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Tyler Lockett totals 44 yards in Seahawks' Week 7 victory

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett caught four passes for 29 yards and ran three times for 15 yards in his team's 24-7 win over the New York Giants.

What It Means:

Lockett nearly added a 27-yard touchdown catch but was called for offensive pass interference. Lockett is now averaging 37.3 receiving yards per game and is still looking for his first touchdown of the year. He'll remain a volatile fantasy option in Week 8 versus the Houston Texans.

Lockett scored 6.4 FanDuel points in Week 7 and registered 1.74 Receiving Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

DeSean Jackson goes for 73 yards in Bucs' Week 7 loss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson hauled in five passes for 73 scoreless yards as his team lost to the Buffalo Bills 30-27 in Week 7.

What It Means:

Jackson has gone over 100 yards just once this season, but at least Jameis Winston looked good following last week's shoulder injury. Jackson will remain volatile next week against the Carolina Panthers.

Jackson finished Week 7 with 9.8 FanDuel points and 6.81 Receiving Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Duke Johnson totals 71 yards as Browns fall in Week 7

Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson ran seven times for 26 yards and caught six passes for 45 yards as his team fell to the Tennessee Titans in overtime 12-9.

What It Means:

Johnson leads the Browns in receptions and receiving yards following his Week 7 performance. His 13 touches were also a season high. He'll remain very relevant in PPR formats versus the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8.

Johnson scored 10.1 FanDuel points and totaled -0.97 Rushing Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Jermaine Kearse scores as Jets fall in Week 7

New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse caught a 29-yard touchdown as his team fell to the Miami Dolphins 31-28 in Week 7.

What It Means:

Kearse now leads the Jets with four touchdowns on the season. However, his touchdown grab in Week 7 was his only catch of the afternoon. The Jets host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8.

Kearse finished Week 7 with 9.4 FanDuel points and 3.94 Receiving Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins scores again in Jets' Week 7 loss

New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins hauled in three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown as his team fell to the Miami Dolphins 31-28 in Week 7.

What It Means:

Seferian-Jenkins was held without a catch through halftime, but he was able to find the end zone for the third week in a row afterwards. Like most tight ends he remains touchdown dependent moving forward. The Jets hots the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8.

Seferian-Jenkins finished Week 7 with 9.6 FanDuel points and -0.34 Receiving Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Marqise Lee goes for 72 yards in Jaguars' Week 7 win

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee went for 72 yards on four receptions as his team blew out the Indianapolis Colts 27-0 in Week 7.

What It Means:

The Colts' pass defense was nonexistent in Week 7, allowing Blake Bortles to throw for 330 yards. Lee has now topped 70 yards in back-to-back games. The Jaguars are on a bye in Week 8.

Lee scored 9.2 FanDuel points and registered 5.79 Receiving Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Devin Funchess held to 41 yards in Panthers' Week 7 loss

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess hauled in four passes for 41 scoreless yards as his team fell to the Chicago Bears 17-3 in Week 7.

What It Means:

Cam Newton and the entire Panthers offense struggled in Chicago, failing to score a single touchdown. Funchess saw eight targets, which was two more than Kelvin Benjamin. The Panthers take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 8.

Funchess finished Week 7 with 6.1 FanDuel points and 3.85 Receiving Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Adam Thielen bottled up for 41 yards in Vikings' Week 7 victory

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen caught five passes for 41 yards as his team beat the Baltimore Ravens 24-16 in Week 7.

What It Means:

Thielen could've had a much bigger fantasy day considering he drew 12 targets in this one. However, he still had to deal with Case Keenum at quarterback. Plus the Ravens played good defense on him. Thielen has a plus matchup in Week 8 against the Cleveland Browns.

Thielen finished Week 7 with 6.6 FanDuel points and 4.05 Receiving Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Mohamed Sanu goes 6/65 in Falcons' Week 7 loss

Atlanta Falcons wideout Mohamed Sanu caught six passes for 65 yards as his team lost to the New England Patriots 23-7 in Week 7.

What It Means:

Julio Jones was being double covered most of the night, which led to Sanu seeing 10 targets. The receiver is now averaging 45.6 yards per game and has just 1 touchdown on the season. The Falcons travel to take on the New York Jets in Week 8.

