2021 Fantasy Football Week 7 Blurbview

by Richard Savill
2021 Fantasy Football Week 7 Blurbview

During the current action on Sunday, fantasy managers already have their sights on the following week. We lament a missed opportunity or two which annoyingly comes to light as we watch the games.

This occurs even though the current week may appear safely turning toward a victory. And if a reversal of fortune happens, outside of injuries which are harsh enough, the imperfection of that failed move or non-move strategy just amplifies our fantasy alarm.

In other words, we all wear the fantasy donkey ears at one time or another. Our bad pickups or bad drops can seem far worse than our bad starts and bad sits.

No matter how well you plan, there is no guarantee of success. In fantasy, this happens all too frequently.

Sometimes you miss something which becomes painfully obvious immediately after you execute the first step. Worse is when you refuse your instincts on an advantageous waiver grab before the weekend kickoff.

Triumphing over these self-inflicted setbacks has its own rewards. On occasion, the course you took could end up having a silver lining.

You do get better and learn, but for some reason, the problems then become more intricate and with a complicated nature as you go along.

Week 7 is a major bye week. This is just one of those tests of your fantasy grit.

You've come to the right place my friend - the Blurbview for Week 7.

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2021 Fantasy Football Week 7 Blurbview

Latest update: October 24, 2021 @ 09:20:16

2021 Fantasy Football Week 7 Blurbview

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Byes: Bills, Chargers, Cowboys, Jaguars, Steelers, Vikings

Games to Watch 2021 Fantasy Football Week 7 Blurbview

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

Early Sunday: Chiefs (3-3) at Titans (4-2) +4.5 56.5

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Another game filled with fantasy heavyweights in straight weeks.

The thunderclap of the Derrick Henry 76 yard break for a touchdown last Monday showed how valuable this player is in fantasy football. Off the charts. Henry is the gold standard in fantasy now among RBs.

For this game, the hard question is not who to start, but who to sit.

The Chiefs defense cannot stop the proverbial nose bleed. The Titans may veer toward a gameplan of heavy playaction, just to avoid sameness from their previous win against the Bills. That's difficult to stick to when Derrick Henry can quite capably turn the script on his own; making himself the focal point.

But again, the Chiefs are not the Bills. Patrick Mahomes trusts the fire power of his offense and he'll want a shootout with Ryan Tannehill. To gain that scenario, the KC defense must act aggressively, and one might even say with "reckless abandon" in the truest sense.

Busy Day for Safties?

So expect a busy day for the safeties on the Chiefs. With an additional role to somehow help the front contain Henry to low yardage in the early downs.

The Titans have their own difficulties to manage on defense to work out. I expect a big day for Travis Kelce as Mahomes tries to put together a lead with enough reasonable pacing to absorb the game clock. This is something the Bills were attempting to do.

The Titans allow the 2nd most fantasy points to WRs, so you can certainly go fairly deep with sleepers on the Chiefs. Yes, even Byron Pringle is a safer play than in most weeks to grab that end zone shot with just two or three total targets all game. It's still gutsy, yes, but playable in a thin bye week.

The Chiefs allow the second most fantasy points to QBs. This usually indicates sticking only with the upper WRs on the opposing team unless matched with high FPs to WRs - in this case it is not. This means only Julio Jones and A.J. Brown - no one else.

Fun Fact: In the last meeting of these teams in Week 10 of 2019, Derrick Henry broke a 68 yarder for a touchdown.
Sleeper: Demarcus Robinson, WR, Chiefs
Pick Poll: Chiefs 62%
Weather: 72° Clear

Other Early Sunday Games in Brief...

Falcons (2-3) at Dolphins (1-5) +2.5 47.5

This Dolphins matchup could not come at a better time for a restoration of trust in Calvin Ridley. Treat TE Kyle Pitts as a WR with Miami allowing the 3rd most FPs to WRs. For Miami, Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki are your only realistic fantasy choices in this game - pending the injury status of Devante Parker or Preston Williams. Continue firing up Cordarrelle Patterson and sitting Mike Davis on the Falcons. The Miami backfield is off-limits for safe floors.
Pick Poll: Falcons 69%
Weather: 83º Humid and Overcast

