Stars of Week 7

QB: Patrick Mahomes, KC: 28-39, 358 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT

RB: Kareem Hunt, KC: 15 carries, 86 yards, 1 TD (5 catches, 55 yards, 2 TDs) 

WR: Odell Beckham Jr., NYG: 8 catches, 143 yards, 1 TD           

TE: Trey Burton, CHI: 9 catches, 126 yards, 1 TD 

The Kansas City Chiefs have been the AFC’s version of the Rams, with a dynamic offense that has no shortage of weapons. Patrick Mahomes has been the no-doubt fantasy MVP of the year so far, given how late he was drafted in leagues. Through seven games, Mahomes has thrown 22 TDs and more than 2,200 yards. Lot to be excited about if you’re a Chiefs fan. Speaking of which, Mahomes is joined here by second year RB sensation Kareem Hunt, who scored three TDs against the Bengals. Hunt has had himself a great sophomore year, one that will continue right along with Mahomes. The Giants may be struggling, but Odell Beckham continues to do his part to give his team a fighting chance. Beckham torched the Falcons for 143 yards and a TD in the Monday night affair, albeit in a losing cause. Odell is as talented as any WR in football, but in terms of value, he’s in the 6-10 range due to external factors. Trey Burton was a popular sleeper pick in fantasy drafts, given how he flashed with the Eagles in limited duty last season, together with the projected upward trajectory of the Bears offense. Burton scored his fourth touchdown of the season this past Sunday against the Patriots and was the top performer at tight end. He remains a TE1.

Week 7 Takeaways – A Closer Look

Each week we take a closer look at a handful of performances and sort out what such performances mean going forward.

- Nick Chubb, RB – CLE: 18 carries, 80 yards, 1 TD

Analysis: We received news of a trade late last week that has far ranging fantasy football implications. The Browns traded Carlos Hyde to the Jaguars, which has opened the starting RB gig up for rookie Nick Chubb. This past weekend, we saw Chubb’s first game as a starter, and he didn’t disappoint. Chubb had 18 of the team’s 19 carries from the RB position, and found the end zone once while hitting the 80 yard mark. Chubb will continue to be the bell cow for the Browns going forward, which elevates him to RB2 status. Hyde’s trade also increases the value of Duke Johnson, as he’ll see an increased snap count – primarily in passing situations. Johnson becomes a flex option in deeper leagues (12 plus teams). As for a quick overview on the Jaguars side, Hyde will be the back to own with Leonard Fournette out, and he should be kept as a handcuff even when Fournette returns. TJ Yeldon’s value takes a big hit here.

- Marlon Mack, RB – IND: 19 carries, 126 yards, 1 TD (2 catches, 33 yards, 1 TD)

Analysis: The Colts RB situation has been cloudy over the first trimester of the season, with both Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines snagging carries without asserting a claim to the throne, while Marlon Mack has been mostly injured. Mack debuted his 2018 season in Week 2, then returned in Week 6, posting 89 yards from only 12 carries. In Week 7 against the Bills, Mack continued where he left off, scoring two TDs and clearing the century mark for yards rushed with ease. Mack is the most talented of the Colts RBs, and as long as he remains healthy, he’ll be an RB2. Mack should get close to seventy percent of the carries, with Wilkins and Hines getting the rest. If Mack is available in your league, he’s a must add – in all formats. Hines will continue to have value in deeper leagues as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Wilkins suffers the most with Mack’s ascension, and he shouldn’t be in lineups unless Mack loses additional time due to injury. 

- Raheem Mostert, SF: 7 carries, 59 yards, 0 TDs 

Analysis: Raheem Mostert has had a very quiet four seasons in the league, but is that about to change? Mostert has put together back to back impressive games for the severely injured 49ers, having rushed for 87 yards in Week 6 to go along with his 59 yards in Week 7. While he’s only carried the rock 25 times this season, Mostert is averaging more than six years per carry. With Matt Breida being banged up and very possibly missing time, there’s a strong chance that Mostert will split time with Alfred Morris for the immediate future. Admittedly again we just have a small sample size, but Mostert has looked much better than Morris, and he also offers more in the passing game. The 49ers face a sieve of a run defense in the Cardinals this coming week, and if Breida is out for the week, Mostert will be an RB2. He’s a short term add, with potential to provide an even bigger ROI if Breida ends up missing significant time.                                                     

