Not everybody can watch every game, so I want to give you some instant fantasy analysis and a recap from every game. This is hard-hitting, quick analysis to help you make Waiver Wire decisions, find trade targets, and digest each week’s action. Let’s dive into my Fantasy Football Week 7 Recap. If you prefer this in video form, be sure to subscribe to The Fantasy Authority YouTube channel for all future content!
New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Darius Slayton had a down night in terms of targets and production (4 targets for 23 yards). Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard significantly out-targeted Slayton (17 total targets). Yet, Slayton played the most snaps (92%) of any wide receiver but was shadowed by Darius Slay. Chalk this bad game up to a tough match up.
Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Odell Beckham appears to be out for the year, but the Browns put up big passing numbers even after he left the game. Former Wolverine, Donovan People-Jones caught the game winning touchdown, but it was Rashard Higgins filling in for OBJ admirably (6 targets, 110 yards, 84% snaps). Higgins performed well against a weak opponent but should be a name worth knowing on waiver day.
Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones didn’t look quite right to me in this game. He left the field gimpy multiple times and was clearly a decoy the few times that Atlanta threw the ball near the goal line. Julio got it done by being savvy and sitting in zone gaps, but on a goal-line fade play, he didn’t even move as the play was designed for Calvin Ridley. This might be something that improves with time, but I’d much rather roster Ridley ROS.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Football Team
I really want to get excited about this Antonio Gibson game, but the game script really helped him. As such, he only played 47% of the snaps and didn’t record a catch after receiving only one target. Yet, take the peripherals with a grain of salt – this game was never in question as Washington trounced Dallas, and as a result, Gibson ceded some carries to Peyton Barber, and no running back was involved in the passing game. Expanding on that, Barber received 5 of his 10 carries on the final two drives of the blowout, and his other five occurred on the ceremonial half-opening drive because he’s the “starter”. Also, McKissic only received two targets himself, thereby proving that Washington wasn’t passing much to the running back position. Regardless, you could see Gibson’s burst and play-making, especially on a 40 yard run and his 12-yard touchdown. He’s an exciting player.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans
JuJu’s stats look better than they really were. You love 14 targets and 85 yards, but many of those targets and catches occurred on the last drive of the game when Tennessee was willing to give up underneath routes in a more-or-less prevent defense. The player who looked best on the field was Dionte Johnson. He had 15 targets himself and four were red zone targets. Claypool also drew a pass interference penalty on a deep pass, so he appears to be the Martavis Bryant of this offense when all 3 receivers are healthy. I’d move JuJu based on this game.
Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets
John Brown was out for this game and his absence seems to really hurt the entire offense. Josh Allen didn’t kill your team due to his rushing floor, but Allen clearly needs a deep threat to be a top 5 quarterback, like he was in the early season.
Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints
Michael Thomas appears to be unhappy in New Orleans. He apparently “injured” himself in practice after being disciplined by the team. Word is, he’s out next week too and asking for trades. In his place, it was a new face, Marquez Callaway, who led the team in targets and receiving yards. We know that Drew Brees can make lesser known players into fantasy superstars. If this Thomas issue is going to be long term, he’s someone to pick up. If Thomas returns, all other pass catchers will likely fall out of relevance.
Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans
A.J. Dillon clearly will not be a threat to Aaron Jones down the stretch. He looked miserable in his five carries.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Recap
Seriously, what is wrong with Mike Evans? He had an injury earlier in the year, but that didn’t stop him from running 86% snaps – most of the offensive playmakers. It seems that his playing style does not vibe with Brady’s. But it’s not all on Brady – PFF gave Evans the worst grades for the team (57.4). The signing of Antonio Brown can’t make things better. My advice? Sell Evans for anything you can on name value alone.
San Francisco 49ers vs. New England Patriots Recap
Just like we all expected, Jerick McKinnon barely played (12 total snaps, 18%). (Allegedly this was planned. Sure…) Instead of McKinnon, it was the Jeff Wilson show, and he was fantastic… until he got injured. It looks like he will miss several weeks with this injury. Notably, after Wilson left the game, Kyle Shanahan trusted JaMycal Hasty with most of the running back duties. Hasty and McKinnon look like the only two healthy running backs, which means that Hasty should be rostered in every league. Game script might dictate these playing times, with Hasty/Wilson/Mostert handling most of the duties in positive and neutral game scripts, while McKinnon plays on more passing downs and in negative game scripts. Next week, SF plays the Seahawks, so it might be a McKinnon week. Still, Hasty will be involved enough to play.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Los Angeles Chargers
As our very own Robby Jeffries pointed out last week, Justin Herbert is having a miraculous year. He didn’t just continue that amazing pace, he improved. I think he throws one of the nicest deep balls in the league, even as a rookie. That means that Jalen Guyton just became fantasy relevant in good matchups. Also, Herbert is a must start ROS.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos
In Le’Veon Bell’s first game with Kansas City, he essentially split the backfield duties (8 CEH carries to 6 Bell carries, 27 CEH snaps, 17 Bell snaps). However, I have no record of him running a route. Meanwhile, Edwards-Helaire ran 14 routes. We know that Bell can catch the ball out of the backfield, but he may not know the Chiefs’ route trees well enough yet. Or it could just be a weird anomaly due to the snow. We will have to wait and see.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals Recap
Kyler Murray is this year’s Lamar Jackson; he was just drafted earlier. Also, DK Metcalf got the Patrick Peterson treatment. From my perspective, he got shadowed, which explains 20 targets going to Tyler Lockett.