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2020 Fantasy Football Week 7 Preview: Generation


One of the notable aspects of 2020 we are seeing is the prolific scoring and involvement of the rookie receivers. This is the best breakout generation we have seen in years.

Tee Higgins, Bengals (Clemson): Since his promotion to the starting unit in Week 3, Higgins has no less than seven targets per game from Joe Burrow. His usage is translating into solid fantasy production; including 125 yards in Week 6.

CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys (Oklahoma): Lamb is already a dominant receiver of the Cowboys’ downfield offense. He has two 100+ games, gets a ton of targets (11 from Dalton in Week 6), and is a trustworthy fantasy starter every week. While Amari Cooper continues to set the pace in fantasy, Lamb is clearly a surging talent.

Justin Jefferson, Vikings (LSU): Like Tee Higgins, Jefferson exploded on the scene in Week 3. He is getting enormous yardage – 537 with three touchdowns. At his current pace, he could eclipse 1200 as a low and 1400 as a high. Unlike Lamb, Higgins, or Claypool, Jefferson is in an offense where the competition for targets is far less tight.

Chase Claypool, Steelers (Notre Dame): While usage is a concern in such a wealthy group of receiving talent as the Steelers have, Claypool really looks like the future of the team. His breakout in Week 5 of four touchdowns put him firmly on the fantasy map. He is explosive enough to slot into your lineup every week. He leads all the rookies with six touchdowns.

Please excuse the brevity of my usual expanded take on the main games to watch this week. I had a medical issue which required extra rest.

Note: I have introduced FPAR (Fantasy Points Allowed Rank). Here’s how it works. “Cowboys: QB6 RB12 WR2 TE6” means the Cowboys give the 6th most fantasy points to QBs, 12th most to RBs, 2nd most to WRs, and 6th most to TEs.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 7 Preview

2019 Fantasy Football Week 14 Preview

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Byes: Colts, Dolphins, Ravens, Vikings

Games to Watch 2019 Fantasy Football Week 14 Preview

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

Early Sunday: Steelers (5-0) at Titans (5-0) +2.0 52.0

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The time is ripe for this delayed matchup. Three undefeated teams coming into Week 7 and here are two up against each other.

The Steelers are flush with good wide receivers and this matchup is great for your fantasy WRs on this team. But which ones? Dionte Johnson returns from injury, but while he was gone Chase Claypool emerged. At the same time, Juju Smith-Schuster owners look for some revival of fantasy fortune. The floor for all these guys seems like a waterbed at the moment.

We will find out how matchup resistant Derrick Henry is in this game. It’s a good test. The Steelers have allowed the least yardage and just three rushing touchdowns to RBs all season. The Titans receivers should flourish if Henry cannot steam ahead. Look for a big game from A.J. Brown.

Fun Fact: Practicing up? The Steelers have won 7 of their last 8 games on the road the week before they face their AFC North rival the Ravens.
Fantasy Points Allowed Rank (FPAR):
Steelers: QB26 RB30 WR7 TE25
Titans: QB6 RB10 WR6 TE7
Sleeper: Eric Ebron, TE, Steelers

Other Early Sunday Games in Brief…

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Browns (4-2) at Bengals (1-4-1) +3.5 51.5

The Browns have a better record than the rebuilding Bengals, but are they the better team? The Steelers were the Browns’ proving ground. Result? Sorry folks, you just cannot trust your fantasy Browns in tough matchups. The Bengals might look like a tale of bad beats, but this team appears ready to play anyone competitively. Start Tee Higgins with confidence.
FPAR: Browns: QB16 RB18 WR4 TE12 Bengals: QB20 RB12 WR19 TE9

2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Preview

Panthers (3-3) at Saints (3-2) -7.5 51.0

All is not well with the Saints as they look to keep pace with the remarkably resilient Buccaneers. Yet another week passes by without Michael Thomas (out). The Panthers continue to hold enough of their own to stay in the NFC South conversation. In fantasy, your D.J. Moore stock drained away to Robby Anderson, but in this game both are reasonable enough to start.
FPAR: Panthers: QB29 RB6 WR31 TE26 Saints: QB4 RB19 WR14 TE1

Bills (4-2) at Jets (0-6) +12.0 48.0

It helps when you don’t have a crowd to boo your winless football team. So the Jets can happily ignore social mediantics, the New York papers, and give away free wins to all comers until next spring. The usual line applies to this game. Start your Bills and fade your Jets.
FPAR: Bills: QB5 RB14 WR22 TE3 Jets: QB18 RB7 WR20 TE11

Cowboys (2-4) at Washington (1-5) +3.0 48.0

This is a good reset game for both clubs. Both offenses needed redesigning after quarterback challenges. Kyle Allen and Andy Dalton should manage par performances and make for reasonable spot starts. Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic should make good starts for ppr – especially the latter. Washington will try to shut down Ezekiel Elliott and make Dalton beat them.
FPAR: Cowboys: QB8 RB9 WR3 TE10 Washington: QB9 RB20 WR30 TE5

Packers (4-1) at Texans (1-5) +3.5 56.0

Reeling after the loss in Tampa Bay, the Packers will use the opportunity against the Texans to get back on track. Not so fast. The Texans fought strongly against the Titans, so this is no push-over matchup. Both teams give up the most fantasy points to running backs, so David Johnson and Aaron Jones (?) are easy locks. Look for a Davante Adams overdue explosion.
FPAR: Packers: QB23 RB2 WR23 TE20 Texans: QB15 RB1 WR8 TE13

Lions (2-3) at Falcons (1-5) -3.0 56.5

For whatever reason, Matthew Stafford continues along with average or below average statistics. The Falcons present a better matchup for him, but in this case I would overrule the FPAR (see below) where the Falcons give up the most fantasy points to QBs. For the Falcons, Julio Jones owners demand more of what they got last week. However, this could be the Todd Gurley show.
FPAR: Lions: QB13 RB4 WR9 TE30 Falcons: QB1 RB17 WR5 TE2

Late Sunday: Buccaneers (4-2) at Raiders (3-2) +3.0 53.0

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To facilitate a possible postponement and ensure a Sunday Night Football telecast for NBC, the league moved this game to the late window.

