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THE DIVE: Week 7 “Off the Radar”

If you didn’t watch the NFL last week, then you missed a lot!  Surprise performances, upsets, and yet another Aaron Rogers’ comeback victory.  Although fantasy studs including Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, Melvin Gordon, and Todd Gurley continued their strong fantasy campaigns, we also witnessed a few players well-removed from the “fantasy radar” post surprise performances including Brock Osweiler, Raheem Mostert, and Tyrell Williams.

Which “off the radar” player will take a starring role in Week 7?  Take a dive with me as we review several players that may be excellent starts heading into Week 7.  Thus far, weather does not appear a major concern for any games, but continue to monitor as we approach the weekend.

QB Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears

If Khalil Mack is “Batman” for the Chicago Bears this season, then Mitchell Trubisky is “Robin” as this dynamic duo is the key reason the Chicago Bears are leading the NFC North.  Trubisky has taken leaps in his sophomore season with over 1,200 passing yards, 164 rushing yards, and 12 touchdowns.  In fact, he has moved from a fantasy backup or waiver wire add to potential “must start” especially with nine touchdowns over his last two games.  With a home matchup against the New England Patriots who have allowed the 10th most fantasy points to quarterbacks including seven touchdowns over the last two games, Trubisky may be a sneaky start this weekend!

Week 7 projection: 300 passing yards; 30 rushing yards; 2 TD

RB Frank Gore, Miami Dolphins

Some believe that 16th century Spanish explorer Ponce de León found the “Fountain of Youth” in Florida, Miami Dolphins’ veteran running back Frank Gore has rediscovered it in 2018!  At 35 years old, he is the oldest running back in the NFL, yet just became the first to rush for 100-yards against the Chicago Bears’ defense.  Averaging almost five yards per carry and over 60 total yards per game,  Gore should be considered an RB2 or Flex, and has even seen his workload and performance trending upward.  With a home matchup versus the Detroit Lions who have given up the 4th most fantasy points to running backs, consider starting him this weekend.

Week 7 projection: 80 total yards; 1 TD

WR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the transition from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Jameis Winston at quarterback, the Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s passing offense has not skipped a beat.  Although the ground game ranks 31st, the Bucs rank in the top five in most passing categories, which has been boosted by the superb performance of their wideouts.  Wide receiver Chris Godwin has averaged nearly 50 receiving yards per game and already caught four touchdowns this season.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcome the Cleveland Browns who have surrendered the 9th most points to wide receivers.  This matchup may be a shootout so plug Godwin in at as WR3 or Flex.

Week 7 projection: 75 receiving yards; 1 TD

TE David Njoku, Cleveland Browns

Tight End has been tough this season.  With a slew of injury and disappointing performances, it is difficult to count on any tight end from week to week, even Rob Gronkowski!  Cleveland Browns’ tight end David Njoku has put together three solid games in a row with at least 52 receiving yards in each game and scored last week, and should be owned in most leagues.  Cleveland will visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who give up the most fantasy points to tight ends including touchdowns in three straight games.  Njoku is a TE2 this weekend and definitely worth starting!

Week 7 projection: 60 receiving yards; 1 TD

D/ST Indianapolis Colts

The Buffalo Bills will reportedly start newly acquired Derek Anderson this weekend after rookie Josh Allen’s elbow injury in Week 6.   With Anderson totaling 8 pass attempts since 2016, he should have a fair amount of rust.  Buffalo’s second backup Nathan Peterman has given up 4 interceptions and 3 sacks in only 30 pass attempts this season.  Take a look at the Indianapolis Colts’ defense this weekend who will host Buffalo’s volatile offense.  Although Indianapolis has allowed 37 points or more in three straight games, they will rebound this weekend and serve as an excellent streamer if your defense is on bye or faces a strong offense.  The Colts are tied for 3rd with 19 sacks and should pick up several more in Week 7.

Week 7 projection: 11 points

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.