The Fantasy Fallout Going Into Week 7 of the NFL Season
Another week, another opportunity to make the right moves for your fantasy team. This is the fallout going into Week 7…
Broncos – 18 @ Patriots – 12
- Drew Lock played like someone who’d missed his last 2 games on Sunday, throwing to INTs and no TDs, but he managed to pull out the win. Lock came away with no setbacks, and he should hopefully have more of his weapons back next week against the Chiefs.
- Phillip Lindsay(23 tou, 101 yards) played in Melvin Gordon‘s stead against the Patriots and probably made the Broncos wonder why they invested in Gordon in the first place. Gordon should return in Week 7, but Lindsay has earned a timeshare in Denver, something that might actually not benefit owners of either player as they could eat into each other’s touches enough to where you don’t want to play either of them.
- With K.J. Hamler and Noah Fant sidelined, Tim Patrick has had back-to-back 100 yard games now. Both players could return this week, but it’s worth adding Patrick if you have a deep bench.
- Damiere Byrd saw the most playing time for the Pats, but this just doesn’t look like a passing offense, at least not through WRs. James White looks like he might be the only weekly set it and forget it in this offense.
Texans – 36 @ Titans – 42
- TE Jordin Akins sat on Sunday, and Daniell Fells capitalized, setting season-high stats in targets(7), receptions(6) and yards(85) in addition to scoring once. If Akins sits this week, Fells is worth streaming against the Packers.
- Bill O’Brien’s departure has done wonders for Brandin Cooks, who’s gone off in the 2 games without him. Cooks will be another safe play this week against the Packers.
- Ryan Tannehill has thrown 3 or more TDs in 3 of 5 games this season. He gets a pretty tough opponent in the Steelers this week, but he needs to be owned in all formats.
- A.J. Brown scored twice in his first game since Week 1, but I am a little concerned that he only had 7 targets, even with Corey Davis sitting. Brown might be TD dependent this season, but that would be nothing new concerning him.
- Anthony Firsker ripped into the Texans defense with an 8 rec, 113 yards, 1 TD game, but that was largely due to Jonnu Smith leaving with an ankle injury. The injury is reportedly minor, so Firsker is unlikely to be worth streaming this week.
Browns – 7 @ Steelers – 38
- Baker Mayfield stinks, but we already knew that. He left the game in the 3rd quarter, as it was out of hand by that point, and Case Keenum came in and didn’t do any better. Mayfield should start against Cincy this week, but he’s not worth starting in 12 team leagues.
- Austin Hooper has averaged 8 targets a game the last 3 weeks, with Mayfield in need of a safety blanket in the passing game. He’s still available in 40% of leagues.
- Ben Roethlisberger threw a season low 22 attempts on Sunday, as the running game was working well. That being said, Chase Claypool scored for the 5th time in 2 weeks and is worth a weekly flex until Diontae Johnson returns, and possibly after.
- James Washington actually led the Steelers in targets(7) and ended up with a 4 rec, 68 yards, 1 TD line. If Diontae Johnson sits this week, Washington is worth a deep league flex against a Titans team that gave up scores to 5 different Texans in Week 6.
Ravens – 30 @ Eagles – 28
- Mark Ingram left the game with an ankle injury and tried to return for a few plays, only to sit out again. Gus Edwards had 14 carries to J.K. Dobbins 9 on Sunday, and it’s looked like Edwards has been the preferred back to Dobbins most of the season thus far. It’s a bye week, but both players would warrant flex consideration next week if Ingrams sits, with Edwards being the first choice off waivers.
- Travis Fulgham continued his improbable run of fantasy relevance with a 6 rec, 75 yard, 1 TD day against the Ravens. Still only rostered in 31% of leagues, Fulgham is worth flexing on a weekly basis until something changes.
- DeSean Jackson and Dallas Goedert are most likely returning this week, so pick up both if you can, as Zach Ertz is going to miss the next 3-4 weeks with a high ankle sprain.
Washington – 19 @ Giants – 20
- J.D. McKissic ended up with the most touches(14) and yards(84) for Washington on Sunday. He’s not as sexy a play as Antonio Gibson, but he could end up almost as valuable as him in fantasy if this keeps up. Available in 88% of leagues, McKissic is worth adding if you need RB help.
- With only 19 pass attempts on the day, pickings were slim for Giants pass-catchers not named Slayton on Sunday. The fact that the Giants won the game may make them even more reliant on the run in the future. Evan Engram isn’t droppable yet, but he’s going to need plus matchups to be worth starting.
