2022 Fantasy Football Week 7 Vampire League Starters

by Travis Argo
2022 Fantasy Football Week 7 Vampire League Starters

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 7 Vampire League Starters article!

The winning streak continues for this Vampire because October is our month. Usually, my success comes from research and knowledge, but this past week was luck. My wide receiver choices were slim in Week 6 (and my opponent had some superstars. Justin Jefferson and Stefon Diggs), so I took a chance on Brandon Aiyuk and Chase Claypool.

I now have welcomed Justin Jefferson to my team, thanks to dumb luck. For those keeping track at home, I now have Lamar Jackson, Jonathan Taylor, Leonard Fournette, and Justin Jefferson, quite the building blocks for a championship run.

I hope you were victorious last week; if not, let's change your luck in Week 7.

2022 Fantasy Football Week 7 Vampire League Starters

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Quarterback

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

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Jimmy G has been decent in his last four starts, averaging 249.8 yards and 1.5 touchdowns. His fantasy points have also steadily increased with every start; he is averaging 18.8 fantasy points for his last four starts and 18.7 points for the whole season. 

In Week 7, Garoppolo has the chance to exercise a demon that has haunted him for a few seasons by slinging it against Kansas City. The Chiefs have struggled to stop quarterbacks, allowing 21.9 fantasy points, 286 yards, and 2.5 touchdowns per game to QBs.

Kansas City is currently allowing opposing QBs to average 40.8 attempts per game. In games where Garoppolo has attempted more than 40 throws, he averages 18.4 fantasy points, 318.2 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. 

I don't think Garoppolo will throw the ball that much, but he'll throw it quite a bit, and the Chiefs haven't shown that they can stop anyone in the air.

Running Backs

Raheem Mostert, Miami Dolphins

Mostert has been forgotten about since he arrived in the Maimi, but he has been putting up solid numbers with a decent workload. He is averaging 15.7 attempts, 77 yards, and 2.7 targets for the season. 

In Week 7, Mostert has an excellent matchup against the Steelers, who allow 23.4 fantasy points, 100 yards, and 0.6 touchdowns per game to running backs.

Tua is returning, so the Dolphins' running game may be risky, but they learned that they need Tua to stay healthy to win. If they want to win, they need to unlock the rushing attack to ensure that it happens successfully. 

Unlocking the running attack shouldn't be hard since Mostert has a 78.9 positive run percentage which is one of the better rates in the league.

Brian Robinson, Washington Commanders

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Brian Robinson got his first game with double-digit touches and rewarded fantasy managers and vampires (especially this one) with 60 yards and a touchdown. A pretty solid game that he can build upon to a real breakout in Week 7.

Robinson has a tremendous matchup against the Packers, who allow 22.7 fantasy points per game to running backs. This season, they are allowing running backs to average 119.3 yards and 0.67 touchdowns. There are plenty of chances of Robinson having a David Montgomery game against the Packers.

Normally you wouldn't think that the Commanders have a chance against the Packers, but with their recent struggles, anything is possible. If Commanders want to win, they'll have to dominate time-of-possession (mostly to keep their defense off the field), and the only way for that to happen is to give Brian Robinson the ball and let him smash the Packers' run defense. Even if Washington can't dominate time-of-possession (which is highly likely), Robinson will get enough work to be worth the start in Week 7.

Wide Receivers

Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers

Speaking of Green Bay, one bright spot of their offense is the steady progression of Romeo Doubs. He has an 18.3 percent target share and is averaging 7.5 targets in his last four starts. The workload is there for Doubs, but he hasn't done much when it comes to yardage. He is averaging only 42.5 yards in his last four games.

Whenever a player needs to get all aspects of their game on track, you can always count on them doing it against Washington. The Commanders allow 40.1 fantasy points, 185.3 yards, and 1.3 touchdowns per game to wide receivers. They lead the NFL in red zone targets allowed to wide receivers.

Remember, Randall Cobb is dealing with an ankle injury, which means Doubs will be the primary beneficiary of Cobb's vacated targets. Doubs could quickly increase his target share from 18 to about 20 percent in Week 7, which is the sweet number for wide receivers in vampire leagues.

Doubs will have the perfect matchup in Week 7 to start his ascension to fantasy star or at least a reliable starter.

Alec Pierce, Indianapolis Colts

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It is the rookie wide receiver edition of the vampire league article (non-intentional, I swear), and that means I have to include Alec Pierce, who has been terrific this season. Pierce is fifth among rookie wide receivers in yards and is averaging 9.3 yards-per-target, tied with fellow rookie standout Chris Olave. Pierce is also averaging 6.8 targets and 67.8 yards in his last four games and clearly has earned the trust of Matt Ryan. More importantly, Pierce has proven to Frank Reich that he is the clear number two wide receiver behind Michael Pittman Jr.

His Week 7 matchup against the Titans will allow him to build his case as the true WR2 in Indianapolis. The Titans allow 44.3 fantasy points, 172.6 yards, and 1.3 touchdowns per game to wide receivers. The Titans' secondary has struggled to stop WR2s, allowing 6.5 targets and 83.8 yards per game, leading the NFL.

Remember, Pierce has already succeeded against Tennessee, with six targets and 80 yards in his previous matchup against them.

Tight End

Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers

It has been a tough couple of weeks for Gerald Everett, but he is still one of the stats leaders among tight ends in fantasy. Everett has a 15.5 percent target share (one of the best in the NFL) and an elite 25.4 targeted-on-route percentage higher than Travis Kelce (24.9). 

Everett has an excellent matchup in Week 7 against the Seahawks to get himself back on track to fantasy stardom (at least stardom for a tight end). The Seahawks allow the most fantasy points to tight ends, allowing 24.1 fantasy points and 87.6 yards per game to tight ends. They allow the third-most red zone targets and second-most goal-to-goal targets to tight ends this season.

It looks like Everett will beat up on the Seahawks one more time like he did when he was a Ram.

Flex

Nico Collins, Houston Texans

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Nico Collins is the reverse-Romeo-Doubs; Collins has the yardage but doesn't have the target share. But his targets and offensive snaps keep increasing; he is averaging 5.4 targets and 79 percent of the Texans' snaps. 

I joked about Collins being a flex a few weeks after his nine-target performance in Week 2. Even though he had a great matchup in Week 3, I didn't think he was worth starting even in a vampire league. Well, Collins has changed my snarky attitude towards him, and I'm willing to start him in the flex in Week 7.

He will face off against the Raiders in Week 7, who allow 35.5 fantasy points and 143 yards per game to wide receivers. The Raiders are allowing an above-league average of 6.8 targets to WRs. 

Let's take the risk and see if Collins can have a big yardage game with the increased targets he should get against the Raiders' secondary. 

Defense/Special Teams

Green Bay Packers

As previously mentioned throughout this article, The Packers will face off against the Commanders in Week 7. As a bonus, Carson Wentz is out with a broken finger, which means Taylor Heinicke will be under center. 

Heinicke had 15 interceptions and was sacked 38 times last season in 16 games. That's pretty much an interception and three sacks per game. I'll take those easy points and the fact that Washington will struggle to put points on the board.

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