Fantasy Recap: Week 7 Early Slate 1

  • Final Score: Browns 20, Ravens 23 (Browns covered +6.5, U46)


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    With J.K. Dobbins having surgery this week, it was Gus Edwards coming off the IR and making his season debut for the Ravens, rushing for 66 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns. The Ravens really didn’t have to do much offensively after giving up scores on Cleveland’s first two drives, forcing punts and creating turnovers on defense until the second half. Lamar Jackson only completed nine of 16 passes for 120 yards, adding 59 yards on 10 carries meaning no receivers were much of a factor in this one. Baltimore was content allowing the Browns to run the clock out on themselves and not give up big plays to coast to their victory and a share of the division lead with the Bengals.


    As for Cleveland, Jacoby Brissett played his role of game manager with few mistakes while allowing Nick Chubb to run wild on the Raven defense. Brissett threw for 258 passing yards and no touchdowns and will not be a fantasy football factor as we await Deshaun Watson’s return. Chubb, however, had a productive day with 91 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. David Njoku led the team in targets and receptions, totaling 71 receiving yards but also got injured. The reports are optimistic that the injury isn’t serious and he will continue to be in lineups moving forward. The Browns had a chance at the end to force overtime on a field goal with kicker Cade York, but after a costly penalty backed them up five yards, the kick was blocked and regulation ended in despair for Brown fans.


    Top Performers


    RB Nick Chubb: Chubb was his usual self in this one, breaking off chunk-run after chunk-run, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. For fantasy, he is locked into your lineup as a no-brainer RB1 in all formats.


    RB Gus Edwards: Edwards returns from his injury, starts and makes an impact immediately after we assumed Kenyan Drake would get the bulk of the carries after his solid performance last week. Coming into the week, we made sure Edwards should be on all rosters and with J.K. Dobbins missing significant time, Edwards will be in play as a solid RB2/FLEX play. His limitations as a pass-catcher lower his ceiling as it’s something we haven’t seen from him consistently.


    TE David Njoku: Njoku was Brissett’s guy today as he led all Browns in targets and receptions. He suffered an injury missing some of the game but appears to have avoided anything significant and should be deployed as a playable TE1 option moving forward.


    Biggest Busts


    QB Lamar Jackson: The Ravens were able to have success on defense and on the ground with Gus Edwards, meaning Jackson wasn’t asked to do too much. Games like these will happen but we should expect Lamar to find the end zone more often and be a QB1 rest of season.


    TE Mark Andrews: Andrews came in with an injury designation and received no targets and only a carry for four yards. This was frustrating but a throw away game nonetheless as Andrews remains a must-start TE1.


    RB Kenyan Drake: We thought Drake would lead the team in carries again this week after looking pretty good last week, that was not the case however. It was Gus Edwards returning from injury that would be the lead back and once again Drake disappoints after having a big week.


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    Final Score: Buccaneers 3, Panthers 21 (Panthers covered +13, U39.5)


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