Welcome to Week 7 of ‘Inside/Outside’. Week 6 did not disappoint as far as fantasy or ‘real life’ football goes. Leonard Fournette looked like the fourth overall pick on Thursday night. Miles Sanders actually got a carry for once. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys continued their win streak against the Patriots in what I consider the best game of the week.
Monday night football was a close second. Derrick Henry looked like an MVP candidate. A.J. Brown had the football version of the infamous ‘flu game’ and somehow, some way, the Titans beat the Buffalo Bills to move to 4-2 on the season.
Week 7 aka Bye-apocalypse has some intriguing matchups, all things considered. Weeks like this are why depth is important and the savvy fantasy players get creative with their lineups and muster up a win.
OK, let’s get started, but first! Before we move forward, I’d like to remind the readers what exactly this article is intended for.
Every week I select players inside the FantasyPros Consensus Top 12 that I think will finish outside the top 12 and players outside the top 12 that I like more.
This is NOT a ‘start/sit’ article per se. This is more or less how I feel about a player, why I feel that way, suggesting what I would do, what to expect, and who I like more.
I know when offering advice and analysis, accuracy and accountability are important. Not just to you guys but to me as well. Every week I like to keep track and share my previous week’s picks that I got right and wrong.
QB Sam Darnold (CAR)
Week 6 Ranking 12th
Week 6 Finish 15th
I tried to tell ya, I really did. I wrote about it last week lol The world comes at you fast and in all fairness, Darnold and the Panthers have had a tough schedule after lighting the world on fire the first four weeks. If you’re in any 2QB or SuperFlex leagues, it’s a good time to pick him up. Reach out to the Darnold owner and see if you can acquire him at a discount. His playoff schedule is NICE!
RB Nick Chubb (CLE)
Week 6 Ranking 9th
Week 6 Finish n/a
Ok, alright, fine! Like last week with Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts, this article came out BEFORE the Chubb news was announced. I need all the wins I can get, it’s been a rough year.
WR D.J. Moore (CAR)
Week 6 Ranking 5th
Week 6 Finish 38th
You would think with thirteen targets and over seventy receiving yards, a WR2 performance is almost guaranteed. Very weird week for Moore and the Carolina wide receivers. Like Darnold, try to acquire Moore before it’s too late. The Panthers’ wide receivers have the second-easiest remaining schedule for wide receivers.
TE Dalton Schultz (DAL)
Week 6 Ranking 8th
Just when I think Schultz is due for a bad week, he goes out and has another tight-end one week and he’s doing it without being touchdown-dependent to boot.
Week 6 Results- 3 for 4 75%
Week 6 Inside/ Outside Picks
QB Joe Burrow (CIN)
Current Ranking 13th
AVG Points per Game 19.5
Week 7 ranking 9th
Did you see what Baltimore’s defense did to Justin Herbert and the Chargers’ offense? Yikes! I’ll admit that was more than likely an anomaly and not what we should expect from the Ravens moving forward. Still, Baltimore has only given up twelve passing touchdowns all season. This will be a tough test for Burrow and the Bengals.
RB Darrel Williams (KC)
Current Ranking 33rd
AVG Points per Game 6.6
Week 7 ranking 8th
I know Williams scored two touchdowns last week, I know Patrick Mahomes is his quarterback, but did you know the Titans are a top ten defense versus running backs? Me neither, until now. Don’t get me wrong, the Titans are generous when it comes to giving up touchdowns to running backs (five total) but after a big win on Monday night, I see the Titans’ defense surprising us on Sunday.
WR Terry McLaurin (WAS)
Current Ranking 18th
AVG Points per Game 15.6
Week 7 ranking 7th
I’m sure you’re surprised to see ‘Scary Terry’ make this list, but his last two weeks have not been…how do you say…good. Looking at his weekly numbers, other than Weeks two and four, Terry has been disappointing, to say the least. Things won’t get any easier this week either against the top twelve Packers pass defense.
TE T.J. Hockenson (DET)
Current Ranking 6th
AVG Points per Game 12.9
Week 7 ranking 5th
If you’ve been reading this article since I started this series, I usually have one BOLD pick every week. Is this pick BOLD though? Prior to his Week 6 performance, Hock had three straight dud performances against better competition and as the season progresses teams are finding their footing and identities. The Lions face a Rams’ defense that hasn’t given up a TE1 finish all season. I don’t see Hock ending that streak.
Who I like More
QB Jameis Winston (NO)
Week 7 ranking 16th
Jameis Winston is quietly putting up a top 24 season and he’s doing that without the Saints’ best wide receiver Michael Thomas. Additionally, Seattle’s defense allows nineteen points per game to quarterbacks, which just so happens to be what Winston is averaging in his last two games. What do you get when you combine a bye week and Monday night football? A good week for Winston!
RB Chase Edmonds (ARI)
Week 7 ranking 13th
I don’t need to go too in-depth on how bad the Texans’ defense is, do I? You don’t need to know they’ve allowed the third-most rushing yards. You probably don’t care that they’ve allowed the third-most rushing touchdowns. I’m almost certain none of that matters to you guys.
WR Jaylen Waddle (MIA)
Week 7 ranking 20th
As the WR27 on the season, Waddle has been disappointing. Let’s not forget he did lose his starting quarterback during Week Two. Looking at the numbers with Tua under center is very encouraging. With an average of 9 targets, 7 receptions, 65 receiving yards, and one and a half touchdowns per game, a matchup with wide receiver friendly Falcons secondary should make for a nice welcome home game.
TE Mo Alie-Cox (IND)
Week 6 ranking 13th
Big Mo (don’t tell him I said that) has slowly but surely taken over the lead tight end role in Indy the last three weeks. With an average of four targets per game, it’s clear the Colts want to get him the ball. Now with both Campbell and Hilton dealing with injuries, Wentz might not have many options in a game that has shoot-out potential written all over it.
That’s gonna do it for this week’s piece. I hope you found the info useful and actionable.
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