Fantasy Football Week 7 Preview: Next Man Up

by Chris Wright

We are almost to the halfway point of this NFL season. The war of attrition is in full swing. Players are dropping like flies, and that waiver wire pick up that you planned to just stash on your Fantasy team's bench is probably in your starting lineup. Paying close attention to who is hurt and who is filling in is essential to your Fantasy Football success.

Fantasy Football Week 7 Preview

Big Shoes to Fill for Landry Jones

Once again, the Steelers find a career season by Ben Roethlisberger derailed by injury. Pittsburgh expects to be without their star quarterback for 2-6 weeks, and will start Landry Jones in his place. Those who spent early draft picks on Antonio Brown or Le'Veon Bell now hang their heads in disdain. Watching Jones throw four interceptions in a preseason game is not leaving many people with a great taste in their mouth.

But is there reason for optimism?

Fortunately for Jones, there is no Mike Vick in the equation this time around to muddy up the situation. Jones knows that he is the guy this time. He has a full season as the backup under his belt, and granted full reign to change protections at the line of scrimmage, something they did not let him do last time around. So the coaching staff obviously has some faith in him.

As far as the fantasy studs in the Pittsburgh offense, it is full speed ahead. You probably don't have a choice, but I wouldn't sit either Antonio Brown or Le'veon Bell. There will be a slight down grade, but these two players are probably going to perform no matter who the quarterback is. The last time we saw Jones start with a full week of practice, Brown racked up 124 yards receiving. And Le'veon Bell is going to get even more rushes than before.

If you were starting Steeler players like Sammie Coates or Jesse James, it may be time to look elsewhere. Jones prefers to lean heavily on Antonio Brown, so their targets may be limited.

LeSean McCoy Questionable for Sunday

LeSean McCoy is a game time decision for the Buffalo Bills this Sunday. McCoy was held out of practice up until Friday, where he participated in some drills with the team. One can only assume that the Bills are going to be cautious with McCoy, and want to preserve their most explosive weapon for the long haul.

If McCoy does sit this Sunday, Mike Gillislee is someone that you want to consider starting if you need a flex with some upside. Gillislee has made good on the 17 rushes he has received this season, averaging about 6.9 yards per carry to go with two touchdowns.

Due to the putrid Miami run defense and the amount of injuries to the Bills' receiving core, whomever the running back is will be leaned upon heavily.  Luckily, the Bills have a 1PM ET kickoff, so you won't have to wait around.

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