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Updated: Fri, Oct 18th 2019 8:30:05 am

Oakland Raiders vs. Green Bay Packers

Venue: Lambeau Field(Green Bay)Sun. 10-20 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 47


Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers
Game Time: Sunday, October 20 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Packers -5.5

Oakland Raiders 

Derek Carr – Carr has been completing passes at a better percentage than we expected coming into the year, but it still isn’t translating into real fantasy success. In five games Carr has thrown for over 250 yards once, and has two touchdowns just twice. He had a solid game in terms of completion percentage against the Bears, but he didn’t have a touchdown pass. Carr will be equally underwhelming this week against the Packers. The Raiders aren’t likely to mount much of a passing attack in this one.

Josh Jacobs – Who would have guessed that Jacobs best game of the season would have been against the Bears? I guess Chicago didn’t do well in that plane trip to London. Many argued that Jacobs didn’t have the pedigree from college to be an every down back in the NFL, but he has looked the part so far, even if every game wasn’t pretty. The Packers are tough against the pass, but beatable against the run, allowing nearly 125 yards a game on the ground. Jacobs should be firmly in the high end of the RB2 discussion this week.

Tyrell Williams – He didn’t play in Week 5 in London, but with a bye week Williams is hopeful to get out there this week. Even if he is out there it is a good chance that his streak of four straight games with a touchdown will come to an end against these tough Packers. If he is able to play Williams has shown enough that you have to throw him out there, even if his chances of success aren’t great.

Zay Jones – He was traded to the Raiders this past week, and many are inquiring if he is now worth picking up. Sure, the Raiders have a little bit better offense than the Bills, but Jones just stinks. I mean the guy can’t catch. On a team with one solid receiver and not much else, Jones was targeted just 18 times in four games. He isn’t worth considering before this week.

Darren Waller – He could be considered the biggest surprise of the 2019 season so far as he has been a reliable starter each and every week. Sure, he struggled in Week 5 in a game that Tyrell Williams didn’t play, but the defense gave him more attention and the Raiders were running the ball so well. Green Bay is allowing only 35 yards a game to tight ends, however, they have only played one team with a decent tight end and that was Philadelphia. Start Waller with full confidence that he will see eight to ten targets in this one like he has all year.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - For just the second time this season, Aaron Rodgers threw for over 275 yards in a game against the Lions. He made all the right throws, and could have even had a better day if a couple of his receivers came through. It all depends on who your other option is at quarterback, but this might be a comfortable week to start Rodgers. He appears to be in a bit of a groove, and gets a favorable matchup. He really needs a strong performance to get his season on track.

Aaron Jones – A week after a four touchdown game Jones lost a fumble, dropped a touchdown, and got completely outplayed by Jamaal Williams . Despite the bad game, Jones is still sure to start the game in Week 7, but he may have cost himself some touches with this one. He had played himself way in front of Williams during the time he was injured, but they are close to back to 50/50 after this one. With his involvement in the passing game Jones is still worthy of an RB2 spot against the Raiders.

Jamaal Williams – Somehow after what looked like a gruesome injury, Williams was back on the field, and not only that but he excelled. He thoroughly outplayed Aaron Jones and certainly earned himself more touches in the future. He is worthy of a start because of bye week season, but he shouldn’t be expected to out touch Jones on a weekly basis. Jones should be the starter going into this one, and unless he drops a touchdown and fumbles again, he should get two-thirds of the touches to Williams one-third.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling – With Davante Adams still out, and Geronimo Allison leaving the game with a concussion, Valdes-Scantling only had two targets in that game. Of course, the Lions defense has been good this year, but that is ridiculous. He hasn’t’ been a consistent producer, or even a consistent target this season. He sure should have a good game in Week 7 considering the Raiders defense isn’t that great and it would be a surprise if Adams or Allison was able to play. Most of the confidence in Valdes-Scantling has faded, but you can’t ignore this kind of opportunity. If Adams and Allison don’t play, you have to have this guy as your WR3.

Allen Lazard – The number of questions in the Fantasy Alarm site chat on Tuesday morning about this guy was no surprise. He came into the game late, and reports are that Aaron Rodgers specifically asked for Lazard to come into the game. He had four catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. Lazard has great size at 6’5” and good speed as well. Will he be a big part of the offense going forward? He has a chance to be at least in the near future as long as Adams and Allison might be out. At least for Week 7 Lazard is a play, even if he is a risky play.

Jimmy Graham – Most games it just seems that Graham isn’t all that interesting in playing or making any sort of impact anymore. He had just two catches for 17 yards on Monday night, and while the Raiders are far from a great defense, Graham is tough to trust. The Raiders have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends in just five games, but even if Graham scores he still might not score ten fantasy points with his lackluster effort lately.

Summary: The Raiders are coming off a bye after taking a shocking win in London in Week 5 against the Bears. Don’t let that momentum lull you into thinking the Raiders are better than they actually are. Green Bay is very tough to beat at home, and the Raiders aren’t going to be able to do it. Derek Carr has been a competent NFL quarterback this year, but the Packers pass defense is legit. The Raiders are the most penalized team in football every year, and obviously the refs like to call penalties in Green Bay’s favor. Watch both of those trends continue in Week 7. Oakland is surprising everyone with their winning record through five games, but their time over .500 is about to come to an end.

Prediction: Packers 31, Raiders 20

Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills

Venue: Ralph Wilson Stadium(Orchard Park)Sun. 10-20 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 40.5


Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
Game Time: Sunday, October 20 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Bills -17

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Fitzpatrick – He did more with the short time he was in the game than Josh Rosen did. Fitzpatrick threw for 132 yards and a touchdown as he tried to bring the Dolphins back against the Redskins. Fitzpatrick gives the Dolphins a chance to win, but not against the Bills. He will struggle to get much offense going and clearly should be avoided.

Kenyan Drake – The Dolphins are behind so often that they never get to run the ball much. Drake had ten carries for just the second time this season, and only had 40 yards on the ground. He did have six catches to stop the game from being a total dud, but Drake is just not fantasy relevant. The Bills will shut this team down and Drake will score under seven fantasy points this week.

Mark Walton – The former fourth round pick has gotten a chance the past couple weeks with the Dolphins and he is making the most of it. Well, as much as a Dolphins skill player can. Walton is someone to consider in PPR leagues as he had five catches in Week 6. He has averaged 5.3 yards a carry so far in his limited action, but could be getting more run in the future. He certainly won’t do much against the Bills, but he should be monitored to see if the Dolphins continue to throw him the ball.

DeVante Parker – Clearly, no one on the Dolphins are very fantasy relevant as they just don’t score a ton of points. However, Parker has made the most of his limited action with two touchdowns in the last two weeks. He only had 28 receiving yards on three catches, so if he doesn’t score a touchdown you aren’t going to get much for him. The Bills haven’t given up much to anyone, and Parker will struggle on Sunday.

Preston Williams – He continues to get the most targets of the Dolphins receivers, but he continues to not come up with much production out of it. Williams had just two catches for 31 yards on six targets last week, and the Bills will almost definitely shut him down. Williams is a dart throw in some weeks when bye weeks are going on, but he is not to be considered this week.

Mike Gesicki – Many might look at his 51 receiving yards on seven targets last week and think Gesicki is becoming fantasy relevant. However, you have to be reminded that with his three catches on Sunday, he now has nine on the season. Nine catches.  In six weeks. You shouldn’t use any Dolphin against the Bills for Week 7, but if you are truly in tight end misery watch his targets to see if Gesicki is indeed becoming more involved in the offense.

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen – The schedule makers love the Bills. They not only had a bye in Week 6, but they basically get another one against the Dolphins in Week 7. Allen should be able to throw and run nearly at will, as the Dolphins even made Case Keenum look decent. This one could be a game where Allen throws for 250 through the air and runs for another 80. He is definitely someone to get in your seasonal lineups, and will be a popular DFS play as well. 

Frank Gore – The Dolphins defense made one old timer look good last week in Adrian Peterson , and another geriatric runner will tear them up this week. Gore has been a pretty consistent producer on a weekly basis, and gets his easiest matchup of the year coming off a bye. Miami is giving up nearly 170 yards a game on the ground, and Gore should be good for his second 100 yard game of the season.

John Brown – He hasn’t had less than four catches or 50 yards in any of the five games the Bills have played this season, and this one has big game written all over it. Against a bad passing team, Miami gave up two touchdowns to Terry McLaurin alone. Brown should have a field day. Assuming the Bills don’t stop throwing in the fourth quarter look for Brown to have over 100 yards through the air and his second touchdown of the year.

