Juicy Matchups – Week 7
This Fantasy season has gone by so quickly. We’re almost halfway through the season already, and Dynasty owners have a pretty good idea whether or not they’re going to have a shot at the playoffs this year. Whether this week is a ‘must win’ for you, or you’re already buying draft picks for next year, we all want to know which players have the good or bad matchups this week. After six weeks, the numbers that defenses are giving up to opposing players are starting to become more reliable and ones that we can count on a little better than we could the first few weeks. Here are some of the players that have “juicy” matchups this week.
The charts used in each section represents the teams that allow the most fantasy points to opposing teams. For example, the Patriots currently allow the most fantasy points to opposing QBs, thus giving Matt Ryan what is on paper as the “juiciest” matchup of the week. For RBs, WRs, and TEs, the scoring system is based off PPR leagues. Let’s get to it.
Heading into New England for a Super Bowl rematch, Matt Ryan should have a big day ahead of him. The Patriots allow the most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. With the Patriots obvious issues on the defense side of the ball, I’d expect the Falcons offense to put up some big numbers against New England. The Patriots are last in the league giving up 338.2 yards through the air, with 14 TDs allowed on the year to WRs, which is tied for dead last with Cleveland. This Atlanta offense clearly isn’t the same as last year, but you’ll notice that the Patriots give up the fifth most fantasy points to QBs, RBs, WRs, and TEs. Matt Ryan should be the main beneficiary here.
The obvious question that comes to the popular streaming of Tyrod Taylor this week is: “Well who is going to throw it to?”. I’ve heard it a few times already myself and the answer that immediately comes to my mind is that “It doesn’t matter”. Jordan Matthews and Zay Jones both have an opportunity to break out as the number one WR in Buffalo. Matthews is still questionable this week, so he will need to be monitored up to game time. Tampa Bay’s pass defense has been awful, and their defense as a whole is still dealing with injuries. Between the passing game and Tyrod’s numbers that he puts up with his feet, look for him to put up good numbers despite the lack of weapons in that Buffalo offense.
Leonard Fournette gave owners a scare last week after a non-contact injury took him out of the game. The injury did not look good, and at this point his status is still in question. I expect him to play this week in a “juicy” division matchup against the Colts. The Colts are in the middle of the pack as far as opposing RBs YPC, but still give up a generous 100+ yards on the ground per game to opposing RBs, with 5 rushing TDs allowed on the year to RBs. At this point it looks like Fournette will be a game-time decision, while I still expect him to play, Chris Ivory will provide owners with a solid RB2 option if Fournette ends up sitting this week.
With all of the different news articles and stories that came out about Ezekiel Elliott and his suspension, at this point, all we know is he is playing this week. This San Francisco defense has been allowing 112.8 yards per games to opposing RBs, allowing 5 rushing TDs on the season. Zeke’s status past week 7 is totally up in the air at this point, but don’t be surprise if he comes out and tears up the 49ers this week. Don’t let this suspension cause you to overreact. Zeke is still our number one Dynasty RB, and rightfully so.
Don’t kick yourself too much for sitting Amari Cooper this week. Nobody can blame you for leaving him on your bench after his awful start to the year. If you were desperate and had to start Cooper, it wasn’t a bad week to do so. Clearly. The breakout game was real, and the Kansas City secondary has been awful against opposing WRs. It’s definitely worth noting going forward, that starting your WRs against the Chiefs is looking like a solid option for the rest of this season.
Julio Jones. Talking about slow starts with Amari Cooper…Julio Jones owners feel know all about this. When receivers like Julio start out this slow, it always makes me wonder if they are dealing with some type of lingering injury. Regardless of the reason, if there was ever a week for Julio to put up 150 yards and two TDs, this is it. Personally, I’ve got Julio in the top two this week for WRs, right there with Antonio Brown. Start Julio this week with total confidence. Don’t go crazy and sell Julio in your Dynasty leagues as he’s been disappointing so far, unless you’re in rebuild mode. If your team has a chance at all of winning this year, look for Julio to get things going this week.
Dez Bryant is going up against the 49ers this week, who give up the 11th most fantasy points to opposing WRs this year. The 49ers are giving up 277 yards per game to WRs on the season, and 9 TDs in total to them. I honestly expect this game to be an ugly one, with big days out of Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Dez Bryant. All three of these guys fall under the “juicy” matchup category this week. If I own Dez Bryant in my Dynasty leagues, I’m holding him at his current price. Look for him to get on track this week against San Francisco.
Zach Ertz is my number one tight end this week, going up against the Redskins. Ertz has seen 8+ targets in all of his games this year except one. Washington has also been generous to the TE position, giving up 10.9 fantasy points per game, which is the 5th most in the league. Carson Wentz is coming into his own, and this Wentz to Ertz hookup is becoming a very regular thing that I expect to continue all season long. Ertz has been creeping up in my Dynasty rankings as well, coming in third behind Travis Kelce at this point.
Going up against the Cleveland Browns this week, Delanie Walker is my number two tight end this week behind Zach Ertz. Marcus Mariota hasn’t been feeding the ball to Walker quite as much as we’d like, and he is yet to catch a TD pass this year as well. Watching the Titans play, you can see Mariota continue to look Walker’s way, and the Browns have been very generous to the TE position this year as well. I expect Walker to put up at least 1 TD this week and see double digit targets. If you are streaming tight ends in your Dynasty league and are looking to make a playoff run, go buy Delanie Walker for a discount thanks to his slow start, and you’ll benefit from him the rest of the season starting this week in Cleveland.