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Week 7

By: Mike Krueger | Ken Ilchuk | Nick Caron | HC Green
Updated: 10/23/22

Thursday:

NO @ ARI


Sunday Early:

IND @ TEN | NYG @ JAX | TB @ CAR | GB @ WAS

DET @ DAL | ATL @ CIN | CLE @ BAL


Sunday Late:

NYJ @ DEN | HOU @ LV | SEA @ LAC | KC @ SF

PIT @ MIA

Monday:

CHI @ NE

Notes:
- Green highlight indicates plus matchup (top eight)
- Red highlight indicates negative matchup (bottom eight)
- Lines and totals updated Sunday morning

Saints @ Cardinals - (Krueger)
Line: ARI -2.5
Total: 44.0

ARI FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.12
ARI FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.23
ARI FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.25
ARI FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.2

No Brainers: RB Alvin Kamara

The last couple weeks weíve seen Kamara return to a workhorse role (70% of snaps), notching 31 and 25 touches respectively and with the Saints continuing to miss key players in the receiving corps, Kamaraís workload should be secure. Mark Ingram (27% of snaps) has 9 and 10 touches the last two weeks and isnít much of a threat to Kamaraís production. Taysom Hill is always lurking in the background ready to steal touchdowns and the Cardinals D has been respectable against running backs, but weíll trust the workload here and sooner or later Kamara will find the endzone.

Favorite: WR Chris Olave

The Saints will be without Michael Thomas (toe) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) leaving Olave, TreíQuan Smith and Marquez Callaway to pick up the receiving slack. Olave leads the team in targets (42), receptions (25) and yards (389) through six weeks and could spring a big play given the blitzing nature of the Arizona defense. Speaking of the Cardinals D, theyíve only given up two touchdowns to wide receivers this season and blanked the Seahawks and Eagles wideouts the last two weeks. The less-than-ideal matchup makes Olave more of a WR2.

On the Fence: TE Juwan Johnson

Adam Trautman (ankle) will miss this game leaving Johnson the main pass-catching weapon at tight end giving him some TE2 value in Week 7. A 4-40 game is the likely scenario but given the injuries around him and the Cardinals weakness at covering the position, a TD isnít out of the question. Noah Fant had a 6-45-0 on 7 targets against the Cardinals last week. The Saints pass volume is a concern as they rank in the bottom third in yards the last three weeks.

Fade: QB Andy Dalton

Since taking over the starting quarterback job in Week 4, Dalton has yet to throw for more than 1 touchdown in a game and is averaging just 195 passing yards per contest. Heís not running either, with just 7 rushing yards in three games. His 53% completion rate against the Bengals last week doesnít inspire confidence. These miniscule numbers and the volume of injuries to the receiving corps have Dalton firmly in QB2 territory and not worthy of your starting lineup.

NO FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.13
NO FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.24
NO FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.6
NO FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.31

No Brainers: QB Kyler Murray

Favorite: WR DeAndre Hopkins, TE Zach Ertz

Heís baaaack. And not a moment too soon as Marquise Brown sustained a foot injury last week that will keep him out of action for some time. Hopkins was largely TD dependent last season but he should step right into the No.1 receiver role this week against a Saints team that will be missing DB Marshon Lattimore and has given up the 6th most fantasy points to the wide receiver position. Expect a heavy snap share in Hopkins first game of the season.

On the Fence: WR Rondale Moore

Speaking of a have snap share, Moore played 99% of the snaps last week and that should be the case in Week 7 with Marquise Brown out of the lineup and A.J. Green being the dust ball he is. Moore saw 10 targets last week of the low aDot variety and that should be his role moving forward making him a better option in PPR leagues. Robbie Anderson joined the team this week, but isnít likely to play much if at all, meaning Moore should have another solid week of production.

Fade: RB Eno Benjamin

James Conner (ribs) has been labeled a game-time decision by head coach Kliff Kingsbury but even if he sits, I wouldn’t be all that excited about Benjamin as Arizona running backs haven't been great fantasy producers this season. Conner’s best fantasy game was back in Week 1 against the Chiefs when he finished as the RB15. Playing on 87% of the snaps last week, Eno was the RB21 in PPR leagues on 18 touches. If Conner sits, it will be hard to avoid the volume for Eno but his ceiling is capped at an RB2 level.

Prediction: Cardinals 24, Saints 19 ^ Top

Colts @ Titans - (Ilchuk)
Line: TEN -2.5
Total: 42.0

TEN FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.3
TEN FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.30
TEN FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.1
TEN FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.5

No Brainers: WR Michael Pittman Jr.

Favorite: RB Jonathan Taylor

Taylor told Colts beat writers that he felt okay last week, but didnít feel like he could do everything he wanted to in Week 6. Heís reportedly healthy and slotted to start in Week 7 against a Titans defense that is allowing 4.5 yards per carry. Heís back to RB1 status. Nyheim Hines (concussion) has been a full participant in practice this week and should play also.

On the Fence: QB Matt Ryan

Ryan has three games of 300+ yards and three games of at least two passing TDís in the first six weeks of the season. He also has 99 passing attempts in the last two weeks, but is averaging just 6.4 yards per attempt in that span. Heís efficient, but with Jonathan Taylor returning to the lineup, Iím not sure heís the favorable play heís been in recent weeks.

Fade: WR Alec Pierce

Despite seeing seven targets in Week 6, Pierce was only third on the team in targets as Matt Ryan leaned heavily on the check-down game. It seems that even if the ball is in the air as opposed to being safely in Jonathan Taylorís hands, the controlled passing game will be in play in Indy, leaving Pierce and his deep threat ability as a boom or bust prospect.

IND FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.17
IND FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.10
IND FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.31
IND FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.7

No Brainers: N/A

Favorite: RB Derrick Henry

Henry IS the Titans offense and itís just based on volume. He has 20+ carries in four of Tennesseeís first five games and is coming off back-to-back 100-yard efforts before the bye last week. HC Mike Vrabel will continue to feed him the rock despite Henry averaging less than 4.0 yards per carry.