- Tyrell Williams, WR – LAC: 4 catches, 118 yards, 1 TD

Analysis: The Chargers receiving corps starts with Keenan Allen as the headliner, but Tyrell Williams comprises part of a deep group of solid secondary options. QB Philip Rivers spreads the ball around as much as any signal caller, so Chargers wide receivers outside of Allen have struggled to remain fantasy relevant on a weekly basis. Circling back to Williams, he has posted 118 yards receiving in each of the last two games, with three TDs combined in the two games. Unfortunately, games 1 through 5 of the season illustrate the problem at hand – Williams had yardage totals of 8, 48, 22, 48 and 64 yards in those games, with just 1 TD during that time. Also a critical point, Williams has only been targeted between 3 and 5 times for each game this season. So what we’ve got here is a weekly boom or bust option, one that’s hard to trust. Williams should be viewed as a WR3/flex option in standard deeper leagues (12 plus teams), and he downgrades to WR4 in PPR leagues and leagues with 10 teams or less. Williams is a fine WR with value in fantasy leagues, but just keep a realistic view on what to expect. 

- Josh Gordon, WR – NE: 4 catches, 100 yards, 0 TDs

Analysis: Josh Gordon has tantalizing talent as a WR, but has missed most of the last few years due to suspension. Early this season, the Browns grew tired of his act and dealt the mercurial WR to the Patriots. The Patriots have a history for taking troubled stars from other organizations and turning them into key Patriots. Randy Moss and Corey Dillon come to immediate mind, and now we’ll see what happens with Josh Gordon. Week 7 was Gordon’s fourth game with the Pats, and he eclipsed 100 yards for the first time this year. Brady targeted Gordon seven times against the Bears, and nine times the week before. Given that Gordon has been working himself into shape, his ascension in the Pats’ game plan is not only a welcomed sight, but also a trend that should continue. The Pats have five regular receiving options – Gordon, Gronk, Edelman, Hogan and White – so Gordon will have plenty of competition for targets. With Sony Michel now injured again and the team light on running backs to carry the load, the Pats will air it out regularly. Gordon should be viewed as a WR2 going forward, albeit one on the lower end because of all the mouths to feed. But unless you’re in a very shallow league or you have an abnormally deep trove of WRs, Gordon should be in your lineup moving forward.

Rapid Fire Pickups

Each week we throw out potential free agent pickups from each position for deeper leagues, in each case 1) someone who has NOT been featured above, and 2) a player available in most leagues. 

QB: Baker Mayfield, CLE

RB: Jalen Richard/Doug Martin, OAK (with Richard preferred)

RB: Nyheim Hines, IND (still valuable even with Mack’s leading role)

WR: Tre'Quan Smith, NO

WR: Jakeem Grant, MIA

TE: Ben Watson, NO 

Week 8 Rankings 


  1. Patrick Mahomes, KC       Den
  2. Kirk Cousins, Min             NO
  3. Aaron Rodgers, GB          @LAR
  4. Tom Brady, NE                @Buf
  5. Jared Goff, LAR                GB
  6. Drew Brees, NO               @Min
  7. Andrew Luck, Ind            @Oak
  8. Ben Roethlisberger, Pit     Cle
  9. Jameis Winston, TB         @Cin
  10. Andy Dalton, Cin             TB
  11. Mitchell Trubisky, Chi       NYJ
  12. Cam Newton, Car            Bal
  13. Russell Wilson, Sea          @Det
  14. Carson Wentz, Phi           @Jax
  15. Matthew Stafford, Det     Sea
  16. Baker Mayfield, Cle         @Pit
  17. Case Keenum, Den         @KC
  18. Alex Smith, Wsh             @NYG
  19. Derek Carr, Oak              Ind
  20. Joe Flacco, Bal                @Car

Running Backs:

