With sluggish starts becoming trends for some fantasy football stars and injuries beginning to take their toll on rosters across the league, finding and adding productive players has never been more important for fantasy owners.
Many owners were counting on top-flight fantasy producers like Michael Vick and DeMarco Murray to lead them to victory in 2013. But injuries to those players have opened the door for their backups, who can still be picked up in most leagues.
Here, I'll showcase a must-add player at each position heading into Week 7.
*Availability and standard-league scoring statistics according to ESPN Fantasy.
Quarterback: Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Own Percentage: 26.3
Average Points: 8.2
Week 7 Opponent: Dallas Cowboys
With Michael Vick's hamstring injury turning out to be more serious than originally thought, Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles is a must-add for fantasy owners looking to get more production from their starting signal-caller.
Foles is available in nearly 74 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues coming into Week 7 and should be available in a majority of leagues across the country.
Don't waste any time adding the second-year player, though, as he'll have an excellent chance to explode in Week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys' 30th-ranked pass defense. With nearly 500 yards passing and six total touchdowns over the past six-plus quarters of football, Foles is playing too well to pass up this week.
Running Back: Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys
Own Percentage: 35.2
Average Points: 1.3
Week 7 Opponent: Philadelphia Eagles
Cowboys rookie Joseph Randle is flying under the radar coming into Week 7, but fantasy owners who are desperate for a running back or are looking for a quality flex option should consider the former Oklahoma State star.
Randle carried the ball 11 times in place of DeMarco Murray in Week 6 and scored a touchdown on the goal line to churn out eight fantasy points. Murray is preparing to play this week against Philadelphia, but is unlikely to make a serious impact if he even plays at all as he continues to recover from a sprained left knee.
With a heavy workload likely to come his way this weekend, Randle is a no-brainer at running back.
Wide Receiver: Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Own Percentage: 73.3
Average Points: 19.0 (since returning from suspension in Week 5)
Week 7 Opponent: San Diego Chargers
Despite back-to-back stellar fantasy performances against St. Louis and Denver, Jaguars second-year wideout Justin Blackmon is still available in over a quarter of all ESPN fantasy leagues.
The reason being that Blackmon missed the first four games of the season because of suspension.
However, since his return to the lineup in Week 5, Blackmon has been targeted 29 times, catching 19 balls for 326 yards and a score. He's averaging 19 fantasy points per week and is sure to go off again this weekend against the San Diego Chargers, who sport the league's 25th-ranked pass defense.
The Bolts are surrendering slightly more than 12 yards per reception in 2013 and have allowed 10 touchdowns through the air in six games.
Below, Bleacher Report's Josh Zerkle highlights a handful of other pass-catchers worth adding this week.
Tight End: Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins
Own Percentage: 39.1
Average Points: 9.2
Week 7 Opponent: Buffalo Bills
If you're in the market for a productive tight end in Week 7, Miami's Charles Clay is your man.
Clay has scored a touchdown in each of his past two outings and has been targeted 31 times in five games thus far, catching 23 passes for nearly 300 yards and two scores.
On Sunday afternoon, Clay will be matched up against a Buffalo Bills defense that has allowed 12 touchdowns through the air in six games this season. Clay is averaging over nine fantasy points per week in standard-scoring leagues and brings both consistency and potential to the table at the tight end spot.
Defense/Special Teams: Carolina Panthers
Own Percentage: 38.5
Average Points: 10.2
Week 7 Opponent: St. Louis Rams
Only three defense-special teams units are averaging more fantasy points per week than the Carolina Panthers this season. Carolina is averaging 10.2 fantasy points per game in 2013, but 14.3 over its past three games.
Surprisingly, the Panthers are only owned in 38.5 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues coming into Week 7. Therefore, this unit should be available in a majority of leagues, making it a must-add this October.
Kicker: Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers
Own Percentage: 2.7
Average Points: 8.4
Week 7 Opponent: Baltimore Ravens
Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham is only owned in 2.7 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues this season, but is averaging 12 fantasy points per week over the Steelers' past three games.
In Week 7, Suisham and the Steelers will be up against the division rival Baltimore Ravens in a matchup that should produce several field-goal opportunities for both teams. That's fantastic news for fantasy owners, considering the veteran has nailed all 10 of his field-goal attempts this year in addition to connecting on all eight of his extra-point tries.
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