Week 7 rewarded us with the most exciting week of football so far this year, as we got to witness shootouts, improbable comebacks, and a couple of MVP candidates living up to their billing. It would not be 2020 if we did not lose a few running backs each week, so at this point, it’s just expected. This year may be a battle of attrition more than I can remember with top tier talent going down each and every week. Hopefully the NFL follows that up with an active trade deadline similar to other sports; that will see a flurry of big-name players relocating to new cities in an effort to get a championship. Also hopefully, none of those players are in this article since their outlook for this week is largely put together based on the team they currently play on, and the team they are currently playing.
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Travis Fulgham, WR, Philadelphia: As mentioned in my TNF DFS article from last week, Fulgham, regardless of his level of talent has drawn a ton of targets (34 over the past 3 weeks) from Carson Wentz. Wentz looks for him in the redzone as well, as evidenced by his 3 touchdowns in 4 weeks. This gamescript may go overly positive for the Philadelphia passing , but even if Philadelphia does get out to a lead, look for them to use the game as a way to sharpen the axe in an effort to stay atop of their division and ultimately make a playoff push. I like Fulgham as a top 15 play at the position this week.
Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati: Since getting into the lineup in Week 2, Higgins has averaged over 6 targets/game, and has 7-9 targets in all but two games. Higgins plays a Tennesee Titans team that is only has a middle of the pack ranking when it comes to coverage. They have allowed at least 85 yards to a receiver in each of the games they have played, and allowed the memorable 175 yard, two touchdown breakout game by Justin Jefferson. Tee Higgins is ranked by many outside of the top 24. He will greatly outperform that ranking and could finish in the top 12 when it is all said and done.
Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago: He may need to be picked up before he is started, and here is why you should. Allen Robinson is in the NFL’s concussion protocol this week after his head going straight into the turf at the end of last week’s game. If Robinson is out, or limited in any fashion, the Bears would turn to the speedster in Mooney that has averaged over 6 targets/game in his last 4 games with Robinson in the lineup. The Saints rank just 28th in coverage and have shown that they can be thrown on averaging almost 3 TDs/game to pass catchers. If Robinson is out, Mooney shoots up the rankings, and if Robinson is in, don’t hesitate to starting Mooney in your flex, as a breakout may be coming.
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta: Jones and the Falcons were on the wrong side of a game that had one of the most exciting finishes we have seen this season. The reason that is brought up, is that pushed the Falcons who have already lost their coach, to 1-6. They have shown grit and determination for a team with this record getting out to early leads and competing in most games until losing them late. This week they play the Carolina Panthers, an NFC South rival that is on a 2-game losing streak themselves, but have shown to be a stingy pass defense ranking 8th in pass rush. Julio and Calvin Ridley are matchup proof receivers, so you are undoubtedly starting both this week, but early rankings I have seen have both finishing in the top 5 at the position. One of them may, but I would bet that it is Ridley since most attention is normally directed at Julio when it comes to opposing game plans. You are starting Julio this week but pairing him with a high-upside option off of your bench to offset any potential short falls may be in your best interest.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh: Before being targeted 14 times in Week 7, JuJu was averaging roughly 4 targets/game. Week 8 Pittsburgh plays Baltimore in what will be a smashmouth, defensive battle. The snaps/target share in Pittsburgh seem to be a fluid situation each week as well, not knowing who will be the 10-target darling, vs. who will be the forgotten man in the rotation (see Chase Claypool last week). In my opinion, the 14 target performance from last week was the outlier and will not be the case moving forward, as Diontae Johnson has cemented himself as a target monster, and Pittsburgh will look to Claypool’s size and strength for big play ability this game. JuJu is nothing more then a flex play this week.
Devante Parker, WR, Miami: It hurts a little to put Parker in this portion of the article because he elevates his game when he plays the top CBs and I respect that. Unfortunately, he will be playing a top CB, and there are no doubts that he will try to elevate his game, but this time with a play-caller in Tua that is making his first start, I have my doubts that they will be able to take the chemistry they’ve developed in one week of practice and execute against a defense that ranks 8th or better in all defensive categories. Parker should be on the bench this week with a wait and see approach moving forward.
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