NFL Week That Was: Week 7
Glenn Colton takes an in-depth look at the past week of the NFL season and how everything turned out for fantasy football owners.
Jacoby Brissett : It was Brissett, not Deshaun Watson , had a day to remember Sunday. Jacoby went 26-39 for 326 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions (and added 6 yards rushing). That makes for a sweet 35 fantasy points in most formats. Is this an aberration? Well, I would have to say no. In the last four weeks (not counting the bye week), Brissett has put up over 26 fantasy points in three of those four games. On the year, Brissett has 14 touchdowns against just 3 interceptions. I am not ready to anoint him a plug and play starter but he should be owned in all leagues and likely a starter next week when Dak and Lamar are on bye. [Final note – with all of the injuries to QBs, including Matty Ice this week – having quarterback insurance is more important than in any year I can remember so act accordingly].
Marvin Jones : Jones had a day to remember Sunday hauling in 10 balls for 93 yards and four touchdowns. Yes, FOUR TOUCHDOWNS. If you own and started Marvin, nice work. A tip of the cap to you! The question is what next for Marvin and what else can we take from this performance? Well, given that he had only 20 catches in the previous five games, it is unrealistic to expect such big numbers going forward. I think the break out was due to Kerryon Johnson getting hurt and thus opening up touches and Xavier Rhodes not being able to track Marvin. Bottom line, this is a great sell high opportunity, but not before the tasty matchup on deck against the Giants. Stated another way, sell Marvin high after the Giant game so you can sell him as a sure-fire producer against Oakland. Just conveniently forget to mention that the Bears follow Oakland on the Lions’ schedule.
David Montgomery : Montgomery received only four touches in Sunday’s loss. Only four! Honestly, it is mind-boggling that the Bears would trade away Jordan Howard (who trailed only Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley in rushing yards in his time in Chicago), draft Monty and then let him sit in the proverbial corner. Ugh. There is no way to trust any Bear not named Allen Robinson at this point. If you own Monty, you have no choice but to stash him on the bench and hope the Bears come to their senses.
Corey Davis : Welcome back Mr. Davis. After languishing in fantasy anonymity, Corey Davis reeled in six balls for 80 yards and a touchdown. More importantly, new Titan quarterback Ryan Tannehill seemed to actually look for and target the team’s best downfield playmaker attempting to . . . wait for it . . . make plays! With Tampa on the schedule next week, Corey Davis is going to be active in all my lineups and likely in some of my DFS lineups as well. After all, this is a guy who was the fifth overall pick in the draft, can go up and get the ball at 6’3”, can muscle smaller defensive backs with his 210-pound frame, and can run by the bigger defensive backs. Buy low opportunity!
Jared Goff : Last week we wrote: “I had to look twice to believe these numbers: 13-24 for only 78 yards and no touchdowns. Yuck! Even Ryan Tannehill playing only part of a game with his team getting shut out was better than that. That said, Goff is about to get the perfect cure for this dud and a season where he has yet to throw more than touchdowns in a game – dates with the Bengals and Falcons in the next two weeks. Yum. Eat up those stats the next two weeks and then try and cut bait and sell high before the Pittsburgh, Chicago, Baltimore run of tough games get played. Bottom line here, the Rams are simply not the offensive (or even defensive) team of a year ago. Just not”. Well, so far things are going according to plan. Goff carved up the Falcons for 268 yards, two passing TDs and a rushing TD for 27+ fantasy points. Ride the wave against the Bengals and then sell high!
Final Note: Who should be the target of my rant? Maybe the Cardinals? Yeah, but not for the fantasy implications of the David Johnson juke but because they somehow decided to risk him playing one play and then deciding it was not worth it. Yeah, and if it was too risky, why dress only two running backs? Yeah, they beat the lowly, rebuilding Giants but boy what a mess. Oh, and do not get me started on the Bengals or Falcons. Eek.