Early fantasy pickups: Aaron Rodgers fill-ins and navigating Week 7 byes

Liz Loza

Aaron Rodgers could be done for the season after suffering a broken collarbone on a brutal hit against the Minnesota Vikings. Jameis Winston had to leave on Sunday with a shoulder injury. The game’s hottest quarterback, Deshaun Watson, is on a bye in Week 7, as is Matthew Stafford. All this points to many fantasy owners needing quarterback help.

Whether you’re looking for a long-term fix with Rodgers out or just need a one week stopgap, here are some quarterbacks to consider on the waiver wire.

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: He’s been better since Bill Lazor was installed as offensive coordinator and had a week to work on things during the Bengals’ bye. Dalton has been a QB1 for fantasy purposes in last two games. He’s currently available in 55% of Yahoo leagues.

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills: While he lacks weapons to target, being a dual-threat QB helps his value. He has yet to crack 225 yards passing this season, so you’re hoping he’ll limit his turnovers (just two so far) and add some fantasy points with his legs. Taylor is available in 64 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets: For those of you in deeper leagues, McCown is a widely available option. He took advantage of a forgiving New England Patriots defense in Week 6, posting 354 yards and two touchdowns. He faces the Dolphins next and put up 249 yards against them in a Week 3 win.

Meanwhile, viable running back and receiver options are tough to come by in what was a sloppy week of action. But here are three players to consider.

Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets: Back from a toe injury, Forte and Elijah McGuire split the rushing duties. Forte rushed for 22 yards on nine totes and McGuire racking up the same number of yards on 10 carries. Via the air, however, Forte was the preferred check-down option. Third in team targets, the dual-threat converted all 8 of his looks for 59 receiving yards. His volume should hold steady if Bilal Powell (calf) continues to miss time. Forte is owned in 21 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins: With DeVante Parker (ankle) sidelined, Stills saw his workload increase. Catching 4 of 4 balls for 49 yards and a score, the Oklahoma product had his most productive week of the season on Sunday. If Parker doesn’t return, Stills has flex appeal vs. the Jets in Week 7. He’s currently available in over 80 percent of Yahoo leagues.

George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers: Targeted 17 times over the past two weeks, Kittle caught 4 balls for 46 yards. While he didn’t manage to find the end zone for the second straight week, he continued to move the chains for San Francisco and was heavily relied upon by fellow Hawkeye, C.J. Beathard. Kittle is currently owned in under 10 percent of Yahoo leagues.

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