On the Fence: WR Robert Woods

Woods caught just three of his eight targets in Week 5, which is a continuation of the story of the Titans passing attack and Woodsí play in 2022. Heís been inefficient and has only one game of more than 40 receiving yards. But with Treylon Burks in IR, and few other options available in the passing game, Woods has to be considered at least a WR3. Heís just got to catch some more of those balls that come his way.

Fade: QB Ryan Tannehill

The Titans will run. So, it makes sense that Tannehill has posted 30+ attempts just once this season. It also follows that he hasn’t passed for even 200 yards each of the last two games and averages just 6.4 yards per attempt in that span. Until Henry is sidelined for any reason, he’ll never produce enough of a stat line to be fantasy relevant.

Prediction: Colts 16, Titans 13 ^ Top

Giants @ Jaguars - (Ilchuk)
Line: JAX -3.0
Total: 43.5

JAC FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.16
JAC FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.6
JAC FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.16
JAC FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.23

No Brainers: RB Saquon Barkley

Favorite: QB Daniel Jones

I like what HC Brian Daboll is doing with Jones. Heís been much more efficient as a passer and his 67% completion percentage is by far the best of his career. But heís also one of the Top 5 rushing QBís in the league, with two scores on the ground to his credit. Jacksonville has given up two monster games to quarterbacks this season: Carson Wentz (313-4-2) and Matt Ryan (389-3-0).

On the Fence: TE Daniel Bellinger

Bellingerís role in the offense continues to evolve as heís hauled in ten catches on 11 targets and found the end zone twice this season. He played on 94% of the snaps last week which is a positive sign. Heís totaled 40+ yards only once however, so he may just be a TE2 fill in on the bye weeks for now. Keep an eye on how he evolves in the offense though.

Fade: WR Richie James

James had a big Week 1 performance and hasnít been heard from since. Even Darius Slayton, who was an after-thought for a time in this system, has moved ahead of James. Despite still leading the team in receiving, he hasnít caught more than two balls in a game in nearly a month and plays a similar role to WaníDale Robinson who should see a bigger snap share at the expense of James as the season moves on.

NYG FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.24
NYG FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.22
NYG FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.32
NYG FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.14

No Brainers: N/A

Favorite: RB Travis Etienne

Itís taken longer than I would have thought, but Etienne is finally pushing his way into the RB1 conversation in Jacksonville. He has over 150 rushing yards over the last two games on just 20 carries, and he continues to be a force in the receiving game. He was still out-carried by James Robinson last week (12 to 10), but he has been the more efficient and more productive back of late.

On the Fence: RB James Robinson

Is there room for two RBs in Jacksonville? This week, against a Giants defense that is giving up a league-worst 5.6 yards per carry, there might be. Robinson has been yielding some touches to Travis Etienne, but heís still getting more carries than his counterpart. With Trevor Lawrence playing inconsistently, I look for HC Doug Pederson to keep it simple and keep it on the ground, making Robinson a solid RB2.

Fade: QB Trevor Lawrence

Lawrence has as many INTís as he does TDís (3) over the last three games and hasnít even eclipsed 200 passing yards in two of those three contests. In fact, heís yet to post a 300-yard game all season. The Giants have been solid against quarterbacks even holding Lamar Jackson to a QB11 finish last week.

Prediction: Jaguars 22, Giants 19 ^ Top

Buccaneers @ Panthers - (Ilchuk)
Line: TB -13.0
Total: 39.5

CAR FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.21
CAR FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.8
CAR FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.9
CAR FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.25

No Brainers: QB Tom Brady, WR Mike Evans, WR Chris Godwin

Favorite: RB Leonard Fournette

Fournette hasnít been tearing things up on the ground (3.6 ypc). Heís been fine. But he does have 23 catches and three receiving scores in the last three games, and he faces a familiar foe in division opponent Carolina, a team that has been yielding over 21 fantasy points per game to RBís through the first six weeks of the season.

On the Fence: TE Cade Otton

With Cameron Brate likely out at least a couple weeks with a neck injury, Otton could find himself dropped into a solid TE2 conversation as the Bucsí starter. With Tom Brady under center, the TEís in Tampa not named Rob Gronkowski havenít had a chance to shine in this offense. But, he contributed two catches for 23 yards after Brateís injury last week, and came into the game off a 7-target day in Week 5. Young and athletic he could pop in the right matchup.

Fade: WR Russell Gage

Gage has three straight games with just two catches, and heís eclipsed 30 receiving yards in a game just once all season. Heís a talented receiver who brings some versatility to the table, but heís solidly behind fellow WRís Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and Tom Brady doesnít seem too focused on anything beyond them.

TB FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.20
TB FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.32
TB FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.18
TB FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.10

No Brainers: RB Christian McCaffrey

Favorite: N/A

On the Fence: WR Terrace Marshall Jr.

I realize no one is running to the Carolina roster looking for offensive weapons. But with the departure of Robbie Anderson, Marshall should slide into the WR2 role. He can excel from the slot or the perimeter, and owners should be reminded that he led LSUís national championship team in 2019 in TD receptions Ė a team that featured All-Pro Justin Jefferson. Heís got sleeper potential.

Fade: WR D.J. Moore

Moore must be crying in his sleep wondering why he canít be traded like Robbie Anderson and McCaffrey. He hasnít seen the end zone since Week 2 and heís only surpassed 50 yards receiving in a game one time this season. When youíre trying to catch balls from QBís named Walker, Eason, Mayfield and Darnold, your prospects arenít good. This is a former Pro Bowl receiver who is third on his own team in receiving.

