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How is your fantasy team looking thus far? Have you cruised your way to a 5-1 or 6-0 record or have you been stitching pieces of your team together to maintain an average 4-2 or 3-3 record? Or worse have you been lost navigating your bench and barely keeping yourself alive with 2-4, 1-5 records, and dare I say it an 0-6 record? Regardless of where you find yourself in the standings and no matter how bad you may be getting trash talked into making bad decisions with your lineup, I can help you improve. Take, for example, my bold prediction last week on Aaron Rodgers. Yes he left with a season-ending injury so technically I was wrong, but look at it a little bit closer. If someone had taken my advice and was convinced that Rodgers would end up having a below average day, they would have benched him for someone else and have earned some much-needed fantasy points, like Carson Palmer who is only owned in about 60% of fantasy leagues. Sometimes these predictions can pay dividends for your team in different ways. Get a win this week with these bold predictions for week seven.
#1) Joe Mixon records his first 100-yard rushing game – Anyone still hoping Joe Mixon will be fantasy relevant this season? Well, you’re in luck. Coming off a 51 yard, one touchdown game in week five, Mixon entered the BYE week as a player whom everyone could not wait for his return in week seven to see if he could build upon his success. Even though the Steelers shut down Kareem Hunt on the ground, they still are only ranked 24th in the NFL in rushing defense (118.5 rushing yards allowed per game). The Bengals are slowly giving Mixon more and more touches as the weeks go by and staying away from the former two-headed monster: Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill. This is a perfect opportunity for the Oklahoma alumni to have his breakthrough game on the ground and maybe even find the end zone once or twice if he is lucky enough.
#2) Demaryius Thomas continues his hot streak with 150 yards and two touchdowns – Besides his 10 catch, 133-yard game last week against the Giants, Thomas hasn’t shown fantasy owners much that he can be a true threat to opposing teams but I think he can keep his hot streak going against the Chargers this weekend. Los Angeles just came off a week of giving up 52 receiving yards and a touchdown to Michael Crabtree of the Oakland Raiders. I believe that Demaryius Thomas is a more profound receiver than Crabtree which means he has a higher ceiling to do better this week. The only thing that could hold him back is Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian who is a crapshoot player at best this season but if he is “on”, then the results can be phenomenal for the Denver Broncos. The Broncos will also likely be missing wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders, Isaiah McKenzie, and Cody Latimer. Expect Thomas to get plenty of action this weekend.
#3) Evan Engram will be a top-three fantasy tight end – Probably one of my favorite tight ends to watch in the game right now, Evan Engram has a rare blend of great hands, athleticism, and size. He was on track to set rookie tight end records for the season and now that the Giants are missing basically everyone on their receiving core, he is bound to continue trending in the right direction. Since the Giants major injuries to their wide receivers, Engram has seen an increase in targets from Eli Manning and judging by how well he can produce on the field, he seems to not only be the Giants best-receiving option but also a nice security blanket for the struggling Eli Manning. Engram will have a true test of his abilities on Sunday when he and the Giants welcome the Seattle Seahawks off of a BYE and I believe if the Giants can get any bit of offense going, it will start and end with the rookie tight end.
#4) Packers receivers collectively held under 200 yards, and one touchdown – This is a PSA to all Green Bay Packer wide receiver owners still clinging to the fact that the Packers will continue to put up decent numbers consistently. They won’t. Don’t get me wrong, they are still talented but to think that Brett Hundley will be throwing to them and not Aaron Rodgers is truly upsetting. Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, and even Martellus Bennett will all take hits in their fantasy stock for the rest of the season due to poor quarterback play. I would not put it past them to have some monstrous games that we all know they are capable of doing but coming into this week against a Saints team that isn’t as bad as everyone makes them out to be, it will be a long day for anyone wearing a Packers jersey, or more importantly in our case, anyone with a Packer on their fantasy team. Stay away from Green Bay this week.
#5) LeGarrette Blount held to under four yards per carry, only 50 rushing yards – LeGarrette Blount has been an interesting fantasy option this year. From underperforming, not recording a carry, having a 100-yard game, and averaging 5.6 yards per carry in 2017, he has really been all over the place and although he is a crucial part of the Eagles offense, he is not a consistent enough player to put in a lineup week-to-week. In the week one matchup between the Eagles and Redskins, Blount only had 46 yards on 14 carries (3.3 YPC) and added an extremely rare receiving touchdown to bolster his final stat line. If you have kept up with all of my articles this season, you know how much I love the Redskins defense this season and they have continued to show everyone that they are, in fact, a legitimate defense. Also, add in the fact that Wendell Smallwood is returning this week from injury, it’s not looking too good for Blount. I don’t see this going any other way for Blount as the Redskins are likely to keep him in check and not surrender much on the ground this week.