Elias Sports Bureau and the NFL have made the following official stat changes for NFL Week 6:
Drew Brees one fewer pass completion and attempt.
Alvin Kamara one less recption.
Ryan Fitzpatrick rush changed to a sack for loss of 2 yards.
Cardinals defense one additional sack.
Latavius Murray one more receiving yard changed to 10 yards.
Jerick McKinnon one less rushing attempts changed from 15.
Jacoby Brissett rush changed to a 0 yard sack.
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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown has seemingly played his way into the QB2 conversation more weeks than not this season, and that is no different for Week 7 when Gang Green heads to Miami to take on the Dolphins. The ‘Fins may rank a scary 23rd in terms of fantasy points per game allowed to opposing QB's, but don't let that stop you from firing up McCown as your second signal-caller in two quarterback leagues. That number is vastly skewed by the measly 141-yard, one-touchdown game put up by Matt Cassel in Week 5, and our man McCown already has a 14.66 fantasy point game (in standard scoring leagues) against them this season. The big difference here is that this time, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is much more in the mix as McCown's new favorite target after making his debut against the Dolphins in Week 3. Fire up McCown as a QB2 with confidence.
Over the past few weeks, New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been one of the internet's biggest fantasy darlings, returning high TE1 value for a rock-bottom price. ASJ will once again be a TE1 for Week 7 when the Jets fly south to take on the Miami Dolphins. The ‘Fins have been pitiful against the tight end this season, ranking seventh in half-point PPR formats with 11.42 fantasy points-per-game allowed to the position. Combine that with the fact ASJ has become quarterback Josh McCown's favorite target, and you have a match made in heaven. With eight and 11 targets over the last two games, it's pretty clear who the number one option is for Gang Green. And oh, don't let ASJ's first game against Miami this year scare you (five catches for 31 yards -; still solid for a TE). That was in Week 3, his first game of the season after returning from suspension, and was not nearly as acclimated in the Jets offense as he is now -; undoubtedly McCown's go-to guy.
Martellus Bennett has had a disappointing season in fantasy terms in 2017. There are multiple reasons for this, but with the injury to Aaron Rodgers as well as additional injuries to the offensive line, you can feel safe that there is no breakout game coming. Bennett has struggled a bit from drops throughout the year, but his main problems have been lack of attention in the red zone and additional blocking responsibilities. There are too many weapons in Green Bay for Bennett to rack up huge receiving totals. His potential came from usage in the red zone, where the large tight end would presumably be a great target, yet he hasn't caught a touchdown yet. Bennett should not be started in Week 7 and should only be rostered in very deep leagues. In most situations there are better tight end fantasy prospects on the waiver wire.
Randall Cobb has been hanging on as a flex caliber player for much of this year, but with the injury to Aaron Rodgers that is likely to come to an end. Cobb should see his production drop sharply with Brett Hundley under center. New Orleans' defense has been improving over the course of the season and it no longer looks like an easy matchup for Green Bay's offense. Cobb, who has struggled to create separation early in his routes, is likely to be the odd man out as Green Bay will look to give Brett Hundley quick and easy passes to get him going. Randall Cobb should not be played outside of the deepest or most desperate scenarios for Week 7.
Jordy Nelson has lost a step or two over the past two years but has remained an elite fantasy player based on his connection to Aaron Rodgers. With Rodgers out and Brett Hundley starting, Nelson could see you his stat lines plummet. Nelson and Green Bay will take on an improving New Orleans defense in Week 7 in a game that will test just how much Nelson has left in the tank. Nelson will likely see fewer red zone targets in the game, which has been critical to his fantasy value. Despite the expected drop off in production, Nelson should still be started in most circumstances. He should be viewed as a low-end WR1/high-end WR2. The potential floor is much lower, but you should wager on his ability until he proves otherwise. Unless you have an incredibly deep set of wide receivers, Nelson should be started in most circumstances.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell draws a tough matchup in Week 7 as the Cincinnati Bengals will come to town for a divisional clash. Cincinnati's run defense ranks seventh in the league in DVOA and is allowing the 21st-most fantasy points per game to the position. Despite the tough matchup, Bell remains a must-start in all fantasy leagues. The Steelers leaned on Bell heavily in Week 6 to dispose of the Kansas City Chiefs and should do so again in Week 7, especially if their passing attack continues to struggle. Fire up Bell as a locked-in RB1 this weekend.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is coming off one of his best games of the season in Week 6, which saw him shred the Kansas City Chiefs for eight catches, 155 yards, and a touchdown. Brown will do battle with a familiar foe in Week 7 as the division rival Cincinnati Bengals will come to town. The Bengals have boasted a strong secondary this season, ranking seventh in pass defense DVOA. That being said, Brown is one of the most matchup-proof wide receivers in the game and should have little trouble getting open against Adam "Pacman" Jones and company. Use Brown as a top fantasy option again this week.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is coming off an eventful week, but not for the right reasons. News broke after Week 6 that the 25-year-old receiver was unhappy with the Steelers and had requested a trade. He later went on the record to refute those reports, but one has to believe there's some truth to the news that came out. Bryant has posted just one useful game this season, coming back in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings, when he caught four passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Outside of that game, he's been unusable in fantasy leagues. Bryant draws a tough matchup against a Cincinnati Bengals pass defense that ranks seventh in the league in DVOA. He needs to stay at the end of fantasy benches until he and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger show signs of life.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has struggled through one of the worst starts of his career. Through six games, the veteran signal caller is tied for second in the league with eight interceptions. Even worse for his fantasy owners, Roethlisberger hasn't even performed well at home, which had been a safe haven for him over the past few seasons. In Week 7, the Steelers will welcome the Cincinnati Bengals to town in what is a tough matchup for their passing game. Cincinnati's pass defense ranks seventh in DVOA on the year. Roethlisberger can't be trusted as anything more than a QB2 until he starts playing better.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Kenny Britt has been limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday with knee and groin issues. The veteran wide receiver has missed the past two games with the ailments and it is possible he may not suit up against the Tennessee Titans in Week 7. Even when Britt was healthy, he didn't perform well, struggling through an extremely slow season for his new team. In four games, he has just eight receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown. Even if he suits up in Week 7 he can't be trusted in fantasy and is waiver wire fodder outside of deeper leagues.
Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell will be looking to get going in Week 7 against Tennessee Titans. The fourth-year running back is struggling through a slow season, gaining 252 yards on 74 carries while still looking for his first touchdown on the year. The Titans have been much tougher against the run than the pass this season, allowing the 20th most fantasy points per game to running backs. While Crowell was drafted to be an RB2 this season, he's better left on the bench or used as a desperation flex until he shows us something on the field.
Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson had a streak of three straight games with a score snapped in Week 6 against the Houston Texans, but he still remains the top fantasy option in the Browns' backfield. Johnson is set to take on the Tennessee Titans in Week 7. Tennessee has struggled against pass-catching running backs this season, ranking 25th in DVOA according to Football Outsiders. Vegas has the Browns as six-point home underdogs, meaning Johnson should see a heavy workload once his team falls behind and needs to move into catchup mode. Johnson can be trusted as a flex option in PPR leagues.
Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer was reinstalled this week as the team's starting quarterback after sitting on the bench for their 33-17 loss to the Houston Texans in Week 6. Kizer leads the NFL with nine interceptions, despite only playing in four and a half games this season. His Week 7 matchup against the Tennessee Titans is a favorable one as Tennessee is allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks and their pass defense ranks just 25th in DVOA. While the matchup is prime, it's hard to place much trust in Kizer's ability to take advantage considering his play this season. Consider Kizer a low-end QB2 for Week 7.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has a bad matchup against the Vikings in Week 7. They are one of the best defenses in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Ravens have been a subpar offense this season. It is possible that Flacco finds a way to surprise people, especially in a season as weird as 2017. However, it is hard to recommend him.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson has had some games with useful reception totals this week. His strength is accumulating receptions but fantasy owners wish he would put up more yardage totals so that his point totals would inch into the TE1 discussion. The Vikings are one of the better defenses but if Flacco is forced to pass a lot in the game, there is hope that Watson finds his way to some catches. He is not a great option in Week 7 though.
Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins is coming off his largest workload of the season in Week 6. He actually received more touches than the guy considered the starter, Javorius Allen. Week 7 is worrisome though. The Vikings are one of the best defenses in the NFL while the Ravens offense has struggled most of the season. Collins has been producing some big-gain plays so he has potential but this is a tough week to project a strong effort by Collins.
Baltimore Ravens running back Javorius Allen draws a tough matchup for Week 7. The Vikings are one of the better overall defenses in the league while the Ravens are not a dynamic offense. Of further concern is the fact that Allen splits touches with Alex Collins who actually received more in Week 6. Allen could still be a factor in non-shallow leagues but this could easily be a down week for the Ravens offense.
Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson has been the lead running back on the depth chart since the preseason. Week 7 brings a chance for the entire Broncos running game to rebound from a surprisingly bad Week 6. The one concern is that the head coach came out this week and said that he wants Jamaal Charles to get more touches going forward. Anderson could still be the lead running back and a weekly fantasy start but this piece of speculation does bear watching.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas will be playing without Emmanuel Sanders in Week 7. The Chargers pass defense will likely key on him to try to force guys like Bennie Fowler to beat them. The hope for Thomas owners is that the Broncos will establish a strong run game and force the Chargers to focus on that which hopefully could allow him to get some exploitable matchups. He is too talented to be benched in most situations unless you are stacked at wide receiver and flex.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler will get the start in Week 7 versus the Chargers. He is normally the third WR for Denver and hasn't been a major asset since his surprising two TDs in Week 1. However, Emmanuel Sanders will miss the game due to a leg injury so Fowler will get the start opposite Demaryius Thomas. He is not a recommended start in most leagues but he does have some upside in really deep leagues since the odds are that he will catch some passes.
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