Sanu scored 9.5 FanDuel points in Week 7 and registered 4.06 Receiving Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Danny Amendola quiet as Patriots win in Week 7

New England Patriots slot receiver Danny Amendola caught three passes for 17 yards as his team dropped the Atlanta Falcons 23-7 on Sunday Night Football in Week 7.

What It Means:

Week 7 is a reminder of how volatile Amendola's role in the New England offense can be. The Patriots spread the ball around against Atlanta, with five different pass catcher drawing at least four targets. Amendola will remain a PPR flex option in Week 8 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Amendola scored 3.2 FanDuel points and totaled 0.62 Receiving Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Ted Ginn erupts for 141 yards in Saints' Week 7 victory

New Orleans Saints receiver Ted Ginn hauled in seven passes for 141 yards as his team defeated the Green Bay Packers 26-17 in Week 7.

What It Means:

Week 7's performance is the second most receiving yards of Ginn's NFL career. The 32-year-old veteran certainly took advantage of more looks from Willie Snead's surprise inactive. The Saints host the Chicago Bears in Week 8.

Ginn finished Week 7 with 17.6 FanDuel points and 10.94 Receiving Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Davante Adams held to 12 yards as Packers fall to Saints in Week 7

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams caught two passes for 12 yards in his team's 26-17 Week 7 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

What It Means:

Quarterback Brett Hundley was making his first career start in this one, and was able to throw for just 87 yards in the losing effort. The future fantasy outlooks of all Green Bay pass catchers needs to be seriously downgraded until further notice. The team is on a bye in Week 8.

Adams scored 2.2 FanDuel points and registered 0.05 Receiving Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Randall Cobb catches two passes in Packers' Week 7 loss

Green Bay Packers slot receiver Randall Cobb was held to two catches for 15 yards as his team fell to the New Orleans Saints 26-17 in Week 7.

What It Means:

All of Green Bay's pass catchers were rendered irrelevant in fantasy scoring due to Brett Hundley's woeful play at quarterback. Cobb now carries both a low ceiling and a low floor heading into the Packers' bye week.

Cobb scored 2.5 FanDuel points and totaled 3.20 Receiving Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Orleans Darkwa plays 21 snaps in Giants' Week 7 loss

New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa ran nine times for 35 yards and caught three passes for 13 yards as his team fell to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7.

What It Means:

After running for 117 yards in Week 6 against the Denver Broncos, Darkwa played one fewer snap than Wayne Gallman against Seattle. Darkwa did receive five more touches than Gallman, but this is going to be a committee following New York's bye in Week 8.

Darkwa scored 6.3 FanDuel points and registered 1.35 Rushing Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Alfred Morris does little in Cowboys' Week 7 blowout

Dallas Cowboys running back Alfred Morris ran twice for 15 yards and caught one pass for 9 yards in his team's 40-10 Week 7 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

What It Means:

Even in a game where Dallas was in complete control throughout Morris received just three touches compared to 27 for Ezekiel Elliot. Morris is worth rostering in all formats due to Elliot's cloudy future, but he has absolutely zero stand alone value. Dallas travels to take on the Washington Redskins in Week 8.

Morris totaled 2.9 FanDuel points and registered 0.40 Rushing Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Jonathan Stewart goes for 48 yards in Panthers' Week 7 loss

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart ran 14 times for 48 yards in his team's 17-3 Week 7 loss to the Chicago Bears.

What It Means:

With the Panthers playing from behind Stewart saw just two carries after halftime. He wasn't targeted in the passing game, and continues to share the backfield with rookie Christian McCaffrey. Neither back has much of a fantasy ceiling heading into a Week 8 tilt with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Stewart finished Week 7 with 4.8 FanDuel points and -3.68 Rushing Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Christian McCaffrey catches seven passes in Panthers' Week 7 loss

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey ran the ball seven times for 10 yards and caught seven passes for 36 yards as his team lost to the Chicago Bears 17-3 in Week 7.

What It Means:

McCaffrey couldn't get anything going on the ground, and only savaged his fantasy day in PPR formats with seven catches. This makes four times in his past six games where he has failed to top 50 total yards. The Panthers travel to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 8.

