Here we go again, guys. Week 7 kicks off tonight, so here’s to another awesome week of NFL football. Personally, this is one of the craziest, parity-filled seasons I’ve ever seen, so if your fantasy team is struggling with all of this unpredictability, don’t feel bad. It happens to the best of us. But, don’t forget to take some of this advice into consideration – hopefully it’ll help you get the season back on track. Without further ado…
- Jared Goff
- After a down week against the shut-down Jaguars secondary, Goff should be back to impressing this season. Going up against a Cardinals D that’s 28th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks this season, I fully expect him to air it out big time. Yes, Patrick Peterson is an elite defender, but Justin Bethel is not and QBs have taken advantage of that all season. Plus, with Peterson possibly not 100%, look for Goff to ball out.
- Joe Mixon
- Could this finally be the breakout game fans have been waiting for? Being that the Pittsburgh defense has been playing out of their minds in the secondary lately, and are 27th in fantasy points allowed to RBs, I say yes. Since week 3, when Bill Lazor took the reins for this offense, Mixon’s averaging a healthy 19 touches per game, tying him with Carlos Hyde. He’s also has 15 or more carries in 3 straight games – only Fournette, Bell, and Howard have a longer streak. Plus, he’s graded out at 80.3 according to Pro Football Focus, which would make him the 14th best halfback in the league despite a horrendous o-line. The talent is there, results should follow.
- Kirk Cousins
- It’s no secret that Philadelphia has an elite rush defense, while their secondary leaves a lot to be desired. Despite a poor showing against them in the season opener, I expect Cousins to show off his talents this Monday, especially because he’s historically been better as the season has gone on and has continued that trend this year. And, don’t forget that there was a designed run for him at the goal line last week. Captain Kirk is a points machine.
- Delanie Walker
- Delanie’s had a slow start this year, but I think that has more to do with the team’s struggles overall rather than a steep decline in his own play. Of course, another week for Marcus Mariota to get healthy is a major boost for his value, but the major selling point for Walker comes from his matchup with the Browns. At this point, you should just play whatever tight end is up against the Browns, because it seems like they manage to spot whatever lucky player that happens to be a ton of points. This week, that lucky player is Delanie Walker.
- Everybody in the ATL/NE game
- Whenever two struggling defenses matchup, it’s great for fantasy. And with the Falcons looking to bounce back after a shocking upset by the anemic Dolphins, I think they take advantage of one of the worst defenses in the league. While the Falcons’ defense hasn’t been horrible this season, and I expect Vic Beasley and Desmond Trufant to play up to their abilities, I don’t see this Patriots offense scoring less than 20 points. That being said, I could see Atlanta keying on Brandin Cooks so look for a big day from Chris Hogan after last week’s dud.
Cause for Concern:
- T.Y. Hilton
- To me, T.Y. is the ultimate boom-or-bust, especially after alternating huge weeks with absolute flops lately. I’m a Jacoby Brissett fan, but I don’t like his chances against this elite Jacksonville secondary and without him producing, neither will Hilton. Yes, his ceiling could be a top 10 receiver each week, but his floor could also be outside the top 30. That volatility is too much to handle for me.
- Cam Newton
- For the past few weeks, so many people have been wrestling with the same question: Is Cam Newton back? After big games against the Pats and Lions, a lot of people say, “Yes.” Personally, I’m still not sold. I’ll admit, the performance on the road in Detroit was impressive to me, but last week’s 3-interception game against Philly left me wondering what he really has left. Seeing the rushing numbers come back was certainly encouraging, but the Panthers have made it clear that they don’t want him running as much this year. With so many question marks and a matchup with a stout Bears D in Chicago, I’d temper expectations
- Alshon Jeffery
- Let’s get a few things out of the way, first. Carson Wentz is awesome. Zach Ertz is also awesome. I’m not yet ready to proclaim Alshon Jeffery awesome. Honestly, Ertz is Wentz’s safety blanket and his go-to end zone target, so where is Alshon’s fantasy value? Interestingly, Wentz has trusted him with an impressive amount of contested balls, but not enough to return elite value like so many wanted from him. I don’t like Jeffery’s prospects in this game, especially if Josh Norman returns this week.
Streamers and Sleepers:
- Zay Jones
- The Tampa Bay defense has been straight-up BRUTAL recently. After making the ageless Larry Fitzgerald look like he was 25 again, I could see Jones having a big game as the Bills’ number one option.
- NY Jets D/ST
- The Jets’ defense was extremely impressive last week and, if not for a late second-half interception by Josh McCown, could have easily held the Patriots under 20 points – safe to say, that’s no small feat. The secondary looked energized and nearly picked off the great Tom Brady twice. If they could bait Brady into such mistakes, what could they do to Jay Cutler?
- Mohamed Sanu
- Sanu returns this week for the Falcons, which should take some pressure off the offense and get them back on track. Of course, a matchup with the New England defense isn’t too shabby either, so look for Mo to get some looks in the end zone with Julio Jones only receiving one such target all year.