Fantasy soccer highs and lows from NFL Week 7: Burrow, Higgins forming one thing particular

Week 7 of the fantasy soccer season featured loads of notable performances around the NFL on Sunday. What ought to we make of them? Matt Bowen and Tristan H. Cockcroft supply their evaluation.


Joe Burrow and Tee Higgins constructing a robust chemistry

First, let’s speak Burrow. The primary rookie quarterback in NFL historical past to move for a minimum of 400 yards and three touchdowns whereas speeding for an extra rating, Burrow additionally grew to become solely the 14th completely different rookie quarterback since a minimum of 1950 to attain 30-plus fantasy factors in a sport, and his 33.6 factors had been eleventh finest by any rookie quarterback throughout that very same time-frame. He rebounded in a serious means from a pair of difficult matchups, reestablishing himself as a matchups-conscious, but borderline top-10 fantasy quarterback. That Burrow’s Cincinnati Bengals proceed to battle to maintain opponents’ offenses in verify solely helps his trigger, as he’ll hold contending for the league’s lead in move makes an attempt; and that he is faring in addition to he has regardless of a shaky offensive line solely additional indicators his large expertise. He’ll get the Tennessee Titans subsequent, a matchup that would vault him into stated high 10 within the positional rankings — inside that top-10 tier of fantasy QBs, two are on a bye (Kyler Murray, Deshaun Watson) in Week 8 and one other (Ben Roethlisberger) faces a brutal matchup (at Baltimore). — Cockcroft

Now Higgins. With 5 or extra targets in each sport this season (in a quantity move offense), Higgins has WR3/Flex worth in deeper leagues — with extra upside in Non-PPR codecs. The Bengals rookie extensive receiver caught 5 of 5 targets for 71 yards and a rating versus the Browns. He can run the in-breakers and modify to the ball on back-shoulder throws. That meshes with the accuracy and processing means of Burrow in Cincinnati. — Bowen

Davante Adams is aware of the method to search out quantity

Who wants different extensive receivers if you’ve obtained Adams? His 44.6 PPR fantasy factors set a brand new private finest, breaking his earlier mark of 41.6, set in Week 1, and people are his first two video games of 40-plus factors in his 90-game NFL profession. Even when defenses know it is coming, they can not seem to include Adams, who has seen such an outrageous quantity of targets that he has two of the highest seven single-game goal shares regardless of having been lively for less than 4 video games to this point (47.1% this week, fifth-largest; 41.5% in Week 1, seventh-largest). Well being keen, he is in fine condition to be the top-scoring extensive receiver the rest of the yr, accounting for his quantity in addition to a good remaining schedule, with solely his Weeks 12 (CHI), 15 (CAR) and 17 (@CHI) matchups wanting that difficult. — Cockcroft

Main troubles for the Dallas Cowboys‘ offense

That is back-to-back ugly video games for the Cowboys after shedding Dak Prescott to a season-ending damage in Week 5, and with Andy Dalton departing Sunday’s sport resulting from a concussion, there’s official query as to how adversely all these accidents — to not point out the crew’s defensive struggles — will have an effect on the offense going ahead. Contemplate that in these two video games, Ezekiel Elliott scored 12.0 and 6.1 PPR fantasy factors, properly beneath his 22.3 common within the first 5 weeks; CeeDee Lamb scored 13.4 and 0.1 factors on 16 complete targets; Michael Gallup scored 4.3 and 0.0 on eight complete targets; and Dalton Schultz scored 7.5 and 4.2 factors on 9 complete targets. After rookie Ben DiNucci took over underneath middle halfway by way of the third quarter, the Cowboys totaled solely 20 yards on 11 offensive performs, with all three of their possessions ending in punts. One would possibly suppose issues cannot get a lot worse for the Cowboys, and that issues ought to even out in opposition to weaker defenses, however the truth stays that they do not face many extra simple matchups, aside from maybe the Week 11 sport on the Vikings. I would fear about — and am downgrading — any of the above names in the meanwhile, although their rebound prospects would possibly a minimum of enhance ought to coach Mike McCarthy take over playcalling or maybe the crew acquires a extra confirmed quarterback. — Cockcroft

