We are nearly halfway through the NFL season, and we are definitely halfway through the Fantasy Football season. Despite that, you can never stop trying to improve your lineup. Last season, a guy like C.J. Anderson swung the momentum of Fantasy leagues everywhere, so you can never rest thinking you have the best team.
Injuries always seem to be the biggest factor in a player’s change in fortune, but a change of scenery sometimes also helps. The following seven players are guys who had their stock rise in Week 7. They are either guys you need to move on now, or some that you need to keep a very close eye on in the coming week. Follow me on Twitter @fightingchance.
Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs
A week after totally disappointing those who went running to the waiver wire, West bounced back for a huge game to reward them. Hopefully you weren’t like me and put him on the bench and cost you a week. Excuse me while I go to therapy! West had 22 carries, while the next highest guy had just three rushes. He won’t bring a ton of receptions, but he will be the Chiefs workhorse going forward and should be someone you (and I) trust.
Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys
Joseph Randle owners certainly didn’t want to see this! On Sunday, McFadden took charge of the crowded Cowboy ball carriers as he ran the ball for yards and a touchdown. We knew that McFadden was going to pick up the slack catching the ball out of the backfield with Lance Dunbar’s injury, but now has he gained control of early down carries as well? It is a complicated situation and one that will probably change a couple more times during the season, but McFadden clearly has what it takes to succeed, especially while Randle is banged up (oblique).
Robert Turbin, Cleveland Browns
It is a terrible running back by committee in Cleveland, but last week Turbin led the team in carries, and this week he led the team in rushing yards. Of course, he did that by having just 30 yards, but he did average six yards per carry. Duke Johnson, Jr. will get the bulk of the work on passing downs, but keep an eye out to see if Turbin starts to get more touches than the other guys that run the ball in Cleveland.
Alfred Blue, Houston Texans
Arian Foster is officially lost for the season, and while the Texans don’t have a backup that you can really sink your teeth into, Blue should be the player that brings the most Fantasy value. Chris Polk will catch some passes, and even Jonathan Grimes is going to get some action. If you are in desperate need of a running back, Blue will at least bring some value.
Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
The Patriots continue to assault the league through the air, and although he was forgotten last season, all of a sudden Tom Brady is looking Amendola’s way a lot more lately. He has 15 catches for nearly 200 yards and a touchdown in the last two weeks. It certainly seems like New England is dead set on lighting up each and every game through the passing game and Amendola is a solid beneficiary of this.
Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills
After a solid 2014, Woods had struggled in the beginning of the season. Woods has definitely picked it up over the past two games as he has 13 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. The Bills are having a heck of a time trying to run the ball this season and it has forced his team to try to win games through the air. With Sammy Watkins struggling to stay healthy, Woods could be the most reliable receiver on the team this season.
Albert Wilson, Kansas City Chiefs
No one will ever mistake the Chiefs passing game for the Packers or the Patriots, but all of a sudden it seems that Albert Wilson is trying to differentiate himself from the other options. He was helped by Jeremy Maclin’s injuries lately, but Wilson has still topped 55 yards in each of the last two weeks. If you are in a deep league, perhaps you can look Wilson’s way for some help.