By Thomas J. Harrigan, Fantasy Sports Writer
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Injuries have thrust several fantasy unknowns into potentially prosperous roles in Week 7.
How should fantasy owners proceed?
Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas - With DeMarco Murray likely out with a sprained left knee, Randle will draw the start Sunday against the Eagles. However, the rookie is only a flex play and here's why: in his four healthy games against non-Rams opponents, Murray rushed for 224 yards on 58 carries, an average of 14.5 carries per game. Murray does have 24 catches this season, but Randle likely to lose passing-down snaps to Phillip Tanner due to some blocking issues. The Cowboys won't have any problem moving the ball on Philadelphia, so Randle should have a few chances to punch in a short touchdown. For that reason he is a top-30 running back this week, but due to workload questions he isn't top 20.
Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta - With Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez running routes in Atlanta, Douglas needed not one but two injuries to become relevant in fantasy leagues. He got them when Jones suffered a season-ending foot injury and White aggravated his ankle sprain and strained his hamstring on top of it. Matt Ryan has thrown the ball 43.6 times per game this season and with Steven Jackson still out he should easily reach 40 throws again in Week 7 against the Buccaneers. Gonzalez will be Ryan's top target and should draw at least 14 looks for the third straight game, but 8-10 targets will be there for Douglas as well. If the Bucs were using Darrelle Revis solely in man coverage we might be worried about Douglas getting shut down, but since they are primarily using zone defenses, fantasy owners can start HD83 as a WR2 in Week 7.
Jarrett Boykin, WR, Green Bay - Randall Cobb went down with a broken fibula in Week 6, leaving Green Bay at least one receiver short going into Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. James Jones sprained his PCL in the same game and while he is questionable, he'll likely miss the game too. That means it will be Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley and Boykin as the top three receivers for Aaron Rodgers. Cleveland's lockdown cornerback Joe Haden will probably man-up on Nelson, so Rodgers cannot look his way as often as he did in Week 6. Finley and Boykin will be there to collect the stray targets, and the latter makes for a WR3 in 10-team leagues.
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