Week 7 Fantasy Football Studs and Duds

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With 7 weeks in the books, just about every fantasy football league has now reached the halfway point of their regular season.  Hopefully, your roster has more studs than duds and this has propelled you to more wins than losses.  If you are struggling, do not fret.  There is still time.  Let’s examine the Week 7 performances and see what we can learn as we make a push for the playoffs. Check out the full run-down of the Studs and Duds of Week 7 on today’s podcast.


Mitchell Trubisky vs NE
333 passing yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, 81 rushing yards, rushing TD
Jason definitely owes Jay Griz an apology.

Cam Newton @ PHI
269 passing yards, 2 TDs, 49 rushing yards, 2 pt conv
Cam Newton had 194 passing yards, 12 rushing yards, 2 TDs and a 2 point conversion in the 4th quarter of this game.   Yeah, that means through 3 quarters he had 75 passing yards and no scores.  They won this game by the way.

Andrew Luck vs BUF
156 passing yards, 4 TDs
It’s a miracle Luck threw for 4 TDs.  The Colts did basically nothing and still throttled the Bills who had turned their offense over to Derek Anderson.

Tom Brady @ CHI
277 passing yards, 3 TDs, INT
The Goat was unfazed by the Bears.

Patrick Mahomes vs CIN
358 passing yards, 4 TDs, INT, 45 rushing yards
There’s a reason I’ve been calling this the Mahomes-Bradford Index.


Marlon Mack vs BUF
19 carries, 126 rushing yards, TD, 2 receptions, 33 receiving yards, TD, 2 pt conv
There we go!  Finally, an RB emerges from this depth chart.  Let’s hope Mack stays healthy and doesn’t fumble away this opportunity.

James White @ CHI
11 carries, 40 rushing yards, 8 receptions, 57 receiving yards, 2 TDs
James White has the most secure role in football.  He is exactly who he is, no more no less.  Even once Sony Michel went down with a knee injury, the Patriots went to Kenyon Barner before giving White workhorse carries.

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Latavius Murray @ NYJ
15 carries, 69 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 2 receptions, 14 receiving yards
Speaking of job security and prescribed roles.  What is Latavius Murray once Dalvin Cook returns?

Kerryon Johnson @ MIA
19 carries, 158 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 21 receiving yards
With this performance, Johnson becomes the first Lions RB to rush for over 100 yards in a game since September 24th, 2018 (Kerryon Johnson – 101 rushing yards).

Dion Lewis @ LAC
13 carries, 91 rushing yards, 6 receptions, 64 receiving yards
Just when we finally ‘knew’ that Lewis wasn’t worthy of a spot in our starting lineups, he does this before many of us even knew there was a game on.

Todd Gurley @ SF
15 carries, 63 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 4 receptions, 23 receiving yards, TD
Gurley’s scoring pace is alarming… for the other 11 people in your league.

Kareem Hunt vs CIN
15 carries, 86 rushing yards, TD, 5 receptions, 55 receiving yards, 2 TDs
How many receiving yards did Kareem Hunt have?

Tarik Cohen vs NE
6 carries, 14 rushing yards, 8 receptions, 69 receiving yards, TD
When the teams combine for 69 points, it’s going to be a Cohen kind of day.

Wide Receivers

Emmanuel Sanders @ AZ
6 receptions, 102 receiving yards, TD, 7 targets, 28 yards passing, passing TD
Sanders has taken the #1 role in this passing game and the #1 role in Case Keenum‘s heart.

Adam Thielen @ NYJ
9 receptions, 110 receiving yards, TD, 10 targets
Best WR in football this year.  There, I said it.

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Jarvis Landry @ TB
10 receptions, 97 receiving yards, TD, 15 targets
The Browns were a popular pick for starts this last week drawing the putrid Tampa defense.  It didn’t look as pretty as many projected, but it was good enough for Landry owners.

