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Kyle Yates’ Week 7 Fantasy Projections (2020 Fantasy Football)

by Kyle Yates | @KyleYNFL | Featured Writer
Oct 22, 2020

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I’m going to be honest…I don’t miss traveling.

With everything going on, I haven’t been on an airplane since January of this year. As I sit down and think about it, that might be close to the longest time that I’ve gone without flying in my adult life.

There are people, like my sister, that absolutely love traveling and will take spontaneous trips just for the hell of it. However, I am not one of these people. I don’t enjoy the whole experience and would love to be able to just blink and arrive at my destination. I’ve never felt that way more than when I was in the same aircraft for 17 hours.

Yes, I’ve done one of the longest flights in the world. It covers 9,677 miles and takes just over 17 hours on its way back. I have problems sleeping on airplanes too, so the fact that I slept even two hours is an absolute miracle. If given the opportunity, I would go back and pay whatever it cost to fly first class on that plane. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been as jealous in my life walking past the people that had the reclining seats down into beds to get to my uncomfortable and cramped chair.

The craziest part about this trip though was sitting down in the aisle seat in the middle section and having an older gentleman sit down right next to me. When I tell you that this man did not move for the entirety of the 17-hour flight, I’m not even joking. He sat back, was asleep before takeoff, and maybe got up once or twice to use the restroom. That was it. My friend and I legitimately had a conversation during the flight on whether or not this guy was still alive and if we should be worried. Don’t worry, he got up at the end of the flight and walked off the plane.

To those who travel regularly for work, I salute you. I simply cannot do it. You can have my seat.

What’s the longest flight you’ve ever been on? Can you beat my 17-hour expedition? Let me know on Twitter!

NYG at PHI | CAR at NO | BUF at NYJ | CLE at CIN | DAL at WAS | GB at HOU | DET at ATL | PIT at TEN | SEA at ARI | KC at DEN | JAC at LAC | SF at NE | TB at LVR | CHI at LAR

We’ve got some great games on the schedule this week and still a lot of fantasy matchups left to be played! Are you 1-5 or 2-4 this season? I am in a lot of leagues. It’s been rough. Stay engaged though because all it takes is one win here and other rosters can start to be hit with some bye weeks. Stay focused while others in your league start to check out and you could make a playoff push. If you can make the playoffs, even as the last team in, anything can happen. It all starts by making the right roster decisions here.

Are you ready? Let’s go.

New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles

Date/Time: October 22, 8:20pm ET
Odds
: Eagles -235
Over/Under: 45 points
Implied Vegas point totals
: Eagles 24.75, Giants 20.25

New York Giants

POS NAME COMP/ATT PASS YDS TDs INTs RUSH YDS TDs FPTS
QB Daniel Jones 22/36 218 1 2 30 0 11.71
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
RB Devonta Freeman 13 45 1 4 30 0 15.4
RB Wayne Gallman 3 11 0 1 10 0 2.68
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
WR Darius Slayton 0 0 0 5 61 1 14.42
WR Golden Tate 0 0 0 4 40 0 5.94
WR C.J. Board 0 0 0 1 11 0 1.53
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
TE Evan Engram 0 0 0 3 28 0 4.16

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Philadelphia Eagles

POS NAME COMP/ATT PASS YDS TDs INTs RUSH YDS TDs FPTS
QB Carson Wentz 22/32 242 2 1 17 0 17.42
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
RB Boston Scott 9 36 0 5 36 1 15.44
RB Corey Clement 12 43 1 2 15 0 12.7
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
WR Travis Fulgham 0 0 0 5 65 1 14.76
WR DeSean Jackson 0 0 0 3 54 0 6.94
WR Greg Ward 0 0 0 4 44 0 6.53
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
TE Richard Rodgers 0 0 0 3 30 0 4.52

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Quarterback

New York: Jones still didn’t get a ton done through the air in week six, but he was able to show off his athleticism and pick up some substantial yardage on the ground. While that’s a nice sign for fantasy moving forward, it’s still not enough to put Jones into streaming consideration. He can remain on your bench or on your league’s waiver wire.

