Week 7 Bounce Back Candidates – by Richard King

There were plenty of ups and downs across the fantasy football community last week, and if you’re anything like me, it left a sour taste in my mouth. However, bad days can happen, even for your stud quarterback or fantasy-polished wideout. It’s time to let bygones be bygones and move onto Week 7. Let’s take a look at some bounce back candidates that can help your fantasy roster get back on track this week.

Quarterback

Jared Goff (LAR)             Last Game: @DEN          Next Game: @SF

The selection at quarterback this week couldn’t have been easier. Goff is the obvious (and only) choice to make. For the first time this season he managed not to throw a touchdown pass — albeit against a stout Denver Broncos defense (13th-fewest FPA to opposing QB’s) on the road at Mile High.

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It was more of the Todd Gurley show instead as the RB was doing a fine job ripping the Broncos defense apart to the tune of 208 rushing yards and 2 TD’s. There was little need for Goff to sling it and as a result it hurt his fantasy numbers.

Goff has a great matchup this week against the San Francisco 49ers, despite the potential of being without Cooper Kupp. The 49ers have allowed the sixth-most FPA to QB’s this year, so don’t let one game cloud your judgment from starting him in your lineup.

Running Back

Alvin Kamara (NO)         Last Game: WAS             Next Game: @BAL

This is one player that I’m sure you wouldn’t have thought you would see in this article all season, but his inclusion comes off the back off his bye week. Before the bye we had the return of Mark Ingram and he looked like he meant business.

However, let’s not lose sight of the fact that Kamara is a stud — especially in any type of league that is PPR. I think he was eased off a huge workload that he had been given prior to the bye. Kamara is currently ranks 13th in receptions in the NFL and caught just three passes in Week 5 against the Washington Redskins.

The Baltimore Ravens have the top ranked defense in the NFL — and have given up the fewest FPA to QB’s, RB’s, WR’s and TE’s — but, there could be a heavy workload in this one for Kamara so the volume creates tremendous upside.

Royce Freeman (DEN)   Last Game: LAR              Next Game: @ARI

Freeman led the team in rushing attempts against the Rams, but the team had to move away from him after the Rams looked like they might run away with it. Freeman might be splitting carries with fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay in the backfield, but this was a game script that definitely catered to the latter’s pass-catching abilities.

This week, Freeman has an encounter (albeit on the road) against the Arizona Cardinals, who have been giving up points all season long to RB’s. You should feel confident putting him right back into your lineup this week.

Wide Receiver

Odell Beckham, Jr. (NYG)    Last Game: PHI               Next Game: @ATL

OBJ has struggled this year, but he is still a supremely talented player. The team may have an equally transcendent talent in rookie RB, Saquon Barkley, but if they want success they will have to once again lean on the star wideout.

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Photo Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports

Clearly there is something that is going on with the Giants behind the scenes (the locker room even gave up on Ben McAdoo last year) and has yet to take a step forward this season.

Beckham is simply too talented to continue with this current level of play. OBJ gets a tasty matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, a team that is struggling after several injuries to its defense, so look for Beckham to get back on track.

Brandin Cooks (LAR)      Last Game: @DEN          Next Game: @SF

Cooks’ bounce back is in the same vein as Goff — his last game was quiet because he wasn’t needed in the game. This season, the Rams WR’s are thriving and Goff is on fire. Cooks’ inclusion is just to put your mind at ease. You can feel confident putting him straight back in your lineup. Don’t over think it, even if Kupp is in the game against the 49ers.

Tight End

Greg Olsen (CAR)           Last Game: @WAS         Next Game: @PHI

Olsen returned to the Carolina Panthers lineup last week after missing several weeks with a foot injury. While his return was quiet and he finished outside the Top-12 at the position, he was able to get a large target share, hauling in 4-of-7 targets for 48 yards. The key component was that he couldn’t find the end zone despite having a typical rapport with Cam Newton.

A matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles this week might make owners nervous of another middling performance, but given the struggles that the Eagles’ secondary have faced recently in the passing game, I would feel confident putting Olsen in my lineup.

Jordan Reed (WAS)        Last Game: @CAR          Next Game: @DAL

So I’ll be totally honest with you. I have no idea what the Redskins are doing on offense, but they are hugely in need of pass catchers. Reed has far and away the most targets for the Redskins and hauled in five catches for 36 yards last week against the Panthers.

Alex Smith is a QB that has traditionally targeted tight ends. Although the Dallas Cowboys present a tough matchup against the position, the injuries at WR (specifically Jamison Crowder) could mean that Reed experiences a heavy workload on Sunday.

By Richard King@excelgeek

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