Prediction: Buccaneers 30, Panthers 10 ^ Top

Packers @ Commanders - (Caron)
Line: GB -4.5
Total: 41.5

WAS FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.11
WAS FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.19
WAS FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.7
WAS FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.30

No Brainers: N/A

Favorite: WR Allen Lazard

Itís fun to dream about a breakout season from one of the Packersí rookie wide receivers, but the reality is that veteran Allen Lazard has continued to be the best option from a fantasy standpoint. Lazard has now been targeted at least eight times in three straight games and heís scored a touchdown in four of the Packersí past five contests. The only other game in that stretch where he didnít score a touchdown was in Week 4 against the Patriots when he caught six passes for s season-high 116 yards. Heís been a reliable fantasy WR2 and he now faces a Commanders defense that has conceded the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers so far this season. Opposing WR1s facing the Commanders are scoring a whopping 22 fantasy points per game, so letís continue to ride this hot streak from Lazard.

On the Fence: QB Aaron Rodgers, TE Robert Tonyan

While Allen Lazardís numbers look good, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been a huge disappointment for fantasy managers. The back-to-back NFL MVP has been a mediocre fantasy performer and currently ranks just barely inside the top 20 at the position on the year. He does face a bad Commanders secondary this week, though, so thereís some hope that this might be the first big performance of the season for the Packers QB, but right now heís not nearly the plug-and-play option that weíre used to him being.

Additionally, tight end Robert Tonyan hadnít done much to be excited about this season prior to his surprising Week 6 performance against the Jets in which he caught 10 passes for 90 yards on 12 targets. Tonyan has never been much more than a touchdown-or-bust option type performer, but perhaps the Packersí lack of proven depth, especially with the injury to Randall Cobb, will lead to him being a more consistently-targeted player in this offense. Heís worth a look for most teams given the overall lack of production throughout the league at TE this season.

Fade: RB AJ Dillon

Itís difficult for multiple running backs to be productive in a backfield, but thatís especially true when an offense is struggling as much as Green Bayís is at the moment. Heís touched the ball at least 14 times in all but one of the Packersí games, but Dillon has produced just one double-digit PPR fantasy day this season and that came all the way back in Week 1. Heís still been on the field for roughly half of all Green Bay snaps this season, but heís performing significantly worse than teammate Aaron Jones on a per-touch basis. Thereís still hope for things to turn around in Green Bay, but for now, itís probably wise to leave him on your bench in seasonal leagues.

GB FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.32
GB FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.15
GB FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.26
GB FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.29

No Brainers: N/A

Favorite: RB Brian Robinson Jr.

Pre-season reports that Brian Robinson had overtaken Antonio Gibson as the top back in Washington seem to be coming to fruition now as the rookie carried the ball 17 times to Gibsonís five in Week 6, while also nearly matching the total snap count of Gibson and J.D. McKissic combined. Itís clear that this is Robinsonís backfield when the team is in neutral or positive game scripts and while a matchup with the Packers might have historically been a scary one for a player like Robinson, the Green Bay offense is struggling mightily at the moment and this game could end up being more of a grind than we wouldíve previously assumed.

On the Fence: WR Terry McLaurin, WR Curtis Samuel

Things have not been good in the Washington passing game for a while now and itís likely only going to get worse now that the team is looking at Taylor Heinicke being their quarterback for the next month or two. Perhaps whatís most shocking in this entire Washington offense is the lack of usage for McLaurin who has now been targeted six or fewer times in three straight contests and has not seen a 10-target game yet this season. Heís still producing excellent per-catch numbers, but heís always going to be a low-ceiling option until he starts seeing more passes come his way. Meanwhile, Samuel has seen at least seven targets in all but one game this season, but his yards per reception are roughly half of McLaurinís. The offense as a whole has been ugly as of late and there will probably be worse starters in most leagues than these guys, but fantasy managers shouldnít be excited about either McLaurin or Samuel right now.

Fade: RB Antonio Gibson, RB J.D. McKissic

Brian Robinsonís emergence likely means that things are going to be pretty ugly for the other backs in Washington. Gibson and McKissic both had their roles and were viable fantasy options in 2021, but if theyíre only seeing backup duties as runners while splitting passing down work, thereís just not going to be enough to go around for them to be useful fantasy assets. Thereís always the possibility that Washington falls behind by multiple scores in games and we could end up seeing these two both play more snaps than Robinson, but that seems unlikely in a game against the Packers who are themselves struggling to put points on the board this season.

Prediction: Packers 20, Commanders 17 ^ Top

Lions @ Cowboys - (Caron)
Line: DAL -6.5
Total: 49.0

DAL FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.28
DAL FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.29
DAL FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.17
DAL FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.26

No Brainers: WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, TE T.J. Hockenson

Favorite: RB DíAndre Swift

Swift is expected to make his return to the field after missing two games in addition to the Lionsí Week 6 bye due to multiple injuries. While he has not been officially cleared to play, things seem to be trending in the right direction and Swift should return to his role as the Lionsí top back, particularly in the passing game, which could be significant in this showdown with the Cowboys. Dallas has one of the leagueís top defenses and theyíre expected to have Dak Prescott, so this could be a situation where the Lions end up falling behind on the scoreboard and relying more heavily on their passing game. Swift caught nearly five passes per game in 2021 and getting him in space will be important in this matchup.

On the Fence: RB Jamaal Williams

If Swift is indeed back on the field, then Jamaal Williams will likely concede his role as the teamís primary back and again be relegated to backup duties. That doesnít sound so great heading into a matchup against the Cowboys and their fourth-ranked fantasy defense against opposing running backs. Dallas has not allowed a 100-yard rusher since their Week 1 blowout loss to Leonard Fournette and the Buccaneers, and theyíve only allowed two total touchdowns to the position on the season. Williams is a bit too much of a touchdown-or-bust player when Swift is in the lineup to trust him for most teams, but bye weeks and injuries have made things difficult for many fantasy managers who will likely still have to put him in their lineups. It is worth noting, as well, that Williams would immediately be a strong RB2 in the potential scenario where Swift sits out another week.

