Hello, Fantasy Community. This is the Week 7 – Who’s Hot, Who’s Not Article.
Week 7 is almost finished and we saw some outstanding performances and, of course, more injuries to key players. One bright side to this season, we have not seen many lock-down defenses. Any week, your fantasy stars can erupt for a great game. I think the most surprising thing, thus far, with no off-season, there are still really good performances by rookie players. While frustrating, this season has been fun to watch, but now teams are preparing for their playoff push.
We will look at who has been able to get hot and help fantasy teams during their playoff run. Three hot and three not for each position and two each for the Tight End position.
4. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks
Kyler Murray – Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson have been in a duel all season for the #1 QB ranking. The two faced off in Week 7 and Kyler Murray, who never had the lead until the end, out-dueled his counterpart Wilson. Kyler threw for 360 yards, 3 TDs, and added 67 rushing yards and a TD. His only two blemishes were a fumble and interception.
Murray plays faster than almost anyone I have ever seen. Even when he has lower passing numbers, he will still put up great fantasy numbers because of his rushing ability. Murray will go into his Week 8 bye as the #1 overall QB.
Justin Herbert – A lot has been made of Joe Burrow’s strong start to his rookie season, and the Dolphins handing the reigns to their rookie signal caller, Tua Tagovailoa, but one rookie QB who has been sliding under the radar is Justin Herbert. Justin Herbert has given fantasy owners four quality starts in his 5 NFL starts this season, including an outstanding game against the Jaguars. Herbert is cementing himself as a start candidate every week, even in 1 QB leagues.
If you are making a push for a playoff spot and have Herbert, it will be hard not to start him, as he has the Broncos, Raiders, Dolphins, and Jets in the next four weeks. Another positive in his favor is the matchups he will have in the playoff weeks. Herbert is a very good option going forward and he is essentially doing it with no rushing attack.
Russell Wilson – Entering Week 7, Russell Wilson only had thrown three interceptions. He threw three alone in Week 7. Even with those turnovers, Wilson gave a quality fantasy performance, Wilson threw for 388 yards, 3 TDs and added 84 rushing yards. Wilson is on a career start to the season and even with tough upcoming matchups against San Francisco and Buffalo, Wilson is matchup proof and a must start, as he is very capable of driving your team to a title.
Ben Roethlisberger – The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently the only remaining undefeated team and have Big Ben to thank for that. However, with this being a fantasy focused article, Ben has been off the last couple of weeks. After having a solid start to the fantasy season, Ben has 430 passing, yards 3 TDs and 3 INTs in the last two games. Ben is definitely capable of shaking off the bad games in the upcoming weeks, but facing the Ravens in Week 8, he is not a locked-in starter.
Drew Lock – Drew Lock has been back from injury for only two games; however, those have not been two good games. The performances could have to do with rust, but we needed to see more, especially with matchups that worked in Lock’s favor. In the two games since his return, Lock has accounted for 1 TD and 4 INTs. Seen as one of the up-and-coming guys at QB, fantasy owners will be expecting more if they have any intention of keeping him as a starter. At this point, it should be a wait-and-see approach before starting Drew Lock.
Cam Newton – Cam Newton is a guy who had a surprising start to the season. He played exceptional the first two weeks. Since his return from COVID-19, he has not performed so well. In the last two weeks, he has 7 turnovers and just one score accounted for. While most weeks, his rushing upside will be able to save any poor performances, we need to see better than a 1:7 TD to turnover ratio. With Buffalo up next, you could be looking for other options in Week 8.
3. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Running Backs
Alvin Kamara – Alvin Kamara seems to be on this list every week. The reason for that is because he is the definition of consistency this season. Kamara has been the most consistent weapon in a Saints offense that has not been as high-powered as years past. Kamara is far and away the #1 RB this fantasy season. This season, Kamara has 364 rushing yards, 46 catches, and 460 receiving yards, and 7 total TDs. Kamara gets the Bears in Week 8, and whether Michael Thomas returns or not, you can expect a lot of volume for Alvin Kamara.
James Robinson – Though James Robinson has had some mediocre games, he has been a surprising and pleasant contributor to a bad Jaguars offense. A guy who was seen as 3rd on the depth chart by many before the season, Robinson is currently checking in as the #2 overall RB in fantasy. He put up another monster fantasy performance in Week 7, with 119 rushing yards, 1 TD. He also added 4 catches and another score and a converted 2-pt conversion. He has a Week 8 bye, but then has winnable production days against the Texans and Packers.
Derrick Henry – Derrick Henry had been on a tear heading into Week 7. Though he only had 75 rushing yards with 1 TD and adding 2 receptions, the Titans were down a lot early. They had no chance to establish their dominant rushing game. Still, Henry came close to the century mark and scored for the fourth straight game. Any concerns you had this week will be put to rest next week as he faces the Bengals defense, who is a disaster.
