Fantasy Recap: Week 7 Afternoon

  • Jets 16 @ Broncos 9 (Jets covered +1, U 38.5)

    The truly elite fantasy football managers will do in-depth research on every game of the slate to determine who their best options are for their starting lineup and which players are worth benching for one reason or another. In this recap, we’ll be looking at the four games that are kicked off just after 1pm PST/4pm EST.

     

    Jets @ Broncos

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    While the Jets were able to come away with the victory, it was definitely a day that they wish would’ve gone differently as sensational rookie RB Breece Hall suffered a torn ACL and is out for the remainder of the season. That didn’t stop him from having another stellar performance on Sunday, but it was cut short by the injury. The Jets also got some unfortunate news with versatile offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker out for the year with a triceps injury. Zach Wilson continued to play game-manager against a Broncos defensive unit that continues to hold up their end of the bargain while the offense continues to look like the worst in football. Russell Wilson ended up missing the contest with the hamstring injury, but backup QB Brett Rypien didn’t excel in the spot start as he had 225 passing yards on 24-of-46 attempts for one interception and no touchdowns. Wilson only had 121 passing yards but the lack of turnovers was one of his biggest strength from a reality perspective as the fantasy production hasn’t been there for the second-year QB.

     

    Top Performers

    WR Jerry Jeudy – Even with the change at QB, Jeudy was able to out-target Courtland Sutton for the second straight game of the year and there might very well be a changing of the guard in terms of who is this team’s WR1. It’ll be difficult to trust any offensive options on the Broncos until they find a way to put some points on the board, but Jeudy has a very safe floor as a WR3/Flex option in 12-team leagues.

     

    DEF/ST Broncos – This unit continues to deliver value, although it’s on the low-end in Week 7 with zero forced turnovers. The three sacks and just one touchdown allowed provided that safe floor that we have come to expect as their offense continues to struggle.

     

    RB Breece Hall – It’ll be the last time we talk about Hall for the rest of the season because of the ACL injury, but boy did he come through with every opportunity this season. The Jets made a trade to add RB depth alongside second-year man Michael Carter given HC Robert Saleh’s desire to be one of the run-heaviest teams in the league with their move to acquire James Robinson from the Jags.

     

    TE Greg Dulcich – 11.1 PPR fantasy points is a great performance from the TE position this season and the rookie tied Courtland Sutton for the second-highest targets on the team with nine. He’s a definite startable option at the most difficult skill position in fantasy football and that’s why a lesser line from this position gets a shout-out as a top performer.

     

    Biggest Busts

    WR Courtland Sutton – While Jeudy was given the nod in our top performers section, Sutton severely underwhelmed for the second straight week. After a very solid start to his season over the first five weeks, Sutton is looking like an awfully risky flex option in standard formats with Jeudy looking more and more like the WR1 on this team.

     

    Jets Pass-Catchers – Zach Wilson threw for just 121 yards so of course nobody was going to return value from a pass-catching perspective. We’ll see if the injury to Hall will change Saleh’s game plan from a run-heavy offense to more of a balanced attack. The trade for Robinson likely indicates that this won’t be the case, making guys like Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore nothing more than touchdown-dependent dart-throws in 12-team formats.

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    Texans 20@ Raiders 38 (Raiders covered +7, O 46)

    Texans @ Raiders

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