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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 7

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Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants

After last week, it looks like Darkwa has solidified himself as the starting back for the Giants. Not only did he get a whopping 22 touches, but he turned those touches into 130 total yards. Perhaps the most impressive part is that he did it on the road against an elite Denver defense. Wayne Gallman will still be in the mix for carries and in the passing game, but Darkwa is the back to own in New York. He will get all early down and goal line work for the time being. He does have another tough matchup at home against Seattle, but he should still be started in most formats. Plus the Seattle defense has been vulnerable against the run the last few weeks. Expect another 15-20 touches and if he can find the end zone, it could be a huge day for Darkwa.

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Washington Wide Receivers

Going into the season there was a lot of hype surrounding Terrelle Pryor, Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson. But after five games, the trio has combined to score just three touchdowns. Pryor needs to be benched right now while Crowder can be dropped. Yes, that’s how bad it’s been in Washington. Doctson has scored a few touchdowns and is on the rise, but still can’t be trusted yet. Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson are getting all of Kirk Cousins’ attention at this point so stay away from any and all Washington receivers until further notice.

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John Brown, WR, Arizona

Brown seems to be past his quad injury and is back as the No. 2 receiver for Arizona. He’s scored touchdowns in back-to-back games and should see an uptick in targets moving forward. Sunday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Rams has the makings for a shootout and now that Arizona has a run game, things should open up for Brown to operate. He’s a solid WR3/flex option in Week 7.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets

Seferian-Jenkins has turned into a target monster the last two weeks for the Jets. He’s been Josh McCown’s safety valve and is creating matchup problems with his size. Seferian-Jenkins has combined for 19 targets and two scores during that stretch and was robbed out of a third score on a botched replay from the referees last week. He has another great matchup coming up with Miami and should be treated as a TE1 on a team that’s been trending up.

Lock of the Week

Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams

Woods has been a big part of the Rams offense over the past two games. He’s caught 10 balls for 136 yards on 15 targets. Though he hasn’t found the end zone, that could change on Sunday. He has a dream matchup with Arizona, who has allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in 2017. Patrick Peterson is expected to shadow Sammy Watkins so the door is open for Woods to shine. It’s still Todd Gurley’s show in Los Angeles, but Woods should see close to double-digit targets in what could be a divisional shootout. I think he ends up with a line in the ballpark of six catches, 80 yards and a touchdown. Sign me up.

About Steve Rudy

Shark Staff Writer since 2008 hailing from Syracuse, NY. Die hard New York Jets fan.