Welcome to Week 7 where the one game looked to have a lot of points scored has rain in the forecast and no Aaron Rodgers.

Seriously, I am not a fan of this week’s slate, and maybe that comes at a perfect time because I am a single dad once against this weekend and my volume may be limited to tournaments only.

DraftKings continues to take away the Sunday night game as well, thus making this week’s slate that much more craptastic. There are a lot of low totals, injuries and potential poor quarterbacking on the horizon.

So this intro is going to be short and sweet in that regard and we will now get to this week’s rankings, all based on matchup not pricing.

Oh, and screw you Amari Cooper…

Quarterbacks

  1. Drew Brees
  2. Marcus Mariota
  3. Dak Prescott
  4. Tyrod Taylor
  5. Cam Newton

Running Backs

  1. Le’Veon Bell
  2. LeSean McCoy
  3. Ezekiel Elliott
  4. Leonard Fournette
  5. Mark Ingram

Wide Receivers

  1. Antonio Brown
  2. Mike Evans
  3. Michael Thomas
  4. Dez Bryant
  5. Jordy Nelson

Tight Ends

  1. Delanie Walker
  2. Jimmy Graham
  3. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins
  4. Evan Engram
  5. Hunter Henry

D/ST

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. Minnesota Vikings
  3. Buffalo Bills
  4. New Orleans Saints
  5. San Diego Chargers

Top Stacks

  1. Dak Prescott/Ezekiel Ellott/Dex Bryan
  2. Le’Veon Bell/Antonio Brown
  3. Drew Brees/Mark Ingram/Alvin Kamara/Michael Thomas
  4. Marcus Mariota/Delanie Walker
  5. Carlos Hyde/Pierre Garcon/Greg Kittle
  6. Brett Hundley/Jordy Nelson/Davante Adams
  7. Tyrod Taylor/LeSean McCoy

Top Fades

  1. Melvin Gordon
  2. Rishard Matthews
  3. Todd Gurley
  4. A.J. Green
  5. Adrian Peterson (tournament only)

 

Jared Goff – QB – Los Angeles Rams – $5,800

Analysis: It took me awhile to come around on a quarterback that gives me that excited feeling. I could’ve followed the noise out there this week with Brett Hundley and Marcus Mariota, but I am not. DeShone Kizer seems interesting and I was first on Tyrod Taylor earlier in the week. But I’ve found a love for Goff this week against Arizona. I am a little worried this game is in London, but the Rams hung around in Jacksonville after their win so that travel wouldn’t be as difficult or taxing going overseas. I like that. I also like that the Cardinals are having to travel a further distance to get to London. Now why Goff? Patrick Peterson exists and likely shadows Sammy Watkins, leaving Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp plus Todd Gurley to catch a lot of passes. The Cardinals are a tough team against the run and I feel this is a game script where Goff will need to throw to move the chains consistently. And despite the presence of Peterson, the Cardinals have been awful against the pass. The Cardinals are 29th in pass defense against fantasy quarterbacks, giving up yardage and TD totals of 304 and 4 and 351 and 3 the past two weeks against Carson Wentz and the Jameis/Ryan Fitzpatrick combo. Goff is a cheap option you can pivot off of Hundley, who I like, but might be battling rainy conditions, Kizer and Taylor. The weapons are kind of a drag but I like Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods to get funneled targets due to Patrick Peterson shadow coverage on Watkins.

LeSean McCoy – RB – Buffalo Bills – $7,400

Analysis: To keep a season-long team afloat after I lost OBJ, I traded for McCoy due to his very favorable schedule starting this week against the Bucs, who were just shredded by a poor offensive line and a skeleton of Adrian Peterson. My affinity for McCoy does come with hesitation as one wrong cut and Shady is out with an injury. But we can’t worry about that because McCoy is my No. 1 overall play this week against Tampa. Tampa may return some key run stoppers, so that’s something to keep an eye on, but with his target share coming out of the backfield, McCoy offers a high floor at a cheap price. This season Tampa has allowed 3 teams to go over 100 yards rushing and they haven’t even played anyone yet. Tampa has faced Chicago, Minnesota (with Dalvin Cook), the Giants, New England and Arizona. So outside of Cook and possibly an Adrian Peterson outlier, this team has allowed yards to be gained against poor rushing attacks. And at 24.2 points allowed per game and positive touchdown regression headed Shady’s way, I am going to be nearly all in this week.

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