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From The Godfather: Week 7

Sat Oct 19 5:32pm ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
Contributing Writer

The four teams with a bye this week are the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The Buffalo Bills get the next closet thing as the Miami Dolphins come for a visit.

The game that should feature the most offense is the Rams visiting the Falcons.  Neither team has played up to their expectations, and neither defense has played well.  Both Matt Ryan and Jared Goff should have 250-plus passing yard days with multiple touchdowns.  

Buffalo gets Miami for a home game, so you’ll want to load up with Bills players.  Top on the list is quarterback Josh Allen, who can score both rushing and passing, and he’ll probably do both this week.  With Devin Singletary back, he’ll split carries with Frank Gore. Both could get over 100 yards rushing in this game, but it’s a guessing game as to which will get into the end zone.  A sleeper play is the tight end, Dawson Knox. He could put up huge numbers, also.

Quarterbacks: Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew could have his best game as a pro with both Cincinnati corners out and a bad passing defense to face in Week 7.  Giants quarterback Daniel Jones could do likewise against a bad Cardinal defense (but they do get Patrick Peterson back this week).  He gets Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram back in the lineup. Plus, Golden Tate has looked good in recent weeks, so they’ll have the best weapons so far this year.  I also like Jared Goff to bounce back from the disastrous game last week.  The Falcons defense can cure what’s wrong, and hopefully, the offensive line gives him some time to work this week.  And Dak Prescott should have a big performance against the miserable Eagles pass defense.

Running Backs: Jacksonville and Leonard Fournette get the Bengals rushing defense that’s last in the league at yards per carry and rushing yards per game.  He should approach 200-rushing yards. Latavius Murray gets the start with Alvin Kamara out, but he goes against the Bears, so I’m not expecting a big game. Beware!

Wide Receivers: D.J. Chark has been putting up big games for Jacksonville, and he will again this week, taking advantage of the Bengals backup corners.  Cooper Kupp leads the league in targets, and he’ll get double-digit targets again this week against the Falcons.  Allen Lazard emerged as a go-to receiver for Aaron Rodgers this past week, and with both DeVante Adams and Geronimo Allison out, he’s in line for a lot of targets this week against a weak Raiders pass defense. 49ers receiver Dante Pettis will get more targets with their other receivers banged up. Plus, he gets a bad Redskins defense.

Tight End: Other than Dawson Knox, the guy who should have best numbers at tight end is Giants tight end Evan Engram.  Arizona has allowed big weeks to tight ends every week, and that should continue.

Defense: Other than the Bills, both the Patriots (against the Jets) and 49ers (at Washington ) should be good plays.

Have a good Week 7!

Charlie Wiegert was the sixth person to be inducted in the Fantasy Sports Hall Of Fame in 2001. He is a founder of CDM Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He has been playing and winning fantasy baseball leagues since 1984. If you have any questions for Charlie, email them to cwiegert@cdmsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.

Player Notes
Raheem Mostert Nov 11 7:13pm ET

San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (knee) is officially active for the team's Week 10 game.

Fantasy Spin: Mostert is coming off a disappointing Week 10 performance and probably will only see a handful of touches this week. He can be avoided in all fantasy leagues.

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Josh Gordon Nov 11 7:13pm ET

Seattle Seahawks WR Josh Gordon (ankle) is officially active for the team's Week 10 game.

Fantasy Spin: Gordon has been with the Seahawks for a little over a week, so he may see limited snaps this week against the San Francisco 49ers. Fantasy players probably should see him play in a game before considering him as a starting option.

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Robbie Gould Nov 11 7:03pm ET

San Francisco 49ers PK Robbie Gould (quadriceps) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 10 game.

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Marquel Lee Nov 11 6:53pm ET

Oakland Raiders LB Marquel Lee (ankle) participated in practice Monday, Nov. 11. He is currently on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Robbie Gould Nov 11 6:53pm ET

The San Francisco 49ers have declared CB Ahkello Witherspoon, RB Jeff Wilson Jr., PK Robbie Gould, DT Jullian Taylor, OT Justin Skule, QB C.J. Beathard and TE George Kittle inactive for Week 10.

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George Kittle Nov 11 6:53pm ET

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (ankle, knee) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 10 game.

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Jaron Brown Nov 11 6:53pm ET

The Seattle Seahawks have declared WR Jaron Brown, CB Akeem King, WR John Ursua, OG Phil Haynes, RB C.J. Prosise, DL L.J. Collier and S Lano Hill inactive for Week 10.

