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Matt Stafford My Rank QB5 ECR QB8
While my hopes for Stafford were not met last week, this week should easily be different. The Lions were able to defeat the Jaguars handily, leading to a heavy dose of the ground game and a few one-yard rushing touchdowns. With that said, things will not be as easy for Detroit this week against the Falcons. Atlanta can actually put up points, and their offense is putting up a ton of points. Their defense is allowing 29.1 points per game to opposing QBs this year, and that means Stafford should be in for a big performance. He will need to keep up with Atlanta’s offense, and he has more than enough weapons to do so. This should be a multi-touchdown game for Stafford, and it should lead to a top-end fantasy finish.
Drew Brees My QB18 ECRs QB14
While the ECR does not have Brees as a QB1, I have him outside of streaming territory this week for a few reasons. For starters, the Panthers have held QBs to some seriously low outputs this year. They allow an average of just 13.9 points per game to the position, which is the 4th least amount in the league. Couple that with the fact that he will be without WRs Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, and it sets ups Brees to fail for fantasy before even taking the field. The Panthers also allow opposing RBs to run all over them, paving the way for the Saints to supplement its passing game with a heavy rushing attack from Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray. It makes Brees a touchdown dependant fantasy option in Week Seven, so it is best to leave him out of your starting lineups.
Chris Carson My RB4 ECRs RB8
In one of the best games on tap for this week, I love Chris Carson as a Top 5 RB option against the Cardinals. Arizona is giving up 19.7 points per week to opposing RBs, the 13th most in the league. The Cardinals boast a Top 6 passing defense, which I believe will lead to a big day for Carson. Seattle will need to control the clock in this one in an attempt to slow down one of the best offenses in football, and that is where Carson thrives for fantasy. With Seattle boasting one of the leagues top passing attacks in the league, Arizona will be paying little mind to Carson as they attempt to slow down DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. This is a game where Carson should touch the ball 20 plus times, and I believe it leads to a Top 5 finish for fantasy managers.
Antonio Gibson My RB14 ECRs RB17
I am calling now, this is the Antonio Gibson breakout week! A matchup against the struggling Cowboys is exactly what Gibson needs to fulfill his fantasy potential. Dallas is giving up 22.4 points per game to opposing RBs this year, the 8th most in the league. They have allowed seven rushing touchdowns on the season, as well, tied for the second-most in the league. Gibson will hit paydirt this week, in my opinion. Washington will need to run the ball in an attempt to slow down the Dallas offense, and Gibson has averaged 15 touches a game over the past three weeks. While JD McKissic has mixed into the passing game, Washington is desperate for pass catchers at the moment. Gibson has been more than involved as a pass-catcher this year, and he should see a healthy amount of targets against Dallas. I think he has RB1 potential this week, and the breakout should happen for those who have been so patient with him.
Devin Singletary My RB29 ECRs RB20
The ECR and I do not disagree on a lot of backs this week, with the exception of one back. Devin Singletary. I just do not trust him as an RB2 like a lot of people do. After a couple of rough weeks, he gets a solid matchup against the Jets this week, but I do not have a ton of faith that he will be able to provide Top 24 value. Zach Moss has been worked slowly back into the offense over the past few weeks, and this is the type of game where the Bills could give him more work than Singletary managers would like. He is long removed from his massive 23 touch performance against the Las Vegas Raiders, dropping to 12 and 11 touches the past two weeks. In the Bills first meeting against the Jets, Singletary carried the ball 9 times for just 30 yards. The workload is trending down, and this is a trap game for Singletary managers, in my opinion. I think this may be the week Moss starts to lead this time share.
