Week 7 brings with it the challenge of replacing the pair of Vikings’ star receivers, Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, Baltimore’s dynamic quarterback, Lamar Jackson, and Colts rookie running back, Jonathan Taylor.
While this week is not nearly as daunting in terms of stars to replace, every week is important at this point in the fantasy season. Remember, you DON’T want to be the one that has to get the bad tattoo at the end of the year. With that said, let’s take a look at a few players to insert into your lineup this week.
Christian Kirk – Cardinals WR (47.7%)
Kirk only got three targets last week, but he certainly made them count. He caught two of them for 86 yards and two touchdowns, including this 80-yard bomb that put the game away in the third quarter.
I suspect he will get more targets this week in a matchup with Seattle, who have given up the most points to opposing wide receivers this year. Since a quiet week one, he has consistently put up points in every game that he has played.
Kyler Murray has to feel much more comfortable giving him those targets after Monday’s game. Consider him a great option to replace either Thielen or Jefferson in your lineup.
J.D. McKissic – Washington Football Team RB (37.2%)
Many experts seem to think that Gibson will get the edge over McKissic this week due to Dallas’ inability to stop the run. However, I still think that McKissic will be able to rack up plenty of yards even if his touches are limited, and he will be valuable in the passing game.
I wouldn’t be surprised if McKissic is a touchdown threat this week as well. The Cowboys have given up an astounding 14 passing touchdowns this season, and McKissic has the second most receptions on Washington’s team. Not to mention, I have a sneaking suspicion that Washington pulls out a win this week.
Bet on McKissic to be a reliable flex player on Sunday afternoon.
Washington D/ST (35.1%)
Here’s my longshot pick for this week’s NFL lines. According to betQL, the line for the Washington/Dallas game is even. I think Washington wins this week, and their defense will be a big reason why.
In Andy Dalton’s first game as a starter for the Cowboys, the offense had four turnovers, halting any momentum they ever had. Arizona’s defense has not been known for being all that great this year, as they had forced just three turnovers through their first five games.
Washington on the other hand, while being bad offensively, has been decent on the defensive side of the ball, especially up front. Sacks will be a big key for them next week.
Four of Dallas’ normal starters on the offensive line will not be playing in this game, and that means plenty of opportunity for Chase Young and Montez Sweat to disrupt the passing game. The Washington Football team currently has 16 sacks this season, tied for the eighth most in the NFL.
Washington has also forced a turnover in every game, except their matchup against Cleveland. You can bet that they will be trying to force Ezekiel Elliott to continue putting the ball on the ground, as he has three times in the last three games.
Washington’s pass defense has been good at generating turnovers, too. They have intercepted seven passes so far this season, tied for the fourth most in the NFL. If Andy Dalton’s two interceptions last week tell you anything, there is plenty of potential for more turnovers this weekend against Washington.
Consider Washington as a starting option if you need to replace either Baltimore’s or Indianapolis’ defense this week.