McCaffrey scored 8.1 FanDuel points in Week 7 and totaled 0.60 Receiving Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Isaiah Crowell gets 21 touches as Browns remain winless

Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell ran 17 times for 35 yards and caught four passes for 36 yards as his team fell to the Tennessee Titans 12-9 in Week 7.

What It Means:

Crowell remained wildly inefficient on the ground, averaging 2.06 yards per carry in this one. Luckily he somewhat salvaged his fantasy day with some receiving yards. The 24-year-old back is still without a touchdown through seven games. The Browns play the Minnesota Vikings in London in Week 8.

Crowell scored 9.1 FanDuel points and totaled -7.50 Rushing Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Tevin Coleman quiet in Falcons' Week 7 loss

Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman ran six times for 16 yards as his team was defeated by the New England Patriots 23-7 on Sunday Night Football in Week 7.

What It Means:

The entire Falcons offense struggled against a New England defense that was struggling entering this one. Coleman played just 19 snaps, and wasn't that involved despite Atlanta playing in hurry up mode most of the night. The Falcons take on the New York Jets in Week 8.

Coleman finished Week 7 with 1.6 FanDuel points and -2.17 Rushing Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Drew Stanton will remain under center for Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said the team will "stick with" quarterback Drew Stanton as the starter.

What It Means:

"We're going to stick with Drew," Arians said when asked if he'd consider Blaine Gabbert following Sunday's loss of Carson Palmer to a broken arm for at least eight weeks. Stanton went 5-for-14 for 62 yards in more than a half of scoreless football for the Cardinals after Palmer left versus the Los Angeles Rams in Week 7. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Gabbert get a shot eventually.

Stanton finished with -9.51 Passing Net Expected Points in Week 7, meaning a league average quarterback would have finished with 9.51 more points than Stanton did if put in similar situations.

Browns' Joe Thomas likely has torn triceps

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is believed to have suffered a torn triceps, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

What It Means:

If that's the case, Thomas will require season-ending surgery. He left Sunday's game with the injury, ending his streak of 10,363 consecutive snaps played after never previously missing a snap in his 11-year career. The loss would further dismantle an already decrepit Cleveland offense.

The Browns mustered 9 points against the Tennessee Titans in Week 7, marking the second time in the past four weeks they were held below 10 points.

Rex Burkhead gets seven touches in return as Patriots win

New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead ran six times for 31 yards and caught a pass for 11 yards as his team defeated the Atlanta Falcons 23-7 in Week 7.

What It Means:

Burkhead played the same amount of snaps as Mike Gillislee, and fewer than both Dion Lewis and James White. Burkhead was efficient with the few touches he got, but this is a true four way committee. The Patriots host the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 8.

Burkhead totaled 4.7 FanDuel points and registered 1.10 Rushing Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Dion Lewis leads backfield in Patriots' Week 7 win

New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis ran 13 times for 76 yards and caught one passes for 6 yards as his team beat the Atlanta Falcons 23-7 in Week 7.

What It Means:

Lewis started ahead of Mike Gillislee, received five more carries than him, and wound up leading the entire backfield in both snaps and touches. He's the best bet of New England's backs for a rushing touchdown moving forward, but this is a highly volatile situation. The Patriots host the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 8.

Lewis finished Week 7 with 8.7 FanDuel points and -0.59 Rushing Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

James White scores in Patriots' Week 7 victory

New England Patriots running back James White ran four times for 19 yards and caught five passes for 28 yards and a touchdown in his team's Week 7 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

What It Means:

White's touchdown was his first since the Super Bowl. He didn't get as many touches as usual in this one, but White still played the second most snaps out of this crowded backfield. He'll remain a viable PPR option in Week 8 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

White finished Week 7 with 13.2 FanDuel points and 2.38 Receiving Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Joe Mixon says Bengals should run the ball more

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon believes the Bengals need to run the football more.

What It Means:

Mixon had some success running the football in the first half of Cincinnati's Week 7 loss, but was used sparingly over the course of the final two quarters, as were the other Bengals backs. In Week 8 against the Indianapolis Colts, Mixon should get a much heavier workload than the 7 carries and 10 total touches he recorded in Week 7.

Mixon finished Week 7 with 8.3 FanDuel points and 2.70 Rushing Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.

Source: ESPN

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