Week 7: Player Upgrades
As has been the theme of this week's Player Upgrades, the Pittsburgh Steelers have four games remaining on their schedule against extremely vulnerable defensive secondaries which rank among the bottom-five in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. Those opponents are the Redskins, Browns (twice) and Chargers. For Washington and Cleveland, both teams rank at the very bottom, having allowed WRs to score a whopping 403.2 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues (no PPR, 0.1 pt per yd, six pts per TD). This averages out to 33.6 fantasy points per game. San Diego has actually been dead-last in the NFL over the last three weeks since they've allowed an absurd 47 receptions for 657 yards and eight TDs. So while this doesn't guarantee that Mike Wallace makes a big splash in those games, considering he is the Steelers' No. 1 receiver, he is a very safe bet (as is Antonio Brown).
Fantasy owners will be hard-pressed to find anybody, including Kellen Davis' mom, who would argue that he is a valuable fantasy commodity. Luckily for him, over the next month he doesn't face a single defense that has fared well against opposing tight ends. Games against Detroit, Carolina, Tennessee, and Houston are all very favorable matchups. What makes this advantageous is that Davis can be had for nothing from just about every league's waiver wire. Davis is outside the Top 30 at his position and is worth a flier if you need a bye-week replacement or short-term fix. Don't sit Kyle Rudolph in favor of Davis or trade away some depth to acquire him. The aim of this recommendation is only to suggest that Davis should outperform his current production when facing these four below-average defenses. It's up to you to determine if he can realistically outscore the tight end(s) currently on your roster.