Fantasy Football Talk: Week 7

Fantasy Football Talk: Week 7

Well, I hope you guys read last week’s Fantasy Football Talk and picked up Adrian Peterson or Jerick McKinnon. Another crazy week led to these break out performances from Peterson (25.4 points) and McKinnon (19.9 points) along with other stars who struggled and new wire pickups. All point totals are based on basic ESPN non-ppr point system.


Must Start: Matt Ryan against the Patriots. Basically, if you have any wide receivers of the falcons or have Ryan, START THEM. The Patriots pass defense are historically bad, allowing 1949 passing yards so far this season, the most allowed this year. The Patriots have allowed 6 straight 300-yard games against them, so even with Ryan’s poor year so far only averaging 13.4 points, he is a very strong QB1 this week.


Adrian Peterson against the Rams. After posting 25.4 points in his debut for the Cardinals, while playing against a top 10 run defense in Tampa Bay. In his time in New Orleans, Peterson struggled never having a game with more than 4 points. Now, with David Johnson out until at least week 12, Peterson is a solid RB1 in Arizona. This week the Cardinals head to LA where they take on the Rams who have allowed the 4th most rushing yards this season.


 Steelers D/ST against the Bengals. It’s simple, the Steelers defense is very good, and the Bengals offense are really bad. The Steelers defense are ranked as the 5th best D/ST and have allowed the 2nd fewest fantasy points per drive this season. The Bengals offense are only averaging 16.8 points per game, the 3rd lowest in the NFL. Even with the Bengals offense starting to turn things around slightly, the Steelers will have a big day at home against the Bengals.


Dez Bryant against the 49ers. The 49ers have allowed the 4th most passing yards this season. Dez Bryant is averaging only 8.9 points per game but is still getting at least 8 targets per week from Dak Prescott (except for week 3). If there is a game for Dez to break out and go back to his normal self, it will be this week in San Francisco.


Got To Sit: A.J. Green against the Steelers. Yes, I am aware that Green has had a touchdown in his last three games, is ranked as the 3rd top WR is fantasy, and sees one-third of the Bengals targets. But all arrows point to sit the star, the Steelers have allowed the 2nd least amount of passing yards this season. They are allowing 88 yards per game to team’s entire receiving corps. Look for Green’s numbers to not reach double digits this week.


Doug Martin against the Bills. The Bills run defense, and just all around defense, this season is playing extremely well. They have allowed the 4th least amount of rushing yards this season and haven’t allowed a run longer than 32 yards. Doug Martin (after his 4 game suspension) has only played 2 games and is averaging 14.3 points a game, but with the Bills pass defense ranked at 11th best, compared to their run defense which is 4th best, look to see the pass game be the main attack for the Buccaneers.


Philip Rivers against the Broncos. The Broncos “No Fly Zone” has allowed the 3rd least amount of passing yards this season. The Broncos have an above average blitz rate, and Rivers ranks 21st in the league when it comes to passer rating under pressure. Look to find other free agent QBs for this week who have more favorable matchups.


Waiver-Wire Pickups: George Kittle, only owned in 11.8% of ESPN leagues, Kittle is a TE on the 49ers and is really one of two players that are actually used in the 49ers offense. If in need of TE, Kittle is averaging 8 points a game and has a combined for 30 points in his last two.


Orleans Darkwa, only owned 43.2% of ESPN leagues, Orleans is a RB on the Giants. Silent until week 5, Orleans has had 14 points in his last 2 games. These point rises are due to the result of the Giants top 3 WRs out for an extended period of time. Orleans’s numbers should stay in the double digits consistently as he is now considered one of the top offensive weapons on the Giants.


Nelson Agholor is just a big play machine on the Eagles. Still only owned in 57.9% of ESPN leagues, Agholor is averaging 9.4 points per game and is ranked as the 12th best WR in the league. He has 4 touchdowns in the first 6 games of the season and is still averaging about 3.5 receptions per game.