Fantasy Attack: Week 7
All Aboard the Hunter Henry Train?
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It’s Week 7. How are your fantasy teams doing?
I made a really smart move in a couple of leagues last week. I heard that Hunter Henry was ready to come back from injury a little bit earlier than people were expecting. That’s how he was available in so many leagues, including a couple of mine where my teams…well…flat-out suck. Adding Hunter Henry should help out the situation, right?
Welp, I made a mistake. I listened to people suggesting that Henry might ease his way back into competition and might not end up doing too much his first game back against the Pittsburgh Steelers. So I left him on the bench in three leagues.
No, last week didn’t go so well for me. Hopefully it went better for you, and hopefully these picks help this week go well for you!
Jared Goff: Goff had one of his worst showings as a professional last week against San Francisco, which is saying something considering how his rookie season went. If you had him starting, you lost last week. Shout me out on Twitter if you can prove me wrong. The good news for Goff owners out there: he’s heading to Atlanta to play against the Falcons this week. I can’t think of too many better places to get right with the man. Should Goff be unable to get back on track this week, it’s officially time for everybody (including the Rams) to panic.
T.Y. Hilton: Sometimes a player just has a team’s number. Over the course of Hilton’s career, he’s attained more catches (76), yards (1445) and touchdowns (9) against the Texans than he has against any other team. He’s been one of the key ingredients in Indy’s success against Houston, and given the Texans’ poor secondary I expect that to continue this week.
Leonard Fournette: Something we’re doing every week in this section of the column is highlighting running backs facing off with the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s been working out pretty well so far, and we’ll continue it this week with Fournette. The Jaguar RB1 has gone for double digits each of the last three weeks, and there’s no reason that trend shouldn’t continue for a fourth.
Josh Jacobs: Jacobs made the vaunted Chicago Bears defense look completely silly back in Week 5, and after a bye week he’s fresh & ready to go against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have given up more than ten points to a running back every single week since that Week 1 “game” with the Bears, so expect Jingleheimer Schmidt to continue that streak this week.
Evan Engram: Engram is practicing in full and looks to be ready to go against an Arizona Cardinals team that hasn’t stopped a tight end all season. OK, they stopped Tyler Eifert, but who hasn’t? They sure as heck didn’t stop Austin Hooper last week, and if Engram plays on Sunday he’ll light them up without any issue.
Patrick Mahomes: I’m aware that picking against Mahomes seems like sheer lunacy, but you know how those Thursday night games go. You know how that thin air in Denver can impact bodies not quite 100% ready for the football. And you also know that Mahomes has been moving around a bit gingerly lately on his ankle. I think all this adds up to a less than stellar week with the Future GOAT.
Michael Thomas: You had to figure that Teddy Bridgewater would come back to Earth, and that certainly happened in Week 6 against the Jaguars. The Saints still got the win in a low-scoring game, and I expect another low-scoring game in Chicago this week. Alvin Kamara is probably the horse to ride this week, I don’t expect Teddy B or his top receiver to get much doing in the Windy City.
Le’Veon Bell: The New England Patriots are all about the defense this year. As good as the New York Jets offense looked last week against Dallas, we all know Bill Belichick is going to have the secret formula to shut the Jets down on Monday night. Bell finally got his first rushing TD as a Jet last week, but I don’t see that happening again this week
Kerryon Johnson: Johnson has been a steady 10-14 point producer so far this season, which is exactly what you want from somebody you drafted as an RB2. You probably won’t get it this week, as we’ve only seen running backs get double digits against the Vikings two out of six weeks. Lions are coming off a Monday-night heartbreaker going against a team that’s starting to find its way…could be a long afternoon for Detroit. They’re used to it.
Three monkeyknifefight.com Sleepers
Daniel Jones (29% Yahoo-owned): Jones got thirty-eight fantasy points in his first start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kid looked like the future. He put up thirty-nine points over the course of the next three games and looked like a rookie. Not that it’s completely his fault that the Giants have been so under-manned. Help comes back this week in the person of Saquon Barkley & Evan Engram, and they’ll light up a sorry Arizona defense while making Danny Dimes look competent again.
Cole Beasley (20%): There are a ton of interesting injuries at WR this week, so you might be looking for something sneaky. Might I suggest a Buffalo Bill wide receiver going against the Miami Dolphins? It might be the only week I suggest a Bills WR, but c’mon man, it’s the Miami Dolphins. Might as well roll the dice, right?
Dawson Knox (16%): If I can’t interest you in a Bills wide receiver, can I interest you in a Bills tight end? Insert all that stuff about playing the Miami Dolphins down here, along with a friendly reminder that the tight end scene is a complete & utter disaster so you’ve got nothing to lose here. Especially if you didn’t get back on the Hunter Henry train.