NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It's hard to believe we've already reached week seven, and hopefully in your fantasy league, you've started to separate yourself from the pack. It's all about just getting into the playoffs. Anything can happen from there.
As for the present, week seven brings another challenge with bye weeks. The Cowboys have proven to have a few valuable fantasy football assets: QB Dak Prescott, WR Cole Beasley and RB Ezekiel Elliot.
There are also holes to fill with the Panthers on the bye week with QB Cam Newton and Kelvin Benjamin. Fortunately, there are some options that you may or may not have thought about.
Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston: The Florida State alum has been very hot and cold, but against this week's opponent, the 49ers, every QB has been red hot. San Francisco's defense gave up two passing touchdowns each to Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor, Arizona's Drew Stanton, and the Cowboys' Dak Prescott in their last three games. The Bucs come off a bye week, and Winston should be prepared for a big day as well. He may have been dropped in the bye week. So pick him up if you're in a pinch at QB.
Cincinnati WR Brandon LaFell: This one's more of a deep sleeper, but against the Browns this week, consider it a decent option if you're really down on your lock at wide receiver. LaFell has three touchdowns in the last two games, though he only caught two of five targets last week against the Patriots. He's been a great redzone target when A.J. Green's been blanketed. The only down side is the return of TE Tyler Eifert, but we'll see how much of an impact he can have in his first game back if he plays.
San Diego TE Hunter Henry: Like LaFell, he's been on a touchdown streak with one score in three straight games. On top of that, he's facing one of the worst teams when it comes to defending tight end, the Atlanta Falcons. The dirty birds gave up six receptions and 89 yards to Seattle's Jimmy Graham last week, as well as touchdowns to the Saints' Coby Fleener and Panthers' Greg Olsen in previous weeks. He's becoming a more popular pickup, but if you're lucky, he's still available.
Cincinnati RB's Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard: Your guess is as good as mine on who the better back will be in this game, but one or both could find the endzone and/or have a big day. I like Bernard a lot more in PPR leagues with the likelihood that he hauls in five or so receptions. Hill, who's been as frustrating as any running back to play league-wide, could finally find the endzone as well, and at the very least see more of a work load if the Bengals build a strong lead early. Cincinnati is unpredictable at running back, but if there's a week to give one a try, it's this week against Cleveland.
Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz: He'll still be a good backup option in weeks to come, but this isn't the matchup for a rookie quarterback to thrive in. The Vikings' defense has shut down too many elite quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers for it to be called a fluke. If Wentz was already your backup option, go with Winston (see above), Tennessee's Marcus Mariota against the Colts, or even Kansas City's Alex Smith against the Saints.
Houston WR Will Fuller: He's been a somewhat reliable option in a pinch as the Texans' deep threat and second receiving option to DeAndre Hopkins, but this is another matchup that trumps his upside. The Broncos have one of the best secondaries in the NFL, not to mention a pass rush that is going to make Monday a long night for Houston QB Brock Osweiler. Fuller thrives in the lesser matchups. This isn't one of them.