By: Jesse Cook (Executive Managing Sports Editor)
We weren’t expecting some of the light shows that we saw in Week Six, but if this season has shown us anything, it’s that each week is unpredictable. Let’s see who’s got the aces in Week Seven.
Look, you’re not going to pick Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs off of waivers, but the last two weeks might have made him a questionable start. The kid is one of the three best quarterbacks in football, alongside Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. The Denver Broncos showed off a stellar defense last week, allowing zero points, but they played against a mix of two awful quarterbacks in Marcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill. Now, the team that has ninth-least sacks in football (went three weeks without a sack) is going up against the most mobile quarterback in football, who, even in a “bad week,” passed for 273 yards and three touchdowns. The Broncos’ defense might go down without a whinny.
The Broncos scored a whopping 20.0 points on E.S.P.N. and 23.0 points on Yahoo last week. This week, they’re projected for much less; 1.5 points on E.S.P.N. and 4.97 points on Yahoo. Mahomes scored 18.8 points on E.S.P.N. and 19.82 points on Yahoo last week. This week, E.S.P.N. has him for 21.4 fantasy points and Yahoo has him for 25.32 fantasy points.
The Los Angeles Rams just picked up a solid piece in Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars, so they are a force to be reckoned with on defense. They’re playing the consistently shaky Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons’ offense played great last week, with Austin Hooper popping off for 117 receiving yards, Devonta Freeman gaining 118 total yards, and Matt Ryan passing for 356 yards and four touchdowns, but they’re 1-5 on the season and one of the bottom teams in scoring in an already unreliable National Football Conference.
Ryan garnered 30.9 points on E.S.P.N. and 30.94 points on Yahoo last week. This week, he’s projected to earn 21.4 on E.S.P.N. and 20.77 on Yahoo. The Rams scored six points on E.S.P.N. and seven points on Yahoo last week. This week, they’re projected to produce 5.3 points on E.S.P.N. and 6.41 points on Yahoo.
Kenyan Drake of the Miami Dolphins is a tough sell, but he’s playing the Buffalo Bills, who have not been exactly with it of late. They allowed Mariota, who is now benched, to pass for 183 yards in their last game, which is good for a backup quarterback. They also allowed 102 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. Drake rushed for 40 yards on just ten carries, averaging four yards per attempt, which gets you a first down every three tries, so he’s a solid choice, especially against a defense that has problems against the run. Also, there’s a battle for the starting quarterback job between Josh Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick, which will lend more time to the running game if both quarterbacks are performing as usual, which is poorly.
The Bills scored 12.0 fantasy points on E.S.P.N. and 11.0 fantasy points on Yahoo in their last matchup. They’re unreasonably projected to earn 10.4 points on E.S.P.N. and 12.76 points on Yahoo. Drake scored 13.0 points on E.S.P.N. and 8.80 points on Yahoo last week. This week, he’s set to gain 11.2 fantasy points on E.S.P.N. and ten fantasy points on Yahoo.
Tevin Coleman of the San Francisco 49ers is going to be a tricky bet against the Washington Redskins, but very few backs in the league are used like he is. Since coming back from injury, he’s played in two games, averaging 79 total yards per game, one rushing touchdown per game, 2.5 yards per rushing attempt, and eight yards per throw. The Redskins allowed 217 passing yards and one passing touchdown to a combination of Dolphins’ quarterbacks, Rosen and Fitzpatrick, as well as 84 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. They struggled against a winless team.
The Redskins earned 12.0 points on E.S.P.N. and ten points on Yahoo. This week, they’re projected to produce 4.9 points on E.S.P.N. and 5.12 points on Yahoo. Coleman scored 14.1 points on E.S.P.N. and 13.10 points on Yahoo last week. This week, he’s projected to garner 16.2 points on E.S.P.N. and 11.21 points on Yahoo.
