Deep Fantasy Football Stashes for Week 7

Under the radar pickups for Week 7!

By: Malcolm McMillan

The Byepocalypse is upon us and fantasy football managers are currently scrambling to roster anyone with a pulse. Luckily, there are still some names out there that even in the deepest of leagues, are still widely available. None of these players are lock-it-in studs. They do not even necessarily have the most promising long-term futures. However, each one does have at least one major reason for consideration to be included on the rosters of fantasy football managers.

DeeJay Dallas: RB, Seattle Seahawks

DeeJay Dallas has had a fairly quiet season so far. However, the past two weeks have seen a noticeable uptick in work since Chris Carson has been absent with a neck injury. Carson is still guaranteed to be out for two more weeks due to his stint on the injured reserve list, and that means there is a definite window for Dallas to shine. Fantasy football experts have expected him to solidify a role as Seattle’s third-down back, and with Carson out and running back Alex Collins banged up, there is no time like the present. Especially, since Dallas is under contract until the end of the 2023 season. If he is performing well, Seattle will use him, which is exactly what they have done. Plus, in point-per-reception (PPR) fantasy football leagues, Dallas’s noticeable increase in the receiving game is incredibly promising. There may not be another running back with this much potential still available to fantasy football managers. Full stop.

Dante Pettis: WR, New York Giants

There is a saying in fantasy football, “The best ability is availability.” Well, given that most of the New York Giants wide receivers are injured, Dante Pettis’s availability could be a serious ability. Last week against the Los Angeles Rams, Pettis capitalized on that ability—plus the absences of wide receivers Kadarius Toney and Darius Slayton—and saw 11 targets. Did those targets only turn into five receptions and just shy of 10 fantasy football points in PPR leagues? Yes, but that is still 11 targets, which cannot be overlooked. Especially since the injury situation for the Giants wide receivers may not be improving.

Pettis is a former second-round NFL draft pick and already the team has leaned on him when players have gone down. Fantasy football managers in desperate need of a wide receiver could do worse. There are not many widely available wide receivers who have seen 11 targets in a game this season.

Chris Moore: WR, Houston Texans

Look, the article is deep fantasy football stashes, right? Is it likely that Moore, at age 28, is suddenly breaking out into an NFL deep threat? Probably not, but there is something there. Moore was largely an afterthought on the Baltimore Ravens for the first five seasons of his career. Since arriving in Houston though, he has developed a surprising connection with Texans quarterback Davis Mills. Over the past two weeks, Moore has seen an average of five targets and 64% of the offensive snaps, which have turned into a total of 27.3 fantasy football points in PPR leagues. In Week 5 in particular, Moore scored 21.9 PPR fantasy points with 21.8 yards per reception on his five targets. While that number is astronomically high and probably not sustainable, it is not wholly unexplainable. Moore did produce fairly elite yards per reception at the University of Cincinnati and has good athletic measurables that support the ability to catch the ball deep.

Is he still 28? Yes. Is he tied to the skills of Mills, who might not be good as a quarterback? Also yes, unless Tyrod Taylor resumes his duties as the starting quarterback for the Texans. Taylor has no connection with Moore, so that does not necessarily help Moore’s case as a stash either. However, if you need a deep fantasy football stash, there are some reasons to consider Moore, at least for the 2021 season.

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