Philadelphia: Wentz has looked terrible through the first portion of the season, but he continues to be effective for fantasy. Even though Wentz was able to put up great numbers through garbage time production, you should never want to rely on that when considering a streaming QB. This is a fine matchup for Wentz, but he’s a mid-range QB2 at best.

Running Backs

New York: Freeman continues to get significant work in this offense. While he hasn’t been especially efficient with his opportunity, he’s still worth plugging into your lineup as a low-end RB2.

Philadelphia: With the news that Sanders is likely out for 1-2 weeks, Scott will step in as the main beneficiary and he should see a slight uptick in his carries and receptions out of the backfield. However, Scott’s unlikely to step in and see all of Sanders’ workload. He can be plugged in as a fine low-end RB2 in this matchup. Clement becomes an intriguing option with Sanders set to miss some time. He’ll split the work with Scott in this backfield, but Clement should see enough touches in a fine matchup to warrant RB3 consideration.

Wide Receivers

New York: Slayton was able to finally find the end zone in week six, which is a good thing because otherwise his fantasy production would’ve been abysmal. Slayton only saw four targets last week in a game that the Giants were winning, but that’s not expected to happen much moving forward. Slayton should see his targets bounce back up against Philadelphia, but he might have a tough time producing anything more than low-end WR2 numbers. Start Slayton as a WR3 this week against the Eagles. Tate’s barely involved in this offense and he can be dropped to your waiver wire, if needed.

Philadelphia: With the news that Jeffery will be out this week, Fulgham jumps right back up into consideration as a viable fantasy option. While the Giants have been actually pretty tough on opposing wideouts, Fulgham’s proven himself in some really tough matchups recently. He’s shown a rapport with Wentz and he can be viewed as a solid WR3 this week with upside. Ward continues to see enough targets to be relevant in this offense, but it’s not going to amount to much more than a low-end WR3 in Full PPR formats. Jackson will be back in the lineup for this game, but it sounds like he may be on a snap count. With that in mind, it’s best to stay far away from Jackson this week in fantasy.

Tight Ends

New York: Engram continues to be a massive disappointment this season. While the Giants could end up needing him more next week in a game that they’re expected to throw the ball quite a bit, it’s going to be hard to trust him as anything more than a mid-range TE2.

Philadelphia: Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are both out for this game, which means that Rodgers is the next man up here. While he has a fantastic opportunity, it’s not worth rolling the dice on the potential range of outcomes. This offense has been putrid over the first several weeks of the 2020 season and Rodgers has done little in his career to instill confidence in fantasy managers that are thinking about plugging him into their lineup. Rodgers should be viewed as a low-end TE2 that needs everything to break his way to finish much higher than that.

FantasyProjection Buster: Wentz has defied all logic from a fantasy output so far this season. Based on his play on the field, there’s no way that he should be producing the way that he has, but alas here we are. Wentz could continue to defy my projections and finish within the top-12 at the QB position yet again.

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Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints

Date/Time: October 25, 1:00pm ET
Odds
: Saints -335
Over/Under: 51 points
Implied Vegas point totals
: Saints 29.25, Panthers 21.75

Carolina Panthers

POS NAME COMP/ATT PASS YDS TDs INTs RUSH YDS TDs FPTS
QB Teddy Bridgewater 21/35 240 2 1 12 0 16.83
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
RB Mike Davis 16 60 1 3 31 0 16.75
RB Trenton Cannon 4 15 0 1 11 0 3.31
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
WR Robby Anderson 0 0 0 6 84 1 17.69
WR D.J. Moore 0 0 0 5 63 1 14.82
WR Curtis Samuel 3 11 0 2 24 0 4.63
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
TE Ian Thomas 0 0 0 2 16 0 2.44