Falcons – 40 @ Vikings – 23
- Julio Jones returned to the lineup and everything was right in Matt Ryan‘s world. Things have been hard for Russell Gage and Hayden Hurst with Jones out, so maybe his return means they’ll see lighter coverage. Hurst is worth starting, and Gage is at least worth holding onto for another week.
- Welp, Alexander Mattison‘s big opportunity to help fantasy owners fell flat on Sunday, as he got only 11 touches on the day. The Vikings trailed from the get-go, so they funneled the ball through Justin Jefferson, and to a lesser extent Adam Thielen and Irv Thomas. Cook should be ready to go for Week 7, so you can probably send Mattison back to your bench.
Lions – 34 @ Jaguars – 16
- D’Andre Swift had a coming party on Sunday, posting 123 yards and 2 TDs on the day. Adrian Peterson still led the team in touches(16), but Swift is worth another start this week against the Falcons.
- Marvin Jones has been virtually useless since Kenny Golladay returned to the field. This week’s matchup against Atlanta is juicy though. If he doesn’t do anything in Week 7, you can probably move on from him for a hot waiver pickup.
- Keelan Cole feasted(6 rec, 143 yards) even with D.J. Chark garnering 14 targets on the day – I guess there was a matchup Gardner Minshew liked. This was a season high in targets(9) for Cole, but he’s been uneven most of the season. He’s not a suggested start against the Chargers in Week 7.
- Lavishka Shenault saw 7 targets on Sunday, but he couldn’t do much with them(10 yards). Shenault has all the potential in the world, but this often anemic offense is going to leave him with an abysmally low floor.
Bengals – 27 @ Colts – 31
- Gio Bernard had 11 touches and a TD on the day, but the bulk of that was due to Joe Mixon leaving the game for a short time during the 2nd quarter. Bernard won’t be worth adding this week.
- A.J. Green led the Bengals in targets(11) this week, being used as a chain-mover, rather than a field stretcher, and it worked(96 yards). Pick him up if he’s been dropped in your league. He’s an asset again, if the Bengals continue to use him this way.
- Philip Rivers had his best game of the season against a tough Bengals defense, at least against the pass, throwing 3 TDs and 1 INT. He was the week off, but his matchup against Detroit in Week 8 is one worth streaming if need be.
- Marcus Johnson has been the Colts’ best field stretcher this season. Coming off a 100+ yard game, Johnson is worth adding in deeper formats and daily leagues. His floor is probably going to be pretty low though.
Chicago – 23 @ Carolina – 16
- The Bears are winning games, but they’re not providing fantasy help for most owners. Behind Allen Robinson, Jimmy Graham is the only pass catcher worth starting on a weekly basis. Graham had 8 targets in Week 6.
- Curtis Samuel sat on Sunday, and D.J. Moore was the guy who saw the biggest boost. Robby Anderson and he are the only Panthers pass-catchers warranting weekly consideration.
Jets – 0 @ Dolphins – 24
- Frank Gore was first in line at RB, with LeVeon Bell gone, but Lamichal Perine had 9 touches to Gore’s 15. Adam Gase says they want to get Perine more and more carries, so perhaps there’s reason to add him in deeper formats. There’s limited upside in the Jets offense though.
- Brashad Perriman had 62 yards on 8 targets Sunday, leading the team in receiving. Jamison Crowder was still targeted more than Perriman, but there’s some upside to be had in Week 7 against the Bills.
- Preston Williams saved his day with a 3-yard TD on Sunday, but he did little else in the game. He’s got a bye this week, but with Jalen Ramsey likely set to face DeVante Parker in Week 8, Williams may be worth another flex against the Rams.
Packers – 10 @ Buccaneers – 38
- The Packers started out hot, but the Tampa defense managed to stymie Green Bay for the last 3-quarters. There were no real stories for the Packers offense coming out of this.
- Rob Gronkowski(5 rec, 78 yards, 1 TD) seems to have separated himself from Cameron Brate as the go-to TE for the Bucs, now that O.J. Howard is lost for the season. He’s worth streaming against the Raiders this week.
- Mike Evans has been atrocious in games that Chris Godwin has played this season. It might be a good time to sell high on Evans.
Rams – 16 @ 49ers – 24
- Darrell Henderson is the “lead” back in LA, with double-digit touches in 4 of his last 5 games. Cam Akers only played 2 snaps in this game, but it may have been due to a rib injury. In any case, Henderson is the only Rams back you can start right now.
- Raheem Mostert left the game with an ankle injury, and JaMychal Hasty ended up 2nd in carries with 9. If Mostert can’t go in Week 7, Hasty is worth a shot, that is if Jeff Wilson sits. Jerrick McKinnon is a flex in PPR leagues this week, either way.