Fade: WR D.J. Chark

Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown returned to the field this past week and while he only played 21 snaps, he saw six targets in that span, further establishing the reality that he is indeed the top target in this offense. The question is really about which other wide receiver is in line for the second-most work. Earlier this season it was Chark and Josh Reynolds who played nearly identical snaps alongside St. Brown, but Chark has now missed the past two games as he deals with an ankle injury. Reynolds is also dealing with a knee injury of his own and both players missed practice on Wednesday which has their status up in the air for Sunday. Weíve seen Reynolds be productive this season, though, whereas Chark has failed to exceed four receptions in any game. Even if Reynolds misses this contest, Chark should be avoided for fantasy purposes until we see him actually get back on the field and produce. Keep an eye on Kalif Raymond in this one, as well, as he may end up being the teamís de facto WR2 if both Chark and Reynolds are forced to miss the game. Raymond could have sleeper appeal in deep leagues.

DET FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.5
DET FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.2
DET FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.8
DET FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.9

No Brainers: WR CeeDee Lamb

Favorite: RB Ezekiel Elliott

One big takeaway from the Cowboysí Week 6 loss to the Eagles was that Ezekiel Elliott seemed to have the explosiveness that many have been saying was missing for a while now. Elliottís 6.2 yards per carry on 13 carries against a good Eagles defense has to be taken note of, especially now that he has touched the ball at least 14 times in five straight games. You donít have to like it, but Elliott is the Cowboysí top running back and heís getting the goal line work as well. The Lions have given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, including back-to-back 150-plus-yard rushing performances to Rashaad Penny and Rhamondre Stevenson, along with a league-worst eight rushing touchdowns on the season. Elliott is not very active in the passing game these days, but this is a juicy matchup for his skill set.

On the Fence: QB Dak Prescott

It was fun while it lasted, but the Cooper Rush experience is expected to come to an end this Sunday as Dak Prescott finally makes his return to the field for the Cowboys. Itís easy to forget, but the Cowboys were the NFLís best offense on a yards-per-game basis just a season ago and they were also the highest-scoring team in the league at 31.2 points per game. The defense seems to be even better than it was a season ago and the offensive firepower along with the offensive line are worse, so donít expect a return to the top of the league in offense, but Prescott is certainly still capable of delivering big fantasy numbers, especially in matchups like the one heíll face on Sunday against the Lions. Detroit has given up the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season and theyíve only held one QB - Bailey Zappe - to fewer than 20 points.

Fade: RB Tony Pollard

Fantasy managers who selected Tony Pollard in the middle rounds are kicking themselves at this point as itís seeming less and less likely by the week that heíll ever get a chance to supplant Ezekiel Elliott this season. Pollard is still playing a little over 43 percent of the Cowboysí snaps, but his touches remain around 10 per game. Worse yet, those touches are coming primarily in the form of carries, as opposed to receptions, making them significantly less valuable for fantasy purposes. This is a game in which both Elliott and Pollard could produce respectable numbers, but itís going to be difficult for Pollard to ever really give managers a ďboomĒ week without multiple touchdowns.

Prediction: Cowboys 30, Lions 24 ^ Top

Falcons @ Bengals - (Green)
Line: CIN -6.5
Total: 47.0

CIN FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.29
CIN FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.25
CIN FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.24
CIN FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.12

No Brainers: TE Kyle Pitts

Favorite: RB Tyler Allgeier

With Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) still on IR, Allgeier and Caleb Huntley have been sharing the load in terms of carries, but the rookie has been getting more snaps, logging 72 to Huntleyís 36 over the past two games. Thatís enough to get Allgeier the nod as the better option in Week 7. Cincinnati got marched over by the Saints last weekend, allowing a whopping 228 yards on 34 carries -- that's 6.7 yards per tote. If the Falcons can keep it close, theyíll have a chance to lean on their ground game. That gives Allgeier RB3 value.

On the Fence: WR Drake London

London started hot, catching 16 passes for 214 yards and a pair of TDs over his first three games in the NFL. Heís cooled since then. In his last three outings, the rookie has just nine receptions, 92 yards, and no scores. He still comfortably leads the club in catches and yards, however, and if an explosive Bengals offense can put Atlanta down in a hole it could lead to more throwing than usual for the Falcons. Itís a risk to be sure, but London offers WR3 upside if you need to cover a bye or injury.

Fade: QB Marcus Mariota

Mariota is coming off a solid week with 129 yards passing, 50 yards rushing, and 3 combined TDs. Donít get drawn in by the three scores. While Mariota can have good days, his pathway to value is exceedingly narrow, throwing for fewer than 200 yards four times already this season along with three games of less than 20 yards on the ground. Heís a desperation play with a very low floor.

ATL FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.8
ATL FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.21
ATL FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.4
ATL FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.4

No Brainers: RB Joe Mixon, WR JaíMarr Chase, WR Tee Higgins

Favorite: QB Joe Burrow

Burrowís return to Louisiana, where he won a National Championship, couldnít have gone much smoother as the former No. 1 overall pick threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns; he added 25 yards and a rushing score for good measure. Atlanta has had all kinds of trouble slowing down opposing passing attacks, ranking 31st in the NFL in yards allowed through the air (281.2 per game). While Burrow is already pretty close to a no-brainer at this point, he brings top-five upside into Week 7.

On the Fence: TE Hayden Hurst

As has been previously noted, it really comes down to Hurst or Tyler Boyd as the No. 3 option behind Chase and Higgins. After watching George Kittle post an 8-83-0 line this past weekend, Iím giving the nod to Hurst being that tertiary threat here. That said, Hurst has only topped 30 yards in a game twice this year, so youíd be taking a risk by plugging him into your lineup as a low-end TE1.

Fade: N/A

Prediction: Bengals 27, Falcons 20 ^ Top

Browns @ Ravens - (Green)
Line: BAL -6.5
Total: 46.0

BAL FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.2
BAL FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.13
BAL FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.3
BAL FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.17

No Brainers: RB Nick Chubb, TE David Njoku

Favorite: WR Amari Cooper

Not much went right for Cleveland in Week 6, though Cooper at least delivered a little fantasy value by scoring the teamís lone touchdown as part of a modest 4-catch, 44-yard effort. His usage confirms heís Jacoby Brissettís first read as his 12 targets were twice as many as anyone else on the club. Although the Ravens have been better after a dreadful start defensively, they still sit 28th in pass defense at 267.7 yards allowed per game. That makes Cooper a low-end WR2 or strong WR3 for their Week 7 encounter.

