Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of RotoWire and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He's also in the FSWA Hall of Fame. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).
The ugliest bye week of the season yet is upon us, leading to some tough lineup choices. You might have to play good players in bad matchups out of necessity, such as Alshon Jeffery against the Vikings.
The Giants and Saints rightfully will get a lot of attention this week for their shootout potential, but Amari Cooper and the Raiders should have a good offensive matchup as well for the second week in a row.
Todd Gurley faces the Browns this week in an ideal matchup, but is it enough to overtake Le'Veon Bell as the week's top back? Check out that and all of Jeff Erickson's Week 7 rankings in this week's Value Meter.
Jeremy Hill burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2014 and vaulted himself into the conversation as a top-10 running back. His development in year two will go along way to providing a stable running game behind signal caller Andy Dalton.
Usually the opponent of the Saints merits an automatic downgrade in the defensive rankings. But what do we make out of the Lions this week, given how they shut down the Packers at home earlier, the Saints' road numbers and Jimmy Graham's possible absence?
Is chasing saves on the waiver wire a fool's game? Sadly, Jeff Erickson is just that fool in the NFBC this year, and this week he chased after the Diamondbacks' possible saves if Addison Reed's tired arm persists.
Derek VanRiper is pretty steamed about Jose Fernandez's elbow injury, the latest to hit his NL LABR team. He fills in for Chris Liss this week and discusses the TJS epidemic and its fantasy implications.
Matt Kemp had a huge game Sunday night, but he and the Dodgers have only five games this week. See what else is noteworthy on the schedule, and the results from bidding in the NFBC and major expert leagues this week.
The Reds were surprisingly quiet this offseason on the free agent market, instead relying on youngsters like Tony Cingrani and Billy Hamilton to fill key vacancies. Will that be enough to keep up with the Cardinals and Pirates?
The wide receivers get really thin really quick this week - with the likes of Megatron, the Denver trio, Fitzgerald and Victor Cruz all on bye. Does Harry Douglas merit a top 10 spot, even with a bad matchup?
A frequent debate when discussing wide receivers is the effect of one top wideout when the team loses another one to injury. This week Jordy Nelson's owners face that dilemma - more targets vs. more attention.
Some people probably have sworn to never draft Kenny Britt again after last year's trying season. That's exactly the sort of mentality that can lead to you making a big profit. See who else makes Jeff Erickson's list.
Can you really buy low on Starlin Castro? Are you interested in the All-Star game at all? If not, what would it take to make you interested in the game? That and more, from Chris Liss and Jeff Erickson. (WITH VIDEO)