Player Notes

  • Colts' Zach Pascal: Targeted six times vs 49ers
    Zach Pascal caught 3-of-6 targets for 14 yards in Week 7 against the 49ers.

    Advice: Pascal led the Colts in targets without T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell (IR). That didn't amount to much in a game Carson Wentz threw for 150 yards. Pascal hasn't had over 50 yards in any game and should see his target share decline if Hilton returns in Week 8. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
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  • Michael Pittman posts 4/105/1 line in win
    Michael Pittman caught all four of his targets for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' Week 7 win over the 49ers.

    Advice: Pittman had a 57-yard catch that set up the Colts’ first scoring drive. He went over the top on a 28-yard fade over 49ers CB Dre Kirkpatrick for his touchdown, sealing the game for the Colts late in the fourth quarter. Pittman also drew a DPI in the end-zone and another one that placed the Colts inside the five-yard line. The four targets were behind Zach Pascal (6), but Pittman has continued to look like a No. 1 receiver this year with T.Y. Hilton sidelined. Pittman's red-zone role shouldn't take much of a hit even if Hilton returns in Week 8. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
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  • 49ers' Brandon Aiyuk: Posts another dud in Week 7
    Brandon Aiyuk was held to one catch for six yards in Week 7 against the Colts. 

    Advice: Aiyuk took another step back after posting his second most yards and catches of the season before the 49ers' Week 6 bye. The second-year wideout has just eight targets over the last three weeks and is still under 100 yards on the season. Even if the 49ers make the move to Trey Lance next week, Aiyuk shouldn't be in fantasy lineups. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
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  • Deebo Samuel posts third 100-yard game
    Deebo Samuel caught 7-of-11 targets for 100 yards and a touchdown in Week 7 against the Colts.

    Advice: The yards and targets were both team highs. That's nothing new for Samuel, who accounted for 43% of the 49ers’ receiving yards going into Sunday night. Jimmy Garoppolo didn't even attempt to throw it to anyone else, with fill-in TE Charlie Woerner finishing as the team's second leading receiver. Samuel has three 100 yard games and double digit targets in 4-of-7 weeks. He gets a matchup with Chicago in Week 8. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
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  • Cobb sees four targets in Packers' Week 7 win
    Randall Cobb caught 3-of-4 targets for 22 yards in Green Bay's Week 7 win over the Football Team.

    Advice: Cobb bounced back as a possession receiver following his egg of a performance against the Bears, finishing fifth on the team in targets behind Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Robert Tonyan, and Aaron Jones. With the emergence of Lazard the past two weeks, Cobb can stay glued to waivers even in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 7:28 pm
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  • Dyami Brown suffers injury in first half, exits
    Washington WR Dyami Brown suffered a knee injury in Week 7 against the Packers.

    Advice: Brown was not targeted before suffering a knee injury in the first quarter of Sunday's loss. He'll return to the lineup in two-wide sets if cleared ahead of Washington's Week 8 matchup against Denver. Yesterday, 7:24 pm
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  • Adam Humphries totals 36 yards in Week 7 loss
    Adam Humphries caught 3-of-4 targets for 36 yards in Washington's Week 7 loss to the Packers.

    Advice: Humphries benefitted after Dyami Brown exited in the first half with a leg injury. The former's fantasy viability for 14-team leagues will come down to the statuses of Cam Sims, Curtis Samuel, and Brown prior to Week 8 against Denver. Yesterday, 7:21 pm
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  • Renfrow (7-58) leads LV in targets with Waller out
    Hunter Renfrow caught 7-of-8 targets for 58 yards in the Raiders' Week 7 win over the Raiders.

    Advice: Renfrow could have had a bigger day but he was taken down at the one-yard line, setting up a Bryan Edwards touchdown on fourth down. With Darren Waller sidelined, Renfrow was the preferred target of Derek Carr and paced the team with eight targets. The Raiders are on a bye next week and Waller should be able to return in Week 9, so it's likely that Renfrow is demoted to a fantasy WR3/4 the next time we see him. If Waller remains sidelined, Renfrow will be a high-floor WR2 versus the Giants. Yesterday, 6:46 pm
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  • Mooney: Two catches for 39 yards vs. Tampa
    Darnell Mooney caught 2-of-5 targets for 39 yards in the Bears' Week 7 loss to the Bucs. 

    Advice: No one -- including Mooney and Allen Robinson -- could survive the fantasy blackhole that is the moribund Chicago offense. Justin Fields was under constant pressure against Tampa, unable to create enough time for Mooney's downfield routes to develop and all but removing Mooney from the game plan -- if there was indeed a game plan for the Bears. Mooney will be little more than a fringe 12-team league fantasy option in Week 8 against the Niners. Yesterday, 6:29 pm
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  • Bryan Edwards scores in Week 7 win over Philly
    Bryan Edwards caught 3-of-4 targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' Week 7 win over the Eagles.

    Advice: Edwards scored a one-yard touchdown on fourth down to put the Raiders up three possessions. With how weak the Eagles' offense had been up to that point, his score seemed to put Philadelphia away. It was the second score of his career and his first of the season. Edwards has landed between three and six targets in every game this year, giving him a middling floor and a capped ceiling. He might be a viable WR5 for fantasy teams in desperate need of some PPR points but most leagues have better options on the waiver wire. Yesterday, 6:22 pm
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  • Henry Ruggs kept in check vs. Eagles
    Henry Ruggs caught all four of his targets for 27 yards in the Raiders' Week 7 win over the Eagles.

