Week 7: By the Numbers (2019 Fantasy Football)
Week 7 was a bit like coleslaw: generally it’s kind of gross, but there are some things buried in there that you can enjoy by themselves. If you like coleslaw, I don’t want to hear it. It’s the equivalent of walking outside with a fork and helping yourself to whatever is in your garden, plus mayonnaise.
Anyway, Week 7 was filled with plenty of players that completely left owners out to dry and then a few players that were the sole reason you won. Believe it or not, Christian McCaffrey had a bye, and he’s usually my first choice for a guy that won you a week by himself.
Again, we don’t have an obvious number of the week, but there were quite a few pairs of the same numbers, as you’ll see below. I thought about including some fun facts on the Gemini zodiac sign as a result, but I didn’t want to be labeled as one of those crazy astrology people that tend to get attacked often.
Without further ado, here is your Week 7 by the numbers:
Two or Less
This section is to show all of the fantasy-relevant running backs that averaged two or less yards per attempt (YPA) in Week 7.
Joe Mixon (CIN): 10 carries for two yards (0.2 YPA)
Damien Williams (KC): Nine carries for seven yards (0.8 YPA)
Austin Ekeler (LAC): Five carries for 7 yards (1.4 YPA)
Jamaal Williams (GB): Three carries for five yards (1.7 YPA)
David Johnson (ARI): One carry for two yards (2.0 YPA)
Melvin Gordon (LAC): 16 carries for 32 yards (2.0 YPA; very gross)
Sony Michel (NE): 19 carries for 42 yards (2.2 YPA; almost as gross as Gordon)
The most receptions that anyone had for the Ravens on Sunday against the Seahawks. Lamar Jackson only had nine completions on 20 attempts. Miles Boykin and Mark Andrews both had two receptions each. I’d avoid everyone in the Ravens receiving corps except for Mark Andrews until we see the Ravens throw consistently.
Targets for Kenny Golladay, which he turned into one reception for 21 yards. On a day that Matthew Stafford threw for 364 yards, Golladay owners will be heartbroken to see Danny Amendola and Marvin Jones combined for 198 yards while Golladay only hauled in one reception.
Touchdowns for Marvin Jones in Week 7. I have a multi-year rivalry with Marvin Jones, as he always seems to have a game like this when I’m facing him, though I got away unscathed this week. He’s still nothing more than a decent FLEX option for me.
The number of Packers receivers who had four receptions against the Raiders: Jimmy Graham, Aaron Jones, Geronimo Allison, and Jamaal Williams. No Packers player had more than four receptions and I’d expect this kind of offensive spread until Davante Adams returns from injury.
The number of rushing attempts for the Bears on Sunday, which doesn’t make a ton of sense because they were only losing 12-10 at halftime and had no need to abandon the run. Further, two of the seven carries went to wide receivers, and the presumed workhorse David Montgomery only got two carries himself. I’d expect this to change a bit in Week 8 against the Chargers who give up 117.1 rushing yards per game, but Montgomery (and most of the Bears, really) are extremely risky starts at this point.
The number of targets for Gerald Everett in Week 7, his second week out of the last three with at least ten targets, and his third week out of the last four with at least eight. Everett is becoming a legitimate TE-streaming option moving forward.
Targets for DeVante Parker, hauling in five receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown. Parker has now scored in three straight games, and the Dolphins should continue to be trailing and throwing. He’s becoming an interesting desperation FLEX option.
Receptions for Zach Ertz over the past three weeks, which is an average of 3.7 per game and has resulted in an average of 49.7 yards per game. Ertz also only has one touchdown all season and no games above 72 receiving yards. He has been relatively disappointing, but he’s still a must-start at a thin position.
The most receiving yards that anyone had on the Cardinals, which was unexpected against a generally-weak Giants defense. Pharoh Cooper had 29 yards, followed by Chase Edmonds at 24 and Larry Fitzgerald and Charles Clay both at 12 yards. Chase Edmonds ran the show (like that pun?) in a Cardinals win with 126 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Receiving yards for D.J. Chark against the Bengals on Sunday. Over his first five games, Chark averaged 97 receiving yards and one touchdown per game. In the last two, he has averaged 48 receiving yards and has zero touchdowns. I think Chark’s recent form is probably what we should be expecting moving forward, but we’ve seen the upside, so he’s definitely worth monitoring. He’s drifting out of WR3 territory for me.
The total rushing yards for Dalvin Cook and also the total receiving yards for Stefon Diggs on the same team in the same game in Week 7. It isn’t really that illuminating, but I thought it was a pretty odd coincidence. Cook is continuing his dominance, while Diggs extended his productive streak to two games. Expect both to continue their good form against the Redskins in Week 8.
The combined receiving yards for DeAndre Hopkins (106) and Kenny Stills (105) against the Colts. This pair accounted for 68.5% of Deshaun Watson’s passing yards. Stills should continue to see increased work while Will Fuller recovers from a hamstring injury, but he’s generally big-play-dependent as usual.