There are a bunch of top fantasy football wide receivers on bye in Week 7. Julio Jones, Roddy White, Dwayne Bowe and Demaryius Thomas are among the big names that won't be available for owners. Therefore, the free-agent market will be a busy place leading up to Sunday.
Even though the number of useful players available has decreased significantly since the start of the bye weeks, there are still several options that should be able to fill the short-term void. Let's look at three of them at the wide receiver position for this week.
Wright slipped through the cracks on draft day because it wasn't clear who would emerge as the top target for the Tennessee Titans. Through six weeks, it's become obvious he's the go-to receiver with 17 more targets than anybody else on the team.
He's scored 23 fantasy points over the last three weeks and should be able to remain relatively consistent because he's a possession wideout. He doesn't rely on one or two big plays for the majority of his points, which limits the risk of starting him.
The rookie should be in line for his best game of the season against a Buffalo Bills secondary that has looked lost so far. Wright isn't the type of player that will likely explode for 25 points, but he should have a double-digit game and that's great for a fill-in.
While some fantasy owners have soured on Hixon now that he's returned to his No. 3 receiver role in the New York Giants offense, he should still see enough targets to make him fantasy worthy. He proved that last week with four catches for 78 yards.
It all comes down to the fact Eli Manning is throwing the ball nearly 40 times per game. Even with Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks both in the lineup, Hixon will get his fair share of chances. It's better to have a No. 3 receiver in a good offense than a No. 2 receiver in a bad one.
The case for Hixon in Week 7 gets even stronger when you consider the Giants are taking on the Washington Redskins, who rank dead last in passing yards allowed. He should have his fourth straight solid showing.
It's been quite some time since there was a Cleveland Browns receiver worth owning in fantasy leagues. Gordon has made his case to change that with 35 points over the last two weeks, mostly thanks to long touchdown catches.
Owners who are going after Gordon should understand he's a high-risk, high-reward option. Certainly more so than the other two receivers on this list, at least. However, it's impossible to ignore what he's accomplished and it's caused his stock to skyrocket.
The Browns play the Indianapolis Colts and their shaky secondary this week. All it takes is one big play for Gordon to turn the tide of a fantasy matchup. He only had seven catches before his recent explosion, so there's definitely risk, but it's one owners shouldn't be afraid to take.