We’ve spent hours researching the web’s most popular Week 7 start’em sit’em analysis and have selected the best takes to help you set your lineup, in addition to the best bites from 5th Down’s team.
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5 Up in Week 7
Josh Allen (QB, BUF)
“He only has two games with at least 20 Fantasy points in the five games he’s played, and he’s averaging just 17.6 Fantasy points per game. But he should take advantage of the Dolphins as most quarterbacks have, as opposing quarterbacks are averaging 28.8 Fantasy points against them. Only Case Keenum failed to score at least 24 Fantasy points against the Dolphins (he had 19), but every quarterback has multiple touchdowns.” — Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports
Josh Jacobs (RB, OAK)
“Jacobs is a true workhorse for Oakland, and every starting RB that has gotten at least 10 carries against the Packers this season has rushed for a TD. Jacobs has at least 75 rushing yards in four of five games this season, and I certainly expect at least 10 rushes for him in this one. I also love they are starting to use him a little bit in the pass game.” — Matthew Berry, ESPN.com
“Jacobs has had 99 yards or more in four of five games this season and he now faces a Packers defense that is ranked 29th in FanDuel points allowed to running backs. The Raiders will look to replicate their winning formula this week, which involves a heavy dose of the prolific rookie running back.” — Joshua Mutters, 5th Down Fantasy
Tevin Coleman (RB, SF)
“With eight red zone carries already since returning in Week 5, Coleman gets the edge over Breida as the clear red zone back, and he led all San Francisco backs in total opportunities (20) and snaps (55%) last week. But both Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson are now afterthoughts in this backfield (Wilson hasn’t even played the last two weeks), so Breida is still getting a solid share of the pie himself, averaging 12.0 rushes and 3.5 targets since Coleman’s return.” — Kenyatta Storin, NumberFire.com
Calvin Ridley (WR, ATL)
“The Rams are shuffling at the cornerback position as they just traded Marcus Peters and placed Aqib Talib on the IR. They did just add top talent, Jalen Ramsey, who will likely be matched up with Julio Jones leaving Ridley to face inferior defenders. Ridley is priced well at $5,500 and could reward buyers with another solid fantasy day.” — Joshua Mutters, 5th Down Fantasy
Golden Tate (WR, NYG)
“After playing just two-thirds of the snaps in his Week 5 debut, Tate was in on 98% of the Giants’ plays last Thursday night against the Patriots when he caught 6-of-9 targets for 102 yards and a touchdown, dusting CB Jonathan Jones on a 64-yard score. Tate has run 89.2% of his routes from the slot since debuting and will again find himself there versus Arizona with Sterling Shepard (concussion) set to miss another game. That should allow Tate to avoid Patrick Peterson, who is making his season debut following a suspension of his own.” — Nick Mensio, Rotoworld.com
Week 7 Trust or Bust?
Marlon Mack (RB, IND)
NFL.com’s Fabiano and Barfield say start him, while Evans has him in his Lames column this week.
Evans says: “Overall RB18 in fantasy points per game, he’s averaged 94.0 rush yards per game with a pair of touchdowns…Houston has yielded 4.3 yards per carry, but a mere 73.3 rush yards per game and two scores to RBs. Per Football Outsiders, the Texans slot inside the top-10 in fewest adjusted line yards allowed. Wide lanes will be few and far between.”
Barfield says: “Marlon Mack is a locked-in RB2. Mack has handled 18 or more touches in all but one game this year and has quietly been more involved in the passing game, seeing at least 3 targets in three of his past four games. The Texans held down the Chiefs running game last week, but they allowed at least 88 yards on the ground in their four prior contests.”
5th Downers say:
This week’s Trust or Bust subject is Marlon Mack. Cast your vote, and we’ll include the results in our weekly newsletter, with editor @justinsablich‘s take
— 5th Down Fantasy (@5thDownFantasy) October 19, 2019
I say: I’m not terribly worried about Mack. I think Evans is digging a bit too deep into the weeds here. It’s an interesting point, but as Barfield lays out, the volume has been there for Mack and the targets certainly won’t hurt. Vegas also has Houston-Indy as one of the highest-scoring games of the week (48).
Before closing down the KC backfield, Houston did allow four different backs to top at least 10 fantasy points over the first five games (PPR). The Colts are fourth in the NFL in team run plays per game (31.8), which matches up well against Houston’s 4.3 YPC. I can keep throwing out mildly interesting stats, but the main point here is that in what should be a high-scoring game, you have to like Mack’s chances of hitting paydirt and wracking up enough yards to make for a decent day. He’s no slam dunk, but I wouldn’t sit him unless you’re drowning in an embarrassment of riches at RB.
5 Down in Week 7
Kirk Cousins (QB, MIN)
“Kirk Cousins’ performance against the Eagles secondary in Week 6 was one of the bigger outliers you’ll see from any fantasy player in the 2019 season. Cousins’ 28 fantasy points marked his highest total of the season by far, and he’s only reached 20 points one other time this year (Week 5 against the Giants). Two above average performances against bottom 5 secondaries shouldn’t move the needle too much for Cousins, but due to the reactionary nature of fantasy football, it has.” — Derek McCauley, 5th Down Fantasy
Adrian Peterson (RB, WAS)
“Peterson was a popular flex option last week, and he thrived with 136 scrimmage yards and 15.6 fantasy points. Unfortunately, that statistical well is going to run dry when he faces the 49ers. Their defense hasn’t given up a touchdown to a runner this season, and the position is averaging a league-low 12.5 fantasy points against them.” — Michael Fabiano, NFL.com
Kerryon Johnson (RB, DET)
“The last time Kerryon faced a top 10 run defense was Week 3 at Philadelphia, and he ended that contest with 36 yards on 20 carries (1.8 yards per carry). If Detroit wants to win this one they will have to pace themselves with Matt Stafford’s arm, and if he’s lucky, Johnson will be able to benefit from a few goal-line carries. Outside of that, it’s difficult for us to believe he’s going to break out against this Vikings front.” — Derek McCauley, 5th Down Fantasy
Keenan Allen (WR, LAC)
“Eventually, Allen will reverse course. He’s too integral to the Chargers’ vertical attack to be kept at bay. Still, his matchup this week suggests another downtrodden performance is entirely plausible. Versatile corner Logan Ryan should drape him whether in the slot (Allen 52.4 slot%) or out wide. The stalwart has allowed a 72.1 passer rating and 1.19 yards per snap to his assignments. Tennessee as a whole has yielded 6.8 pass yards per attempt and the eighth-fewest fantasy points to WRs.” — Brad Evans, Yahoo! Sports
Robby Anderson (WR, NYJ)
“The Patriots defense has allowed 30 points total this year and lead the league with 14 interceptions and five touchdowns. With few other target options, Anderson could draw shadow coverage from lights-out cornerback Stephon Gilmore. He slides into WR3/flex territory in a bad matchup this week.” — Samantha Previte, NY Post
Darren Weller (TE, OAK)
“Waller will have a tough time scoring in Week 7 against a Green Bay Packers secondary that has allowed only one touchdown to opposing tight ends so far this season. Add onto that a nagging foot injury that’s put his availability in doubt, and you have the recipe for a fantasy disappointment.” — Derek McCauley, 5th Down Fantasy