Week 7 of the 2018 Fantasy Football Season is done and it was a week of games decided by a kick, a few yards, and some poorly managed play calling.
If you look between the lines and beyond the stats, what do your eyes tell you about the latest week of the season? Each week carries its own bit of valuable information. For example, how to set your lineup each week, when it’s time to improve a portion of your roster or perhaps when it’s time to cut someone loose before it’s too late. The following are observations that Ernie Estrella has made about the week that was, and how it will affect the weeks yet to come.
Here is What I learned in Week 7 of the 2018 Fantasy Football Season, starting with the injuries that will impact the following week(s).
1. Rinse (in tears) and (fantasy) spin
1. Pats RB Sony Michel was carted off to the locker room early in Chicago but was examined for no tear. He is listed day-to-day. Already missing Rex Burkhead on IR, the Pats dusted off Kenjon Barner at the end of the bench to take his place.
• Bills RB LeSean McCoy left the Bills’ drubbing in Week 7 with a head injury. He didn’t miss much as the Bills are a complete mess. Shady will have to pass concussion protocol.
• Chargers RB Melvin Gordon was a late game time decision that left some fantasy owners either out of luck, or scrambling to find a replacement. He’ll have a bye week to heal up his hamstring so it doesn’t linger on.
• Miami may have to deal with DeVante Parker who has been inactive for weeks. Albert Wilson (hip) and Kenny Stills (groin) are nursing lower body injuries and the bad news is that Wilson will be placed on injured reserve, essentially wiping out his fantasy value. Stills will be re-evaluated after Week 8. Dialing Danny Amendola…. Dialing Danny Amendola…
• Texans WR Keke Coutee was already nursing a bad hammy, and he injured it again in Week 7.
• Panthers WR Torrey Smith finally made some big plays against the Eagles but he injured his right leg in the fourth quarter. He was in pain in the post game but it does not appear to be too serious.
• Cowboys TE Geoff Swaim left with a knee injury and rookie Dalton Schultz had three targets in his place. Depending on how serious the injury is, could be another reason why the team went after Amari Cooper.
• Jets RB Bilal Powell left the game early with a neck injury. Trenton Cannon, a rookie running back is the next man up if Powell misses significant time.
• Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) got tangled up with Jets WR Robby Anderson on a deep route. Both players were injured on the play.
• With the Bucs defense already in the dumpster bin, they lost LB Kwon Alexander for the season with a torn ACL.
2. Little bonus in the backs
In case you’re wondering why your running back is not getting those bonus points in your fantasy league, it’s because this season, we’re seeing less and less 100-yard rushers. In Week 7, we saw just three 100-yard rushers and that’s the third week that’s happened. We’ve also had four in Week 1, six in Week 3 and eight each in Weeks 4 and Week 6. That’s a total of 37 through Week 7 and an average of 5.3 per week. Compare that to 109 100-yard games over the same period, with an average of 15.6 per week. It’s a passing league now, and hopefully you’ve tweaked your roster to reflect that, or considered this when creating a DFS lineup.