Trashman’s Fantasy Fallout going into Week 7
Can you believe it? It’s almost halfway through the season, and if you’re reading this you haven’t smashed your computer on the curb yet. That or you’re loaded, in which case this is all water under bridge. Here’s the Fallout going into Week 7…
49ers vs Redskins
- Brian Hoyer was benched for rookie C.J. Beathard, and the 49ers were no worse for the wear. Beathard wasn’t the most impressive QB at this year’s Senior Bowl, but he can’t be much worse than Hoyer has been at getting the ball to his receivers. I’m not downgrading 49er skill players.
- It’s hard to say whether the 49ers were showcasing Carlos Hyde for potential trade partners or if they’ve resigned to him being their guy for now. In any case, it can only be good news for his owners. Keep shopping him though.
- With a young QB under center, TE George Kittle should see an uptick in targets for the foreseeable future.
- Using Chris Thompson as a primary back did not work for Washington on Sunday. He’s arguably their best pass catcher, and he’s best left in that role. Samaje Perine was slightly more effective on the ground, but I don’t see him having much success against Philly this week if Rob Kelley is still out.
- I’m not sure if Jordan Reed is still hurting or not, but splitting time and targets with Vernon Davis does little to help either of them in fantasy.
- Pick up Josh Doctson where you can. He’s slowly but surely becoming Washington’s most reliable WR.
Bears vs Ravens
- Mitch Trubisky got his first win as a game manager, with his offense being predicated on the run. I don’t expect this to change anytime soon. Jordan Howard should have a strong second half to his season.
- Tarik Cohen barely saved his game with a TD throw to Zach Miller, but his 14 carries keeps him relevant going into week 7.
- I’m done with Joe Flacco and any Ravens offensive player that isn’t a running back against Minnesota and maybe anybody else.
Browns vs Texans
- I don’t know who told Alex to get on the Kevin Hogan train, but he needs to end that relationship. Hogan is just as bad as Deshone Kizer, except he should know a bit better by now.
- Ricardo Louis led the Browns in targets with 7 but couldn’t do anything with them. With the QB play being what it is, he’s a longshot at best on any given week.
- D’Onta Foreman had 12 carries to Miller’s 15 in this one, but much of it was due to the Texans coming out with a big lead early on. He’s still not quite a standalone player.
- It’s hard to make an honest evaluation of Will Fuller right now. He’s only getting a handful of targets at most, but he keeps scoring. I guess you keep him in there as long as Watson is hot, which could be all season.
Dolphins vs Falcons
- Jay Ajayi has been pretty feast or famine this season, but I think it will be more of the former now that the Dolphins realize keeping the ball out of Jay Cutler‘s hands brings their best chance of winning football games.
- DeVante Parker still seems a way away. I like Kenny Stills‘ matchup against the Jets this week if Parker sits.
- Taylor Gabriel had a season high 8 targets on Sunday, but couldn’t get much going with them. I would try him again this week against the Patriots if Sanu continues to sit.
- Austin Hooper led the Falcons with 9 targets in this one. He makes for a nice streaming option this week as well if Sanu is out.
Lions vs Saints
- I’m not saying he’s a must start this week, but Marvin Jones is going to be a target hog against Pittsburgh this week, with no Golden Tate around. T.J. Jones is worth a long look in deep leagues as well.
- Daniel Fells is the preferred TE in Detroit.. Ebron has lost his mojo.
- The loss of Adrian Peterson has brought Mark Ingram back to RB 1 status. Enjoy the ride, as long as he’s healthy. Alvin Kamara is an RB 3 with upside for much more on a weekly basis.
- Don’t worry about Michael Thomas. Even the greats have bad days. He’ll go nuts against Green Bay this week. The same can’t be said for Snead this week. He’s moving back into the mix, but it’s a slow roll.
Packers vs Vikings
- The good news for Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery owners is that both of them are going to stay busy with Aaron Rodgers down for the count. They’re both flex starts against the Saints.
- We’ll see what QB Brett Hundley has this week as he faces the Saints, but I imagine we’ll see an uptick for Randall Cobb and Martellus Bennett as the Packers attempt to make things easier for Hundley by shortening the field.
- The Vikings are trying to get Latavius Murray involved, but with less than half the yardage of Jerick McKinnon on almost the same amount of carries should show them that it’s a failed cause. McKinnon is the guy in Minnesota.
- Teddy Bridgewater is close to returning, but I don’t see the Vikings shaking things up as long as they’re winning. With Baltimore and Cleveland up for the next 2 games, Case Keenum is likely the starter.
Patriots vs Jets
- Dion Lewis is becoming a weekly flex start. Fire him up against Atlanta this week.
- Chris Hogan took a major hit in the 2nd quarter that may have slowed him down for the remainder for the game. He should be good to go this week though, and he’s still a strong start.
- Elijah McGuire may have had his fifteen minutes. Matt Forte is playing ahead of him in the passing game, and Bilal Powell is slated to return.
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins needs to be owned in all formats. He’s a TE 1.
Buccaneers vs Cardinals
- Jameis Winston won’t throw until later in the week, so we won’t have a read on him for some time. There’s a real chance that Ryan Fitzpatrick starts against Buffalo on the road this week.
- Adam Humphries should be owned in PPR formats. He’s been a consistent factor in the offense all year.
- It’s safe to say that Adrian Peterson still has gas left in the tank. He’s a volume back that needs carries to flourish, and he’s going to get as many as he can handle in Arizona. Andre Ellington is an afterthought now.
- Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson are strictly boom or bust when John Brown is in the game. They’re both droppable for more consistent options.
Rams vs Jaguars
- Robert Woods has been the Rams best receiver in 3 of the last 4 games. With Sammy Watson getting the Patrick Peterson treatment this week, he makes for a sneaky start.
- Leonard Fournette is slated to play in week 7, but Chris Ivory needs to be added where you can fit him. He’s getting plenty of work.
- Marqise Lee‘s 83 yards is probably as good as he’s going to get with Blake Bortles. Good for you if you can live with that.
Chargers vs Raiders
- Hunter Henry has had a TD or 90 yards in his last 3 games. I’d say it’s safe to leave him in your lineups.
- Mike Williams only played 9 snaps in this one. He’s only a hold in dynasty leagues right now.
- I’m resigned to the fact that Marshawn Lynch has a low ceiling in this offense. It’s hard not to when you’re getting at most 15 carries a game. He’s a flex at best right now.
- Sell Amari Cooper where you can. His schedule is mostly stretches of brutality from here with a couple lighter games in weeks 9 and 11 – 10 is his bye.
Steelers vs Chiefs
- Martavis Bryant may not have asked for a trade, but I wouldn’t put it past him with the pittance of opportunities he’s being given. He’s too good to drop, but he should be in a lot of trade offers going out. JuJu Smith-Schuster is on the rise.
- No concussion for Tyreek Hill. Fire him up on Thursday night.
Giants vs Broncos
- With a convincing road win against the Broncos under his belt, Orleans Darkwa looks like the undisputed lead back in New York. Add him where you can.
- As suspected, Evan Engram is the no.1 receiver in New York. He’s still available in 30% of leagues.
- Devontae Booker is trending up in the Denver offense, specifically as a pass catcher.