On the Fence: RB Kareem Hunt

Through six weeks, Hunt is averaging 57 total yards and 0.5 TDs per game. A year ago, his numbers through six games were 87 combined yards and 0.83 TDs per outing. Given that drop off, Hunt can no longer be considered a no-brainer. While he appeared in both matchups with Baltimore in 2021, itís hard to assign much weight to those since they came after his initial injury -- for the record, he posted 38 yards combined in the two games. The Ravens boast the NFLís eighth-ranked run defense (103.8 yards per game), making Hunt no better than an RB3 or flex play.

Fade: N/A

CLE FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.19
CLE FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.3
CLE FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.15
CLE FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.24

No Brainers: QB Lamar Jackson, TE Mark Andrews

Favorite: N/A

On the Fence: RB Kenyan Drake

With Dobbins (knee) having his knee ďtighten upĒ last Sunday, Drake stepped in and had his best game with the club, rushing for 119 yards and a touchdown on just 10 carries. If Dobbins and/or Justice Hill, who has missed the last two games with a balky hammy, are inactive in Week 7, Drake could see a lot of work. The Browns have had real trouble with tackling and run defense for a while now, and their 11 rushing touchdowns allowed for the season are the most in the NFL. Drake is a worthwhile flex with upside even if Dobbins is active; if not, Drake is a high-potential RB3.

Fade: RB J.K. Dobbins (knee)

As noted, Dobbins had some issues with his surgically repaired knee last Sunday, and his status for this weekís divisional tilt is in question. One thing is for certain, the Ravens are going to err on the side of caution with their No. 1 back, who has only logged double-digit touches once in four games since making his season debut in Week 3. Even if heís active, Iíd be tempted to sit Dobbins as a precaution against him being used only in spot duty or something of that nature. At most, view him as a shaky flex.

Prediction: Ravens 24, Browns 20 ^ Top

Jets @ Broncos - (Krueger)
Line: DEN -1.5
Total: 37.0

DEN FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.31
DEN FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.17
DEN FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.30
DEN FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.18

No Brainers: N/A

Favorite: RB Breece Hall

Beginning in Week 4, the Jets turned their lead-back role over to Breece Hall and heís seen 19-20-22 touches since. Michael Carter is still seeing the field (49% of snaps last week) but the production is coming from Hall who blew up in Week 5 finishing as the RB4. The Broncos are middle of the pace against running backs but the Jets offense is focused on the running back position at the moment and thereís no sense in getting off this train. Another strong performance on the road, against a solid defense, and Hall will be in no-brainer territory.

Update: Elijah Moore is out for Week 7.

On the Fence: WRs Elijah Moore, Garrett Wilson, Corey Davis

Elijah Mooreís snap percentage the last three weeks: 90-66-58. He didnít see a target in Week 6. He doesnít seem too thrilled with his role either and missed practice Thursday for a ďpersonal dayĒ and has reportedly requested a trade. Not great. After some early season success with Joe Flacco at the helm, rookie Garrett Wilson has seen his production fall off a cliff as well, posting 6 catches and 76 scoreless yards the last three weeks. Corey Davis has actually been the best of the bunch during this span but fantasy owners have a hard time clicking his name. Someone from this group will likely be fantasy worthy this week but facing a defense thatís given up the 2nd fewest fantasy points to the position makes me sit on the wrong side of the fence for the Jets receivers this week.

Fade: TE Tyler Conklin

Weíve got a theme going here on the Jets offense. More Breece Hall and less passing. That includes the tight end position where Conklin is now sharing time with C.J. Uzomah and has only caught four passes the last three weeks. The Jets have attempted 36-21-18 passes during that span. This is a situation to avoid for the time being.

NYJ FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.18
NYJ FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.20
NYJ FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.21
NYJ FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.15

No Brainers: N/A

Favorite: Courtland Sutton

There was some question heading into the season which Denver wide receiver would see the bulk of the work in this offense. Through six games, the answer has been Courtland Sutton and even with the offense struggling with consistency, Sutton is the most reliable. Heís out-targeted Jeudy 49 to 36 and has 31 catches compared to Jeudyís 17. The Jets are middle of the pack against wide receivers but have given up three 100-yard games already this season (Amari Cooper, Tyler Boyd, George Pickens).

On the Fence: WR Jerry Jeudy, TE Greg Dulcich

First thing, weíre still unclear whether Russell Wilson (hamstring) will start in this game. If not, Brett Rypien will get the call which may or may not be a negative depending on your point of view. The Broncos pass game certainly hasnít been firing on all cylinders under the cringeworthy Wilson. Denver ranks 21st in fantasy points scored at the QB position and 22nd at WR. Jeudy is getting a couple deep looks per contest but hasnít caught more than 4 passes in a game this season. However, with bye weeks and injuries, its likely youíll need Jeudyís services this week.

With Albert Okwuegbunam inactive, tight end Greg Dulcich made his debut last week and we saw the rookie play 71% of the snaps. Heís the best pass-catching option at the position for Denver and the usage was encouraging however, Iíd be less excited about Dulcich and the other Denver wide receivers if a gimpy Russell Wilson gets the start.

Fade: RB Melvin Gordon, Mike Boone, Latavius Murray

What a mess. To begin the season, Melvin Gordon was splitting time Javonte Williams. Now, with Williams out for the year, the Broncos somehow decided Gordon wasnít good enough to play over a recently signed Latavius Murray who saw 15 carries against the Chargers last week while Gordon (3 carries) barely played at all. After a post-game pow-wow, head coach(?) Nathaniel Hackett has stated that Gordon will get the start this week. That may be the case, but all three of the Denver running backs are likely to see action this week and this situation is too murky to trust until we get some more clarity.