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Kalen Ballage Nov 11 6:50pm ET

Now with the backfield almost completely to himself, Miami Dolphins running back Kalen Ballage did little in Miami's 16-12 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, rushing 20 times for just 48 yards. Following the trade of Kenyan Drake and the suspension of Mark Walton, Ballage was virtually the only option out of the backfield for Miami, with just two carries going to backup Jordan Laird. Ballage may have the job to himself for the foreseeable future but Miami continues to be a subpar offense, making him only a desperate play for most fantasy owners. Until he and the Dolphins can prove they are able to manage more than the 229 yards of offense that they did on Sunday, leave Ballage on the waiver wire where he belongs.

From RotoBaller

DeVante Parker Nov 11 6:40pm ET

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Devante Parker was quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's favorite target in a 16-12 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, with his 10 targets leading the team. Parker could only haul in five of those passes, however, finishing with just 69 yards receiving in the win, and failing to score a touchdown for only the second time in the past six games. It may have been a disappointing final line, as the Dolphin offense only managed 229 yards of offense on the day, but Parker is seemingly firmly entrenched as Miami's number-one receiver, making him a viable flex option in most weeks. Just not for this week, as the Dolphins will face a Buffalo Bills Defense in Week 11 that's allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers in 2019.

From RotoBaller

Will Parks Nov 11 6:33pm ET

Denver Broncos S Will Parks (hand) will participate in practice Tuesday, Nov. 12, while CB Bryce Callahan (foot) will try to practice.

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Devin Funchess Nov 11 6:23pm ET

Indianapolis Colts WR Devin Funchess (shoulder) is expected to participate in practice this week.

Fantasy Spin: Funchess probably is a few weeks away from returning to the lineup but should be at least a limited participant during practice this week. He should have some fantasy value when he returns and can be a No. 3 receiver or flex option.

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Jacoby Brissett Nov 11 6:13pm ET

Indianapolis Colts QB Jacoby Brissett (knee) likely will be the starting quarterback for the Week 11 game if he is able to be a full participant during practice Wednesday, Nov. 13, according to head coach Frank Reich.

Fantasy Spin: The Colts decided to hold Brissett out last week so he could rest his knee, so fantasy players will need to monitor his practice participation during the week. He would be facing a good Jacksonville Jaguars defense if he plays but could be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick Nov 11 6:10pm ET

After winning his second-straight game, head coach Brian Flores declared that Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would remain the starter for "the foreseeable future". Fitzpatrick didn't exactly shine in the Dolphins 16-12 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 10, throwing for 169 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception, salvaging 12 fantasy points on the day with an 11-yard touchdown run late in the second half. Save for the one touchdown drive, Miami's offense was mostly inept in victory, totaling just 229 yards on the day. Fitzpatrick needs to stay on the waiver wire in Week 11, as the Dolphins will face a Buffalo Bills team that's allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in 2019.

From RotoBaller

Mike Gesicki Nov 11 5:50pm ET

A popular streaming option headed into a Week 10 matchup with the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki scored zero fantasy points in Miami's 16-12 victory on the road. The second-year tight end had three receptions for 28 yards, with a lost fumble on Miami's first drive negating what few points Gesicki would earn on the day. While his six targets were second on the team to the ten of Devante Parker, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick targeted Gesicki mostly on shorter routes, throwing him only one ball down the field. With teammate Preston Williams out for the remainder of the season, Gesicki could occasionally be worth a look as a streaming candidate given his likely volume of targets. Just probably not when the Dolphins host the Bills in Week 11, as Buffalo is allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to tight ends in 2019.

From RotoBaller

Brandon Copeland Nov 11 5:33pm ET

New York Jets LB Brandon Copeland (hip) is dealing with a hip strain and is scheduled to meet with a specialist.

From TheHuddle

DeShawn Shead Nov 11 5:23pm ET

Free-agent S DeShawn Shead (Seahawks) worked out for the Oakland Raiders Monday, Nov. 11, according to a source.

From TheHuddle

Deon Cain Nov 11 5:13pm ET

Free-agent WR Deon Cain was signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad Monday, Nov. 11.

From TheHuddle

Dontae Johnson Nov 11 5:13pm ET

San Francisco 49ers TE Garrett Celek (back) was activated from the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Nov. 11. The team also waived CB Dontae Johnson.

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Antonio Callaway Nov 11 5:03pm ET

Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway's benching was only for the Week 10 game, and he will return to the lineup for Week 11, according to head coach Freddie Kitchens.

Fantasy Spin: Callaway likely will serve as the No. 3 receiver for the Browns this week against a good Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Fantasy players can consider benching Callaway if they have better options available.

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