Week 7 of the NFL season was full of barn-burners and huge fantasy breakouts. Star receivers like Tyler Lockett and Davante Adams boomed, while a myriad of quarterbacks showed out and put up 30+ points. As always, there were some busts too. Reflecting on last week’s games, whose fantasy stock increased and decreased the most?
Chase Edmonds – RB – 21.5 PPR Points
Coming into this game, Edmonds had out-produced backfield mate Kenyan Drake on much fewer touches (besides their game against the Cowboys, which was an anomaly). This left many to wonder if Edmonds would be more effective than Drake as the Cardinals’ starter. That question will now be answered over the next few weeks, as Drake suffered a bad ankle injury and is set to miss significant time. Edmonds was stellar in Drake’s absence, racking up 145 yards on 12 total touches en route to Arizona’s upset over Seattle. Given his receiving upside, Edmonds has RB1 potential until Drake returns, and even then there’s a chance he doesn’t give the starting job back.
Tyler Lockett – WR – 53.0 PPR Points
Lockett entered Week 7 coming off two-straight disappointing performances, seemingly dropping to the No. 2 wide receiver position in Seattle’s depth chart behind sophomore sensation D.K. Metcalf. However, the veteran receiver put all doubters on notice against the Cardinals, racking up 15 catches for 200 yards and three touchdowns. Lockett reclaimed his spot as a must-start WR1 for the foreseeable future, proving that he has breakout potential in any game catching passes from Russell Wilson.
Justin Herbert – QB – 38.5 Points
What a year it’s been for rookie quarterbacks. Joe Burrow is doing everything he can to keep Cincinnati in games, Tua Tagovailoa is set to make his first start in Week 8, but Herbert has been the most impressive of them all. The Chargers rookie has entered must-start territory after torching the Jaguars on Sunday, racking up 413 total yards and four touchdowns. Look for Herbert to keep the positive momentum going this week against a subpar Broncos defense.
CeeDee Lamb – WR – 0.1 PPR Points
Lamb has been electric all season, but put up his first real dud of the year last week against Washington. The rookie phenom caught no balls and rushed for just one total yard. His fantasy prospects have certainly taken a turn for the worse, especially since he’ll likely be catching passes from rookie Ben DiNucci this week after Andy Dalton suffered a concussion. Without a true starting-caliber quarterback under center in Dallas, it’s hard to trust Lamb in fantasy lineups.
Darius Slayton – WR – 4.3 PPR Points
After appearing to be the Giants’ top receiver for most of the year, Sterling Shepard returned and reclaimed that role last game, catching six balls for 59 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Slayton was held to just two catches for 23 yards. Looking ahead to his future matchups, it’s hard to feel good about his fantasy prospects against three tough respective secondaries in Tampa Bay, Washington, and Philadelphia. If Shepard can stay healthy, Slayton may be relegated to No. 2 wide receiver duties permanently.
Josh Allen – QB – 16.4 Points
After a blistering start to the season, Allen has come back to earth recently, failing to score over 17 points in any of his last three games. Until the Bills’ starter finds his rhythm again, he’s no longer a must-start option. Not to mention that his fantasy playoff schedule is extremely difficult (LAC, SF, PIT, and DEN in Weeks 12-15). It may be time to look elsewhere at quarterback as you prepare for a deep playoff run.
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