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Fantasy football under-the-radar plays — Week 7

With Cooper Kupp out, Woods should have a nice performance. Photo via LA Rams/Facebook

Week 7 is fast approaching and I have more sleeper plays for you. Let’s take a peek at how I did last week, and then look ahead to this week’s slate of games. My standard for a good fantasy game is around 100 total yards and/or a TD, and this is for PPR scoring. Of course, the bar is a little lower for TEs.  

Week 6 Results

RB

Sony Michel (JAX): Right, great game! He was my play of the week.

Aaron Jones (SF): Wrong, he scored but it was overturned.

Alfred Morris (PIT): Wrong! Shanahanigans strike again. The dude didn’t even get a touch and Breida decided to play at the last minute. Let me say this again, I write this on Wednesday or Thursday. Make sure you check who’s active before the games.

Marshawn Lynch (TEN): Wrong, the revenge factor hasn’t been a big theme in 2018 for some reason. Of course, the Raiders were getting destroyed and had to give up on running the ball.

WR

Calvin Ridley (ATL): Wrong, he hurt his ankle and had to leave the game.

Sterling Shepard (NYG): Wrong, bad Eli showed his ugly face.

Julian Edelman (NE): Right, over 60 total yards and a TD.

Emmanuel Sanders (DEN): Right, 7 catches for 115 and a TD. I liked him more than most analyst.

Sammy Watkins (KC): Wrong, all the love went to Hill with three TDs.

Tyler Boyd (CIN): Right, big-ass game! He got in the end zone twice.

TE

Austin Hooper (ATL): Right, he did it again! He’s gone from unusable to a weekly starter in two weeks. That’s how bad TE is.

Cameron Brate (TB): Right, he scored! I didn’t think O.J. Howard would play and Brate still came through.

QB

Jameis Winston (TB): Right, Huge first game back as the starter for Jameis!

Andy Dalton (CIN): Right, 2TDs and no interceptions.

I went 8-5 this week or 8-6 if you count Alfred Morris against me. I said in last week’s article that I liked Morris because of opportunity with Breida out, not for any other reason. Once Breida was active, all bets were off. Still, it was another good week picking sleepers. Let’s take a look at Week 7. These players are in no particular order.

Week 7

RB

Kerryon Johnson (DET): It's a great matchup and I just have a feeling.

David Johnson (ARI): It’s crazy to think Johnson would be in a sleeper article, but he hasn’t been as good as expected this year. Plus, the Broncos have given up two consecutive 200-yard rushing games over the past couple weeks. Yes, 200 yards to Gurley and Crowell.

Frank Gore (MIA): The Lions are allowing over 30FPTS/G to RBs over the last month, so he’s definitely worth a shot with several teams on bye this week.

LeSean McCoy (BUF): This is good week to use McCoy, and I think he makes an impact in the passing game.

WR

Jarvis Landry (CLE): He has a fantastic matchup playing the Bucs who are giving up over 51FPTS/G to the WR position over their last three games. He’s coming off a down week, but at least he was targeted heavily in his poor performance.

Robert Woods (LAR): The 49ers’ secondary is nothing to be afraid of. San Francisco gives up almost 39FPTS/G to the position in their last 5 games, and he should get a bump in targets with Cooper Kupp out.

Marquis Goodwin (KC): The Rams are getting killed by WRs. Over the last month they average giving up over 50FPTS/G to the position. He’s worth a shot this week, for sure.

Julian Edelman (NE): He should continue to produce, and Brady will most likely have to get the ball out against the Bears defense.

Tyler Boyd (CIN): He was great last week, and I think he’s worth using again against the Chiefs underwhelming defense. The Chiefs are the 10th best matchup for WRs this season.

TE

David Njoku (CLE): There’s a reason the Bucs fired their DC. This defense it horrible, and they give up the most points to TEs over the last four games.

Trey Burton (CHI) The Pats have allowed 4 TDs to TEs in the last 5 games, so he’s worth using this week.

QB

Kirk Cousins (TB): Have to love the matchup here with the Jets allowing over 24FPTS/G to the QB position over the last 5 games, and his WRs are great.

Andy Dalton (CIN): He’s a great guy to use this week with so many players on bye, and there should be a lot of points scored here.

That’s all I have for this week. For more fantasy info, make sure you check out my show Moneyline on ESPN 97.5 every Sunday from 10-noon. Jerry Bo and I will get you ready for kickoff and answer any questions you may have. Also, follow us on Twitter.

 Good luck in Week 7!

@jordanpfx

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Houston is falling down the rankings

Tigers pound Odorizzi, Astros with homers as Houston drops fourth in a row

The Astros have not looked great in their last four games. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

After watching their hot start of 6-1 cool down to a 6-4 record with three straight losses, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night, looking to do a better job at home against a beatable Tigers team.

Recent games' woes would continue, though, with Houston's pitching getting blasted by the opposing offense and their own bats primarily quiet.

Final Score: Tigers 8, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-5, tied for second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Matthew Boyd (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (0-1)

Astros score first, then Tigers unload on Odorizzi

Houston looked to have something brewing in the bottom of the second, with three singles in the first four batters of the inning, the third an RBI-single by Myles Straw to put the Astros in front 1-0. However, Matthew Boyd would limit the damage, getting back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.

After two easy innings for Jake Odorizzi in his regular-season debut for his new team, he would allow a game-tying solo homer to Akil Baddoo, his fourth of the year, in the top of the third. Detroit struck again in the top of the fourth, getting a leadoff double to set up a two-run go-ahead home run to jump ahead 3-1.

They didn't stop there, getting another two-run bomb later in the same inning; a frame that would take Odorizzi 31 pitches to get only one out before Houston would bring in Bryan Abreu to get the last two outs. Odorizzi's final line in his debut: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 HR, 0 BB, 4 K, 80 P.


Detroit continues home run parade, Houston loses fourth in a row

Abreu would hope to do what Luis Garcia did the night before, eat up as many innings as possible after a poor outing from Houston's starter. The Tigers would get yet another two-run homer, though, in the top of the fifth, extending their lead to 7-1, with all seven runs coming over a three-inning span. For good measure, they'd knock one more out with two outs in the top of the ninth, making it 8-1.

As far as Houston at the plate, other than their string of hits to bring in a run earlier in the second, they were getting nothing done against Boyd, who would go six and two-thirds innings. Detroit's bullpen would finish things off, despite an all-too-late sac fly by the Astros in the bottom of the ninth, with Houston dropping their fourth-straight game and continuing to lose ground in the division.

Up Next: The finale of this three-game set with Detroit will be an hour earlier on Wednesday, getting underway at 6:10 PM Central. Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will try to maintain his perfect record and improve upon his two five-inning one-run starts for the Astros, going opposite of Michael Fulmer (0-0, 2.57 ERA) for the Tigers.

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