Trashman’s Fantasy Fallout Heading Into Week 7 of the 2020 NFL Season

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.



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. 



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. 


  • Brandon Aiyuk was pretty quiet, outside of a short TD reception, but he could be worth a flex this week, with Deebo Samuel likely to see a lot of Stephon Gilmore this week. 


  1. Should I trade cooper and fueller for McCaffrey ? Im in first place in my league not sure if i wont to give up 2 assets.

    1. Post By Alan Seslowsky

      Trading for CMC, has more risk than we are used to. We don’t know how his health is, or how involved Mike Davis will be. I prefer holding your two, but I understand the appeal of doing the trade.

  2. Trade question for the RW team – I am leaning yes:
    They are offering Drake and DJ Moore
    I would give up Allen Robinson

    My current team
    Kamara, McKinnon, Ingram, J Kelley
    A Robinson, Hopkins, Julio, Lamb, Shenault, Fulgram

    I could really use the RB help…

    Thank you!!


    1. Post By Alan Seslowsky

      I like that trade for you. You are getting 2 startable players for ARob. You never like to give up the theoretical best player in the trade, but AR hasn’t been lighting the world on fire this year,

  3. Post By

    Played Mattison over Drake in 3 leagues… Three losses by a combined total of 2.79 points!!!!! What in the hell is the odds of that???!!!!! Dr Watson bring your bag!!! I need some drugs!!!

    1. Post By Alan Seslowsky

      Well done, even losing like that is hard to do. lol You will rebound in week 7!

  4. I know that Drake’s night was a result of a weak DAL defense, thus the ‘sell ‘em when he has a good game’, but I am hurting on the RB side…

    1. Post By Alan Seslowsky


      You nailed it by saying he is a sell candidate, but not always. If you need an RB, Drake has been getting the touches. I have him in quite a few places and I’m holding on tight.

  5. I was just offered this trade. My team is 4-2 and in 1st place..
    My Connor and Fulgham for Kittle and Hylton.
    My team: Murray, A Jones, D Cook, Godwin, A Rob, McKinnon, Landry, J Brown, Parker, Higgins.

    1. Typo Hilton is the other player…
      Another option my Lamb for his Junno.

    2. Post By Alan Seslowsky

      It is a reasonable offer. I can see why you would want to take it, however I think TY Hilton is not roster-worthy at the moment. You are giving away 2 startable players for Kittle.

      1. Yes I can see your point but I don’t think I would ever play Fulghan.
        Okay, what about my lamb for his Junno..

  6. Post By

    I’m in a 1 pt ppr, and I’m wondering if it’s time to move Evan Engram to my bench. There are some intriguing FA options available. Would you start any of these guys over Engram?

    Jared Cook
    Anthony Firkser (if Jonnu Smith is out)
    Dalton Schultz
    Austin Hooper
    Tyler Higbee
    Logan Thomas


    1. it’s time to look around for sure. Keep an eye out for the wwcs today. Hooper is probably the name on the list that piques my interest the most given recent targets

      1. Post By

        Thank you! Does your stance change knowing that I have PooPoo Beckham too? I have Hopkins, Lamb and Fuller as well, so Beckham might be squeezed out of my rotation anyways.

  7. I have to drop 1 of these 4 for rest of season which would be out?
    Marquise Brown, J Jefferson, Diontae Johnson, D Slayton
    .5 pt

    1. you HAVE to drop one of those guys? If it were me, I don’t know what I would do. I would find someone else to drop. I don’t see any of those guys as droppable right now. If you have a backup TE or QB there is no reason you should be asking this Q.

  8. What’s the fallout on Kenyon Drake going off last night? RB going forward? Feasted on an easy matchup? Many were thinking Edmonds might take over but is that talk done?

    1. Post By Alan Seslowsky

      Drake has been getting a monster workload by today’s nfl standards. 18-20 rushes per game. I’d stick with him.

  9. RB2 going forward in message above?

    1. Post By Alan Seslowsky

      He is def playable every week. The touches are still there, never went away.

  10. Do I sacrifice depth to improve starting roster significantly?

    Trade David Johnson and Godwin for Kelce

    Team currently
    RB- Ekeler, David Johnson, Montgomery, Drake, Swift
    WR- ARob, Godwin, Jefferson, DJ Moore
    TE- Hockenson


    1. Post By Alan Seslowsky

      Love that trade for you. Kelce is money in the bank every week.

  11. Looking at a QB drop/add tonight. How would you rank these 3 for ROS (4pt passing TD): Cousins, Minshew, Tannehill? I’m 3-3 in this 12 teamer. Thanks guys

    1. Post By Alan Seslowsky

      When playing the QB stream game you have to shift your mindset away from ROS. Its a week or two at best/ For this week. Cousins is on a bye so he is out.

      Minshew feels a bit erratic, but can be played most weeks. Tannehill is entering matchup-proof status.

  12. Trade proposal:
    I give up Theilen and Beckam and get Ridley and Moss

    I am worried that Theilen is touchdown dependent, Cousins sucks and Jefferson is slowly becoming the go to guy. Beckam sucks and so does Mayfield. I know bothe of these guys have name value, but are in bad situations for consistent production

    What do you think?

    1. Post By Alan Seslowsky

      I’d prefer to have Theilen and ODB. But I can see the appeal of getting Ridley. ODB has that every week WR1 upside.

      re: AT, even if the lions share of production goes to JJ, there is a very narrow tree of pass-catchers who garner targets in MN. AT will get his most weeks. Zack Moss cant be trusted in your starting lineup right now.

  13. Should I trade Julio and Jonathan Taylor for Connor and k Murray?

  14. Tannehill and Hunter Henry are on waivers, and I have a good shot at getting one of them. Herbert is my QB. Tonyan and Ertz are my TE’s. Who would you prioritize?

    1. (PPR and QB’s get 6pts for passing TD’s)

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