Dawson Knox –In another year where tight ends are hurting their fantasy teams, Knox has the fantasy football community hoping that he can become a viable option. He had two straight games over 50 receiving yards in Week 3 and Week 4, but then only had two catches for 12 yards in Week 5. Here’s to hoping that was just due to facing a good Tennessee defense, but Knox is really hard to trust in seasonal leagues, although in DFS games he could be a good target if you want to save salary cap for other positions and hope he comes down with a touchdown.

Summary: I have been banging the drum all season that the Dolphins aren’t as bad as they had looked through five weeks. And while they didn’t beat the Redskins last week, they did cover the spread. But I was wrong, they are bad. Ryan Fitzpatrick does give them a better chance to win, but that won’t help this week because they have no chance to win against the Bills. Buffalo might not be elite on the offensive side of the ball, but they are plenty good enough to beat the Miami defense. Buffalo is going to roll in this one and don’t be surprised if this one ends in a shutout.

Prediction: Bills 24, Dolphins 3

Los Angeles Rams vs. Atlanta Falcons

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium(Atlanta)Sun. 10-20 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 55


Los Angeles Rams at Atlanta Falcons
Game Time: Sunday, October 20 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Falcons +3

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff – This was perhaps the worst game of his career, as Goff only threw for 78 yards on the day. He barely completed 50 percent of his passes, and didn’t look anything like the guy who led his team to the Super Bowl last year. In the previous two weeks where Goff didn’t play well his stats were still solid. This was a disaster from start to finish. Lucky for him, the schedule makers gave him an easy game against the Falcons. If you have Goff you can feel good deploying him in Week 7 against the awful Falcons secondary.

Todd Gurley – He wasn’t able to play in Week 6, but Gurley will return for this upcoming game. He hasn’t been given 20 carries in games, but he has still been quite productive. He might not be a RB1, but he is a very high end RB2. He is nearly a guarantee to score this week against a horrific Falcons defense. Get Gurley fired up for this one and be ready to pull in at least 15 fantasy points.

Brandin Cooks – It was a disaster of a game for Cooks in Week 6, but you have to throw that one away and chalk that one up to a loss. When the Rams offense is working, Cooks is a big part of the offense. He isn’t a high volume receiver, but when he gets catches he makes the most of them. The Falcons just let Kyler Murray throw for 350 yards last week, and Cooks will have a good chance of having at least 80 yards and a touchdown.

Cooper Kupp – Like everyone, Kupp did nothing last week. However, even in previous weeks when the Rams offense wasn’t great, Kupp was still getting his stats. As long as he is healthy, Kupp is an elite WR1. The 49ers defense has become one of the better units in football, and just didn’t allow the Rams to do anything on the day. He will absolutely torch the Falcons defense and should get over 100 yards without a problem.

Robert Woods – He didn’t have a catch on four targets against the 49ers, but he did have a rushing touchdown to somewhat salvage his fantasy day. He still doesn’t have a receiving touchdown yet this season, and has been a big disappointment. He has only had over 50 yards receiving in two games this season. While none of this should be instilling confidence in you, Woods should have six or seven catches for 70 yards on the game. He isn’t going to win you the week, but he will be a WR3 in this one.

Gerald Everett – Many have been using Everett as a streaming tight end, and while this one obviously wasn’t good, Everett still was second on the team with five targets. He has been averaging eight targets a game in his last three weeks, and you can continue to use Everett in this one even though Tyler Higbee had more yards last week. The Falcons defense is really bad and all Rams are in play for this one at all skill positions.

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan – That is now six weeks in the season, and six times that Ryan has thrown for 300 yards as he torched the subpar Cardinals defense. And while the Rams defense came into the season hoping to be one of the best in football, they have really disappointed. Los Angeles has given up a good number of passing touchdowns, and Ryan should make it another 300 yards through the air and a minimum of two touchdowns.

Devonta Freeman – Week 6 finally brought the kind of game we expected when we drafted Freeman. He ran for 88 yards and had three catches for 30 yards, including two receiving touchdowns. The Rams defense hasn’t been great against the run, although this shouldn’t be a great game for Freeman, he will still be decent. Look for Freeman to run for 60 yards, have another 30 through the air, and be a mid-range RB2 for this one.

Julio Jones – After an amazing start to the season, Jones has now gone three games without a touchdown. Thankfully though, Jones was able to get back over 100 yards for the first time since Week 3. The Rams traded for Jalen Ramsey on Tuesday, and he will be asked to cover Jones in his first assignment for Los Angeles. However, Ramsey has been dealing with a back injury and a lot of turmoil with the team, so he might not be his usual, elite self. Jones should still be a safe play in all formats. 

Calvin Ridley – Ridley scored for the second straight game, and has gotten back on track after a couple of weeks where he let us down. The Rams secondary had a huge overhaul this week with Aqib Talib going to IR and trades of Marcus Peters and for Jalen Ramsey . That should leave Troy Hill or possibly Nickell Robey-Coleman . Ridley should be able to have his way with either.  He is a physical receiver who has good speed as well. He is a great start as your WR3 in Week 7.

Austin Hooper – Hooper is going to challenge for the top overall tight end in fantasy by season end. He tied for the team lead with eight catches last week, and had a team-high 117 yards with a touchdown. He is too much for a safety to cover, and is too fast for a linebacker to stay with. The Rams were just tortured by George Kittle , and while Hooper isn’t quite as talented, he isn’t far off. Don’t be surprised if Hooper gets you another 100 yard game.

Summary: It is hard to say who these players are in the uniforms of the Rams offensive players, because they certainly don’t look like Jared Goff , Robert Woods , and company. They haven’t looked this ordinary since Jeff Fisher was calling the plays. And while their defense gets a big shot in the arm with the addition of Jalen Ramsey , it is going to be tough to keep Matt Ryan in check. However, there is one thing that will help get a struggling offense back in gear and that is a date with the Falcons secondary. Goff gets it right, Gurley scores twice, and the Rams feel good at least for one week.

Prediction: Rams 34, Falcons 30

Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions

Venue: Ford Field(Detroit)Sun. 10-20 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 44


Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
Game Time: Sunday, October 20 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Lions +1

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins – Don’t look now, but that is two straight back to back 300 yard games for Cousins. Not bad for the guy who had both of his starting receivers calling him out a few weeks ago. It certainly helps when you stop playing the Packers and Bears and start playing the Eagles and Giants. Cousins won’t have an easy one this week, but due to bye weeks and injuries he is in play for fantasy purposes for Week 7. Cousins has very realistic expectations of at least 250 yards and a touchdown or two.

Dalvin Cook – He has under 20 carries in three of the last four weeks, but that hasn’t stopped Cook from maintaining his awesome 2019 season. He did score again, although only rushed for 41 yards. The Lions are giving up 133 yards a game on the ground. You shouldn’t need any more information to know that Cook belongs in your lineups.

Alexander Mattison –The rookie from Boise State has been getting a few more opportunities with the ball the past few weeks and is doing quite well with it. He had 14 carries in Week 6 for 63 yards, and is proving to be one of the better handcuffs in fantasy football. He would be tough to count on for a spot in your starting lineups, but is a must own if you have Cook. Mattison could get you by if you have injuries or guys not playing in Week 7, but it wouldn’t be with much confidence.

Adam Thielen – Sure, it wasn’t as explosive as his previous week, but Thielen sure made his fantasy owners happy with six catches for 57 yards and a score. That is now three touchdowns in two weeks since Thielen voiced his displeasure in the offense. There really is no scenario where you shouldn’t play him in any given fantasy week. After a bad start to the season, Thielen certainly is back.

Stefon Diggs – A guy can’t catch the ball and make plays if he doesn’t get thrown to, and finally the Vikings turned to Diggs. He made it pay off in a big way with seven catches for 167 yards and three touchdowns. That is now two of the last three weeks that Diggs has seven catches and 100 yards with a stinker wedged in between. With the success they had you have to figure that the Vikings are going to see that they have to throw the ball more. After last week’s performance definitely keep Diggs in your lineups and hope for a nice follow up to this breakout performance.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford – He didn’t throw a touchdown on Monday night, but Stafford has had a much better start to the season than anticipated. The Lions promised to be a run first team, but Stafford has multiple touchdown passes in three of five games. The Vikings are among the better pass defenses in the league, allowing less than 220 yards per week. This doesn’t appear to be a game where he will light up the stat sheet, and surely shouldn’t be your starting quarterback this week.

