When fantasy owners think offense, odds are the Kansas City Chiefs aren't the first team to come to mind.
Matt Cassel(notes) has thrown for only three more yards than rookie Matthew Stafford(notes) this season, and Larry Johnson(notes) is averaging just 2.7 yards per carry. Altogether, the Chiefs own the NFL's third-worst offense.
With six teams on bye in Week 7, experts in the 14-team Yahoo! Friends and Family League are being forced to think outside the box. In one owner's case, that means thinking Kansas City.
The following is a breakdown of the deeper options experts are turning to this week in lieu of bye weeks. Last week's top play belonged to Andy Behrens, who wasn't missing Dallas Clark(notes) thanks to Zach Miller (24.4 points).
Clinton Portis(notes) has a bad right leg, and that's naturally good for Ladell Betts, the likely beneficiary if Portis misses time. Even if Portis doesn't, Betts still has some value in Week 7. Nine of Betts' 11 receptions this season have come when the team is playing from behind, and the Redskins could find themselves in an early hole if the Eagles can bounce back from last week's debacle. A Portis injury and Eagles blowout are two scenarios that Betts owners should be watching for on Monday night.
Bobby Wade(notes) and Sean Ryan(notes)
PLUS league usage: 15-percent and 11-percent owned, 7-percent and 6-percent started
Replacing: Brandon Marshall(notes) and Todd Heap(notes)
The Chargers defense is hurting. Its spine was ripped out in Week 1 with Jamal Williams'(notes) season-ending triceps injury, and Shawne Merriman(notes) still looks sluggish on the field as he works his way back from knee surgery. With the inability to stop the run and sustain a pass rush, the Chiefs offense suddenly becomes an intriguing investment option. Tight ends typically carve up this defense (most recent case: Tony Scheffler(notes) last week), so Ryan is a fantastic option. Wade is more of a long shot, but at least Cassel will have time in the pocket to find him.
Moore had five touches last week for the third straight game despite the return of Willie Parker(notes). All of those touches came on the ground in the final 4:21 of the contest with Pittsburgh running out the clock. (Mike Tomlin trusted Moore to secure the ball more than he did Rashard Mendenhall(notes) or Parker, who both lost fumbles earlier in the game.) Moore's best bet for carries this week will again be in the fourth quarter if the Steelers are up, and he may also see a couple of targets in the third-down passing game against his former team.
There's no real explanation for it, but so far Caldwell's production this season has been defined by his home/away splits. The second-year receiver has two catches in each of his three road games and six catches in each of his three at home. It's a weak trend to count on with the Bengals hosting the Bears, but Caldwell is owned in nearly half of all PLUS leagues for a reason. The second-year receiver has outperformed Laveranues Coles(notes) and outshined a hobbled Chris Henry to emerge as a viable No. 2 option in the Bengals passing game. He's a good start this week against a middle-of-the-road pass defense.
For the second straight week, there's a trade to report in the Friends and Family League.
"Frankly, rotating Earl Bennett(notes) and Mike Wallace(notes) was driving me to drink high-proof liquors in unhealthy quantities," Evans said in an email interview. "Nicks provides much needed stability. The rookie has emerged as a consistent scoring threat for New York and his fantasy supporters, splashing pay-dirt in three consecutive games. Conceivably, he could average roughly 4-5 catches, and 70 yards with an additional 4-5 scores going forward."
"Donald Brown will have occasional productive game, and he gives me some much-needed depth at RB," Liss said. "If Addai goes down, Brown could win me the league."
Working the Wire
The following section catalogs the transactions made in the Friends and Family League following each week of the regular season. Every owner has a $100 free agent acquisition budget for the year to be used on players clearing waivers.
The move: Evans dropped Cassel and added Laurence Maroney(notes) for $52.
The logic: With Fred Taylor(notes) and Sammy Morris(notes) out for the foreseeable future, Maroney is the new head of the Patriots' running game. Of course, he's not alone. BenJarvus Green-Ellis(notes) can be expected to steal some carries and perhaps shock the world, and Kevin Faulk(notes) should be active on passing downs as usual. Still, Maroney is the guy to own.
The move: Matt Romig dropped David Garrard(notes) and added Justin Fargas(notes) for $21.
The logic: It's been Fargas, not Michael Bush(notes), who has emerged as the primary back in Oakland with Darren McFadden(notes) (knee) out. Fargas makes for a great play in Week 7 against the Kris Jenkins(notes)-less Jets defense and should be started in more than the 13 percent of PLUS leagues rosters that he is now.
Other adds: Green-Ellis, Caldwell, Indianapolis defense, San Diego defense, Ryan, Faulk, Cleveland defense, James Jones(notes), Nick Folk(notes), Oakland defense, Garrard, Moore, Ryan Succop(notes), Coles, Wade, Betts, Chicago defense
Other drops: Daunte Culpepper(notes), David Clowney(notes), Nate Washington(notes), Denver defense, Justin Forsett(notes), Mark Sanchez(notes), Josh Morgan(notes), Josh Scobee(notes), Muhsin Muhammad(notes), Jason Elam(notes), Washington defense, Danny Ware(notes), Miller, Dennis Northcutt(notes), Baltimore defense, Heap, Arizona defense
- Ladell Betts