Injuries and bye weeks are starting to take their toll on fantasy football teams across the country and poor roster management could leave borderline playoff teams on the outside looking in. So if you’re a part of the downtrodden masses, we’ve got you covered. Here are the top players available in most leagues this week.

Orleans Darkwa, RB, NYG – Owned in 47.7% of leagues

The New York Giants are the shell of a team. Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall are out for the season, running back Paul Perkins has been struggling with injury for the past few weeks, and their quarterback is Eli Manning, so that’s never a good thing.1 Over the past few weeks, though, Darkwa has been revealed as the only useable asset in the steaming pile of horse feces that this offense has become. Darkwa is getting the bulk of looks out of the backfield and has been electric when he gets his hands on the ball.

Kendall Wright, WR, CHI – Owned in 13.5% of leagues

Chicago might not be the most explosive of teams or, like, any good at all but Wright leads the team in receiving yards and is second in targets. Rookie Mitch Trubisky is starting his third game in a row this Sunday and he appears to be building a healthy rapport with Wright. In a deep league and with a team that’s facing down some injuries and a few byes, Wright is a good fill-in candidate, particularly in PPR leagues.

Mike Williams, WR, LAC – Owned in 13.9% of leagues

The rookie wide receiver might have been sidelined for the first six weeks of NFL play but he was drafted 7th overall for a reason. He’s coming off an injury and only saw seven snaps in his debut but he’s got an impressive draft pedigree and is capable of making electric plays. If you’re building for the future in a keeper league, snag him now while you still can.

Jacoby Brissett, QB, IND – Owned in 15.7% of leagues

Running quarterbacks are always an alluring waiver move to make but seldom do they actually pan out.2 Brissett might be an exception. He’s on a team that has receivers capable of getting open on any given play and he’s been making the most out of his opportunity, passing for an average of 232 yards since Week 2 and scoring six total TDs. If you’re limping into Week 7 and struggling at QB – like many teams are this year – Brissett is an excellent option to plug into your roster.

  1. Unless he’s playing the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
  2. Shout out to Michael Vick circa 2010-11.

Alex Schillinger is an editor and contributor at The Read Option.

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