UPDATE: Mohamed Sanu has been traded to the Patriots. He’s available in 49 percent of leagues and is a worthwhile add for at least speculative purposes until we see just how involved he will be in this offense.
Week 7 is officially a wrap, and that means it is time start getting your fantasy football rosters sorted out for Week 8. The wide receiver position is plenty deep week in and week out, but the key is finding the right matchup or the right playing time situation to add some depth to your roster.
Bye weeks remain a big issue, and there are a couple big names sidelined in Week 8. The Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys are sitting out the week, which means Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup won’t play. Rookie Marquise Brown is out as well, and hopefully can gt healthy over the bye week.
If you’re looking for some bye week or injury depth help, we have a look at what players are available in a majority of ESPN fantasy football leagues. Here are six players worth targeting who are still available in the majority of leagues.
Kenny Stills/Keke Coutee, Houston Texans (15.2/22.2 percent)
Will Fuller is going to miss at least a few weeks due to what is being described as a significant hamstring pull. In his absence, Stills will start opposite DeAndre Hopkins and Coutee will move into the slot role with more regularity. In Week 7, Stills had four receptions for 105 yards and Coutee had three receptions for 25 yards and a rushing touchdown. Stills is the better fantasy option, but both could have some upside, particularly this week against Oakland.
Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts (0.2 percent)
The Colts have struggled to find a No. 2 receiver opposite T.Y. Hilton. Pascal had a monster game vs. Houston, catching six receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns. He’s been hit or miss, so don’t expect nearly this kind of production every week — particularly with tough matchups against Denver and Pittsburgh coming up. But he’s a solid stash to see if he can build on it and emerge as the team’s No. 2.
Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (43.9 percent)
I have little interest in rolling the dice with Ryan Tannehill, but maybe he will provide an upgrade to the Titans pass catchers that Marcus Mariota could not? Davis had six receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown, with a season high seven targets. He’s on the higher end in waiver ownership levels, but he could develop into a solid bye week fill-in, or maybe even flex if Tannehill emerges as a not awful quarterback.
DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (8.6 percent)
The Dolphins stink, but Parker is showing some life. He’s now found the end zone in three straight games, coming off a five reception, 55-yard game against a solid Bills defense. Ryan Fitzpatrick is all over the place, but given Fitzmagic’s willingness to chuck it up, maybe it represents an upgrade for Parker. He faces a tough Steelers defense in Week 8, but then a bad Jets defense in Week 9. I’m not saying you spend No. 1 overall waiver priority on Parker, but there’s some upside there.
Alex Erickson, Cincinnati Bengals (0.4 percent)
A.J. Green is likely out until after the trade deadline, even if his coach wants us to think he could maybe get back this week. In his absence, Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate are the team’s starters and Erickson is the third receiver. Erickson had a breakout performance in Week 7 against the Jaguars, catching eight passes for 137 yards. The Rams will be a tougher matchup, although maybe Erickson is the lone man open. He’s a limited option — especially if Green is back after the team’s Week 9 bye — but we’re at the point where speculation is the name of the game.