The Hangover: Week 7 Fantasy Review

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The Hangover: NFL Week 7 Fantasy Recap

BROWNS 17 BRONCOS 14

Case Keenum stepped in for the injured Baker Mayfield and led the Cleveland Browns to a hard-fought victory over the Denver Broncos 17-14. Keenum completed 21 of 33 for 199 yards and a touchdown. The story from this game was D’Ernest Johnson slicing and dicing the Denver Broncos defense. Johnson totaled 168 yards and a touchdown on 24 touches–rewarding fantasy managers who picked him up this week. Word out of Cleveland is that they are expecting Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb back next week so expect Keenum and Johnson to fade into secondary roles. Jarvis Landry made his return to the Browns offense with five catches for 37 yards on eight targets. Landry is now a flex option for your fantasy team. Let someone else start Odell Beckham Jr–two catches for 23 yards on six targets isn’t getting it done. The Denver Broncos’ offense was a disorganized mess. Teddy Bridgwater completed 22 of 33 for 187 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. The Broncos backfield continues to frustrate fantasy managers. Melvin Gordon III was ineffective with 18 yards on eight carries. Javonte Williams rushed for 20 yards on four carries. Oddly enough, both backs caught a TD. We keep waiting for Javonte to take over this backfield. Hopefully, the second half of the season will yield results. Courtland Sutton remains a weekly flex option hauling in all five of his targets for 68 yards. Noah Fant remains a backend TE1 with five catches for 39 yards on seven targets. 

PACKERS 24 FRANCHISE TEAM 10

The Green Bay Packers stay red hot as they are on a five-game win streak after defeating the Washington Franchise Team 24-10. Aaron Rodgers continues to spread the ball around to his playmakers–completing 27 of 35 for 274 yards and three touchdowns. Davante Adams was our fantasy lock of the week, and he delivered with six catches for 76 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. On National Tight End Day, Robert Tonyan awoke and caught four catches for 63 yards and a touchdown on five targets. You will want to wait and see more from Tonyan before trusting him in your starting lineup. In the absence of Marquez Valdes-ScantlingAllen Lazard has stepped up. Lazard caught five of six targets for 60 yards and a touchdown. Today was a slow day from Aaron Jones with just 19 yards rushing on six carries–he did contribute five receptions for 20 yards. This game was a one-off Aaron Jones remains a top-five fantasy running back. Taylor Heinicke had an up and down performance completing 25 of 37 for 268 yards, a touchdown, and an interception–Heinicke has always had plus mobility and showed it in this game with 95 rushing yards on ten carries. Terry McLaurin was again the star of the offense with seven catches on nine targets for 122 yards and a touchdown. McLaurin remains a low-end WR1. Ricky Seals-Jones continues to sub for Logan Thomas as the every-down tight end with six catches on seven targets for 51 yards. You could do worse at the TE position. Antonio Gibson continues to play ineffectively through his shin injury with 51 yards of fourteen carries. Gibson has dropped to a low-end RB2 for the foreseeable future. 

TITANS 27 CHIEFS 3

In one of the most impressive performances of the season, the Tennessee Titans obliterated the Kansas City Chiefs 27-3. Ryan Tannehill was in control in this one completing 21 of 27 for 270 yards and a touchdown. In a subpar game for his standard, Derrick Henry still totaled 102 yards on 31 touches. You cannot complain about this performance, and Derrick Henry remains the RB1 in fantasy football. Now we get a chance to see the A.J. Brown we thought we were getting all season long. Brown hauled in eight of nine targets for 133 yards and a touchdown and is a top ten option at the wide receiver position. This game was one of the worst performances I can ever remember seeing from Patrick Mahomes–completing 20 of 35 for 206 yards and an interception. If there is a panicking fantasy manager out there willing to sell Patrick Mahomes, you owe it to yourself to make an offer. It was an off game for the dynamic duo of Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill as well–Kelce caught seven of twelve targets for 65 yards, and Hill caught six of nine for 49 yards. Take this game and throw it away.

FALCONS 30 DOLPHINS 28

The Atlanta Falcons came off their bye week evening their record at 3-3 with a 30-28 victory over the floundering Miami Dolphins. Matt Ryan looked sharp as he completed 25 of 40 for 336 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Ryan is a streamable option for your fantasy team. The emergence of Kyle Pitts is a beauty to behold. Pitts hauled in seven of eight targets for 163 yards. Pitts is making strides to top-five tight end consideration. Calvin Ridley had an uneven performance–catching only four of ten targets for 26 yards and a touchdown. If fantasy managers are selling, I am buying all the shares I can of Calvin Ridley. Cordarelle Patterson continues to extend his lead in the Falcons backfield battle over Mike Davis. Patterson rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown on fourteen carries and is still a low-end RB1/WR1 option for your fantasy team. Tua Tagovailoa played the best game of his young professional career as he completed 32 of 40 for 291 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. The weekly DeShaun Watson rumors continue to percolate in South Beach–stay tuned. Mike Gesicki is playing good football the last month of the season–Gesicki caught seven of eight for 85 yards and a touchdown. Gesicki is firmly in the TE1 mix for the remainder of the season. Jaylen Waddle continues to perform as the final outside option in the Dolphins’ offense. Waddle caught seven of eight passes for 83 yards and is a solid weekly flex option.

