For weeks, fantasy owners have waited anxiously for Rob Gronkowski to put on a shirt, strap on a helmet and get back in the game. The wait is finally over. The third-best player among ALL tight ends and wide receivers last season, will make his much anticipated season debut Sunday in New York, a return that pushes Tom Brady back into must-start territory.
The struggling quarterback, who currently ranks outside the top-20 in per game average at his position, is destined to burn a Jets defense that’s performed marginally against the pass. Dreadful in the first matchup largely due to an inexperienced receiving corps and wet conditions (185-1-0), Brady is destined to flirt with 300 passing yards and a 2-3 touchdowns in the rematch. Keep in mind the Jets haven’t picked off a pass since Week 1 and have surrendered seven passing touchdowns in their last three.
What other under-started commodities are bound to blow-up in Week 7? Here’s a pair:
Ryan Mathews, SD, RB – I know what you’re thinking, “Brad Evans would probably recommend his favorite man-crush against the ’85 Bears. I can’t trust the guy.” Though partially true, Mathews is a strong play in a contest San Diego should control from the onset. The Jags have allowed 4.7 yards per carry and the fifth-most fantasy points to RBs this year. Another 100-yard day is in the offing.
Rueben Randle, NYG, WR – Searing over the past three weeks hauling in nine receptions for 172 yards and three touchdowns, Randle has clearly made his mark. Minnesota is one of the most giving secondaries in the league. Josh Robinson alone has allowed a 92.7 catch rate to his assignments. Assuming the offensive line keeps Eli Manning upright, Randle should surpass 70 yards and find the end-zone for the third-straight week.