Kerryon Johnson – It is the curious case of Kerryon Johnson . He is the Lions workhorse back, and even in games when they are ahead, like on Monday, he often doesn’t get the usage he deserves. However, it has not been a strong season for him as he has just one game where he gained more than 50 yards on the ground. He also hasn’t been as involved in the passing game as you’d like as he hasn’t had more than three catches in a game. He has faced some pretty decent defenses this season, but none of the elite. He is going to have a hard time moving the ball against the Vikings, but unless your team is somehow stacked at running back and have no one on bye, you have to roll with Johnson and hope.

Kenny Golladay – He might not have scored a touchdown on Monday night, but Golladay had a season’s best in receiving yards with 121. He has four touchdowns through five games, and the strange part of his season is that his two bad games came against the worst defenses Detroit has played in Arizona and Philadelphia. He has a far from favorable matchup this weekend against Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings, and that certainly doesn’t bode well for him having another 100 yard game. Avoid Golladay in DFS, but he is firmly entrenched as a weekly starter in redraft leagues as long as you don’t expect a huge game.

Marvin Jones – Jones has had a few good games along the way, but without coming up with a big play he is very average. He is averaging less than 60 yards per game, and has just one touchdown through five games. The Vikings are going to make it very tough for him to get open deep down the field and he isn’t someone that you should look to help your team this week in seasonal or DFS formats.

T.J. Hockenson – It was nice to see him back on the field, and it would have been even nicer to see him catch that touchdown, but alas it didn’t happen. Hockenson clearly still isn’t 100%, but we are all still in love with him after one big game. The Vikings have still yet to give up a touchdown to a tight end, and it would be hard to trust that it is going to happen here.

Summary: The Lions are coming off a short week and an absolute hosing at the hands of the officials Monday night. On the other side of the ball, the Vikings now seem to remember that they are really good at passing and their offense has been much better of late. It is often Detroit’s way of finding a way of blowing a game at the end, and while this one is likely to come down to the final possession, Detroit will choke as usual.

Prediction: Vikings 27, Lions 24

Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts

Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium(Indianapolis)Sun. 10-20 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 47


Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
Game Time: Sunday, October 20 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Indianapolis -1

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson – Last week certainly wasn’t Watson’s sharpest from a real football perspective, but he still turned in a great fantasy day when you factor in the two rushing touchdowns. The Colts are a middle of the road defense against the pass, allowing 244 yards a game, and Watson should be able to top that. He only has had less than 280 yards in one of the last three weeks and is in a nice fantasy groove right now with nine total touchdowns in the last three weeks. You might be able to find a better value than Watson in DFS leagues, but he is absolutely a must start in season long leagues.

Carlos Hyde – This was easily the best game of the season for Hyde, as he had 116 yards on the ground with a touchdown. He did fumble, but the Texans just continued to hand him the ball. However, the Texans don’t usually run the ball this much and Hyde can’t be counted on for this kind of production. He still has flex consideration against the Colts, but most weeks he won’t top 75 yards or score many touchdowns. Don’t chase last week’s production this week.

DeAndre Hopkins – He finally had a good volume of receptions, but Hopkins nine catches only got him 55 yards. He now hasn’t had over 100 yards or a touchdown since Week 1. Hopkins is too talented, and the Texans offense is too explosive for him to continue to be this average. He is a very attractive buy low candidate right now, and while you might want to stay away in DFS, there is never a scenario where you don’t start Hopkins in redraft.

Will Fuller – A week after a career game, we got the other end of what you can expect with Fuller. He had five catches for 44 yards, but he could have had three touchdowns in this game with a little bit of effort. Fuller will help you win some weeks, but he will certainly break your hearts in others. He is getting more targets in recent weeks, but still is a boom or bust player. Despite his inconsistencies, Fuller is an every week starter in redraft leagues.

Darren Fells – He has been an interesting fantasy player over the last month. The tight end position has been tough again this year. In the three of the last four weeks Fells has had either five catches or a touchdown catch. He was completely awful in that other week, so he is a very risky guy to trust. The Colts have already given up three touchdowns to tight ends, so Fells is an option if you are streaming tight ends or if you just lost Will Dissly .

Indianapolis Colts

Jacoby Brissett – The Colts are coming off a bye, and they are going to need their rest coming into this one. Brissett’s role has varied greatly from week to week. He has thrown the ball less than 30 times in two weeks, and over 35 in two others. Given how explosive the Texans offense can be, you’d think this would be a week that Brissett is going to have to throw a good amount. Although you would have thought that against the Chiefs in Week 5 as well, and that was his worst game of the year. Brissett really shouldn’t be your starting quarterback in season long or in DFS, unless you are in a two quarterback league. The best thing you can say about having him under center is he doesn’t hurt the value of Marlon Mack or T.Y. Hilton as he can certainly run this offense.

Marlon Mack – This won’t be an easy game for Mack, and he is going to have to hope that Brissett does enough in the passing game to open up some opportunities for him running the ball. The Texans have only allowed 88 yards per game on the ground to this point, including really shutting down the Chiefs running game last week. Sure, Mack is way better than all of the Chiefs backs put together, and that is why you shouldn’t sit him in season long leagues. Like against the Chiefs in Week 5, the Colts should look to run the ball a decent amount to keep Deshaun Watson off the field. Time will tell how successful at that they will be.

T.Y. Hilton – The last time we saw the Colts they were pounding the Chiefs with the running game, and Hilton only had four targets. So far this season he has rotated games where he has had eight catches with games he has had four catches, so it looks like he is due for eight catches in this one. Of course, that isn’t really a way to figure his production, but he should be heavily involved in the game plan. He has scored in three of four games he has played thus far, but is yet to have his first 100 yard game. The Texans have allowed 11 passing touchdowns thus far in 2019, so it should come as no surprise if Hilton scores again. The only thing that could shut him down is if the Colts decide to run the ball 30+ times again.

Jack Doyle – It is a struggle to find anyone else who is fantasy relevant on this offense, but if it has to be anyone it is Doyle. However, calling him fantasy relevant is really a stretch. He has had less than four catches in three of five games, and he has had under 50 yards in every game this season. If he doesn’t score a touchdown he isn’t worth much. Houston is only giving up three catches a game on average to tight ends and have yet to have a tight end score on them. You are really someone who likes to roll the dice if you are using Doyle.

Summary: The Colts are coming off a bye and have been a very strong team this season. With both of those factors into consideration, there is a large part of me that wants to pick them to win the game. However, the Texans offense has looked very explosive the last two weeks and I just can’t see the Colts scoring enough points to win this game. This one should be a very hard fought battle, but in the end the Texans have too much firepower for Indy to handle.

Prediction:  Texans 34, Colts 26

Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Giants

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Sun. 10-20 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 50.5


Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants
Game Time: Sunday, October 20 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Giants -3

Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray – What we have found in the first six games of Murray’s career is if he is going against a bad defense, he is going to light it up. Even average defenses tend to give him a little trouble. Well, he will be going against one of the worst in the league with the Giants on Sunday. New York is giving up 285 yards a game through the air and ten touchdowns. Based on the way he has played so far against poor defenses, Murray should be able to throw for 325 yards, run for another 30 and have a floor of two passing touchdowns.

David Johnson – Johnson was able to practice late last week, and had a solid game. Most of that came in the passing game as he only ran for 34 yards, but he had six catches, including the game winning touchdown on a really tough catch. The Giants have allowed over 125 yards per game on the ground and have given up seven rushing touchdowns in just six games. If you have Johnson, there is no question that he better be in your lineups this week.

Chase Edmonds – With David Johnson banged up, Edmonds has been getting a few more opportunities lately, and he has been showing what he is capable of. He has scored in each of the last two weeks, and has explosive abilities. If Johnson were forced to miss time, Edmonds would be a borderline top 15 back given the right matchup. He is one of the more important handcuffs in the league, but if Johnson is playing he shouldn’t be in your starting lineup.

Christian Kirk – He hasn’t played in two weeks due to an ankle injury, but let’s figure he will be out there this week. If he is, it doesn’t matter that he missed two games. Kirk has been great in games that he has played this year, and the Giants pass defense is awful. Even if Kirk isn’t able to practice much this week, put him in your lineups if he plays. 

Larry Fitzgerald – The Cardinals have had two juicy matchups in a row, and Fitzgerald has just been ok. Against the Bengals and Falcons he had 12 catches for 127 yards in those two games. Sure, that isn’t bad, but especially with Christian Kirk not playing, there should have been more. This is the best matchup yet against the Giants, but it is hard to expect more than average. Fitzgerald is a low end WR3 or a flex option against the Giants.

