Yay or Nay Week 7:
What a game on Thursday night! Hopefully more great football is coming!
QB’s I Say Yay to Week 7:
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: He has arguably been the biggest bust this fantasy season. You drafted him thinking that he would win you your week but instead he has been a profound disappointment. This is the biggest get right game for Ryan. This week he is either dumped from everybody’s rosters or he begins the turnaround. Cam Newton, who was/is struggling tremendously, turned it around against the Patriots by putting up 33 fantasy points (according to ESPN standard scoring) and hasn’t slowed down since. This is the turnaround game for Matt Ryan and I think he gets it done in this shootout.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: The Giants won their first game of the season in probably the biggest upset of the year. So everything is okay in the meadowlands right? I don’t think so; Trevor Siemian still threw for over 375 yards against them. I don’t know about you, but I think Wilson has more talent that Siemian. Not only that, the Seahawks running game is a mess. It is a three-headed mess. You’ve got two running backs that at one point were fantasy studs in Rawls and Lacy, and then you’ve got a clear third down back in Prosise. All this mess means is that they will struggle running the ball. I would not be surprised if Wilson is this team’s leading rusher. The inability to run the ball will lead to Wilson throwing the ball a ton. If he can limit the turnovers he could be a fantasy stud this weekend.
QB’s I say Nay to Week 7:
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: While it seems that he has gotten his play to be fantasy relevant again, he still has not been a good real life quarterback. He threw three interceptions against an abysmal Eagles secondary and had his day salvaged by an amazing touchdown run. That touchdown run won’t always be there for Cam this year. They have really toned down the amount of designed running plays for him. In addition the Bears’ defense is one of the more underrated defenses in the NFL. They have only allowed 17 or more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks twice in this entire season, and only once in the past four weeks. With wideout Kelvin Benjamin banged up, Cam will have limited options on who to throw to and will struggle.
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Winston left last week’s game with an A/C joint sprain. That meant that he was not cleared to throw the football until Friday. While head coach Dirk Koetter did say that Winston would start this Sunday, I still hate players that play through injury for fantasy purposes. The way I see it is process over result, and if a player isn’t practicing for the majority of the week, I’m hesitant to start him.
RB’s I say Yay to Week 7:
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars: He’s been on this column so many times because I think he has been the best rookie running back this season. While Kareem Hunt may have been the best value pick of the year, Fournette has been an absolute stud. He’s got three 100-yard rushing games, and a touchdown in every single game this season. This week he faces a leaky Indianapolis Colts front that has allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing running backs. He is the definition of a workhorse, getting over 20 touches in 4 out of 6 games this year. He’s a monster, expect him to go off every week.
Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas Cowboys: As of now it seems that he will play this Sunday against the 49ers but it is questionable whether he will be suspended for 6 games. This is a stretch but let me ask you a question: What would you do if you had a toy but you know that toy was going to be taken away tomorrow? I can tell you what I would do: I would play with that toy, all day. I think the Cowboys will try to run the ball as much as they can against the 49ers that haven’t been able to stop the run this year. I think Zeke will get a massive workload on Sunday and will have a big day.
RB’s I say Nay to Week 7:
Mike Gillislee, New England Patriots: While he got off to a hot start at the beginning of the year, he hasn’t scored a touchdown since week 2. Gillislee is a touchdown dependent running back and he hasn’t gotten the touchdowns. Last week in the situation where you would think that Mike Gillislee would get the goal line work, Dion Lewis got it. Gillislee had a fumble last week and hardly played after that. I think Dion Lewis is the back to own in the Pats backfield.
DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans: DeMarco Murray is banged up and will be a game time decision. On a normal running back I would say I don’t like it but if you have to play him then I guess play him. With DeMarco Murray I don’t like it because they have Derrick Henry backing him up, a capable running back that is waiting for his opportunity. Henry is going to see a lot of action this Sunday whether Murray is active or not.
WR’s I say Yay to Week 7:
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers: This is just in case you were worried about Brett Hundley being at QB instead of Aaron Rodgers. Don’t worry, Jordy will be fine.
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys: While I do believe that Zeke has a big game against the 49ers, this matchup is just too good for Dez not to have a big game as well. Dez Bryant has had a really tough schedule and is being shadowed almost every game by the opposition’s top corner but there is nobody like that for the Niners. I think Dez has a feast.
WR’s I say Nay to Week 7:
Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams: Should this guy even be rostered anymore? He’s got 2 catches in his last three games. It’s clear Goff isn’t looking his way. Even if Goff did target him, it is likely that Peterson will be shadowing Watkins all game (while Watkins might not be the most used WR on the Rams, I do believe he is the most talented).
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts: I feel a little bad when I write about wide receivers because for receivers it’s all about matchups and T.Y.’s is one of the toughest of the year. He’s facing Jalen Ramsey who has proved to be one of the cornerstones of that stout defense.
TE’s I say Yay to Week 7:
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles: Ertz has finally broken out and been the monster tight end that everybody expected him to. He will play against the Redskins on Monday Night Football and I think he’ll have a good game. The Redskins have struggled guarding tight ends yet they haven’t faced many high profile tight ends. I think Ertz has a big game in Primetime.
Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons: I think Hooper catches a touchdown against the Patriots this Sunday night. He leads the Falcons in red zone catches and although the Falcons say they will try to give Julio more red zone targets (has one), they always say that they will. I think Hooper gets into the end zone on Sunday.
TE’s I say Nay to Week 7:
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys: Of all the things that the Niners do poorly, they have actually guarded the tight end very well. They lead the league in defending the tight end. As I said earlier, Dez and Zeke will have big games, I don’t think Witten will do much.