Studs, Duds, & Sleepers: Week 7

October 17, 2019

Week 7 means your fantasy season is likely in the second half and hopefully you are still in a position to be pushing for a playoff spot. At this point, you can’t afford to watch players piling up points on your bench while the guy you started in his place bombs. Lucky for you, we are here to help make sure that doesn’t happy. Check out this week’s Studs, Duds, & Sleepers.

Studs:

DJ Chark, Jr., WR, Jax:
Chark contributed little to fantasy teams last week, but I expect a big bounce back this week against the Bengals. The Bengals come in with the 31st ranked defense, surrendering 426.0 ypg, and if that isn’t reason enough to start Chark, the fact that the Bengals will be without their top two corners should be. Chark and all the Jaguar receivers should have a good week.

Bills Defense:
The Bills come in with the 3rd ranked defense and will be matched up against the Dolphins and their 31st ranked offense which will be switching starting quarterbacks for the second time in six games.

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jax
After a slow start to the season, Fournette has put up 405 yards over the last three weeks, and like Chark above, he gets a very favorable matchup against the Bengals this week. Fournette is 3rd in the NFL, averaging 97.3 ypg and the Bengals have the league’s worst run defense, allowing an astounding 184.5 ypg. Fournette should improve that per game average this week.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Min:
Cook had a down week last week, but that was against the Eagles 2nd ranked rush defense. This week, he gets a much more friendly matchup with the Lions. The Lions come in with the 27th ranked run defense, giving up nearly 134 ypg. Throw in the fact that the Vikings passing attack has made a return, and I expect a big day for Cook.

David Johnson, RB, Hou:
Johnson has had a disappointing season thus far, averaging just under 50 ypg and less than four ypc, but he gets a favorable match up this week against a bad Giants defense, ranked 24th against the run, giving up 127.3 ypg on the ground. I expect Johnson to get his first 100 yard outing this week.

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Duds:

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, NO:
Bridgewater has filled in well for Drew Brees the past few weeks, but I don’t like his matchup this week, on the road against a tough Bears defense coming off their bye week. I like the Saints to win, I just don’t think Bridgewater will have a big day.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Wash:
After putting up 118 yards last week, averaging 5.1 ypg, Peterson landed on my Waiver Wire Report earlier this week. For the first time this year, he looked like a starting running back. However, that was against the Dolphins 31st ranked run defense. I don’t expect a similar result against the 49ers this week. The Niners have the 6th ranked run defense and surrender nearly half the amount of rushing yards as the Dolphins.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dal:
Elliott has had a bit of an up and down season this year, and I think that continues this week against the Eagles. The Eagles come to Jerry’s World with the 2nd ranked run defense, surrendering less than 73 ypg. With Dak struggling the last few weeks, I see the Eagles clamping down on Elliott and force Dak to beat them.

A.J. Green, WR, Cin:
There is no guarantee Green returns this week, but it sounds like he will, and if you have Green on your roster, it is going to be tempting to play him…don’t. Even if Green plays, it is reasonable to think he won’t play a full slate of snaps, meaning his chance to provide you much value is doubtful.

Aaron Jones, RB, GB:
After his four touchdown performance in Week 5, Jones came back to earth in Week 6 with just 47 yards and no touchdowns. At this point, Jones is a risky start because his value is so dependent on touchdowns. Through six games, Jones has eight touchdowns, but he also has four games with less than 50 yards and two games with 21 or less. The Raiders run defense is ranked 10th and is giving up just 92 ypg, so I don’t expect big things from Jones this week.

Sleepers:

Kyler Murray, QB, AZ:
Murray has actually been a very solid fantasy quarterback this year. He has accounted for nine touchdowns in six games and is averaging nearly 280 passing ypg and about 40 rushing ypg. In his last two games – against a bad Bengals and bad Falcons defense – Murray put up 593 yards, four total touchdowns and 125 yards rushing. He gets a third straight week against a bad defense, and therefore I expect a third straight week of good productivity. If you have Murray, start him.

Daniel Jones, QB, NYG:
I like both rookie quarterbacks in this Cardinals/Giants matchup. Despite Jones cooling off after a hot start, his last two games have been against the Vikings and Patriots, two really good defenses. The Cardinals are not a good defense, and as such, I expect a big game for him this week.

Joe Mixon, RB, Cin:
Mixon may be the biggest disappointment of the 2019 fantasy football season thus far. Last year’s AFC leading rusher ranks 40th in ypg and is averaging just 3.4 ypc. Much of Mixon’s issues stem from his offensive line, but part of it is also a matter of the defenses faced. Mixon and the Bengals have faced one bad run defense – the Cardinals – and Mixon had his best game (93 yds). This week, Mixon may get Cordy Glenn back on the offensive line and will get a bad Jaguars run defense. I predict Mixon gets his first 100 yard game this week.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, AZ:
I like this Cardinals/Giants game all around from a fantasy perspective. With two bad defenses, I expect a lot of points and one of the beneficiaries should be Fitzgerald. Despite being 60 years old, he still puts up numbers and I expect a big game against a bad Giants defense.

Corey Davis, WR, Ten:
I am going out on a limb here – more so a gut feeling – but with Ryan Tannehill taking over in Tennessee, I believe we may finally see the potential most saw in Davis coming into the draft a few years back. In limited time last week, Tannehill sent the ball Davis’ way four times. With a week to prep and work together, I think Davis could have a big week.

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