Week 7 fantasy football recap: Great week to swim with Dolphins
Heading into Week 7’s two-game slate of late afternoon games, your top five fantasy football leading scorers included Lamar Miller, Kirk Cousins and Nate Washington.
Miller finished with 17 touches for 236 yards (13.8 YPT) with two touchdowns. Miller didn’t record a touch the entire second half. That’s right he posted 38.6 fantasy football points in 30 minutes of first-half action. Miller averaged 7.95 fantasy points the first four games of the season. In the two games since, he’s averaging 29.2. Dolphins have three straight road tests on the schedule next.
I’ll let Kirk Cousins sum up his day in the form of a question:
Trailing by 24 points, the Redskins quarterback – he of the 14.15 FPPG average – completed 33-40 passes for a season-high 317 yards with three passing touchdowns along with 15 rushing yards and a fourth score. Jordan Reed returned from yet another concussion on his medical report to haul in 11 passes from Cousins (13 targets) for 72 yards with two touchdowns (30.2 FP).
If you want to play the “what-if” game with me regarding the Redskins comeback win over the Buccaneers. Their pass-catching running back Chris Thompson was inactive and Alfred Morris + Matt Jones caught four passes for 24 yards. Does Cousins have any chance to lead this comeback if not for Reed returning from his fourth concussion?
It’s that pesky blurred line between your team winning, fantasy tight end dropping 30 points and if the NFL truly cares about long-term player health. Like I said, what-if?
Top fantasy wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, entered Week 7 with a 14-fantasy point lead ahead of the next closest receiver – Julio Jones. Despite the 12 targets and desperation in the Texans offense against the Dolphins today, Hopkins was held in check – six receptions for 50 yards. With Cecil Shorts out, and for the second time this season, Nate Washington was Brian Hoyer’s garbage time target. The 32-year-old receiver finished with 16 targets, nine receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns. In case you forgot, the Texans trailed the Chiefs 27-9 at the half back in Week 1 and Washington gobbled up most of his 105 receiving yards (11 targets) during that second half rally.
Derek Carr – 29.9 FP vs. Chargers
Also: Ryan Fitzpatrick – 24.7 FP
Todd Gurley – 32.3 FP vs. Browns
Honestly, in your heart of hearts, how many rushing yards could you post against the Browns? Heading into week 6, Cleveland allowed a league-high 149.8 rush yards per game and third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs (25.3).
For the third game in a row, the rookie running back out of Georgia rushed for well over 100 yards. In fact, he’s averaging 22 carries and 144 yards per game over the past three games. Doctors do such great work on ACL’s these days.
Charcandrick West – 21.4 vs. Steelers
West finished with 22 carries to Knile Davis’ two against the Steelers. Any Chiefs running back depth chart questions?
What’s more impressive than the touches, is West managed 129 total yards against a defense which allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. Through the first six games, the Steelers only allowed 12.7 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.
Darren McFadden – 24.2 vs. Giants
Also: Mark Ingram – 22.8 FP, Doug Martin – 20.1 FP
Mike Evans – 30.4 FP vs. Redskins
As I preached from the Twitter pulpit to those who would listen … patience, patience, patience.
In addition to the injury which sidelined the second-year receiver, Doug Martin 2.0 is averaging 20 carries per game to help take some of the pressure off the team’s rookie quarterback. Thus, Evans hadn’t been eating as well as he did during his rookie season. Enter the Redskins’ secondary, which allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. Evans stat line of 164 yards on eight receptions (12 targets) was the third-best fantasy performance of his young career.
Stefon Diggs – 23.7 FP vs. Lions
The Vikings inked Mike Wallace in the off-season to hook Teddy Bridgewater up with a downfield threat, but Diggs out-targeted the veteran receiver nearly 2-to-1 during Week 7’s game against the Lions. Diggs’ fantasy football ownership percentage soared 33 percent after his Week 6 seven receptions for 129 yards against the Chiefs. He lived up to the waiver wire hype by posting six receptions (nine targets) for 109 yards with his first NFL touchdown.
Also: Allen Robinson – 21.8 FP, Danny Amendola – 22.6 and Robert Woods – 23.7 FP
Quick Positive Hits
With Percy Harvin’s future in doubt and Sammy Watkins hurt quite often, owners in deeper leagues should take a long look at Robert Woods. He and EJ Manuel have produced in the past and Woods posted 9 receptions for 84 yards with a touchdown against the Jaguars in Week 7.
Danny Woodhead is averaging 17.3 fantasy points per game in PPR leagues including four consecutive games of 12-plus fantasy points
Eric Ebron returned to the Lions lineup and dropped 19.9 fantasy points on the Vikings. He’s now scored double-digit fantasy points in four out of five games this season.
Khiry Robinson earning a season-high 14 carries along with goal-line work over Mark Ingram against the Colts in Week 7. The third-year running back scored two touchdowns and now has four on the season.
Antonio Brown posted his first 100-yard receiving game since Week 3 … with a third-string quarterback behind center. Sure, he also had his fingerprints on one of the weird interceptions in the league this season, but Roethlisberger is almost back and we’re looking at the positive.
Teddy Bridgewater completed passes to 11 different receivers in the Vikings win over the Lions.
Duke Johnson seven more receptions for 73 yards.
Orleans Darkwa eight carries for 48 yards with a touchdown created 4-headed RBBC in the Giants backfield.
Jonathan Stewart 24 carries for 125 yards against the Eagles. Can his body handle the workload for another half-season?
Quick Negative Hits
Arian Foster is out for the season with a torn Achilles’ tendon.
Carlos Hyde dealing with a stress fracture in his foot.
Chris Ivory played through a hamstring injury in Week 7. The oft-injured running back is producing on a consistent basis, but the bug has bit him in the past because he runs so hard.
Tom Brady led the Patriots in rushing in Week 7 with 15 yards.
Melvin Gordon only touched the ball seven times against the Raiders and didn’t get his first touch until the second half. Fumbling issues in Week 6 and the Raiders big Week 7 lead didn’t help Gordon find a way back into the flow of the game.
Bishop Sankey played two snaps in Week 7. David Cobb comes off IR soon and Antonio Andrews isn’t the long-term answer.
The Lions rushing game … as a whole – 77 yards.
Robert Turbin led the Browns in rushing against the Rams – 30 yards.
After some BYE-week hype out of the front office, Christine Michael five carries for 18 yards.
Odell Beckham four receptions for 35 yards. The second-worst fantasy performance of his young career.