Fantasy Football: 10 bold predictions for Week 7 action

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We are already entering Week 7 of the 2021 NFL and Fantasy Football season. Bye weeks are a thing again in Week 7 as the Buffalo Bills, the Los Angeles Chargers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are all on a bye this week. Before we dive into my bold predictions for the upcoming week, let me break down what predictions I got correct in Week 6.

Of the 10 predictions, I got three of them right as Leonard Fournette was a top 10 RB, Jonathan Taylor saw >60% of the offensive snaps for the Indianapolis Colts, and Zach Ertz was a top 10 TE in Fantasy Football. I was close on Jakobi Meyers scoring a touchdown as he had a touchdown called back due to a penalty and Ricky Seals-Jones was just outside the top five at TE in half-PPR formats.

Ahead of another week of football, here are my 10 bold predictions in Fantasy Football for Week 7.

Tua Tagovailoa Finishes As A Top 5 QB In Week 7

Tua Tagovailoa was able to make his return to the field in Week 6 against the Jaguars in London. The second-year quarterback had one of the best games of his career as he completed 33 of his 47 attempts for 329 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Tagovailoa was QB10 in Week 6 with 22.36 fantasy points.

Following a stellar outing in Week 6, Tagovailoa faces the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7, who have given up the fifth-most fantasy points to QBs in Fantasy Football. In light of that, Tagovailoa will conclude Week 7 as QB5 or better.

Aaron Rodgers Tosses Five Touchdowns

Before the season began, the Washington Football Team defense seemed like one we didn’t want to target every week. However, Washington’s defense has been atrocious, and Aaron Rodgers is the next quarterback to get an opportunity to face them. Following a putrid showing in Week 1, Rodgers has four 20+ point performances in Fantasy Football.

If you were searching for a game where Rodgers threw for 5+ touchdowns, you would have to go back to Week 7 of the 2019 season versus the Raiders when they were still in Oakland. Rodgers will toss five touchdowns against the Football Team, who are surrendering the most points to QBs per game.

Jalen Hurts Is QB1 In Week 7

Certain QBs are simply good for Fantasy Football while not being a consistent option in real life. Jalen Hurts falls in that category as he’s had two straight weeks where he’s struggled through the air, but he’s rushed for two touchdowns in each contest.

Hurts is one of just two quarterbacks — the other is Patrick Mahomes — to score 20+ fantasy points in each of the first six weeks. Given his ability to give us a safe floor on the ground, Hurts will finish as QB1 against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 7.

Darrell Henderson Jr. Is RB1 In Week 7

Darrell Henderson Jr. had a favorable matchup in Week 6 versus the New York Giants, and he didn’t disappoint. Henderson was RB5 this past week as he rushed for and caught a touchdown against the Giants. Even with Sony Michel on the roster, Henderson continues to handle the majority of the workload when he’s healthy.

That shouldn’t change in Week 7 as the Los Angeles Rams take on the winless Detroit Lions. Detroit gives up the second-most points per week to RBs, setting Henderson up for a chance to be RB1 in Week 7.

Chuba Hubbard Concludes The Week As A Top 5 RB

The Carolina Panthers placed Christian McCaffrey on injured reserve before Week 6, meaning that he’ll miss a minimum of two more games. McCaffrey’s absence has allowed Chuba Hubbard to shoulder the lion’s share of the touches out of the backfield for the Panthers.

While Hubbard hasn’t been explosive, he’s been a solid option in Fantasy Football. Hubbard draws the Giants in Week 7, who are currently permitting the fifth-most points per game to RBs this season. With that in mind, Hubbard will conclude the upcoming week as a top 5 option at the running back position.

Chase Edmonds Finally Finds The End Zone

The Arizona Cardinals remain as the lone unbeaten team in the NFL. Despite the gaudy scoring that the Cardinals have displayed, Chase Edmonds has yet to find the end zone this season. James Conner has five rushing touchdowns as he typically gets the goal-line carries for Arizona.

While Conner has been the short-yardage back, Edmonds has seen the bulk of the touches in the backfield. But with the Cardinals facing the Houston Texans in Week 7, there are going to be plenty of opportunities for Edmonds to score for the first time in 2021.

Jakobi Meyers Scores His First Career Touchdown

Speaking of first touchdowns, Meyers is cemented in NFL history. Meyers is the first wideout in league history to not score a touchdown with 1,000+ career receiving yards. As mentioned above, he came close to scoring in Week 6, but he had a touchdown reception called back due to a penalty.

I’m going to stick with Meyers to score a touchdown in Week 7 versus the New York Jets. The Jets have given up only two receiving touchdowns to WRs this season, but Meyers is bound to get his first score in the NFL soon, right?

DeAndre Hopkins Sees 14+ Targets Versus His Former Team

For those that like revenge-game narratives, we have one with DeAndre Hopkins squaring off with the Texans in Week 7. Hopkins hasn’t seen his usual 10+ targets a game for the Cardinals this season as Arizona has an assortment of weapons for Kyler Murray to target. However, with Hopkins looking to get back at his former team, Murray will have his sights on getting Hopkins heavily involved in Week 7.

While he has yet to receive 10+ targets in a game this season, Hopkins will see 14+ targets on Sunday, allowing him to be one of the best options in Fantasy Football this week.

Dallas Goedert/Zach Ertz Both Finish As Top 5 TEs In Week 7

Zach Ertz was finally traded from the Eagles as he was sent to the Cardinals. This is good news for people who rostered Dallas Goedert and Ertz in fantasy football. Goedert will now be able to dominate snaps at tight end for Philadelphia without Ertz limiting his usage while Ertz steps into an offense that throws the ball often.

With Goedert and Ertz in new situations, both of them will conclude Week 7 as top 5 TEs. The Raiders allow the sixth-most points to TEs per game while the Texans surrender the second-most points to TEs.

Ricky Seals-Jones Finishes As A Top 10 TE Again

Ricky Seals-Jones has immediately become a viable tight end in Fantasy Football amid the injury to Logan Thomas. Seals-Jones has played on nearly every offensive snap in the past two weeks, and he caught a touchdown in Week 6.

Even though Washington is heading to Green Bay to face the Packers, Seals-Jones is going to be heavily involved in the passing game again, especially with injuries plaguing the Football Team at wide receiver. For the second straight week, Seals-Jones is a top 10 option at tight end.