Amari Cooper My Rank WR11 ECRs WR18
While the Cowboys offense as a whole took a major step back last week, I left the game feeling no different about how confident I am in Amari Cooper and his value. He was targeted by Andy Dalton 10 times last week, ending with a line of 7/79/1 in a game they had no business being apart of. On paper, this matchup with Washington looks terrible, but the truth is, teams are not throwing against them often and electing to run the ball. While they will feed Zeke, Cooper is safe to me as a Top 12 option in a week where he could easily score. Washington has the 5th least amount of passes thrown against them, skewing the numbers in their favor in terms of how good they truly are at defending the pass. They allow over 14 yards per receptions at the moment, so it is not like they are stopping receivers from making big plays. Do not fear this matchup too much, Cooper is still a fine play in Week 7.
Tyler Boyd My WR16 ECRs WR25
While I have had Boyd down in my ranks the past few weeks due to tough matchups, this is one I am excited to play him in. Cleveland is about as good an opponent as you can get at the WR position this year. They are giving up 30.5 points per game to opposing WRs this year, which is the 4th most in the league. Boyd has led the Bengals in all receiving categories so far, proving to be the best weapon for Joe Burrow over the likes of AJ Green and rookie Tee Higgins. You can start any Bengals receiver this week, but Boyd tops the list. In the first meeting of these teams, Boyd put up a 7/72/1 line against the Browns. That will be more than enough to make him a WR2 in Week 7, but RB Joe Mixon will not be suiting up in this game. That means the Bengals are likely to throw more than they would like, giving Boyd even more opportunities to put up points for his fantasy managers. Don’t let the last few weeks take away from how good Boyd can be for fantasy. Start him this week, you shouldn’t regret it.
WR Cooper Kupp My WR25 ECRs WR20
After two very disappointing fantasy outings, Cooper Kupp will get no reprieve this week. He draws a matchup with an overbearing Chicago defense that is allowing just 17.4 points per game to opposing WRs. That ranks 4th fewest in the league currently. Throughout the season, Kupp has finished with just one game of more than 5 receptions and has scored only twice. The touchdowns that made him so fantasy-relevant a season ago have not come his way in 2020, and it makes him very hard to trust, especially in a bad matchup like this one. He has gone three straight weeks of less than 70 receiving yards, giving me very little confidence to start him this week. A bad matchup plus a low average of receptions per game makes Kupp an easy fade for me this week.
Odell Beckham Jr. My Rank WR28 ECRs WR23
With only 1 great game to his name in 2020, how can you trust OBJ right now? It is not like the matchup this week is bad. Cincinnati is allowing 22.8 points per game to opposing WRs right now, which is middle of the pack. While he had a decent fantasy day against them earlier this season, QB Baker Mayfield was not playing with rib issues. Take away that game and the Dallas game, and OBJ is averaging just 5.8 points per game this year. Gross. Mayfield playing hurt coupled with Beckham’s inconsistencies makes him extremely hard to trust this week. I would sit him if you have the ability to do so.
Dalton Shultz My TE7 ECRs TE10
Shultz pulls a nice matchup this week against a Washington defense that is allowing 11.4 points per game to opposing TEs. That ranks 4th most in the league currently. He saw 5 targets last week with Dalton under center, a good sign of things to come for Shultz’s future value. He was averaging 6.2 targets per game with Dak Prescott, so he did not see a massive drop in target share with the change at QB. He should see more than enough work to have a solid fantasy outing against one of the worst defenses against the position this year. Fire him up with confidence this week.
Rob Gronkowski My TE14 ECRs TE7
Gronk has had much better fantasy outings over the past few weeks. O.J. Howard going out has helped him see more targets. However, this is not a week I am excited to play him. Many see the Las Vegas matchup and get excited, but take a closer look. The Raiders are allowing just 6.4 points per game to opposing TEs so far this year, which is the 11th fewest in the league. Gronk can score in any given week, but I honestly do not think the Bucs will need him to do much in the receiving department. Las Vegas has one of the worst run defenses in the league. RB Ronald Jones has been great on the ground so far this year, and RB Leonard Fournette is back and ready roll as well. The Raiders are missing the majority of their offensive line this week to boot, so The Bucs could get out to a lead early, effectively making the passing game irrelevant down the stretch. Gronk will be asked to block a lot in this one, so mixing that with a heavy run game makes me stay away from him this week.