Welcome to the Bottom of the Barrel 2023 NFL DFS Week 7 WR Edition!
The last few months, over a year now, have been tough sledding on everyone. Look, I am aware being kind and showing empathy isn’t for everyone but do me a favor, please, try it out. We are on the cusp of Week 7. Give those around you a break. Heck, give yourself a break. If it’s not for you then come back around in a few weeks, and I will refund your misery!
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are but tiny matters in comparison to what lies within us.” I find this quote to be strong as more and more people are fixated on what was or what is to come. While they miss out on what is right in front of them.
I have always heard that humans are not shown the future because of the burden it would bear. It would be too much to handle. So, in turn, our lives are played out a second at a time. A minute at a time. If we have our feet firmly planted on the ground, then we can appreciate what is right in front of us!
Corny one-liners aside, Week 7 is on us! Let's get into the wide receivers!
Bottom of the Barrel 2023 NFL DFS Week 7 WR!
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Cooper Kupp Rams vs. Steelers(29th)
Well, that didn't take long, did it? Tyreek Hill is more expensive but he's not part of the Main slate! Cooper caught seven of his nine targets for 148 yards and a touchdown last week. After missing the first four weeks of the season Kupp is back on track and hasn't missed a beat! If he is active he's in your lineup.
10-11 targets, 7-8 receptions, 100+ yards, and a touchdown are on tap for Kupp in Week 7!
Darius Slayton Giants vs. Commanders(30th)
Finally some action from Slayton last week! Slayton caught four passes for 69 yards. Darius caught a pair of passes for 27 and 31 yards as Tyrod Taylor was under center for the Giants. Looks as though Daniel Jones will be back in action on Sunday for the Giants. As Jones gets back active along with Saquon maybe this offense can start to hum a little against a leaky Washington defense.
Rashee Rice Chiefs vs. Chargers(32nd)
At this point in the week, shoot, season, it is no secret that stacking up the Chiefs offense can be beneficial. Normally, it's as easy as Mahomes to Kelce. Yet, Rice is starting to find his way into the rotation. He caught all four of his targets for 72 yards in that ugly Week 6 win against the Broncos.
Projecting another 5-6 targets, 3-4 catches, and 50 yards is reasonable as this game over/under total is at 48. Second highest of the entire slate.
Elijah Moore Browns at Colts(20th)
Elijah saw eight targets last week. He only caught four of them for 19 yards. Granted PJ Walker was the quarterback mixed in with the upset of week should have this Browns team amped up in Indy. Signs point to Watson being back and ready to rock in Week 7. Given the match-up, both are in play!
We're looking at 6-7 targets, 4-5 receptions, and 50 yards. Plus a carry or two for another 10 yards.
Jameson Williams Lions at Ravens(7th)
The kid is a hockey fan! Maybe it's just me as an avid Detroit sports fan but it was fun to see him at the Red Wings game. Williams caught 2-of-3 targets for 53 yards and a touchdown. Folks have placed such unreasonable expectations on the kid that he can't do anything right! Lest we forget Jameson is still only 22 years old and finding his way into a major role on a big-time team.
He goes from a torn-up knee to a gambling suspension and is now back on the field of play. Can we cut this kid some slack? I know I've veered away from the idea of DFS but it felt more important to me to get my point across to you first. When get back to the game of football what are a few reasonable expectations for Jameson this week? I'd say 4-5 targets, 3-4 receptions, and about 45-50 yards. Will there be another 45-yard touchdown catch? Sure, anything can happen.
Wan’Dale Robinson Giants vs. Commanders(30th)
If I could explain Wan'Dale's Week 7 performance in four words I would say, Team high targets & efficiency. The Giants offense isn't this massively run show that will knock your socks off. Yet, if Daniel Jones is back under center this Sunday then a few positive plays can start to develop. One begets two begets three and so on.
The Giants continue to manage the knee injury he suffered from a torn ACL last year, but he was back at practice and not limited on Thursday. I'd imagine Friday he will be a full go at practice or if they roll out a walk-through. Anyway, as you slice it, Wan'Dale will be active on Sunday and I want a piece of him.
Kadarius Toney Chiefs vs. Chargers(32nd)
I don't know about you but I still laugh when I see this cat's name. Toney brought in three of six targets for nine yards and a touchdown and rushed twice for minus-5 yards. What an odd stat line, right? Per the Sleeper App, "Toney has yet to eclipse 35 receiving yards in a game this season and has actually now recorded single-digit or zero yardage on three occasions, so despite his role in a prolific offense, he remains a speculative fantasy option for a Week 7'
Given the opposing team's defense in this one, the Chargers, I think it is safe to assume Travis Kelce is going to get all the targets and touches he can handle. What about these secondary guys? Why not all of them? From the Chiefs game and the Giants game. Run it!
Jahan Dotson Commanders at Giants(22nd)
This one here straight sucks. Not Dotson but what they are doing to him. Making him a new placeholder in practice? It could've been just a goof or the coaching staff having fun. Yet, nothing was fun about Dotson failing to bring in his only target in the Commanders' 24-16 win over the Falcons on Sunday. Do you know what else wasn't so buddy-buddy and fun fun? The fact Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel combine for 10 receptions, 123 yards, and a touchdown on 15 targets.
So, I will ask again, what is so fun about having your second-year star wide-out holding kicks in practice? Look, if you have followed along with Bottom of the Barrel at all this year then you know how much respect I have for Dotson and his game. Also, in the last two, maybe three, weeks Sam Howell has also been listed here, in print, in Bottom of the Barrel. Meaning, I see no reason why Dotson should not be included, heavily, in this offense! If Sam Howell has time and can attempt 35 passes a game let's slide 10 of those to Dotson this week. Dammit.
Michael Wilson Cardinals at Seahawks(31st)
Michael Wilson caught three of his four targets for 62 yards last week on an 88% snap share. Little by little and week by week the Cardinals are finding ways to get the kid involved. Last week he was second among the team's skill players in snaps and tied for the team lead in routes against the Rams. All that and he probably didn't break 10 fantasy points on your roster.
Was a weird way to open a player blurb but it was to show you that I do believe the Cardinals love this kid. they didn't get the results as expected in Week 6 but I am so ready to see what they pull in Week 7 with the kid.
Jayden Reed Packers at Broncos(17th)
The slot kid against Bronco's defense. GB's WR1 Christian Watson is now back fully healthy! So, that creates a few issues for the other Packers wide-outs. Romeo Doubs should be okay. Then we get to Reed. Jayden's snap-count percentage increased in each of Weeks 2-4, but with fellow wideout Christian Watson handling essentially a full workload Monday for the first time this season, Reed's percentage took a noticeable dip in Week 5. Which is fine it is ok. Oh, not to mention Packers QB Jordan Love had an awful Week 5.
I am expecting Week 7 to run a little smoother than it has for Green Bay these last few weeks. With all their little WR duckies in a row the snap counts, target shares, and all the metrics used to define wide receivers will begin to right themselves. Meaning, that Reed should be just fine.
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