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2019 Fantasy Football Week 7 Preview: Persistence


Last week in my intro, I talked about the upcoming trade deadline on Oct. 29 and keeping your ear close to the news.

One thing I should point out is that bye week teams of Week 8 and Week 9 are in the prime position for trades surrounding that date. These teams are: (Week 8) Cowboys, Ravens; (Week 9) Bengals, Falcons, Rams and Saints.

The reasoning here is simple and logical. If a team on a bye can secure a player, the window for evaluation and roster changes gives those teams an advantage. There is extra time for team playbook study to speed up the readiness, and so forth.

I should also point out that this is not a rule every team follows. However, the Eagles (2018 Week 9 bye) acquired Golden Tate from the Lions at the deadline. The Cowboys traded for Amari Cooper on Oct. 22, 2018 – just ahead of their 2018 Week 8 bye.

These are the kinds of things you can investigate by visiting team websites as the deadline approaches. Finding out if players are on the block is tricky. Teams rarely divulge openly their intentions to the league, but a little intuitive common sense can help.

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Games to Watch 2019 Fantasy Football Week 7 Preview

A brief rundown of the games this weekend. You have your fantasy lineups set, now it’s time to watch ’em play.

Byes: Browns, Buccaneers, Panthers, Steelers

Early Sunday: Raiders (3-2) at Packers (5-1) -5.5 47.0

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A Ryan Grant revenge game? If the situation of wide receivers in Green Bay wasn’t so dire at the moment, Grant would likely be a healthy scratch this week.

Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Geronimo Allison are either game-time or doubtful for Sunday. You have to assume at least one will take the field, but fantasy owners have to think outside the box to start the second group. It’s a massive deficiency.

Allen Lazard leads the pack, so to speak. But in truth, all the Packers who can catch a ball are sleepers this week. Darrius Shepard was the next man up until a punt return fumble and a helmet doink interception ruined his chances of depth chart advancement.

The others, Jake Kumerow and the aforementioned Grant or Shepard, would round out the Packers three receiver sets. Shepard will remain on return duty in any case.

Losing stock

Aaron Jones lost some serious fantasy stock to Jamaal Williams against the Lions for reasons I am sure you are aware. Look for Jones to resume his main role, but Williams is nipping at his heels. The 1A and 1B roles are interchangeable as things stand.

For the Raiders, they’re feeling pretty good these days after the win agianst the Bears in London. The Chiefs (5-2) actually look catchable in the AFC West following the injury to Patrick Mahomes.

Jon Gruden discovered that anything over 20 carries for Josh Jacobs gets results. He is by far the top offensive player on the team. TE Darren Waller, despite his deserved praises, is well behind the pace of Jacobs in fantasy yardage and scoring. Waller has yet to find the end zone which would certainly help him make up the distance. Foster Moreau is Waller’s vulture.

Tyrell Williams, the other wild-card in the Raiders offense is out for this game. If you are a daring fantasy maverick, newcomer Zay Jones is your guy for this game. Hunter Renfrow has not lived up to the hype, so rolling with Jones is the sneakiest play for those prepared to take the risk. A more relaxed, but lower upside sleeper I offer below.

Fun Fact: The Packers have seven straight victories over the Raiders since 1990.
Sleeper: Trevor Davis, WR, Raiders

Other Early Sunday Games in Brief…

2019 Fantasy Football Week 7 Preview

Texans (4-2) at Colts (3-2) +2.0 47.5

So how does a team prepare for the Colts anyway? T.Y. Hilton has the most targets this season, but Jacoby Brissett spreads the share with no trendable focal point receiver. Not one player has a 100+ yard game. The Texans are relying on the ground game to take some pressure off Deshaun Watson. DeAndre Hopkins‘ last 100+ yarder was in Week 1.

Jaguars (2-4) at Bengals (0-6) +3.5 44.0

Josh Allen (the +30 lb. one) and Calais Campbell cannot wait to pad their sack totals. Has anyone seen Joe Mixon lately? Maybe he can help stem the Jags pass rush. Gardner Minshew gets a break from the stronger teams and all your Jaguars are good starts this week.

Dolphins (0-5) at Bills (4-1) -17.0 41.0

The Bills rank high in several defensive categories. The one where they are somewhat short is takeaways, but with the amount of 3rd down stops and sacks, they make up for it. If the Dolphins are putting Kenyan Drake on the block, then we should expect more Mark Walton.

Rams (3-3) at Falcons (1-5) +3.0 55.0

Dan Quinn is on coaching life support, but the Rams themselves are reeling from a three game slide. Todd Gurley remains questionable, but the Rams are optimistic he plays. The problems for the Rams run deeper than Gurley. Jared Goff became the latest victim of the 49ers defense last week, but he’ll find everything open versus the Falcons.

Cardinals (2-3-1) at Giants (2-4) -3.0 50.5

The two top quarterback rookies take the stage. Kyler Murray arguably has the better receivers, but Daniel Jones has the persistent Saquon Barkley and all his regular receivers trending up to play in Week 7. Looks like a fair fight coming up. Both teams are like a coiled spring ready to fire this thing up.

Vikings (4-2) at Lions (2-2-1) +1.5 43.5

Detroit had legit complaints about penalty calls last Monday, but this team folded on defense. The Packers walked down the field and scored a late winning field goal. For the Vikings, a happier set of receivers had their wheels greased over the past two weeks. Dalvin Cook isn’t matchup proof, but no matter, this game is one where he can torch the Lions in his customary way.

