Week 7 Fantasy Preview
Welcome to BYe-Mageddon! Today, we are going through each game and giving you some insight on who to play. Take a deep breath, relax and let’s dive in.
Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) at Baltimore Ravens (5-1)
Joe Burrow and crew will face a difficult task in taking down Baltimore, but he absolutely has the wideouts to do so in Chase, Higgins, and Boyd. It should be a high-scoring affair. Rashod Bateman, Hollywood Brown, and Mark Andrews will be the key players for Baltimore. Bye week aside, this game should be chock full of fantasy goodness for the owners of those players.
Washington Football Team (2-4) at Green Bay Packers (5-1)
This game had all the makings of a blowout, with the Packers facing one of the weakest defenses in the NFL in Washington. Start the usual suspects for Green Bay. For Washington, the key players in Gibson and McLaurin are dealing with injury concerns, but if they play, they have to start for you.
Atlanta Falcons (2-3) at Miami Dolphins (1-5)
Given their sluggish start to the season, it’s strange to see the Falcons as a road favorite, but the Dolphins are coming off a defeat to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tua and Waddle should again connect early and often, but the lack of a consistent running game has hurt the Dolphins. The Falcons have a lot going for them in this game, with the return of top receivers Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage to go along with the emerging Kyle Pitts at tight end. Matt Ryan is also a solid play if your #1 QB is on a bye.
New York Jets (1-4) at New England Patriots (2-4)
New England is fortunate in that they will face a Jets squad that is one miracle overtime win away from being 0-5. Mac Jones and Hunter Henry have got a solid rapport going, but no WR can be trusted week to week. For the Jets, maybe give Michael Carter a shot if your entire team is on bye.
Carolina Panthers (3-3) at New York Giants (1-5)
After opening 3-0, the Panthers have plummeted. The Giants are still playing the Walking Dead, so look to see if the players returning to the field this week will stay there before being trusted. Most of the skill players are game-time decisions. Hubbard, Darnold, and Moore should be solid starts this week.
Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) at Tennessee Titans (4-2)
The Chiefs are looking to turn things around after a mediocre start to the season. Things are looking good for Kansas City with the Titans on a short week. This is expected to be an offensive fireworks display, and in that situation, I’ll pick Patrick Mahomes every time. Derrick Henry will get his customary 150+ yards, and look for KC to have its usual offensive light show. Hopefully, we get to see if the second half from AJ Brown last week was more than just a fluke.
Detroit Lions (0-6) at Los Angeles Rams (5-1)
Play Stafford, Woods, Swift, and Kupp. That’s all. No one else. This is not a revenge game. It’s a vengeance game.
Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) at Las Vegas Raiders (4-2)
Miles Sanders has gotten very little work this season. Hopefully, that will change in this game, as the coaching staff has stated that they need to get him the ball more. Jalen Hurts, Devonta Smith and newly minted TE1 Dallas Goedert are all strong plays. Derek Carr and Darren Waller should connect early and often, and look for Renfrow and Ruggs to be solid plays as well.
Houston Texans (1-5) at Arizona Cardinals (6-0)
The Cardinals are one of the most entertaining teams in the NFL, and this week they will face a hapless Texans squad. Play Brandin Cooks from the Texans and then lock and load every Cardinal that you roster for this contest, including new star TE Zach Ertz.
Chicago Bears (3-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-1)
The Bears are still handling the growing pains of rookie QB Justin Fields, and his coaching staff hasn’t put him in the best situation to succeed. Darnell Mooney and Allan Robinson are shaky plays. Rookie sensation Khalil Herbert broke out of the gate with a solid performance in place of Montgomery and Williams, but the Tampa defense is tough to run against. Start him anyway. For Tampa, look for OJ Howard to pick up some of the slack left over from Antonio Brown being out for this game.
Indianapolis Colts (2-4) at San Francisco 49ers (2-3)
The Colts had a rough start, but they’ve improved in recent weeks, both on offense and defense. Look for Wentz to again lead the offense and direct a ton of targets at Michael Pittman. San Francisco welcomes back Elijah Michell, who they will lean on with George Kittle on IR. Deebo Samuel will also get his usual complement of targets.
New Orleans Saints (3-2) at Seattle Seahawks (2-4)
New Orleans hasn’t been the powerhouse it has been in recent seasons, but they’re still a capable squad with a strong defense. Geno Smith has been solid, but DK Metcalf should be blanketed this game by Marshon Lattimore, which could spell trouble. If Rashaad Penny is active, leave him on your bench.