Each week, there are a handful of unheralded talents who emerge as key players on the fantasy football circuit, and owners are left kicking themselves for not seeing it coming.
Whether it’s a result of a favorable matchup, more opportunities to contribute due to injuries to other players or simply a pure breakout performance, hidden gems are being uncovered all the time in the NFL.
Heading into a crucial slate of Week 7 games, here’s a look at which undervalued players are worth a start if you have them on your roster.
Last week, Nick Foles assumed the role as Philadelphia’s No. 1 option under center after starting quarterback Michael Vick was ruled out.
Now, with Vick set to miss another game, Foles will once again get the start for the Eagles, and that’s good news for anyone with the 24-year-old on his or her roster.
After tossing three touchdown passes and rushing for another against Tampa Bay in Week 6, Foles is certainly capable of doing at least that this Sunday. As the Eagles get set to face Dallas’ No. 30-ranked pass defense, one has to think that he’ll put up huge numbers.
Dallas has had trouble stopping anything through the air this season, so expect Foles to put in a solid day’s work against the Cowboys.
Well, the Atlanta Falcons’ hopes of getting back to the postseason for the fourth consecutive year appear to be in serious jeopardy after the losses of both Roddy White and Julio Jones, but this is a golden opportunity for some of the team’s other offensive players to step up.
The first of which is Harry Douglas, who is next up on the Falcons’ depth chart as far as receivers go. The 29-year-old will definitely be targeted way more often than in the past—at least for the time being.
He’s been targeted at least five times a game all season, but without Jones and White on the field, Matt Ryan will be forced to look to Douglas even more frequently, which will be music to the ears of those with the former Louisville standout on their rosters.
Steven Jackson‘s still not back, so against the struggling Buccaneers, expect to see Atlanta move the ball through the air. In order for that to happen, Ryan will be relying heavily on Tony Gonzalez and Douglas.
Despite dealing with nagging injuries, not to mention all the miles on his odometer, Brandon Jacobs proved against the Bears that he’s definitely still capable of being an impact fantasy back in the right situation.
So, assuming Jacobs is on the field against Minnesota, expect him to have another very solid day for the floundering G-men—though it may not be as impressive as his 106-yard outing against Chicago.
According to ESPN, the injury shouldn’t stop the two-time Super Bowl champ from being the No. 1 back for New York in Week 7.
Brandon Jacobs, signed after Week 1, should start after his 22-carry, 106-yard performance against the Chicago Bears last week. Jacobs has been limited in practice the past two days because of a hamstring issue, but expects to play.
Keep checking to ensure that he’s playing, but if he is, Jacobs will have a big game against what has been a porous Vikings defense.