Toad’s Fantasy Football Review – Week Seven

Washington Redskins v Kansas City Chief

Welcome to Toad’s Fantasy Football Weekly Review,  where I summarize the aftermath of the past Thursday through Sunday games, but more importantly ten thoughts and their lasting fantasy impact.

Week seven provided very few surprises as far as outcomes go in the NFL, but Carolina continues to be terribly inconsistent and hard to read and it appears the Broncos are not as rock solid as we once thought. Besides that, the Bills continue to trend upward despite having few players at the skills positions. The Chiefs lost a nailbiter, dropping their second in a row, but they still have a commanding hold of the AFC West. There was much to mull about week seven and we’ll start off with this week’s injuries.

1. Bones will eventually break and the rest of the Week 7 injuries.

• QB Carson Palmer (broken arm) – The last time the Cardinals lost Palmer for an extended period, they lost momentum of a NFC West title and were quickly dismissed in the playoffs. Perhaps they shouldn’t have been so complacent during the NFL Draft, but it is what it is and unfortunately we need to downgrade Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and yes, Adrian Peterson during the eight weeks or longer that he’s gone..

• QB Jay Cutler, (broken ribs) – Cutler was dealt a brutal hit that’s going to sideline him for multiple weeks. Matt Moore puts on his Dolphins‘ helmet once again and the drop off isn’t as big as you’d think.

• K Dan Bailey (strained groin) – will miss an extended period of time and have signed Mike Nugent to take his place until the veteran kicker can heal.

• RB Leonard Fournette – While most thought that Chris Ivory would fill in the big need, they went with T. J. Yeldon instead

• WR Chris Hogan – was in and out of the lineup from what appeared to be a concussion, but it’s probably best to check in on his status throughout the week.

• WR Mike Wallace (concussion) – This was an ugly looking injury that could have been worse but Sanders avoided the dreaded fracture and high-ankle sprain. So at the least, Sanders will miss Week 7 and put Bennie Fowler in the target mix, but there’s a chance his low ankle sprain heals in time to return in Week 8 or Week 9.

• RB C.J. Prosise (ankle) – it’s no surprise that the oft-injured back got hurt again, but the question is how much time (if any) will he miss this time?

• Lots of offensive lineman went down with the Browns’ Joe Thomas and Carolina’s Ryan Kalil headlining. Thomas is done for the season, Kalil re-aggravated a neck injury that previously sidelined him for five weeks. Jackonville’s OT Cam Robinson suffered an ankle injury, Miami’s Laremy Tunsil left the game for a knee injury but did not return. Thomas and Kalil are significant and will greatly affect those offensive lines.

2. How to navigate the Vikings’ running back committee

For two weeks straight, the snaps have been split nearly down the middle between Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon. Murray is being used on early downs, McKinnon is there on third downs and passing downs, while doing a mixture of catching and running. They don’t do much to disguise it because Murray does not catch the ball well, but both would be best viewed as flex starts and based on the matchup, if they’re facing a weaker run defense, Murray gets the start. If they are facing a tough defense with a looser secondary and set of linebackers, McKinnon would be the preferred start. Again, nothing more than a flex with either of these two with Case Keenum starting. Standard league owners could make a case for Murray as a RB2, but not much higher because of the equal split.

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