Week 7 is underway after a weird Thursday Night Football. Fantasy football managers were in a bind with so many Cleveland Browns players out of the lineup but the backups did enough to get the win. Looking ahead to Sunday, what are the best options for fantasy? We’re setting aside NFL game betting for now to focus on who you should start.
Aaron Rodgers had a solid week last time out against the Chicago Bears, but he is primed for a bigger day when the Washington Football Team comes to town. They are a defense that has allowed 1,857 passing yards and 16 touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks, a stat that Rodgers should exploit. They allowed Patrick Mahomes to lead the Chiefs’ offense for 500 total yards in Week 6. This should be a big game for Rodgers and the Packers’ offense. You might consider adding the Packers team total over for your NFL predictions.
The Arizona Cardinals didn’t have to air it out as much as they were expecting against the Cleveland Browns last week. Still, Kyler Murray was able to nab a couple of touchdowns in the blowout win. Now he gets a dream matchup against the Houston Texans this weekend. With so many weapons at the skill positions, Murray simply can’t be ranked as anything other than a top-three fantasy quarterback this week.
King Henry has run for 783 yards and goes up against the sixth-worst run defense in the league (in the Kansas City Chiefs). Henry has 10 touchdowns in that same six-week span, meaning he should have a ton of opportunities to gash this weak defensive line. It also helps that the Tennessee Titans live and die offensively with the production of Henry, even if they are getting blown out, he is still heavily involved in the game script.
Henderson, the Los Angeles Rams lead running back, has been one of the best fantasy players at the position when healthy. He is heavily involved in the Rams offensive attack and both on the ground and through the air. He grabbed multiple touchdowns last week, which was a blowout win over the New York Giants. Now the Rams get a winless Detroit Lions team to feast on. Even if Henderson doesn’t break the plane early on, the game script will likely be so positive that he will make up for it in volume.
The Indianapolis Colts offense is finally starting to trust Jonathan Taylor. He had a rough start to his season but after a big game against the Baltimore Ravens, he has been getting fed. The Colts line up with the San Francisco 49ers in this upcoming week, but given how successful the team has been when involving Taylor, he should be the focal point of this group’s scoring attack. It’s not as if the 49ers defense has been airtight. They’re allowing 4.3 yards-per-carry this season.
Davante Adams has perfect chemistry with Rodgers and it has resulted in a lot of big games. He could have had a monster touchdown late in the game against Chicago but stepped out of bounds after losing his balance. Assuming Rodgers has the game that we are expecting against Washington, Adams will be the primary target and will likely demand a lot of targets throughout the game. With volume comes points for wideouts these days, and Adams is in the perfect position for it.
Kupp is currently tied for the league lead in receptions with 46 along with Tyreek Hill and Adams. That is the type of company he is hanging with right now. Stafford could be looking to have a monstrous game versus his former team, the Lions. Look for Kupp to be targeted quite a bit.
With George Kittle still out, it’s hard to replace Travis Kelce at the top of the tight end list. He is coming off a 99-yard outing against Washington and has picked up more than 10 targets in three of his last four games. The Kansas City Chiefs now get a Titans defense that has been one of the worst in the league. There should be little concern regarding Kelce’s status as a tight end No. 1.
Mark Andrews has flown up the rankings in recent weeks. After a slow start, he has exploded. In his last two outings, Andrews has racked up 19 targets, hauling in 16 of them, for 215 yards and three touchdowns. The Baltimore Ravens and Lamar Jackson clearly love utilizing him in their offense and he should be primed for another great week when their division rivals come to town.
The Ravens seem to be on an absolute roll offensively and that has been extremely beneficial to the production of Justin Tucker in the kicking game. This group could have a tough time against a stout Cincinnati Bengals defense, but the opportunities are going to be coming around eventually for arguably the best kicker in the league right now.
The Cardinals were able to rip apart a Cleveland offense that, despite being banged up, is still quite talented. Their pass rush was working and their secondary was locking down some of the top weapons in the game – including Odell Beckham Jr. They face off against the Texans this week and are bound to rip into the rookie quarterback Davis Mills. Their lack of a consistent offensive line could also allow the sacks to start piling up for Chandler Jones and JJ Watt. The Cardinals are a popular pick for survivor pools and for handicappers who betonline.