What We Learned on Week 7?

In case you slept through the weekend and didn’t see any football, here are the cliff notes to Week 7. A weekly player analysis to help you figure out what to do with some of your players this week.

Quarterbacks

Tom Brady (New England Patriots): This guy is up for a huge season once again. So far he is the best player in fantasy overall with one game less. He averages 26 points per game, he has only two games (22.7 and 22.4) with less than 25 fantasy points, and has 16 TD to just 1 interception. The special thing about him is that a lot of you may drafted him late so you probably have an elite RB and WR with Brady on your roster. He could be a champion maker.

Brian Hoyer (Houston Texans): He has now four straight games with 17+ fantasy points and could still produce on a consistent basis since the Texans just released his competition Ryan Mallet.

Running Backs

Lamar Miller (Miami Dolphins): He is back and his team needs to have a balanced offense to compete for a playoff spot. I’m sure he will keep producing at least as a RB2 going forward.

Darren McFadden (Dallas Cowboys): Randle went down and McFadden took advantage this week making Christine Michael a non-factor. It’s more than clear that Run DMC is the hot hand in Dallas and he has the talent to keep his starting job for the rest of the season.

Danny Woodhead (San Diego Chargers): 6th best RB and a very consistent guy. The Chargers haven’t been able to really run the ball, forcing Rivers to 52 pass attempts per game in his last 3 weeks! This is great news for the third down back who earns his paychecks by catching passes.

Charcandrick West (Kansas City Chiefs): A lot of people quit too early on him, but he is the starting RB in Kansas City without a doubt and has a lot of upside.

Mark Ingram (New Orleans Saints): Only D.Freeman has more points than Ingram and while he has just one game with 100+ rushing yards he has been a key piece to that Saints offense and he is likely to end up as a RB1 this season.

TJ Yeldon (Jacksonville Jaguars): He scored his first rushing TD this week and the coaches said that it’s a possibility that he earns the goal line carries going forward. Yeldon has shown a lot of patience behind the O-line and I think he could save your season putting up RB2 numbers when he was drafted as an RB3 /RB4.

Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): After a slow start, he now has three games with 100+ rushing yards, his team is leaning on him and is the third best RB in fantasy football so far.

R.Jennings/ S.Vereen/ A.Williams/ O.Darkwa (New York Giants): Seems like there are too many mouths to feed in the Giants backfield and while Darkwa may be worth adding, I wouldn’t trust any of these guys: Fantasy points for Jennings (11.2, 2.4, 5.7, 15.2, 6.7, 6.3, 1.9), Vereen (6, 9.5, 2.3, 2.1, 17, 0.6, 6.2), Williams (1.4, 4.3, 8.9, 5.5, 0, 0.6, 1.3) and Darkwa (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 10.8).

Wide Receivers

Rishard Matthews (Miami Dolphins): A lot of people forgot about him after a bad game and his bye week, but he is the 21st best WR so far and has been really consistent. He’s a nice flex option with a lot of upside.

John Brown/ M.Floyd/ L.Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals): Larry is still the third best WR in fantasy but he has been slowing down a little bit in the last three or four weeks. If you ask me, I’d try to trade him for guys with more upside like Allen Robinson, TY Hilton, or if you can, Antonio Brown. With that said, it is clear that John Brown’s role has been increasing since the start of the season and he could end up as the best WR in Arizona. Finally we have Michael Floyd who could be the WR2 any given week, so add him to your team and play the match ups.

Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings): It’s not Mike Wallace or Charles Johnson but Diggs is getting the WR1 role in Minnesota. The rookie has three very good games in a row (87 yards, 129 yards and TD, 108 yards and a TD) and has good hands, good route running, and a lot of explosiveness. He is the WR to own and could help you get to the playoffs.

Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): One of the higher rated WRs finally got a second good performance in a decent match up. There are three things I like about Evans’s situation: first, Vincent Jackson is injured and even if he doesn’t misses a couple of weeks, he’ll be banged up and Evans will be the #1 guy in TB. Second, the Bucs have their RB playing as a stud and that will open up more windows in the passing game. Last and maybe most important, J.Winston is starting to look a lot better with a ton of confidence, so he will start trusting his WRs more and more.

Steve Smith Sr (Baltimore Ravens): The Ravens are going through a very frustrating season so far losing 6 games that could have ended up either way. Smith Sr. is by far the best WR in Baltimore and Flacco knows it. That`s why the veteran is a top 12 WR this year with two bad games because of the back injury he suffered.

Tight Ends

Jordan Reed (Washington Redskins): He could be an elite fantasy TE if it wasn’t for his tendency to get hurt. If he plays, he is a must-start every week but it’s mandatory to have a solid backup plan for the times when he can’t suit up and play.

Ladarius Green (San Diego Chargers): Even with Gates back, Green has been more than consistent (Fantasy points 13.4, 4.7, 11.3, 5, 9.5, 14.5). Although he is TD dependent, it’s not a huge deal since he is a TE and he will get a lot of looks in the endzone. Now with Antonio Gates missing some time with hs injury, Green is in the TE1 radar every week. So far he is 6th overall among TE.

Gary Barnidge (Cleveland Browns): He is just 8 points below Gronk and is the second best TE this season. In his last five games, he scored at least 10 fantasy points. Barnidge could be one of the top waiver adds of this year and could easily end up as a top 5 TE.

fantasyreaList Writer: Aldo Muriá

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