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2019 Fantasy Football Week 7 Trends


Welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 7 Trends Article!

It was an interesting week. More fantasy teams had a difficult week than a good week. With elite players on byes, injured, and flat out struggling, there are many reasons why your fantasy team did poorly.

For example, RB1 Christian McCaffrey had a bye this week. Elite option Alvin Kamara sat out of this week’s contest against the Chicago Bears with a shoulder injury. Also, Patrick Mahomes left his Thursday Night game with a knee injury.

So, if your team had a bad week this week, put it past you. Better days are on the horizon. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at what all went wrong (or right!) this week.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 7 Trends

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1. What a Day from Aaron Rodgers

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Aaron Rodgers went absolutely nuclear on Sunday with 435 total yards, six touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Fantasy owners had been waiting for this day since they spent an early-round draft pick on the former Cal QB in August.

There have been talks (rightfully so) of Rodgers falling off in recent years. In fact, Ben Baldwin, a writer for The Athletic, published a piece on the struggles of AR12 this past week. I highly recommend reading it, if you have a subscription, if you don’t, get 40% off one. Regardless, Rodgers shrugged off the criticism and had one of the best games of his career today.

Rodgers tends to play a bit conservative at times, passing for under 250 yards in four of his seven games this year. But, he’s now gone over 400 yards in two of his past three games. He’s heating up. He gets a gorgeous match-up against Kansas City next week, and Davante Adams will be back soon.

2. Where Did David Johnson Go? And Welcome, Chase Edmonds

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Well, David Johnson was just on the sideline. Unfortunately. He’d been dealing with an ankle injury all week, but was active and expected to receive a normal workload against the Giants. That did not happen.

David Johnson saw just one carry for two yards. After the game, head coach Kliff Kingsbury said that Johnson would only be used if he was needed. There was a point where RB Chase Edmonds was throwing up in a trash can, so Johnson was called upon and entered the game. But, he did not see the ball. So, it’s easy to assume he might not have been at 100% for the game.

Possibly the worst part of the day for fantasy owners of David Johnson was how well Chase Edmonds did in his absence. Edmonds crushed it, rushing 27 times for 126 yards and three touchdowns and adding two receptions for 24 yards. More importantly, Edmonds was on the field for 95% of the offensive snaps, meaning that he was the guy Kingsbury wanted on the field, nobody else. Most starters don’t see the field this often.

This has now been a few weeks where Edmonds has done better than David Johnson. On the season, Edmonds has rushed for 1.6 more yards per carry than Johnson. This is a situation to monitor, as an RBBC could be forming. If Edmonds is on waivers in your league, make sure to pick him up now!

3. Stefon Diggs Should be Happy Now

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Early in the season, Stefon Diggs was struggling. He had just one touchdown through five weeks and certainly was not having the season he expected to have. But, the past two weeks have been different. Last week against Philadelphia’s swiss-cheese secondary, Diggs had 167 yards and three touchdowns. Today, he had 142 yards.

Those trade rumors seem to be a thing of the past. Maybe it worked for Diggs. Right as he started to voice his frustration about the Vikings (particularly Kirk Cousins), his targets, receptions, yardage, and touchdowns have all increased.

Adam Thielen left this week’s game against the Lions early, giving Diggs room to shine. He took advantage.

These two past weeks should serve as a wake-up call for OC Kevin Stefanski, who had looked in other directions early on. The Vikings have incredible talent on their offense, as Thielen and Diggs are possibly the best WR duo in the NFL, and Dalvin Cook is nothing short of spectacular. I’d jump on the opportunity to add Stefon Diggs to my fantasy team at a good value.

4. Have a Day, Marvin Jones Jr.

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Marvin Jones Jr., where did this come from? He exploded for an incredible four touchdowns in today’s loss against the Minnesota Vikings. He also had ten receptions for 93 yards.

With so many byes today, it’s not inconceivable to believe that a good amount of Marvin Jones Jr. owners started him today. If you started him, congratulations! If you played against him, my condolences.

It seemed like Kenny Golladay had officially taken over as the WR1 in Detroit. While this is still probably true, it wasn’t the case today. Golladay had just one catch.

Jones and the Lions get the Giants’ non-existent secondary next week. You can insert him in your lineup.

5. Darren Waller is an Elite TE

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This past week, Darren Waller was signed to a large contract extension by the Oakland Raiders. He is now a Raider through the 2023 season and will be making nine million dollars per year. It’s surprising to see, as he is a breakout star. But, I agree with the decision.

Waller is an incredible athlete. One of the fastest tight ends in the league, he is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. He’s bigger than a defensive back and faster than a linebacker.

The only thing he hadn’t done before Sunday was score a touchdown. He made up for it, scoring twice.

Waller finished with a 7/126/2 statline. He is now up to almost about 7.5 catches per game through six games.

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Hopefully, you were lucky enough to have Waller before the season, because his price was extremely low. Now, he is a top-5 option weekly.

Check out the rest of our 2019 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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