What a crazy week of fantasy football it was in week 7. The Miami Dolphins are once again relevant as is most of their offense in the fantasy world. You probably liked what you saw from Kirk Cousins. Todd Gurley is establishing himself as one of the premier running backs in the league, as a rookie. In other news, Arian Foster tore his Achilles which will keep him out the rest of the season – his 2nd injury in 2015.
With everything that happens on a week-to-week basis, a players stock could skyrocket with a good performance, or crash with a bad one. Here are the top risers and fallers heading into week 8.
QB, Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets
The Jets signal caller has put together a great season thus far and is making everyone in New York forget about Geno Smith. Fitzpatrick posted a 99 QBR in a devastating loss to New England. He’s not going to post 20 point performances every week, but he is a reliable option at QB and you know what you’re gonna get from him. A great option as a ‘bye week savior’, or if you’re starting QB has a tough matchup. Fitz will give you a solid 200-250 yards with a TD or two every week – a top 10 QB this past week.
RB, Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys
Heading into this week, it looked like a change would be made at RB for the Cowboys – but who ended up stepping up wasn’t who we all expected. During their bye week, Jason Garrett had expressed that Christine Michael would see an expanded role moving forward. As it played out, McFadden saw 60 snaps compared to just 13 combined for both Michael and Randle.
It looks like Garrett will continue to play the hot hand in week 8 which is clearly McFadden. Run DMC was a top 5 RB this past week and looked great running the football. He went for over 150 yards and a TD – blowing the rest of this year’s production out of the water.
WR, Chris Conley, Kansas City Chiefs
The big sleeper on this week’s installment is the rookie, Chris Conley. In Jeremy Maclin’s absence, Conley took full advantage. He went for a season-high 63 receiving yards and caught his first career TD. On an offense that lacks weapons, Conley could see increased production in the coming weeks – especially if Maclin doesn’t stay healthy.
TE, Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
In his first game back since week 4, Eric Ebron posted his best game of the season – he caught all 5 targets for 89 yards and caught a TD as well. On a rejuvenated Lions offense, Ebron could prove to be the focal point. His combination of size and athleticism make him a mismatch, especially in the red zone which bodes well for TD opportunities.
TE, Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
Remind fantasy owners that he is a must-start at TE was Jordan Reed. He was uncoverable in week 7 on his way to 11 catches on 13 targets with 72 yards and 2 TDs – his performance was tops among TEs this past week. While Kirk Cousins continues to grow, that will only benefit Reed as he solidifies himself as the top target in the passing game.
QB, Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
It’s puzzling how far Matt Ryan has fallen – a guy I thought would be a top 5 fantasy QB this season. After a hot start to the season, Ryan’s play has declined tremendously. He’s coming off a game with 2 interceptions and no TD passes against a porous Tennessee secondary in a game where Atlanta scored only 10 points.
While Ryan’s fantasy stock had dipped, I still like him going forward and see him turning things around – assuming his inconsistent play hasn’t been due to an injury, which has been speculated.
QB, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
I wasn’t a fan of Russell Wilson as a fantasy QB coming into the season, unlike most. He’s a good QB, but not a good fantasy QB. He’s thrown more than one TD in a game only once this season and hasn’t really made the impact with his feet that we’re accustomed to. Not a trustworthy QB1 at this point – guys like Fitzpatrick, Winston and Manuel outscored him this past week.
RB, LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
After hi big performance in week 6 against Indianapolis and the absence of Dion Lewis, Blount was in for a huge 7, right? Wrong. The Patriots RB was limited to just 3 carries against the Jets which went for negative yards. Blount can’t be trusted in the FLEX, especially with the probable return of Lewis next week.
RB, Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
Entering the season as New York’s starter at running back, many thought Rashad Jennings would make for a good FLEX or even RB2 – that’s not how it has played out. Jennings doesn’t have a rushing TD since week 1 and hasn’t ran for over 55 yards all season long. His 5 carries in week 7 were a season-low which leads me to believe Tom Coughlin doesn’t plan on utilizing him much from here on out – as it has been most of the season.
RB, Joseph Randle/Christine Michael, Dallas Cowboys
Both have falling stock, but for different reasons. We’ll start with Joseph Randle. The Cowboys had high expectations for him entering the season, while he hasn’t been terrible, he hasn’t fit the bill for Dallas. There was speculation that he would lose playing time in favor of Christine Michael in week 7 – he garnered only 6 snaps and left the game with an injury.
As for Michael, he didn’t see much playing whatsoever, with only 7 snaps in the entire game. The hot waiver wire addition from this past week may get more playing time in week 8, but not as long as McFadden stays hot.