Fantasy Noise: Week 7 Recap
Week 7 was what it’s all about. Blow outs, close games, big performances and last second victories. Not to mention an instant classic, O.T. thriller in the Sunday night game, which saw one player rise to the occasion and take another step towards stardom.
This week were talking about that special performance from Sunday night, best wide receiver crews in the league, and underappreciated positions.
In a nationally televised Sunday night game, Kyler Murray stepped up in the biggest of ways. Leading his team to a come back overtime victory and out dueling early season M.V.P. candidate Russell Wilson.
Murray’s success isn’t total unexpected though. He had a good rookie year and on average was the QB4 in fantasy drafts because managers could see his potential. What is unexpected so far is the level of success he’s had. Through 7 weeks, he’s 2nd only to Wilson in fantasy points per game at 33.8 (ESPN PPR). He’s increased his completion percentage and his passing yards per game by about 30 yards since 2019.
On top of his improved passing numbers, he’s doing more with his legs. Averaging over 60 rushing yards per game, Murray has 7 rushing touchdowns as well.
Sunday night, the 23 year old former 2018 1st round MLB pick and 2018 NFL 1st overall pick, had his best game. Throwing for 360 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception, Murray had 46.5 fantasy points (ESPN PPR). Murray has a bye week 8 before returning week 9 against the Dolphins to try and continue his ascension to stardom.
The NFL is a pass happy league. Partly because of this, fantasy football has shifted more from standard scoring leagues to PPR scoring leagues. This shift make receivers more valuable and below are some of the best receiving duos and trios in the league.
Seattle Catches Yards TDs Fantasy Points
D.K. Metcalf 24 519 5 18.2
Tyler Lockett 45 542 7 24.4
The Seahawks duo is arguably the best in the business. Led by the 6th year vet Lockett, and the physical specimen Metcalf, these receivers already have combined for over a 1,000 yards and 12 TDs. Lockett is 2nd in fantasy points per game at wide receiver while Metcalf leads the league at 21.6 yards per catch.
Cincinnati Catches Yards TDs Fantasy Points
Tyler Boyd 48 517 2 16.7
Tee Higgins 27 410 3 12.8
A.J. Green 29 297 0 8.4
The Bengals attempt the 2nd most passes per game and QB Joe Burrow has a trio of capable receivers. Boyd has been the staple of this crew while Higgins has emerged as one of the top rookie receivers in the league. Green has also reemerged the last few weeks and a return to form for him would only cement the Bengals status as one of the best receiving crews in the league.
Tampa Bay Catches Yards TDs Fantasy Points
Chris Godwin 25 279 2 16.2
Mike Evans 25 318 6 13.5
Antonio Brown - - - -
Godwin has only played 4 games so far and now is out with a broken finger. Evans has disappointed managers as he’s touchdown dependent at this point. But on a good team with Tom Brady as the quarterback the potential is there and now they bring in one of the best wide receivers of all time in Antonio Brown. The Brown signing could go either way but this is one of the best trios in the league when healthy and focused.
Dallas Catches Yards TDs Fantasy Points
Amari Cooper 53 583 2 18.3
CeeDee Lamb 36 497 2 14.7
Michael Gallup 19 371 1 9.2
With Dak Prescott at the helm, this trio was “fantasy gold” as I noted in an earlier Noise article. With Andy Dalton at the helm, this trio is definitely not gold. Cooper has still been solid but Lamb and especially Gallup have taken major dips in production included 0 catches for both last week. There is no denying the talent of this group but they are at the mercy of their quarterback.
Atlanta Catches Yards TDs Fantasy Points
Julio Jones 31 447 2 18.1
Calvin Ridley 40 615 6 20.8
Russell Gage 31 343 1 10.3
The Falcons crew has some impressive numbers and if Jones was completely healthy the numbers would be even better. Ridley leads the league with 11 catches of 20 yards or more and is 3rd with 615 receiving yards. Jones, in only 5 games, is averaging over 6 catches and almost 90 yards a game while WR3 Gage is even averaging over 10 fantasy points a game.
San Francisco Catches Yards TDs Fantasy Points
Brandon Aiyuk 20 280 1 12.5
Deebo Samuel 16 185 1 10.8
The young bucks of this list are loaded with potential. Both are averaging double digit fantasy points per game and both have been mixed into the run game as well. Aiyuk is coming off his best game but will have to do it alone this week as Samuel is out with a hamstring injury.
Minnesota Catches Yards TDs Fantasy Points
Adam Thielen 32 415 7 20.3
Justin Jefferson 28 537 3 18.1
In one of the lowest volume passing offenses in the league, these two have still been able to get it done. The veteran Thielen is averaging over 20 fantasy points a game on the strength of 7 touchdowns. The rookie Jefferson, after a slow start, has had a couple huge games and is tied for 2nd in receptions of 20 or more yards with 10.
Carolina Catches Yards TDs Fantasy Points
D.J. Moore 31 567 3 16.1
Robby Anderson 46 640 1 17.5
Moore got the headlines in the preseason but it’s been Anderson who’s been Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite target so far. Anderson is finally showing some of the potential he flashed when he was with the Jets and Moore after a slow start has picked up his production the last 3 games. Both guys are top 25 WRs in per game averages.
When people think of fantasy football they think of high scoring QB’s, RB’s, and WR’s. When people are thinking about lineup decisions and waiver wire adds they think about QB’s, RB’s, and WR’s. During drafts it’s all about the QB’s, RB’s, and WR’s.
These aren’t the only positions in fantasy football though and if you’re over looking the kicker and defense/special teams positions you could be costing yourself precious points and wins. If you play in a league with these positions that’s 2 scoring opportunities each week . That’s 26 scoring opportunities in a 13 week fantasy regular season. Savvy fantasy managers are taking advantage of other manager’s lack of interest in these positions and these scoring opportunities by scanning waiver wires and matchups each week.
Below are the top 5 kickers and defenses/special teams through 7 weeks.
D/Special Teams Fantasy Points
1 Colts - 12.8
2 Ravens- 12
3 Steelers- 12
4 Bucs- 11.4
5 Chiefs- 9
Kickers Fantasy Points
1 Justin Tucker 11.3
1 Jason Sanders 11.3
3 Younghoe Koo 11.0
4 Rodrigo Blankenship 10.8
5 Randy Bullock 10.6
After getting 0% of snaps 2 weeks ago because they didn’t want to “stunt his growth”, La’Mical Perine got 70% week 7 . . . . 20+ yards reception leaders: Calvin Ridley 11, CeeDee Lamb and Justin Jefferson both with 10 . . . . Rushing attempt leaders: Derrick Henry 143, Todd Gurley III 122, Joe Mixon and Kenyon Drake 119 . . . . Chase Edmonds is now the starter, possibly for a few weeks with Drake’s ankle injury . . . . If teams are going to shadow D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett will put up more ridiculous numbers . . . . Last 2 games Mike Evans, 3 catches 47 yards . . . . Last 2 games Tom Brady 50 completions 535 yards and 6 TDs . . . . Leonard Fournette played 56% of snaps in his 1st game back from injury, and is now the Bucs “nickel” back . . . . Odell Beckham, Jr. out for the year with ACL tear, is Baker Mayfield better without him?