Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta
There hasn’t been much action at the tight end position this year, but Hooper is making his way into the TE1 conversation. He’s had two very good games in-a-row and gets the struggling Giants on Monday night. Hooper has combined for 18 catches, 148 yards and a score over his last two and is a must start in Week 7. He’s also gotten a healthy 22 targets over that span so needless to say his arrow is pointing up in 2018.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay
I know Evans is treated as a WR1, but for some strange reason he doesn’t have big games with Jameis Winston at quarterback. In the first three games of the season with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Evans had 23 catches for 367 yards and two touchdowns. Insane numbers over three games. In his last two weeks with Winston, Evans has 10 catches for 117 yards and no scores. This isn’t the first season that this connection hasn’t performed well and it’s something to pay attention to moving forward. Evans still needs to be in your lineup every week, but temper expectations.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore
Flacco has been up and down this year, but is always good for a few huge fantasy games throughout the season. Week 7 should be one of those big weeks as the Ravens host the Saints. New Orleans is giving up the third most fantasy points and passing yards per game to opposing quarterbacks so look for a lot of offense in this game. The bye weeks are starting to come so owners who have Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson, etc. should look Flacco’s way first this week.
Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta
Smith is making quite a name for himself in the Atlanta backfield. Yes he’s benefited from Devonta Freeman’s injuries, but he’s taking full advantage of the playing time and is really pushing Tevin Coleman for more work. He’s scored a touchdown in three straight weeks and received a season-high 13 touches last week. Freeman has been placed on IR so look for Smith to probably be in a 50-50 split with Coleman and get the goal line work. He was a solid receiving back in college so hopefully the Falcons start giving him more passes also.
Lock of the Week
Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit
Coming off the bye week, Kerryon Johnson is primed to have a good game. He’s clearly been the best running back for the Lions thus far and is starting to get more work. He’s averaging 5.7 yards per carry on the season and gets a Miami defense in Week 7 that is allowing just under 120 rushing yards per game. Johnson is only averaging 10 carries per game though, but I think he sees more this week. Treat him as a low-end RB2 with tons of upside. I think he puts on a show on Sunday.