Giants 17 Rams 10
The Rams keep saying Jared Goff isn’t ready. He better get ready. In an ugly game, Case Keenum threw for 291 yards and a score but also tossed four interceptions. The Giants defense had only picked off three passes in six games before Sunday’s matchup with the Rams.
Extra Points: Todd Gurley had his typical 2016 stat line. Gurley racked up 92 total yards on 21 touches. Defenses continue to focus on Gurley with Keenum under center…Tavon Austin caught 10 balls and scored. However, Austin’s 10 receptions only went for 57 yards and he was also responsible for one of Keenum’s interceptions…The Giants didn’t do much on offense. New York only gained 232 yards of offense…Odell Beckham Jr. was held to five receptions for 49 yards on nine targets…The Giants had no running game at all against the Rams. New York ran the ball 20 times for only 36 yards (1.8 YPC).
Bengals 31 Browns 17
The Bengals got their offense going Sunday against the lowly Browns. Cincinnati posted a 300-yard passer (Andy Dalton), a 100-yard rusher (Jeremy Hill) and a 100-yard receiver (A.J. Green).
Extra Points: Dalton threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns. Green caught 169 of those yards and a touchdown. The score came on a 48-yard Hail Mary right before the half where Green caught a batted ball with one arm…Hill only needed nine carries to gash the pathetic Browns rush defense for 168 yards. He averaged 18.7 YPC…Gio Bernard (17/80/1) had to settle for a 4.7 YPC average…Kevin Hogan became the seventh Browns quarterback to take a snap from center this season and it’s only Week 7. Hogan replaced an injured Cody Kessler and didn’t do much through the air (100/0/2) but he did rush for 104 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Raiders 33 Jaguars 16
The wheels have completely fallen off the Jaguars offense. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are non-factors to the points where last year’s dynamic duo are fringe fantasy receivers. On Sunday Robinson and Hurns combined to catch six passes for 54 yards on 14 targets.
Extra Points: Blake Bortles struggled once again. He looked hesitant in the pocket and completed just over half of his pass attempts. Bortles finished with 246 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions…Marqise Lee was the Jaguars leading receiver. He caught 7-of-8 targets for 107 yards. Part of the Jaguars problem is Lee had 107 yards receiving and Robinson had nine…Latavius Murray returned from a toe injury and brought some clarity to the Raiders backfield. Murray carried the ball 18 times for 59 yards and scored twice…After getting shut down last week by the Chiefs, Michael Crabtree rebounded with eight catches for 96 yards and a score…It was a quiet week for Amari Cooper though. He only caught four balls for 29 yards.
Dolphins 28 Bills 25
Jay Ajayi ripped a good Bills rush defense for 214 yards and a score on 29 carries (7.4 YPC). Ajayi became the first running back since Ricky Williams in 2002 to rush for 200 yards in back-to-back games.
Extra Points: Kenny Stills scored on a 66-yard touchdown. That helped him finish with 100 yards on five receptions…Jarvis Landry caught 5-of-8 targets for 78 yards. Landry still only has one touchdown on the year…LeSean McCoy tried to play with an injured hamstring but he only carried the ball eight times for 11 yards before leaving the game. It was obvious from the start that McCoy wasn’t healthy. Without McCoy, the Bills abandoned the run. Buffalo only ran the ball 22 times. McCoy and Tyrod Taylor combined for 15 of those carries…Taylor threw for 221 yards and ran for 35 more. He also scored twice…With the Bills desperately thin at receiver, Marquise Goodwin stepped up and caught four balls for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Jets 24 Ravens 16
Matt Forte has been quiet since Week 2 but he woke up Sunday against the Ravens. Forte gained 155 yards on 34 touches and scored a touchdown to help hand the Ravens their fourth straight loss.
Extra Points: After being benched, Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced an injured Geno Smith. Fitz completed 9-of-14 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. Smith was 4-of-8 for 95 yards and a score before leaving the game. It’s unclear who will start next week if Smith is healthy…Quincy Enunwa led the Jets in receiving. Starting for the injured Eric Decker, Enunwa caught 2-of-4 targets for 73 yards and a touchdown…Joe Flacco (248/0/2) struggled but Mike Wallace had a big day. Wallace burned the Jets secondary for 120 yards on 10 receptions…The Jets defense completely shut down Baltimore’s ground game. The Ravens ran the ball 12 times for just six yards (0.5 YPC) on the day.
Colts 34 Titans 26
Andrew Luck has traditionally had success against the Titans and Sunday was no different. Luck threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns as the Colts continued their dominance over the Titans.
Extra Points: T.Y. Hilton has been a fantasy stud all season and that didn’t change on Sunday. Hilton caught 7-of-12 targets for 133 yards and a touchdown. He’s now been targeted at least 10 times in six games this season…With Dwayne Allen injured, Jack Doyle took advantage of being the primary tight end. Doyle caught 9-of-10 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown. Allen is expected to be out a month, which puts Doyle on the weekly TE1 map…DeMarco Murray kept his strong fantasy season rolling. Murray ran for 107 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries (4.3 YPC).
Lions 20 Redskins 17
Kirk Cousins threw for 301 yards and accounted for two touchdowns but it wasn’t enough. Matthew Stafford (266/1) hit Anquan Boldin for an 18-yard touchdown strike in the final seconds to give the Lions their third straight win.
