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Week Seven – Dream to Stream

It’s that time again, as I offer you a QB, a RB, a WR and a TE who could help your fantasy team this week. Maybe you have injuries, maybe a player is on a bye, or maybe the players on your roster are crap, whatever. This week, these four guys can come to your aid.

QUARTERBACK

Joe Flacco (owned in 22.7%) of NFL.com leagues

Flacco has appeared on this list before, and to be fair he didn’t really let us down. This week, he should adequately serve as a fill in at the quarterback position, assuming he has his deep ball game back. After averaging a measly 4.57 yards per attempt in the teams Week 5 loss to Washington, Flacco pushed that number all the way back up to 6.4 last week against the Giants. The other New York team, the Jets (Yes, I know. They play in Jersey. Bite me) are allowing the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, and have given up 13 passing scores. Their former ball hawking days are long in the past, as they have just two interceptions on the season.

RUNNING BACK

Spencer Ware (52.2%)

Jamaal Charles is back, and given that the Chiefs felt secure enough in his fitness to trade Knile Davis to the Packers on Tuesday, we have to assume that Charles is getting back to full health. However, he is not coming into a situation where the bulk of the running back work will just be handed to him. Ware has had a fine season in relief of Charles, averaging 5.3 yards per carry and nearly three receptions a game, giving him a justifiable role in any committee the Chiefs care to field at tailback. Both should enjoy themselves on Sunday, against the always benevolent New Orleans Saints. The Saints “defense”, if it can be called such a thing, has surrendered 10 rushing touchdowns to running backs on their way to allowing the most fantasy points per game to the position in 2016. They will continue to be a defense to target as the season progresses.

WIDE RECEIVER

Torrey Smith (67.9%)

Don’t get it twisted, I am not here to tell you that Smith is back to his best and ready for fantasy stardom thanks to the return of Colin Kaepernick. What I am here to tell you is that the Smith who plays with Kap is a different beast to that which played without him, averaging over 15 yards per game more in games that Kaepernick plays in. The two face a benevolent foe this week in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While Mike Smith’s unit allows quarterbacks very little room in which to run, they can be beaten by wide receivers. The Bucs have allowed the 5th most fantasy points so far to wide outs, and nine receiving scores to wide receivers in 2016. Smith should return some value this week.

TIGHT END

Hunter Henry (24%)

Why is this kid available in three quarters of NFL.com leagues? Seriously, I need someone to tell me why. He is a flat out stud. He has at least 72 yards and/or a touchdown in each of his last four games, and is fast becoming the binky at tight end that Phil Rivers has lacked since…since…well, never. He’s always had Antonio Gates. But with Father Time having Gates on the ropes in the 12th round of the fight, Henry is fast becoming the piece to own of the Chargers offense. He couldn’t have a better match up this week than the Falcons, who’ve allowed the 4th most fantasy points to tight ends in 2016. The 438 yards they’ve allowed to tight ends is the second most in the league, while only three teams have allowed more touchdown receptions than the five the Falcons have given up.

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Neil has been writing about the NFL, and fantasy football specifically, since 2013. He is the fantasy football writer for NFLGirlUK.com and has written for UK Endzone, Fantasy Pros, Gridiron Experts and RotoViz. He has appeared on the Gridiron Show and the Woot and Wye podcast, and is co-host of the Waxing Lyrical with Mainz and Dutts podcast. You can follow him on Twitter (@ndutton13), and Instagram.

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