The NFL season is a third of the way done. How are your teams faring after another week of injuries? We'll highlight a couple of key acquisitions that could make or break your week 7 lineup and beyond.
D'Ernest Johnson (RB-CLE) - 1.4% Rostered
With injuries and bye weeks pressing owners to start guys they'd rather leave stashed on the bench, Johnson may be the fill in for you this week. Nick Chubb missed Sunday's game due to injury, and Kareem Hunt left during the game, making them both doubtful for Thursday's game against the Denver Broncos. Johnson has been productive as the lead back in this offense, logging 95 yards on 13 carries in his lone start against Dallas last year. The Browns operate a run heavy offense, which should give Johnson plenty of opportunity to get the volume he needs to success. Even though Denver has a strong defense, they've allowed more than 14 points per game to lead backs in the last three games. Johnson is a strong RB2 this week as a spot starter.
Zach Ertz (TE-ARI) - 48.3% Rostered
Even though Ertz is rostered more than most of the players we look at in this weekly column, it's important to highlight the trade the Cardinals just made to acquire him and the role he may have in this offense. Maxx Williams was averaging just north of 4 targets per game before his injury. Although there are a number of weapons involved in the Cardinals offense, Ertz represents a strong red-zone threat on a high-powered offense for an undefeated Arizona team. It may take him a week or two to get up to speed, but look for him to be more involved in the offense than Williams was.
Rashaad Penny (RB-SEA) - 4.5% Rostered
Chris Carson is already on the IR, and Alex Collins exited the Seahawks' week 6 contents against Pittsburgh with an injury of his own. If Collins misses any time, the backfield would be Penny's to lead, assuming he is activated off of IR this week. With the number of injuries plaguing the backfield of the Seahawks at the moment, it's anyone's guess who of these three backs leads in touches the rest of the way, but Penny could be worthy of an RB2 flier should he be named the starter for Monday Night's game against the Saints.
Nico Collins (WR-HOU) - 2.0% Rostered
Collins saw his first action in week 6 since a nasty shoulder injury sidelined him in week 2, and caught four of six targets for 44 yards. He was on the field for 43 snaps, good for 57% of Houston's offensive plays, and showed good chemistry with rookie QB Davis Mills. While Brandin Cooks is far and away the clear-cut WR1 on this team, Collins could figure to get solid volume on a team that will be playing from behind often, such as this week's game against the undefeated Cardinals.
Carson Wentz (QB-IND) - 24.7% Rostered
Just when you thought it was time to give up on the North Dakota State product after a disappointing week 3 against Tennessee, he has put up 2 TDs and 220+ yards in each of his last 3 games for a respectable QB2 ranking. While we don't advise you to start Wentz against a strong 49ers defense that's coming off of a bye week, he has a tantalizing slate in the following three games where he'll do battle with Tennessee again, followed by the New York Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wentz should be viewed as a low-end QB1 or a high-end QB2 for each of those three matchups. Roster him this week, and save the waiver bucks next week.