New York Giants

Daniel Jones – Once the King of Gotham, Jones has three touchdowns and six interceptions in the last three games and has looked awful at times. His decision making has been his biggest shortcoming as he makes way too many throws into coverage. He certainly didn’t have a chance last Thursday against the Patriots with his three best weapons out, but two should return for this one. The Cardinals defense hasn’t been good, but they will get Patrick Peterson back this week. Jones is an emergency play in one quarterback leagues or an average play for the superflex folks.

Saquon Barkley – We haven’t seen Barkley since Week 3, but all signs point to his return on Sunday. He practiced on Monday, and the Giants released Jonathan Hilliman who started at running back for them last Thursday. This certainly is the low end of his expected recovery time from the high ankle sprain, but considering he practiced last week you should put Barkley back in your lineups this week with all of the confidence in the world. Arizona is one of the bottom defenses in the league against the run and Barkley has a real shot to come back with a very good game.

Golden Tate – He complained he wanted his role to increase after not seeing much action in the first game of the year. Out of need, it did and Tate answered the call with a 100 yard game and a score against the Patriots last Thursday night. While Evan Engram will be back, Sterling Shepard will not, which will again make Tate the most reliable receiver on the field for the Giants. The bad news for him is that Patrick Peterson is returning from a suspension, and it only makes sense for him to spend a lot of time on Tate. If you have a better option you might want to use it, but with four teams on bye you might have to throw Tate out there and hope for the best.

Darius Slayton – Slayton didn’t light up the stat sheet last Thursday, but Daniel Jones targeted him eight times which is good. It is hard to put up numbers at wide receiver when your quarterback is struggling like Jones did. Slayton continues to be a dart throw as a guy who is capable of making a big play, and if Patrick Peterson is on Golden Tate that leaves some trash corners to cover Slayton. He has the speed to get behind the defense, and if Jones can get some time to throw the ball, Slayton could make a big play.

Evan Engram – Engram returned to practice on Monday, so there is little doubt he plays this week. If you’ve read these previews at all this year, you’d know that Arizona is the worst defense against the tight end. Engram is one of the best tight ends in the league. Do I need to say more? Punch Engram up in your lineups and just wait to reap the rewards.

Summary: Wait, the Giants are favored to win a game? For real? It is real, I triple checked this one. I guess Vegas is still buying into the lure of Daniel Jones, but he has looked horrible the last two weeks. Of course he will face a much lesser defense this week in Arizona, but let’s not forget that the Giants defense is awful too. I have more faith in Kyler Murray than I do Jones right now, and despite the fact that this one is a west coast team traveling to the east coast for a 1:00 game, I still think the Cardinals pull this one out. Saquon Barkley will be back, but will he be 100%? This game should feature a good number of points and as long as you don’t like defense, it should be fun to watch.

Prediction: Cardinals 31, Giants 27

San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington Redskins

Venue: FedEx Field(Landover)Sun. 10-20 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 41


San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins
Game Time: Sunday, October 20 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Redskins +10

San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo – Garoppolo has shown this season that he has what it takes to be a solid NFL quarterback. However, what has also been evident is that most weeks he won’t be asked to do enough to be a top 12 fantasy quarterback. The 49ers rely on their running game and defense to win games for them. Garoppolo and the pass game are plenty efficient enough though, if they were to be called upon. The Redskins have allowed 14 passing touchdowns already which is among the worst in the league, so if your starting fantasy quarterback is on bye this week, Garoppolo should be a popular choice to fill in this week.

Matt Breda – As stated above, the 49ers love to run the ball, and they use both backs extensively. Week 6 wasn’t Breida’s best as he ran for just 36 yards and had four catches. Obviously, he becomes a little harder to trust with Tevin Coleman back from injury, but most times he will do more damage with 13 carries. Washington allows 134 yards a game on the ground and Breida should be able to top 75 yards and another 30 through the air.

Tevin Coleman – It has been a successful return from injury for Coleman who has run the ball 34 times in the last two weeks. He also has scored in both games since returning. He has been a little more productive than Breida the past two weeks, and if you had to make the choice of one 49ers running back right now it should be Coleman. With a great matchup against the Redskins, and given the fact that the 49ers should be ahead most of this game, Coleman looks like a great option in all fantasy formats this weekend.

Dante Pettis – The Niners pass game spreads it around so much that it is hard to find a receiver (other than George Kittle ) that we can count on each week. Pettis was supposed to be that guy coming into the season, but he started out so badly that he was cut in most fantasy leagues. He has seemed to get it together a little bit the past three weeks, and has been getting more active in the offense. And honestly if he could have caught that slant (that was right in his hands) against the Browns and been able to get both feet down on the near touchdown this past week, we could be talking about Pettis scoring in three straight games. It seems like we are close to seeing Pettis get back to the guy we saw last week, and if he can stay away from Josh Norman this week, hopefully we will see more signs. Don’t play Pettis unless you have lots of guts, but certainly monitor his targets/production in Week 7.

George Kittle – One of the WWE’s biggest fans, and one of the best tight ends in the league, Kittle had his first 100 yard game of the season against the Rams. This guy has it all. He can catch, he is a physical player, he can block, and when he has the ball in his hands he is great at getting extra yards. He is a special player, and Kittle should always be in your lineups. The Redskins haven’t given up a ton of production to tight ends, but Kittle is matchup proof and should never be shied away from.

Washington Redskins

Case Keenum – Back in the saddle under center, Keenum was nothing special but still ended up with two touchdowns against the hapless Dolphins. He is nothing special at all, and should never be considered as an option in any fantasy format. Keenum stinks, but he isn’t bad enough that he takes down Terry McLaurin ’s value too.

Adrian Peterson – Peterson showed life for the first time this season, and of course it came against one of the worst teams in the league. Now the question with Peterson would be is he done or did Jay Gruden not want to use him much. With a new head coach his role could be increasing, but against a 49ers defense that hasn’t allowed much all year, Peterson is a flex option at best or perhaps best left on your bench. If Peterson gets more than 15 carries this week, it will be a sign that interim Head Coach Bill Callahan plans on using him much more than Gruden. He still is only an option against teams that won’t completely blow out the Redskins.

Chris Thompson – People are still holding on to Thompson as a possible guy to use in PPR leagues, but his role continues to diminish by the week. He has only had 33 rushing yards and 25 receiving yards in the last two weeks combined, and he left last week’s game with a foot injury. He has now been diagnosed with turf toe. Even if Thompson is able to play you shouldn’t consider him in Week 7.

Terry McLaurin – The only consistent fantasy relevant player on Washington is McLaurin. He is certainly hurt by the subpar quarterback play, but he gets the most he can out of it. He had four catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns against the Dolphins on Sunday, but he likely won’t have the same success against a very tough 49ers defense. McLaurin could possibly be used in your flex, but San Francisco has been so tough against the pass that Case Keenum is likely to struggle badly.

Summary: San Francisco is just pounding teams this year. They got their first real test on the road against the Rams and boy did they pass with flying colors. The offense was good enough, and the defense just manhandled Jared Goff and the Rams. This has all the feels of a trap game, as the 49ers should crush the lowly Redskins who nearly blew a game to the winless Dolphins. However, this 49ers team is hungry, and it doesn’t seem like Head Coach Kyle Shanahan would allow them to have a let down. The Niners continue their roll to 6-0 in a laugher.

Prediction: 49ers 27, Redskins 6

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Venue: Paul Brown Stadium(Cincinnati)Sun. 10-20 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 44


Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals
Game Time: Sunday, October 20 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Bengals +3.5

Jacksonville Jaguars

Gardner Minshew – While he had produced in other games against tough defenses like Denver and Tennessee, Minshew couldn’t figure out New Orleans. He threw for a season low 163 yards and had his first game without a touchdown pass. Minshew Mania had a week off, but it should get right back into full swing this week against the Bengals. Sure, Cincinnati didn’t give up a ton of yards to Baltimore last week, but that was because Lamar Jackson was too busy running all over them. As stated in previous weeks, Minshew will never be the star of the week, but if you are streaming quarterbacks or in a two quarterback or super flex league he isn’t a horrible play this week against the Bengals.

Leonard Fournette – Considering how poorly the Jags offense played last week, Fournette had a pretty great week. He only ran for 72 yards, but he did have six catches for 46 receiving yards for a nice 17 point day in PPR leagues. The Bengals didn’t allow Mark Ingram to kill them too much last week, but 154 yards to Lamar Jackson was borderline embarrassing. Fournette should be able to rack up between 90 and 100 yards and likely score again. He is on a decent roll right now.