  1. Todd Gurley II, LAR         GB
  2. Saquon Barkley, NYG       Wsh
  3. Kareem Hunt, KC             Den
  4. Alvin Kamara, NO            @Min
  5. James Conner, Pit            Cle
  6. David Johnson, Ari           SF
  7. James White, NE              @Buf
  8. Joe Mixon, Cin                  TB
  9. Tarik Cohen, Chi               NYJ
  10. Phillip Lindsay, Den          @KC
  11. C. McCaffrey, Car             Bal
  12. Adrian Peterson, Wsh       @NYG
  13. Chris Carson, Sea            @Det
  14. Marlon Mack, Ind             @Oak
  15. Nick Chubb, Cle               @Pit
  16. Chris Thompson, Wsh      @NYG
  17. Mark Ingram II, NO         @Min
  18. Kerryon Johnson, Det      Sea
  19. LeSean McCoy, Buf          NE
  20. Latavius Murray, Min       NO
  21. Jordan Howard, Chi         NYJ
  22. Jalen Richard, Oak          Ind
  23. Alex Collins, Bal             @Car
  24. Isaiah Crowell, NYJ         @Chi
  25. T.J. Yeldon, Jax               Phi
  26. Carlos Hyde, Jax             Phi
  27. Doug Martin, Oak            Ind
  28. W. Smallwood, Phi           @Jax
  29. Peyton Barber, TB            @Cin
  30. Duke Johnson Jr., Cle       @Pit
  31. Aaron Jones, GB              @LAR
  32. Kenjon Barner, NE           @Buf
  33. Nyheim Hines, Ind          @Oak
  34. Corey Clement, Phi         @Jax
  35. Javorius Allen, Bal           @Car
  36. Raheem Mostert, SF        @Ari
  37. Devontae Booker, Den     @KC
  38. Matt Breida, SF               @Ari
  39. Ronald Jones, TB             @Cin
  40. Mike Davis, Sea               @Det

Wide Receivers:

  1. Adam Thielen, Min          NO
  2. Antonio Brown, Pit          Cle
  3. Odell Beckham Jr., NYG   Wsh
  4. A.J. Green, Cin               TB
  5. Michael Thomas, NO        @Min
  6. Tyreek Hill, KC                 Den
  7. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pit   Cle
  8. Mike Evans, TB                @Cin
  9. Davante Adams, GB         @LAR
  10. T.Y. Hilton, Ind                 @Oak
  11. Jarvis Landry, Cle             @Pit
  12. Stefon Diggs, Min             NO
  13. Robert Woods, LAR          GB
  14. E. Sanders, Den              @KC
  15. Brandin Cooks, LAR         GB
  16. Tyler Boyd, Cin                TB
  17. Golden Tate, Det              Sea
  18. Julian Edelman, NE          @Buf
  19. Josh Gordon, NE              @Buf
  20. Kenny Golladay, Det        Sea
  21. Cooper Kupp, LAR           GB
  22. Allen Robinson, Chi         NYJ
  23. Doug Baldwin, Sea          @Det
  24. Alshon Jeffery, Phi           @Jax
  25. D. Thomas, Den              @KC
  26. Michael Crabtree, Bal       @Car
  27. John Brown, Bal              @Car
  28. Danny Amendola, Mia      @Hou
  29. Devin Funchess, Car        Bal
  30. Marquise Goodwin, SF     @Ari
  31. Marvin Jones Jr., Det        Sea
  32. Sterling Shepard, NYG     Wsh
  33. Tyler Lockett, Sea            @Det
  34. Sammy Watkins, KC         Den
  35. Randall Cobb, GB             @LAR
  36. Jordy Nelson, Oak            Ind
  37. Taylor Gabriel, Chi            NYJ
  38. DeSean Jackson, TB         @Cin 
  39. Willie Snead, Bal              @Car
  40. Chris Godwin, TB             @Cin

Tight End:

  1. Travis Kelce, KC               Den
  2. Zach Ertz, Phi                  @Jax
  3. George Kittle, SF             @Ari
  4. Rob Gronkowski, NE         @Buf
  5. Jimmy Graham, GB          @LAR
  6. David Njoku, Cle              @Pit
  7. Eric Ebron, Ind                 @Oak
  8. Trey Burton, Chi               NYJ
  9. Jordan Reed, Wsh            @NYG
  10. Jared Cook, Oak               Ind
  11. O.J. Howard, TB               @Cin
  12. Evan Engram, NYG           Wsh
  13. C.J. Uzomah, Cin              TB
  14. Greg Olsen, Car                Bal
  15. Kyle Rudolph, Min             NO
  16. Vance McDonald, Pit          Cle
  17. Benjamin Watson, NO       @Min
  18. Ricky Seals-Jones, Ari       SF
  19. Cameron Brate, TB          @Cin
  20. Jeff Heuerman, Den         @KC

Defense/Special Teams:

  1. Chicago Bears                 NYJ
  2. New England Patriots      @Buf
  3. Philadelphia Eagles         @Jax
  4. Arizona Cardinals            SF
  5. Baltimore Ravens            @Car
  6. Los Angeles Rams           GB
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars        Phi
  8. Washington Redskins      @NYG
  9. Carolina Panthers           Bal
  10. Indianapolis Colts           @Oak
  11. Pittsburgh Steelers         Cle
  12. New York Jets                @Chi
  13. Detroit Lions                  Sea
  14. Seattle Seahawks           @Det
  15. San Francisco 49ers        @Ari