Fantasy Attack: Week 7

Whoooooooooa, we’re halfway there

by Lead Fantasy writer Steve Cook | @SteveCook84 |

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It’s Week 7! How are your fantasy teams doing? We’re officially in the middle of many standard leagues’ fantasy football season, which means you’re either ramping up your attention because you’re contending, or you’re tuning out.

My piece of advice for the week: Pay extra attention to your waiver wire. We’re all looking to make trades with owners that are either out of it or on the verge of being out of it & looking to shake things up. But sometimes you can find plenty of good stuff that people have forgotten about, especially in more shallow leagues. I’m in a 10-team Dynasty league where I was able to pick up Andy Dalton for a plug-&-play & Greg Zuerlein upon his return from a groin injury.

Sometimes when you’re used to being in bigger leagues, you forget that your smaller leagues have guys available that have never been an option in the bigger ones. A good number of the guys mentioned in the column this week are names I saw on various waiver wires. It never hurts to take a look.

Another thing is that this is typically the time of year where you find that one player that was doing nothing until finally getting a chance & taking advantage. He ends up making the difference for your team being in the playoffs or in the cellar. David Johnson was this guy one year. Alvin Kamara was the guy last year. There will be a running back nobody’s talking about right now that will carry teams to championships. Keep an eye out.

Fave 5
Mitchell Trubisky
(18.2 DRAFT proj.): Don’t look now, but Mitchell might become something of a reliable fantasy option. He followed up six touchdowns against Tampa with three against Miami, and gets a Patriot team on Sunday that has a weak defense and will be putting up points on offense like no tomorrow. The Bears will have to throw it endlessly to try & keep up, and Mitchell will be hyped up playing against his childhood idol. I assume Tom Brady is all these guys’ childhood idol at this point.

Odell Beckham Jr. (14.5 DRAFT proj.): To say that Eli Manning has been a disaster this season would be stating the obvious. Beckham has become a boom or bust fantasy play thanks to Eli’s inability to sling the ball down the field. Why do I think Beckham will boom this week? For one thing, they’re indoors against an inept Falcons defense. For another thing, he’s been going back & forth between double & single digit fantasy performances all season. Last week was single, so this week will be double. You’d be surprised how often these trends pop up.

Tyreek Hill (15.5 DRAFT proj.): Hill’s one of those guys that’s either giving you single digits or thirty. There’s always that potential for that one play where he racks up the yards & gets a touchdown while making everybody look silly. I like his chances this week on SUNDAY NIGHT IS FOOTBALL NIGHT against a banged-up Bengals secondary & linebacking corps.

Kerryon Johnson (11.9 DRAFT proj.): It’s become pretty obvious to anybody paying attention to the Detroit Lions that the Wayward Son is the top running back on the squad. He’s only had three more carries than LeGarrette Blount, but has 286 yards to Blounts 117 & 5.72 yards per carry to Blount’s 2.49. Call it a hunch, but I have a feeling that the Detroit coaching staff saw these numbers & watched some film during their bye week and figured out that Johnson should be getting more carries. The Dolphins have struggled against the run this season, so it’s a prime spot for a breakout week.

David Njoku (7.8 DRAFT proj.): The Joker’s gone for over fifty yards each of the last three weeks, which you’ll take from the TE position this season without a doubt. He & the Browns go to Tampa this week to take on a Buccaneer team that’s been getting sliced & diced by tight ends all season. Expect Njoku to have a big ol’ time with Baker Mayfield tossing him the ball, as he’s done in double digits the last two weeks. It’s a good connection.

Fearful 4
Deshaun Watson
(19.1 DRAFT proj.): Watson was progressing through the season as one would expect, but he struggled through his meeting last week with the lowly Buffalo Bills. Jacksonville’s defense had pretty solid showing against everyboduy in their path until last week, when Dak Prescott of all people torched them. The Jaguars will be PISSED OFF heading into Week 7, and Watson & his lingering chest injury could pay the price.

Alvin Kamara (12.6 DRAFT proj.): Kamara’s probably not dumb enough to say it, but life was a lot easier without Mark Ingram around to bite into his carries & catches. Four straight weeks in double digits were followed up by a three-spot in Ingram’s first game back. They come off a bye, but run into a Baltimore Ravens defense that’s been shutting most teams down lately. The Saints will get their points as they always do, but it’s harder to guarantee that Kamara will get the share he’s used to.

Demaryius Thomas (10.2 DRAFT proj.): You have to give Thomas some credit for finding his way into two straight double digit weeks while in an offense run by Case Keenum. It’s a nearly impossible feat to get anything going in Denver’s passing game these days, and it won’t be any easier against the Arizona Cardinals. Only three WRs have scored over 10 points against Arizona, and I don’t expect Thomas to add his name to the list on Thursday night.

Chicago DEF: The Bears had one of the best fantasy defenses in the league heading into their bye in Week 5, but took a tumble against the Dolphins in Week 6. It doesn’t look any better for them in Week 7, as they get a Patriots offense that scores on everybody. Doesn’t matter if you’re the 2018 Bears or the 1985 Bears, you’re not stopping Tom Brady.

Three Sleepers
C.J. Bethard
(7% Yahoo-owned): Don’t look now, but Bethard has actually been somewhat fantasy-relevant since taking over as QB in San Francisco. Three weeks & he’s been in the low to mid-20 point range each time. Granted, he’s not taking on the fiercest defenses in the world, but we don’t hold it against him. His low degree of difficulty continues this week against a Rams defense that’s given up plenty of points to QBs since Week 3. The 49ers will be trying to keep up with the Greatest Show on Surf & Bethard will be flinging that ball down the field.

Marlon Mack (42% Yahoo-owned): It took one game for Mack to establish himself as the clear RB1 in Indianapolis. Anytime you can find an RB1 available in more than 50 percent of leagues, you gotta jump on it, even if you don’t think Mack is the second coming of Todd Gurley.

Frank Gore (17% Yahoo-owned): Speaking of RB1s, if you’re still hanging on the Kenyan Drake train in Miami it’s probably time to switch over to the Dolphins’ actual starting running back. You know, the one with ten more carries, 97 more yards & 4.89 yards per carry to Drake’s 4.04. At some point you have to throw away everything you thought you knew in the preseason and accept the fact that Gore is the Dolphins’ choice at the position. Drake’s fumbling issues aren’t helping the cause.

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