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2018 Fantasy Football Week 7 Reactions


Another week came and went in the National Football League. Compared to the product we’ve been conditioned to watch so far, this was a boring week in the NFL.

Unfortunately, Sony Michel and LeSean McCoy both left games with injuries. Michel’s was pretty gruesome and he is expected to miss time. McCoy looked like he injured his leg/ankle, but the Bills officially ruled him out due to a head injury.

We also saw Blake Bortles get benched, a sight many Jacksonville fans have been longing to see.

The defending-champ Philadelphia Eagles also fell below .500 this week, allowing 21 points in the 4th quarter to the Carolina Panthers.

Let’s get into my 2018 Fantasy Football Week 7 Reactions.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 7 Reactions

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1. Is Deshaun Watson a QB1?

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Bill O’Brien announced after the game on Sunday that Deshaun Watson is dealing with a collapsed lung, to go along with multiple rib injuries. It makes sense, considering Watson has now put up a combined 16.14 fantasy points in the past two weeks. It certainly doesn’t help that Watson gets pressured/hit on an alarmingly high number of his drop backs.

Put the blame on him all you want, but the offensive line has to be much better if the offense wants to get going. Watson and the Texans take on the Miami Dolphins on TNF next week, meaning Watson has little time to rest. Watson is still an acceptable play, but I’d check your waiver wire to make sure there aren’t any better options for Week 8.

2. Are we witnessing a culture change in Detroit?

The Lions were a run-first team on Sunday, gashing the Miami Dolphins for the team’s most rushing yards since 1997. Matt Patricia said in the off-season he wanted to establish the run every chance he got, and he’s doing so this season. The Lions have now had a 100+ yard rusher in two of their last four games, something they could not say when Jim Caldwell was at the helm.

Unfortunately for us fantasy players, we want the Lions to keep their identity as an air attack. Golladay, Tate, and Jones all frequently appear in fantasy lineups, and their are certainly not enough targets for the three of them if Kerryon Johnson is feasting on the ground. Nevertheless, the Lions are now 3-1 in their last four games and the ground game looks great.

3. Should we have sold Alvin Kamara earlier?

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Since Mark Ingram‘s return, Alvin Kamara has not continued his hot start. He’s had just 88 rushing yards in those two games. But, more importantly, just 26 receiving yards on five targets. In addition to Ingram, Taysom Hill is hearing his name called more and more often in the red zone.

Alas, I believe Kamara will be back. It was the Drew Brees show last week against Washington and they pulled the starters pretty early on in the 43-19 victory. This week, Alvin got Baltimore’s league-best run defense. Remember that fellow RB1 James Conner managed just 19 yards against that same stingy Ravens defense. Kamara still has many more league-winning weeks in him.

4. Is Tarik Cohen a top-20 PPR back?

Tarik Cohen was a beast once again this week, surpassing 20 PPR fantasy points for the third straight week. Cohen saw twelve (12!!!) targets on Sunday as he managed eight catches for 69 receiving yards and a touchdown. Nagy has finally figured out how to best use Cohen, realizing he is the much better option between him and Jordan Howard.

I loved Cohen at his ADP over the summer, so I’m very happy to see him finally breaking out as I expected him to do. Looking ahead for the rest of 2018, Cohen is a splendid buy low candidate who has already had his bye.

5. Is having a low-end TE1 even worth it?

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The tight end is a confusing position every year, but especially in 2018. Outside of Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz, there is absolutely no consistency in the position. Rob Gronkowski? Unexpected injury. And, he’s struggled to find the end zone this year. Kyle Rudolph?

One catch on Sunday. Jimmy Graham has just one touchdown all year. David Njoku is finally getting going after three pathetic weeks in the beginning of the year. Eric Ebron had just three receptions today after being a touchdown machine the past couple weeks.

Once you get past the elite tight ends, you’re essentially flipping a coin as to who will breakout that week. Personally, I’m either going for an elite tight end or settling for a cheap, consistent guy who will guarantee me points.

Check out the rest of our 2018 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers.

About Noah Spurlock

Noah’s from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and isn’t afraid to show love for his hometown teams. If there’s a Steelers or Penguins game on, he’ll be watching. He’s been playing fantasy football since he can remember and isn’t afraid to give out some hot takes. Follow him on Twitter @NoahSpurlockNFL!

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