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New Orleans Saints

POS NAME COMP/ATT PASS YDS TDs INTs RUSH YDS TDs FPTS
QB Drew Brees 25/34 277 2 0 1 0 19.19
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
RB Alvin Kamara 13 55 1 6 49 0 19.42
RB Latavius Murray 17 67 1 2 17 0 15.62
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
WR Michael Thomas 0 0 0 8 95 1 19.58
WR Tre’Quan Smith 0 0 0 3 46 0 6.12
WR Emmanuel Sanders 0 0 0 3 38 0 5.35
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
TE Jared Cook 0 0 0 2 32 1 10.24

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Quarterback

Carolina: From an actual NFL QB perspective, Bridgewater looks fantastic. He’s navigating the pocket extremely well and is keeping plays alive with his underrated mobility. With that being said, he’s not getting it done for fantasy purposes and he has a tough matchup here against the Saints. Bridgewater should be viewed as a low-end QB2 in this matchup.

New Orleans: Brees was solid for fantasy in his last outing and he should have MT back on the field for this matchup. The Saints could lean heavily on their run game in this one, which limits Brees’ ceiling. He should be viewed as a mid-range QB2 this week.

Running Backs

Carolina: Davis continues to get the job done with Christian McCaffrey out of the lineup. With CMC out yet again, Davis is a solid RB1 even in a tough matchup on paper.

New Orleans: Kamara could have the game of his life against this Panthers run defense. He’s a top-3 start at the RB position this week. Murray’s been seeing enough work over the past few games, averaging 11.3 carries, to warrant consideration in this plus matchup as well. Murray should be viewed as a high-end RB3.

Wide Receivers

Carolina: Anderson continues to showcase his talent week after week. While he didn’t get a ton done for fantasy this past week, he was able to reel in a couple of very difficult grabs that put his ability on full display. While the matchup isn’t great on paper, Anderson should see enough work to be viewed as a solid WR2 with WR1 upside. Moore continues to become more of a part of this offense and he was able to command 11 targets with Samuel out of the lineup last week. In this matchup, Moore’s a fine high-end WR3 play with upside.

New Orleans: Thomas seemed set to return to action this week, but he’s apparently still dealing with some nagging injuries that have his return in question now. If he does suit up, he’s a locked-in WR1. If he does not suit up, Sanders and Smith would both see significant boosts in their fantasy value. Sanders has settled into this offense and has played extremely well in Thomas’ absence. If Thomas does end up sitting again this week, Sanders would be worth looking at as a solid WR3 with upside yet again. However, he’s nothing more than a FLEX play if Thomas does return. Smith has taken a back seat recently to Sanders, but he’s still someone to keep on the radar. If MT plays, Smith really isn’t worth looking at for fantasy as anything more than a dart throw. However, is Thomas misses this game, Smith can be rolled into your lineup as a solid FLEX play.

Tight Ends

Carolina: None of the Carolina TEs are worth considering for fantasy football.

New Orleans: Cook was coming off an injury in week five and still managed to make an impact. After a full week of rest, Cook should be ready to go and can be plugged in as a low-end TE1 based on his scoring upside every single week.

FantasyProjection Buster: Cook is extremely difficult to project week in and week out. He’s barely involved in this offense from a target perspective, but he consistently finds the end zone. If he doesn’t score though, he’ll fall significantly short of my projected point total.

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Buffalo Bills vs New York Jets

Date/Time: October 25, 1:00pm ET
Odds
: Bills -670
Over/Under: 45 points
Implied Vegas point totals
: Bills 29.25, Jets 15.75

Buffalo Bills

POS NAME COMP/ATT PASS YDS TDs INTs RUSH YDS TDs FPTS
QB Josh Allen 23/35 275 2 1 28 1 25.76
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
RB Zack Moss 10 36 1 1 9 0 11.12
RB Devin Singletary 10 36 0 3 19 0 6.88
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
WR Stefon Diggs 0 0 0 6 86 1 17.64
WR John Brown 0 0 0 4 58 1 13.86
WR Cole Beasley 0 0 0 4 46 0 6.77
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
TE Tyler Kroft 0 0 0 2 27 0 3.85

