By: Glady Louis Taylor (Twitter: @neverenoughglt)
We are going into Week 7 and it is all-important to remember to keep ahead of the bouncing ball. And now that ‘scheduled’ bye weeks have begun it is important to remember who was dropped and can now be picked up and who might be injured and forgotten. So let’s begin.
JUSTIN JACKSON, RUNNING BACK, LOS ANGELES CHARGERS, ROSTERED 45%:
The Chargers will be without running back Austin Ekeler for a while. That leaves the presumptive number one replacement, Joshua Kelley, and Jackson. Kelley has some fumbling issues, and he was out-touched by Jackson 20-12 in Week 5 and outgained by him 56 total yards. Jackson averaged 4.7 yards per carry to Kelley’s 2.6. Week 7 the Chargers will play the Jacksonville Jaguars who just allowed the Detroit Lions 180 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. The Chargers are in desperate need of a win. A win in which they will not have to depend only on the arm of rookie quarterback Justin Herbert.
HENRY RUGGS III, WIDE RECEIVER, LAS VEGAS RAIDERS, ROSTERED 47%:
Ruggs returned in Week 5 after an injury to play in the win against the Kansas City Chiefs. Ruggs was targeted three times for two receptions for 118 yards and one touchdown. He displayed the reason that he was so coveted by the Raiders, his speed was on full display. In Week 7 the Raiders will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Bucs defense is fifth against the pass but are still averaging 1.2 passing touchdowns per game to the opposing team. After the Bucs, the Raiders will play the Cleveland Browns in week 8 and the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 9.
CARLOS HYDE, RUNNING BACK, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, ROSTERED 13%:
Chris Carson is the workhorse in an offense that is only rushing 23.6 attempts per game. They are, however, averaging 33.8 points per game and first in red-zone efficiency at 88.89%. Hyde is there to vulture potential touchdowns from Carson. In week 7 the Seahawks will play the Arizona Cardinals who are allowing 21.8 fantasy points per game to running backs.
RASHAAD PENNY, RUNNING BACK, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, ROSTERED 4%:
Penny will be eligible to come back from his torn ACL and off the PUP list in Week 7. Penny is a pickup and stash option if you have the room. The Seahawks are scoring at an epic pace and while a lot of it is through the air, they are averaging 115.4 rushing yards a game. With Covid and injuries, it cannot hurt to pad your roster if you can.