The Raiders have members of their offensive line under C-19 restrictions. This means they will likely play this game with the best quality they have from the practice squad. I know, not good. You probably start Josh Jacobs out of fantasy compulsion, but fade everything else which is Derek Carr dependent – including Darren Waller.

The Buccaneers off a dismantling of the Packers find themselves in the enviable position of improvement tweaks rather than any sort of overhaul redress. That said, the fantasy translation isn’t quite moving in step with the “real” fortunes of this team. Chris Godwin and Mike Evans are cases in point. It is true these are a banged up pair, but they are out there and fantasy expects better.

Fun Fact: This is the season of the all-time TD pass record battle between Tom Brady (555) and Drew Brees (556). In 2020, Brady holds a 14-9 lead over Brees (with an extra game in hand).
Fantasy Points Allowed Rank (FPAR):
Buccaneers QB30 RB25 WR27 TE21
Raiders QB11 RB3 WR13 TE22
Sleeper: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Buccaneers

Other Late Sunday Games in Brief…

2019 Fantasy Football Week 6 Preview

Chiefs (5-1) at Broncos (2-3) +8.5 48.5

Patrick Mahomes is doing enough to maintain redraft ROI as a top quarterback pick. The improved defense of the Chiefs allows Mahomes some reserve from dramatic passing expositions. The Broncos have a banged up defense, but remain strong because of the fill-ins stepping up. However, the big story for fantasy is if we see Le’Veon Bell on the field and his usage forthwith.
FPAR: Chiefs: QB22 RB15 WR24 TE19 Broncos: QB10 RB32 WR15 TE18

Forty-Niners (3-3) at Patriots (2-3) -2.5 45.5

Raheem Mostert tried to play through a high-ankle sprain in Week 6, but could not. He appears headed once again to the sideline and IR. Jerick McKinnon is a capable enough fantasy flex with JaMycal Hasty a popular waiver pickup in reserve. Cam Newton’s rushing totals make fantasy owners happy, but emptiness persists in his regular duty as quarterback.
FPAR: 49ers: QB19 RB31 WR25 TE24 Patriots: QB27 RB28 WR12 TE28

Jaguars (1-5) at Chargers (1-4) -7.5 49.0

This matchup of also-rans could turn out to be one of the most entertaining games of the week. Both quarterbacks are gunslingers and both defenses are capable of big plays. The fantasy focus right now is on Justin Herbert from the Oregon wilds of offense. Nevertheless, keep your eye on the running game because James Robinson could finally pop.
FPAR: Jaguars: QB12 RB5 WR18 TE6 Chargers: QB3 RB26 WR21 TE8

Featured Games

Sunday Night: Seahawks (5-0) at Cardinals (4-2) +3.5 55.0

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Not a bad last-minute swap for NBC. This is already the third time SNF will feature Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.

Kyler Murray scampers like his counterpart, but with much higher rushing totals (370 to 153) so far in 2020. The Cardinals are the most freewheeling offense among the NFL playoff contenders. You can certainly expect DeAndre Hopkins to find big yardage and touchdowns against the Seahawks defense.

The Seahawks might try and let Russell “slow cook” with a heavier dose of the rushing game to try and keep the Cardinals from opening up a shootout. The Seahawks show an ability to transition well from bad gamescripts in half-time adjustments. A shootout is something they do not fear considering their own receiving talent.

Fun Fact: Kyler Murray at 5’10” and Russell Wilson at 5’11” are the shortest starting quarterbacks in the NFL.
Fantasy Points Allowed Rank (FPAR):
Seahawks: QB2 RB24 WR1 TE29
Cardinals: QB25 RB13 WR28 TE23
Sleeper: Will Dissly, TE, Seahawks

Monday Night: Bears (5-1) at Rams (4-2) -6.0 45.0

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Are the Bears for real? Well, the NFL website guys are slow to the idea – keeping the Bears outside the top ten of the NFL power rankings.

Whether or not the Bears can sustain a winning record into December is a legitimate question. Fortunately, it isn’t a burning one. As Nick Foles settles in, the offensive fantasy stars remain more or less safe in their roles. Allen Robinson’s value might not have a high ceiling, but Foles allows Robinson one of the safest floors in fantasy.

The Rams and Jared Goff cannot provide the same safe floor for either Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. When did the Rams offense become this mediocre? The passing offense of the Rams continues as a frustrating fantasy topic. If the Rams had a consistent bell-cow rushing attack, then Goff might be able to unify the passing game with both Woods and Kupp in full fantasy flourish.

Fun Fact: Jared Goff needs just three TD passes to reach the 100 mark in his career.
Fantasy Points Allowed Rank (FPAR):
Bears: QB32 RB22 WR29 TE17
Rams: QB21 RB23 WR32 TE14
Sleeper: Jimmy Graham, TE, Bears

In the Booth on Sunday

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Daryl Johnston

CBS Early

Steelers at Titans: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
Bills at Jets: Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon
Browns at Bengals: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

FOX Early

Cowboys at Washington: Joe Davis, Daryl Johnston
Packers at Texans: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Panthers at Saints: Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman
Lions at Falcons: Chris Myers, Brock Huard, Greg Jennings

CBS Late

49ers at Patriots: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Chiefs at Broncos: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green
Jaguars at Chargers: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

FOX Late

Buccaneers at Raiders: Adam Amin, 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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