Extra Points: Golden Tate followed up his big game last week with another strong performance against the Redskins. Tate caught six passes for 93 yards on a team-high 12 targets…The Lions have basically given up on running the ball. Running backs carried the ball just 17 times Sunday…Chris Thompson had his best game of the year. Thompson piled up 113 total yards on 19 touches…Jamison Crowder continues to be an underrated fantasy asset. Crowder caught 7-of-9 targets for 108 yards…Making his second straight start for Jordan Reed (concussion), Vernon Davis caught all six targets for 79 yards.
Chiefs 27 Saints 21
If you drafted Jamaal Charles high, you probably weren’t expecting one carry for zero yards in Week 7. Instead, it’s Spencer Ware who is the fantasy stud. Ware gained 131 total yards on 19 touches and scored a touchdown Sunday. The Chiefs have a Top 5 fantasy back. It’s just not the one many thought it would be back in August.
Extra Points: It’s getting to the point where it’s hard to trust Jeremy Maclin in your fantasy lineup. Maclin caught four passes for forty yards. He’s only scored once this year and gone over 70 yards receiving in one game…Drew Brees rewarded fantasy owners in a losing effort. He threw for 367 yards, three touchdowns and one interception…The Saints have an emerging star in rookie WR Michael Thomas. Thomas caught 10-of-13 targets for 130 yards. Thomas’ touchdown streak ends at three games but owners will take the receptions and yards…After two down games, Willie Snead caught 9-of-11 targets for 87 yards.
Eagles 21 Vikings 10
There was very little offense in this game. The story was Philadelphia’s defense. The Eagles defense/special teams sacked Sam Bradford six times, recorded an interception, three fumble recoveries and scored a touchdown to send Minnesota to its first loss of the season.
Extra Points: Carson Wentz struggled against the tough Vikings defense. He completed 16-of-28 passes for 138 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. After a fast start to the season, Wentz’s fantasy value has come crashing back down to earth…No Eagles pass catcher had more than 39 yards (Josh Huff) or saw more than six targets (Nelson Agholor)…Stefon Diggs was shut down by the Eagles defense. Diggs finished with just two catches for 18 yards.
Chargers 33 Falcons 30
Melvin Gordon didn’t score a touchdown as a rookie. He’s making up for it this season. Gordon gained 121 yards on 28 touches and scored three more times. He now has 10 touchdowns through seven games.
Extra Points: Philip Rivers completed 27-of-44 passes for 371 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Rivers is having a strong fantasy season, despite the loss of Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead for the year…Tyrell Williams is one of the young receivers that’s stepping up for Rivers. Williams caught 7-of-10 targets for 140 yards versus the soft Falcons pass defense…Tevin Coleman was on his way to having a big game before leaving with a hamstring injury. Coleman ran for 64 yards and a touchdown on just eight carries (8.0 YPC)…With Coleman sidelined, Devonta Freeman racked up 100 yards on 20 touches…Julio Jones ate up a depleted Chargers secondary. Jones caught nine balls for 174 yards on a team-high 15 targets.
Buccaneers 34 49ers 17
Jacquizz Rodgers led the way for the second game in a row. Rodgers rushed for 154 yards on 26 carries (5.9 YPC). Rodgers has rushed for 255 yards in his last two games. He had rushed for 252 yards in his previous 19 games.
Extra Points: Jameis Winston has played better since the Bucs have gotten their running game going. Winston threw for 269 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He’s thrown just one interception in his last two starts…Mike Evans continues to dominate targets. He caught 8-of-13 targets for 96 yards and two scores against the 49ers…With Vincent Jackson in IR, Russell Shepard stepped up. Shepard pulled in five passes for 77 yards and a touchdown…Colin Kaepernick only threw for 143 yards but he added 84 yards rushing. Kap hasn’t moved the offense any better than Blaine Gabbert. No 49er had over 37 yards receiving on Sunday and that was running back Shaun Draughn.
Patriots 27 Steelers 16
Tom Brady has a long history of big games against the Steelers. While Brady (222/2/0) had a decent fantasy day Sunday, it was LeGarrette Blount who did the most damage. Blount ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries (5.3 YPC).
Extra Points: Julian Edelman caught a season-high nine passes but managed only 60 yards. He still hasn’t scored a touchdown this year…Rob Gronkowski was only targeted four times but he caught all four of the targets for 93 yards and a score…Landry Jones had to put the ball up 47 times in relief of Ben Roethlisberger. He completed 29 of those attempts for 281 yards, one touchdown and one interception…The Steelers leaned on Le’Veon Bell with Big Ben out. He gained 149 yards on 31 touches…Antonio Brown was targeted 11 times. He caught seven passes for 106 yards. Brown’s day could have been bigger but he got kneed in the quad and was limited for much of the second half.
Seahawks 6 Cardinals 6
There aren’t many fantasy stars in a 6-6 game. One of them was David Johnson. Johnson gained 171 yards on 41 touches. He’s the best multi-purpose back in the NFL right now and a weekly fantasy monster.
Extra Points: Carson Palmer threw for 342 yards but left his owners feeling empty without any touchdown passes…Larry Fitzgerald (70), J.J. Nelson (84) and Michael Floyd (65) all had at least 65 yards receiving and saw a combined 28 targets…The Seahawks offense was stuck in the mud for most of the night. Russell Wilson was under heavy pressure. He was held to 225 yards passing…Christine Michael ran the ball 16 times for 52 yards (3.3 YPC)…Doug Baldwin (6/69) was Seattle’s leading receiver in a game that set offensive football back 50 years.