Let’s delve into the fantasy implications of each matchup in week 7, the midpoint of the fantasy season…
Though the Seahawks lost at home last week, fantasy owners invested in Seattle were happy with what they saw. For the first time all year, Jimmy Graham looked comfortable on the field and seemed to take a step forward in chemistry with Russell Wilson, knowing when to break his route and improvise when Wilson was out of the pocket. We have may have just seen Graham’s best game, or last week was just the beginning of the Jimmy Graham we expected. Marshawn Lynch also made an appearance, running for a score, though he struggled going against the Panthers defense that is one of the best in the league. This may be the last week to buy low on Lynch if you believe he’ll regain his form for the second half of the year.
For the Niners, Colin Kaepernick strung together his second straight strong performance, albeit against another weak defense in the Ravens. Kaepernick is not a bad second QB to have, whether in a two QB league, or just as insurance for bye week and injury. Likewise, Anquan Boldin put together his second straight game over 100 yards, as he continues to be a reliable WR3 that elicits little excitement out of fantasy owners. The rest of the Niners offense is hit or miss. Torrey Smith will always be a boom or bust option, whose value largely hinges on whether he reels in a deep ball or not, and Carlos Hyde’s stock has continued to drop since his monster week one performance.
With no Tyrod Taylor last weekend, the only relevant fantasy players on the Bills were LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins, the former just returning from injury and the latter succumbing to injury once again. McCoy looked healthy for the first time all year and turned in a solid performance, scoring a TD to go along with 90 yards. Watkins, perennially snakebitten by injury, left the game with an ankle injury on the play where he scored a TD in what looked like a routine play.
The Jaguars, in a turn that almost no fantasy owner expected at the beginning of the season, are replete with important fantasy contributors. Blake Bortles is just an average QB in real life, but in fantasy, he’s one of the more reliable QBs, who will throw for plenty of yards, have a few nice runs that tally up, in addition to a couple TDs. He has thrown for the sixth most yards this year, he has tossed seven TDs in his last two games, and he always adds some yards on the ground as well. He will always add an INT (or two or three), but he makes for up it everywhere else. His two favorite targets Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are both having breakout seasons. Robinson, as long as he stays healthy, will be a top 12 WR and Hurns is a top 20 WR, having now scored a TD in four straight games. And in Julius Thomas’ second game back from the finger injury suffered in preseason, he reeled in a score to go with 73 yards. It is not particularly pretty, but through sheer volume, all Jacksonville pass-catchers have a place in starting lineups in fantasy. Continue reading