Fantasy owners have much to consider after a week of carnage knocked out a few mainstays in leagues of all formats. Additionally, with the Panthers and Cowboys on byes, setting lineups for Week 7 gets even more tricky.
But before hitting the “submit lineup” button, there are fantasy implications in each game that have to be carefully considered. The Bills-Dolphins matchup on Sunday is just one of 15 that do.
Jay Ajayi is now the “unquestioned No. 1” running back in Miami after shredding a capable Steelers defense for 204 rushing yards despite Arian Foster’s return to the lineup. He has another tough matchup against the Bills, a defense that is allowing just 3.8 yards per carry but has surrendered six rushing touchdowns in as many games. Ajayi can be considered a risky RB2 while Foster is eased into action from a hamstring injury, but for now, Ajayi is the one in the Dolphins’ backfield for fantasy owners to have.
Jarvis Landry and Devante Parker are certainly viable in leagues of all formats, but have low ceilings against a Bills defense that has allowed a league-low three passing touchdowns in six games. Ryan Tannehill doesn’t appear to be the quarterback to significantly buck that trend given his struggles this season. Landry is a high-floor WR2, while Parker can be considered a highly volatile flex.
Tannehill, Foster and Kenny Stills can remain on benches amid a difficult Week 7 matchup.
LeSean McCoy is a game-time decision after suffering a hamstring injury during practice. It could not have come at a worse time for fantasy owners, who were likely riding McCoy’s hot streak to victories. If he does play, it can be expected that he will be at far less than 100 percent after reports surfacing of him not moving around at practice as usual. Mike Gillislee is the preferred option on Sunday, and if McCoy’s owners do not yet have him on benches, Gillislee is a must-add.
With Robert Woods doubtful, Tyrod Taylor and his paltry group of pass catchers do not warrant fantasy consideration for Week 7.