Seven Fantasy Football Major Items Of Note For Week 7
7 Things To Know Heading Into Week 7
I’d like to give a standing ovation to the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders for making Thursday Night Football so entertaining. Let’s hope that’s the beginning of a fantastic Week 7. Here are seven things you need to know heading into Sunday’s action.
Jordan Reed has ZERO Top-12 finishes among tight ends this season. To put that in perspective, here are some names that do have at least one Top-12 finish at the position: Michael Hoomanawanui, Demetrius Harris, Lance Kendricks. Exactly. The good news is Reed has had at least five targets in each game he’s appeared in. The problem is he doesn’t have more than 48 yards or a touchdown in any of those contests. Vernon Davis isn’t going away, either. He’s played at least 64.9 percent of the offensive snaps in each of the last four games.
Another wrinkle is the way Washington executes their passing attack. Kirk Cousins takes what defenses give him, and hasn’t been forcing the ball to any specific receiver. There are six receivers on the team between 14 and 29 targets. Additionally, the emergence of Chris Thompson has certainly affected the tight ends and wide receivers alike. I haven’t even mentioned the injuries yet. Reed has dealt with chest, toe, and shoulder issues that will likely linger all season. Reed faces the Eagles in Week 7, the same team he had just five receptions and 36 yards against in Week 1. He should be out of lineups this week, with players like George Kittle, Austin Hooper, and Nick O’Leary ranked ahead of him.
Robert Woods is a Top-30 wide receiver in both standard and PPR this week, if you’re in need of a streaming option. While everybody expected Cooper Kupp and Sammy Watkins to be the guys for Jared Goff, Woods has actually been the consistent safety valve. Woods has at least six targets in four straight with 66 yards in three of those four games. It’s a plus matchup for Woods, too, going up against the Cardinals, who are allowing the fifth most Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Specifically, Watkins should see Patrick Peterson, which bodes well for Woods. With Tramon Williams playing opposite Peterson, Woods will have a plus matchup in Week 7.
The Minnesota Vikings haven’t allowed 100 yards rushing to running backs in any game this season. Additionally, they’re allowing the third lowest yards per carry in the NFL at 3.2 YPC. As a result, try your best to get Javorius Allen and Alex Collins out of your lineups in Week 7. Even in PPR formats, where Allen has been valuable, the Vikings have been stingy to receiving backs. The Vikings have allowed just 25 receptions to opposing running backs, tied for fifth fewest in the NFL to this point. Allen is no better than a low-end flex in both formats while Collins shouldn’t be started.
Bennie Fowler is a Top-36 wide receiver in his Week 7 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers are allowing the ninth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. They’ve surrendered a touchdown to a wide receiver in every game, allowing multiple touchdowns to the position on three different occasions already. What helps is that the Broncos faced the Chargers in Week 1 and Fowler scored two touchdowns in that matchup. That was when the Chargers secondary still had Jason Verrett, too. Also working in Fowler’s favor is the fact that Emmanuel Sanders has already been ruled out in Week 7. Fowler will slide in as a starter opposite Demaryius Thomas in a plus matchup.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense is allowing 118.5 rushing yards per game and 4.7 yards per carry. The 4.7 yards per carry is tied for the fifth most in the NFL. That should help Joe Mixon, who has the fourth worst yards per carry this season at 2.8 YPC. While the Steelers’ defense has been very strong in the secondary against the pass, they have struggled at times against running backs. In the three games since Bill Lazor has taken over as offensive coordinator of the Bengals, Joe Mixon has at least 31 snaps and 15 touches in each of them. Based on the improved workload and matchup, Mixon is a Top 16 running back in both standard and PPR in Week 7.
Since Week 4, Dion Lewis leads the Patriots running backs with five red zone carries. In typical Bill Belichick fashion, he’s starting to rotate his running backs in that part of the field. Mike Gillislee has seen just four red zone carries over the past three games. Here is a breakdown of how his season has gone in the red zone, specifically:
First three games: 14 red zone carries
Last three games: 4 red zone carries
The Atlanta Falcons are allowing the ninth most Fantasy points to opposing running backs thus far. As a result, Lewis is a strong flex play in both standard and PPR in Week 7, albeit risky.
The Carolina Panthers have allowed four touchdowns to tight ends over the last two games. Zach Miller has also scored a touchdown each of Mitchell Trubisky’s first two career NFL starts, albeit with one coming from Tarik Cohen. Based on the Panthers’ propensity to give up touchdowns to tight ends and Miller’s past two games, Miller is a flier in Week 7, especially in standard leagues that are touchdown dependent.
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