Tuesday, 14 October 2014 00:00

Week 7 pickups

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Top Additions

1.    Odell Beckham Jr. and Reuben Randle WR/New York Giants (7.8% Owned, 53.6% Owned)

It's never a good sign when someone goes down with a non-contact injury. Reports surfaced almost instantly after Cruz was carted off that he would be lost for the season with a torn patella tendon in his right knee. With Cruz headed to injured reserve, the Giants will lean on third-year wide receiver Reuben Randle and promising rookie Odell Beckham to pick up the slack.

Randle is a player that has been on the cusp of fantasy relevance for a couple seasons now. With Hakeem Nicks leaving in free agency, the time is now for Randle to establish himself as a consistent fantasy option. Through six weeks, Randle currently is tied for 16th in targets (47) and despite a 59% catch percentage, Randle is consistently one of the primary targets in the Giants' passing game. Randle hasn't proved much of a vertical threat so far, only being targeted seven times (1 catch) on passes 20+ yards down the field. Randle will most likely become the “possession” receiver for the Giants, giving him some extra value in PPR style leagues.

No receiver’s role will increase more for the Giants than rookie Odell Beckham Jr, who will now be asked to take a full workload with Cruz sidelined for the season. Beckham will add a legitimate deep threat to the Giants offense (4.4 speed), and should be a consistent fantasy option in terms of targets for the rest of the season.

Recommendation: Add Both Immediately

Value: Low WR2/Flex play

2.    Jerrick McKinnon RB/Minnesota Vikings (5.1% Owned)

The free McKinnon campaign finally paid off as the rookie was granted his first start of his career. McKinnon was the only bright spot for the Vikings offense, totaling over 80 total yards of offense against the No. 1 defense in football in Detroit. McKinnon is going to be the starting running back for the Vikings for the duration of the season and should provide the running game with some much-needed big-play ability.

As long as McKinnon is able to stay healthy, he'll be worth a look as a weekly flex option and could even work his way to high RB2 value with his pass catching ability. The Vikings' running backs are going to have another tough matchup with the Bills in week 6, but there's hope for optimism as the Vikings matchup with Tampa Bay, Washington, Chicago, and Green Bay in the coming weeks.

Recommendation: Add Immediately

Value: Flex w/High RB2 Potential

3.    Jordan Reed TE/Washington Redskins (50.5% Owned)

Reed showed why he has so many people in Washington frustrated by his inability to stay on the field for an extended period of time in the team's latest matchup against Arizona. After missing the last five weeks of the season due to a slight tear of the hamstring, Reed made his presence felt early and often upon his return.

Reed caught 8 of his team-high 11 targets for 92 and proved to be a matchup nightmare for linebackers. It was clear the Redskins wanted to ease him back into the fold, playing just over 50 percent of the snaps (35/65), but after making it through the week unscathed, that total will surely rise in Week 7 against a Titans defense ranked in the bottom 10 in terms of average points allowed to opposing tight ends.

Reed's usage within the Redskins offense has never been the question, but his inability to stay healthy has been. After suffering at least three concussions during his NFL career, Reed is one shot to the head away from missing the entire season, so be sure to proceed with caution. However, there's no doubt that when on the field Reed is a legitimate TE1 and needs to be in lineups as long as he can stay healthy.

Recommendation: Add Immediately

Value: Low TE1

4.    Carson Palmer QB/Arizona Cardinals (6.4% Owned)

After missing the last few weeks with a nerve issue in his shoulder, Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was able to return to the starting lineup against the Redskins. While his numbers won’t jump off the page (25/44, 250 yards, 2 touchdowns) he gave the Cardinals' offense some much-needed consistency out of the quarterback position.

Palmer was clearly not 100% this week, as shown by the limited shots he took down the field, but he was able to move the chains consistently without suffering a setback. The happiest people to have Palmer back have to be receivers Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald, as they both caught touchdown passes.

Going into week 7, Palmer has a juicy matchup with the horrendous secondary of the Raiders. As long as Palmer is able to stay healthy, he should be able to put up numbers that put him on the cusp of QB1 value.

Recommendation: Add Immediately

Value: Low QB1

5.    Mohamed Sanu WR/Cincinnati Bengals (38.2% Owned)

If you're a fantasy owner that had the fortune of adding Sanu before Sunday’s game, you have to like the potential for him the future. With superstar receiver A.J. Green sidelined for this weekend's matchup, Sanu made the most of his opportunities to a gaudy 11/120/1 line against the Panthers.

Without the services of both A.J. Green and Marvin Jones due to injuries, Sanu was clearly the no. 1 option in the passing game, getting targeted a team-high 15 times. Sanu does suffer from a case of the drops on occasion, a trend that has continued this year (5 total), but if the Bengals are going to be without their top two receiver options, Sanu is well worth a flex play with the potential to reach WR2 value yet again. 

Recommendation: Add Immediately

Value: WR3 w/Potential

Players to Monitor

1.    Antone Smith RB/Atlanta Falcons (5.1% Owned)

Now that my “Free McKinnon” campaign is finished, I am taking my campaign skills to Falcons running back Antone Smith. All the guy does is score touchdowns, folks. Smith has scored double-digits fantasy points in four of six games this year, the time is now for the Falcons to give this man a bigger role within the offense. I am still not willing to put Smith in my top additions section due to the lack of snaps he sees on a weekly basis, but with Steven Jackson on his last leg look for Smith to get more involved as the year goes on.

2.     Storm Johnson RB/Jacksonville Jaguars (1.1% Owned)

Blake Bortles college teammate drew his first start this past weekend and was supposed to break out in a big way against a suspect Titans' run defense. However, Johnson struggled to get free most of the afternoon, and was only able to muster 21 yards on 10 carries. He salvaged some fantasy value with a rushing touchdown, but was largely ineffective due to the Jaguars dreadful offensive line. If Johnson is going to continue to carry the load for the Jaguars' rushing attack, he should able to produce better numbers than he did this weekend. Just keep this guy on your radar.

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