49ers (5-0) at Redskins (1-5) +9.5 41.0

Rookie Terry McLaurin has two 100+ games and is the best thing the Redskins have. All with carousel quarterbacks. Speaking of quarterbacks, the defense of the 49ers are stuffing them with regularity. They’ve earned enough respect and are solid contenders. Unfortunately, they aren’t a team with much to cash in on for fantasy. George Kittle is mostly it. Oh, and the DST.

Late Sunday: Saints (5-1) at Bears (3-2) -3.5 38.0

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The Saints are getting value from Teddy Bridgewater. He’s a backup who would be an automatic starter right now on half the teams in the NFL. The Saints will have first option, but I doubt they can keep him beyond 2019.

Teddy is in tough for this one though. Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook are out, so Latavius Murray and Josh Hill need to step up. Stepping up is something the Saints seem to like doing. The  defense deserves some credit for keeping their team atop the standings as well.

The Bears came back from London and somehow allowed the Raiders buckets of yardage on the ground. The London games have a proclivity for outlier performances.


Things are likely to be different in Soldier Field.

Mitch Trubisky expects to return, which is good news for them. However, the main thrust of this game is heavily dependent on the ground game for both teams.

Don’t let the low OU put you off this game. We’re in for an excellent battle of defense of the exciting kind.

Fun Fact: This is first time since 2002 that a quarterback for the Saints not named Drew Brees is visiting Soldier Field.
Sleeper: Ted Ginn, WR, Saints

Other Late Sunday Games in Brief…

2019 Fantasy Football Week 7 Preview

Chargers (2-4) at Titans (2-4) -2.5 41.0

The Titans sent the signal that they are moving on from Marcus Mariota. Mike Vrabel had little choice. All the weapons were out there for him, but Mariota continued to wearily gravitate to Delanie Walker. Philip Rivers continues to lead a team suffering heart-breakers. The Chargers have trouble reintegrating Melvin Gordon with Austin Ekeler in the backfield.

Ravens (4-2) at Seahawks (5-1) -3.5 48.5

Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson make for an interesting game. A healthy mixture of pass and run with emphasis on the latter is the method for both teams. The Ravens are more inclined to run than the Seahawks, but it’s close. A surprise shootout is not out of the question with D.K. Metcalfe and Tyler Lockette versus Willie Snead and Miles Boykin. Hollywood Brown is doubtful.

Featured Games

Sunday Night: Eagles (3-3) at Cowboys (3-3) -2.5 49.0

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Amari Cooper is leaning probable and DeSean Jackson remains out for another week.

Both teams coming off similarly poor performances. There’s higher concern on the Cowboys as they have fallen off the ledge. The loss against the Jets was not just an upset, the Cowboys also looked like the weaker team at times.

Ezekiel Elliott continues to haul the Cowboys down the field, but they aren’t finishing drives.

The Eagles fell apart on defense against the Vikings in Week 6. Okay, there’s enough bad stuff to go around for both teams.

What makes this game have some character is that both are at the top of the NFC East. It’s win the division or no playoffs.

Key to this game is the Eagles running game matching enough to the Cowboys. Above all, Zach Ertz really needs start catching the football. Four catches on nine targets, like last week, won’t cut it. I expect Nelson Agholor will be the guy to start this week in fantasy.

Dak Prescott cannot rely solely on Ezekiel Elliott either. That was clear after Zeke put up nice fantasy numbers against the Jets, but left with nothing to show for it. Amari Cooper won’t be playing at 100%, so Michael Gallup must step up.

Fun Fact: Ezekiel Elliott is just 123 scrimmage yards away from reaching 6000 for his career.
Sleeper: Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys

Monday Night: Patriots (6-0) at Jets (1-4) +9.5 43.5

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Yet another mismatch in favor of the Patriots.

The Jets can keep up with the Patriots defensively for a time as shown versus the Cowboys, but their offense really hasn’t the consistent weaponry.

Josh Gordon is out for this game. Jakobi Meyers will see an increase in snaps. Julian Edelman and Philip Dorsett are also questionables.

Le’Veon Bell for the Jets is the other issue. Owners aren’t seeing the production they paid for in the August drafts.

The Patriots know what other teams do. Shut down Bell and you win the game. Easy as that. The Cowboys couldn’t keep Bell out of the end zone and they lost.

This game is not an easy win for the Patriots.

Fun Fact: The Patriots have won seven straight games versus the Jets.
Sleeper: Jamison Crowder, WR, Jets

In the Booth on Sunday

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Troy Aikman and Dak Prescott

CBS Early

Raiders at Packers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Texans at Colts: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green
Jaguars at Bengals: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon
Dolphins at Bills: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

FOX Early

Rams at Falcons: Sam Rosen, Charles Davis
Cardinals at Giants: Kenny Albert, Greg Olsen
Vikings at Lions: Brandon Gaudin, Chris Spielman
49ers at Redskins: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston

CBS Late

Chargers at Titans: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

FOX Late

Saints at Bears: Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman
Ravens at Seahawks: Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber, Mark Schlereth

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About Richard Savill

Richard is an NFL Fantasy Football Writer and Editor of Fantasy Six Pack. Host of The Fantasy Edge Podcast. FantasyPros Contributor. Member of the FSWA. Richard is known for his "outside the box" insight into NFL fantasy football. Winner of the 16-Team 2015 FSWA challenge.

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