal of this week again? Oh yeah, consistency!
Give Them Away
In Week 6, I touched on this development, but kiss high fantasy points with Matt Stafford good-bye for a while. Calvin Johnson has either had low playing time or has been completely sidelined due to his injury and let's face it, Stafford needs Megatron. In the past weeks that Johnson has been out, Stafford has capped at 11 points.
Drew Brees is also going to be finding himself without a target. Jimmy Graham is out for the foreseeable future and Brees was already struggling to get to 20 FF points in a week.
Do you have CJ Spiller? Red shirt him; the Bills haven't given him enough playing time for him to really get anything going. You're not going to get the FF points you need for this position from this rookie.
Another one to avoid? Well, how about we give you a "group" instead? No matter what you do, steer clear of Jacksonville's line.
When it comes to wide-outs to avoid, there are three big ones. These guys peaked far to early and it's appearing that things are only going downhill from here.
- Wes Welker - has only had 14 receptions for 126 yards since Week 3. Period.
- Keenan Allen - 13 fantasy points in Week 4; 13 points in his other four games.
- Kendall Wright - 20 fantasy points in Week 5; 20 points in the other five weeks.
Did we miss anyone that should be on these lists? Do you have a player on your fantasy team that has been consistently performing well that we missed? Is there someone we should have mentioned as a sure-fire drop? Share your FF advice with us in the comments below.
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