PFF's fantasy football cheat sheet for Week 7
In just about every fantasy football season, there’s a week where studs are just missing. This week, the Cowboys and Panthers are on bye, while Carlos Hyde is out for a game and LeSean McCoy is likely to join him. Doug Martin was supposed to be back, but he isn’t Eddie Lacy has already missed his Week 7 game. Ben Roethlisberger won’t play, and Joe Flacco might not either. Jordan Reed might not come back.
The injuries are piling up around fantasy. That makes it all the more important to do your due diligence in preparing for the week. Our writers have spent the week exploring every possibility in the fantasy world, and have arrived at their key pieces of advice for the week.
Which brings us to this week’s fantasy cheat sheet. You’ll want to tour through our full compendium of advice from the week, but if you’re short on time, this cheat sheet will get you most of the way to where you need to be. Below, you’ll find five of our top pieces of advice from the week, with links to the pieces the advice is drawn from. After that, you’ll find links to the rest of our season-long content for the week, and from there we move on to our DFS advice. Good luck in Week 7.
Sit Indianapolis RB Frank Gore
(from Dan Schneier’s start/sit advice)
Gore’s Week 7 opponent, the Titans, have been this season’s sneaky defense so far, ranked 13th overall and 10th in run defense. Meanwhile, the Colts’ offensive line has improved, but is still at a disadvantage compared to the emergence of the Titans’ Avery Williamson and Karl Klug. Coming off his first 100-yard rushing game as a Colt, Gore should sit this week.
Stream Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor
(from Mike Castiglione’s look at QB streamers)
Everyone remembers Taylor’s disastrous Week 1 game (that entire Bills-Ravens game was a mess). Well, since then, he’s put up at least 15 fantasy points in every game, and is sixth in fantasy scoring in that time, behind only Matt Ryan, Dak Prescott, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Stafford and Philip Rivers. He’s had 25 or more rushing yards in every game since Week 1, keeping his fantasy floor high, and his passing has improved lately — his PFF QB Rating has in the top five in the league in Week 6. Against Miami (25th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks), Taylor is a good play.
Downgrade New Orleans WR Willie Snead
(from Jeff Ratcliffe’s flex rankings)
Snead had a huge Week 1, catching all nine of his targets for 172 yards and a score, and a solid Week 2, catching 5-of-8 for 54 and a second touchdown. Since then, he’s missed a game to injury and had games of one catch for four catches, with no more touchdowns. Meanwhile, rookie Michael Thomas has supplanted Snead, with a touchdown in three straight games. The two will fight for targets, but that means Snead’s stock is falling, while Thomas’ is rising.
Add Indianapolis TE Jack Doyle
(from Jeff Ratcliffe’s waiver wire check)
Coby Fleener’s best days as a Colt almost all came when Dwayne Allen was sidelined. Allen has a sprained ankle now, and is unlikely to play Sunday. That makes Doyle the team’s clear top receiving tight end, which also makes him the team’s No. 2 receiving target overall, with Donte Moncrief still out and Phillip Dorsett struggling.
Buy Cincinnati WR A.J. Green
(from Mike Tagliere’s stock market check)
Green has struggled the last couple of games, but he did that against Dallas and New England, who have both been hard on No. 1 receivers this season. On a season-long scale, Green has been fine, and on a single-week scale, he gets a dreamy matchup against the Browns this week. Either way, Green isn’t as volatile as his reputation might lead you to believe.
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