Packers RB Eddie Lacy suffered a possible season-ending ankle injury last week, leaving the Packers in scramble mode on a short week with a matchup against the Bears on Thursday. With Lacy out, and with his backup James Starks recovering from knee surgery of his own, the Packers may have to look to a committee of practice squad call-up Don Jackson, recently acquired back Knile Davis and receivers Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb. Last week when Lacy went down, it was Montgomery receiving all the fantasy love out of the backfield. At least for this week, he's the best bet for PPR players again.
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Can you trust Tyler Eifert?
Fantasy owners have been waiting a long time for Bengals TE Tyler Eifert to suit up, and it looks like he's on track to play Week 7. Should you start him? It's tough to say. While Eifert could easily make your day with a touchdown in the red zone, it seems unlikely he'll play a full slate of snaps right off the bat. The Bengals would be wise to ease him in with a bye in Week 9 looming. He likely won't ramp up to full production until next week, making him a risky TE1 play, even against the Browns.
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Who will take over in Detroit's backfield?
Detroit's backfield is one of the messiest situations in the whole league. Recently signed Justin Forsett didn't do much in his debut, with Zach Zenner handling most of the work. With Dwayne Washington likely ready to return this week from an ankle injury, and with Theo Riddick not far behind him, this could get even uglier soon. Unless you're super desperate, it might be best to avoid the situation all together and wait for Riddick to get back. He'll be back on the RB2/Flex radar in PPR leagues once he's healthy.
Can Matt Ryan keep it rolling?
After facing arguably the two toughest defenses in football in Denver and Seattle, Matt Ryan gets a gift from the fantasy gods in the form of San Diego's banged up pass defense. Ryan has been fantasy's top scorer through the first six weeks, and there's no reason to think he'll slow down anytime soon, as Green Bay and Tampa Bay are next on the schedule after this week. As of right now, Ryan is the MVP favorite and a top-5 fantasy QB every week until proven otherwise.
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Can Antonio Brown survive Big Ben's absence?
With Ben Roethlisberger sidelined after knee surgery, Antonio Brown and the rest of Pittsburgh's skill position players are going to have to try and survive without him. In the four games Roethlisberger missed last season, Brown became rather pedestrian with Landry Jones under center. In those four games, Brown totaled just 17 catches and failed to top 50 yards in three of the four games. Ben should be just fine for the fantasy playoff run, but any Steeler not named Brown or Bell should be parked on your bench until he comes back.
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Will Spencer Ware ever go away?
For a few weeks now, we've expected Chiefs RB Spencer Ware to have his role declined and to stop putting up big games. It hasn't happened. Ware is fresh off a 131 yard performance and his schedule is golden the rest of the way, with the Saints, Colts and Jags up next. Jamaal Charles should start taking on a bigger role, but there's plenty of room for two successful fantasy backs in this offense, especially given the quality of their opponents the next few weeks. Keep firing Ware up as an RB2 until the workload decreases.
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Can Rob Gronkowski save your season?
If you are like me and drafted Rob Gronkowski everywhere this year, your teams were hurting through the first few weeks. Gronk being active and relegated to blocker duties two weeks in a row likely put you in a hole, but with Tom Brady back, Gronk has been one of the best players in fantasy. With 12 catches, 271 yards and a score in the last two weeks, Gronk is back as the clear TE1 and maybe the fantasy savior for teams who spent a second round pick on him.
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What should you do with Odell Beckham Jr.?
You could make the argument that now would be the time to sell high on Beckham. Eli Manning typically struggles down the stretch of the season, and there are more passing game weapons in New York this season than there were last year. Odell's breakout big day was aided by two very long scores, which are hard to rely on, and there's a a bye week on the horizon. No one will blame you if you sit tight with one of the most talented receivers in football, but if you wanted to jump ship, now is a decent time to do it.
Are the Jets done?
At one point this season, the Jets offense looked like a fantasy juggernaut. Matt Forte was shredding up the league through the first two weeks, Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall were being well fed by Ryan Fitzpatrick, and even Quincy Enunwa emerged as a legitimate fantasy weapon. It's all been downhill from there. Decker's injury and Fitzpatrick's implosion have ushered in the Geno Smith era (again) and the fantasy stock of Forte and Marshall couldn't be lower because of it. The one beneficiary? Receiving specialist Bilal Powell, who has played more the last few weeks and should continue to see plenty of garbage time opportunites thanks to New York's leaky pass defense.
Should we be worried about Jordan Reed?
Redskins TE Jordan Reed has a long history of concussions, and Washington will be in no rush to put his career at risk by playing him too quickly. While he got in a limited practice this week, it seems highly unlikely Reed will play against Detroit this week. If I were a betting man, I'd guess that the Redskins hold Reed out through the Week 9 Bye and play it safe with their star tight end. In the meantime, fantasy owners can pick up his backup Vernon Davis and stream him right away. PPR league players should also take note of Jamison Crowder, who has had nice games with Reed sidelined and could receive more targets with DeSean Jackson banged up as well.