Mike Davis – When CMC went down, Mike Davis came in and picked up right where CMC left off, coming off an almost matchup proof in that scheme. However, in the last two weeks this has not been the case. In those games, Davis has 64 rushing yards, 7 catches, 27 receiving yards, 1 TD and 1 lost fumble. This may be the last week he starts as CMC is nearing his long awaited return.
Devin Singletary – For the Buffalo Bills to be successful, they need a complimentary running game. In the last three games, Singletary has not provided that stability. In those games, Singletary has 86 rushing yards, 4 catches, and 39 receiving yards, and 0 total TDs. In the upcoming weeks, the timeshare between he and Zack Moss will be something to monitor moving forward. Singletary can be benched until we see how this volume settles itself.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire – Last week, I had mentioned that Clyde Edwards-Helaire had not scored since Week 1. Early in Week 7, CEH broke that slump. However, the reason he is making this list again is because even with a score, CEH was unproductive outside of that score. CEH had 46 rushing yards and 1 catch for 17 yards. What is more concerning is that he almost split touches evenly with the newly acquired Le’Veon Bell. The KC touch count will be another one to monitor in the upcoming weeks to see how CEH’s usage evolves.
2. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers
A.J. Brown – A.J. Brown has been on a roll lately. After having very good games, he topped both of them in Week 7 against Pittsburgh. In a game where Tennessee was fighting back early, A.J. Brown had 6 catches for 153 yards and 1 TD. In his three games back from injury, Brown has 18 catches for 293 yards and 4 TDs. Expect the hot streak to continue in Week 8 against the Bengals.
Deandre Hopkins – Even with two mediocre performances, Deandre Hopkins has been an excellent addition to the Arizona Cardinals. There will be games where the defense schemes against him, limiting his big plays, but with 57 catches for 704 yards and 3 TDs, Hopkins is the #1 overall receiver. He will enter his Week 8 bye as such, and in Week 9 has a tasty matchup with Miami.
Calvin Ridley – Calvin Ridley had what is considered a down week for him and he still produced at a clip of 5 catches for 69 yards and a touchdown. He is currently sitting at his lowest ranking of the season and that is the #3 overall WR. He is a top receiving threat in a high-powered offense who has to score a lot due to a bad defense. Ridley has good matchups against the Panthers and Broncos the next two weeks before his bye.
D.J. Chark – In Week 4, D.J. Chark had 8 catches for 95 yards and 2 TDs. In the three games since that game, Chark has a combined 11 catches for 87 yards and 0 TDs. The Jaguars offense is suspect more often than not, but Chark being the #1 WR is expected to give some quality production, especially in shootout games. With a Week 8 bye, hopefully there can be some adjustments to get Chark more involved.
Julian Edelman – The Patriots #1 WR is struggling right along with their quarterback. In the last 4 games, Edelman has 8 catches for 79 yards an 0 TDs. Edelman will have to get on track if the Patriots offense is going to move the football consistently. With a Week 8 game against Buffalo, Edelman probably should be left on your bench until we see how the Pats offense moves forward.
Jarvis Landry – Jarvis Landry has been the most consistent Browns receiver over the last few years. This season he has not been as involved. To date, Landry only has 29 catches for 367 yards and 0 TDs. With the Browns looking for a playoff berth this year, and Odell now out for the year, the Browns will need Jarvis to step up in a big way. He will get the Raiders before entering his bye week.
1. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Tight Ends
Rob Gronkowski – Little used in the first five weeks of the season, it seems that The Gronk is back. Tampa Bay has been playing much better and the production of Gronkowski seems to be a major part of that. In the last two games, Gronk has 10 catches, 140 yards and 2 TDs. He has been a favorite and reliable target of Tom Brady’s for many years, and maybe the first five weeks they wanted to conserve him. With games against the Giants and Saints, it is possible he puts together more big games.
Darren Waller – Darren Waller is the most reliable target on the Raiders offense; however, that also means teams key on him and try to force the Raiders to beat them with other players. In the last three games, Waller has 20 catches for 186 yards and 2 TDs. He is a matchup nightmare and you can start him with the full expectation that the Raiders will do anything to continue to feed Waller.
Hunter Henry – For as impressive as the Chargers offense has looked since Justin Herbert took over, Hunter Henry has not been as successful as one would think. A guy who most fantasy players see as the second tier under Kittle and Kelce, Henry has been somewhat disappointing. In his last three games, Henry has 9 catches for 85 yards and 1 TD. Henry is young, healthy, and talented and he has the tools to turn his season around. With a favorable schedule moving forward, you need to be cautious, but optimistic.
Noah Fant – Another young, talented tight end who has underwhelmed is Noah Fant. Fant started the season off with 2 very good games, but has quickly faded. In his last three games, Fant has 13 catches for 119 yards and 0 TDs. Fant did miss Week 6 due to an injury; so hopefully there are bigger performances the further removed from the injury we get. With the Chargers and Falcons up the next two weeks, hopefully Denver can get Lock settled in and scheme to use their big guy more like the first two weeks of the season.
Thank you for reading my Week 7 – Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football 2020 article.