2018 Fantasy Football Week 7 Stock Up-Stock Down

by Michael Trivisonno
2018 Fantasy Football Week 7 Stock Up-Stock Down

Thursday night we saw Eli Mannings' struggles continue as the Giants have now lost five of their first six games to start the season despite Saquon Barkley having his best performance of the year. The Rams defeated the Broncos while the Chiefs lost thriller to the Patriots Sunday night, making the Rams the only undefeated team left remaining.

The Dolphins made a game-winning field goal in overtime as time expired to collect their fifth win of the year. The Ravens recorded a franchise-high 11 sacks during their shutout win against the Titans. The first London game this year ended badly for the Raiders, as the Seahawks defeated them 27-3.

Week six ended in dramatic fashion. Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a game-winning drive with just over a minute left in the game going down the length of the field. It was the perfect way to end a week filled with drama.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 7 Stock Up-Stock Down

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After every week of the regular season, I will take a look at some of the key players who's stock either went up or went down following their performance during that week.

It's time to look at some of the players who's stocks have changed following their week six performances.

Stock Up

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

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Since coming back from injury week two against the Colts, Carson Wentz has looked sharp. Thursday night against the Giants was no different, completing 26-of-36 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns. In his past three games, Wentz has now thrown seven touchdowns and zero interceptions.

The 278 yards through the air was his lowest since he returned from injury in week three. Nonetheless, it looks like the third-year quarterback has the Eagles back on track after a slow start to the season. Moving forward, Wentz can be a safe QB1 as he looks fully healthy from his injury he sustained last season. Up next for Wentz and the Eagles is a home matchup against the Panthers.

Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Making his first start to the 2018 season, Jameis Winston enjoyed a very productive day, nearly leading Tampa to a late comeback in the fourth quarter. Winston went on to complete 30-of-41 passes for 395 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

He got the Buccaneers back into the game in the second half while leading them to three-straight scoring drives to try and force a comeback that fell a couple yards short of happening. The Buccaneers offense has been fantasy friendly to start the season and Winston's value will only go up from his week six performance. Moving forward, put Winston into the QB1 conversation, despite facing a tough Browns defense this upcoming week.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

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This past week was Emmanuel Sanders' second-best performance of the season. He caught seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown during the loss to the Rams. Even with Case Keenum struggling mightily through the first six games, Sanders has clearly been his go-to receiver to start the season.

Through six games, the 31-year-old has caught 40 passes for 501 yards and two touchdowns, placing him top-10 in the league in catches and receiving yards. He has 54 targets so far this season- 24 of them coming in the past two weeks.

Despite the mediocre quarterback play for the Broncos, Sanders has been one of a couple players to stand out with his stellar play with the team struggling to put together wins. Even with the tough week seven matchup against the Cardinals, Sanders remains a solid WR2 option moving forward.

Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago Bears

Taylor Gabriel picked up right where he left off before the week five bye week. The 27-year-old caught 10 passes for a season-high 110 yards during the loss to the Dolphins. Gabriel now has back-to-back 100+ receiving yard games. Through five games, Gabriel now leads the Bears in receiving.

He has a team-high 27 catches for 303 yards and two touchdowns, averaging north of 11 yards per reception. Gabriel is quickly emerging as a deep-threat within the Bears offense and must add in all leagues at this point. View him as a solid FLEX play this week against the Patriots.

Stock Down

Will Fuller V, WR, Houston Texans

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It was another quiet day for Will Fuller Sunday afternoon. He caught just two of three targets for 33 yards. This is the second straight game Fuller has just two catches below 40 yards receiving. The presence of Keke Coutee has surely taken a hit on the value of Will Fuller.

The 24-year-old enjoyed early success due to Watson finding him for deep touchdowns. Fuller remains without a touchdown for the past two weeks. With the stellar play of Coutee, his chances may be even more limited moving forward. Fuller still possesses high-upside ability due to his speed, but he's just another FLEX option until we start to see his rapport grow stronger with DeShaun Watson under center.

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

For the second time in three weeks, Jordan Howard has been held in check with Tarik Cohen being the more productive running back during that time span. Howard carried the ball 14 times for 69 yards while being held without a catch for the second-straight game.

He also lost a fumble at the one-yard line just as he was going in for a touchdown. With very little contribution in the passing game through five games and the rise of Tarik Cohen, Howard is looking like a back-end RB2. Cohen has garnered more than 120 total yards in the previous two games played and has looked like the running back to own in Chicago as of late.

Howard and the Bears get a matchup against the Patriots this upcoming week. Heading into week seven, Howard's season-high in rushing yards is 82 while registering just one rushing touchdown on the season.

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders

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The season goes from bad to worse following the embarrassing 27-3 loss to the Seahawks in London Sunday afternoon. Derek Carr completed 23-of-31 passes for a season-low 142 yards. This is the first time he went under 200 yards throwing the ball all year. Carr struggled to complete passes 10 or more yards down the field.

He also fumbled the ball twice, making that 10 turnovers in the first six games of the season. Carr's start to the season with new head coach Jon Gruden has been a nightmare. Week seven presents the team with their bye week, a good time for Carr and the Raiders to get a week off after winning just one of their six games played thus far. Carr is a player you can drop heading into week seven of the NFL season as someone you can't trust in your starting lineups.

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans

As Marcus Mariota and the Titans offense continues to struggle to produce anything, the opportunity for Corey Davis to produce fantasy viable numbers will certainly be limited. During the loss to the Ravens, Davis caught a season-low one pass for 24 yards. He led the team in targets, seeing just four during a game where Mariota was sacked 11 times.

The low-volume offense in Tennessee has been hurting Davis' potential to start the year. He has caught more than five passes just three times while only scoring one touchdown in six games played so far. It's going to continue to be a roller coaster of a season for the 23-year-old as the season progresses.


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