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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!

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NASCAR: Quaker State 400 preview

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This week, the NASCAR cup series heads to Kentucky Motor Speedway for the Quaker State 400. Built in 2001, this track is a 1.5 mile tri-oval with a dog-leg on the front stretch. The most dangerous part of the track has to be turn three as the corner is flat compared to the other three corners that are banked. This has been a major point of contingency for these drivers as most of the cautions end up being there. Look for turn three to be a hot spot come Sunday. Last year, both the Busch brothers finished 1-2 in one of the most exciting finishes of the season so there will be a lot of hype for this race to live up to.

Last week at Indy, as we all expected the race was a crazy one. Over the course of the race's 160 laps, we saw many horrific accidents including a scary pit road accident involving Corey Lajoe, Ryan Blaney, Justin Allgier, Ryan Preece and others. The wreck started when everyone got stacked up entering the pits and the calamity was on from there. During the wreck Brennan Poole struck Rear Tire Changer Zach Price as he was trying to avoid the wrecking cars in front of him. After the incident fans and media alike all held their breath as they awaited news on his condition. But when the camera panned to him being loaded into the ambulance, there was a huge sigh of relief as he gave everyone a thumbs up signifying he was okay. Another scary moment was both Erik Jones and Alex Bowman's vicious crashes. Both cars had tire failures that sent their cars directly into the wall. Fortunately both drivers were okay but their days were over.

In the end, tire wear would end up claiming one more victim as it took out Denny Hamlin as well. With seven laps to go, the four-time winner this season was in prime position to get his fifth victory until his right front tire blew out, sending him hard into the turn 2 wall. This mishap handed the win to his main rival in the championship, Kevin Harvick, as he went on to claim his third Brickyard 400 victory and fourth win of the year. When it was all over, many questioned why there were so many tire failures and if new owner Roger Penske would make an effort to possibly widen the pit-road after the massive accident on Sunday.

Needless to say, there are a lot of questions on what will be different at Indy in 2021. When I talked to spotter Freddie Kraft on Tuesday, he gave a lot of good insights on both topics. When it came to the tire failures, he talked about how the increasing corner speeds at the racetrack has put a lot of pressure on these Goodyear tires which eventually led to them coming apart. As far as Pit-Road and what they can do to fix that, he talked about how it is difficult to make changes to a track that is so historical. Which makes sense, but he followed this up by saying that maybe it would be wise to give up a little history and move the wall over and make it wider. It will be interesting to see what NASCAR does in the coming months.

On Friday, Associated Press journalist Jenna Fryer revealed a bombshell announcement that 7-time champion and NASCAR's biggest name Jimmie Johnson, had tested positive for coronavirus. As everyone knows, the world is going through the worst pandemic it's ever faced in this lifetime. With the sport coming back and racing again, it was only a matter of time until one of the drivers came down with it. Unfortunately it had to be NASCAR's most recognizable driver. Thankfully, Jimmie made a full recovery and was cleared to return this weekend at Kentucky. This was a big scare for everyone in the NASCAR world, but I have to give a lot of credit to Johnson for being as forthright as he was about his diagnosis with everyone who he works with. It will be good to have Jimmie back on Sunday.

The driver that I have winning this weekend is Kyle Busch. While this season has been a disappointment for the defending champion, Kentucky would be a great place for him to turn it around. Ever since the cup series has started going there, Kyle has always been in contention to win. In fact, he won the first cup series race that was run at this track back in 2011. In his nine starts there, Kyle has finished outside the top ten only once and even then he finished 12th, back in 2016. Last season it appeared that Kyle was on his way to a third victory at this track, but he came up one spot short to his brother Kurt in a fantastic last lap duel. After a late race restart this weekend though, I see Kyle redeeming himself and capturing his first victory of 2020. Look for Kyle to get back on track come Sunday.


All stats and information used in this article are brought to you by the good folks at driveraverages.com and Racing-Reference.com, the best websites for all NASCAR stats.

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