It’s the half-way point in fantasy football and many teams are either trying to solidify their run for the playoffs or make a big trade to salvage their season.
The waiver wire may be bare, but depending on how deep your league is, there are still several options available, not to mention a whooping six teams will sit out for their bye in Week 7, the most of any week this season.
No owner can completely replace a Matt Ryan, Reggie Bush, or Jamaal Charles, but weathering the bye weeks productively is a huge key for every successful fantasy season.
The below options should be picked-up, or started in place of key contributors on their byes.
Bye: Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego
Carson Palmer, QB, Oakland Raiders
Yes Oakland has only one victory, but Palmer may have found his mid-season groove against Atlanta . It was his second game throwing for 300-plus yards and he’s completing 62 percent of his passes. The Raiders also have a favorable matchup against bottom-feeding Jacksonville, who is 23rd in pass defense. He’s a much better bet that Seattle’s Russell Wilson, who was terrific against New England Sunday, but has to face an angry San Francisco defense on a short week.
Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Jones will start Sunday against Carolina with DeMarco Murray out with a sprained foot, and hopes to build off his 92 yard, one touchdown performance versus Baltimore. He has been limited to returns this season, but Murray’s injury gives Jones yet another chance to prove why Dallas has held on to him for so long. The Cowboys are by no means out of the NFC East race, but they won’t rush Murray back, so Jones could be useful for the rest of the season as a handcuff.
Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis Rams
Gibson has been quarterback Sam Bradford’s main target since Danny Amendola went down with a collarbone injury. The Rams face Green Bay and their 18th ranked pass defense Sunday, giving Gibson a chance to repeat his nine catch, 91 yard performance against Miami in Week 6.
Montario Hardesty, RB, Cleveland Browns
Trent Richardson is certainly Cleveland’s No. 1 back, but the Browns visit Indianapolis Sunday, who give up 159 rushing yards per game, and Hardesty returned against Cincinnati with 15 carries for 56 yards and a score. In deeper leagues he should be an excellent pickup for the duration of the year.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans
The Titans have searched for a receiver to pair with Kenny Britt and may have found it in the rookie Wright, who has 33 catches for 285 yards and two touchdowns this season. Britt hasn’t returned to form yet since his ACL tear last season, so Wright could be targeted more as the season progresses. If Chris Johnson can continue to play like he did against Pittsburgh, it will open up lots of room for Wright as the team's third or even second option on offense.