2020 Fantasy Football Week 7 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Bobby Shepherd
2020 Fantasy Football Week 7 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome to 2020 Fantasy Football Week 7 Stock Up/Stock Down!

With another week come and gone, we've hit that part of the season where patterns and trends have become clear.

Carson Wentz will continue to have literally zero help and still be criticized for losing games.

Mike Davis and Alexander Mattison proved to us why paying great running backs may actually be worth the money.

Andy Dalton proved beyond a doubt that taking a player out of Cincinnati doesn't take the Cincinnati out of the player.

And despite what can only be a calculated tank job by Adam Gase and the J-E-T-S, the Minnesota Vikings seem hell-bent on drafting Trevor Lawrence.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 7 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos

In what was a terrible day for Denver's passing offense, Patrick still dropped a 4-101-0 stat line. His eight targets led the team and he seems poised to continue doing so.

We're still learning the identity of this offense since Drew Lock has only played in two full games this season. But with tight end Noah Fant hurt and Melvin Gordon facing possible disciplinary action, Patrick's role seems to be solid.

The next matchup against the Chiefs is far from easy, but with a big game against New England under his belt we can pretty confidently start Patrick moving forward. The schedule after that seems to be pretty favorable. And even if the offense struggles to produce wins, they seem pretty capable of fantasy production.

Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Last week there were reports his future on the team was in jeopardy. Then despite a surge of second-half points, the Falcons got their first win of the season.

Sitting comfortably at the bottom of the NFC South, the Falcons are likely thinking long and hard about the future. And finding themselves neck and neck with the Vikings and Jets in the "who gets to ruin Trevor Lawrence's career" sweepstakes, means Matt Ryan's dynasty value is unclear and very limited.

But for the time being, the 350+ passing yards and 4TD games we've come to know and love seem very likely. His abilities are limited to whatever the pair of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley can help him produce. So when they're banged up Ryan likely will flop. But there aren't many defenses who can stop both of them when healthy.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans

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You can make the case that the whole offense is trending up. It took a bit of time for Cooks to catch up to speed in this offense. But in over the past two weeks, Cooks has been the second-best wide receiver in all scoring formats.

Deshaun Watson has been firing on all cylinders since Bill O'Brien was fired and despite losing DeAndre Hopkins, the offense isn't looking that much worse off because of it.

Since the head coach change, Watson has exceeded 300 passing yards in both games, as opposed to getting 300 yards or fewer in his first four. He's also had at least three TDs in the last two games, again something he failed to do in the first four games.

So long as Watson keeps this pace going, we can expect all of his receivers to keep producing regularly. Cooks may see a little regression but should remain a startable asset.

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T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

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Phillip Rivers' first big game as a Colt, and Hilton produces a 1-11-0 stat line.

Trey Burton claimed his role as top TE much in more dramatic fashion than I expected, but given Rivers' history, it's not a big surprise the TE outpaces him. But Zach Pascal and Marcus Johnson getting more targets? That becomes a deal-breaker.

Our guy Kevin Huo makes a great case to move on in the Week 7 Drop List. It's summed up well by saying not only is Hilton not producing, but there are too many mouths to be fed and not enough to go around.

Laviska Shenault, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

I'm not just putting Shenault here because his flop led to my Week 6 loss. I'm putting him here because he's inconsistent and continually letting us down.

He's a rookie and the long-term upside is pretty clear. He's a great athlete with solid upside as he becomes adjusted to this offense. But it's just hard to imagine his redraft value increasing at this point. DJ Chark has already missed time and Shenault failed to capitalize on the opportunity.

With Keelan Cole being a big-game threat, the opportunity for Shenault seems at higher risk than before.

He's worth holding onto in redraft should anything change over the second half of the season. He's even worth exploring trade options to acquire in dynasty. I believe he is capable of a D.J. Chark-like second-year explosion.

But for now, let's leave him on the bench so long as there are other options.

Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

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Hardman was one of my favorite late-round guys coming into the season. His blinding speed gave us all Tyreek Hill vibes, but it's hard to get Hill-like production when, you know, Tyreek Hill is on your team.

The conditions were bad for passing which is worth mentioning. But Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson outplayed him. In an explosive yet unpredictable offense, Hardman is finding himself the odd man out.

He has caught two or fewer passes in three of five games. And his snap count has fluctuated wildly throughout the year.

Hardman is still a hold with hope for better games ahead. But he is a boom or bust option in an offense that doesn't prioritize him as much as we thought they might.

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Marcus Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts

It's tempting to go out and grab the top receiver in what was the first big game of Phillip Rivers's tenure as a Colt. And if you need receiver depth then by all means it makes as good a bet as any other available this week.

Johnson has a great matchup against the Lions this week and he is absolutely worth starting. But his schedule gets real after that.

With games against the Ravens, Packers, and Titans twice Johnson may prove to be a bench warmer sooner rather than later. So while there is certainly upside, mind the risk here when spending FAAB.

Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens

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I know we don't have a lot of options of available RBs at this point in the season. So it is certainly hard to fade somebody in a high volume system like Baltimore.

But Edwards was very inefficient against the Eagles. His touchdown may have covered up the fact that he was the fourth-best rusher on the team. There are a lot of people drawing the conclusion that because he out-touched J.K. Dobbins, he must be slated to keep doing so. And I just don't stand behind that assumption.

His upcoming schedule is a bye, vs. the Steelers, at the Colts, at the Patriots, vs. the Titans, at the Steelers. That's really only one good matchup in the next six weeks.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe the Ravens spent a draft pick on Dobbins to play the third RB role. So if Edwards clears waivers, scoop him up. But he's not worth sacrificing any FAAB or waiver priority.

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