Fantasy Football Buy/Sell/Hold Picks: Week 7 (2021)
Whether you’re buying or selling, here’s a list of players to consider making a move on before it’s too late.
Players to Buy
Nick Chubb (RB – CLE)
Chubb missed Sunday’s Week 6 game against the Cardinals due to a calf injury, but Kareem Hunt (who entered the game with multiple other ailments) exited with a calf injury of his own. As of Sunday night, it’s unclear what to expect for Cleveland’s backfield availability in Week 7. However, Hunt’s injury appeared to be serious. Chubb could receive career-best usage for however long he’s sidelined. As of now, he appears to be the healthier RB.
Javonte Williams (RB – DEN)
The rookie continues to work in a timeshare with Melvin Gordon, but the most impressive aspect of this tandem is that everything is split 50/50. Williams is trusted in every situation, seeing work on early downs, in the two-minute offense, running routes, etc. He’s trending towards more standalone value and could erupt if anything happened to Gordon.
Mike Gesicki (TE – MIA)
Entering Sunday night, Gesicki has been a top-seven PPR tight end in three of his last four games. It’s especially encouraging that he once again produced despite the offense shifting from Jacoby Brissett back to Tua Tagovailoa. Gesicki is likely benefiting from the absences of both DeVante Parker and Will Fuller, but with bye weeks coming up he’s a sure-fire TE1 until further notice.
Jaylen Waddle (WR – MIA)
Miami’s rookie wideout had a breakout performance in Week 6 against the Jaguars, scoring two touchdowns while hauling in 10-of-13 targets for 70 yards. Waddle is a better PPR asset, but his role continues to grow in Miami’s offense. It’s important to note that the Dolphins didn’t have DeVante Parker or Will Fuller in this one, but Waddle’s talent should keep him relevant even when they return. Against Jacksonville, he ran a route on 94% of his team’s dropbacks while posting a 28% target share.
Khalil Herbert (RB – CHI)
Herbert filled in admirably during the Bears’ Week 6 game against the Packers, handling 100% of the team’s RB rushes while also registering a 12% target share. He totaled 112 yards and a touchdown on 21 combined touches. He’s an RB2 with David Montgomery and Damien Williams both sidelined.
Players to Sell
Antonio Gibson (RB – WAS)
This “sell” recommendation is more about lowering expectations for current fantasy managers since league mates are probably unlikely to trade for the sophomore RB. Not only is Gibson dealing with a shin injury that cost him some playing time in Week 6, but his role hasn’t grown at all this year. Since Week 1 he has had a 6.4% target share. During that same span, J.D. McKissic has a 14.6% target share. Hopefully, weekly readers took advantage of last week’s sell-high recommendation.
Josh Jacobs (RB – LV)
There was some optimism entering Week 6 that Jacobs’ role in the passing game was growing. In Weeks 4 and 5 his target shares were 15.6% and 14.7%. Unfortunately, in Week 6, that dipped to 4.0%. Perhaps this was due to game script as the Raiders were leading for most of the contest, but it’s disappointing nonetheless.
Allen Robinson (WR – CHI)
Robinson’s target share and ADOT continue to give him the utilization of a WR1 in fantasy, but this offense just can’t support him as a strong fantasy asset. Following Sunday’s Week 6 loss to Green Bay, Robinson has been held under 10 PPR points in five of six games this season. His season-high is just 10.4 points. Consider him more of a low-end WR2 moving forward.
Tyler Boyd (WR – CIN)
In two games without Tee Higgins, Boyd averaged 8.5 targets. However, in the four games he has played with Higgins, Boyd is averaging just 5.3 targets per game. Cincinnati’s offense is struggling to support three wideouts in fantasy, and Ja’Marr Chase continues to operate as the team’s alpha. Boyd is a low-upside FLEX option in PPR formats right now.
Myles Gaskin (RB – MIA)
Again, hopefully weekly readers sold high on Gaskin last week. Miami’s backfield was once again impossible to predict in Week 6. Gaskin fumbled early in this one, and he wound up seeing the field for just 36% of the Dolphins’ offensive snaps. He wasn’t used at all in the two-minute offense and barely played in long-down-and-distance opportunities. He’s impossible to trust as a starting fantasy option right now.
Player to Hold
Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN)
Cook wasn’t limited at all in his return to the offense in Week 6. The fantasy superstar was on the field for 74% of the snaps and handled 89% of the RB attempts. Additionally, he handled 100% of the SDD snaps, LDD snaps, and two-minute offense. Minnesota has a Week 7 bye, but Cook has a claim to be the top player in fantasy football with Christian McCaffrey currently on IR.
Darrell Henderson (RB – LAR)
Henderson’s playing time was down in Week 5, but sharp fantasy managers knew he was dealing with a bit of an arm issue. He was once again fantastic on Sunday against the Giants, totaling 23 touches, 107 yards, and two TDs. There’s no reason to sell high here. Henderson is a bona fide RB1 until further notice.
Joe Mixon (RB – CIN)
Mixon had a huge Week 6 performance against the Lions, but the biggest takeaway was his usage in the passing game. Mixon posted season-highs in targets (6) and receptions (5) on Sunday. It’s notable since his role as a receiver had been in decline entering this contest. Cincinnati wants to run in neutral game scripts this season, and Mixon has matchups against the Jets, Browns, and Raiders in three of the next four weeks.
Amari Cooper (WR – DAL)
Cooper took a backseat to CeeDee Lamb‘s heroics in this one, and he hauled in just 5-of-8 targets for 55 scoreless yards. The 27-year-old hasn’t finished as a top-24 fantasy wideout since Week 1, but now isn’t the time to sell. Dallas has a bye in Week 7, and there should be better game environments moving forward.
Darrel Williams (RB – KC)
“The mentor” was a fantastic fill-in running back in Week 6 against Washington, handling 24 touches compared to just four for Jerick McKinnon. Williams totaled 89 yards and two touchdowns. Note that Williams had an 87.5% RB rush share in this one. From Weeks 1-4, Clyde-Edwards Helaire averaged 73.9% of those opportunities. Williams can be valued as a short-term RB2 with CEH (knee) currently on IR.
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