Week 7 Underperformers: Fluke or Truth
Author: Jair Oglivie
This article will be coming out on friday, a day later than normal and for that I apologize. Life has been wild. But, here we go with another week of underperformers! Lets not waste anymore time and jump right in.
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Line: 13 carries, 50 yards. 3 catches, 1 yard. 8.1 points (PPR)
This will be short. Mixon is fine and there is nothing to worry about. This performance was a simple case of the gamescript going away from him as the Chiefs absolutely took it to the Bengals on Sunday night. In what seemed to be a vanilla matchup on paper for the Bengals offense, turned out to be tarnished by Primetime Andy striking again. Andy Dalton played terribly against what is really a bad defense, which is inexcusable. This week, thankfully, the bengals are not on primetime, so the bengals offense as a whole should bounce back. Especially, in a matchup at home against another weak defense in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mixon should be in lineups every single week and will return to producing borderline RB1 numbers.
Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Line: 15 carries, 33 yards. 2 catches, 9 yards. 6.2 points (PPR)
This one was surprising. Elliot has dominated the Redskins in his career and was coming off a big game against a formerly top defense in the Jaguars. It was clear that the Redskins were determined to make Dak Prescott beat them, and that just won’t happen. I believe that is how you beat the Cowboys. Elliot however, is too good to experience this every week. He is still an RB1 and should be treated like one by being in lineups every single week. His involvement in the passing game keeps his dual threat ability relevant and is at home against Tennessee next after a bye. Don’t overthink here, Zeke is fine.
Something to consider, Amari Cooper is now a Dallas Cowboy. There are alot of unknowns to come from this, and the biggest one is: Will he produce? I can’t tell you for sure, but I do know defenses will have to treat him as a 1, and that the Cowboys have a legitimate passing weapon now. This should leave less defenders in the box for Elliot and will directly help his fantasy production. Keep starting Zeke every week, my friends.
Detroit Lions Wide Receivers
Golden Tate: 4 catches, 36 yards. 1 carry, 30 yards. 10.6 points (PPR)
Marvin Jones: 3 catches, 29 yards. 5.9 points (PPR)
Kenny Golladay: 2 catches, 37 yards. 5.7 points (PPR)
In what was a high scoring game between the Lions and Dolphins, none of their 3 top receivers really popped for any big fantasy production. Listen, the majority of their games will not be like this. We’ve seen it. All three of these receivers are startable every week and are huge assets. It was also a breakout day for Kerryon Johnson. That’s a big factor in the duds for the receivers. But, in the state of today’s NFL, if the Lions will be going anywhere, it will be through Stafford and these three receivers. Tate and Golladay are must starts every week. I am less confident in Jones but I still believe he is a decent flex play weekly. These receivers are bouncing back as early as next week at home against Seattle. Also, keep your eyes open for the Golden Tate revenge game.
Thanks for reading, I’ll be back (on time) next week! Until then, be smart, don’t panic, and hit that waiver wire!
See ya next week!
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*All statistics taken from ESPN Fantasy