Fantasy Football: Week 7
posted Oct 22 2016, 03:04PM
story by Chris Kapel
posted in NFL, Fantasy

The time to now

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Herm Edwards is widely considered to be a great football mind. He spent many years as a coach in the NFL, and currently works as an analyst. One of his most famous, viral, rants is “You play to win the game.” If you’re reading this, you probably have an idea of what incident I am talking about. Isn’t that the point is all we do? Play to win?

Football isn’t that simple and neither is fantasy football. All the numbers and figures were there for DeAndre Hopkins to have a huge game last week and he got 7 points. The Numbers did not say Jay Ajayi would rush for over 200 yards and 2 TD’s. We try each week to give you what the numbers and figures tell you who to play. At the end of the day, they still play the game and they play to win. We try and do research so you don’t have to. We run the numbers, look at the matchups and put in the work to make the rankings. That’s all they are, rankings Not every matchup will go how it appears it will, for better or for worse. You set your lineup, watch the games and hope your team has more than the other when the final whistle blows after the Monday night game.

Each week this year I have been streaming a DST. So far it has worked out pretty well for me. Unless you have a top 5 defense, then just 16 points separates the next 11 teams. That's an average of just over 2 points a game. I am going to stream the New York Giants this week. The Giants play the early game over in London. England hasn’t shown much offense yet this year. Their opponent, the LA Rams, haven’t shown much offense yet this year either. The Rams rank 25th in total offense and 28th in points per game. The Giants DST is nothing great, but they look good on paper this week.

In my top 100 for the rest of the year story, I promised to talk about trades. This week and next week are when you should be most active. You know by now what your standing in the league is and what moves you need to make. I get a lot of questions on Twitter with no substance. For example “Should I trade Christine Michael for Michael Crabtree?” Well if that’s all the info I have, the answer is yes. What if you have David Johnson, Doug Martin , Theo Riddick, LeSean McCoy, Emmanuel Sanders, Brandon Marshall and TY Hilton. Then no, you shouldn’t trade a position you are weak at for a position you are strong at. Look at every trade and ask yourself “does this make my team better?” If you get a bogus trade offer from random guy in your league, offer him your kicker for his best player. No one has time for bogus offers. Don’t waste my time, or I am sending you a kicker trade every week.

Some trades that have been made in some of my leagues that make sense based upon team needs:

Philip Rivers, Mike Evans and Delanie Walker for Matt Ryan, Amari Cooper and Spencer Ware

Doug Baldwin for Jordan Howard

Eddie Lacy, Dennis Pitta for Jimmy Graham(before injury)

Amari Cooper for LeSean McCoy

Kelvin Benjamin for Andrew Luck and Devante Parker

Eddie Lacy, Julian Edelman and Jimmy Graham for Jarvis Landry and Jamaal Charles(before Lacy injury)

Russell Wilson, Gary Barnidge for Eric Decker and Matt Ryan(before Decker injury)

Jamaal Charles and Kyle Rudolph for Todd Gurley

Jordan Reed, Ben Roethlisberger and Sterling Shepard for T.Y. Hilton, Julius Thomas and Christine Michael

In one way or another each person thought these trades helped their team. Just by looking at them on paper, some look very one sided. You never know who else these owners have to make Big Ben or Matt Ryan tradable.

When you have questions on Twitter, let us know if it’s a PPR league, who else you have, who else they have. The use of screenshots is always helpful to see the big picture. It’s very hard to determine one on one if you should do a trade without a little more information.


