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Each week, TSN.ca takes a look at the top available players in fantasy football ahead of the weekly waiver deadline. Quarterbacks Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (vs. Cardinals) Last Week: 18/34, 282 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT Carr’s breakout game coincided with Tony Sparano’s coaching debut and the Raiders’ abandonment of Dennis Allen’s ultra-conservative offensive game plan. Gone are the days of 0-yard passes for the rookie QB as Carr was among the league leaders in 20+ yard passes in Week 6. Carr is still very much a QB2 or bye week replacement at this point, but he’s a promising young QB who, with the vertical passing game now opened up in Oakland, is now worth a look. His Week 6 line would have looked even better if it weren’t for the five drops accumulated by Raiders receivers, but that’s a problem Carr will likely have to deal with all season. While Teddy Bridgwater very much came back to earth on Sunday, another rookie QB showing promise and worth a look in deep fantasy leagues is Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (vs. Falcons) Last Week: 21/29, 306 yards, 5 TDs There’s at least a decent chance Flacco is owned in your fantasy league but if he’s not, he should be. The veteran QB was on his way to the greatest fantasy score ever on Sunday before the Ravens took their foot off the gas pedal against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Flacco isn’t a very good quarterback, except that he might be. His real football value is hard to figure out but his fantasy football value is clearer: Flacco’s playing like a borderline QB1 who may still be available on the waiver wire. Running Backs Antone Smith, Atlanta Falcons (at Ravens) Last Week: 2 carries, 5 yards; 4 receptions, 64 yards, 1 TD The Falcons backfield hierarchy is very hard to figure out; four backs got carries last week, Steven Jackson leading the way with a paltry six. What isn’t hard to figure out is Smith’s value as a playmaker. Although he only received two carries against the Chicago Bears Sunday, the RB was utilized in the passing game where he more clearly showcased his talent. Worst case scenario owning Smith is you have a boom-or-bust RB that’s shown he can be a game-breaker. Best case is head coach Mike Smith follows through on his promise to involve Smith in the offence more and the talented runner gets the opportunity to really reward fantasy owners. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders (vs. Cardinals) Last Week: 14 carries, 80 yards; 2 receptions, 6 yards A funny thing happens when you open up the passing game, your running back faces far less crowded fronts and even if he is as pedestrian as McFadden has proven to be, he can rack up yards. All joking aside, McFadden had his best game of the year Sunday against the San Diego Chargers and it’s clear even with Sparano in charge, he’s the preferred back for carries over Maurice Jones-Drew. Storm Johnson, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Browns) Last Week: 10 carries, 21 yards, 1 TD Johnson is on this list because every starting running back in the league should be owned, even the one starting for the Jaguars. Johnson’s below average day was saved by a touchdown but that certainly won’t happen every week in Jacksonville’s offence. Toby Gerhart failed and Johnson likely will too in this environment. He’s probably best kept on your bench. Wide Receivers Andre Holmes, Oakland Raiders (vs. Cardinals) Last Week: 4 receptions (8 targets), 121 yards, 2 TDs Holmes is the third Raiders player to make this week’s list, another beneficiary of Sparano opening things up on offence in Oakland. While James Jones may end up with more targets, and would be a decent waiver wire pickup as well, Holmes is clearly Carr’s deep threat option so the potential for big plays is higher with the third-year receiver. Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills (vs. Vikings) Last Week: 7 receptions (10 targets), 78 yards, 1 TD Woods has a lot of things going in his favour these days. Kyle Orton is a more capable QB than EJ Manuel, the Bills have apparently moved on from Mike Williams, and opponents are locking in on top option Sammy Watkins. Watkins won’t be shut down every week like he was on Revis Island against the Patriots, but he’ll still usually garner the attention of opponent’s top CB which could lead to enough opportunity for Woods, now clearly the team’s No. 2 receiver, to put up strong fantasy lines. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants (at Cowboys) Last Week: 2 receptions (4 targets), 28 yards I had Beckham on the list last week and despite his disappointing line Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, I’m even higher on the rookie heading into Week 7. The reason of course is Victor Cruz’s season-ending knee injury. It comes in terrible circumstances of course, but Beckham now moves up the depth chart one spot and will get increased opportunity to capitalize on his potential. I was also impressed by Beckham’s college teammate and fellow rookie Jarvis Landry, who put up a strong line for the Miami Dolphins Sunday and could be worth a look at well. Tight Ends Jace Amaro, New York Jets (vs. Browns) Last Week: 10 receptions (12 targets), 68 yards, 1 TD Amaro’s breakout performance should be tampered a bit because he’s still in the Jets awful offence. But the rookie proved he can be, and probably will be a pass-catching threat for years to come. If Geno Smith continues to target Amaro at the rate he did on Sunday, the Texas Tech alum should be able to manage enough yards to be considered a borderline TE1. That remains to be seen. Clay Harbor, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Browns) Last Week: 3 receptions (4 targets), 91 yards, 1 TD Harbor will be hard-pressed to ever repeat his Week 6 line but until Marcedes Lewis returns from injury, he’ll remain rookie QB Bortles’ safety valve and trusted target which could be good enough for a bye week replacement start. Fantasy Football powered by Coors Light. Whitney Mercilus Jersey . 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