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Friday, October 20, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 7 THURSDAY NIGHT: CHIEFS/RAIDERS

In what turned out to be an extremely wild finish, the Oakland Raiders saved their season with literally a last-second win over the Kansas City Chiefs.  Let's get to all the latest:

-It was a shootout in every sense of the word as both Alex Smith and Derek Carr tossed three touchdown passes to their fantasy football owners off to a nice start in Week 7.  As far as Smith is concerned, he now has a staggering 15 touchdown passes and ZERO interceptions on the year as he completed 25-of-36 throws for 342 yards.  We have never seen this type of production from Smith before who in his previous 10 seasons was nothing but a backup QB in single passer formats in terms of fantasy football.   Of course Smith gets the Denver Broncos defense next week which will be the ultimate test of his monster season.

Derek Carr meanwhile refuted those who said he played tentatively last week as he completed 29-of-52 passes for 417 yards with the three scores.  It was a very encouraging outing by Carr who clearly was not inhibited by the back injury suffered in Week 4.  Put him back in for next week.

-Marshawn Lynch didn't do his fantasy football owners any favors by getting ejected in the first half and honestly he has been beyond ordinary in his return.  DeAndre Washington rushed for a score but he was mostly ineffective.  On the other side, Kareem Hunt still has yet to have a dud of a week as he rushed for 87 yards on 18 carries; while adding 4 catches for 30 yards.  PPR gold.

-There we go Amari.  Earning and deserving of plenty of fantasy football scorn after the last two weeks of brutal production, Cooper exploded on Thursday night by catching 11 balls for 210 yards and two scores.  This is the type of ability that Cooper has always hinted at and Michael Crabtree going in and out with injury helped matters.  Exhale Cooper owners. 

Speaking of Crabtree, he hit paydirt himself on the game-winning score and overall grabbed 3 catches for 24 yards.  Not the greatest night obviously but the score saved Crabtree's owners.

Meanwhile Tyreek Hill continued the redemption theme of the night as he put weeks of inconsistency behind him by catching 6 balls for 125 yards and a score.  Hill took a vicious hit for the second week in a row and the injury risk remains very high due to his slight frame.  All Hill owners might want to sell high here. 


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