Week 7 is now nearing conclusion, and our fantasy teams are really starting to define themselves. We continue to battle injuries and inconsistent play, so we’re quite eager to make some moves. Here are five players I would consider adding to your team for Week 8.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets
Fitzpatrick has posted at least 13 points (ESPN Standard) every week this season, and added 19 on Sunday against the Patriots with his 295 yards and two touchdowns (one fumble). Fitzpatrick, only owned in around 25% of ESPN leagues, has been a consistent play all season and has a very favorable schedule going forward. In the next four weeks, the Jets will play at Oakland (16.2 points per game to opposing receivers), vs. Jacksonville (18.2), vs. Buffalo (18), and at Houston (18.7). Fitzpatrick is worth in add in all leagues as a serviceable backup and possibly even starter with that soft schedule coming up.
RB Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys
Run DMC, a former sure-thing fantasy player, is finally entering fantasy relevance once again. Cowboys starting running back Joseph Randle left the Week 7 game against the Giants due to a back injury, and McFadden was the benefactor of his carries. The former fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft, McFadden put together one of the greatest games of his career. He ran for 152 yards on 29 carries and a touchdown along with two receptions for 10 yards. Christine Michael, the former backup running back for the Seahawks, ran for only 18 yards on five carries for the Cowboys in Week 7. If Randle is forced to miss time with his injury, McFadden should certainly receive the bulk of the carries. This Dallas offense is struggling without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, so they will primarily rely on their running game moving forward. McFadden’s fantasy value should sky-rocket.
RB Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants
Every week, it’s a new Giants running back that has a big game. We’ve seen Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, and Andre Williams all put together big games this season. This week, it was Darkwa, the second-year running back out of Tulane, who led the Giants running attack. While the Giants have their vast personnel of running backs, their balanced attack has struggled so far this season. Darkwa may begin to enter the picture for the Giants now after rushing for 48 yards and a touchdown in the Giants Week 7 victory against the Cowboys. He’s worth an add, although it’s uncertain who will lead the Giants in rushing yards each and every week.
WR Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
We all know that Tom Brady loves to throw the football. He threw it 54 times in Week 7, and the Patriots only rushed the ball nine times (Brady ran four of those times). Amendola was the recipient of nine targets in the Week 7 victory against the Jets, catching eight passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. The catches he made were not easy catches either. After signing a 5-year, $28.5 million dollar contract prior to the 2013 season, Amendola has really under-performed these last two seasons, partially due to injury. He is finally making the impact the Patriots expected him to make this season, and his value should only rise moving forward. Brandon LaFell returned from injury this week, but he looked extremely shaky. Expect Amendola to receive big-time targets throughout the coming weeks.
WR Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills
With #1 receiver Sammy Watkins sidelined for an indefinite period of time due to injury, Woods figures to receive the bulk of the targets until Watkins returns. The third-year receiver out of USC has had a very nice season thus far for Buffalo, and only continues to improve. He had previously received five targets twice and six targets once this season, but in a Week 7 loss in London to Jacksonville, Woods was the recipient of 13 targets, accumulating 9 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. With Watkins’s health status in question, I expect Woods to put up pretty solid numbers over the coming weeks.