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Monday, October 24, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 7 WRAPUP

-Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill has run literally hot and cold all season but Sunday was on the HOT side of things as he rushed for 168 yards and a score on just 9 carries.  Hill also caught two passes for 24 more yards but a 74-yard score was his big rumble of the day.  He remains in a frustrating timeshare with Gio Bernard and that continues to limit any fantasy football value to RB 2 status in all formats.

-Despite the ugly 6-6 tie overall, Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson did his part to add some excitement to the borefest as he rushed for 113 yards on a monstrous 33 carries, while also catching 8 passes for another 58 yards.  Right now you can argue Johnson is the number 1 player in all of fantasy football and all preseason worries about losing carries to Chris Johnson or Andre Ellington are a pure fallacy.

-Desipte losing QB Ben Roethslisberger to injury, running back Le'Veon Bell was not bothered as much by 8 New England Patriots in the box as he rushed for 81 yards on 21 carries, while also catching 10 passes for 68 yards.  Other then David Johnson, no one does it better on both sides of the offensive attack combined then Bell.  He figures to dominate touches in the offense while Big Ben remains out.

-Quietly Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount is having a terrific year and he kept it up again Sunday by rumbling for 127 yards on 24 carries and 2 scores.  Blount has scored in all but one game this season and he is making the RB 1 grade now for the first time in his career.  

-It was a quiet start to the game for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski but he eventually scored like always when Tom Brady is under center.  For the game, Gronk caught 4 passes for 93 yards and a score against the Steelers.  While he has battled a stubborn hamstring injury all season, Gronk is completely back in top-three tight end order again.  

-Julio Jones is an absolute beast and he was almost guaranteed a huge day Sunday against the leaky San Diego Chargers defense. Jones came through as he caught 9 balls for 174 yards in typical Jones blockbuster outing.  He had fought through some aches and pains but Jones is right behind Antonio Brown in WR hierarchy.

- It was a much needed big game for NY Jets RB Matt Forte who has been very quiet since Week 2. That all changed Sunday as Forte rushed for 101 yards and 1 TD on 30 carries. Forte also added four catches for 54 yards in doing his terrific PPR deal again.

-Melvin Gordon had not been overly impressive with his running this season but his penchant for collecting touchdowns has been admirable. He ran for only 68 yards on 22 carries bit two went for scores. Gordon added a third trip to the end zone on his 6 catches for 53 more yards. Can't argue with all those scores and Gordon will continue to get bellcow work on the RB-needy Chargers.

-While he has been sent to the wire from a large number of his original owners, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston got back on track Sunday by completing 21 of 30 throws for 269 yards and 3 TD with just 1 INT against the San Francisco 49ers.  While Winston needs to do more of this to win back confidence in his game, this is a good start.

-It was the Jacquizz Rodgers show again on Sunday as the Buccaneers back scat for 154 yards on 26 carries versus the 49ers. Rodgers was quiet in the passing game with just one catch but he had gotten an insane amount of work the last two week as the last man standing among the TB backs. He retains RB 2 status until Doug Martin gets healthy.

-The superstar season of Buccaneers wideout Mike Evans continued Sunday as he caught 8 balls for 86 yards and a two more scores for the team. While Evans was a very good WR 1 the last two years, he now had become a PPR gem this season with the massive uptick in catches.

-Shockingly Kansas City Chiefs runing back Jamaal Charles was active Sunday but he literally had one carry for zero yards and not one catch in the passing game. Meanwhile Spencer Ware rushed for 77 yards on 17 carries, while also catching two balls for 54 yards and a score. This is all Ware now in the Chiefs backfield and there is no reason to make a change here.  Cut Charles in all formats. Yes seriously.

-Delanie Walker is well behind his reception pace of last season which is a bummer but he had a big game Sunday by catching 7 passes for 84 yards and a TD versus the Colts. With Marcus Mariota as hot as a pistol throwing the ball right now, Walker should continue to see a major dose of targets.

-The New Orleans Saints have something with rookie wideout Mike Thomas who caught 10 balls for 130 yards Sunday against the Chiefs. Thomas had quickly become a big and trusted option for Drew Brees and no one needs to yell you how profitable a situation that can be.

-DeMarco Murray had become a staple in this feature and he had been incredibly productive each and every week. Sunday was no different as he rushed for 107 yards on 25 carries and a TD, while also catching 3 balls for another 20 yards.  Clearly tgr Titans had no reason to draft the so far ineffective Derrek Henry.

-Speaking of a RB names Murray, it was a nice return to action for Oakland Raiders veteran Latavius Murray who rushed for 59 yards and two scores.  Murray also added two catches for four more yards but overall a nice effort.  The Raiders keep talking a committee at running back but Murray should still get the majority of work as a clear RB 2.

-T.Y. Hilton is having a Mike Evans season in terms of putting up his first PPR campaign after years of being a standard league number one wideout. Hilton caught 7 balls for 133 yards and a score against the Titans and remains a big play waiting to happen.

-Chris Thompson is making a play for the starting runing back job in Washington as he ran for 73 yards on 12 carries, adding 7 catches for another 40 yards. Meanwhile Matt Jones is back in the doghouse after losing another fumble and picking up just 27 yards on 10 carries. Thompson worth an add in PPR.

-We love Colts tight end Jack Doyle who is a supreme receiver as he showed Sunday by catching 9 balls for 78 yards and a TD.  Doyle is capable of huge numbers in the Indy offense and he should remain a focal point with so many wideouts injured. Pick him up now.

-Andrew Luck is making the best out of a tough situation in Indy in terms of playing in front of a horrible line again and with so many receivers hurt. Still he was on queue Sunday in completing 27 of 39 for 370 yards and 3 TD. So far Luck comeback season is very much in play.

-Zach Zenner and Justin Forsett split work in the Detroit Lions backfield but neither guy was impressive. Ignore this mess.

-My goodness Jay Ajayi. Ajayi out himself in the record books by rushing for over 200 yards for the use of straight game in picking up 214 and a score ob 29 carries. Hope you snagged Ajayi prior to this because now he is a RB 1 just like that.

-Mike Wallace had a big thing going with Joe Flacco as he caught 10 balls for 120 yards Sunday versus the Jets. He is working as a very good WR 3 in all formats.

-Ryan Fitzpatrick came to the rescue of the Jets Sunday replacing an injured Geno Smith as he completed 9 of 14 throws for 120 yards and 1 TD. Depending how hurt Smith is, Fitzpatrick could be back under center awhile. He has no value thigh until he puts more consistency together.

-Sam Bradford was a turnover machine Sunday as he completed 24 of 41 throws for 224 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. He also lost two fumbles in a horrid start. He remains on the border of weekly usage.

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