What an exciting week of fantasy football it was in week 6. It was a week which featured a lot of guys stepping up – making it hard to narrow the ‘Risers’ portion to only 5 players. On the ‘Fallers’ side of the things, I try to stray away from the obvious choices, but sometimes it’s just not that easy.
Without further ado I present to you the Risers and Fallers of week 7. Enjoy!
QB, Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans
Finally, the Texans seem to have finally settled on their starting QB bringing them back to point A – Brian Hoyer started the season as the team’s starter and is now back under center. Solidifying himself as the starter boosts his fantasy stock alone. However, what if he were to actually play well? After a solid outing in week 5, Hoyer tore it up this past week for nearly 300 passing yards and 3 TDs. He finished the week as a top 5 QB, even outperforming Tom Brady.
RB, James Starks, Green Bay Packers
Starks is a guy who appeared on this spectrum of the list a few weeks ago. With Eddie Lacy battling injury, Starks took advantage this past week. The backup RB saw nearly double the touches of Lacy and totaled 117 yards combined in the ground game and passing game to go along with 2 TDs. Based on his performance against San Diego, Starks should see at least 15 touches in week 7 – he has proven to make the most of them. The 3rd highest RB this past week.
Perhaps a risky FLEX start this past week, you probably feel much more comfortable this week.
RB, Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
Is this real life? Finally, the Dolphins got some production from their proclaimed workhorse RB. Miller didn’t look like a fish out of water this past week; he scored his 1st TD of the season while eclipsing 100 yards for the first time as well. Dan Campbell and the new coaching staff seem to have gotten Miller back on track with their run-heavy offense.
From here on out, Miller looks like a solid RB2 like you planned. Hopefully you haven’t cut him yet.
WR, Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
He’s back! After missing the first 5 games of the season, the 2nd year receiver returned in a big way for Pittsburgh with 137 receiving yards and 2 TDs – he proved to be the Steelers saving grace with Big Ben and now Vick out with injuries. Bryant proved his big play ability remains with an 88 yard TD catch. With Antonio Brown struggling and an apparent rapport with new starting QB, Landry Jones, Bryant becomes a valuable WR2 with tremendous upside. Bryant was the 2nd highest WR in his first game back.
Boy was he worth the wait. Hopefully you were one of the wise ones to draft Bryant and keep him on your bench for the first few weeks of the season.
WR, Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
One of my deep sleepers of last week, Stefon Diggs didn’t disappoint. The rookie out of Maryland is emerging as Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite target in the Vikings offense. Diggs led the team with 7 catches and 129 receiving yards this past week while displaying pristine route running. He possesses outstanding playmaking skills and serves as a great fit in Norv Turner’s offensive scheme. He ties Mike Wallace for targets within the past two weeks.
With the rest of the Vikings WR corps playing at a mediocre level thus far, Diggs becomes a must-own based on his potential as a #1 WR in that offense. As of now, he serves as a great FLEX until he proves he can be consistent.
RB, Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
The former 2,000 yard rusher was one of my ‘busts’ in week 6, and it went as planned. Not only did he go for just 40 yards on 14 carries, he remains in a crowded backfield that now has Andre Ellington back. As the seasons goes on, I expected Johnson’s workload to diminish in favor of the younger Ellington and David Johnson. Plus, I don’t think he can sustain his effectiveness that he has displayed early on.
I would recommend unloading Johnson now while his value is still somewhat decent.
RB, C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
Yes, I’m aware of how bad C.J. Anderson has been so far this season. However, I was buying him in week 6 to turn it around which he clearly did not. Anderson is still without a TD this season and hasn’t even come close to sniffing 100 yards. Not only was he atrocious yet again, he was outperformed by fellow RB Ronnie Hillman who went for over 100 yards in a larger role.
I was being optimistic about Anderson throughout his early struggles, but that stops now. I’m sorry to tell you that your 1st-2nd round pick isn’t even worth a roster spot anymore.
RB, Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Maybe I’m a little late on this one, but it had to be said sooner or later – Alfred Morris is one of the many RB busts of the 2015 season. Since going off for 100+ yards in week 1, he has failed to surpass 70 yards and hasn’t averaged more than 4 yards per rush in a game while not reaching the end zone at all. Coming off an abysmal 8 rush/15 yard performance, it’s safe to label him a bust this year.
Matt Jones should see an expanded role once he gets healthier, especially if Morris continues to be ineffective.
RB, Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs
Perhaps the biggest name on the waiver wire of the past week, fantasy owners flocked to Charcandrick West once Jamaal Charles suffered an ACL injury. For those that utilized their top waiver claim on the young RB, it looks to have been a waste. In his heavily anticipated debut as the starter, he went for less than 2 fantasy points in a performance which included a fumble.
While it may be too quick to cut the cord, it looks like Knile Davis will get a little more reps this upcoming week – perhaps making him the more juicy fantasy option.
WR, Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Since Roethlisberger went down earlier in the year, it has been quite the disappointment for Antonio Brown. Once thought of as a top WR fantasy option, it has been very much of the opposite as of late. After his 11 catch performance in week 3, he has matched that total in the next 3 games for just over 100 yards and no TDs. The return of Martavis Bryant hurts his fantasy value along with his failure to establish a rapport with Mike Vick – maybe he will fair better with Landry Jones.
Still, Antonio Brown isn’t the type of guy you put on your bench no matter the circumstance. He’s a tremendous trade target with Big Ben set to return in a few weeks – you may be able to workout a great deal with a fed up fantasy owner.