Fantasy Football: Studs and Duds from Week 7

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws a pass in the third quarter of the NFL Week 7 game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. The Bengals moved into the top of the AFC North with a 41-17 win over the Ravens. Xxx 1024bengals Ravens Nfl 70 Jpg S Cin Det Usa Md

One thing that is extremely important is to review your fantasy football lineups and see what players did well, which ones faltered, and see who you could add to your team to only turn it into a championship contender. I’ll review and highlight some top performances from the previous week, go over some players that failed to deliver, and go over some waiver wire pickups coming off an interesting Week 7 for fantasy football owners.

Studs

This week’s studs have to start with the kid out of LSU and the savior of the Cincinnati Bengals — Joe Burrow. But who else shined in the world of fantasy football? Here’s my pick for this week’s studs.

Quarterbacks

Joe Burrow

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Oct 24, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) signals to fans after beating the Baltimore Ravens 41-17 at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Burrow continues to prove that he is ascending into the Top-10 fantasy football quarterback status this season and Sunday’s performance against the Ravens absolutely proved that. He completed 60% of his passes for 416 yards and reached the end zone three times through the air.

Matthew Stafford

Stafford had a big revenge game on Sunday as he went up against his former team in the Detroit Lions. Stafford completed 68% of his passes for 334 yards while also tossing three touchdown passes. While the Lions hung in there for several quarters, this Rams offense led by Stafford took the game over and didn’t look back. Stafford continues to be a great fantasy football quarterback to mirror what he’s doing in real life for the Rams.

Running Backs

D’Ernest Johnson

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Cleveland Browns running back D’Ernest Johnson gets away from Denver’s Justin Strnad on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio, at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns won the game 17-14. [Phil Masturzo/ Beacon Journal] Browns5

One of the best spot start fantasy football performances in some time came from D’Ernest Johnson in Week 7 against the Denver Broncos. Johnson had 22 carries for 146 rushing yards and was able to find the end zone on the opening drive of the game.

Alvin Kamara

Kamara had a very “Kamara-like” performance as most of his damage was done through the passing game. He did carry the rock 20 times for 51 yards but was targeted 11 times and hauled in 10 of those targets for catches for 128 receiving yards and a touchdown. That’s sort of his MO when it comes to fantasy football points, and we’ll take it.

Wide Receiver

Ja’Marr Chase

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) breaks tackles as he takes a reception 82 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter of the NFL Week 7 game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. The Bengals moved into the top of the AFC North with a 41-17 win over the Ravens. Cincinnati Bengals At Baltimore Ravens Week 7

Just like Burrow, Chase is continuing to show why he was the most NFL-ready receiver prospect coming out in the 2021 draft. Chase hauled eight of 10 targets for 80 yards while managing to bring in another receiving touchdown. He continues to be one of the better first-year fantasy football draft picks as we get closer to the middle of the 2021 season.

Cooper Kupp

Kupp continues to be Stafford’s favorite target and he could very well finish as the top fantasy football receiver this season. Kupp grabbed 10 of 13 targets for 156 receiving yards and two touchdowns and continues to be a star on the gridiron.

Tight Ends

Kyle Pitts

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Pitts had a very strong showing on Sunday and flashed his upside to Falcons fans as to why they looked his way in the 2021 NFL Draft. Pitts brought in seven of eight targets for 163 receiving yards and is continuing to prove he is one of the better bright spots at the tight end position. While still not a fantasy football star each week, he’s gaining confidence and targets which means he may be a starter the rest of the way.

C.J. Uzomah

Uzomah had a monster day despite only seeing three receiving targets. He brought in all three targets for 100 receiving yards but continues to be a go-to guy in the red zone as he hauled in two receiving touchdowns against Baltimore. That red zone pedigree has made his fantasy football stock rise and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon.

Duds

Quarterbacks

Justin Fields

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Oct 24, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (90) sacks Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Fields really had a rough outing against Tampa Bay and if the Bears can’t fix their offensive line issues, it could be a rough rookie season for Fields altogether. Fields only managed to get 184 passing yards but threw three interceptions and zero touchdown passes. He’s not a fantasy football starter at this point.

Running Backs

Antonio Gibson

Gibson had a solid workload in Week 7 but still was unable to produce like fantasy football owners were hoping he would. Gibson carried the rock 14 times for 51 rushing yards and also saw two targets in the passing game but that was not good enough if you were relying on Gibson this week.

Wide Receivers

Julio Jones

Jones has let fantasy football owners down if they were expecting Julio Jones from five years ago. He is coming off of a rough performance on Sunday where he had only two catches for 38 yards and he is still searching for his first touchdown reception as a Titans player.

Allen Robinson II

We might as well just lock in Allen Robinson as a permanent resident of the dud section for receivers. Robinson had such promise and upside coming into this 2021 season but he has failed to deliver every single week. In week 7, Robinson brought in two catches for 16 yards and has failed to find the end zone yet again.

Tight Ends

Noah Fant

After having some very solid weeks, Fant had a bit of a letdown game in week 7. Fant only had five receptions for 39 receiving yards and fantasy owners were probably expecting more out of Fant this past week.

Gerald Everett

Everett is another tight end that has disappointed fantasy owners this season and he had another dud performance on Monday against the Saints. He hauled in only three catches for 11 receiving yards and this kind of performance will not help you win your fantasy matchup on a week-to-week basis.

Waiver Wire Pickups

Elijah Mitchell

If Elijah Mitchell is still available on the waiver wire, he should be one to go pick up immediately! Mitchell got the lion’s share of carries in week 7 against Indianapolis and looks to be the main back moving forward for this 49ers offense.

Kenneth Gainwell

It looks like Miles Sanders could be out for the upcoming week so the next guy in Philly could be Kenneth Gainwell. Gainwell has carved out a role in this Eagles offense already but with more carries and a larger workload, he could make for a great waiver wire pickup over the next couple of weeks.

Darnell Mooney

While Allen Robinson continues to struggle, Mooney looks to be a more explosive fantasy option to have in this Bears offense. He has scored double-digit PPR points in three of seven games this season and is seeing over six targets per game.