Tyler Boyd of the Cincinnati Bengals is playing against a Jaguars team now bereft of Ramsey. Boyd has been Andy Dalton’s top target since A.J. Green went on the injured reserve, so expect the big yards quarterback to hit him a lot. Boyd had a rough game last week, but Auden Tate stepped up in his place as an unforeseen target, but expect Jacksonville to take notice of him this week, leaving Boyd more open for more opportunities. The Jaguars lost 13-6 to backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and the Saints. Bridgewater slung it for big yards, 240 passing yards, one passing touchdown, and the team around him stepped up for 104 rushing yards, proving Jacksonville to play the fool.
Last week, the Jags scored six points on E.S.P.N. and seven points on Yahoo. This week on Sunday morning from London, they’re set to produce 6.7 points on E.S.P.N. and 7.14 points on Yahoo. Boyd had an anomaly of a rough time last week, scoring four points on E.S.P.N. and 2.50 points on Yahoo. This week, he’s set to get back on track with a projected 14.5 points on E.S.P.N. and 12.89 points on Yahoo.
He’s been a solid receiver for this week’s best pick, Mecole Hardman of the Chiefs is gonna make it look his name is Mecole Easyman. You already know how Denver faired last week, but Hardman pulled his own weight last week. He caught for 45 yards on just four receptions averaging a great 11.25 yards per reception.
Last week, he scored 8.5 points on E.S.P.N. and 6.5 points on Yahoo. This week, they’ve got him for 6.9 fantasy points on E.S.P.N. and 7.27 fantasy points on Yahoo.
Darren Waller of the Oakland Raiders has a good matchup in Green Bay against the Packers. The Cheese Heads scraped out a questionable win on Monday Night against the Detroit Lions, winning 23-22. They allowed Matthew Stafford to huck it for a whopping 265 yards, 21 of those yard coming to Detroit tight end T.J. Hockenson on just four targets. Waller and the Raiders took an upset victory in London over the Chicago Bears 24-21 in their last game back in Week Five. Derek Carr hit Waller for 39 yards on four receptions.
The Packers produced only five points on E.S.P.N. and three points on Yahoo last week. This week, they’re projected to earn 6.5 points on E.S.P.N. and 7.17 points on Yahoo. Waller gained himself 7.9 points on E.S.P.N. and 5.90 points on Yahoo in his last game. This week, he’s set to score 14.8 points on E.S.P.N. and an unreasonably low 10.20 points on Yahoo.
D.K. Metcalf of the Seattle Seahawks is an absolute force and without Willy Dissly in the lineup, Russell Wilson will be looking to new targets. They’ve got the Baltimore Ravens, whose defense has faltered of late. They allowed a bad Andy Dalton of the Bengals to pass for 235 yards in their home stadium in Baltimore. On the other hand, Metcalf is receiving passes from a surefire Hall of Fame quarterback in Russell Wilson. He caught for 69 yards on just four receptions last week, averaging 17.25 yards per target.
The Ravens scored seven points on E.S.P.N. and five points on Yahoo last week. This week, they’re projected to earn 3.5 points on E.S.P.N. and 5.35 points on Yahoo. Metcalf produced 11.3 points on E.S.P.N. and 9.30 points on Yahoo last week. This week, he’s set to earn 9.3 points on E.S.P.N. and 8.52 points on Yahoo.
The Denver Broncos’ Brandon McManus is lighting it up and will continue to boot it well against Kansas City. K.C. had a tough time against Houston, allowing 472 total yards, 280 of them passing yards, and 192 of them rushing yards. The Broncos’ offense should have a good time this week. Joe Flacco passed for 177 yards and Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay combined for 104 rushing yards and one touchdown. They’re setting McManus up for lots of opportunities against a Chiefs defense that has been rickety of late. McManus went three for three with a long of 53 yards.
The Chiefs earned zero points on E.S.P.N. and five points on Yahoo last week. He’s projected to garner 4.6 points on E.S.P.N. and 6.30 points on Yahoo. McManus produced 13.0 points both on E.S.P.N. and Yahoo in Week Six. He’s set to score 8.5 fantasy points on E.S.P.N. and 7.62 fantasy points on Yahoo in Week Seven.