Your Best Friend’s Ranks: Frank Stampfl’s Week Seven Lineup Ranks and High Five
Frank Stampfl offers his Week Seven Fantasy Football lineup ranks
Something has lit a fire under veteran running backs this season, and I’m not exactly sure what. Perhaps they were kicked out of Bingo night or denied an AARP membership. Whatever the case, Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch and now Frank Gore have all been getting the job done based on where they were drafted. Let’s focus on Gore for Week Seven. He’s slated to face the Lions, who are allowing the fourth most fantasy points to running backs, which includes 5.3 yards per carry and 145.8 rushing yards per game. Additionally, Gore himself has been trending in the right direction. He’s out-carried Kenyan Drake in each of the past three games and just became the first 100-yard rusher against the Bears’ defense this season. With four teams on bye this week, Gore should be viewed as a high-end flex option.
The Fantasy Football community was (mostly) shocked when Devonta Freeman landed on Injured Reserve earlier this week. As a result, Ito Smith become the hottest waiver wire addition, and rightfully so. While Smith has lacked efficiency—running at just 3.2 yards per carry—he has scored a touchdown in three straight games. In fact, he has 14 red zone carries for the Falcons, which leads the team and it’s not particularly close. Tevin Coleman is next with just seven. As a point of reference, Smith’s 14 red zone carries are the same amount as David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott have for their respective teams. The Falcons face the Giants on Monday night in a game they’re favored by six points. The Giants haven’t been very good against the run, allowing 4.4 yards per carry and 121.7 rushing yards per game. Ito Smith is a flex option in this matchup and moving forward without Freeman.
When the Fantasy Football draft season was winding down, Marquise Goodwin was being taken around the fifth or sixth round as a high-end WR3. To this point, it’s been quite a disaster as he’s had to battle through injuries and the loss of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. In Week Six against the Packers, we were reminded of Goodwin’s upside when he went off for 126 yards and two touchdowns on four receptions. While the five targets might not catch your eye right away, consider this: the 49ers only threw the ball 23 times in that game. Five targets on 23 passes is a 21.7 percent target share. Not only was he awesome last week, but he has a great chance to perform like that again in his matchup against the Rams. Over the past month, the Rams have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, which includes 10(!) touchdowns. No other team has allowed even eight during that span. Get Goodwin in your lineup as a high-end WR3 while he’s healthy in this matchup.
Everything can change in the blink of an eye during the NFL season. Over the first month it looked like Fantasy owners had a rock solid WR3 in Quincy Enunwa. Unfortunately, he’s now dealing with a high ankle sprain, which is going to keep him out for the next 2-4 weeks. Very quietly, however, we might have seen Sam Darnold’s new favorite target emerging right under our nose. Since Week Three, Jermaine Kearse leads the team with 25 targets and 22 percent of the target share. He’s even taken some snaps in the slot, a spot on the field Darnold targets frequently. On top of all that, Robby Anderson is now day to day with a hamstring injury. The Jets face the Vikings in Week Seven, who have been closer to average this season than the elite defense we saw a year ago. Kearse could be in for a double-digit target performance based on injuries around him plus his recent usage.
Perhaps nothing has flown under the radar more than Willie Snead’s targets this season. He hasn’t had less than five in any game plus he’s had at least seven in four of his last five. He’s only scored one touchdown in six games so he’s better for PPR but he has an extremely high floor, registering at least five receptions and 55 yards in each of his past three games. Next up is the New Orleans Saints, the team that left him for dead! Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration but still… it’s a revenge game and a tasty one at that! The Saints have allowed an average of 51.9 PPR points per game to wide receivers this season, most in the NFL. On two different occasions, against the Buccaneers and Falcons, they allowed four touchdowns to wide receivers in one game! Make sure you get John Brown and Michael Crabtree in your lineup and if you need that safe floor in PPR or a bye week replacement, Willie Snead is your guy.
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