Week seven is over; the halfway point of the fantasy regular season has eclipsed. Still there remains a lot to learn, as there always is in fantasy. Here are the biggest takeaways from week seven.
Green Bay pass catchers are a big question: Between Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, a total of EIGHT fantasy points were scored on Sunday. Without Aaron Rodgers regression was expected, but Brett Hundley’s first career start was alarming for fantasy owners of Packers receivers. Before totally casting off the group, it’s important to consider that Green Bay’s offensive line has struggled all year, and Hundley may improve with more reps. However, moving forward, the consistency from this group of receivers will simply not be there. Each will have their weeks, but they are all risky options until Hundley proves adequate.
Aaron Jones has overtaken Ty Montgomery: Montgomery’s rib injury may have effectively ended his season as rookie Aaron Jones has jumped into the feature back role and performed well. In the past two weeks, Montgomery has garnered 14 carries and gained 34 yards. Jones, on the other hand, has taken 30 carries for 172 yards. Jones’ usage and productivity have been significantly better than Montgomery, and it seems as though he has earned the favor of head coach Mike McCarthy. Jones has additional upside, as the Packers without Rodgers will have to establish the run if they want to give Brett Hundley any chance in the passing game.
Terrelle Pryor is a bust: Okay, this could have been known before this week, but after he did not appear on the field for a good majority of the first half on Monday night, it became set in stone. After picking Pryor as a breakout player, it hurts to say it, but he has just not been good. After his six-catch performance in week one, he has yet to haul in more than three receptions. At this point, the Redskins seem to favor Josh Doctson over Pryor. A bounce back for Pryor is unlikely when he cannot stay on the field consistently.
Unless traded, don’t start Martavis Bryant: The issues Bryant had with his usage were made public last week, and some believed that he would see more balls thrown his way because of it. However, Bryant only caught one pass for three yards. It seems as though his rookie counterpart, JuJu Smith-Schuster, is taking Bryant’s role of the second pass catching option for the Steelers. However, with a trade possible, do not drop Bryant. His talent is not the question. In the right situation Bryant could help your fantasy team during the playoff push.
Le’Veon Bell is the top fantasy back the rest of the way: Coming back from his hold out, it seemed like the Steelers forgot how to use Bell (give him the ball as much as possible). Since remembering that good things happen when the ball is in Bell’s hands, Pittsburgh has made it a point to ride their premier back. Bell has received 32 plus carries in three of the past four weeks and scored at least 18 fantasy points in each game during that span. This is no hot take, but it has to be said — Le’Veon Bell is the most reliable fantasy running back option the rest of the year.