2021 Fantasy Football Week 7 Blurbview

Panthers (3-3) at Giants (1-5) +3.0 43.0

Assessing the Giants offense is difficult with so many injuries. Beyond the questionable Sterling Shepard, we need to check reports for the rest up to game time. As for the Panthers, Christian McCaffrey's continuing absence stoked a storm of angry frustration on Twitter last week. We're talking fantasy pitchforks here! Of all the games for me to blurb about this week, this one is the biggest muddle. Best advice I can give is to start the uninjured fantasy dignitaries only. A good gamble is Sam Darnold. Yes, seriously.
Pick Poll: Panthers 91%
Weather: 57° Partly Cloudy

Washington (2-4) at Packers (5-1) -9.5 49.0

The split between A.J. Dillon and Aaron Jones continues to tighten. Blame the influence of Derrick Henry for every team wanting that big guy presence. What makes the Packers unique is that there is room for two weekly fantasy worthy RBs, but only one fantasy WR. Washington are similar, because after Terry McLaurin, there's not much. Despite this, I feel certain there must be a mega-sleeper WR to emerge in this game on either side because of the script. My pick? Dyami Brown.
Pick Poll: Packers 98%
Weather: 48° Overcast

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Jets (1-4) at Patriots (2-4) -7.0 43.0

Their final meeting of 2021 and the first NFL divisional pairing to wrap up. The Patriots shut down Corey Davis in Week 2 to eight yards. Rarely does the same script follow into the second game. That said, Davis remains with soft eggs. I'd instead prefer starting the sleeper Elijah Moore for the Jets in this game. Hunter Henry and Damien Harris are your solid Pats. As usual, put Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor in the dart throw column.
Pick Poll: Patriots 97%
Weather: 54° Clear

Bengals (4-2) at Ravens (5-1) -6.0 47.0

Ja'Marr Chase is matchup proof. He and Joe Burrow are playing buddy college ball in the NFL. It's nothing new, but never this effective. Chase isn't just feeding off chemistry, he's a smart young football player. Despite some defensive smoke hovering in the atmosphere of this game, start all fantasy worthy participants. With Latavius Murray out, Devonta Freeman is the choice for best usage ahead of Le'Veon Bell and Ty'Son Williams, but all are modest "hope for the TD" plays.
Pick Poll: Ravens 87%
Weather: 58° Mostly Cloudy

Late Sunday: Bears (3-3) at Buccaneers (5-1) -12.5 47.0

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The Bears continue to profile as a "stay the course" football team. They aren't particularly inventive on offense and put much of their piloting on a reasonably effective defense.

With a potentially exciting rookie quarterback, the Bears keep Justin Fields in the pocket. Where are the RPO packages for Justin Fields? We certainly don't see much of that stuff, if any. The boring Bears.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers roll along. Tom Brady isn't slowing down. Although he sails a few passes now and again, 34 of 42 for 297 last week against the Eagles still looks very good.

The big three of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown are all over 400+ yards for the season. Sounds good right? It is, but the un-rusty AB is surging dangerously ahead. Brown is OUT with an ankle issue this week, but this fantasy issue isn't going away. Don't forget, Rob Gronkowski will return at some point, but not this Sunday.

As for this game, all your regular starts for the Bucs are a full go. The downfield Bears are okay, but I lean on the fade side for Darnell Mooney and Allen Robinson. However, it's a good matchup for Cole Kmet - so include him. Khalil Herbert is fine as far as it goes in a tough matchup, but now that Damien Williams will play, both are essentially TD dependent options.

Fun Fact: The 2020 Week 5 meeting between these teams was a field goal fest at Soldier field. The Bears sacked Brady three times on their way to 20-19 victory.
Sleeper:  O.J. Howard, TE, Buccaneers
Pick Poll: Buccaneers 97%
Weather: 83° Overcast

Other Late Sunday Games in Brief...

2021 Fantasy Football Week 7 Blurbview

Eagles (2-4) at Raiders (4-2) -3.0 49.0

On our weekly Fantasy Edge podcast, Davis Peng pointed out something we often overlook. The Eagles have just one reliable fantasy option - Jalen Hurts. A top QB in fantasy, but not much trickles down to the other Eagles. Here is a matchup though where Quez Watkins and DeVonta Smith can really collect. Put in Kenneth Gainwell too. For the Raiders, you can start all the downfield options with Darren Waller (game time decision) in front. Plus matchup for Josh Jacobs; Kenyan Drake gets a solid uptick on Darren Waller's injury status.
UPDATE: Darren Waller trending toward out - at best not near 100%. If he is out, then Kenyan Drake is a solid flex. Either way, mark up Drake and other Raiders pass catchers.
Pickup suggestion: Mo Alie-Cox, TE Colts 14% Yahoo
Pick Poll: Raiders 85%
Weather: Dome