D.J. Chark – The bad week for Chark was pretty easy to predict when he was facing Marshon Lattimore for most of the day. Chark has certainly become a must-start fantasy wide receiver, but he isn’t so talented that he can’t be shut down by a top cornerback. Lucky for him though, he won’t be facing a top cornerback this week, and should get right back to what we’ve become accustomed to in 2019. He will be a nice selection in DFS games and will be a great WR2 on your redraft teams.

Dede Westbrook – The Saints defense has been great, although they had been beaten by some slot receivers, so Westbrook looked like he was in for a good game. Unfortunately, he only ended up with three catches for 53 yards and did not score. As subpar as the Bengals defense has been, they have been pretty tough against the slot in recent weeks. Dede can be used in redraft leagues, but he isn’t set up to have a game worthy of use in DFS tournaments or GPPs.

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton – Dalton just isn’t a good fantasy quarterback. Sure, sometimes he will end up having decent statistical days, but most of the time it is because his team is behind and they are forced to throw. He will get a bump once A.J. Green is ready to return, but who knows when that is? The Jags aren’t the same defense without Jalen Ramsey , but they are still good enough to keep Dalton in check. If you are trying to predict how well Dalton will do, take a look at how Teddy Bridgewater did on Sunday and take away ten percent of his stats. That would be a reasonable expectation of Dalton in Week 7.

Joe Mixon – He has certainly fallen short of preseason expectations, but Mixon had been doing decent; until Week 6. Mixon was atrocious on Sunday with just ten yards on eight carries. And given the fact that he is rarely involved in the passing game, that means he was a giant fantasy dud. His prospects don’t look better in Week 7, as the Jaguars come to town with a tough defense against the run. Well, they were awful against Christian McCaffrey , but isn’t everybody? It is really hard to sit your first or second round draft pick, so keep Mixon in your lineups and say your prayers to whoever or whatever you do that to.

Tyler Boyd – He had the second most targets on the day, but Boyd was just locked down all afternoon. He finished with his worst outing of the season with just three catches for ten yards. This is two of the last three weeks where Boyd has come up very small. He might be coming out of the slot, but given the lack of talent with the rest of the Bengals receivers Boyd could be staring at A.J. Bouye a lot of this game which isn’t good for his fantasy prospects. He is still someone to start in seasonal leagues, but not a DFS target at all.

Auden Tate – The lure of Tate was starting to wear off as he had just seven catches in the previous two weeks combined, but he was Dalton’s favorite target in Week 6 by a healthy margin. Tate was targeted 12 times and turned that into five catches for 91 yards. He will be a risky play, but a play that you still need to make in seasonal leagues until A.J. Green returns. He won’t be in for a 100 yard game in Week 7, but he should have five or six catches for 75-80 yards and makes for a reasonable WR3 in your season long contests.

Summary: The Jalen Ramsey saga is now officially over, and while they didn’t get any players back that will help them right now, the future looks brighter for Jacksonville. Their defense is clearly not the same unit without Ramsey, but it is still plenty good enough to take care of the punchless Bengals. Cincinnati has only scored 20 points twice this season, and surely won’t do so in this one. After looking off kilter last week, Gardner Minshew will get back to his winning ways and the moustaches will be back out for Jaguar fans. This one shouldn’t be that close.

Prediction: Jaguars 27, Bengals 13

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans

Venue: LP Field(Nashville)Sun. 10-20 @ 4:05 pm EDTOver/Under: 41


Los Angeles Chargers at Tennessee Titans
Game Time: Sunday, October 20 at 4:05pm ET
Spread: Titans -2

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers – He had one of the best games of the season on Sunday with 320 yards and two touchdown passes. The statistics might be good, but if you watched the game, Rivers and the Chargers offense is definitely not in sync. Now that the receiving group is mostly intact, his offensive line has taken a couple of injury hits. While his numbers overall don’t look bad, it has been a tough year for Rivers. He faces a Tennessee secondary that is among the best in football. While Rivers rarely throws up a dud, you likely will have a better option on your roster or perhaps as a streamer on the waiver wire such as Josh Allen .

Melvin Gordon – He has been horrible since his return, Austin Ekeler is still holding a role, his offensive line is in shambles, and Gordon looks quite ordinary. The Titans are slightly easier to run on than they are to throw on, but either way this isn’t a good matchup. You can start Gordon as a low end RB2 or a flex, but expecting him to be the Gordon we know from previous years seems ill advised.

Austin Ekeler – Ekeler’s carries have become almost non-existent, and a week after having 16 targets, he was reduced to just four. Two things that are important to remember. You can’t expect a running back to continually get that many carries, and the Chargers could get nothing going and you just have to throw that game out. Ekeler can still be put in your flex spot this week, but it will be very interesting to see how the snaps/rushes/targets are doled out this week as we will get a better idea of what to expect for the rest of the game after they have played three games together.

Keenan Allen – That makes three pretty awful games in a row for Allen, and his fantasy owners are starting to panic. A matchup against the Titans isn’t exactly one to instill a lot of confidence in your players. Allen is good enough to beat even the best corners in the game, but right now this offense is stalling. He has had a tough run of corners in Xavien Howard and Chris Harris in two previous weeks, but the Steelers don’t have that lock down guy. The Bears and the Packers follow this game for the Chargers, so Allen owners just have to ride this one out and hope he breaks a big catch.

Mike Williams – Previously in his career, Williams has been a pretty low volume target receiver who has relied upon the big play to make his fantasy day. However, his role seems to be changing some in 2019 as he has 30 targets in the last three weeks. Of course he has only converted 14 of those into catches, but the fact that Rivers is looking his way so often is very encouraging. He is a walking injury waiting to happen this year, so you always have to be concerned that he isn’t able to finish the game, but so far Williams has been toughing it out. He is a WR3 in most weeks, and even in this tough matchup you put him in your lineups and hope.

Hunter Henry – The Chargers offense would have been completely stalled if it wasn’t for Henry. In his first game back from injury Henry had eight catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns. He appears to be 100% and when Hunter Henry is healthy he can be lethal. The Titans have allowed four touchdowns to tight ends already this season and Henry should make that number go up on Sunday.

Tennessee Titans

Ryan Tannehill – The Titans finally did the right thing and put Marcus Mariota on the bench. He has been holding this offense back for years. Of course, Ryan Tannehill is far from a savior, but he has to be better. He moved the offense very well at the end of last week’s game and earned this start. Tannehill is nothing that resembles a fantasy worthy quarterback, but maybe he revives the fantasy value of a couple of receivers.

Derrick Henry – Even with the awful play of Mariota, Henry was still chugging along with a pretty good season. He was bottled up all day last Sunday against the Broncos, but Denver has also shut down better backs than him before. Henry should benefit by a few less defenders stacking the box with Ryan Tannehill under center, and the Chargers are allowing 120 yards a game on the ground. Henry will be a low end RB1 or a very good RB2 in Week 7.

Corey Davis – There has only been one week where it has been safe to use Corey Davis , but with the change at quarterback he might get a bump in value. Tannehill did target Davis four times in the one quarter that he played, so that is an encouraging sign. The discouraging part is that Davis will likely face Casey Hayward on Sunday most of the day and that will really limit his production. If you want to throw Davis in your flex and hope that he has a connection with Tannehill that is fine, but it could be a move that leaves you wanting more.

Adam Humphries – The player that gained the most from Tannehill coming into the game was Humphries. He had four catches in the final quarter, and six for the game after having just 15 grabs in the previous five weeks. Humphries is the safe go to guy out of the slot and could have some sneaky PPR value this week, and perhaps longer if Ryan Tannehill is successful this weekend. Keep a close eye on how he performs in this game.

Delanie Walker – The once reliable tight end has turned mostly useless this season by the awful play at quarterback this season. He did have three catches for 43 yards after having just two grabs in total in the last two games. However, neither of those came from Tannehill. You might have to use Walker because of bye weeks and the fact that tight ends in general have been bad, but this is not one to expect him to have more than 50 yards in.

Summary: This one should be very interesting. I can’t wait to see if Ryan Tannehill can move the ball better than Marcus Mariota has. I mean, he has to because Mariota has been holding this team back for years. It is just a matter of how much better Tannehill can be. The Chargers offense has been stalling the past two weeks, and won’t have an easy time against the Titans. Tennessee always seems to win a couple of games each year I think they have no business in, and for some reason my gut is telling me this is one of them. Or maybe it is telling me it wants chicken wings. Now I want chicken wings.  Titans in a squeaker.

