Bring in the Backups: Bench Players You Can Start in Week 7 Fantasy Football

Dan Israeli
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Week 7 of the fantasy football season is upon us, with four teams (Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers) on bye. Considering a bunch of elite fantasy options will be unavailable this week, fantasy owners will need to look to their benches for fill-in starters.

Luckily, there are a number of great options this week with prime matchups worth exploiting. Here are three players, likely on your bench, to consider for Week 7 of fantasy football.

1. Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants (Started in 15 Percent of Yahoo! Leagues)

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Daniel Jones entered the fantasy football world with a bang, passing for 336 yards with four combined touchdowns in his first career start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3. He has struggled in three games since, but has also been without many of his top skill players due to injury. While he will be missing Sterling Shepard yet again in Week 7, he will have Golden Tate and Evan Engram at his disposal in a dream matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, who give up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.

2. Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills (Started in 39 Percent of Yahoo! Leagues)

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After flashing some potential on limited touches in Weeks 1 and 2, Devin Singletary missed the Buffalo Bills' next three games with a hamstring injury. He had a Week 6 bye to get some extra recovery time, and is tentatively expected to make his return to the field in Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins. If Singletary does indeed play, the matchup can't get much better against Miami, who is giving up the second-most fantasy points to running backs. Singletary will likely compete with Frank Gore for snaps, but even with limited touches, the rookie can do plenty of damage against a terrible Miami defense, in a game where the Bills are heavy home favorites.

3. Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay Packers (Started in 12 Percent of Yahoo! Leagues)

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Allen Lazard was only recently added to several fantasy football benches, as he was almost universally unowned before his breakout performance against the Detroit Lions in Week 6. With Green Bay Packers wide receivers dropping like flies, Lazard was thrust into action on Monday Night Football and responded with four catches for 65 yards, including a crucial fourth quarter TD. Undrafted out of Iowa State in 2018, Lazard possesses great size at 6'5", 227 pounds. With the potential of Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantiling all being out Sunday, Lazard would become the defacto No. 1 WR for Aaron Rodgers in a great matchup against the Oakland Raiders, who are giving up the seventh-most fantasy points to WRs.

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