Week 7 is Monday night’s matchup away from being in the books, and that means we’re gearing up for the second half of the fantasy season. Though many matchups may still hinge on what happens tonight between the Cardinals and Ravens, in many leagues, some teams are starting to realize their season is a few weeks from ending, while others are starting to look ahead to the playoff stretch run.
Seahawks 20, 49ers 3
The window to buy low on Marshawn Lynch may be closed after his first great performance of the season, racking up 122 yards and a TD. Seattle’s offense still doesn’t look completely in sync, and Russell Wilson had a few uncharacteristic INTs, off of some poor decisions, but at least Lynch looks like a safe bet to return to RB1 form for the rest of the year. There are still more questions than answers when it comes to Jimmy Graham though, whose usage and involvement seems to fluctuate weekly. More often than not, it seems that Graham is not involved enough. Owning any Seattle pass-catcher is risky business.
Elsewhere, Carlos Hyde looks doomed being on a bad team that frequently has to abandon the running game. There’s not much blame to put on Hyde’s shoulders – he is in a barren offense, and Colin Kaepernick’s weaknesses look more glaring by the game. Anquan Boldin can be a nice flex start most weeks since he’s Kaepernick’s top target, but there is not a whole lot of upside tied to anyone on this offense.
Jaguars 34, Bills 31
Just when everyone was ready to jump aboard the Blake Bortles fantasy bandwagon, he turns in his first fantasy clunker since the season opener. Bortles had been terrific in fantasy for the past six weeks, but game flow really limited his opportunities this week. The Jags raced ahead to a 27-3 lead on the Bills, scoring two defensive TDs. For much of the second and third quarters, Bortles was mostly handing the ball off to T.J. Yeldon, who had his most productive day as a pro and his second career game eclipsing the century mark. Yeldon should have had an even more impressive day, if not for the coaching staff inexplicably giving Toby Gerhart four (unsuccessful) cracks from the one yard line. Despite the lead, which eventually evaporated partly because of ultra-conservative play-calling, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns both had nice fantasy outings. Robinson is fully breaking out this season and looks locked in as a WR1 for the rest of the year. Something to the tune of 1500 yards and 10 TDs seems about right for Robinson. Hurns, on the other hand, was mostly absent, before corralling the game-winning TD with under a minute to play, salvaging what would have been an epic collapse by the Jaguars and a total dud of a fantasy performance by Hurns. Lastly, the most disappointing performance of any fantasy starter on either team came from Julius Thomas, who looked like an integral part of the Jaguars offense last week. Thomas had only one catch for four yards – good for a fantasy doughnut in standard leagues. Continue reading