Week 7 fantasy wrap: Julio Jones tops Mostly NFL Notes

Julio Jones has another big game and a look around the rest of the league in Week 7 (Getty Images)
Julio Jones has another big game and a look around the rest of the league in Week 7 (Getty Images)

Matt Ryan didn’t have his best game, but at least he concentrated his throws, as Julio Jones turned 15 targets into nine receptions and 174 yards. It’s too bad Jones isn’t used more in the red zone, but he’s nevertheless on pace to finish the year with 91 catches, 1,897 yards and nine touchdowns. That yardage total would be the second most ever in a season (giving him two of the top-three marks all time), and he gets Green Bay and Tampa Bay the next two weeks. Jones is a monster and has separated himself as the clear No. 1 fantasy wide receiver right now.

Melvin Gordon got just 3.1 YPC but scored another three touchdowns, giving him 10 on the year. He’s yet to get even 4.4 YPC during a game this season, but fantasy owners certainly don’t care with all those scores. Gordon’s 53 receiving yards Sunday were a career high…Odd to see San Diego on the other side of a late comeback victory…I was fine with Atlanta going for it on fourth down in OT, as they were having a hard time stopping Philip Rivers…If Tevin Coleman’s injury keeps him out, it would obviously be big news for Devonta Freeman owners. Freeman would quickly become a top-five fantasy back.

The Giants entered with just two interceptions through six games before picking off Case Keenum four times Sunday, including this one returned to the house by Landon CollinsEli Manning has thrown for one touchdown or fewer in five of his past six games, so let’s hope the team’s bye can help fix this passing attack…Tavon Austin got 57 yards on 15 targets, which is almost unfathomable, yet he paid the bills in PPR with 10 catches and a score…Todd Gurley led the NFL with five carries for 40+ yards last season as a rookie coming off knee surgery in just 13 games. He’s yet to record one carry that’s gone for 20 yards this season, something Kevin Hogan accomplished Sunday.

This hail mary hauled in by A.J. Green to end the first half was pretty ridiculous…Jeremy Hill had just three rushing attempts at halftime and finished with nine carries yet still managed to set a career-high with 168 yards, thanks in no small part to this 74-yard scamper. Hill’s day could’ve been even bigger, but he tapped out and lost a short score to Gio Bernard. Hill is still clearly bothered by a sore shoulder, but he’ll be a high-end RB2 at home against Washington in Week 8 regardless…I wouldn’t feel great starting Tyler Eifert until after Cincy’s bye in Week 10…I can’t remember a team’s QB depth getting tested quite like Cleveland’s has this season.

In a game with the second-highest over/under of the week, it was disappointing to see Washington/Detroit enter the fourth quarter with the score 10-3, but at least the final frame produced three touchdowns in the last eight minutes…Matt Jones played a role in three separate fumbles and was one of the worst players on the field in Week 7. He’s gotten 5.8 YPC at home this year and 3.0 on the road…Golden Tate made a nice play here and continued be a big part of Detroit’s offense with Theo Riddick and Eric Ebron out…What a catch by Marvin JonesDeSean Jackson has been a huge bust. He’s somehow on pace to finish with just 841 receiving yards (and two scores) despite Kirk Cousins on pace to throw for 4,562 yards.

Andrew Luck played well, throwing for 353 yards (9.1 YPA) on the road against a Titans defense that had been quietly effective against the pass this season…Jack Doyle is a low-end TE1 as long as Dwayne Allen is out…Can’t wait for Jacksonville at Tennessee on Thursday night in primetime.

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Jeremy Maclin has totaled seven catches for 79 yards over the past two weeks against the Raiders and Saints, and he hasn’t scored since Week 1, making him nothing more than a WR4 type for fantasy purposes…I certainly wouldn’t want to be counting on anything from Jamaal Charles moving forward. Spencer Ware, meanwhile, continues to impressMichael Thomas failed to score for the first time in four games but secured 10-of-13 targets for 130 yards and continues to be highly productive even after Willie Snead’s return. It’s a perfect setup in New Orleans, with the team having to throw 45-50 times per week, and the rookie is poised to continue to take full advantage.

Jay Ajayi became just the fourth running back ever to record back-to-back 200-yard rushing games and is quite clearly the real deal. Miami has a bye and then gets the Jets, so the immediate schedule is anything but ideal, but Ajayi should still be treated as a top-10 fantasy back at minimum moving forward…I have no clue why Buffalo played LeSean McCoy this week, but it’s a situation that quickly can become a complete mess for fantasy owners. Hopefully the next time he plays it’s when he’s 100%, and Mike Gillislee is a capable replacement in the meantime.

Joe Flacco has thrown 92 passes over the past two games without a touchdown. He got 5.6 YPA Sunday against a Jets defense that’s been shredded through the air this season. Of course, the Ravens didn’t fare much better on the ground, as they got six yards on 12 carries…Baltimore heads to its bye losers of four straight after opening the year 3-0…Quincy Enunwa is faster than I realized.

There were five turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the Vikings/Eagles game and eight total, as Sam Bradford did anything but get revenge against his old team. Coming out of its bye, Minnesota got 3.8 yards-per-play, and there no longer is an undefeated team…After racking up 285 receiving yards over the first two games of the season, Stefon Diggs has totaled 105 since. He’s off the radar until proven otherwise, as he’s making a habit of this.

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Allen Robinson turned eight targets into nine yards at home against an Oakland defense that entered allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers. After recording 1,400 receiving yards as a 22-year-old last season, he’s yet to reach 75 yards in a game in 2016. I’d love to call him a buy low, but it’s hard to have much optimism for a major turnaround with him relying on Blake Bortles…The Raiders are now 4-0 during 10 a.m. body clock starts, which is pretty impressive…If you had asked me, I’d have recommended sitting Latavius Murray this week…Here’s Jacksonville giving up a first down on 4th-and-24 during a botched snap on a punt.

After jumping out to a 14-0 lead, the Niners were outscored 34-3 at home against the Bucs. San Francisco has now allowed 562 rushing yards over the last two games, and its defense suffered multiple injuries Sunday. Not only is this defense one of the worst in recent memory against the run, it’s also a great setup for opponents since they employ such a fast-paced offense, leading to many possessions…Until Carlos Hyde returns, everyone on SF can be ignored, unless you’re in a 2QB league.

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Tom Brady now has a 19:0 TD:INT ratio over his past six games versus the Steelers. He even ran for 13 yards Sunday…Rob Gronkowski had another 93 yards and a score, making the most of his four targets…The Steelers are going to see fewer scoring opportunities with Ben Roethlisberger sidelined, but the team is going to rely on Le’Veon Bell more than ever. He’s the weekly favorite to lead the league in touches.

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If you like offense, Sunday night’s game wasn’t your favorite of the year. I hope you didn’t take the over…What a crazy finish, and at minimum, the David Johnson run should’ve been reviewed…It was only fitting it ended in a tie during the first OT game without a touchdown since 1972. What a barnburner!

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