Week 7 Studs and Duds
This article will be a weekly series where I talk about 5 guys I’m locking into my lineup and 5 guys that I’m taking out if at all possible. These recommendations will primarily be matchup-based and will vary greatly from week to week. I plan to try my best to stay away from the studs that you plan on starting anyways and dive a little deeper. All of these recommendations also assume a PPR format but would not change much, if at all, in standard. Enjoy Week 7 Studs and Duds.
Julio Jones (ATL) @ NE – This one may seem a little obvious but some people are starting to get down on Julio. He has somewhat under-performed over the past few weeks and still has yet to score a touchdown on the season. Falcons Head Coach, Dan Quinn, did say that he was unhappy with Jones’ usage and we all know that the squeaky well gets the grease so Jones could very well see his usage increase. Not to mention that he plays one of the NFL’s surprise worst defenses this year in the New England Patriots, who just got shredded by Josh McCown! Lock Julio as a stud, if you weren’t already.
Carlos Hyde (SF) vs DAL – After rumors surfaced that Carlos Hyde was on the trade block, he went out and posted 75 total yards and two touchdowns and was heavily utilized in the passing game. Now he gets a weak Dallas defense who was schooled by Todd Gurley to the tune of 215 total yards and a touchdown. Carlos Hyde is in an amazing spot to produce as long as this workload continues and he continues to be heavily utilized in the passing game, which games him a nice floor as well. Hyde should be one of your stud running backs this week.
C.J. Anderson (DEN) @ LAC – After a disappointing performance on Sunday Night Football, Anderson now gets to face one of the league’s worst rush defenses in the Chargers. Anderson has seen low usage in two games this year but has also seen 20+ carries in three games. The Broncos should look to exploit this juicy matchup and feed Anderson the rock and watch him destroy this defense. If he can avoid splitting work, Anderson has top 5 stud upside at the position this week.
Dak Prescott (DAL) @ SF – Dak has been a QB1 in every game he has played this year. Look for that to continue as he gets a soft San Francisco defense in Week 7. Also working in Dak’s favor is how weak his own defense is as well, resulting in a potential shootout. His top wide receiver, Dez Bryant, has one of his few good matchups as well which undoubtedly helps Dak. I would lock Dak Prescott into your lineup once again, as he will continue to produce stud QB1 numbers.
Dez Bryant (DAL) @ SF – Still feeding what I wrote about Prescott, Dez also has a plus matchup this week. San Francisco has a weak defense and an equally weak secondary. Dez is a physical monster and there is nobody on the San Fran defense that can match up to him and stop him. You were likely already playing Dez, but if you weren’t, I would try and find any way possible to get him into your lineups. He is a stud WR1 with WR1 overall potential this week.
T.Y. Hilton (IND) vs JAX – Fade all pass catchers against the Jaguars. The Jags defense has truly evolved and is borderline elite. They also sport arguably the best cornerback tandem in the NFL with Ramsey and Bouye. This defense will suffocate Brissett and shut down Hilton. There is much fantasy goodness to be had from the Colts in Week 7 but I would especially be fading Hilton and be expecting a dud week.
Blake Bortles (JAX) @ IND – You may be wondering why you need to be told to bench Bortles, he’s awful. I’ve seen some people saying that Bortles is a decent streamer this week because the Colts haven’t allowed lower than a QB14 finish and their defense is bad. While it’s true that the Colts defense is bad, I don’t expect Bortles to throw a lot in this game. I expect the Jags defense to control this game and they will be running the ball a ton and taking the ball out of Bortles’ hands. There may be a chance for him to throw a touchdown or two but I just can’t trust him.
Jordy Nelson (GB) vs NO – As the possession wide receiver for the Packers, Jordy may be okay without Rodgers. However, he is also the most touchdown dependent top 36 WR in 2017. His touchdown upside is severely diminished with Brett Hundley at the helm now. Hundley may be serviceable while Rodgers recovers but he doesn’t offer near the upside that Rodgers does. The Saints defense has also looked much better the past few weeks and harassed Matthew Stafford last week. It’s always possible for Jordy to have a solid week but I wouldn’t be surprised if he throws up a dud.
DeMarco Murray (TEN) @ CLE – Two things factor into my decision to bench Murray this week. We may have finally seen the official start of the timeshare last week as Murray and Henry largely split carries. The Browns also have a sneaky good run defense despite a poor secondary. It would be in the Titans best interest to let Mariota air it out rather than trying to test a stingy Browns interior. Murray may also struggle to put up RB1 numbers from here on out anyways now that it looks like he may split time with Henry for the rest of season. Expect a dud week in Week 7 and I would be skeptical rest of season as well.
Adrian Peterson (ARI) @ LAR – Peterson erupted for 134 yards and two touchdowns last week. I’m still somewhat skeptical, however. The Cardinals and Peterson saw amazing game script as they led at 31-0 at one point. It’s unlikely that Peterson sees game script like again all season and Andre Ellington is still the passing down back. I would love to see Adrian Peterson excel for the Cardinals and dominate the NFL again but until I see him do it in a more realistic game script and stay involved then I’m gonna bench him. The Rams offense should keep this game close and I’m curious to see how Peterson does. I’m not necessarily expecting a dud week but I’m being cautious for now.