Prediction: Titans 24, Chargers 21

New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears

Venue: Soldier Field(Chicago)Sun. 10-20 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 38


New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears
Game Time: Sunday, October 20 at 4:25pm ET
Spread: Bears -3.5

New Orleans Saints

Teddy Bridgewater – After a monster game in Week 5 against Tampa, Bridgewater was right back to the guy he was normally was last week. He had 240 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars. It will be even tougher this week against the Bears who are coming off a bye. He is a game manager, and is not really good at throwing the deep ball, which really hurts Ted Ginn the most. Drew Brees is still a few weeks away, so Bridgewater will continue to be average under center. He absolutely should not be used in any fantasy format.

Alvin Kamara – He did play against the Jaguars, but he wasn’t overly effective. Kamara ran for 31 yards and had seven catches for 35 more. Kamara isn’t at 100 percent as he tweaked his ankle in practice last week. There’s no doubt that he will play against the Bears, but he won’t be in for a good week. He is a kind of back that could be successful against Chicago as he a guy that the Saints make a point to get him the ball in space, and isn’t a traditional back. The Bears are a very physical defense and should make life miserable for Kamara. He hasn’t had 90 yards rushing since Week 1, and hasn’t had a touchdown since Week 3. You still have to use him in your season long leagues, but don’t be mad when he doesn’t get over 100 total yards.

Michael Thomas – He has been an absolute beast over the last three weeks with 28 catches in the last three weeks for 366 yards and two touchdowns. Bridgewater might focus on Thomas even more than Brees does. Unfortunately for Thomas fantasy owners, Bridgewater doesn’t throw the ball deep so the yards per catch isn’t as high. The Bears defense is among the best, and while Thomas might not score, he still should continue to see double digit targets and a solid fantasy day.

Jared Cook – He has scored in the last two weeks, and he is getting back on the fantasy map. However, he is doing this production on not a lot of volume. Cook has just nine targets in the last two weeks, so he has to make the most of his limited opportunities. The Bears have allowed just one touchdown to tight ends this week, so it might take a bit of luck for Cook to find the end zone again.

Chicago Bears

Chase Daniel – Trubisky is not quite ready to return yet, so Daniel will be the quarterback again against the Saints. He has been efficient at completing passes, but they never go for many yards, and the Bears haven’t scored much with him at quarterback. This week should be no different, as the Saints are shutting down opposing offenses with great regularity. Do not consider Daniel for any fantasy game you are in this week.

David Montgomery – After his carry number had been on the rise, Montgomery slid back to 11 carries and just one catch before their bye. Of course, the Raiders were way ahead of the Bears, so the game flow certainly didn’t favor Montgomery. He still hasn’t had that breakout game we have been waiting for, and he hasn’t even run for 70 yards in game. The Saints run defense isn’t as good as their pass defense, but they still are pretty strong. It certainly isn’t helping Montgomery that the pass game doesn’t stir much fear in defenses and they can focus on stopping the run. It would be nice if the Bears made extra plans on how to get Montgomery the ball more over their bye. You can use Montgomery in your flex in this less than idea matchup.

Tarik Cohen – Cohen has been a colossal disappointment this season, as he had a great Week 1, and has mostly disappeared since. He did have six catches in their last game in Week 5, but the fact that the Bears were behind so badly early had them passing the ball more than normal. Cohen hasn’t had 20 rushing yards in a game, or 50 receiving yards either. The Saints defense has been very strong this year and makes Cohen someone best served on your bench until Mitchell Trubisky returns.

Allen Robinson – It has been a very good start to the year for Robinson as he has had six or more catches in four of five games. He even caught two touchdowns in their Week 5 game against the Raiders. There is plenty of momentum in Robinson’s favor right now, but Saints corner Marshon Lattimore can shut down receivers and their momentum quickly. He has been one of the best cover corners this year and has taken many top receivers out of their game. Robinson could be used out of a flex spot, but there isn’t a ton of confidence that he will have more than 50 yards.

Anthony Miller – There was finally a glimmer of life out of Miller’s 2019 season. He had four catches on a season high seven targets for 52 yards. He still hasn’t scored yet, but considering he had one fewer target in Week 5 than he had the previous four weeks combined, this was positive. With Marshon Lattimore all over Allen Robinson , that could open up more targets for Miller. He would be a very risky guy to trust this week, but if you have a bye week emergency or perhaps a very cheap option in DFS Miller has a chance of coming through for you for the first time this season.

Trey Burton – Burton is so much more talented than his stats say. However, he has struggled, the offense has struggled, and he hasn’t had more than 20 receiving yards in a game. The Saints have only given up one touchdown to tight ends this year so do not trust Burton.

Summary: Teddy Bridgewater is still at quarterback, Alvin Kamara is clearly compromised, and the Bears are coming off a bye after a game where they were embarrassed in London. This likely will be a battle of defenses, although as unpredictable as the NFL is, you shouldn’t be surprised if both teams score 30 with backup quarterbacks. Bridgewater has held the fort down better than expected with Brees out, but this seems like a Bears win in a hard fought game.

Prediction: Bears 20, Saints 16

Baltimore Ravens vs. Seattle Seahawks

Venue: CenturyLink Field(Seattle)Sun. 10-20 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 49


Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks
Game Time: Sunday, October 20 at 4:25pm ET
Spread: Seahawks -3.5

Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson – Jackson didn’t look great throwing the ball last week, but it really didn’t matter when he ran for over 150 yards and a touchdown. His passing yards have almost become gravy as he is averaging over 75 yards per game running the ball. Given the combination of his two skills he is an easy choice as your starting fantasy tight end every week. The Seahawks defense has given up over 25 points in four of the last five weeks, and most of those games were not against big time offenses. Jackson might have a bit of trouble playing in that tough stadium in Seattle, but he is an absolute start if he is on your roster.

Mark Ingram – You’d love to see Ingram get three to five more carries, but Lamar Jackson is taking up a lot of the runs, and that almost makes Ingram the second running back on the team. However, he still has gotten double digit rushes in every game. Seattle allows less than 95 yard a game on the ground, and while that might not affect Jackson, Ingram might have a little trouble finding much traction. It would be surprising if he went for over 65 yards in this one, but hopefully he will find the end zone to make up for it.

Marquise Brown – He missed last week’s game, but it would be a surprise if he missed another one. Brown is a great deep threat, and Lamar Jackson misses him dearly. This won’t be the best matchup for him against the Seahawks, but he certainly will be the most targeted wide receiver if he plays. Brown is a bit of a boom or bust candidate, but since he is the only receiver that gets enough looks he is worth having as your WR3.

Mark Andrews – Andrews continues to find his way on the injury report, but he always seems to find his way on the field. Andrews was a yard short of 100 on the game on six catches. He had a rough three game patch after getting off to a hot start, but Andrews is on the road to being a top five fantasy tight end. Seattle has been friendly to opposing tight ends so far with over 400 yards and three touchdowns to the position, so Andrews should be able to have another good game.

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson – He continues to do it all as he torched the Browns for nearly 300 yards through the air and three total touchdowns. Wilson is playing on another planet right now, and all we can do is watch. The Ravens defense will get a little help after they traded for Marcus Peters this week, but he hasn’t been good this week and will only have been on the team for a few days. Wilson is a slam dunk pick for a starting quarterback in redraft or DFS games.

Chris Carson – He had a season high 124 rushing yards, and now has three straight 100 yard games in a row on the ground. He also has been a nice asset catching passes out of the backfield with four or more catches in three of six games. While Baltimore’s secondary has been lit up, they have been allowing just over 80 yards per game on the ground. This will be a tough one for Carson and he might only finish with 50 or 60 yards, but he very well could find the end zone and is a clear cut RB2 in any week.

Tyler Lockett – Lockett only had five targets on Sunday, but he caught all five of them and ended up with a solid 75 yard game. Unfortunately, he didn’t find the end zone and it is now three games without 100 receiving yards. The Ravens pass defense is getting some help as mentioned early, but that is like bringing a bucket with a hole in it to collect water. How much help will Marcus Peters be if he plays poorly? Look for Lockett to have another solid game with 80-100 yards when the clock strikes all zeroes.

D.K. Metcalf – Somehow Jaron Brown ended up with two touchdowns in last Sunday’s game, but he isn’t fantasy relevant. Metcalf is the guy you want if you want the Seahawks second receiver. The rookie has hit a bit of a wall, but Russell Wilson is spreading it around so much that no receiver is really killing it. However, this kid has shown he has a relationship with Wilson, and he’s also flashed the talent that he is going to be a good fantasy receiver. He is a nice flex play even if he isn’t getting a ton of targets right now.

