2023 Fantasy Football Week 7 Recap

by Jordan Schultz
2024 Dynasty Football Veteran QB Tiers

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 7 Recap.

We have officially hit the halfway point of the Fantasy Football regular season, as most leagues will run their playoffs over weeks 15, 16, and 17. This means it is time to get aggressive in making moves if your season is on the brink of falling apart.

Six teams were on a bye this week, and the NFL had some truly wild games on Sundays so there is a good chance you had some fantasy chaos this week. Now that the dust has settled it’s time to break down the most important takeaways from week 7’s action

With all that said, let’s get to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 7 Recap.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 7 Recap

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Jaguars 31 - Saints 24

Trevor Lawrence (20/29-204-1, 8-59) gutted through a knee sprain to lead the team with 59 rushing yards in the Jags Thursday night victory. Christian Kirk (6-90-1) hauled in all 6 of his targets and broke free for a 44-yard TD with three minutes left to secure the Jags win.

The Saints offense ran directly through Alvin Kamara (17-62, 12-91) as he racked up 31 total touches for 153 total yards and a boatload of catches. Chris Olave (7-57) had an okay day for fantasy GMs, but he saw 15 targets so you have to feel good about that in a game where Kamara brings in 12 receptions.

Bears 30 - Raiders 12

The Tyson Bagent (21/29-162-1, 3-24) led Bears beat the Raiders 30-12 in what was the start of a wild Sunday in the NFL. Bagent leaned heavily on DJ Moore (8-54) throughout the contest, and Moore responded by bringing in eight of his nine targets for 54 yards. D’Onta Foreman (16-89-2) was the lead back but left the game with a back injury that needs monitoring.

This is a sentence I didn’t see myself typing out seven weeks ago, but I think Jakobi Meyers (7-50-1) might be the safest fantasy option on a Raiders team that includes Davante Adams (7-57) and Josh Jacobs (11-35, 1-6). Rookie Aidan O’Connell (10/13-75-1-1) took over midway through the game and looked more like the guy we saw in the preseason.

Browns 39 - Colts 38

Deshaun Watson’s (1/5-5-0-1) lingering shoulder injury knocked him out of the game early, leaving the Browns with more questions than answers on offense. Jerome Ford (11-74-1, 2-20) also left the game with an injury, paving the way for Kareem Hunt (10-31-2) to find the end zone twice.

Jonathan Taylor (18-75-1, 3-45) finally got more work than Zack Moss (18-57, 1-5) but it was still close to an even split. Josh Downs (5-125-1) appears to have fully broken out, leading the team with five catches for 125 yards and a score.

Patriots 29 - Bills 25

Remember when I said it was a wild Sunday? Yeah, the Patriots beat the Bills 29-25. Mac Jones (25/30-272-2, 3-11) looked……dare I say good? Kendrick Bourne (6-63-1) was productive yet again, finding the end zone for the first time all season. Rhamondre Stevenson (9-34, 6-51) saved his day with six catches for 51 yards, but Ezekiel Elliot (11-31-1) vultured the team's only rushing score.

Dalton Kincaid (8-75) caught all eight of his targets and was finally used downfield how dynasty GMs hoped for when he was taken back in April's draft. Other than that, it was a pretty standard Bills game where fantasy points were in abundance as Josh Allen (27/41-265-2-1, 7-17-1), James Cook (13-56, 3-46-1), and Stefon Diggs (6-58-1) all had nice games.

Giants 14 - Commanders 7

I don’t think I’m saying anything outrageous when I say the Giants offense has looked better with Tyrod Taylor (18/29-279-2, 8-25) under center the last two weeks than it has all year with Daniel Jones. To be fair though, that two-week stretch has also coincided with the return of Saquon Barkley (21-77, 3-41-1) so I’m honestly not 100% sure what to make of this.

While he hasn’t been productive with his limited work yet, it’s worth noting that rookie Chris Rodriguez Jr. (7-31) led the team in rushing and appears to be comfortably ahead of Antonio Gibson (2-7, 2-24) for touches between the tackles. Brian Robinson Jr. (8-23-1) saved his day with a TD but his grip on the RB1 job appears to be slipping as this turns into more of a true committee.

Falcons 16 - Buccaneers 13

Arthur Smith continues to create chaos for fantasy GMs, failing to give Bijan Robinson (1-3) a single touch until the fourth quarter, and then mysteriously calling on him to come in as a pass blocker in key 4th quarter situations after sitting on the sideline for the majority of the first three-and-a-half quarters. Weird, weird stuff.

