After a controversial Green Bay win over division rival Detroit after several very questionable calls and non-calls, officiating has been the “talk” after Week 6. However, let’s not take for granted the superb performances from several players who left their fantasy owners smiling from ear to ear. Finally, Stefon Diggs broke out with a monster performance of 167 receiving yards and three scores. Quarterbacks Matt Ryan, Kirk Cousins, Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson and Kyler Murray also helped their fantasy owners secure victory with huge games. Week 6 also served as a wakeup call for several teams that may need to remember who they are. In the Lion King movie, Mufasa famously advises his young son Simba to “remember who you are.” Dallas, Kansas City, the Los Angeles Chargers, Atlanta and the Los Angeles Rams may need to heed this advice after appearing out of sorts and extending their losing streaks.
Now take a dive with me as we prep for Week 7. Although weather is cooling down, it does not appear to be a factor for any Week 7 games at this time. With Carolina, Cleveland, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh on bye, you may need to leverage players on the waiver wire or your bench this week so let “The Dive” serve as a helpful guide.
QB Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
After averaging 456 passing yards in Week 4 and 5, Jared Goff absolutely flopped in Week 6. In fact, Goff threw for a career-low 78 yards and completed just 13 passes. It’s difficult to recommend him after this complete dud, but he should rebound this weekend with a much smoother game when the Rams visit Atlanta, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (including 11 passing touchdowns over the last three games). Fire up Goff as this game may turn into a shootout!
Week 7 projection: 300 passing yards, 2 TD
RB Jamaal Williams, Green Bay
Just when it appeared Green Bay running back Aaron Jones ran away with the job after a massive four touchdown Week 5 performance, he struggled in Week 6 by losing a fumble and dropping a 33-yard touchdown pass. Opportunity knocked for running back Jamaal Williams, who answered with 104 rushing yards from 14 carries and also added 32 receiving yards as well as a touchdown. Although Williams’ home matchup against Oakland is not favorable, he should receive a significant workload on a run-focused Green Bay offense and hit paydirt again in Week 7. Consider Williams as an RB3 or Flex with solid upside!
Week 7 projection: 80 total yards, TD
WR Golden Tate, New York
In only his second game back after serving a suspension, Tate provided the New York Giants offense one of their only sparks of the entire game with a 64-yard touchdown catch in a loss against New England. With a home matchup against Arizona, who have given up the 12th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, Tate should have another strong outing especially if the ground game improves with the potential return of Saquon Barkley. Consider Tate a low-end WR3 or potential flex in deeper leagues.
Week 7 projection: 75 receiving yards, TD
TE Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers
Welcome back Hunter Henry! The Los Angeles Chargers tight end was one of the lone bright spots in a home loss against Pittsburgh. Henry appeared on the same page as quarterback Philip Rivers as he caught eight passes for 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The Chargers offense should rebound in Week 6 when it visits Tennessee, who surrenders the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. If Henry is available, you may consider scooping him up and starting him this weekend especially with a few tight ends on bye this week.
Week 7 projection: 60 receiving yards, TD
After a bye in Week 6 and ample time to prepare for an attractive home matchup against win-less Miami (who are drowning offensively), the rested Buffalo defense should feast this weekend. Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been named starter and should be pressured all game. Buffalo’s defense has allowed 17 points or less to opponents in every game this season and poised to be a top defensive play for Week 7.
Week 7 projection: 12 points.