Wide Receivers to Add
Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks
Harvin won't return to practice because of the short week, according to 710 ESPN Seattle's Liz Mathews, but he is eligible to be activated on the Seahawks roster, and reports have been encouraging that he can come back sooner rather than later from his preseason hip issue. Harvin will be a statistical monster in the Seahawks' short passing game and is a must-have receiver now for fantasy crunch time.
This writer hasn't liked him much, but the mediocrity of Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and other Seahawks receivers has changed that tune. Pick up Harvin now before it is too late. He is available in over 40 percent of leagues.
Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons
With Julio Jones (foot) out for the season and Roddy White (hamstring/ankle) not close to 100 percent—or even out—Douglas has emerged as a must-add fantasy option in all leagues. Matt Ryan is going to make someone outside of Tony Gonzalez productive in the passing game, and Douglas just might develop into Ryan's No. 1 outside threat in the interim. For the rest of the season, Jones' injury will thrust Douglas into a full-time starting job too.
Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles
Here is the thing about the Eagles' secondary targets: A backup quarterback tends to have the best rapport with backups. As long as Nick Foles is in play to start for the Eagles, you need to consider Cooper a viable fantasy option. Track Michael Vick's status amid his hamstring issue closely. For now, add Cooper just in case. A favorable matchup against the Cowboys looms.
Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers
We have waited for Cam Newton to develop a target behind aging Steve Smith, and LaFell has finally stepped up his game, reeling in three touchdowns in the past three games. LaFell isn't a top-30 receiver yet, but Newton can help him get close to that. Consider LaFell a must-add if you need help during the bye weeks.
Emmanuel Sanders, Pittsburgh Steelers
Sanders won't push Antonio Brown to be his team's primary target, but he is a solid No. 2 in an offense that projects to have to throw the ball quite a bit. Even with Le'Veon Bell's return, the Steelers will still rely on Ben Roethlisberger's right arm. They also have been through their bye week. Sanders is a solid option to get you through the bye season at least.
Wide Receivers to Monitor
Rueben Randle, New York Giants
There are multiple problems we have with trusting Randle's production and it has nothing to do with talent or preparation.
Randle had an offseason to work with Eli Manning when Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks were out amid contract squabbles. Randle is a legit starting receiver, but he will still have to play third fiddle to Cruz and Nicks in a Giants offense that will still struggle to keep Manning upright and away from errors.
Randle really needs a Nicks trade—or injury—to be truly trustworthy in fantasy. The former is now a possibility, according to the New York Daily News' Ebenezer Samuel.
Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals
Jones has potential, but you still have to rank him low in the Andy Dalton pecking order. A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu and tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert figure to get more targets on a weekly basis than Jones. Watch this talent, though. Jones can be a sleeper if you're desperate when the bye weeks get real heavy in Week 8 and Week 9. The Bengals face the Jets and Miami in those weeks, though.
Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens
He is back from injury and is a starter opposite Torrey Smith, but the Steelers are next on the schedule, and they are still a top-10 team against wide receivers, boasting the fourth-best passing defense. Pick up Jones only if you're desperate for a temporary fill-in. He at least has his injury behind him.
Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) is not 100 percent, and Floyd is emerging as a fantasy-quality young talent, but the Seahawks are next up on the schedule, and their secondary should not be one to contend with, especially when weighing fringe fantasy options like Floyd. Watch him for future production when the matchup is more favorable.
Wide Receivers to Ignore
Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints
The rookie has potential, and Drew Brees makes fantasy sleepers out of a number of targets in any given week, but the Saints are on bye in Week 7. Stills can be left on the waiver wire in most leagues and be considered under the radar for the following waivers run.
Marquise Goodwin, Buffalo Bills
The rookie has potential, but the Bills' quarterback situation is still dicey, and Stevie Johnson (back) should be ready for Week 7. Goodwin is behind Johnson and Robert Woods in a passing offense that won't muster much in the coming weeks (at Miami, at New Orleans, versus Kansas City and at Pittsburgh).
Tandon Doss, Baltimore Ravens
Doss wasn't fantasy-viable with Jacoby Jones out with injury, so with Jones back, you cannot expect much going forward. His Week 7 was an aberration.
Kris Durham, Detroit Lions
Durham has gotten a lot of targets with Calvin Johnson (knee) nursing an injury, but we still expect Ryan Broyles (knee) to get healthier and more of the targets in future weeks. Durham is not a good play against the Bengals secondary this week, and the short term should be all you are looking at with him.
Greg Little, Cleveland Browns
The former second-round pick caught a short touchdown in Week 6, much to the dismay of Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron owners, but he still has issues with drops and is a bad third option in an offense that just doesn't have the same juice with Brandon Weeden back under center again.