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By Steven Inman
We’re about halfway done with the Fantasy Football season. Here are some things we learned in Week 7.
Jameis Winston and the Bucs have not been afraid to air it out on offense this season and while Mike Evans is clearly the No. 1 guy in Tampa, both Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard have had big days this season in this offense. Most fantasy owners have been waiting to see which guy gets the bulk of the playing time going forward but there is nothing wrong with owning both. Brate has averaged 13.64 fantasy points in his last 5 contests, while Howard had six receptions for 98 yards and two scores in Buffalo on Sunday. Howard hasn’t done much this season but after playing in over 65% of snaps on Sunday, we expect more playing time going forward. It’s easier for young Tight Ends to earn playing time when they can block like Howard can. If we had to choose, we’d rather have Brate going forward but in a very weak Tight End crop, you should be satisfied holding either of Tampa’s TE options.
Amari Cooper had 18 receptions for 146 yards in his first six games of the year. He was targeted 39 times, all for a horrible catch rate of 46.2%. He made up for nearly half a season of frustrations with 11 catches for 210 yards, good for 38.5 points. Does one amazing game undo six really bad ones? We’re not buying it. Carr’s other top option, Michael Crabtree has been pretty consistent this year with at least 6 catches in four of his six games this season, while Cooper is a boom or bust player. You really have no idea what you are going to get out of Cooper, who eclipsed the six-catch mark for the first time this season just this week. Cooper is just too inconsistent to buy in that he is back to being worth his second round price tag. If you can find someone who is buying in to him fully establishing that value, sell high.
The Browns probably wish they didn’t pass up on Wentz and or Deshaun Watson as both have been top 5 fantasy quarterbacks this season. Wentz leads the NFL in passing touchdowns and only trails Alex Smith (???) in fantasy points among Quarterbacks. Wentz has owners salivating over what could be a career day Sunday against the horrible Niners despite the Eagles offensive line issues. Also keep in mind, Wentz’s strong start has resulted in Zach Ertz being Fantasy’s No 1. Tight End so far this season.
The Cardinals have not been very good this season and their wideouts should take another step back with the struggling Carson Palmer now out awhile with a broken left arm. Larry Fitzgerald has been a borderline top 5 Wide Receiver this season but had just three catches for 29 yards Sunday, as the Cardinals got blanked by the Rams. Drew Stanton took over for Palmer and went 5-14 with 62 yards and an interception. Other than Fitz, you don’t want to own any of these other receivers going forward. Expect this offense to have more questions than answers going forward.