Week 7 certainly was an interesting on for fantasy. There are certainly some budding stars that are earning bigger roles, and their are some players on a roll heading into a great matchup next week. Unfortunately, there are also some pretty disappointing showings that should lead you to rethink rostering these struggling players.
Here are this week’s adds and drops:
JaMycal Hasty, running back, 49ers: It is super unfortunate that 49ers running backs keep going down with injuries. Jeff Wilson is the most recent running back to exit with a seemingly serious injury in the middle of a great game. The next man up is Hasty who had 72 yards on 10 touches. Anyone running behind that offensive line is a must have player, and he is only currently rostered in 20 percent of Yahoo leagues.
A.J. Green, wide receiver, Bengals: The past two games Green has really been more involved the past two weeks. This week he had seven catches for 82 yards. He also would’ve had a touchdown if not for an unbelievable play by Denzel Ward to break up the fade route throw and catch. He has really found his stride after two of his worst weeks probably ever as a pro. The best part is he gets to play the Titans next week who are an absolute great matchup for wide receivers.
Tee Higgins, wide receiver, Bengals: I’ll make this quick since Higgins has been in this a few times. He has gotten double digit points since Week 3. He had 100 yards receiving last week, and he also had an amazing run after the catch for a touchdown this week to go along with 70 yards. He and Joe Burrow are on the same page, and Higgins needs to be on a roster in every league. Plus he plays the Titans next week.
Joe Burrow, quarterback, Bengals: Last Bengal player, I swear, Burrow had four touchdowns this week and over 400 yards passing. He is going to be facing a Titans defense that has struggled against the pass next week. If you need to stream a quarterback for Week 8, Burrow will be your best option, and it may be time to consider making him a consistent starter for your team.
Cole Beasley, wide receiver, Bills: Beasley has been a pretty consistent target and fantasy play with double digit points since Week 2. He had a career game in Week 7with 11 catches for 112 yards on the day. He has proven to be Josh Allen’s favorite check down, and with an injury to John Brown and Dawson Knox being out could lead to another bigger game for Beasley next week, but at worst he will get you at least 10 points reliably.
La’Mical Perine, running back, Jets: Perine got a little more involved in the offense this week with 55 yards on 13 touches and a touchdown on the day. It is clear that he is the better option in this backfield after Le’Veon Bell’s departure. Adam Gase mentioned getting him more involved this week, and it is hard to say he doesn’t deserve even more time on the field. He is only owned in 16 percent of leagues right now, and he is worth an add just incase he develops into a starter.
Joshua Kelley, running back Chargers: Even against one of the best match ups for a running back in fantasy, Kelley only managed 10 points. This is coming after three weeks of single digit outputs as well. Even with Austin Ekeler out it has just been too hard to rely on Kelley to be a suitable substitute, and things only get harder next week against the Broncos.
Mike Williams, wide receiver, Chargers: Don’t go chasing waterfalls or fantasy points. Williams has had two weeks where he has even gotten to 10 points and one was Week 1 where he had almost 11 points. He exploded back onto the scene against the Saints in Week 5 before the team’s bye week, and he followed it up with scoring under two pints this week. Williams and Justin Herbert haven’t connected consistently, and until he shows any consistency it isn’t worth rostering him.
Julian Edelman, wide receiver, Patriots: Edelman probably wishes he was in Tampa Bay at this point. He is watching Tom Brady rekindle his connection with Rob Gronkowski, but Edelman is stuck trying to make things work in New England. He has yet to score double digits at any point this season and is probably one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy that isn’t related to an injury. It is safe to just move on and pick up someone else to take his place.
Jerry Jeudy, wide receiver, Broncos: KJ Hamler is back for the Broncos at wide receiver. That didn’t help Jeudy’s targets that already took a huge hit last week. He has four catches for 52 yards over the past two weeks, and Drew Lock’s struggles really aren’t helping his case. Jeudy is an extremely talented wide receiver, but he doesn’t have a big enough role in an offense with a consistent quarterback to be seriously considered in fantasy right now.