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THE DIVE: Week 7 (NFC Beast)

Are you surprised that we’re already through six weeks of the season? Several teams are standing tall as playoff contenders, while other teams couldn’t be falling from grace more quickly. The Dallas Cowboys continue marching forward with their fifth win a row led by Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, while division rival Washington Redskins remain just a game behind with their own four-game winning streak. The Seattle Seahawks barely escaped the Atlanta Falcons with the help of a pass interference “no call” against Richard Sherman. The New Orleans Saints hung on to defeat the struggling NFC champion Carolina Panthers in a shootout.

In the AFC, the New England Patriots continue building steam, while the Cleveland Browns continue to get steamrolled and remain winless. Also, the San Diego Chargers overcame their fourth quarter woes by handing the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos their second loss in a row and lessening the gap in the AFC West.

Whether you are winning, winless, or somewhere in between, take a dive with me as we discuss several Week 7 standouts.

QB Kirk Cousins

“You like that. You like that!” Mr. Cousins will always be remembered for his famous (or infamous) shout at the media after his Week 7 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. We can only hope that Week 7 this season will herald another victorious quote if Cousins can shred the Detroit Lions’ secondary this weekend. Cousins and his Washington Redskins defend their four-game win streak against the Detroit Lions who have allowed the most points including touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. After a rough Week 1 performance, Cousins has been solid with nine touchdowns over his last five starts. He may also get his favorite target tight end Jordan Reed back for Sunday’s game. If your quarterback is injured, pitted against a tough defense, or is on bye for Week 7, then give Cousins a look.

Week 7 forecast: 225 passing yards; 2 TDs

RB Spencer Ware

Kansas City Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid’s quote about “Jamaal Charles’ training wheels are coming off” in Week 6 struck fear in the hearts of Spencer Ware owners and excitement for Charles’ owners. Well, Charles is definitely not at full speed and playing the role of secondary back as he had only nine carries to Ware’s twenty-four. Ware totaled 163 total yards and a touchdown, which makes him a must-start as an RB2/flex for Week 7 when Kansas City welcomes the New Orleans Saints to Arrowhead Stadium. The Saints have given up the most points including touchdowns to opposing running backs. Enjoy the Spencer Ware ride as long as it lasts!

Week 7 forecast: 100 total yards; 1 TD

WR Kenny Britt

Whether it’s because we’ve seen glimpses of greatness previously that ended up fading or due to the Rams games being played later on the schedule (or even delayed like Week 3 in Tampa Bay), Britt is not receiving the amount of attention he deserves for his sizzling start. Although he caught his first two scores of the season in Week 6, Britt is on pace for over 1,300 receiving yards and seems to have excellent chemistry with Case Keenum. The veteran receiver will take his talents to Wembley Stadium in London against the New York Giants who are relatively neutral in points surrendered, but have allowed the third-most receiving yards to opposing wide receivers. Britt has performed well against the G-Men in two previous contests and should reward owners who start him in Week 7.

Week 7 forecast: 90 receiving yards; 1 TD

TE Hunter Henry

Rookie tight end Hunter Henry seems to have received the baton from veteran star tight end Antonio Gates as Philip Rivers’ new favorite target. Henry has touchdowns in three straight games and appears to be building steam as he receives more snaps. He should excel again when the San Diego Chargers host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday who have given up the 4th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Without Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates playing behind him, Henry is reaching TE1 status and should be owned.

Week 7 forecast: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD

DST Houston Texans

The Houston Texans defense was drafted early, but has unperformed thus far. Their lack of success can be partially blamed on losing J.J. Watt and their offensive woes. However, they looked sharper in their win against division rival Indianapolis in Week 6. Houston visits the Denver Broncos in Week 7 who have allowed double-digit fantasy points to opposing defenses two weeks in a row. Trevor Siemian was not effective in his return in Week 6 and may struggle again in his Monday Night Football debut.

Week 7 forecast: 11 points

Week 6 Results….ROUGH WEEK :( 

QB Brian Hoyer

Week 6 Projection: 225 passing yards; 2 TD

Week 6 Results: 302 passing yards (ok call)

RB Ryan Mathews

Week 6 Projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD

Week 6 Results: 60 total yards (bad call)

WR Sammie Coates

Week 6 Projection: 100 receiving yards; 1 TD

Week 6 Results: 0 receiving yards (bad call)

TE Delanie Walker

Week 6 Projection: 60 receiving yards; 1 TD

Week 6 Results: 21 receiving yards (bad call)

DST Tennessee Titans

Week 6 Projection: 11 points

Week 6 Results: 6 points (ok call)

About Marc Griffis

Marc Griffis has competed in fantasy football, baseball, and basketball leagues since 2005. Marc has written "The Dive" for Fantasy Sharks since 2010. Additionally, his expertise is featured in David Gonos' E-books "101 Fantasy Baseball Tips" and "101 Fantasy Football Tips". Lastly, Marc competed in the Fantasy Sports Trade Association SiriusXM Fantasy Baseball experts' league from 2012-2014.