Fantasy owners of Stafford this year have to be pining for the
good ole days when he was slinging it all over the yard and racking
up fantasy points. He sits as the barely rosterable QB24 in standard
leagues, and has yet to sniff a 300-yard game since Week 1. But
boy is this a great week to get him in your lineups. Not only
will game script be in his favor, but the Falcons defensive woes
have made them a unit to target all year. At 56.5 this game has
the highest implied total in Week 7, so a good ole fashioned dome
shootout is in the works. Stafford hasn’t been worth a start
many times this year, and probably won’t be going forward,
but Golladay is rounding into form, and D’Andre Swift has
energized the run game. Roll with Matt.
Heading into their Week 6 bye Herbert was one of the hottest fantasy
quarterbacks in the NFL. He combined for 7 touchdowns in Week
4 and 5, and started his career with two 300-yard games. After
a feisty start, Jacksonville’s defense has been an exploitable
matchup, and currently have yielded the 11th most fantasy points
to quarterbacks. Herbert has a great mix of young and veteran
skill position players, and if he continues to play within the
offense and utilize his elite physical tools, he has a chance
to be a difference making fantasy player this week, and beyond.
The Battle of the Matts takes place in Atlanta this weekend, and
both quarterbacks are QB1 options. After a few down weeks, Ryan
bounced back in a big way in Week 6 as Julio Jones looked healthy
for the first time in a while. With one of the best 1-2-3 receivers
in the NFL in Jones, Ridley and Gage, Ryan welcomes the toothless
Lions defense to Atlanta. Detroit has yet to allow a 300-yard
passer, but that’s more of a product of game script and
their run defense being so bad. Both QBs in this game are top-10
options in what have the makings of a fireworks show.
Until last week, 2020 was shaping up to be a very fine season
for Goff and the passing game. But then Week 6 happened, and once
again cold water was thrown on Goff’s ability. When given
clean pockets he can move the ball down the field, but when made
uncomfortable, Goff fails to extend plays or throw off platform.
The 49ers speedy linebackers snuffed out any of the short yardage
passes, and since the Rams lack a receiver that can get 50-50
balls with regularity, their deep passing game just doesn’t
exist. Chicago’s defense is menacing again, giving up the
fewest (4) passing touchdowns in the league. They have the aggressive
and physical personnel to give Goff fits. Look for the Rams to
try and establish the run game, and give Goff easy throws. That
combination is usually a disaster for a quarterback’s ceiling.
Much like Goff, when given clear sailing weather, Garoppolo has
the scheme and talent to move the offense and look good doing
it. But when things get messy in the pocket, and the timing of
the receivers is off, Jimmy G just doesn’t have the skillset
to overcome adversity. This offense is built on getting the ball
to backs and receivers within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage
and watching the magic happen. The Pats are simply coached too
well to be fooled by pre-snap shenanigans and I see this being
a defensive slugfest of a game in Foxboro. With points at a premium,
look elsewhere for quarterback help.
At 1-5 the luster of a competitive 1st quarter of the season is
dulling for Minshew and the Jags. Still quietly the QB7, Minshew
played poorly against a bad Lions defense last week. Still a little
streaky at times, and slowly losing a reliable running game, Minshew
could struggle against a game Chargers team fresh off their bye.
With so many quality options at the position, it’s tough
to trust Minshew as one of them right now.