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Greetings owners! I am here again to ease your bye week woes. Before we examine the week seven streamers, let us take a look back at week six.
Week 6: Bad Call
QB Baker Mayfield– Despite the San Diego Chargers being without DE Joey Bosa, they had no problem making life miserable for Mayfield. Under constant pressure, Mayfield was sacked five times and threw two interceptions. He attempted 46 passes, but only 22 of them were for a completion. He failed to eclipse 250 yards and his lone score was in garbage time. Mayfield should bounce back this week against Tampa Bay, which has one of the league’s worst passing defenses.
Week 6: Good Call
RB Latavius Murray– Murray toted the rock 24 times and amassed 155 rushing yards and a score. He was a bell cow with RB Dalvin Cook sidelined, gashing the Cardinals’ porous run defense. He does not give much in the receiving game, but if he continues to run this hard, it will be difficult to keep him off the field. Cook is nearing a return, but Murray has made a case to retain a role even after Cook’s insertion back into the lineup.
Teams on Bye in Week 7
Green Bay Packers
*All players under 50% owned according to Yahoo Fantasy Football
QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (vs New Orleans Saints, 33% owned)- Flacco has the second-most passing attempts in the league right now. New Orleans has given up the third-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. They have also given up the third-most passing yards per game. Even with Baltimore’s solid defense, the Saints will score their points. Joe Flacco will be slinging it in an attempt to outmatch them.
QB Eli Manning, New York Giants (@ Atlanta Falcons, 22% owned)- Atlanta’s offense has been on fire at home, but their defense has been almost non-existent. Atlanta is 29th in the league in passing yards allowed and Eli has thrown for over 250 yards in his last five games. This game should be an onslaught of offense on Monday night and Eli could be the biggest beneficiary.
RB Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs Cleveland Browns, 46% owned)- Barber had been virtually unstartable, until last week. He was the clear workhorse in the Bucs’ backfield, racking up 82 rushing yards and adding a receiving score. He will be facing a Cleveland defense that is allowing 138 yards per game to opposing running backs this season.
RB Ito Smith, Atlanta Falcons (vs New York Giants, 38% owned)- Smith mixed in with eleven carries last week, spelling RB Tevin Coleman. He scored in his third straight game and is in line for more work with RB Devonta Freeman being placed on IR. If he and Coleman get more involved in the passing game, Smith will be squarely in the RB3/Flex conversation.
WR Taylor Gabriel, Chicago Bears (vs New England Patriots, 45% owned)- Gabriel has eclipsed 100 yards in his last two contests. The Bears will be forced to throw it against QB Tom Brady and the Patriots’ defense has given up nine touchdowns to opposing wideouts on the year. The Patriots tend to take away the top option, so look for Gabriel to benefit from the added coverage on WR Allen Robinson.
WR Willie Snead IV, Baltimore Ravens (vs New Orleans Saints, 23% owned)- Snead had a whopping 10 targets last week. New Orleans has given up the most points to wideouts on the year and Flacco will be airing it out early and often in this one.
TE Ricky Seals-Jones (vs Denver Broncos, 27% owned)- RSJ has had six targets in at least four games this season. Eventually, he will turn these opportunities into big production. The Cardinals’ offense is continuing to find themselves and QB Josh Rosen is looking for weapons he can trust. RSJ can be a reliable option and trusted target in the red zone. Denver ranks near the bottom ten in the league against TE.
TE C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals (@ Kansas City Chiefs, 36% owned)- Uzomah saw seven targets last week, converting them into 54 receiving yards. He will face a Kansas City team that has given up the third most fantasy points to the position. This game has the potential to become a barn-burner, giving Uzomah plenty of chances.
Indianapolis Colts (vs Buffalo Bills, 40% owned)- The Colts will be facing a quarterback that the Bills signed just nine days ago. Any time you have a defense playing against a backup QB, at home, it usually results in a lot of fantasy points. The Colts have also been incredibly efficient at getting to the quarterback and the Bills give up the most points to opposing defenses.
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RB Frank Gore Miami Dolphins (vs Detroit Lions, 19% owned)- Yes, the ageless wonder, Frank Gore. It is incredible how he continues to be so productive. Last week in overtime, he set them up for the go-ahead touchdown, only for RB Kenyan Drake to fumble it away. He rushed for 100 yards on the day and will look to do it again, against a Lions team that has allowed the third-most rushing yards per game on the season.