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New York Jets

POS NAME COMP/ATT PASS YDS TDs INTs RUSH YDS TDs FPTS
QB Sam Darnold 23/36 253 1 1 4 0 12.54
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
RB Frank Gore 14 57 0 2 15 0 8.21
RB Lamical Perine 6 24 0 3 25 0 6.58
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
WR Jamison Crowder 0 0 0 7 77 1 17.38
WR Breshad Perriman 0 0 0 4 59 0 7.71
WR Denzel Mims 0 0 0 3 46 0 6.38
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
TE Ryan Griffin 0 0 0 2 17 0 2.65

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Quarterback

Buffalo: Allen struggled with accuracy issues last week, but we saw him lean more on his legs than he has in previous weeks. As long as Allen is running the ball, he’ll be in the top-7 conversation every single week. In this matchup against the Jets, you need to plug him into your lineup and then don’t think twice about it.

New York: Darnold appears to be on track to return in this matchup, but he’s off the redraft radar with this offense.

Running Backs

Buffalo: Right now, it’s difficult to trust any of the Bills RBs after what we’ve seen from this offense over the past couple of weeks. While it’s a good matchup, and the Bills should be running the clock out fairly early on, it’s hard to trust Singletary as anything more than a high-end RB3 this week. Moss is simply a desperation bye week fill-in at this point. I’d recommend looking elsewhere if you can.

New York: Gore was viewed as a decent bye week fill-in option last week based on the pure volume that he was going to receive. However, we didn’t see Gore dominate the touches in this backfield with Perine getting worked in slightly. Without one clear option in this backfield, on a team that is literally the worst in football, it’s smart to just avoid it altogether. Perine is nothing more than a deep league bench stash for right now. Until he receives 15+ touches in a terrible offense, he’s not worth looking at for your starting lineup.

Wide Receivers

Buffalo: Diggs continues to produce in this offense and dominate the target share. Moving forward, it’s hard to view Diggs as anything other than a solid WR1 rest of season. In this matchup against the Jets secondary, Diggs could have top-5 upside. Brown was hobbled last week and just missed on connecting on a big play that would’ve made his fantasy output look much different. While he hurt fantasy managers that took the shot on him last week, he’s still worth rolling back into your lineup this week. Assuming that he’s fully healthy, Brown should be viewed as a solid WR3 with top-20 upside. Beasley simply just continues to get the job done for fantasy and he’s now the WR28 in all of fantasy football. While Brown’s presence may limit Beasley’s ceiling, he’s still worth rolling into your lineup every week as a solid WR3 in Full PPR formats.

New York: Crowder dominated the target share for the Jets last week, as expected, but he wasn’t able to get much done with them with Flacco throwing him the ball. Crowder’s still a high-end WR3 based on volume in Full PPR formats, but it’s going to be hard to trust him as anything more than that in this matchup. Perriman was able to produce last week, but his injury concerns make him a volatile FLEX play this week. There’s no predicting whether or not he’ll leave a game early and hurt fantasy managers that take the chance on him. It’s probably best to look elsewhere.

Tight Ends

Buffalo: None of the Bills TEs are worth considering for fantasy football.

New York: None of the Jets TEs are worth considering for fantasy football.

FantasyProjection Buster: Both Singletary and Moss get the nod here. Based on the projected carry splits and the way that they’ve produced recently, it’s hard to feel confident giving them solid production. However, one of them could easily come out and establish themselves as the main option, which would bust my projections for both of them.

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Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals

Date/Time: October 25, 1:00pm ET
Odds
: Browns -167
Over/Under: 50 points
Implied Vegas point totals
: Browns 26.5, Bengals 23.5

Cleveland Browns

POS NAME COMP/ATT PASS YDS TDs INTs RUSH YDS TDs FPTS
QB Baker Mayfield 19/29 219 2 1 9 0 15.61
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
RB Kareem Hunt 18 73 1 3 29 0 17.81
RB Dontrell Hilliard 6 21 0 1 8 0 3.4
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
WR Odell Beckham Jr. 0 0 0 4 51 1 13.01
WR Jarvis Landry 0 0 0 3 40 0 5.68
WR Rashard Higgins 0 0 0 1 12 0 1.67
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
TE Austin Hooper 0 0 0 4 51 1 13.28