Summary:  This one will come down to if the Seahawks can contain Lamar Jackson from running for 150 yards. Outside of that threat and maybe Mark Andrews there isn’t much else to worry about in Baltimore. But the Seahawks are playing some of their best football in a few years right now, and I can’t see Russell Wilson losing this game at home to a team they are better than. Despite the trade for Marcus Peters , the Baltimore secondary still isn’t any good, and Seattle should score 30 points again.

Prediction: Seahawks 34, Ravens 24

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys

Venue: AT&T Stadium(Arlington)Sun. 10-20 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 49


Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Game Time: Sunday, October 20 at 8:20pm ET
Spread: Cowboys -3

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz – He can’t wait to get DeSean Jackson back in this passing game, and that looks like it should happen in Week 7. Although, even without one of his more reliable targets, Wentz still threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns against a tough Vikings pass defense. He is in a nice groove right now, and the Cowboys were just torched by Sam Darnold this past weekend. This has a chance to be the best game of the week, and it would be surprising if Wentz wasn’t very successful. He should be a lock for at least 275 yards and two passing touchdowns.

Jordan Howard – After two solid performances against the Jets and Packers, Howard dropped a stinker against Minnesota in Week 6. Of course, that can be explained by the fact that the passing game was working well, and the Vikings have a tough run defense. Dallas hasn’t been giving up a ton of yards on the ground this season, but they have allowed seven rushing touchdowns through six weeks. While Howard is unlikely to top 50 or 60 rush yards, the chance for a touchdown is solid.

Miles Sanders – It is time to recognize that Sanders has a role in this offense, but it is mostly through the passing game. In three of the last four weeks he had 50 receiving yards or more, and he had a really nice touchdown catch on Sunday. It is always a little risky starting a running back that is so unreliable carrying the ball, but it appears while Darren Sproles is out that Sanders will get the bulk of the passes to running backs. This isn’t an ideal matchup against a Dallas defense that is better than they have been playing. Sanders could be used in your flex, but it definitely is a very risky play.

Alshon Jeffery – Without DeSean Jackson , Jeffery has become more of a dinker and a dunker, which is not normally his game. He had ten catches on twelve targets on Sunday, but that only equaled out to 76 yards and a short touchdown. Jeffery is a deep threat when he is at his best, and hopefully if Jackson can return this week he will be back to his old tricks. Despite last week’s game, Dallas has a strong secondary and Jeffery will have a hard time being productive. Look for five catches for 40 yards without a score in this one.

DeSean Jackson – You know Jackson as the kind of receiver who can really stretch the defense and cause opposing secondaries to have nightmares. The Eagles have really been missing him, and it appears that he could play in this one. It isn’t an ideal matchup to come back to against a tough Dallas defense, but Jackson also loves the bright lights of a prime-time game. He often only needs one play to turn in a relevant fantasy day, and he is a flex player at worst in a tough matchup in his first game back in a month.

Zach Ertz – It is hard to say what is going on with Ertz this season, but he just hasn’t been the same player. Through six games he is averaging just 61 yards receiving per game and has only one touchdown for the entire season. He is getting a very healthy number of targets, but it just isn’t translating to big fantasy games. Perhaps getting DeSean Jackson back will open up the middle of the field for him more, but that easily could not be the problem. You have to continue to throw Ertz out in your starting lineup, but he certainly isn’t giving you that big advantage at tight end that you thought you were getting when you drafted him in the first three rounds back in August.

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott – This was a second straight week where Dak had to throw the ball more than they would want him to, but somehow he didn’t have a passing touchdown. The Cowboys don’t look right at this point, and they have to fix it quickly. Lucky for Dak he gets a game against the Eagles secondary which has been beaten on a weekly basis by nearly every offense they have played. This should be a fairly high scoring affair with two good offenses, so if you have Dak he certainly belongs in the QB1 discussion for Week 7.

Ezekiel Elliott – The Eagles are one of the better teams against the run, and the Cowboys offensive line is really banged up. Elliott did run for over 100 yards last week, but he would have to break one really long one for that to seem like a possibility this week. There is never a situation where you can sit Elliott in season long leagues, but you certainly have to keep your expectations in check. This might be one where he really disappoints with 50-60 yards. Those in PPR leagues will have to hope that he catches some passes out of the backfield to make this a decent day for him.

Michael Gallup – With Amari Cooper really banged up, this might be a chance for Gallup to be the guy. After a big game in Week 5, you would have thought that he would have matched it in Week 6, especially with Amari Cooper leaving the game early. Unfortunately, the Jets mastered the Cowboys offense until the fourth quarter and Gallup had under 50 yards. Without Cooper and against a poor pass defense, Gallup has to be a must start in all seasonal leagues, and he should be a target in your DFS games as well, although his ownership percentage might be a little high.

Tavon Austin – The guy who benefitted the most from Cooper leaving the game was Austin with five catches for 64 yards. But no, just no. Don’t do it. Don’t consider him. He isn’t any good. He is a gadget player who breaks a big one now and then. Even in a good matchup you can’t trust Austin.

Jason Witten – He had his best game of the season against the Jets, of course that best game of the year was only five catches for 57 yards. The Eagles have been fairly stingy to tight ends this season, so this certainly doesn’t appear that it will be a big game for Witten, but in this desperate age of tight ends, you could do worse than him.                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Summary: I have to go with the home team in an NFC East showdown, because that tends to be how these divisional games go. The Cowboys are coming off a bad loss to a winless team and will be without their top receiver. However, it will be the Cowboys defense that saves them in this one. Wentz and the Eagles will score a good number of points, but not enough. Dak Prescott will connect with Michael Gallup and Jason Witten , and Zeke will pound in another touchdown. This one won’t be pretty to watch, but Dallas will pull it out in the end.

Prediction: Cowboys 27, Eagles 24

New England Patriots vs. New York Jets

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Mon. 10-21 @ 8:15 pm EDTOver/Under: 44


New England Patriots at New York Jets
Game Time:  Monday October 21 at 8:15pm ET
Spread: Jets +10

New England Patriots

Tom Brady – It hasn’t been pretty a lot on offense this year for the Pats, but Brady continues to get it done. It was a little surprising that he didn’t have a touchdown throw against the lowly Giants, but he did have 330 yards and ran two scores in. Brady is having a fantastic season and is an every week starter. The Jets defense seemed to find another gear last week, and perhaps they are on the road to playing better. The Jets traditionally handle New England well at home, but Brady has multiple touchdowns (whether through the air or on the ground) in every game but one, and that was against the tough Bills. He tortured them with 306 yards and two touchdown passes back in Week 3. Brady will have another 275 yard game with two touchdowns.

Sony Michel – It wasn’t exactly a banner night for Michel last Thursday, despite a decent stat line of 86 yards on 22 carries. It was nice to see him get over 20 carries again, but the Pats used Tom Brady twice and Brandon Bolden on carries from the one yard line. Michel has certainly shown the ability to punch in short touchdowns in the past, so it is unclear why he wasn’t used. However, he is still the workhorse back on one of the top offenses in the game. He was completely uninvolved with 11 yards on nine carries the first time these two teams played, but things are different now. The Jets have allowed 95 yards per game on the ground, but seven touchdowns in six games. If the Patriots give him a chance, look for Michel to score on Monday night.

James White – He is completely uninvolved running the ball this year, so all of White’s value is coming through the passing game. He does have 23 catches in the last three weeks, but his high yardage mark is only 57. White is certainly not having the impact we hoped for coming into the year. He didn’t play in the first game against the Jets so we don’t really have a basis for comparison in this one.  However, White should be expected to come up with another five or six catches for 40-45 yards. He is a flex consideration most weeks in PPR leagues only.

Julian Edelman – With all of the injuries to the New England receivers, Edelman is more important than ever. He has had two straight games with eight or nine catches and 110 yards or more. He had seven catches for 62 yards and a touchdown the first time the Pats played the Jets, and honestly that should be his absolute floor in this one. Brady will continue to throw to the guy he knows and trusts, and Edelman should be looking at another dozen targets in this one that he will convert into nine catches for 90 yards and another touchdown.

Phillip Dorsett – After missing the Thursday game with a hamstring injury, there is a hope that Dorsett will play in Week 7. He has been incredibly inconsistent this season, but his role and usage will come down to how healthy the Patriots receivers are this week. If Josh Gordon is forced to miss the game, which seems very likely, Dorsett should get a minimum of six targets in the game and would be very much in the mix of being in your redraft lineups. If Gordon is out there, there will be too many mouths to feed for Dorsett to have much of a fantasy impact.