Prediction: Jets 24, Broncos 20 ^ Top

Texans @ Raiders - (Krueger)
Line: LV -7.0
Total: 46.0

LV FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.1
LV FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.16
LV FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.13
LV FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.3

No Brainers: N/A

Favorite: RB Dameon Pierce

Much like the Jets, the Texans have shifted their offensive focus to the running back position. Pierce has 22-20-29 touches the last three weeks and has seen 13 targets in the passing game during that span. He played on 79% of the teams snaps the week prior to their bye. The Raiders allowed 25 FPts (PPR) to Derrick Henry in Week 3 but have otherwise played reasonably well against running backs. Still, take the volume here and roll with Pierce as a solid RB2.

On the Fence: WR Brandin Cooks, QB Davis Mills

If youíre going to give Mills a chance, this might be the week against a Raiders defense thatís given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. This problem is, Mills has been bad to start the season and the Texans offense has struggled in the passing game as a result. Mills only has 5 passing TDs in five games and has yet to top 246 yards in any contest. Cooks has cooled off after seeing 22 targets the first two weeks. Heís been targeted 20 times since and hasnít topped 57 yards since Week 1. On the plus side, Raiders CB Nate Hobbs (hand) is out for this game after going on IR earlier in the week.

Fade: N/A

HOU FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.22
HOU FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.1
HOU FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.23
HOU FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.16

No Brainers: RB Josh Jacobs, WR Davante Adams

Favorite: QB Derek Carr

With Josh Allen, Jalen Hurts, Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford on bye, Carr is going to be a consideration for fantasy owners this week. Heís got a 300-yard game under his belt (Wk3 @TEN) and piled up 295 yards and 2 TDs against the Chargers in Week 1. Carr has thrown 2 TDs in four out of his five starts and even showed some rushing chops with 40 yards on the ground against Denver in Week 4. This is all to say that a floor is there and some obvious play-action passes to Davante Adams are coming in this game that could elevate Carr to a ceiling game against a marginal Texans defense thatís given up a couple 300-yards games (Matt Ryan, Justin Herbert) of their own.

On the Fence: TE Foster Moreau (heel), WR Mack Hollins

Darren Waller played just a handful of snaps (8) in Week 5 before leaving with a hamstring injury. Coming out of the bye, he missed practice this and isnít expected to play. Foster Moreau (knee) hasnít played since Week 3 but is expected to play and could be a sneaky tight end option with Waller out.

Hunter Renfrowís absence could lift the value of Hollins who posted a week-winning 8-158-1 line back in Week 3 against the Titans, but duded out (3-33-0) with Renfrow on the sidelines in Week 4. Hollins has seen at least a 95% snap share since Week 3. The Texans D represents a neutral matchup but have allowed just 1 touchdown to a wide receiver in five games.

Fade: N/A

Prediction: Raiders 27, Jets 24 ^ Top

Seahawks @ Chargers - (Krueger)
Line: LAC -5.0
Total: 50.5

LAC FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.15
LAC FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.4
LAC FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.14
LAC FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.19

No Brainers: N/A

Favorite: RB Kenneth Walker

Walkerís first game as the featured running back saw him get 23 touches against Arizona while playing on 69% of the snaps. DeeJay Dallas was the only other running back to see significant action but only got 2 carries and 0 targets. Itís wheels up for the rookie who gets a Chargers D thatís given up the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs including three 100-yard rushing games to James Robinson, Dameon Pierce and Nick Chubb. Walker is an easy RB2 with RB1 upside.

On the Fence: WRs DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett (hamstring), QB Geno Smith

The early season Geno story has been a bright spot for fantasy owners but heís now thrown in two duds (Weeks 2 & 6) to go along with finishes of QB15, QB7, QB1 and QB4. His 73% competition rate leads all quarterbacks (at least 4 games) and heís added a couple 40-yard rushing games to help bolster his fantasy value. Tyler Lockett played through a hamstring injury last week but missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. Keep an eye on his status this weekend. The Chargers represent a neutral matchup and had some communication issues last week that resulted in the benching of DB J.C. Jackson. For what itís worth, Jackson will start this week. This is the highest total game of the week and with all things considered, Iíd feel comfortable starting the Seahawks passing attack.

Fade: TE Noah Fant

Fant has been getting some buzz this week after he popped up for 6 catches and 45 yards last week against the Cardinals on 7 targets. First, the Cardinals have been perennially bad against the tight end position and second, Will Dissly played a normal snap rate (65%) while Fant saw a typical 63% snap percentage. The Chargers blew a coverage last week and gave up their first touchdown to the position, and are one of the few teams that held Travis Kelce out of the endzone. Look elsewhere for your tight end dart throw.

SEA FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.10
SEA FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.7
SEA FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.27
SEA FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.1

No Brainers: RB Austin Ekeler

Favorite: QB Justin Herbert, Mike Williams

Both Herbert and Williams are coming off dismal performances last week against the Broncos that saw Herbert fail to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in 27 games on his way to a QB24 finish, his worst of the season. Despite 57 pass attempts, Mike Williams only saw 6 targets that resulted in 2 catches for 17 yards. Yuck. The offense should have an easier time of it this week against Seattle thatís given up 27 points per game and the 7th most passing yards through six weeks. Josh Palmer may miss this game due to a concussion and even if Keenan Allen plays, it wouldnít be a shock if the Chargers ease him back in leaving Williams as the go-to-guy in Week 7.

On the Fence: WR Keenen Allen (hamstring), TE Gerald Everett

The Chargers are in an interesting spot here as Allen attempts to work his way back onto the field after injuring his hamstring in Week 1 then re-aggravating the injury a couple weeks later. They have a bye next week which would give him another couple weeks of rest but Allen has been on the practice field this week, getting in limited sessions both Wednesday and Thursday. Even if he does play, itís going to be hard to trust him in your lineup making him a risky WR2.

Gerald Everett may be back in the saddle as a legit low-end TE1 as Donald Parham suffered a concussion last week and isnít likely to play. That would leave Everett as the main pass-catching tight end against a Seahawks D thatís given up the most receiving yards to the tight end position.

