I can’t believe it is already Week 7 of the NFL season. It is flying by and the time for fantasy teams to make a move is now. It feels like the NFL has shifted more toward this mindset as well. The Rams traded away Marcus Peters and traded for Jalen Ramsey as part of the effort to get their season back on track. Hopefully nothing in Week 7 is overshadowed by bad officiating again.
Game of the Week: Minnesota @ Detriot (MIN -1.5)
Detroit is looking to recover from a division loss that was largely due to officiating by facing another divisional opponent. The NFC North looks like it is the best division from top to bottom with all teams being competitive. As good as Detroit has looked, they need this win to stay in the conversation in the division. Kenny Golladay has proven to be a legit fantasy WR to date this season. Minnesota has gotten the ball to their 2 talented WRs more over the past few weeks, starting with Thielen and last week was a monster game for Diggs. The Vikings cannot afford to lose another division game this year.
Players to Watch: Kenny Golladay, Dalvin Cook, Kerryon Johnson, Adam Thielen
Fantasy Football X Factors: Kirk Cousins, Stefon Diggs, Marvin Jones
Prediction for Winner: Detroit to win outright. I am going with the home team in a must win game here. The Lions will avoid the little mistakes and hopefully any game altering bad calls to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Philadelphia @ Dallas (DAL -3)
The winner will be in control of the NFC East, which seems like it will only send 1 team to the playoffs this season so this is a very important match up for playoff purposes. Dallas has gotten off to very bad starts the last 2 weeks and then used the 2nd half to make it close, but have been unable to finish the comeback. Now there is a possibility Amari Cooper misses this big game which is not something that will help them get on track. Philly has had issues stopping opposing WRs, but if Cooper misses the game or is limited this might be the week the defense looks to turn that around. Dallas will want to run, but Philly has been very strong against the run. The winner of the battle between those lines could decide this game.
Players to Watch: Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, Alshon Jeffery
Fantasy Football X Factors: Amari Cooper, DeSean Jackson, Miles Sanders
Prediction for Winner: Eagles to win outright. Picking 2 upsets already this week, but the slow starts for Dallas have been a real issue. I am currently expecting Cooper to miss this game, which will extend the Dallas losing streak to 4 in a row.
Baltimore @ Seattle (SEA -3.5)
A battle of 2 of the biggest names at QB for fantasy so far this season. Wilson has continued his high level efficiency while putting up huge fantasy numbers. Jackson has been scoring big with both his legs and his arm. The Seahawks are trying to keep pace within the division, although they are now chasing San Francisco instead of Lost Angeles. Sadly, the Seahawks did lose Will Dissly to a major injury for the 2nd season in a row after looking like both a fantasy and NFL breakout star. Baltimore meanwhile has not been the dominant defense of the past. They did trade for Marcus Peters to try and address the problem, but based on his play so far this season it might not make a huge difference.
Players to Watch: Russell Wilson, Lamar Jackson, Tyler Lockett, Mark Ingram
Fantasy Football X Factors: Mark Andrews, Marquise Brown, DK Metcalf
Prediction for Winner: Seattle to win and cover. Baltimore still has not beaten a good team. The 4 teams they have beaten have combined for 4 wins. Until they show they can beat a good team I wouldn’t bet on them traveling to the west coast in this game.
Oakland at Green Bay (GB -5)
Josh Jacobs seems like he is the real deal at RB for the surprising Raiders. With there not being a lot of teams in the AFC looking good, the Raiders are very much in the conversation for a Wild Card spot. They traded for Zay Jones in an attempt to bolster their WR core. For the Packers, the question going into the game is what WRs will be active? The WR group is banged up, but Allen Lazard came in and showed they have someone they can turn to. I will be watching the RB workload distribution, after a bad fumble, Aaron Jones was outplayed by Jamaal Williams. The way the Packers split up snaps between the 2 will be very telling.
Players to Watch: Josh Jacobs, Aaron Jones, Aaron Rodgers
Fantasy Football X Factors: Derek Carr, Darren Waller, Jamaal Williams, Allen Lazard
Prediction for Winner: Green Bay to win but not cover. The Raiders have been better than expected, even after the Antonio Brown saga and Tyrell Williams being banged up. The offense continues to do enough. Even though I expect Green Bay to win, I think Oakland keeps this game close.