We here at The Fantasy Authority have heard it all, especially the tired narrative of “Start Your Studs!” Well, guess what? Sometimes that is not the best option for your squad. If you have a legitimate RB1 and they are going up against the #1 rushing defense in the league in a game with bad conditions at the opponent’s home stadium, then maybe plugging him in “just because” isn’t the best decision for your team. That’s when you bring on the 2020 Week 7 Flex Options!
This weekly article series will let you know some of the flex players and streaming options you should plug in to give your team the best chance possible at winning. If you are looking for any advice on top-12 positional players, then you are in the wrong place! So, here are my top 2020 Week 7 Flex Options!
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Gardner Minshew (@ LAC)
The Stache came out firing this year, but the Jags have lost five games in a row and regardless of whose fault it is, the QB is always on the hot seat. Minshew needs a good game to ensure he stays the starter. Luckily for him, the Jags play the Chargers this week. The Chargers have really felt the loss of safety Derwin James and have been vulnerable to the pass. They are currently 29th in league in passing yards allowed per game and rank 27th in the league over the last three games giving up over 2 passing TD’s during that span. In addition, they also give up the 3rd most fantasy points to QBs. I think Minshew will solidify himself as the starter this week in what could be a very “stat” happy day for him.
Teddy Bridgewater (@ NOS)
Teddy Two Gloves had a couple of decent outings recently in Weeks 4 and 5 where he averaged 26 completions, 295 yards, and 2 TD’s. He laid an absolute egg last week vs the Bears with 2 INTs, 0 TDs, and a whopping 9 fantasy points. This will be Bridgewater’s first game against his former team, which could be an advantage with him playing against Saints Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen’s defense. This is a defense he practiced against every week last season.
The Saints have given up the 4th most fantasy points to QBs and have allowed the most touchdown passes over the last three games to include at least 3 TD passes in every single game this season. I would not expect Teddy to be a QB1 this week but I can confidently say that he has high-end QB2 written all over him. These Saints-Panthers games are always shootouts. Start Mr. Two Gloves with confidence in a revenge game!
Other solid Week 7 Streaming Options at QB: Cam Newton (vs. SF), Joe Burrow (vs. CLE)
RUNNING BACK PLAYS
David Johnson (vs. GB)
DJ may not be putting up the big numbers he did a few years ago when he was with the Cardinals, but he has seen an uptick in touches over the past three weeks, even with his snap share going down. To start the year he was averaging over 90% of the snaps, but only saw 11 carries a game. In the past three weeks, his snap share has gone down to around 75% and he has seen more carries while being more productive. I think the Texans are figuring out that the less time Johnson spends on the field allows him to be a bit fresher and makes him a bit better.
This week, it is a prime matchup as the Texans welcome in Green Bay. The Packers have given up the 2nd most fantasy points to RBs this season. They gave up over 150 rushing yards to the Bucs last week. This should be a high scoring game and I would not be surprised if DJ is more involved in the passing game than previous weeks. Look for him to be a solid RB2 this week at home.
Antonio Gibson (vs. DAL)
Gibson has carved a nice little role out for himself this season. He has seen an average of 13 touches the past three games and if the Football Team could get some stability at the QB position it would only benefit him. This week Washington takes on their division rival Cowboys who essentially trail the Eagles for the division lead by half a game. It has not been pretty for any team in the NFC East this year, but this one could have some fireworks. If Washington wins they will slide into 2nd place in the division at 2-5, so even though the Wild Card is essentially out of reach, they still have a lot to play for.
Riverboat Ron will have the team ready to go. Dem Boys are 31st against the rush, dead last in takeaways, and are ranked 24th in the league for defensive penalties. So Washington will keep possession and may have drives extended giving Gibson more and more opportunities. He has already had his big breakout game, but doing well against this team, in this division, always gives players a chip on their shoulder. Simply put…start him!