Fade: N/A

Prediction: Chargers 27, Seahawks 24 ^ Top

Chiefs @ 49ers - (Krueger)
Line: KC -1.0
Total: 49.0

SF FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.30
SF FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.26
SF FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.28
SF FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.28

No Brainers: QB Patrick Mahomes, TE Travis Kelce

Favorite: N/A

On the Fence: JuJu Smith-Schuster

We finally got a breakout game from JuJu (5-113-1) but it came on only five targets and his 42-yard touchdown was somewhat fluky. Still, part of the reason you put him in your lineup is the offensive environment and the elite quarterback play which can lead to games like last week against the Bills. JuJu leads all Chief wideouts with 40 targets and 370 yards and is on the field for all two-receiver sets along with Marquez Valdes-Scantling. The 49ers D has been stubborn this season allowing the 4th fewest fantasy points to receivers and will likely be getting DE Joey Bosa back. I wouldnít expect another WR1 game here but it will be hard to keep JuJu out of your lineup.

Fade: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire

After his hyper-efficient start, CEH has cooled off the last couple weeks rushing for a combined 48 yards on 18 carries and posting zero catches against the Bills last week. The Chiefs are basically rotating three running backs and any one of them could pop up to be fantasy relevant and Iíd expect Isiah Pacheco to start working in more on early downs as soon as Andy Reid feels comfortable with the rookie. Throw in the fact that the 49ers are allowing the 7th-fewest fantasy points to the position and Iíd look for other alternatives at running back this week.

KC FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.4
KC FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.5
KC FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.5
KC FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.13

No Brainers: WR Deebo Samuel, TE George Kittle

Update: Christian McCaffrey has been traded to the 49ers! How much he plays, if it all, is unclear.

Favorite: RB Jeff Wilson

Wilson played only 52% of the snaps last week and has been ceding playing time to Tevin Coleman of late but the matchup here is too good to ignore. It appears OL Trent Williams (ankle) will back and the Chiefs defense is comfortable giving up fantasy points to running backsÖ the 5th most through six weeks. Wilson only got 7 carries last week but the 49ers abandoned the running game after falling behind Atlanta in the first quarter. He wonít be popular, but Iíd be comfortable with Wilson in my Flex this week.

On the Fence: WR Brandon Aiyuk

The Chiefs bend but donít break defense has allowed a lot of receivers, especially No.1 receivers to rack up yards against them. Theyíve allowed four 100-yard games and it wouldnít shock me if we saw another one from either Deebo or Aiyuk. Kansas City may get CB Trent McDuffie (hamstring) back in the mix which could help bolster their secondary. The 49ers second receiver is coming off his best game of the season (8-83-2) on 11 targets and it would be unrealistic to expect a repeat performance, but a WR2 finish isnít out of the question.

Fade: N/A

Prediction: Chiefs 30, 49ers 23 ^ Top

Steelers @ Dolphins - (Caron)
Line: MIA -7.5
Total: 44.5

MIA FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.6
MIA FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.11
MIA FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.12
MIA FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.8

No Brainers: TE Pat Freiermuth

Favorite: RB Najee Harris

Itíd be easy to Najee Harris him off as a complete waste at this point and perhaps thatís what itíll end up being again this week, but this matchup against the Dolphins is one that he could potentially exploit. Miami is a top-12 opponent for opposing running backs this season and theyíve now given up 15-or-more-point fantasy days to five running backs over their past four contests. Itís also worth noting that Harris has played an extremely difficult schedule so far this season. The Buccaneers (32nd), Bills (27th), Jets (20th), Patriots (31st), and Bengals (25th) are all excellent against the position and Harrisí only positive matchup came against the Browns (3rd) in Week 3 when he scored his only rushing touchdown of the season thus far. Harris has not been good, but he has a fairly high floor in this matchup.

On the Fence: WR Diontae Johnson

We donít yet know for certain which quarterback will be starting for the Steelers this weekend, but Kenny Pickett appears to be trending toward starting and that should be a good thing for the teamís offensive ceiling. While heís struggled to really create a great rapport with Pickett so far, Diontae Johnson remains the Steelersí top pass-catching weapon and heíll get to face a Dolphins defense that currently ranks inside the top 12 in fantasy points per game given up to opposing wide receivers. The only team thatís really had trouble getting the ball to their wide receivers against the Dolphins has been the Jets.

Fade: WR George Pickens

While we should trust that targets will eventually turn into fantasy production for Diontae Johnson, itís tough to expect that rookie George Pickens will be able to deliver very many high fantasy point days when heís only being targeted between five to eight times per game. Thatís especially true when those targets are coming from different quarterbacks whom he hasnít yet established a connection with. Additionally, Pickens has been out-targeted and out-snapped by Chase Claypool in back-to-back games, making him a difficult-to-trust fantasy asset at the moment.

PIT FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.7
PIT FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.12
PIT FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.2
PIT FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.22

No Brainers: WR Tyreek Hill, WR Jaylen Waddle

Favorite: RB Raheem Mostert

With 47 carries over his past three carries compared to Chase Edmondsí eight carries, Mostert is certainly running away with the starting running back job in Miami. While his usage hasnít always translated into massive fantasy production, Mostert did have a 113-yard rushing day in Week 5 against the Jets and thereís a real opportunity for him this week against a Pittsburgh defense that has given up the 12th-most fantasy points per game to opposing backs so far this season. Weíll have to keep an eye on Mostertís knee to make sure heís active, but he played through the knee injury in Week 6 against the Vikings so he should be back on the field and in firm RB2 territory in this one.

On the Fence: QB Tua Tagovailoa

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is expected to be back on the field this week and it couldnít come at a better time as the Dolphins have lost in back-to-back contests without him. Tagovailoa absolutely torched the Ravens defense in the only great statistical matchup heís had so far this season and he now gets to face a Steelers defense that has given up the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs so far this season. Every QB theyíve faced thus far has scored at least 16 fantasy points against them, so Tua is a relatively safe option with upside here in Week 7.