    Advice: The Eagles entered the week allowing the second-lowest rate of passes that go for 20 or more yards. A defense that is designed to prevent big plays is the perfect counter to Ruggs, who posted his worst fantasy outing of the year this week. Ruggs will look to bounce back versus the Giants after Las Vegas's Week 8 bye. He only has one game with more than four catches this year and should be viewed as a risky WR3 bet at best. Yesterday, 6:06 pm
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  • Tyler Johnson has two grabs with Brown sidelined
    Tyler Johnson caught both targets for 16 yards in the Bucs' Week 7 win against the Bears. 

    Advice: It was the Godwin-Evans show all day against a helpless Chicago defense. Johnson saw decent playing time with Antonio Brown (ankle) out but was usually Tom Brady's fourth or fifth option. Johnson will fade back to fantasy irrelevance if Brown can return in Week 8 against the Saints. Yesterday, 5:44 pm
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  • Mike Evans scores thrice on six catches vs. Bears
    Mike Evans caught 6-of-10 targets for 76 yards and three touchdowns in the Bucs' Week 7 win against the Bears. 

    Advice: Evans continues to function as Tom Brady's go-to guy near the end zone with Rob Gronkowski (ribs) sidelined. Evans also benefited from Antonio Brown being out with an ankle injury; he saw double digit targets for the third time in seven games. Evans was limited in the second half after an apparent ankle or foot injury on his third and final touchdown (the team did not make Evans available to the media following the game). Evans, with seven touchdowns this season, can save his low-volume days in Tampa's unapologetically pass-happy offense. His Week 8 prospects against the Saints will hinge partly on Brown's availability. Yesterday, 5:39 pm
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  • DeVonta Smith (5-61) paces Philly with 9 targets
    DeVonta Smith caught 5-of-9 targets for 61 yards in the Eagles' Week 7 loss to the Raiders.

    Advice: Smith led the Eagles in targets once again this week but he has struggled to parlay that strong role into big fantasy games recently. He has 169 yards over the past three weeks after totaling 122 yards in Week 4 alone. Despite the stretch of quiet weeks, his usage remains elite. He earned a 26 percent target share in this game and has at least six targets in all but one game this year. Smith and the Eagles get the Lions next week. In an easy matchup, Smith projects for WR2/3 numbers. Yesterday, 5:34 pm
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  • Quez Watkins held to two catches in Week 7
    Quez Watkins caught 2-of-4 targets for 37 yards in the Eagles' Week 7 loss to the Raiders. 

    Advice: Watkins has been held under 50 yards in five consecutive games and has yet to catch more than three passes in a week this year. He is second on the Eagles in receiving yards (348) but that is largely buoyed by a 91-yard reception in Week 2. Watkins has the speed to make big plays but doesn't see enough volume to be counted on as anything more than a fantasy WR5. Yesterday, 5:26 pm
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  • Amon-Ra St. Brown held without a target vs. Rams
    Amon-Ra St. Brown was not targeted in the Lions' Week 7 loss to the Rams. 

    Advice: That one will leave a mark. St. Brown had caught 18 balls on 23 targets over the past three weeks but generated only 161 yards in the process. Then Jalen Ramsey showed up for the other team. As such, the Lions moved on to Kalif Raymond as their latest desperation, fill-in No. 1 wideout. St. Brown is unlikely to goose egg again any time soon, but this demonstrates the perils of relying on him as a usage-based WR4 in one of the league's worst offenses. The Eagles are nevertheless a soft Week 8 matchup. Yesterday, 5:17 pm
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  • Kalif Raymond has second 100-yard game of career
    Kalif Raymond caught 6-of-8 targets for 115 yards in the Lions' Week 7 loss to the Rams. 

    Advice: Today was just the second time 27-year-old Raymond cleared 70 yards in his six-year career. Jared Goff found him with a head of steam a few times and let Raymond add on precious yards after the catch. With 12 catches for 152 yards over the past two weeks, Raymond is maybe the closest thing the wideout-broke Lions have to a No. 1 wide receiver right now, though he benefitted from Amon-Ra St. Brown seeing a heavy dose of Jalen Ramsey in Los Angeles. Raymond will offer some WR5 desperation appeal for Week 8 against the Eagles, but with the number of teams on bye falling from six to two you could probably still do better. Yesterday, 5:13 pm
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  • Jalen Reagor catches second touchdown of the year
    Jalen Reagor caught both of his targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' Week 7 loss to the Raiders.

    Advice: Reagors' best game of the year came back in Week 3 when he went for 53 yards on eight targets. He hasn't topped 25 yards since then and only has two touchdowns on the entire year. He can be dropped in all formats. Yesterday, 5:11 pm
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  • Van Jefferson finds end zone vs. Lions
    Van Jefferson caught 4-of-7 targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' Week 7 win over the Lions. 

    Advice: Jefferson's score was a second quarter 11-yarder where he went over the top of Jerry Jacobs on an end zone jump ball. It was his third touchdown of the season, while Jefferson's seven looks were one more than Robert Woods. Mr. Trees has 17 more targets than Jefferson on the season but only 119 more yards. That is not how Woods' drafters drew it up. For his part, Jefferson's involvement has been too sporadic for WR4 value. The Texans are a soft Week 8 matchup. Yesterday, 5:09 pm
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  • Droppable? A-Rob has 2 catches, 16 yards vs. TB
    Allen Robinson caught 2-of-4 targets for 16 yards in the Bears' Week 7 loss to the Bucs. 

    Advice: Robinson being unable to deliver in a plus matchup against a generous Bucs secondary -- thanks mostly to Justin Fields' inept play -- could make him droppable in 12-team leagues. He's scored just one touchdown and has eclipsed 50 receiving yards just twice this season in a horrendous Chicago offense. He was virtually invisible even when the Bears went pass heavy in the second half, down multiple scores. Robinson can't be started with any confidence next week against the 49ers. Yesterday, 4:58 pm
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