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By: Jett Rosenstein
Welcome back to “The Playbook.” The one-stop-shop that gets you ready for the week ahead in fantasy football. Everything from who to start, who to sit, who to buy low, who to sell high, and much more. For fantasy managers, the goal every week is to set the best possible lineup and be celebrating a victory when it is all said and done. So, let’s get right into it!
QB Matt Ryan (ATL)
With the number of key names on bye this week, it will be off to the waiver wire to find plausible replacements. Matt Ryan is one of them. He is currently the QB24 on the season. While he has struggled at times during the year, he gets a nice matchup against the Dolphins coming off of a bye. The Dolphins are giving up the 10th most points to opposing QBs (21.00 PPG). Look for Ryan and the Falcons to have a productive day and rack up some fantasy points
RB Elijah Mitchell (SF)
After being a hot commodity earlier in the season, Elijah Mitchell has cooled off in large part due to his inability to stay healthy. When he returned in Week 5, he earned the bulk of the carries despite only having 9. Now, with Jimmy G most likely returning, the 49ers should revert back to their ground and pound game. Look for Mitchell to reward his fantasy owners for staying patient.
WR Darnell Mooney (CHI)
The Bears have not been kind to fantasy owners for the most part, but I like Darnell Mooney’s chances to have a big game. It appears as if Mooney is Justin Fields’ favorite target. He is currently the WR44 on the year but has touched 15+ points in 2 of the past 3 games. Now, he faces a Bucs defense that has been generous to opposing WRs. They are giving up the 5th most points to opposing WRs. With some elite WRs on bye, Mooney has a great chance to help out some fantasy owners.
RB Devontae Booker (NYG)
With Saquon Barkley expected to miss another game, Devontae Booker will once again look to seize his opportunity. Last week, he finished as the RB24 in PPR formats with 69 total yards along with 4 receptions leading to 11 points. Now, in week 7, he will go up against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have allowed the fewest PPG to opposing RBs. The Giants looked horrendous last week and with all of their injuries continuing to pile up, it could be much of the same.
WR Allen Robinson (CHI)
Despite raving about the matchup for the Bears, Allen Robinson needs to be on your bench this week. He is one of the most talented WRs in the game, but unfortunately, this new-look Bears offense is hindering his abilities. It is possible that Justin Fields continues to make strides in the right direction and he builds better chemistry with A-Rob, but I am not betting on it this week.
WR Tyler Lockett (SEA)
After starting the season on a high note, Tyler Lockett has been doing what he does best. Be inconsistent and a headache for fantasy owners. He is due for one of his signature games, but with Geno Smith now at the helm, that is looking very unlikely. Due to all of the players on their bye week, you most likely will need Lockett in your lineup, but don’t count on him saving your team on Monday Night Football.
RB Miles Sanders (PHI)
As mentioned in my article last week, the Eagles need to start feeding Miles Sanders. He is one of the most talented RBs in the game and also one of the most underutilized RBs in the game. Last week, towards the end of the game, we saw Sanders break away for a few big gains. Yes, Jalen Hurts will continue to snipe many of Sanders’ attempts, but you can acquire Sanders for next to nothing right now. He could very well return to form if used correctly.
WR DJ Moore (CAR)
DJ Moore got off to a fast start to begin the year turning in a WR4 finish through 4 weeks, but these past 2 games, he has put together a few duds. A lot of that can be attributed to Sam Darnold’s unspectacular play. However, Moore is still commanding a heavy target share (29.4%) and there will be better days ahead. His price has taken a slight hit so now is the perfect time to swoop in and get him before he gets back on track.
WR Courtland Sutton (DEN)
In the absence of Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton has taken full control of the WR1 position on the Broncos and has run with it. He is currently the WR19 on the year in PPR formats. The reason I am saying to sell high on Sutton is due to the aforementioned Jerry Jeudy on the brink of returning. In my opinion, he is their most talented WR and will command a ton of targets once he is healthy.
WR DeAndre Hopkins (ARI)
You may be shocked to see DeAndre Hopkins on the sell-high list and I get that considering he is one of the best WRs in the game. But, for some reason, he isn’t commanding as much of a target share as in years past. Among all players, he is tied for 46th with 38 targets. These days in Arizona, they like to spread the ball around hence why Hopkins isn’t being the normal target hog that we are accustomed to. He will still have his signature games, but I would advise you to test the market on him and see if you can get a little bit extra due to his name value.
The Kansas City Chiefs will have a player finish in the top at each of the major positions (QB, RB, WR, TE, K, D/ST)
While the Kansas City Chiefs have not looked like themselves to begin the season, they are still one of the most talented teams in the league. From a fantasy perspective, they have a guy at each position that has the ability to make noise week in and week out. So, with that being said, the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Tennessee to take on a defense that hasn’t looked great at many points during the season. Patrick Mahomes is the QB1 on the year. Darrel Williams, in relief of Clyde Edwards-Helaire, finished as the RB7 last week. Tyreek Hill is currently the WR2 on the year. Travis Kelce is currently the TE1 on the year. My bold prediction is that the Chiefs have a player in the top 5 at every position this week (QB, RB, WR, TE, K, D/ST). The Titans are in the top 5 in points allowed to QBs and WRs. While they are better against the TE and RB positions, with how dynamic this Chiefs offense could be and with the potential for a shootout, these scenarios are not out of the question. The only thing stopping this bold prediction is the Chiefs Defense who have been miserable this year. They are the 27th ranked defense on the year. But, I am going bold and not backing down...