10 Things You Need to Know from Week 7
Welcome to Monday morning. Before you get into the swing of the work week, check out what you might have missed from Week Seven. Here’s what you need to know from the Sunday games this week.
Sony Banged Up
After just five touches and on his way to another productive game, Patriots rookie RB Sony Michel was tackled awkwardly and needed help leaving the field. After being checked on the sidelines, Michel was carted to the locker room and did not return. There is real fear Michel’s injury could be a season-ender, though at this point it is not even clear if the injury is to the ankle or the knee that has already given Michel trouble. He was replaced by veteran RB Kenjon Barner though pass-catching RB James White also saw an uptick in usage.
In Marlon Mack’s second game back in action for the Colts, he lived up to the hype he received all offseason. Mack rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown and added another 33 yards and a score on two receptions. It was the first 100-yard game of Mack’s career, as well as his first game with multiple touchdowns. With many young backs failing this year due to injury or poor production, or both, Mack has a chance to quickly gain value and establish himself as a weekly reliable fantasy starter.
This will come as no surprise…Jaguars QB Blake Bortles struggled on Sunday, throwing for only 61 yards and failing to lead any scoring drives. What was surprising in some way is that Bortles was yanked early in the second half in favor of backup QB Cody Kessler, who quickly led the Jags on a touchdown drive. It is unclear who will start when the Jags travel to London for Week Eight but it is now quite obvious that this team with the potentially dominating defense will be looking for a new signal caller this offseason.
With pass-catching RB Theo Riddick out with a knee injury, rookie RB Kerryon Johnson saw a career-high 21 touches for 179 yards as the Lions took out the home team Dolphins. Fans and fantasy players have been begging for Johnson to get more work though head coach Matt Patricia has been reluctant. Maybe this game will serve as a sneak preview of what we could expect with a full-time role for the rookie.
Following the trade of starting RB Carlos Hyde to the Jaguars, rookie RB Nick Chubb assumed the starter’s role for the Browns. Although he got off to a very slow start, Chubb finished with a promising 80 yards on 18 carries, scoring a short touchdown. For better or worse, RB Duke Johnson only got one carry, meaning this is clearly Chubb’s job going forward. As long as the Browns can stay competitive in games, Chubb should be a high-upside weekly option.
Gurley Still the King
There has been a lot of praise this season for rookie RB Saquon Barkley and others but for now, Rams RB Todd Gurley still sits atop fantasy ranks. He added to that yesterday, scoring three touchdowns for the third time this season. Although Barkley has yet to play this week and RB Melvin Gordon sat out his team’s game, Gurley now has a 40+ fantasy point cushion as the RB1.
Chiefs Dominate Bengals
In a matchup of two of the league’s highest-scoring teams, the Bengals were no match for the Chiefs. QB Patrick Mahomes, the season’s QB1, threw for 358 yards and four touchdowns while RB Kareem Hunt totaled 141 yards and three touchdowns. TE Travis Kelce led the team with 95 receiving yards on five catches. This remains a team you want to have as much exposure to as possible.
Gordon is a Factor
With TE Rob Gronkowski out of the lineup, Patriots QB Tom Brady looked to WR Josh Gordon as the lead option and that paid off. Gordon caught four of his seven targets for 100 yards, leading the team. For now, Gordon has overcome his issues and is putting his time in Cleveland behind him.
Gordon Sits, Ekeler Flops
Upon the announcement that RB Melvin Gordon would sit out the Chargers’ Week Eight game as a precaution, fantasy players rushed to fit high-scoring backup RB Austin Ekeler into their lineups. After all, Ekeler was averaging over 13 fantasy points per game, making him a reliable weekly RB2. What could he do with a full workload? Well, not much was the answer. Ekeler totaled 68 scoreless yards in a slow-paced London game. Some players are just better suited for a complementary role.
As always, Week Seven took its toll on several players through injuries. Along with the previously mentioned Michel, RB LeSean McCoy (concussion), WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) and WR Albert Wilson (hip) all left their respective games early. Coutee has already been ruled out for Week Eight and Wilson’s agent has hinted his injury could be a season-ender.
Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23) is a freelance contributor for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.