Lions (0-6) at Rams (5-1) -15.0 50.5

Both quarterbacks facing their former team. Dan Campbell made it public this week, in not so subtle terms, that his quarterback Jared Goff sucks. And it would be nice if the Lions could at least have one win by Thanksgiving. As for this game, the Rams will go on an all-out barrage. Start everyone and that includes the optional deep shooters Van Jefferson and DeSean Jackson. The Lions will try a LOT of deep shots. If you want to gamble on boom-bust options, Amon-Ra St. Brown or Kalif Raymond are the guys for you.
Pick Poll: Rams 99%
Weather: Dome

Texans (1-5) at Cardinals (6-0) -18.5 47.5

Yes, another lopsided matchup. The difference is that Houston is facing another potential shut-out. Thus, sit all your Texans and especially if your opponent has the Arizona DST. Don't do self-harm. Your offensive fantasy Cardinals? Yeah... end of blurb.
Pick Poll: Cardinals 99%
Weather: Dome

Feature Games

Sunday Night: Colts (2-4) at Forty-Niners (2-3) -4.0 44.5

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What a beast Jonathan Taylor turned out to be! He looked like a fantasy bust after the opening three weeks. I bet those of you who bought low after Week 3 are still celebrating.

Taylor's emergence is actually helping the value of the other Colts; including Carson Wentz. The only Colts left behind are Nyhein Hines and Marlon Mack. But we can live with that.

Make no mistake, the Colts still have a long way to go as a solid football team. But as long as the arrow continues to point up, then we can't complain.

With Trey Lance sidelined with a knee injury, Jimmy Garoppolo steps back in.

You can start Carson Wentz, Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman. Mo Alie-Cox is just fine too. Zach Pascal is always a worthwhile dart throw if needs must.

As for the 49ers: Jimmy Garoppolo, no. Deebo Samuel, yes. Elijah Mitchell, a soft yes. Brandon Aiyuk, a soft no.

I should point out that the weather forecast for this game looks terrible: Rain and Windy. Heavy rain throughout the day.

Fun Fact: This is the first visit to Santa Clara by the Colts. The 49ers have lost four straight to Indianapolis - stretching back to 2005.
Sleeper: Mohamed Sanu, WR, 49ers
Pick Poll: 49ers 66%
Weather: 64° Heavy Rain and Windy

Monday Night: Saints (3-2) at Seahawks (2-4) +5.0 43.0

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It will take this week and the next to determine how Wilson-dependent D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are. That should provide enough evidence.

My optimism is about level with realism about how it turns out. Not that great from what we see so far, unfortunately.

You see, it's about maintaining drives, third-down conversions and all that muck. What we saw against Pittsburgh were three and outs in the first half and Alex Collins and his backfield friends in the second.

The ground game helped to sustain drives, but the production of Metcalf and Lockett remained weak - especially for the latter. Pete Carroll is a football smarty, so he'll solve this some way and some how. However, it might be more a "real" football solution than one to revive fantasy hopes until Wilson returns.

The Seahawks are lucky that they can test their adjustments on the bland Saints. The Saints, who somehow have a slightly winning record despite being 32nd in pass attempts, 32 in pass completions, 31st in passing yards, 31st in total yards and 31st in 1st downs. Only the Jets are worse in the last three categories.

It's the defense and Alvin Kamara keeping the ship steady at the moment. Kamara is the only startable Saint. Don't waste darts on Marquez Callaway and the rest unless forced.

Fun Fact: The Seahawks and Saints played once before on Monday Night Football. It was in Week 13 of 2013. The Seahawks won 34-7.
Sleeper: none
Pick Poll: Saints 78%
Weather: 54° Possible Light Rain

In the Booth on Sunday

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Ian Eagle

CBS Early

Chiefs at Titans: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
Bengals at Ravens: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green
Jets at Patriots: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

FOX Early

Washington at Packers: Joe Davis, Greg Olsen
Panthers at Giants: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth
Falcons at Dolphins: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston

CBS Late

Bears at Buccaneers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Texans at Cardinals: Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta

FOX Late

Eagles at Raiders: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Lions at Rams: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez

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