Fight Fire with Fliers – Week 7

Fight Fire with Fliers is a weekly fantasy football series that discusses emergency free agent adds or stash candidates for deep rostered or 14-plus team leagues. The post publishes on Saturdays following typical weekly waiver runs, allowing forward thinking managers a last minute opportunity to roster players ahead of their breakouts.

After the waiver run this week, the Flier Catalogue gained three promoted players including a Week 6 addition. Despite the promotions, a contextual peek behind the curtain suggests the results are positive but not without limitations.

As the bye-weeks hit their heart of darkness with the impending games, it is clear that TE and RB are in high demand. This was not unexpected, however, this may lead to a yo-yo effect of player rostership hitting nodes and voids as the bye week necessity shifts. Week 7 is the quintessential roster destroyer with an inordinate amount of useful fantasy players on bye; Josh Allen, Dak Prescott, Justin Herbert, Najee Harris, Dalvin Cook, Austin Ekeler, James Robinson, Ezekiel Elliot, Tony Pollard, Justin Jefferson, CeeDee Lamb, Stefon Diggs, Diontae Johnson, Keenan Allen, Amari Cooper, Mike Williams, Adam Thielen, Chase Claypool, Cole Beasley, Marvin Jones, Dalton Schultz, Dawson Knox and Jared Cook. Unless you planned meticulously, odds are you have several teams missing one or two key components. If not, well, your team is probably in rough shape anyways without some exposure to these players. Thus the fliers present an added source to the deep stream, making the burden of early rostership more critical. Sure, you had other plans than Demetric Felton in your RB2 this week but, hey, competing managers unloaded 59 and 43 percent of their FAAB on D’Ernest Johnson and Rashaad Penny respectively, so here you are. Hey, 6.53 PPR points in a pinch will keep you at the table with the starting rosters across leagues this week.

Week 6 Recap

Versatile rookie Demetric Felton carving out role with Browns – The Athletic
Demetric Felton, courtesy of the Athletic.

Demetric Felton received a cursory bump in rostership as Kareem Hunt was placed on IR. Facing Denver at home on a short week, Felton was a popular add for many and had some utility when not juxtaposed to the aforementioned Johnson’s unabated fantasy production. This could be all she wrote for Felton, as Nick Chubb seems likely to return against Pittsburgh next week. However, Felton has pass-catching efficiency and burst with the ball, so it is possible he is a better fit for passing downs leaving Johnson to play backup for Chubb’s typical role.

Terrace Marshall, Jr., was concussed and has been ruled out ahead of Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. Marshall Jr appears to be less of a re-draft hopeful at this point, relegating him to dynasty taxi squads or deep benches. Nonetheless, he remains the most exciting WR candidate in the Flier Catalogue and thus retains some relevance. The biggest regret will be overlooking Kadarius Toney in favor of Marshall and others.

Leading the three new promotions was Rhamondre Stevenson, who found the end zone with Damien Harris catching a breather. The receptions were the pivotal part of his performance, as this is the role that we envisioned for him after James White’s season ended. After Felton, CJ Uzomah garnered several adds as a hot hand in a hot match-up against the Ravens this week. Cincinnati was unstoppable against Detroit in Week 6, not lifting the gas pedal until the final whistle. With Baltimore playing tremendous football, Cincinnati and Uzomah won’t be pumping the brakes anytime soon if they want another win.

The Flier Catalogue

Jaret Patterson jumps to the top as questions concerning Antonio Gibson’s shin health begin to simmer. Pat Freiermuth showed continued success but with Pittsburgh on bye there is an opportunity to slide him back onto the roster, particularly if Dawson Knox misses extended time post-bye. As Darrnyton Evans moves closer to a return, he becomes more meaningful and yet begins to cannibalize the value of Jeremy McNichols. Anthony Firkser is the next candidate for demotion unless he turns a corner this week.

Week 7 Additions

Is DeeJay Dallas a potential starting RB in fantasy for Week 8?
DeeJay Dallas, courtesy of Pro Football Network.

DeeJay Dallas RB Seattle (Four percent, Yahoo!)
Dallas has a significant opportunity if Penny is not up to speed with the offense, having returned to practice this week. Alex Collins has been admirable but has yet to practice this week, while Dallas has been healthy and playing his bit role all season. Dallas is the incumbent pass-catcher and should have a modicum of deep flex appeal with some upside for added volume if Collins is out and Penny is not yet conditioned to shoulder over 50 percent of the backfield reps. Dallas has the health and the skillset to maintain and enhance utility moving forward, with many question marks looming over the players accompanying him in the Seattle backfield.

Tony Jones Jr RB New Orleans (Four percent, Yahoo!)
Jones remains on IR but is expected to recoup the backup role behind Alvin Kamara upon return. Reviewing his production prior to injury, there are indications that he has a versatile skill set and that New Orleans had no hesitation mixing him with Kamara to see considerable touches. He isn’t an ideal candidate, but barring better backs available, he is not the worst option to stash ahead of another massive workload for Kamara. Preferably in an unoccupied IR spot, if such a thing exists at this point in the season.

Jason Astarita (@AstaritaJason) is a professional in the sports gambling industry. He has an MS in Psychology (Industrial and Organizational) from Southern New Hampshire University and completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of San Diego. His passion for fantasy sports is over a decade old, but has recently been theorizing on the novel format of Superflex Best Ball in the Dynasty Fantasy Football arena. Ever interested in draft theory and roster construction, feel free to reach out on twitter with any insights or queries! #superbestball

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