Four different players had five or more receptions for Tampa Bay in a game where Baker Mayfield (27/42-275-1-1) was forced to air it out. Mike Evans (6-82-1) and Chris Godwin (6-66) were their normal productive selves, but Rachaad White (13-34, 6-65) and Cade Otton (5-43) also got heavily involved this week.

Ravens 38 - Lions 6

Lamar Jackson (21-27-357-3, 9-36-1) had a monster four touchdown performance in the Ravens statement victory over the Lions on Sunday. Zay Flowers (4-75) and Mark Andrews (4-63-2) were the focal points of the passing game, but Odell Beckham Jr. (5-49) also saw his most work of the season and would provide a huge boost for this offense if he can continue to get closer to being his pre-injury self.

While Lions fans aren’t feeling great today, fantasy GMs that invested in Lions this offseason have to be feeling great this morning. Even in a game where the Lions got smacked, they were still highly productive for fantasy purposes. Amon-Ra St. Brown (13-102), Sam LaPorta (6-52), and Jahmyr Gibbs (11-68-1, 9-58) all had top-ten weeks at their positions.

Steelers 24 - Rams 17

Diontae Johnson (5-79) returned from IR and the Steelers offense has one of their most productive days of the season, something I don’t think is a coincidence. This gave George Pickens (5-107) more room to operate than usual and responded with a 100-yard outing. Najee Harris (14-53-1, 3-15) got in the end zone but was otherwise unproductive yet again.

Puka Nacua (8-154) led the Rams in targets, catches, and yards and needs to be treated as a WR2 with upside on a weekly basis moving forward. Rookie Zach Evans was a hot name for waivers this past week, which of course means it was Royce Freeman (12-66) and Darrell Henderson Jr. (18-61-1) who led the way out of the Rams backfield.

Seahawks 20 - Cardinals 10

D.K. Metcalf was a late scratch and in a bit of a shock it wasn’t Tyler Lockett (4-38) that saw increased production, but rookies Jaxon Smith-Njigba (4-63-1) and Jake Bobo (4-61-1) who each brought in four catches while finding the end zone. Kenneth Walker III (26-105) was the only RB on the team to get a carry.

This was the first game all season where the Cardinals didn’t have at least one skill player with a decent fantasy game. No one had more than three catches or 60 total yards, and Joshua Dobbs (19/33-146-0, 7-43-1) ran in the team's only TD on the day. Marquise Brown (3-49) still saw seven targets and is still a WR3/Flex option moving forward.

Broncos 19 - Packers 17

Javonte Williams (15-82, 3-14) finally showed the burst and explosiveness that has been missing since his knee injury last season, as he appears to be gaining more confidence in his body as he plays his way back into game shape. Courtland Sutton (6-76-1) is having a legit fantasy career resurgence this season under Sean Payton and needs to be treated as a solid flex option moving forward.

After a blistering hot start, Jordan Love (21-31-180-2-1, 3-21) has come back down to earth as defenses seem to have figured him out a little bit. AJ Dillon (15-61, 2-34) led the team in receiving yards, which tells you all you need to know about the Packers passing attack against an extremely poor Broncos defense.

Chiefs 31 - Chargers 17

It was a vintage Patrick Mahomes (32/42-424-4-1, 4-29) and Travis Kelce (12-179-1) performance as they repeatedly connected downfield in a dominant performance. Rookie Rashee Rice (5-60-1) had another big game and is still a dynasty buy-high for me until his market price corrects to where it should be.

Joshua Palmer (5-133) anchored the Chargers offensive attack that struggled to generate big plays outside of one 49-yard TD run by Joshua Kelley (7-75-1). Austin Ekeler (14-45, 1-1) was unproductive with his 15 touches and appeared to injure his ankle again at one point. If Ekeler is on an underperforming team in your league there could be a buy-low window, but there is a risk of these injuries making it a lost season for Ekeler.

Eagles 31 - Dolphins 17

A.J. Brown (10-137-1) is on a truly historic run right now, going over 125 receiving yards for the fifth straight game. Dallas Goedert (5-77-1) brought in all five of his targets and found the end zone, as he appears to be shaking off his slow start to the season. Jalen Hurts (21/31-279-2-1, 11-21-1) looks like he is playing injured, but continues to put up monster fantasy numbers.

For the first time all season, the Dolphins weren’t able to get anything going on the ground, as they were held under 50 rushing yards as a team. Jaylen Waddle (6-63) was able to return to the game after injuring his back, but back injuries can have a tendency to linger or get re-aggravated so it is worth keeping an eye on and potentially shopping him now if you have him on your roster.

Monday Night Football Prediction

49ers 35 - Vikings 24

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