PATRIOTS 53 JETS 13

Mac Jones continues his development as an NFL passer completing 24 of 36 for 307 yards and two touchdowns. Mac will never give you anything as a rusher, and the Patriots offense has been conservative so thus far in 2021–he remains a QB2 only. Damien Harris was the Patriots’ offensive stalwart in this one. Harris rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and is a solid RB2 moving forward. The running back position as a whole had its way with the New York Jets defense. J.J. Taylor found the endzone twice, and Brandon Bolden found the endzone once. Hunter Henry scored for the fourth game in a row–hauling in two of four targets for 23 yards. If I am advocating for a Patriots receiver, it is still Jakobi Meyers. Meyers caught five of seven targets for 44 yards in this one. Michael Carter was the most prolific offensive weapon for the Jets on Sunday. Carter totaled 104 yards on 19 touches and has taken the lead in the Jets backfield committee approach. Corey Davis remains a flex option catching four of six targets for 47 yards and a touchdown. Keep an eye on the injury report for rookie quarterback Zach Wilson. Wilson injured his knee twice on Sunday and will miss some time. Mike White will sub in the interim.

GIANTS 25 PANTHERS 3

The New York Giants pulled away from the once 3-0 Carolina Panthers behind a ferocious defense. On the offensive side of the ball, Daniel Jones completed 23 of 33 for 203 yards and a touchdown. You’re not starting Daniel Jones outside of Super-Flex leagues–nothing to see here. Devontae Booker had 66 yards of offense and a touchdown on 16 touches and is the only player on the Giants offense worth starting at this point. The Panthers continue to see their season sink. Sam Darnold was wildly ineffective, completing 16 of 25 for 111 yards and an interception. Chuba Hubbard had 56 meaningless yards on 16 touches. DJ Moore is the only player on the Panthers’ offense worth starting–catching six of ten targets for 73 yards and remains on the WR1/WR2 fringe.

BENGALS 41 RAVENS 17

One of the most impressive performances from the weekend has to the Cincinnati Bengals rolling the Baltimore Ravens on the road 41-17. Joe Burrow was in the groove in this one. Burrow completed 23 of 38 for 416 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception–an impressive performance that places Burrow in the QB1 territory. Ja’Marr Chase is taking his game to the next level, hauling in eight targets for 201 yards and a touchdown. Chase is a WR1 in fantasy football–end of the story. Tee Higgins is a WR2 for fantasy purposes as he caught seven of fifteen targets for 62 yards.  C.J. Uzomah made the most of his three targets–turning them into 91 yards and two touchdowns. We cannot recommend starting Uzomah in fantasy, given how low he is on the totem pole in the Bengals offense. Joe Mixon got it going in the second half as he ran for 59 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries–cementing his position as a low-end RB1. Lamar Jackson was harassed all afternoon by a relentless Bengals defense. Jackson completed only 15 of 31 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown. As always with Jackson, the running threat was present as he ran for 88 yards on 12 carries. The Ravens’ running game, outside of Lamar Jackson, was neutralized in this one. Hollywood Brown led the team in all receiving categories on Sunday. Brown caught five of fourteen targets for 80 yards and a touchdown and is still a WR2 in fantasy. Rashod Bateman has taken a role in this offense quickly. Bateman caught three of six targets for 80 yards and is becoming a flex fantasy option. 

RAIDERS 33 EAGLES 22

Derek Carr was as red hot as a quarterback can be on Sunday as he completed 31 of 34 for 323 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception as the Raiders defeated the Eagles 33-22. In the absence of Darren WallerFoster Moreau stepped up for the Raiders offense with six catches on as many targets for 60 yards and a touchdown. The Raiders are on bye next week–expect Darren Waller back on the field in week nine. Hunter Renfrow led the Raiders in targets with nine and should be considered a weekly flex play in PPR leagues. Monitor the status of Josh Jacobs this week as he left the game early with a chest injury. Kenyan Drake continues to look explosive and has earned a role in the Raiders offense moving forward. For our purposes, Kenyan Drake is a flex-play in fantasy. Jalen Hurts is not a good real-life quarterback, but he certainly is a good fantasy quarterback. Hurts completed 18 of 34 for 236 yards and two touchdowns while leading the Eagles in rushing with 61 yards. Miles Sanders left this game with an ankle injury and will miss multiple games. Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott will carry the load while Sanders is on the shelf. I would start Gainwell as a weekly flex play with upside. Boston Scott is more of a desperation flex play. DeVonta Smith continues to be the most-targeted pass-catcher for the Eagles–catching five of nine targets for 61 yards. DeVonta Smith remains a flex option.