I agree, Tristan. And let’s not overlook that Lamb was held and not using a catch versus Washington (5 targets). Lamb has the flexibility to make performs up the seam, win on deep overs and extra. And you’ll scheme him up on screens and jet sweeps. Get him the ball in house. Nevertheless, this Dallas move sport already lacked juice with Dalton underneath middle. And if the veteran quarterback cannot go, we have now to surprise about Lamb’s fantasy worth in Week 8 versus the Eagles. — Bowen

Do not depend out Baker Mayfield but

Speak about in-game turnarounds. After going 0-for-5 passing with an interception to start Sunday’s sport, Mayfield got here roaring again to finish 22 of his last 23 move makes an attempt for 297 yards and 5 touchdowns, together with making a near-inexplicable, game-winning landing move to Donovan Peoples-Jones within the sport’s last minute. Mayfield set a brand new private finest within the course of by scoring 29.8 fantasy factors, and whereas it might’ve been simply fleeting luck, it must be identified that he did it whereas his No. 1 extensive receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., was sidelined resulting from a knee damage. What meaning for Mayfield, Beckham and the Cleveland Browns‘ offense going ahead is anybody’s guess, because it’s extremely unlikely that Beckham goes anyplace as Mayfield’s high goal. Possibly it is a turning level, nevertheless it’s a great factor to see from the younger quarterback with extraordinarily fantasy-friendly matchups upcoming in opposition to the Texans (Week 10), Jaguars (Week 12) and Titans (Week 13). –– Cockcroft


Fast-hitters

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills: For the third straight sport, we noticed an opposing protection use late motion and disguise versus the Payments quarterback, which creates some disruption for Allen by way of timing and rhythm as a thrower. Sure, Allen posted over 300 yards passing, with one other 61 yards speeding. And also you get that with Allen: the throwing quantity, plus the designed run ideas/scrambles. Nevertheless, with no scoring manufacturing on Sunday, and a Week 8 matchup versus the Patriots’ protection, Allen goes to slip again a bit in my rankings. Beforehand a lock as a top-5 weekly play, Allen drops down into my QB8-10 vary in opposition to New England. The Patriots haven’t been a shutdown protection this season, however that is an unique protection crew which can use a number of sub-package appears — with late motion and disguise — to power Allen to play extra off-schedule. — Bowen

Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: It is all concerning the availability with Johnson. Earlier than leaving the sport with an damage on Sunday, Johnson caught 9 of 15 targets for 80 yards — with two touchdowns. When he is up — and wholesome — Johnson is a primary match for the Steelers’ short-to-intermediate move sport with Ben Roethlisberger, which inserts Johnson’s traits as a catch-and-run goal. If he can go subsequent week, I am placing Johnson in my lineup as a WR3 in a 14-team league — even in a tricky matchup versus the Baltimore Ravens‘ protection. I will belief the quantity, and the route tree in Pittsburgh. — Bowen

Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Football Team: Whereas it did are available a dream matchup in opposition to the Cowboys, McLaurin’s 22.0 PPR fantasy level efficiency underscored his official declare to a WR1 valuation. His 11 targets out of 21 for Washington as a complete boosted his seasonal goal share to 29.7%, third largest within the league, and he has a good schedule as soon as he returns from the Week 8 bye. Actually, you would possibly need to make the most of his week off — fantasy managers typically get antsy whereas their gamers are on the sidelines — to proceed to pursue a trade for him. — Cockcroft

Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions: Golladay has missed a while with damage this season. Nevertheless, the veteran extensive receiver caught 6 of seven targets for 114 yards within the win over Atlanta on Sunday, after posting 105 yards receiving in Week 6. His catch radius is ridiculous, and so is the physique management. Plus, we all know quarterback Matthew Stafford will give him targets on 50/50 balls. Golladay will likely be a lower-tier WR1 in my rankings subsequent week versus the zone-heavy Colts protection. — Bowen

Dallas Cowboys protection: After one other poor efficiency versus Washington on Sunday, this Dallas protection has now produced a complete of -9 fantasy factors this season. That is final within the league and the worst complete for a D/ST by way of seven video games since 1940. On high of that, the Cowboys are solely the fifth D/ST in that span to have a detrimental rating by way of seven video games. Look, we will all see the problems right here, from an absence of communication and self-discipline, to the blown coverages within the secondary. Unhealthy soccer in any respect three ranges right here. — Bowen

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