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We had a decent Week 6 in terms of running backs and wide receiver recommendations, but it was a big miss with New York Jets running back Bilal Powell. The Colts allowed the second most receptions to running backs heading into the week and Powell had been targeted at least six times in two of the previous three games, but only saw one pass in his direction last week. Time to move on.
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Cincinnati Bengals Joe Mixon ($14,200) – We’re still waiting for the monster performance from Mixon, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been extremely effective this season. The running back has rushed for at least 84 yards in three of the four games he has played in while also catching at least three passes in three games as well. Mixon missed two games due to a knee injury, but he hasn’t been eased back into action as he has had at least 15 targets in both games since his return. The Bengals now take on a Chiefs defense that ranks dead last in defensive DVOA according to Football Outsiders. The over/under has been set at 58 with the Bengals having an implied team total of 26.5. The Bengals are in a great spot this week and Mixon should benefit as he will be heavily involved.
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Baltimore Ravens Michael Crabtree ($10,500) – The veteran wide receiver has had the case of the “dropsies” this season which has limited his production, but Joe Flacco has not been shy looking his way. Crabtree has been targeted at least eight times in every game except Week 1 and has caught six passes in three of the last four games. The Saints defense ranks 30th against the pass in defensive DVOA so this sets up nicely for Flacco and all of the Ravens receivers. However, I’ll give the edge to Crabtree since he is the most targeted and leads the other receivers in red zone targets as well.
Los Angeles Rams Josh Reynolds ($6,900) – Here’s a surprise, the Rams offense has a chance to absolutely smash in Week 7. The Rams are averaging 32.7 points per game and face a 49ers pass defense that ranks 26th. Cooper Kupp will miss this contest due to a knee injury which means Reynolds is next man up. The Rams run the most three receiver sets in football so Reynolds will be on the field a lot. Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Todd Gurley will be the biggest beneficiaries in Kupp’s absence, but the Rams have proven there’s enough offense to go around. Reynolds is a talented receiver and now he will get the opportunity to showcase those skills. The unknown makes Reynolds a tournament option only, but that cheap price is extremely enticing and allows you to roster higher priced options.