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Monday, October 23, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 7 WRAPUP

-As the legal saga continues between the NFL and Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, the player himself continues to churn ahead quite literally.  Elliott reminded his fantasy football owners what they will lose if he in fact is suspended as rushed for 147 yards and 2 scores on 26 carries, while also adding one catch for 72 big yards.  Obviously Elliott's owners need to enjoy this for however long it lasts but on talent alone there are few peers here in the game.

-Despite some truly end-of-times fog Sunday night, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady shrugged it off to complete 21-of-29 throws for 249 yards with 2 TD's in the team's win over the Atlanta Falcons.  None the worse for wear, it is the same old story of excellent from Brady who is the best fantasy football QB in the game with Aaron Rodgers sidelined.

-Doug Baldwin had his ace game going for the first time in awhile as he caught 9 balls for 92 yards and a TD.  It was a relatively quiet September for Baldwin but October has been better despite the fact he has been dogged by injuries.  He remains locked in as a low-end WR 1.

-Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson had a relatively effortless day Sunday as he completed 27-of-39 throws for 334 yards and 2 touchdowns.  The New York Giants defense had no answers for Wilson moving out of trouble and completing deep throws down the field.  Like with the rest of the Seattle offense, things have drastically picked up in October.

-Le'Veon Bell is insane right now as the Pittsburgh Steelers running back is producing video-game numbers all over the field.  His latest gem came Sunday in the form of rushing for 134 yards on 35 carries, while adding 3 catches for another 58 yards.  We still do worry about the crazy workload here which could cause Bell trouble in December but for now the guy is producing at a fantasy football MVP level.

-Dak Prescott has really elevated his pure passing game this season despite out concerns and he showed it again Sunday by completing 16-of-25 throws for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns over the San Francisco 49ers.  He also added a fourth score on 26 yards rushing.  We admit we told you all to avoid Prescott this season as he was not one to throw down the field as a rookie but he has refuted the suggestion he was not capable of doing so.  In fact Prescott is performing like a top five fantasy football QB right now.

-Once again when called on in a pinch, Miami Dolphins QB Matt Moore delivered.  Moore came on in relief of an injured Jay Cutler Sunday and completed 13-of-21 throws for 188 yards and two scores in a comeback win over the New York Jets.  With Cutler out for a few weeks, Moore will get the chance to show he should remain the starter.  While he has no fantasy football value of yet, that could change if he keeps up the type of production from Week 7.

-For a guy who is known for a bunch of catches and few scores, Dolphins wideout Jarvis Landry is doing what he can to change that narrative.  Landry caught another touchdown Sunday as part of his 7-catch day for 93 yards.  The overall story remains the same though with Landry being a supreme WR 2 in PPR formats and a WR 3 in standards.

-DeMarco Murray made it onto the field Sunday when it looked like he would sit with a stubborn hamstring strain and he played well enough in rushing for 59 yards on 18 carries, while adding 3 catches for another 17.  The big thing here is that Murray continues to neuter the fantasy football value of backup running back Derrick Henry, relegating the latter to RB 4 status. 

-Kudos to anyone who picked up Kenny Stills for Week 7 to fill-in for injured players or for bye reasons.  Stills quickly became Matt Moore's favorite target Sunday and overall caught 6 balls for 85 yards and 2 scores.  Stills has made a career of hot-and-cold production so depending on him week-to-week is tough but he clearly had something going with Moore.  He is worth another WR 3 try this week.

-Eric Decker literally was a complete zero Sunday as he failed to record a single catch versus the Cleveland Browns.   This after Decker was coming off his best game of the season in Week 6.  While Decker has ability, the whole Tennessee passing offense is a joke right now. 

-Speaking of Tennessee jokes, QB Marcus Mariota has simply been abysmal this season as he completed 21-of-34 passes for 203 yards with no scores and no picks.  The numbers are obviously not there and so Mariota can't be used anywhere until things get straightened out. 

-While the early years were filled with disappointment, the second phase of New Orleans Saints wideout Ted Ginn's career have been terrific.  Ginn has found a home in New Orleans and he was big Sunday in catching 7 balls for 141 yards.  With Michael Thomas getting double-teamed on the other side, Ginn has been able to get open down the field for big plays.  He absolutely is a top WR 3 until otherwise.

-Life without Aaron Rodgers became very real for wideout Jordy Nelson Sunday as he caught just a single pass for 13 yards.  With raw backup Brett Hundley struggling with accuracy, Nelson was a complete non-factor in fantasy football and he, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb are in serious fantasy football trouble right now.  Not good.

-Maybe one week of big-time production was all Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson's body could handle.  After a shockingly great debut with the Cards last week where Peterson rushed for over 100 yards, he came back to earth with a thud in picking up just 21 yards on 11 carries.  Even worse, the loss of QB Carson Palmer for the rest of the season will stack the box for Peterson which quickly will relegate him to RB 3/4 status. 

-For all the warranted pub Tampa Bay Buc's tight end Cameron Brate has gotten this season, rookie O.J. Howard is starting to make a big impact as well.  Howard grabbed six passes for 98 yards and two scores Sunday in the team's win over the Buffalo Bills and the nice game could mean he is ready to be a fantasy football asset. 


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