Last week featured some dominant fantasy performances. The likes of Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake, Julio Jones, and Deshaun Watson all combined for a mind-blowing 134.5 fantasy points. Though these performances were great, by now Week 6 is old news, because right around the corner is Week 7. Week 7 has some very tight games where stars should shine like in the Pittsburgh Steelers versus Tennessee Titans game. There are very one-sided games, for example where players on the Buffalo Bills who are playing the New York Jets, should get decent amounts of fantasy points. For this week’s matchups, I am not going to go with super obvious matchups like Josh Allen against the Jets, but instead may be less talked about matchups. With that said, here are the top Week 7 fantasy matchups in points per reception leagues.
Best Week 7 Fantasy Football Matchups
Nobody knew that Herbert would look as good as he has throughout the season so far. Conversely, everybody knew that the Jaguars would be awful. The Jaguars haven’t given up plenty of fantasy points to quarterbacks, but Herbert just brings something else to the table. He has a huge arm, good mobility in the pocket, and has plenty of weapons to throw to like Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. If that isn’t enough, Herbert, as seen so far, rarely fears any defenses. He scored 27.36 fantasy points against a solid New Orleans Saints defense and more impressively he was able to put up 23 fantasy points against the elite Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense. Unfortunately, these were in losing efforts. The talented Herbert should take advantage of a poor Jaguars defense in a game in which I expect him to score over 25 fantasy points.
Aaron Jones versus Houston Texans
Consistently during the season, running backs have put up great fantasy numbers against the Texans defense because the Texans have the worst run defense. In total, they give up the most fantasy points to running backs in the league at 28.6 fantasy points per game. This was vividly exemplified last week when Derrick Henry rushed for 212 yards and had 40.4 fantasy points. Looking through the perspective of Aaron Jones, he and the whole Green Bay Packers team was embarrassed against the Buccaneers. Therefore, the Packers, along with Aaron Jones, will be fired up and will be ready to get back on track. Aside from Jones’s running, he is also a great pass catcher and is the number two pass catcher on the depth chart for the Packers, so there are many ways he can score. In this game, Jones should have over 150 scrimmage yards and at least one score.
Kenny Golladay versus Atlanta Falcons
In Week 6, Golladay only managed to score 14.5 fantasy points against an abysmal Jaguars defense. That may not look great, but that is because he was only targeted six times due to the Detroit Lions‘ run game having great success. Now he is up against a weak Falcons secondary that allows the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers in the league. The Lions won’t have as good of a running game against the Atlanta Falcons‘ defense, therefore they will pass more. With Golladay being the number one receiver, he should get over eight targets. When Golladay gets targets, he will use those opportunities. He also has a fantastic size which makes him a great red zone threat, and I believe he scores a touchdown in this game. Expect Golladay to haul in at least one touchdown and eclipse 100 receiving yards.
Austin Hooper versus Cincinnati Bengals
After have a phenomenal season with the Falcons, Hooper has disappointed this season with the Cleveland Browns. That said, he doesn’t need to be used that much due to the load of weapons the Browns have. That could change with Jarvis Landry being questionable, which means Hooper would be the next one up. Still, no matter what, Hooper has averaged 8.1 fantasy points per game this season, which isn’t that bad. Take into consideration him going against this dreadful Bengals defense, I believe not only does he have a great game, but a breakout.
Kansas City Chiefs D/ST versus Denver Broncos
The Chiefs aren’t regularly known for their defense, but they have a favorable matchup against the Broncos. Though the Broncos won against the New England Patriots last week, they only scored 18 points, which all came off of field goals; no thanks to Drew Lock and his two interceptions. Additionally, that Patriots team hadn’t practiced all week, so they weren’t that prepared. That won’t happen with the Chiefs who are coming fresh off a bye week and will likely be furious after their loss in Week 5. The Chiefs also have a better pass rush than the Patriots, so they will be able to pressure the young Lock and will force him to throw interceptions. Lastly, with Drew Lock still being young and uncomfortable, plus a lack of weapons, the Chiefs should hold the Broncos to 20 points or less.
Younghoe Koo versus Detroit Lions
Koo has been an outstanding kicker this year as he has made 15 out of 16 field goal attempts and is averaging 13.2 fantasy points a game, which ranks him third amongst kickers. Besides him being one of the best in the game, the Falcons are going up against the Lions. It is a game where playing defense will be optional, and both teams should score over 30 points. That means Younghoe Koo will get extra point attempts. Not to mention a couple of times in the game the Falcons should be stopped, resulting in a couple of field goal opportunities. The more opportunities you give to an accurate kicker, the more fantasy points that kicker will score.
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