Injuries are aplenty throughout the NFL in the first six weeks of the regular season. Also, bye weeks are now taking place across the league, so we have multiple obstacles to overcome in Fantasy Football. Putting together lineups can be tough for some people right now, so we’ll be taking a look at flex options for the upcoming week of action in the NFL.
In most fantasy football leagues, the flex spot is an extra player that you can use in your lineups that plays running back, wide receiver, or tight end. Some leagues offer superflex spots, which allow you to play 2+ quarterbacks in your lineups.
While superflex leagues are becoming more popular, we will be taking a look at viable flex options in Fantasy Football in Week 7 within this article.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants
The offense of the New York Giants has been ravaged by injuries this season, especially at the wide receiver position. Sterling Shepard is among the players on the Giants that has missed time due to injury this season, missing Weeks 4 and 5. Despite his two-game absence, Shepard returned in Week 6 to catch 10 passes for 76 yards on 14 targets.
Shepard has now seen 9+ targets in three of the four games he’s played in this season. With Kadarius Toney, Kenny Golladay, and Darius Slayton all questionable in Week 7, Shepard could be in for another busy week in Week 7 versus the Carolina Panthers.
Chase Edmonds, RB, Cardinals
The offense of the Arizona Cardinals has been tough to slow down for opposing defenses. Kyler Murray and the aerial attack have been fantastic while Chase Edmonds and James Conner have performed well in the backfield.
Even though Conner has all five touchdowns from running backs for Arizona, Edmonds has seen the majority of the touches and he’s been the more explosive option. If there is any week that Edmonds is going to score his first touchdown of the season, it’s in Week 7 versus the hapless Houston Texans.
J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington
If you’re someone that plays in PPR Fantasy Football leagues, then J.D. McKissic is a solid flex option. Antonio Gibson was supposed to see an every-down role with the Washington Football Team this season, but McKissic has seen the majority of the passing-game work and third-down work. McKissic just caught a season-high eight passes for 65 yards while rushing for 45 yards on eight attempts in Week 6 versus the Kansas City Chiefs.
With McKissic seemingly being used as a receiver for Washington, he could have plenty of value in a game where the Football Team will need to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in Week 7.
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Dolphins
Besides Tua Tagovailoa coming back and having a productive game in Week 6, Jaylen Waddle turned in his best performance with the Miami Dolphins. While Miami would fall to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, Waddle hauled in 10 receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns.
We were expecting to see Waddle used as a vertical threat due to his big-play ability in college, but he’s being utilized more in the intermediate area of the field. Nevertheless, Waddle has another opportunity to explode in Fantasy Football as he takes on the struggling secondary of the Atlanta Falcons.
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Latavius Murray/Devonta Freeman, RB, Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens wanted to prove that they can plug in any running back into their offense and they can succeed in Week 6. All three of Latavius Murray, Le’Veon Bell, and Devonta Freeman all found the end zone on the ground this past week. None of them were on the roster in the preseason.
Murray sustained an ankle injury in Week 6, which could put his status in Week 7 in doubt. While Bell could see more touches, Freeman looks like the more explosive runner right now, so I’d expect him to see more carries than Bell.
Whether it’s Murray or Freeman starting, whichever one starts is going to be a viable flex play against the Cincinnati Bengals.