Welcome back for another installment of my weekly Bold Predictions article. Check out my archive to see how I have been fairing so far in my calls.
Dealing with the growing number of injuries has led fantasy managers to rely on the waiver wire more so than ever. Identifying which players are poised for big games while others are traps can be the differential in a critical win or a tough loss. Predicting which players are poised for a breakout is a skill and luck.
We are now in the thick of the season, and winning is imperative. Here are my eight Bold Predictions for Week 7.
Week 7 Bold Predictions
- The WR21 on the season, Keelan Cole finishes as a WR1 for the second week in a row. After ending last week as the WR8 in PPR, Cole will repeat as a top-12 wide receiver against a vulnerable Los Angeles Chargers team that gives up the fourth-most passing yards per game. Cole will once again outscore D.J. Chark by hauling in seven receptions for 125+ yards and two TDs.
- Devin Singletary finishes as an RB1 in Week 7. Facing a New York Jets team that has been torched by opposing running backs (and offenses in general), Singletary will look to pounce on the potentially positive game script, producing 110+ scrimmage yards from over 20 touches, with a touchdown to top it off.
- D.J. Moore outscores Robby Anderson. A statement that would have been ridiculed just a few months ago becomes a legitimate question in 2020. Can Moore outscore Anderson in fantasy? For Week 7, I believe so. Anderson has outscored Moore in all but two games this season, but that ends this week when Moore posts his best game of the season, topping 100 receiving yards for the first time since Week 2, finishing with 10 receptions for 115 yards. If Moore can produce a touchdown, he should be a WR1 on the week.
- Tim Patrick has been impressive and efficient since handling an uptick in offensive snaps following Cortland Sutton’s season-ending injury. In Week 7, Patrick will top the century mark for the third game in a row, cementing himself as the WR1 in Denver. Look for Patrick to produce five or more receptions for 120+ yards and a touchdown on Sunday.
- Despite quarterback concerns in Washington, Terry McLaurin is an elite wide receiver that should be in starting lineups no matter the circumstances. Luckily for McLaurin and those who roster him, Washington faces an extremely vulnerable Dallas Cowboys’ defensive unit in Week 7. McLaurin will have himself a nice outing on Sunday, scoring multiple touchdowns off seven or more receptions and 85+ yards, while going over 25 fantasy points against a susceptible Cowboys defense.
- Deshaun Watson started the season off on a bad foot but has only elevated his fantasy play each week since Week 3. This positive mark is a trend that continues in Week 7. Despite a tough matchup against a solid Green Bay defense, Watson throws for 400 yards and five total TDs, handing the Packers their second-straight loss. Watson is firmly a QB1 option this week.
- Hunter Henry has been somewhat quiet this season, hovering around the cusp of TE1 territory. Henry’s pedestrian play ends this week when he tops 100 yards for the first time all season, finishing as a top-five TE option for the week.
- James Conner finishes as a top-three RB this week, rushing for 120+ yards and two TDs, plus three receptions for 30 yards. Conner is in a perfect position to feast against a Titans defense giving up the seventh-most rushing yards per game. Conner has been impressive all year serving as the bell-cow for Pittsburgh and will look to continue his impressive 2020 campaign by finishing as a top-three RB this week.
Interpreting a good vs bad matchup is quintessential for a successful fantasy manager separating themselves from the pack. Taking a risk or a gamble on a player with a good matchup could pay off exponentially but knowing when to take that leap is imperative.
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