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Fantasy Football: Five Things to Watch in NFL Week 7

Updated: Oct 27, 2022

If you're looking for help deciding which players to start and sit this week, look at my Week 7 Fantasy Football position rankings here. Here's a look at five things you should pay attention to heading into Week 7.

Some quarterbacks that could turn in QB1 performances.

Jimmy Garoppolo, Geno Smith and Derek Carr could all serve as bye-week replacements for players like Josh Allen, Jalen Hurts, Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins. They won't produce like Allen or Hurts, but they could save your week. Garoppolo faces a Chiefs defense that has allowed at least two touchdown passes in every game this season. Smith has had four strong performances out of six and faces the Chargers on Sunday. Carr takes on the Texans as he comes off a bye week. He hasn't been great this season, but you could do a lot worse when your main starter is off.

Look for Mike Williams to bounce back.

Williams had just two catches for 17 yards against the Broncos. Justin Herbert targeted him just six times as he struggled to get open. Still, without Keenan Allen, you'd expect Herbert to give the big-bodied Williams more chances to go up and get the ball. The Chargers next face the Seahawks and Allen seems to almost be lobbying to sit another game before the bye week. If he does miss another game, Williams should get back to logging a solid score. He's posted three 100-yard games this season.

Beware the T.J. Hockenson tight end start against the Cowboys.

While he may sound like a decent start for a position that's tough to fill in recent years, the matchup against the Cowboys isn't a good one. Dallas has yet to allow a TD pass to tight ends. Tyler Higbee had the best day against the Cowboys when he caught seven passes for 46 yards. Last week they held Dallas Goedert to two catches for 22 yards. Hockenson has had about three useful games for fantasy, and his eight-catch, 179-yard, two-TD performance against the Seahawks in Week 4 had most managers salivating. He followed that up with a goose egg in Week 5 before the Week 6 bye.

Monitor how Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are used.

Chubb finally had a disappointing performance last week, rushing a season-low 12 times for a season-low 56 yards against the Patriots. Cleveland would do well to just feed Chubb as much as possible against the Ravens. Hunt had an even worse game against the Patriots, rushing just four times for 12 yards. It's the first game of the season in which he didn't have double-digit carries. The New England offense doesn't have enough fire power to run away with a win, so that bodes well for the Cleveland backfield to produce well.

Keep riding the wave with Josh Jacobs.

The Texans started the season by allowing 161 yards to Jonathan Taylor, which isn't outside the realm of expectations. Then they allowed Khalil Herbert to rush for 157 yards a couple weeks later, though. In Week 5 they gave up 98 yards on 20 total carries between James Robinson and Travis Etienne. Jacobs is coming off two monster games in which he totaled 298 rushing yards. He should have another strong outing against Houston.


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