RAMS 28 LIONS 19

The Detroit Lions pulled out all the stops, and it still was not enough in the end as the Rams were victorious 28-19. We predicted that Matthew Stafford would be great against a team that traded him away, and he was. Stafford completed 28 of 41 for 334 yards and three touchdowns. Cooper Kupp continues his assault of the wide receiver position, claiming his spot as the top receiver in the game as he caught ten of thirteen for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Robert Woods caught all six of his targets for 70 yards, remaining a low-end WR2. Tyler Higbee produced an uneven result of five catches on eight targets for 46 yards. Van Jefferson was heavily involved once again. Jefferson caught four of seven for 43 yards and a touchdown and is a streaming flex option at this point. Darrell Henderson Jr. had a poor game–64 yards on 18 touches isn’t great–expect a bounce-back game for Henderson. Jared Goff completed 22 of 36 for 268 yards, a touchdown, and two costly interceptions. D’Andre Swift continues to excel as a runner and a receiver. Swift ran for 48 yards on 13 carries while also catching eight of ten targets for 96 yards and a TD. Khalif Raymond caught six of eight targets for 115 yards and has claimed the top receiver spot for the Lions’ offense. T.J. Hockenson was involved early and often in this one as he caught six of nine for 48 yards.

CARDINALS 31 TEXANS 5

The Arizona Cardinals moved to 7-0 on the season as they destroyed the Houston Texans 31-5. MVP frontrunner Kyler Murray completed 20 of 28 for 261 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Murray remains in the running for the top quarterback in fantasy football. DeAndre Hopkins led the Cardinals’ receivers hauling in seven of nine targets for 53 yards and a touchdown. Hopkins remains a high-end WR2. Zach Ertz made an impressive debut with the Cardinals catching three of five targets for 66 yards and a touchdown. In the Cardinals’ high-octane offense Zach Ertz is now a viable tight-end option for your fantasy team. The Cardinals’ backfield split the backfield evenly between Chase Edmonds and James Conner–Edmonds rushed for 81 yards on 15 carries, and Conner ran for 64 yards and a touchdown on ten carries. The Houston Texans, as they have been most of the season, were overmatched in this one. The only player who has any fantasy relevance is Brandin Cooks. Cooks was quiet Sunday afternoon with five catches on seven targets for 21 yards. Cooks can be trusted as a WR2.

BUCCANEERS 38 BEARS 3

The Buccaneers had their way all afternoon with a Bears team searching for an identity. Tom Brady continued his dominant 2021 season as he completed 20 of 36 for 211 yards and four touchdowns. Brady remains a high-end QB1 play. With Antonio Brown sidelined by an injury, we expected the other Buccaneers’ receivers to step up, and they did. Mike Evans was unguardable, hauling in six of ten targets for 76 yards and three touchdowns. Chris Godwin stepped up with eight catches on eleven targets for 111 yards and a touchdown. Both Evans and Godwin remain high-end WR2. Leonard Fournette continues to lead the Bucs’ backfield with 81 yards and a TD on 15 carries. Lock Leonard Fournette in as a solid RB2. Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears offense had very little chance against a ravenous Buccaneers’ defense that made life miserable for Fields and company all afternoon long. The season of disappointment continues for Allen Robinson II with only two catches for 16 yards–Darnell Mooney was not much better with two catches for 39 yards. The Bears have found something in Khalil Herbert–Herbert totaled 133 yards of offense on 23 touches. 

COLTS 30 49ERS 18

Carson Wentz and the Indianapolis Colts have righted their season and are one game away from getting back to .500. Wentz took advantage of the 49ers’ secondary allowing several long pass interference penalties. Wentz efficiently completed 17 of 26 for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Pittman Jr. is not utilized as your traditional alpha receiver but made the most of his opportunities with four catches on as many targets for 105 yards and a touchdown. Pittman Jr. remains a low-end WR2. Jonathan Taylor was again the story for the Colts as he rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Taylor is a weekly top ten fantasy option at the running back position. Jimmy Garoppolo was shaky all evening long, completing 16 of 27 for 181 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. Trey Lance does not appear ready to return, but his time is coming sooner rather than later. Of the 27 pass attempts, 11 of those went the way of Deebo Samuel–the only option in the passing game worth starting in fantasy. Deebo caught seven of eleven targets for 100 yards and a touchdown and is firmly in the WR2 category. Elijah Mitchell was the bell cow running back for the 49ers in this one. Mitchell ran for 107 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. The 49ers need George Kittle back in the worst way.

SAINTS 13 SEAHAWKS 10

I admittedly fell asleep at halftime of this game, and yet, I don’t feel as if I missed very much. Alvin Kamara carried the Saints’ offense on his back with 51 yards rushing on 20 carries and ten receptions for 128 yards with a touchdown. Kamara remains a top-five fantasy running back no matter how bad the Saints’ offense has become. Marquez Callaway receiving seven targets was encouraging, but the 32 receiving yards and three catches were not. Outside of a DK Metcalf 84-yards touchdown strike where let’s face it, Metcalf did all of the work, the Seattle Seahawks’ offense was dormant. The Seahawks season appears to be on a downward spiral. The Seahawks miss Russell Wilson more than any of us realized.

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