PPR Options: Week Seven
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QB List’s PPR Flex Options is a weekly assembly of some of the better free agents and bubble starters in PPR leagues. The focus is to find someone left on the waiver wire or on benches that could fill into a flex position week-to-week. These are Week Seven’s recommendations.
Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions [ESPN Own: 79% – Start: 33%]: Kerryon Johnson has seen an inconsistent workload, but coming off of a BYE and a Week Five performance where he was involved in 47% of the team’s offensive snaps, Johnson is poised to break out. Johnson has seen 15 targets so far this season and that number should only increase as Johnson offers Detroit versatility when he is on the field. Miami has allowed 90 rushing yards or more in all but one game this season.
Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins [ESPN Own: 89% – Start: 50%]: Between facing a weak run defense against Detroit this week and on the heels of back-to-back games with a combined 17 targets, Kenyan Drake has a streak going that is worth rolling the dice on in Week Seven.
Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles [ESPN Own: 74% – Start: 45%]: Corey Clement‘s share of the passing game has been muddled by his low-status in Week One, a BYE week, and an injury scratched game. In the three weeks he saw 35% or more snaps, he is averaging 4.3 carries per game and has double-digit fantasy points in all three games. Clement should get double-digit touches in Week Seven against Carolina and be a serviceable back.
Chris Godwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers [ESPN Own: 46% – Start: 18%]: Chris Godwin is listed as the co-starter with DeSean Jackson and both have 31 targets on the season – both were targeted nine times in Jameis Winston‘s first start this season. Godwin has a touchdown in nearly every game this season and has been frequently utilized near the red zone by both Winson and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Cleveland presents a tough matchup, but the absence of Brown’s cornerback EJ Gaines make Godwin a sneaky play.
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants [ESPN Own: 76% – Start: 35%]: Despite Evan Engram‘s likely return in Week Seven and Saquon Barkley‘s heavy use in the passing game, there should enough targets to Sterling Shepard to keep him a viable play against a porous Atlanta defense. Shepard is averaging 7.2 targets per game and in the weeks when Engram was healthy he maintained a consistent target share (receiving at least seven targets in five of six games this season).
Willie Snead, WR, Baltimore Ravens [ESPN Own: 24% – Start: 13%]: Willie Snead and John Brown have seen a consistent share of the team’s targets, with 43 and 47 respectively. Snead has seen no fewer than five targets in any game and is averaging 7.2 per game. New Orleans has a league-worst pass defense and increases the likelihood that Snead performs. Snead has only one game this season where he did not score double-digit fantasy points – despite only having one touchdown on the year.
Chester Rogers, WR, Indianapolis Colts [ESPN Own: 15% – Start: 5%]: T.Y. Hilton is finally back and ready to take back 10+ targets per game, but with Ryan Grant out in Week Seven, Chester Rogers should still be in line for 10+ himself. Rogers has had a whopping 32 targets the past three games and has found fantasy gold in all three matchups.
Antonio Callaway, WR, Cleveland Browns [ESPN Own: 15% – Start: 3%]: While Antonio Callaway is the clear back up to Jarvis Landry, Callaway has seen 39 targets this year, punctuated by a team-leading 10 targets in Week Six. Tampa Bay has the league’s worst pass defense and although Callaway has been unable to capitalize on his target share yet this season, Week Seven could be his breakout week. Grab him while you can.
C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals [ESPN Own: 31% – Start: 22%]: At a weak position, C.J. Uzomah has a solid matchup against Kansas City in Week Seven. Uzomah began the year as Cincinnati’s third tight end, but due to injuries to Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft finds himself atop the depth chart and coming off of a Week Six performance where he saw seven targets (a season high). A viable workload should exist this week as Kansas City has been awful at defending against the pass and Uzomah should make for a consistent outlet for Andy Dalton.