Fade: TE Mike Gesicki

A six-catch, 69-yard, two-touchdown performance in Week 6 had many fantasy managers jumping to their waiver wires to pick up Gesicki. While Gesicki absolutely dominated in that contest and we know that he has the physical talent to be a fantasy asset at a weak tight end position, this situation is a classic example of many managers not looking at the full picture. Prior to his Week 6 breakout, Gesicki had actually been significantly behind fellow tight end Durham Smythe in snaps played this season. This led to Gesicki failing to even see five targets in any game prior to Week 6, which Smythe missed due to injury. Thereís still a chance that Smythe sits again this weekend, but heís trending in a positive direction and could again be back to his role as the teamís primary tight end, which would really limit Gesickiís role in the offense. Gesicki is the type of player who can score touchdowns on very few targets, but heís currently scoring a touchdown on one out of every five catches that he makes this season, which is almost completely unsustainable. Donít fall for the low sample size traps like this.

Prediction: Dolphins 26, Steelers 20 ^ Top

Bears @ Patriots - (Caron)
Line: NE -8.0
Total: 40.5

NE FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.14
NE FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.31
NE FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.19
NE FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.11

No Brainers: N/A

Favorite: QB Justin Fields

While heís still among the leagueís worst in pass attempts per game, Fields is finally trending upward and has now delivered back-to-back respectable fantasy quarterback performances. Itís hard to be very excited about anyone in this offense as it currently stands, but Fields is the type of quarterback who can deliver boom weeks even if heís not getting the job done with his arm. Heís averaging 47 yards per game on the ground thus far and he just had a game where he rushed for 88 yards against the Commanders. The Patriots are always a tough matchup for a young quarterback, but theyíve struggled a bit against mobile quarterbacks in recent games. Lamar Jackson rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown against them in Week 3 and Josh Allen rushed for 64 yards against them in Week 16 of the 2021 season. Fields isnít a strong play by any means, but he presents more upside than a lot of the other bye-week fill-ins on the board this week.

On the Fence: RB David Montgomery

David Montgomery has reestablished himself as the RB1 in Chicago since returning from injury and he has now touched the ball 32 times compared to Khalil Herbertís 11 touches over the past two weeks. Montgomery has been admittedly less effective with his touches than Herbert has, but the fact that the coaching staff apparently trusts him more is worthy of noting, even if itís frustrating for some fantasy managers. Montgomeryís strong usage makes him a high-floor play in most matchups, but he does face difficult opposition this week in the form of the Patriots. New England has given up the second-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs so far this season, including zero touchdowns. Only Aaron Jones has rushed for more than 75 yards against them, making this one of the worst possible on-paper matchups for Montgomery. Itís difficult to imagine that many teams will have multiple better options than Montgomery given the landscape of the running back position throughout the league, but donít expect too many fireworks from him in this one.

Fade: WR Darnell Mooney

Wide receiver Darnell Mooney finally saw his first high usage game of the 2022 season when he was targeted 12 times against the Commanders in Week 6. His seven receptions for 68 yards allowed him to deliver his best fantasy performance of the season, even though it came in a loss. While things seem to be trending up for Mooney and the 12 targets are definitely something to pay attention to, itís also worth considering that he will almost certainly never see that high of a target percentage in a game this season. Fields still only threw the ball 27 times, meaning that Mooney saw a ridiculous 44 percent target rate in that contest. Heís by far the teamís best pass-catching weapon so we expect him to lead the team in that category, but even the top receivers in the league typically only hover around the 30 percent mark throughout the season. Expect Mooney to be back around the 20-to-25 percent range, which will mean somewhere between five to seven targets most weeks in an offense that is struggling to put points on the board. Keep watching and hoping for overall offensive efficiency improvements, but leave Mooney on your bench for now.

CHI FPts Allowed vs. QBs: No.23
CHI FPts Allowed vs. RBs: No.9
CHI FPts Allowed vs. WRs: No.29
CHI FPts Allowed vs. TEs: No.27

No Brainers: N/A

Favorite: RB Rhamondre Stevenson

With Damien Harris knocked out of the Patriotsí Week 5 game and completely sidelined in Week 6, we finally got an opportunity to see Rhamondre Stevenson in a true workhorse back role and it was glorious. The second-year Patriots back carried the ball 44 times for 237 yards, adding two touchdowns on the ground and six total catches for 29 yards over that stretch. He was a bonafide fantasy RB1 over this short stretch and while Harris could be back this week, itís hard to believe that heíll be given his normal allotment of snaps given his health and Stevensonís recent effectiveness. New England is always a frustrating backfield to predict, but Stevenson seems like a pretty safe option to continue to produce, especially against a Chicago defense that has allowed over 120 rushing yards per game to opposing running backs.

On the Fence: WR Jakobi Meyers

Itís tough to get overly excited about any receiver in this New England passing game, but the one rock whoís yet to really let down fantasy managers has been Jakobi Meyers. Meyers has reached double-digit points in all four of his starts this season and heís averaging nearly eight targets per game played. There are definitely higher upside plays out there and Meyers isnít a great option for every team, but those looking for reliable points can look toward Meyers as the Patriotsí WR1.

Fade: WR Tyquan Thornton

Rookie wide receiver Tyquan Thornton had a lot of hype coming out of training camp and he showed off some of his game-changing speed in just his second professional game this past week when he scored twice in the Patriots’ blowout win over the Browns. While Thornton did produce fantasy points due to the touchdowns, his overall numbers have not been very exciting. He was fourth on the team in snaps behind Jakobi Meyers, DeVante Parker, and Kendrick Bourne in Week 5, and while he did pass Bourne in Week 6, he remained firmly behind Meyers and Parker. This is a low passing volume offense to begin with, so relying on a player to score multiple touchdowns on such few touches is just not something that fantasy managers should be doing at this point.

Prediction: Patriots 23, Bears 16 ^ Top