Remember when you were a little kid on Christmas morning?
You would wake up (along with everyone else in your house), rush downstairs, impatiently await for the start of the present opening, and then, it happens. You rip through the first present, only to find a white rectangular box. Confused, you destroy the box, open it, and what do you find? Socks. Clothes. Yuck.
That, my friends, is what Week 7 of the NFL season reminded me of.
It was ugly. Injuries at every corner and disappointing stat lines, fantasy owners were furious. A lot has happened, and opportunities are beginning to present themselves for other players in the league. Let’s hit the waiver wire.
Note: Ownership percentages are based off Yahoo! leagues
Roy Helu Jr., Washington Redskins (20%): I wrote an article on Saturday night, highlighting how close the snap count between Helu and Alfred Morris had been. Prior to Sunday’s game, Helu had only played seven less snaps than Morris, and has obviously been dominating the snaps on passing downs. And, of course, on Sunday, Helu continued to cut into Morris’ workload, seeing 11 carries, three of which took place inside the 20-yard line. And wouldn’t you know it? All three of those attempts went for touchdowns. That’s right, folks. Three touchdowns from Roy Helu this week. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t score three rushing touchdowns the rest of the season, but Helu is worth a look, especially if you own Morris. The Redskins defense is still bad, and should continue to allow a ton of points. That will force Robert Griffin III to throw the ball a lot, which means Helu will be in late in games. Over his last three contests, Helu is averaging 13 touches per game, catching seven balls. He is a significant part of this offense. I own Morris in my main league, so excuse me while I go grab Helu.
Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons (48%): With Julio Jones done for the year and Roddy White battling a nagging ankle injury, we knew Douglas would see an uptick in volume. However, I was hesitant to start him, at least this week, against Darrelle Revis and that stingy Tampa Bay defense. But boy, Douglas showed up in this one. He caught all seven targets for 149 yards and a score, including two big plays; a 54-yard bomb and a 37-yard touchdown. Douglas has always had skills, and has made plays when Atlanta has needed him to do so. The Atlanta defense is very weak, so quarterback Matt Ryan, who is already averaging about 40 passing attempts per game, should have to throw the ball quite a bit, which means even more volume and targets for Douglas. His job will likely get even easier once Roddy returns to action.
Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers (28%): Boykin was a popular name due to the injuries to both Randall Cobb and James Jones. Back in October of last season, quarterback Aaron Rodgers stated that Boykin would be “a big-time player for us at some point.” Well, it appears that time could very well be now. Boykin was targeted 10 times on Sunday, catching eight balls for 103 yards and a score. The 23-year old wideout should continue to see a significant amount of looks in this offense, and considering a guy like Rodgers is throwing him the ball, that certainly doesn’t hurt. Add him this week, but don’t be afraid to immediately plug him into your lineup. Green Bay faces the Vikings secondary that is currently allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per contest to opposing receivers this year.
Chris Ivory, New York Jets (27%): The majority of fantasy fans had Ivory pegged as a breakout candidate for this season. He was expected to finally be the starting running back, but preseason injuries and the presence of Bilal Powell hindered his usage. However, Ivory sure looked like a number one back on Sunday, carrying the ball 34 times for 104 yards. It’s an interesting situation, as Bowell as clearly the starting running back, but must have aggravated his shoulder injury during the game. Head coach Rex Ryan loves Powell, recently stating that he is the most underrated player in football. With that being said, I highly doubt Rex just flat-out pulled Powell, so an injury seems to be the logical reason. Still, Ivory came in and ran some power, that same power we have seen from him during his time in New Orleans. He is back on the fantasy radars, and considering the Jets like to run the ball so much this season (5th in attempts), Ivory should get work. Pair him with Powell, if you can.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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