Week 6 of the NFL brought what may be one of the cleanest moving weeks to start the season. With no catastrophic injuries affecting the teams for the remainder of the year, play on the field seemed to have stabilized as the most famous players performed equally. With the big weeks of Derek Henry and Julio Jones, along with others, I felt everything was fine with the world. Now the question is will they continue, or will we return to the wild and strange guessing game of fantasy football?
Now that it’s six weeks into the NFL season, the crystal ball is much more apparent. Cream always rises to the top and talent always finds a way. This is what we see if you look at the positional positioning during the first six weeks. Players like Alvin Camara and Andre Hopkins find themselves in the right places. But of course, there are outliers like Josh Allen and Robbie Anderson making full use of extra matches to start the season and that’s reflected in their ranking. The guessing game for the early parts of the fantasy season is now out of the window and looking at rivalry breeds success. Knowing players who are prepared for the big games while knowing which players are in tough days and requiring sitting is essential for imagination managers. With several weeks of data available to us, sifting to identify ideal configurations should be fairly easy.
Knowing both positive and negative matches is critical to a manager’s success. Here’s what we bring to you here with Woos and Boos for Week 7. Take a look at the under-the-radar plays that should be considered the starting options for the week, while also noting household names that can be disappointing weeks based on tough matches.
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Week 7 Woos
Matthew Stafford @ Atlanta Falcons
The beneficiary of the “Who Playing Falcons?” This week it will be Stafford. It has been an ups and down performer to start the season and is rated QB2 most weeks. But the offense was without Kenny Golday who is healthy and the passing crime fought without him. Now with Golladay back, the Lions will face the worst defense in fiction in points allowed to oppose the midfielders (29.9 FPPG). The defense continued to play terribly, allowing for at least three touchdowns in every game except for one (Week 5). Look for that to continue this week as the Stafford / Goldday connection is ready for the big day.
David Johnson vs. Green Bay Packers
I usually don’t promote David Johnson because I’m not particularly interested in him as a fictional player. But on coming out of a strong RB1 week against the Titans, he is set to succeed again in Week 7. The next Packers defense will face off in points allowed for position (28.0 FPPG) and allow 6.8 FP above average in scoring. They’d been weeks in a row allowing many players to land from the opposing RB right-back and we all saw what Ronald Jones did with that defense. Now the multifaceted Johnson will get his part and could land another week in Fantasy Directors RB1.
T Higgins vs. Cleveland Browns
Higgins continues to shine every week as goals have been steady since week three. It seems like a big game waiting to happen as it is currently ranked 20th in the air arenas (525) and deep goals (9). This week he will be looking to capitalize on Browns’ defense near the bottom in the Positions Allowed (30.5 FPPG). With the Bengals having plenty of weapons to cover the defense, Higgins should be able to see one-on-one coverage throughout the day and I’ll count on another result in this match. I see it as a WR3 will start the week with the WR2 high and should start in all formations.
Logan Thomas versus the Dallas Cowboys
Thomas reappears from Fade in Week 6 as he finds the End Zone for the first time since the first week. There might be some kind of relationship between him and Kyle Allen as Thomas scored a season high of 42 yards on four goals, earning a TE9 of the week. This week he will be looking to take advantage of the porous Cowboys Defense, which is currently allowing a 9.5 FPPG to reach the center. Thomas is the perfect starting out for managers who love the flow of position.
The seventh week is furious
Drew Brace vs. Carolina Panthers
How the mighty fell. Previously a top 5 QB, Brees was only able to drum up two QB1s per season. It ranked 20 in passing yards (1,331) and 28th in airfields (1,010), indicating a reluctance to take the shot on the field for great play. This week may once again be a struggle facing Panthers Defense which is one of the best points in the league in the Points Allowed for QB (14.6 FPPG). With Michael Thomas back in the question about this crime in Week Seven, starting Brees might be a risky proposition for fiction directors.
Clyde Edwards Hellyer @ Denver Bronco
There are several factors at play here when I look at Edwards-Helaire for Week 7. Most fantasy managers will initiate it, or are in a position to start it. But with Le’Veon Bell preparing to debut with his team, and facing a very strong defense from Broncos (12.1 FPPG, best in the league), Edwards-Helaire may have a hard time finding the consistency. Sure, he scored to finish RB1 a week ago (his first since Week 1) and he’s currently ranked second in the rush yards (505). But it ranks only 16 in yards per load (4.6) and 14th in elusive tackles (25). Look for Broncos who definitely steps in to bring him down early, eliminating his chances of reaching the second level. He’ll still be playing by fantasy managers in Week 7, but be sure to lighten expectations.
Allen Robinson @ Los Angeles Rams
Robinson, the bad midfielder playing aside, remains WR9 in the season. He requires a lot of goals to do his damage in matches because his ability to reach the finish zone was not there (two TDs per season). It ranks fourth in the league at receptions (40), and third in the airfields (674) but only 23rd in scoring. Anticipating a good start from him against a tough minor Rams (16.3 FPPG, best in fiction) would be a little tricky. He is another player who fantasy managers will be in a position to play, but the chances of him scoring well enough to help you win will be slim.
Tyler Hegby vs The Chicago Bears
Higbee has been largely a disappointment to fantasy managers to start the 2020 season. Apart from his three-point game in Week 2, he has yet to find the finish zone. The other stats aren’t nice to him either. It ranked 21st in goals (21), 26th in running tracks (105), and 25th in red zone goals (3). They all show a player who has been used inconsistently in attack who is ranked 29th in the league in pass play per game. This week faces a tough road again as the Rams face a defense of bears allowing only 7.8 FPPG to oppose the TEs. With poor play to start the season, Higbee could be a player most fantasy managers should sit down this week and use the concession wire to broadcast a better match.
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