Fantasy Football Breakouts: Week 7



We’re back this week with more fantasy advice and summaries that will propel you to unchallenged supremacy in your league. Week 7 provided some very interesting performances, as some players resurrected their opportunities to be legitimate fantasy contenders while other players slipped through the cracks. With the fantasy season around halfway done, we hope that our advice has helped you and will continue to assist you in your quest for the title “grand champion of the fantasy realm.” If any of these guys were on teams you faced this weekend, we’re very sorry.

Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders WR

After consistently disappointing owners with 1 or 2 point weeks, Cooper finally broke through. His 11 catches on 19 targets for 210 and two touchdowns. His target total was one shy of Jared Cook, Michael Crabtree, and Seth Roberts combined. His performance hopefully was not a fluke, as it was the most points scored by a receiver this year in fantasy, 44 in PPR and 33 in non-PPR. His stunning performance reminded fantasy owners why they drafted him early, as the talented sophomore out of Alabama looks to build on this outing moving forward.

Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys RB

Fantasy owners of Zeke have found themselves trapped in a glass case of emotion over his ever-changing legal situation concerning a possible 6 game suspension. However, Elliott has managed to keep his focus on the field and produced a spectacular performance on Sunday, generating 3 total touchdowns. The Cowboys stayed true to the mantra “feed Zeke,” giving him 26 carries which resulted in 147 yards and two touchdowns. His 39 point performance tied Elliott with Kareem Hunt for the highest single game points count this season and displayed his continued dominance over NFL defenses.

Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys QB

Sophomore slump? Not for Dak. His efficiency has not slowed down this year, and he had his way with the 49ers defense this Sunday, posting 234 yards passing, 4 total touchdowns, and 26 yards on the ground. Dak has now posted back-to-back 29 point fantasy games, and four twenty-pointers in a row. Prescott’s has cemented himself as a franchise QB, and he will likely be able to get the Cowboys back on track. Start him if you have him.

Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders QB

Carr, bounced back this week, and in doing so allowed Amari Cooper to have a career game as well. Carr threw for over 400 yards, after only 171 yards a week ago. He also threw for 3 touchdowns and no interceptions, even leading the Raiders to a victory on a last-minute drive. This was Carr’s first 300+ yard outing this year, but there will likely be more to follow, as Carr has proved he as an elite quarterback. Carr may be available in your league after his consistent underperforming this year.

Lesean McCoy – Buffalo Bills RB

While he continues to maintain a spot as one of the best current running backs in the NFL, Shady was beginning to become a little frightening on the fantasy side of things. He had not scored a touchdown yet and had only eclipsed 10 fantasy points two times in 5 games before Sunday’s breakout performance. McCoy finally found the end zone, twice actually, and produced 91 rushing yards to go with it. His 22 point game represented a hopeful return to the McCoy of the last few seasons, a player who could be described as nothing less than an absolute machine.