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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton does not make for a strong starting option in Week 7 fantasy lineups. Despite a trio of excellent wide receivers along with Ezekiel Elliott running the ball, the Cowboys offense was a mess in Week 6, as Dalton completed 34 of 54 passes for 266 yards. He looked overmatched, overwhelmed, and underprepared. With an extra week of practice, he may be a bit better this week, but he still has a lot to show before he can be counted on as a starting option in standard leagues. He's a low-end QB2 this week.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will remain an RB1 simply based on volume, but his value will certainly take a hit with Andy Dalton now under center. Elliott was a matchup-proof top-tier RB1 with Dak Prescott around, but with Dalton calling the shots now, he's more of a low-end RB1 option. "Zeke" did fumble twice last week, which had nothing to do with Dalton, and saw Tony Pollard make his way onto the field a lot more than usual. Still, Elliott's role is not at risk and he should still be starting in all lineups. He's run for 413 yards and gained 204 yards in the passing game so far this season, scoring six touchdowns.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard saw a bit more play in Week 6 after starter Ezekiel Elliott fumbled twice in the first half. Starting over in Week 7, Pollard is almost sure to take a back seat to Elliott again, unless Elliott puts the ball on the ground again. Pollard got 10 chances to run the ball last week, gaining 31 yards. He was also targeted four times in the passing game, catching two for another nine yards. It was his first game with double-digit touches after a previous high of eight. He remains an extremely valuable backup and should be rostered, but he should not be started as long as Elliott remains on the field.
The San Francisco 49ers acquired outside linebacker Jordan Willis and a seventh-round pick in 2021 from the New York Jets on Wednesday in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2022, according to a source. Willis has no tackles and one fumble recovery in two games for the Jets this season and has recorded 52 tackles (36 solo), eight tackles for loss, nine QB hits and three sacks in 43 career games (two starts) between the Bengals and Jets since 2017. The 25-year-old will merely be linebacker/defensive end depth for San Francisco, while the Jets continue to accumulate late-round picks amidst their lost 2020 season.
Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott is no longer a starting option in most fantasy formats. Elliott has not made a field goal since Week 4, and has made just seven of his 10 field goal attempts. Elliott is essentially a no-go from 50 yards out or more, limiting his upside in distance bonus leagues as well. Almost all fantasy leagues will have stronger kicking options on the waiver wire heading into Week 7. Fantasy managers should move on from Elliott before the actual Eagles do.
The Philadelphia Eagles Defense is once again fantasy relevant in Week 7. While the Eagles defensive unit has struggled most of the season, they take on a struggling New York Giants offense on a short week for Thursday Night Football. The Giants have allowed the second-most fantasy points in the NFC to opposing defenses, and even though the Eagles defense (and their offense) is missing several players, they should still have more than enough manpower to hold down Daniel Jones and the Giants offense. The Eagles defense ranks as a top-10 fantasy option in Week 7.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Richard Rodgers could see some significant snaps in Week 7's Thursday Night Football matchup against the New York Giants. With Zach Ertz (ankle) out for a few games and Dallas Goedert (ankle) uncertain in his return from IR, it's not hard to imagine Rodgers leading the Eagles tight ends in snaps. For the season, he's made nine catches on 10 targets, gaining 99 scoreless yards. He's by no means a high-upside play in Week 7, but with the Eagles desperate for anyone who can catch a football, Rodgers is about as likely as any other Eagles pass catcher to score a touchdown on Thursday night.
The Seattle Seahawks are positioned to make a push to sign free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown with his suspension eligible to end after Week 8, according to league sources. Other teams are also interested in signing him, but the Seahawks may be the favorites. Rostered in just six percent of Yahoo leagues as of Wednesday, Brown is worth picking up and stashing if you have the room and need receiver depth. It's unclear exactly how he'd fit in a Seahawks passing game that already includes Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf, but he'd be an intriguing fantasy weapon in Seattle's high-scoring offense led by MVP candidate Russell Wilson. Stay tuned for more news on Brown and his suitors with his suspension coming to an end shortly.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has four receiving touchdowns and five catches on six targets when he's shifted in motion before the snap in the red zone, which leads the league. Kelce also has a league-high two red-zone scores on corner routes and is a perfect 2-for-2 on those targets for 22 red-zone receiving yards. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder has a big size advantage over most defensive backs in that part of the field. In total, he has five red-zone touchdowns on seven catches (10 targets) for 53 receiving yards this year. Kelce caught both of quarterback Patrick Mahomes' touchdown passes on Monday night against the Bills. He'll look to extend his touchdown streak to three games this week against Denver, where he'll be the top fantasy tight end.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (ankle) could be active for Week 7's Thursday Night Football game against the New York Giants. Goedert is eligible to be reinstated from IR this week, but it remains unclear for now if he will be officially active or not. If so, it comes at a great time for the Eagles as starter Zach Ertz (ankle) is set to miss the next few games. Goedert last played in Week 3, where he was forced to leave early due to his own ankle injury. In Weeks 1 and 2, Goedert caught 12 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. He's a risky play if active, but has easy TE1 upside if he's truly at full strength. He needs to be added immediately in any leagues he was dropped in.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has found most of his red-zone success this year when he bounces his runs outside of the tackles. Cook has scored five of his six red-zone touchdowns in 2020 on runs outside the tackle box, recording the most such red-zone scores in the league among running backs despite missing Week 6 and half of Week 5 with a groin injury. Four of his red-zone touchdowns have come with quarterback Kirk Cousins under center. Cook has 88 rushing yards (5.2 yards per carry) and an 88.2 percent success rate on his red-zone rushes this year. The Vikings have their bye this week and Cook is expected to return in Week 8 against the Packers. As one of the most productive running backs in the league, Cook is a must-start RB1 if he's active.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams will try and get his season cooking in Week 7 against the Texans. Adams was fantastic in Week 1 with 14 receptions for 156 yards and two scores but a hamstring injury has hampered him since. Adams returned to the lineup last week, posting 61 yards and now will face a Texans Defense that is allowing the 15th fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers. The Texans have allowed nine touchdowns to receivers and opponents have completed 73% of their passes to wideouts. Adams will be a low-tier WR1 in Week 7.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has four red-zone touchdowns this year on carries inside the tackles on handoffs from quarterback Ryan Tannehill while under center through five games. His one rushing touchdown that didn't come with Tannehill under center came last week when Henry took a direct snap in the overtime win over the Texans. Henry has 97 rushing yards in the red zone, five touchdowns and a 57.6 percent success rate. The bruising back ran 22 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6, single-handedly helping his fantasy managers to victory. The unstoppable force will meet the immovable force of the Steelers Defense in Week 7, as Pittsburgh has allowed the fewest fantasy points to running backs this year. Still, Henry remains an elite high-end RB1 that can't be benched.
Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan will have a solid shot at getting back on the fantasy map in Week 7 against the Texans. Tonyan had posted five touchdowns in three games before being held to only 25 receiving yards last week against the Buccaneers. Tonyan could find himself back in the end zone this week against a Texans Defense that is allowing the 14th fewest fantasy points to tight ends. That ranking may seem middle-of-the-pack but the Texans also have allowed the seventh most receptions to the tight end position. Tonyan has a chance at posting top-10 numbers among tight end's in Week 7.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Travis Fulgham will look to continue his hot streak in Week 7 against the New York Giants. Fulgham came off the practice squad in Week 4 and has now scored a touchdown in three straight weeks, totaling 18 catches for 284 yards and three touchdowns. With DeSean Jackson back but Zach Ertz (ankle) and Miles Sanders (knee) out, Fulgham should still see a lot of targets thrown his way from quarterback Carson Wentz. The Giants Defense has a shutdown corner in James Bradberry, but he'll likely be tasked with shutting down DeSean Jackson in this one. Fulgham is an intruiging WR3 with upside.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will try and get back on track in Week 7 against the Texans. Rodgers had entered the MVP conversation through the first month but was completely stifled by the Buccaneers last week. The veteran passer will have a shot at redemption against a Texans Defense that is allowing the 12th fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Texans have allowed seven touchdowns over their last three games and an average of 308 passing yards a game. Houston's season is on the ropes and this presents a favorable opportunity for Rodgers to bounce back as a QB1 in Week 7.
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt can do it all in the red zone for the Browns. He's rushed for three touchdowns and has caught three touchdowns in the red zone this season for a 61.1 percent success rate. Hunt is the only running back in the NFL to have a receiving touchdown when lined up out wide in the red zone. The 25-year-old was held to just 40 rushing yards on 13 carries in the Week 6 blowout loss to the Steelers, but he remains a locked-in RB1 with Nick Chubb (knee) sidelined with his injury. Hunt will face a Bengals Defense in Week 7 that has allowed the 13th-most fantasy points to running backs per game, including 26 receptions for 181 yards and a touchdown through the air.
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones will have an excellent matchup against the Texans in Week 7. Houston is still recovering from being shredded by the Titans Derrick Henry for 212 rushing yards and now must face the uber-talented Jones. The Texans are allowing the sixth most fantasy points to opposing running backs, including surrendering eight rushing touchdowns through six games. Jones accumulated only 15 rushing yards last week but still is averaging 5.2 yards per carry and has seven touchdowns on the season. Jones has a fantastic chance at finding the end zone and posting a strong fantasy line against the Texans in Week 7.
Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson will try and extend his touchdown streak to three games in Week 7 against the Falcons. Hockenson has three touchdowns this season, including one of each of his last two games, and will face a Falcons Defense that has already allowed seven touchdowns to the tight end position. Atlanta is allowing the second most fantasy points to opposing tight ends and Hockenson has become a go-to option for quarterback Matthew Stafford. Hockenson has not seen more than seven targets in a game but will have touchdown-dependent fantasy value in Week 7.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen is the team's No. 1 receiver with Stefon Diggs now in Buffalo, and he's made most of his money as a red-zone weapon with eight catches on eight targets for 72 yards and a league-high six touchdowns in the red zone this year. Quarterback Kirk Cousins leads the NFL with a success rate of 66.7 on all of his red-zone targets because of Thielen. Thielen has found success in the red zone on all types of different routes, too. He's 6-for-6 on red-zone targets when lined up out wide, turning five of those targets into touchdowns. Thielen has had 51 receiving yards or less in three games this year, but his red-zone success and chemistry with Cousins makes him a must-start fantasy receiver when the Vikings return from their bye in Week 8 against the Packers.
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