Other solid Week 7 Flex Options at RB: Justin Jackson/Joshua Kelley vs JAX, Jamaal Williams at HOU, Gio Bernard vs CLE
WIDE RECEIVER PLAYS
Julian Edelman (vs. SF)
Poor Jules. If there is one person who misses Tom Brady the most it is Julian Edelman. In five games played this year, he has only one game of over 57 yards receiving. He is currently WR47 and with Cam going out the other QB’s have not done him any favors. This week, the Pats play San Fran at home and it could be a week that Jules and Co. right the ship. The 49ers will be without both of their starting safeties. Their defense isn’t horrible but they allow at least 240 passing yards and 20 points per game to opposing offenses.
The Patriots rarely lose 2 games in a row and it is even more unheard of for them to lose 3 in a row. In fact, it’s only happened once since 2001. Belichick will have this team ready to go. I think Jules being one of the leaders of that locker room will lead by example. Start ‘em!
Tee Higgins (vs. CLE)
At the beginning of the season, there were a lot of expectations with Joe Burrow coming in and AJ Green coming back from injury. They also had Tyler Boyd, John Ross, and Auden Tate who were expected to have big roles. Yet, it’s the guy who they drafted in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft who has popped. Higgins has the 3rd most targets and the 4th most receiving yards amongst all NFL rookies. Last week, he had 6 catches and 125 yards.
This week, the Bengals play Cleveland. The Browns give up the 4th most fantasy points to WR’s and rank 25th or worse in the following defensive passing categories: Opponents Pass Play %, Completion %, Opponents Passes/Game and Opponents Pass Yards/Game. Not to mention, Bengals QB Joe Burrow has thrown for 300 yards in 4 of the last 5 games. Don’t be afraid to put Higgins in your lineups this week!
Other solid Week 7 Fantasy Flex Options at WR: Robby Anderson (@ ATL), Chase Claypool (@ TEN), Tre’Quan Smith, Tim Patrick
TIGHT END PLAYS
Dalton Schultz (@ WAS)
Blake Jarwin was the engine of the TE hype train this offseason but after suffering a season-ending injury early in the year, Dalton Schultz has stepped into that TE1 role in Big D. If you can believe it, he is currently TE11 so far this season, yet is only rostered on less than 60% of fantasy teams. With his first 3 starts this season, Schultz had 17 catches, 208 yards, and 2 TDs. He has not been effective the last two weeks which is probably why he isn’t rostered as much, but this week the Cowboys take on the Football Team and they have been vulnerable to tight ends. They have given up the 5th most fantasy points, the 5th most receptions, and the 3rd most touchdowns to TEs this year.
The Football Team has solid corners, but their linebackers aren’t great in pass coverage which has allowed tight ends to roam free. This could be a turnaround game for Schultz and I would expect the Red Rocket to find him often.
Hunter Henry (vs. JAX)
When will Hunter Henry be the guy we all hoped and wished he would be? I say this week when the Chargers face the Jaguars. The Jags this year have the 29th ranked defense and have allowed the 6th most fantasy points to tight ends. Even though they have been stout lately against the position, the defense overall has been dreadful, losing five consecutive games. They have also given up scores to tight ends in 4 of the last 5 games. Henry is a great talent who needs to play a full season, injury-free to prove it.
Justin Herbert looks the part too, filling in for maimed QB Tyrod Taylor. Of the four games Herbert has started, he has three games with over 290 yards passing and owns a great 9:3 TD/INT ratio. Henry has not had a massive game this year, but it is coming. I think with bye weeks and injuries messing with lineups he is definitely a safe bet to start this week, but look for him to step it up big time and end the year as a TE1.
Other solid Week 7 Fantasy Flex Options at TE: Eric Ebron (@ TEN), Noah Fant (vs. KC), Darren Fells (vs. GB)
Thanks for checking out my Week 7 Fantasy Flex Options article! Want more help? You can find me @Clubber_Lang83 on Twitter and make sure to check out where our TFA crew ranks all of these players this week in our Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings.