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Guest Writer: Fantasy Football Week 7

How ’bout those Chiefs?  This past week in the NFL was full of upsets and surprises, and I’ve got the scoop on who to add to cement your fantasy teams.

Quarterbacks
Alex Smith (Kansas City) — After a tidy 19/22 and 224 yards passing, Smith is looking more reliable from a fantasy standpoint. He hardly ever makes mistakes, but this does take away from his big play ability. However, with this week’s matchup against the Saints, I expect the Chiefs to score early and often. Pick up Alex Smith, streaming quarterback of the week.
Landry Jones (Pittsburgh) — Fantasy owners took a big hit when Big Ben went down this weekend. Though he was able to tough out his injury, Ben Roethlisberger will be receiving surgery on his torn meniscus. This will leave him sidelined for a few weeks, meaning our man Landry Jones will have lethal options such as Antonio Brown, Sammie Coates, and Le’Veon Bell to throw to. Jones is a nice pickup for owners of Big Ben, or if your quarterback is on a bye this week.

Running Backs
Jay Ajayi (Miami) — Have yourself a day, young fella!  Ajayi absolutely torched a strong Pittsburgh defense last week, leading to a staggering 204 yard, 2 TD performance. It appears that Jay might have just leapfrogged Arian Foster in the Dolphin RB pecking order. Ajayi will be on everyone’s roster next week, and for good reason.  If he’s still available, make him your number 1 priority.
Mike Gillislee (Buffalo) — This bruising running back won’t put up huge numbers so long as LeSean McCoy is healthy, but Gillislee has consistently vultured TDs from McCoy this year. He won’t get many snaps, but when Gillislee gets the ball, he’s likely to score.  For now, he’s not much more than a handcuff, but if you’re in a deep league, you can’t do much better than the 2% owned Gillislee.

Wide Receivers
Kenny Britt (Los Angeles) — Me?  Recommending a Rams offensive player? Never thought I’d see the day. Britt has put up consistent numbers this whole season (scoring fewer than 6 points only once) and had an impressive day at the office against the Lions on Sunday (25.6 points).  Britt is the #1 WR in the LA system, so look for him to continue his solid season this week against the Giants.
Cameron Meredith (Chicago) — Believe it or not, Mr. Brian Hoyer is spreading the rock around nicely in the Windy City this year. Who has been the biggest beneficiary of this? Why, none other than Cam Meredith! Cam has put up back to back 100+ yard weeks, sprinkling in a touchdown to sweeten the point total. Meredith is only owned in 32% of leagues, so you need to pick him up now. Just like Jay Ajayi, Meredith will be a hot commodity on the waiver wire this week. Get him while you can.

Tight Ends
C.J. Fiedorowicz (Houston) — Remember when I said you needed to pick up Fiedorowicz? I guess nobody was listening, as his ownership stands at a paltry 1.1 percent. And guess what he did on Monday Night Football? He scored another touchdown! While he has a tough matchup against Denver this week, I still strongly suggest you give my man C.J. a long look on the waiver wire.

Defense/Special Teams of the Week
Tampa Bay Buccaneers — The Bucs have three things going for them this week.  First and foremost, they’re playing the Colin Kaepernick-led San Francisco 49ers. Second, they will be well rested coming off a bye. A third point, you ask? The Bucs held the Panthers to 14 points and forced 2 INTs and 2 fumbles in their most recent game. Bonus point- the Bucs are only owned in 4.9 percent of leagues, meaning they are almost definitely available. For these reasons and more, the Bucs are my stream of the week.

Kickers
Mike Nugent (Cincinatti) — Well, he’s facing the Browns this week and we all know what that means.
Josh Lambo (San Diego) — Lambo is the 5th best kicker so far this year, yet he’s only owned in 22% of leagues. He’s been consistently good this entire year, so for the sake of your fantasy team, pick this man up.

Well, that’s all I’ve got. If you need any trade or start/sit advice, feel free to email me natihanrotert@amdg.rockhursths.edu.  Good luck this week, and may God have mercy on the Cleveland Browns.

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