Tight Ends

Trey Burton vs NE
9 receptions, 126 passing yards, TD, 11 targets
Bill Belichick’s defense is very predictable.  They took away Chicago’s #1 weapon, Allen Robinson and made someone else beat them.  Burton did his best.

George Kittle vs LAR
5 receptions, 98 receiving yards, TD, 8 targets
Kittle scored quite a bit of fantasy points this week.

Zach Ertz vs CAR
9 receptions, 138 receiving yards, 11 targets
Ertz’s huge day could’ve been a monster day were it not for…

Dallas Goedert vs CAR
4 receptions, 43 receiving yards, TD, 5 targets
Days like this will happen for Goedert as Doug Pederson likes to use 2 TE sets.  Unfortunately, Goedert’s production won’t be regular enough to be trusted in fantasy.


Blake Bortles vs HOU
61 passing yards, 30 rushing yards, 2 fumbles
Doug Marron said after the game that Bortles was upset after being benched for Cody Kessler.  His fantasy owners know the feeling.

Running Backs

Ezekiel Elliott @ WAS
15 carries, 33 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 9 receiving yards
Elliott can’t do it all, all the time for this offense.

Mark Ingram @ BAL
12 carries, 32 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 10 receiving yards
The Saints fell behind early in this contest against a formidable defense.  Better games are coming for Ingram.

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Matt Breida vs LAR
5 carries, 15 rushing yards, fumble
Part way through this game, the 49ers realized that Breida is made of glass so they bubble wrapped him.

Peyton Barber vs CLE
11 carries, 30 rushing yards
It is incredible that an offense as prolific as Tampa Bay’s cannot sustain a functional RB for fantasy.

Corey Clement vs CAR
8 carries, 6 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 16 receiving yards
Early Sunday morning there were concerns swirling that the winds in Philadelphia were going to be higher than expected, leading to an increased workload for the RBs.  This ended up being nothing more than whispers in the breeze.

Isaiah Crowell vs MIN
11 carries, 29 rushing yards, 1 reception, 21 receiving yards
70% of Crowell’s rushing yards have come in 2 games.  This leaves just 27.6 rushing yards on average in the other 5 contests.

Wide Receivers

Allen Robinson vs NE
1 reception, 4 receiving yards, 5 targets
I said before that Belichick takes away the #1 weapon on opposing offenses.  This is what that looks like.

Corey Davis @ LAC
3 receptions, 10 receiving yards, 7 targets
This was a tough draw for Davis and the Titans took the path of least resistance as evidenced by Tajae Sharpe‘s 100-yard game.

Kenny Golladay @ MIA
2 receptions, 37 receiving yards, 2 targets
Compared to his usual smooth routes, this game likely led to some bitter beer faces.

Marvin Jones Jr. @ MIA
3 receptions, 29 receiving yards, 4 targets
Some TE you’ve never heard of gobbled up 2 TDs in this game, while the Lions did whatever they pleased on the ground.  This formula didn’t leave much of a remainder for the WRs.

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Stefon Diggs @ NYJ
8 receptions, 33 receiving yards, 14 targets
2.36 yards per target is very unlike Stefon Diggs.  But then again, 14 targets is very unlike the WR2 for an offense.

Jermaine Kearse vs MIN
nothing, 2 targets
Swing and a miss.

Robby Anderson vs MIN
3 receptions, 44 receiving yards, 10 targets
What happened in New Jersey?  Diggs and Anderson combined for 77 receiving yards on TWENTY-FOUR targets!

Tight Ends

Kyle Rudolph @ NYJ
1 reception, 16 receiving yards, 4 targets
Barfy TEs can be barfy sometimes.  Why do you think we call them “barfy TEs”?

Eric Ebron vs BUF
3 receptions, 31 receiving yards, 7 targets
Ebron had 6 TDs in the first 6 games of the season.  Andrew Luck threw 4 TD passes in this contest and Ebron somehow didn’t get one.

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