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Week 7 Flex Plays: Rookies Rally

Are bye weeks and injuries weighing you down as you enter Week 7? Not to worry. Now is the time to show off those fantasy skills by exploiting matchups and digging deep into the trenches for the best week-by-week plays. Fortunately for you, our NFL Stat Explorer has a matchup feature that provides an insane treasure trove of riches and helps you locate the top options. Your fantasy football Week 7 flex plays are here.

Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills

Singletary has been out of the Bills active lineup since Week 2, after pulling a hamstring. He got in a few limited practice sessions before the bye and now has another week of rest under his belt. Singletary has carried the ball just 10 times in 2019, and out of those 10 attempts, seven went for 10-plus yards. It’s a perfect bounceback game for Singletary against a Miami defense that’s allowed the fifth-most expected points and the second-most points over expectation (FPOE) for a delicious cocktail of RB scoring. The opponent’s top rusher has averaged 21 PPG over the last five weeks. 

The Miami defense is allowing the sixth-most yards before contact with the runner (1.98) and the third-most rushing attempts inside the five per game (2.8). It’s a great opportunity for the rookie, who’s showcased incredible contact balance and vision in limited opportunities so far this season.

Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

If you were one of the many to take rookie Miles Sanders in the fifth or sixth rounds of your fantasy drafts, you’re probably pulling your hair out by now. Despite the preseason hype from the coaching staff in Philadelphia, Sanders has continued to trend downwards, seeing just three total carries in Week 6. Jordan Howard appears to have taken over the role as the lead back in the Eagles’ offense, but it looks as though Sanders may be carving out a different role for himself as a receiver. Among running backs with at least 10 targets in 2019, Sanders ranks first fifth in receiving points over expectation (reFPOE) – that’s ahead of Christian McCaffrey – and eighth in receiving yards, despite ranking 32nd in the number of routes run among RBs.

The Dallas Cowboys have given up the second-most receptions and seventh-most receiving yards to the running back position, an interesting matchup for the young rookie. In a week with many fantasy-relevant teams on bye and injuries stacking up, Sanders is an RB3 with the receiving ability. 

Carlos Hyde, RB, Houston Texans

Carlos Hyde is hot off a revenge game against the Kansas City Chiefs, where he took 26 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown. He should look to continue rolling this week against the Colts, who are allowing the third-most rushing yards per attempt (5.1). Since being traded to the Texans just before the 2019 season, Hyde has been averaging 16.5 carries per game, eclipsing 20 carries in three out of six matchups on the season. He’s managed the 10th most rushing yards, tied for 11th in forced missed tackles (17), and ranks 12th in yards after contact. If the Texans make an effort to #EstablishTheRun, Hyde should be an easy RB2 as a Week 7 flex play.

D.K. Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks 

It’s not the first time that rookie wide receiver D.K. Metcalf has been highlighted in my weekly flex play article. It also probably won’t be the last. Metcalf has been impressive so far through six games, carving himself a role absorbing an average of five targets for 56 yards per game. Russell Wilson has spoken highly of his young rookie receiver and his willingness to sling him the ball in the end zone. Metcalf has seen seven end zone targets on the season, the second-most for any wide receiver.

Unfortunately for the Seahawks, sophomore tight end Will Dissly has a ruptured Achilles tendon that will keep him on IR through 2019. This comes just weeks after trading away their backup TE, Nick Vannett, to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dissly’s injury puts another five targets per game up for grabs, in addition to his five total end zone targets for the season. 

This week, the Seahawks face the Baltimore Ravens at home – a matchup that might have been scarier in 2018, but isn’t so bad now. In the past six weeks, the Ravens have allowed seven different receivers to eclipse the 75-yard mark. Over the last five weeks, they’ve allowed the sixth-most expected points at the position and the leading opponent’s receiver has averaged 19 PPG. 

Metcalf’s consistent usage and big-play ability make him a viable flex play on any given week, especially in a home game with one of the highest projected over/unders on the week. 

Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams

If you’re the owner of any Los Angeles Ram aside from Cooper Kupp, you’re probably disappointed in the return you’ve got so far on the season. Perhaps it’s a super Bowl hangover that has the Rams offense in a funk, but no defense allows a better “get right” game than Atlanta.

If we’re wondering what’s different in 2019, it’s hard to look past Jared Goff, fresh off a record-setting contract extension. He hasn’t shown a willingness to throw the ball down-field, attempting passes of more than 20 yards just 6% of the time, which likely accounts for the lack of involvement for Brandin Cooks.

Woods leads the team in offensive snaps (97%) and has earned the second-most targets for the Rams on the season. Woods is averaging 8.5 targets per game, and now sees the Falcons, who have allowed the third-most receiving yards and second-most TDs to the wide receiver position in 2019. Woods is a WR2 with upside as a Week 7 flex play.

Image Credit: Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Miles Sanders.

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