Week 7 Fantasy Football Studs

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Here we are halfway through the fantasy football regular season.  If you have players on your roster who make regular appearances in this article, you are probably gearing up for a run at a #FootClanTitle.  For the rest of you, just remember “the turf is always greener…” or whatever you’re supposed to say to cheer someone up.  Note: There will be no Seahawks or Cardinals featured this week.  We put them in the corner.  For the full discussion of the Fantasy Stud Muffins for Week 7, check out the podcast.

Quarterbacks

Andrew Luck @ TEN
353 passing yards, 3 TDs, 17 rushing yards

Drew Brees @ KC
-367 passing yards, 3 TDs, INT
Finally getting it done on the road.  This is encouraging.

Aaron Rodgers vs CHI
-326 passing yards, 3 TDs
I know Rodgers is a popular sell-high candidate. But I would consider holding him for another week or so.  This team still has no RB and has a few squishy matchups against Atlanta and Indianapolis.

Jameis Winston @ SF
269 passing yards, 3 TDs, INT
Winston has the Raiders next week, followed by the Falcons in Week 9.  He will be in this article again very soon.

Tyrod Taylor @ MIA
221 passing yards, TD, 35 rushing yards, rushing TD
T-Mobile is doing more with less than any other QB.

Andy Dalton vs CLE
308 passing yards, 2 TDs
Life is good when you get to throw to A.J. Green.

Kirk Cousins @ DET
301 passing yards, TD, 19 rushing yards, rushing TD
This one didn’t start well, but Cousins finished strong.

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Finally! A week where I don’t have to say something nice about Keenum or Hoyer.

Running Backs

Jay Ajayi vs BUF
28 carries, 214 rushing yards, TD, 1 reception, 2 receiving yards
O.J. Simpson, Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams, Jay Ajayi… one of these things is not like the other.

Melvin Gordon vs ATL
22 carries, 68 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 6 receptions, 53 receiving yards, TD
Gordon now has 10 TDs in 7 weeks after not scoring once in his rookie season.  He must’ve really wanted his mom to wear his jersey to games.

Matt Forte vs BAL
30 carries, 100 rushing yards, TD, 4 receptions, 54 receiving yards, TD
Isn’t this his stat line from Week 1? Huge workload, but not very efficient.

Jeremy Hill vs CLE
9 carries, 168 rushing yards, TD, 2 receptions, 24 receiving yards
I keep telling you guys… Jeremy Hill knows when you don’t start him.  Hill was only started in 52% of ESPN leagues.

LeGarrette Blount @ PIT
24 carries, 127 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 1 reception, 7 receiving yards
This was a text book Blount game.  Belichick knew that he could just pound the Roethlisberger-less Steelers and get the W.

DeMarco Murray vs IND
25 carries, 107 rushing yards, TD, 3 receptions, 20 receiving yards
I mean yeah.  Tennessee has to move the ball somehow.

Spencer Ware vs NO
17 carries, 77 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 54 receiving yards, TD
With news that Jamaal Charles had BOGO MRIs on his knees, it doesn’t look like Ware is going to be giving this job back. Ever.

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Latavius Murray @ JAX
18 carries, 59 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 2 receptions, 4 receiving yards
He doesn’t have the flash he had a few years back when he broke out, but he’s been getting the job done.

Jacquizz Rodgers @ SF
26 carries, 154 rushing yards, 1 reception, 9 receiving yards
The Buccaneers just can’t quit this guy.  Rodgers’ workload has been very surprising, he’s the last man standing in that backfield, but he isn’t really built to be a grinder.  6th straight 100-yard rusher given up by the 49ers.

Wide Receivers

Davante Adams vs CHI
13 receptions, 132 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 16 targets
Does not compute.

A.J. Green vs CLE
8 receptions, 169 receiving yards, TD, 8 targets
He caught 100% of his targets, including that ridiculous hail mary.  A.J. Green is pretty good at this football thing.

Mike Evans @ SF
8 receptions, 96 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 13 targets
This dude is an absolute target monster, which will only continue as Tampa Bay’s other options are Russell Shepard, Adam Humphries (pronounced with an “Umphries”), Cameron Brate, Jacquizz Rodgers.

Randall Cobb vs CHI
-11 receptions, 95 receiving yards, TD, 15 targets, 5 carries, 21 rushing yards
It was a strange day for the GB offense.  With no true RB, they ran through the air with Cobb and Montgomery.

T.Y. Hilton @ TEN
7 receptions, 133 receiving yards, TD, 12 targets
“Ty” Hilton has always been a downfield threat, but he is an absolute fantasy superstar with the target volume he’s been getting.

Julio Jones vs SD
9 receptions, 174 receiving yards, 15 targets
How did he not get in the end zone in this game?  It looked like he was just taking defensive back’s lunch money all day.

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Michael Crabtree @ JAX
8 receptions, 96 receiving yards, TD, 11 targets
After a slight hiccup last week, Crabtree has reasserted himself as the Raiders #1.

Tight Ends

Jack Doyle @ TEN
9 receptions, 78 receiving yards, TD, 10 targets
Jack Doyle has really illustrated how trash Dwayne Allen has been.  Starting in place of the injured Allen, Doyle was able to pile up yards and score.  He is the superior receiving TE and the only big bodied target they have.

Delanie Walker vs IND
7 receptions, 84 receiving yards, TD, 8 targets
You’re welcome. (you know who you are)

Rob Gronkowski @ PIT
4 receptions, 93 receiving yards, TD, 4 targets
Oh boy, Gronk was on his way to a very disappointing week until he scored from 36 yards out in the 3rd Quarter.  I have to admit, I was nervous.

Kickers

Sebastian Janikowski @ JAX
-4/4 FG, 3/3 PAT, 18 fantasy points

Josh Lambo @ ATL
4/4 FG, 3/3 PAT, 17 fantasy points

Honorable Mentions

Michael Thomas @ KC
10 receptions, 130 receiving yards, 13 targets

Brandon LaFell vs CLE
4 receptions, 83 receiving yards, TD, 5 targets

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Mike Wallace @ NYJ
10 receptions, 120 receiving yards, 13 targets

Ty Montgomery vs CHI
10 receptions, 66 receiving yards, 13 targets, 9 carries, 60 rushing yards

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