Another week down for the NFL season and the pickings for the waiver wire are beginning to get shallow. As we approach the middle of the fantasy season, the sad thing called bye weeks are starting to trickle in and force our star players to take the week off. With limited options, 305 has gathered a couple of players to look into to help give you an edge in week 7 this week.
Baker Mayfield (ESPN: 42.7% Owned)
Normally when I give my opinion on a player or scenario, I typically rely on stats to back up my case. This is one of those rare cases where they aren’t needed. Sure the numbers look iffy so far, but Baker Mayfield is still going to be a great quarterback in this league for years to come. While everyone is dropping him after his mediocre performance, I have no problem starting him against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This Buccaneers defense just fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith and for good reason. The defense has allowed the most passing yards and fantasy points to the QB position this season. I’m expecting a bounce back, get right game, for Baker this week.
Ito Smith (ESPN: 13.7% Owned)
This guy is arguably my favorite pickup of the week. First off I’ve liked his tape during the recruiting process. In 3 years at Southern Mississippi, he averaged 1,334 rushing yards, 456 receiving yards, and 15 touchdowns a season. Devonta Freeman has officially been placed on the Injured Reserve with groin surgery. This immediately puts Ito Smith into the dual back committee with Tevin Coleman. Although people are skeptical of this backfield, they’ve historically produced 2 fantasy running backs over the years. We can’t ignore that Smith is quietly balling as of late. Smith quietly has a rushing TD in each of the last 3 games. For the remainder of the season, the only tough run defense the Falcons play is all the way in week 13 against the Baltimore Ravens. Smith has legitimate RB2 upside.
Michael Crabtree: (ESPN: 80.1%)
This is a guy I like for the rest of the season. Did you know that Crabtree is currently 10th in the league in targets? crazy right? It seems as if Joe Flacco is finally starting to make Crabtree a focal point of this offense. He’s finally starting to make the most of his targets after embarrassing Malcolm Butler for a solid stat line of 6/93/1. The thing I like the most about Crabtree is high schedule for the rest of the season. Over his final 10 weeks of the fantasy football season, Crabtree has 7 matchups where the team are in the top-10 for points allowed to the WR position. Factor in his touchdown upside and he is a quality flex play the remainder of the season.
Christian Kirk (ESPN: 13.9%)
The 21-year-old rookie from Texas A&M has without a doubt been the biggest beneficiary with rookie Josh Rosen taking over as the starting QB for this Arizona Cardinals team. The duo reportedly built on chemistry after being drafted together this offense by becoming roommates and dissecting the playbook together. In the 2 weeks Rosen has taken over as the starter, Kirk has put up 2 solid stat lines of 4/85/1, and 7/77. This week they host the Denver Broncos on Thursday night football. With premier slot corner Chris Harris Jr. expected to shadow HOF Larry Fitzgerald, I’m envisioning another good performance from Kirk. I’m actually going to predict a 7/95/1 game.