Week 7’s early slate had a lot of fireworks and close finishes while the late slate left us in a blowout bore. However, there were players looking for a much-needed bounceback after rough losses last week.
I have six…nah I’m feeling generous. I have seven players who were showcased on both sides of the fantasy football world.
Let’s get to Week 7’s Winners and Losers.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield
In the last two games, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield had a total of 24 fantasy points and was benched last week for Case Keenum. It looked like a long day in the making when he was 0 for 5 and threw an interception. Mayfield rebounded with a huge win over the Cincinnati Bengals 37-34. He went 22 of his next 23 passes, 297 yards, and five touchdowns. Thanks to that performance, he has 10 touchdowns and six interceptions on the year.
Fantasy Points: 39.
Buccaneers QB Tom Brady
We have been waiting for consistent weeks of this Buccaneers offense to explode. In Las Vegas, quarterback Tom Brady cashed out his chips. Brady was not rattled by this Raiders defense and proved it by putting on an air-show in a 45-20 victory. The 43-year-old quarterback was 33 for 45, 369 yards, and four touchdowns. He was not sacked one time Sunday and it showed. He was throwing to the likes of Scotty Miller, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski and proving once again…to not underestimate the GOAT.
Fantasy Points: 44
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Davante Adams
Aaron Rodgers and wideout Davante Adams combined last week for nine fantasy points. Who was next on the schedule? The hapless Houston Texans defense. After a blowout loss, Rodgers has 25 touchdowns and four interceptions. He continued that streak today. The two-time MVP was 23 for 34, 283 yards and four touchdowns. Which means after a tough loss in his career. He has 29 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Meanwhile, Adams had a huge day. He was the boogeyman to the Texans secondary as he caught 13 balls (targeted 16 times) for 196 yards and two touchdowns. His yards after the catch today had an average of 15 yards. If you had Adams or Rodgers starting today, here’s a cigar for your accomplishment.
Buccaneers WR Mike Evans
I’m not a fan of speculation, but there is something wrong with Mike Evans. Last week he was a game-time decision, due to an ankle injury. For the second week in a row, he is a no-show for fantasy football. In the last two games, Evans has 3 receptions for 37 yards. That’s a grand total of four points. What will it mean when Antonio Brown makes his Tampa debut? If you have Mike Evans, you are between a rock and a hard place going forward.
Fantasy Points: 3
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott
In Vegas, casinos use people that are known as “coolers.” Once someone gets on a hot streak, they place the “cooler” next to the winner at the table. Suddenly, the table goes cold and the gambler will cash out with a paltry return. Who is the “cooler” to Ezekiel Elliott? He has not rushed for 100 yards once this year. He has fumbled five times. Today he rushed 12 times for a measly 45 yards and one reception for six yards. I know the Cowboys are dealing with quarterback issues, but that is no excuse for someone who signed a contract worth 90 million over six years. I’ll ask again. Who on the Cowboys is Zeke’s “cooler?” Silence says it all.
Fantasy Points: 4
Panthers RB Mike Davis
While Panthers superstar back Christian McCaffrey is close to returning to the field. Backup running back Mike Davis has done a solid job averaging 15-20 fantasy points per week. Sunday was a rude awakening of reality as Davis had a dismal seven carries for 12 yards (averaged less than two yards per carry) and five catches for 24 yards in New Orleans. While the Panthers were in a fight with the Saints, it was completely one-dimensional with their passing game. It was a strong reminder that if the Panthers want to win 7 to 8 games, they will need McCaffrey back running the ball against good football teams. That goes double for fantasy football.
Fantasy Points: 3