Cowboys' Felix Jones tops waiver wire targets after Week 6
Many top running backs are out in Week 6, the heaviest bye week of the year
Alex Green, not James Starks, has emerged as the Packers' top running back
Domenik Hixon has seen 25 targets from Eli Manning over past three weeks
Rest easy, fantasy owners: It's not a Lisfranc injury. DeMarco Murray is most likely only out for a short time.
There is an opportunity here, though. There are six teams on bye this week, the most of the year. LeSean McCoy and the Eagles are on bye. Ditto Ryan Mathews and the Chargers. And Michael Turner and Atlanta, Jamaal Charles and Kansas City and Reggie Bush and Miami. With all those running backs out this week, there's a chance you'll need to take a one-week flier on a guy.
Enter Felix Jones. The Cowboys' backup rushed 18 times for 91 yards and a touchdown after Murray left with an injury in Week 6, and will be the starter this week if Murray can't go.
The matchup is a good one: Carolina allows the second-most points to running backs. Murray will be back, so Jones isn't an option for the rest of the season, but he's likely to put up huge numbers as a one-week flier.
Matt Hasselbeck, Titans (six percent owned in Yahoo! leagues): Here's another one-week play. Jake Locker has already been ruled out for Week 7, so Hasselbeck gets a tasty matchup against the Bills, probably the worst defense in the league. The Bills defense is allowing the sixth-most points to fantasy quarterbacks.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks (19 percent): The rookie has only had two bad games -- the opener, and two weeks ago against St. Louis -- and turned in the best performance of his career in a 24-23 comeback win over the Patriots Sunday. He's not a good play for the short week against the 49ers Thursday, but the next three games -- Lions, Vikings, Jets -- are all OK matchups.
Alex Green, Packers (51 percent): The Texans have a solid run defense, and so Green's line of 65 yards rushing and eight yards receiving on one target doesn't look that great. But what's promising is this: Green had 22 carries. James Starks had just five. He's the guy to grab if you need a running back going forward. And this week the Packers play the Rams, a below-average run defense.
William Powell, Cardinals (31 percent): Powell's line -- 13 carries for 70 yards, one catch for eight yards -- was a little better than Green's. Sure, Powell's came against a bad Buffalo run defense, but he completely outclassed LaRod Stevens-Howling (11 carries for 22 yards). Unfortunately, the Vikings and 49ers aren't promising matchups the next two weeks. Powell's a guy to add for depth.
LeGarrette Blount, Buccaneers (18 percent): Rookie Doug Martin is still the starter in Tampa Bay, but Blount has scored the past two weeks. Blount ran seven times for 58 yards and the score on Sunday; he has 13 carries the last two games after just nine the first three. Blount's score came in garbage time; he's only an option in deep, touchdown heavy leagues or if you really need to take a flier on someone for a bye week. The Saints are a good matchup this week.
Montario Hardesty, Browns (three percent): He's only an option if Trent Richardson is ruled out for Sunday, but Richardson's rib injury isn't serious. Hardesty will most likely be back on the bench this week.
Domenik Hixon, Giants (38 percent): Hixon is perfect bye-week filler this week. He's available in most leagues, has a great matchup against the Redskins' porous secondary and he's seen 25 targets the last three weeks. Even if Hakeem Nicks comes back this week, the Giants' No. 3 receiver should still rack up the fantasy points.
Josh Gordon, Browns (14 percent): That's two big games in consecutive weeks from Gordon, who caught three passes for 99 yards and one score a week after catching two passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. He was only targeted four times this week, but saw eight looks the week before. Against a weak Colts secondary, there's a possibility of another big game.
Brandon Gibson, Rams (21 percent): With Danny Amendola's continued absence, Gibson is getting the majority of the looks right now. He caught seven passes for 91 yards on nine targets Sunday. The Rams play Green Bay this week, and the Packers struggle against No. 1 wide receivers. Although he didn't score, Andre Johnson caught eight passes for 74 yards and a score this week on 12 targets vs. the Packers secondary. As the season goes on, Chris Givens -- the Rams' deep threat -- could emerge as the No. 1, though.
Scott Chandler, Bills (52 percent): Chandler has just five catches and nine targets the past two weeks, but the Bills play Tennessee this week, by far the worst team in the league at defending the tight end. He'll get back on track this week and remains a good play against bad defenses because of his number of red zone opportunities.
Brandon Myers, Raiders (3 percent): The fourth-year man has become a favorite of Carson Palmer. He hasn't gotten into the end zone, but he's shown some promise: Myers is third on the Raiders in targets with 24, and he's caught an impressive 21 passes for 290 yards. Jacksonville defends the tight end well, so he's not the best play for this week, but as matchups dictate he could produce as bye-week filler.
Blair Walsh, Vikings (58 percent): There are quite a few rookie kickers who are producing in fantasy this year; Walsh hasn't had a game below eight fantasy points in standard scoring leagues, and four of his six weeks have produced double-digit fantasy points. He gets the Cardinals at home this week, where the Vikings' offense has been stellar.
Connor Barth, Buccaneers (three percent): Any kicker against the Saints defense gets opportunities -- they've given up the second-most fantasy points -- and Barth's kicking at home. He's also been a solid kicker all season, missing just one field goal, a 55-yarder.
Dallas Cowboys (26 percent): The Cowboys are definitely just a one-week play, but they're in Carolina Sunday. Cam Newton has five picks and three fumbles already this season and the Panthers' offensive line isn't very good. If you're stuck, Dallas could produce an adequate fantasy day.