1. Tom Brady

2. Andrew Luck

3. Matt Ryan

4. Philip Rivers

5. Drew Brees

6. Matt Stafford

7. Andy Dalton

8. Kirk Cousins

9. Blake Bortles

10. Marcus Mariota

11. Alex Smith

12. Derek Carr

13. Russell Wilson

14. Jameis Winston

15. Tyrod Taylor

16. Eli Manning

17. Carson Palmer

18. Joe Flacco

19. Colin Kaepernick

20. Sam Bradford


1. Demarco Murray

2. Leveon Bell

3. Devonta Freeman

4. David Johnson

5. Todd Gurley

6. Christine Michael

7. Melvin Gordon

8. Lamar Miller

9. Spencer Ware

10. Mark Ingram

11. Frank Gore

12. Legarrette Blount

13. Terrance West

14. Matt Jones

15. Jacquizz Rodgers

16. C.J. Anderson

17. James White

18. Jeremy Hill

19. Mike Gillislee

20. Gio Bernard

21. Isaiah Crowell

22. T.J. Yeldon

23. Jay Ajayi

24. Tevin Coleman

25. Jerick McKinnon

26. Mike Davis

27. Jamaal Charles

28. Matt Forte

29. Rashad Jennings

30. Chris Ivory

31. Duke Johnson

32. Ryan Matthews

33. Latavius Murray

34. Bilal Powell

35. Darren Sproles

36. Jalen Richard

37. Chris Thompson

38. Zach Zenner

39. Bobby Rainey

40. Dwayne Washington


1. Julio Jones

2. A.J. Green

3. Odell Beckham Jr.

4. Mike Evans

5. Antonio Brown

6. T.Y. Hilton

7. Brandon Marshall

8. Amari Cooper

9. Allen Robinson

10. Brandin Cooks

11. Larry Fitzgerald

12. Marvin Jones

13. DeAndre Hopkins

14. Jarvis Landry

15. Demaryius Thomas

16. Jeremy Maclin

17. Emmanuel Sanders

18. Michael Crabtree

19. Julian Edelman

20. Terrelle Pryor

21. Doug Baldwin

22. Desean Jackson

23. Stefon Diggs

24. Tyrell Williams

25. Allen Hurns

26. Willie Snead

27. Travis Benjamin

28. Mike Wallace

29. Golden Tate

30. Jordan Matthews

31. Devante Parker

32. Kenny Britt

33. Michael Thomas

34. Will Fuller

35. Pierre Garcon

36. Sterling Shepard

37. Jeremy Kerley

38. Sammie Coates

39. Quincy Enunwa

40. Chris Hogan


1. Rob Gronkowski

2. Delanie Walker

3. Jimmy Graham

4. Travis Kelce

5. Vernon Davis

6. Martellus Bennett

7. Hunter Henry

8. Dennis Pitta

9. Kyle Rudolph

10. Julius Thomas

11. Coby Fleener

12. Zach Ertz

13. Tyler Eifert(snap count concerns)

14. Gary Barnidge

15. Jack Doyle


1. Stephen Gostkowski

2. Justin Tucker

3. Dustin Hopkins

4. Adam Vinatieri

5. Matt Bryant

6. Matt Prater

7. Brandon McManus

8. Josh Lambo

9. Cairo Santos

10. Steven Hauschka

11. Dan Carpenter

12. Jason Myers

13. Nick Novak

14. Blair Walsh

15. Sebastian Janikowski


1. Minnesota

2. Denver

3. Buffalo

4. New England

5. Cincinnati

6. Arizona

7. Seattle

8. Baltimore

9. NYG

10. Philadelphia

11. LA

12. Tampa Bay

13. Houston

14. Kansas City

15. Oakland

Great Matchups:

QB: Philip Rivers, Marcus Mariota, Andrew Luck

RB: Jacquizz Rodgers, Demarco Murray, Spencer Ware

WR: Marvin Jones, Mike Evans, Amari Cooper

Good Matchups:

QB: Andy Dalton, Matthew Stafford, Alex Smith

RB: Frank Gore, James White, Terrance West

WR: Terrelle Pryor, Desean Jackson, All Chargers WR’s

Bad Matchups:

QB: Carson Palmer, Russell Wilson, Carson Wentz

RB: David Johnson, C.J. Anderson, Isaiah Crowell

WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Larry Fitzgerald, Doug Baldwin

Chris Kapel
I have a Bachelors Degree from the University of Toledo in Communications emphasis Journalism. Working on a Finance degree as well. You can never lear...

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