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2017 Fantasy Football Week 7 Recap: Winners, Losers and Injuries

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There was a lot to digest after watching Week 7 of the NFL season. The Raiders came out with a big comeback win Thursday night to defeat the Chiefs. Amari Cooper blossomed during that game, having himself a career game.

Alex Smith has yet to throw an interception through seven games; how long will that last for? The Browns nearly won their first game of the season. The Bears win against the Panthers with less than 40 offensive plays. Is Carson Palmer done for the year? Week 7 was an interesting one to say the least.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 7 Recap

It is crazy to think that we are almost at the halfway point of the NFL and fantasy football seasons respectively.  I hope some fantasy owners took advantage of Amari Cooper while he was struggling and bought low on him while they could.

Buying low and selling high can become critical parts in the overall success of some fantasy teams. That’s what makes fantasy football so enticing. I can keep on rambling on and on about this kind of stuff but that’s not what you guys are here for. It’s time for the weekly winners, losers and injuries after another week of football.

Winners

Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

The long, frustrating wait for his breakout game has come to an end. Thursday night, Cooper exploded for 11 catches, 210 yards and two touchdowns. It was quite astonishing for Cooper as he entered the game having caught 18 passes for just 146 yards and one touchdown all season.

I hope fantasy owners took advantage of his breakout game against a favorable defense. He won’t perform like this every week, but we all know the skill Cooper has. This was much needed for the struggling third year pro. He will be viewed as a WR2 against Buffalo in Week 8; lets see how Cooper responds to this career game.

O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The number one tight end from the 2017 draft class finally had his breakout game. Howard was limited in his first couple games due to being used primarily as a blocker. Sunday against the Bills, he caught six passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

He often got behind the Bills defenders and most of his catches occurred in the open space. It was a nice sign for Howard to finally get a nice amount of looks. Although this was a nice game for Howard owners, he’ll be tough to trust as a reliable starter moving forward.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Elliott was a man amongst boys Sunday. He ran the ball 26 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns. He was also a big contributor in the passing game as he caught his lone catch and brought it back to the house for 72 yards. This was the third highest scoring fantasy week this season only behind Kareem Hunt and Amari Cooper.

Elliott combined for 219 yards from scrimmage – the most ever in a game of his two year career. Zeke will play next week but anything after that is uncertain at this point.

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders

This was a game that featured two offenses exploding for yards and points. Carr threw the ball 52 times, completing 29 of those passes. That led to 417 yards and three scores during the win Thursday night. He was questionable heading into that matchup with his back injury, but that didn’t stop him from airing the ball all night.

Amari Cooper was his go-to-guy all night as he had more than half of his total yards passing. The most impressive part of his night was the way he led the Raiders down the field to secure a win against the Chiefs. He will have a long rest as he and the Raiders will face off against Buffalo in week eight.

Losers

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Embed from Getty ImagesAnother week down, another dud performance from T.Y. Andrew Luck out has a lot to do with the struggles of Brissett finding Hilton down the field, but this matchup was probably the toughest they’ve faced. The defense in Jacksonville is one to avoid to opposing receivers with the combo of Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye.

The past two weeks, Hilton is under 30 yards receiving. He now has only two games with 100+ receiving yards, other than that he’s been a non-factor to fantasy owners. Next week against the Bengals, consider him a WR3 or even a flex play.

Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

The absence of Rodgers was evident Sunday evening. Jordy Nelson caught only one pass for a grand total of just 13 yards. Brett Hundley looked a bit overwhelmed during his first career start as things never got going for him.

Even though it was only one week, it may be time to panic about all Green Bay receivers as their fantasy value goes down a ton with Hundley under center. View Jordy Nelson as more of a WR2-WR3 next week.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

After exploding for 133 yards receiving last week, (season high) Demaryius had only nine receiving yards on two catches. With Emmanuel Sanders sidelined, it was almost a lock for Thomas to get more looks from Trevor Siemian.

Well he was almost invisible as the whole Broncos offense was the same as they didn’t score a single point. Look for a nice bounce back game from the veteran next week against the Chiefs.

Eric Decker, WR, Tennessee Titans

Against a weak secondary in Cleveland, Eric Decker failed to catch a single pass against the Browns. He was coming off of his best game all season a week ago and this was another very solid opportunity for him to put up some decent fantasy numbers. This was the first game since 2011 that he went without a single catch.

The Titans are on their bye week in week eight, that only gives rookie Corey Davis more time to recover and get back into acton. With that said, Decker’s time as a fantasy starter or even flex play are winding down.

Injuries

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

Embed from Getty ImagesIt was a short outing for Palmer. he suffered a broken left arm in the second quarter against the Rams. Initial reports say that he’ll miss the next eight weeks. So this can not only be a season-ending injury but this can also be a career-ending injury.

The injury is tough for a Cardinals as a whole because Drew Stanton looked horrible in his relief. Palmer has had a great career, hopefully this is not the end of his time in the NFL.

Jay Cutler, QB, Miami Dolphins

Adam Scheffer reported that Cutler suffered two cracked ribs against the Jets. He will be gone 2-3 weeks and if Matt Moore takes care of the ball, he may begin line to keep the starting job the rest of the way.


Through five games, Cutler threw five touchdowns while throwing four interceptions. Cutler wasn’t a very reliable quarterback for the Dolphins and it might be the end when he gets fully healthy again.


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About Michael Trivisonno

Michael is a huge NFL and sports fan who has been competing in fantasy football for the past five years. His love for fantasy football goes beyond FantasySixPack as he was also a Cleveland Browns News Correspondent for FantasyPros.com during the 2017 season. If you want to follow more of his writing, be sure to follow him on Twitter @Mike_Triv.

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