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Cincinnati Bengals

POS NAME COMP/ATT PASS YDS TDs INTs RUSH YDS TDs FPTS
QB Joe Burrow 24/41 251 2 1 20 0 18.02
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
RB Joe Mixon 18 68 1 5 37 0 19.03
RB Giovani Bernard 3 10 0 3 18 0 4.07
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
WR Tee Higgins 0 0 0 5 64 1 14.83
WR Tyler Boyd 0 0 0 6 61 1 14.8
WR A.J. Green 0 0 0 4 47 0 6.69
POS NAME CARRIES RUSH YDS TDs RECS REC YDS TDs FPTS
TE Drew Sample 0 0 0 1 15 0 2.27

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Quarterback

Cleveland: Baker struggled immensely last week against a tough Steelers defense. While he wasn’t being recommended as a streaming option last week, he hurt fantasy managers that took the chance on him in that matchup. It’s going to be hard to trust him after what we saw last week, but this is a fantastic matchup for him. Mayfield can be viewed as a mid-range QB2 that can be plugged into your lineup in a pinch.

Cincinnati: Burrow hasn’t put up insane numbers over the past couple of weeks, but he’s had a couple of tough matchups back-to-back. Burrow’s simply throwing the ball too much though to not be considered for fantasy football on a weekly basis. He can be viewed as a high-end QB2 in this matchup against the Browns.

Running Backs

Cleveland: Hunt disappointed fantasy managers in week five, but this offense simply couldn’t get anything going with Mayfield struggling. While it might be hard to trust Hunt after the numbers he just put up, he absolutely belongs in your starting lineup as a top-tier option against the Bengals run defense. Hunt’s a locked in RB1 this week.

Cincinnati: Mixon continues to see a ridiculous workload each week and he’s producing even in some tough matchups. There are obviously questions right now on whether or not Mixon will be able to suit up for this game though. Thursday’s practice report will be crucial in determining his status for Sunday. If he does suit up this week, fire up Mixon as a low-end RB1 against Cleveland. Bernard scored last week, but it was on a nice play call that fooled the defense at the goal line. Bernard should go back to being the clear backup option to Mixon here in this game and he shouldn’t be considered for fantasy football if Mixon plays. However, if Mixon sits, fire up Bernard as a low-end RB2 with upside based on volume.

Wide Receivers

Cleveland: OBJ did next to nothing this past week with Mayfield struggling, but that doesn’t mean that we should leave him out of our starting lineups in this game. The Bengals defense shouldn’t be able to slow down OBJ and he’s in an excellent spot to put up a dominant performance. Beckham should be viewed as a low-end WR2 with WR1 upside. Landry also struggled last week, along with the rest of the Browns offense, but he should bounce back in a plus matchup here. He can be viewed as a low-end WR3.

Cincinnati: Green was finally able to produce last week and he put up great numbers. Unfortunately, it’s going to be difficult to trust Green this week even after a good performance. I’d recommend waiting another week to see if Green’s performance last week was a fluke or not before plugging him confidently into your starting lineup. He’s a fine FLEX play, but he certainly comes with a wide range of outcomes. Boyd hasn’t produced as much as we’ve expected the past couple of weeks, but he’s still a fine option to plug into your lineup as a low-end WR3 with upside. Higgins has emerged and is a star in the making. He’s producing some ridiculous numbers in this offense and he looks to have a very bright future in the NFL. He can be viewed as a high-upside WR3 every single week moving forward.

Tight Ends

Cleveland: Hooper continues to see targets in this offense and he’s now moving into must-start territory at the tight end position. Fire up Hooper as a low-end TE1 this week against the Bengals.

Cincinnati: None of the Bengals TEs should be considered for fantasy football this week.

FantasyProjection Buster: Is Green finally back? It’s hard to fully buy in right away, which is why I was a little bit more cautious in my projections. But if he truly is back, he’ll blow those projected point totals out of the water.

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