Jakobi Meyers – Meyers proved that he could play when he was forced into more duty last Thursday for the Patriots when Josh Gordon went down. Meyers caught all four of his targets for 54 yards. If the Patriots are going to play this game without Josh Gordon or Phillip Dorsett , Meyers will be a sneaky flex play in season long leagues, and a nice cheap option in DFS games to help you spend your salary cap on studs at other positions.

New York Jets

Sam Darnold – The Jets can’t be happy enough to get this guy back under center as the weeks with Luke Falk were border line embarrassing. Hopefully Darnold’s spleen is fully healthy and we don’t have to worry about him taking a hit and his organs splattering across the field. He was sharp, considering he missed a month, with 338 yards and two touchdowns in beating the Cowboys. I’m pretty sure I heard Howard Bender weeping in happiness over the win all the way from California. Darnold is going to have to do a lot more to take down the Patriots, as their defense has been the best in football. He will have to protect the ball first and foremost, as the Pats defense has been scoring in bunches. You clearly have a better option on your roster at quarterback than Darnold for Week 7.

Le’Veon Bell – You would have thought that Bell would have had a better fantasy day with Darnold returning on Sunday. He did score a touchdown, but 50 rushing yards and just a single catch left much to be desired. The Jets have a cupcake schedule coming up, but it doesn’t start yet as they face perhaps the best defense in football with the Patriots. New England is allowing under 75 yards per game on the ground, and Bell will find that sledding quite difficult. He should be more involved in the passing game in Week 7, and in PPR leagues Bell is still a viable guy to have as your RB2.

Robby Anderson – You could say that he missed Sam Darnold as Anderson nearly doubled his season long production in one game in Week 6. He had 125 yards and a touchdown on five catches. Of course, 92 of those yards came on one impressive play, and without that his outing looks kind of ordinary. Anderson is going to have a really tough time shaking Stephon Gilmore or Devin McCourty on Sunday and despite his great game last week, he should be on your pine for Week 7.

Jamison Crowder – He had 17 targets in the Week 1 game, which was the last time that Darnold played, and many hoped that Crowder would see similar attention on Sunday. It wasn’t quite that ridiculous, but Crowder did have six catches on nine targets for 98 yards in Week 6. Clearly, he and Darnold have a nice connection. He isn’t going to catch deep bombs like Anderson, but if Crowder continues to get this type of targets he will be a nice safe option in PPR leagues. If Darnold is forced to check down a lot against New England, Crowder could still have a solid one in what looks like a bad matchup.

Summary: There is a lot of rhetoric around that the Patriots offense hasn’t looked very good. It might be partially true, but they are 6-0 and have done plenty enough to win every game. New England has had 11 days to get ready for this one as they somehow played on Thursday night one week, and Monday night the following.  That is a nice little gift in their schedule. The Jets are coming off their first win of the year, and the high of getting their starting quarterback in the fold. If you give Bill Belichek this much time to get ready for a game and have it be against a divisional rival who hasn’t proven to be very good he will win the game every time. Their defense is playing on another level right now and will give Sam Darnold fits all night. He will be wishing he was back doing whatever he was doing to get the kissing disease. There is a chance that the Jets might cover the spread, but the Patriots are still the Patriots and will move to 7-0.

Prediction: Patriots 27, Jets 14

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Venue: Sports Authority Field at Mile High(Denver)Thu. 10-17 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 49.5


Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
Game Time: Thursday, October 17 at 8:20pm ET
Spread: Broncos +3

Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes – The stats might have been there, but if you watched the game at all you would have witnessed Mahomes still favoring that tender ankle injury. He didn’t let it affect him a lot, but Mahomes still wasn’t quite himself. Getting his main target in Tyreek Hill back made all the difference in the world. The Broncos secondary is very good, but it isn’t good enough to keep the Chiefs in check. You have to start Mahomes, even in a less than ideal matchup and an ankle injury though. He is the top quarterback in fantasy football and it isn’t even close who is second.

Damien Williams – Right now the Chiefs aren’t running the ball very much at all. A week after LeSean McCoy got no carries, Williams received only one. Thankfully for his fantasy owners he did have a receiving touchdown to save his day. Considering how good the Denver defense is, you should try to look in another direction from Williams in Week 7.

LeSean McCoy – In Week 6, McCoy had no carries in the game. This week he did have eight carries, but it only added up to 44 yards. He also had two catches, but it was for no yards. The Chiefs running game is such a mess right now that it is tough to trust either back. And since they are going against a strong defense in Week 7 you would be best served to look in another direction completely.

Tyreek Hill – In his first game back from injury, Hill looked like he never missed a beat. He led the team in targets with ten. Led the team in catches and yards and had two touchdowns. Regardless of what you might think of Hill as a person, he is a lethal fantasy weapon and belongs in your lineups on a weekly basis. He might face Chris Harris for the majority of this game, but he still should be able to have a successful outing in Week 7. Hill is matchup proof and you have to put him in your lineups.

Mecole Hardman – With Hill back in the lineup, only one receiver seemed to maintain any sort of fantasy value and that was Hardman. He was next on the team in targets after Hill and Kelce, but still only had four. He will have to maintain an amazing catch rate, and you also have to take into consideration that Sammy Watkins missed this game. His fantasy value is holding on by a thread right now, but if you are desperate for a wide receiver, Hardman always has the big play potential to make his fantasy day in one play. If Watkins is able to play though, Hardman becomes even more of a long shot.

Travis Kelce – While he is never awful, it hasn’t been a great year for Kelce. He still has been getting a ton of targets, but through six weeks has just one touchdown. You aren’t benching him, you aren’t trading him, you are just throwing him out there and hoping the breakout is coming. He should have an amazing second half of the season, even if Week 7 isn’t a great matchup.

Denver Broncos

Joe Flacco – You have been warned on more than one occasion that Joe Flacco is not a fantasy asset. In fact, he is only just good enough to not be a detriment to the skill players around him. He did throw for only 177 yards last week, but at least it was against a good Tennessee defense. We’ve been bad mouthing the Chiefs defense all year, but they have played pretty well all year and certainly won’t be giving up big numbers to Flacco. He can do enough to keep a receiver or possibly two fantasy relevant, but he is no superstar.

Phillip Lindsay – This is still a running back by committee situation, but there is no doubt who is running the show and that is Lindsay. He ran for 70 yards on 15 carries and had two catches for just five yards in Week 6. However, he scored for the third time in four weeks and he is firmly a RB2 right now. He will be a bit riskier in Week 7 as the Broncos are likely to fall behind and not run as much, but if he can get a touchdown under his belt early, he will still be worthy of a spot in your starting lineup.

Royce Freeman – It is really tough to start Freeman right now unless you are in a PPR league. He did get 11 carries in Week, but he only ran for 34 yards while Lindsay tallied 70. He keeps himself relevant with the catches, of which he had five for 42 yards. He has had four or more catches in four out of six games, so while he isn’t a guy with a high ceiling, his ten point floor in PPR leagues make him someone you can go to while bye weeks are in full effect. The Chiefs only allowed three receptions out of the Texans backfield last week, so you can start Freeman, but not with a ton of confidence.

Courtland Sutton – There is no longer a doubt to who is the top receiver in Denver, and that is Sutton. He is nearly becoming matchup proof, as he burned a pretty good Titans secondary for four catches and 76 yards. He has now topped 75 receiving yards in three of his last four weeks, and has three touchdowns over that span. He hasn’t had fewer than four catches in a week this season, and even with a subpar quarterback throwing him the ball, Sutton is putting up a great season. He will likely see a lot of Bashaud Breeland , who is having a great year, but the Broncos are going to have to throw, and they should throw to Sutton a lot.

Emmanuel Sanders – After getting off to a great start this season, it has been two straight weeks where Sanders has been an afterthought. He has just four targets in the last two weeks, and it has been good for only two catches for 9 yards in the last two games combined! While the Chiefs secondary has been playing much better than expected, Sanders should have a good game in Week 7. Denver is clearly going to fall behind in this one, and outside of Sutton there isn’t much else to throw to besides Sanders. He should be looking at five or six catches for 80 yards and likely a score. If he doesn’t succeed in this game, his fantasy owners should be very concerned going forward.

Summary: All of a sudden the Chiefs offense looks mortal, while the Broncos are coming off a shutout. However, even though they are at home, the Broncos will face a much stiffer test this week against Kansas City. Patrick Mahomes clearly is dealing with an ankle injury that is hindering his ability to move around, and their run game is non-existent. Still, the Chiefs defense will step up this week as Denver just isn’t that good on offense, while Mahomes does enough to win the game. The Chiefs cover by a comfortable margin.

Prediction:  Chiefs 27, Broncos 17

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