By Mark Ackerman, CBS4 Fantasy Football Pro
DENVER (CBS4) – Week 7 features a pair of 4-2 division leaders as the Broncos host the Texans this Monday night. Shaky quarterback play stacked against stalwart defenses should result in another low scoring affair.
Who should I start on Monday Night Football?
Brock Osweiler (QB-HOU) returns to Denver for a Week 7 Monday night showdown.
Peyton Manning’s former understudy will really want to prove the Broncos made a mistake by letting him go to Houston. But, the stingy Broncos pass defense, and a lack of chemistry with top receiver DeAndre Hopkins (WR-HOU), should make for a long week. I’m not expecting either Osweiler or Hopkins to be a viable fantasy start. I would dial up Lamar Miller (RB-HOU) who shredded the Colts last week for 178 total yards and 2TD’s.
C.J. Anderson (RB-DEN) is also a strong play for the Broncos this week, but could lose some more carries to Devontae Booker (RB-DEN) who was a bright spot in the Week 6 loss to the Falcons. Again, expecting a low-scoring game (Vegas has the over/under at 41.5), Bronco receivers Emmanuel Sanders (WR-DEN) and Demaryius Thomas (WR-DEN) are TD dependent plays.
Kickers Brandon McManus (K-DEN) and Nick Novak (K-HOU) are solid picks. Both defenses are also good plays.
What does Big Ben’s knee injury mean for the rest of the league?
The Steelers offense was a juggernaut, then inexplicably was shut down by the lowly Dolphins. If that wasn’t bad enough, Big Ben went under the knife for a knee surgery. Last year when Ben went down, Landry Jones (QB-PIT) was ineffective and the rest of the Steelers suffered. Antonio Brown (WR-PIT) seemed human and his production dropped off dramatically.
LeVeon Bell (RB-PIT) will see less of a dip. Popular waiver wire add, Sammie Coates (WR-PIT), would be hard to justify keeping on your roster. The New England Defense is suddenly worth a play against the Steelers in Week 7. The good news: Roethlisberger usually heals quickly and comes back soon (some say, too soon, and typically suffers in his first game back).
Which QBs are worth a waiver wire add in Week 7?
With the Roethlisberger injury and Cam Newton’s bye week, a lot of owners will be in the market for a quarterback. Marcus Mariota (QB-TEN) vs. Colts and Andy Dalton (QB-CIN) vs. Browns are my top choices if they are available
Blake Bortles (QB-JAC) and Jameis Winston (QB-TAM) are due for breakout games in favorable matchups.
Alex Smith (QB-KC) also has a string of good matchups ahead, but may not get as many opportunities as the Chiefs are heavily reliant on the ground game.
Who else is worth an add on the Week 7 Waiver Wire?
Speaking of the Chiefs running game, Spencer Ware (RB-KC), who was likely dropped in some leagues due to the return of Jamal Charles (RB-KC), was a star in Week 6. Even with Charles back, Ware got 24 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown. If he’s available, scoop him up, there are enough carries to go around.
In a very similar scenario, Jay Ajayi (RB-MIA) came out of nowhere to run for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns. A lot of owners wrote Ajayi off, with the return of Arian Foster (RB-MIA) but Ajayi has earned more carries moving forward.
James White (RB-NE) is also a strong start in Week 7. He’s Tom Brady’s favorite target out of the backfield and had eight catches and two touchdowns.
If you are in the market for a wide receiver, Cameron Meredith (WR-CHI) continues to impress, 115 yards on 15 targets, as does Kenny Britt (WR-LA) 136 yards and two touchdowns.
Mark Ackerman’s credentials: CBS4 Producer. AFC North Expert. Childhood ruined by Drive & Fumble. Drafted Antonio Brown in the first round before it was fashionable.