Strategy session: Six-pack of fantasy insight for Week 7
1) If Rob Gronkowski plays, what's the plan?
Ben Standig: First off, assuming the reports are legit and Gronk s active, hallelujah. The unknown is if active, how active. A limited Gronk is better than a full workload for most others simply because his touchdown prowess. The matchup is neutral; the Jets allow the 14th most points to fantasy tight ends this season. Put Gronkowski back in your lineup, but...owners with Vernon Davis, Julius Thomas, Tony Gonzalez should keep those active. Same for Jordan Cameron based on matchup. Jason Witten and Antonio Gates are tougher decisions, but they remain in your lineup if Gronkowski is on a snap count.
2) Week 7 matchup: Andre Johnson or T.Y. Hilton?
Standig:If this question asked which top 20 wide receiver am I looking to peddle, the answer is Johnson. Yes, he leads the NFL with 44 receptions, but he's the only play among the top 20 without a touchdown. Now Johnson has Case Keenum making his first start at quarterback and doing so against the sack-happy Kansas City Chiefs. Meanwhile, T.Y. Hilton should receive a tick up in targets this week because the Colts offense will be trying to keep up with you know who. Also, the Broncos are allowing the third most points to fantasy wide receivers. Hilton it is.
3) Brandon Jacobs was a popular free agent pickup this week, but now we don't know whether he'll play Monday night against the Vikings. Wait or move on?
Standig: For starters, unless an owner has a sub available in case Jacobs sits out, then there is no waiting. At the very least consider picking up Jerome Simpson, or Giants backup RB Michael Cox. The thing is, your Sunday choices are likely better than either of those deeper plays. Jacobs has RB2 upside against a Vikings defense allowing the most points to fantasy running backs, but let's not get carried away with him either. We're not talking about a weekly top 10 RB or anything. If Jacobs provides the most potential of your Flex options and your overall matchup requires such a decision, then go for it but only if there is another option ready to step in.