It's not all bad for the Bears this year—rookie Khalil Herbert just became the second player in the last two seasons to rush for 100 yards against Tampa Bay. Scott Spratt breaks down Herbert, Elijah Mitchell, Michael Carter, Kenneth Gainwell, and the other young running backs who could win your fantasy league this fall.
Not much is going right for Carolina this season, and that's especially true for their veteran wideout who is threatening to set all sorts of negative records. We explain and also list the best passers, runners, and receivers of Week 7.
The Jets lose their starting quarterback, the Dolphins their starting running back, and both lose starting defensive players for a prolonged period. Just another Sunday in the AFC East.
Quarterback Kenny Pickett led the Panthers to a win over Clemson while Brock Purdy's Cyclones knocked off Oklahoma State. Parker Fleming looks at each team's chances in their respective conference races, and if one of them could even qualify for the College Football Playoff.
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Pete Overzet and Chris Spags of EdjSports preview Monday Night Football’s Saints-Seahawks game and give their DFS Ride or Die Picks for the game.
Ja'Marr Chase has made playoff contenders out of the Cincinnati Bengals and believers out of Walkthrough with the greatest rookie season by a wide receiver in over 20 years, if not ever. Plus, Derrick Henry stiff-arms (and passes!) the Tennessee Titans into the Super Bowl discussion, lots of favorites clobber easy opponents, and Mike Tanier wonders where all the backdoor covers have gone.
On a day with only a single one-score game, the Bengals and Titans pick up huge wins, the Ravens and Chiefs pick up huge losses, and the Cardinals remain undefeated.
Our Metrics Explained
What is DVOA?
Defense-adjusted Value Over Average
Measures a team's efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.
What is DYAR?
Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement
Compares the performance of each player, in terms of DVOA, to a replacement-level baseline rather than the league average for that position.
What is DAVE?
DVOA Adjusted for Volatility Early
Used early in the year with the goal of getting the best idea of how good a team will be over the entire season without jumping to conclusions based on one or two good or bad early games.
Notable Sunday games include Kansas City (3-3) at Tennessee (4-2), Cincinnati (4-2) at Baltimore (5-1), and Chicago (3-3) at Tampa Bay (5-1). The Colts (2-4) visit the 49ers (2-3) on Sunday night, while the Seahawks (2-4) host the Saints (3-2) on Monday night. Use this thread to discuss them all.
Matthew Stafford faces the Detroit Lions for the first time, and the Specters of Lions Misery have convened to determine his fate. Also, the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens must overcome a pair of AFC upstarts, Tom Brady must overcome a team with Nick Foles on the roster, and Walkthrough must overcome a rather lackluster slate of Week 7 games!
Scott Spratt hosts the FO Fantasy Show on Twitch this week with he is joined by Jeff Ratcliffe of FTN Fantasy and Sirius Radio XM. Scott and Jeff group broke down the Week 7 matchups from a fantasy and DFS prospective.
Pete Overzet and Chris Spags of EdjSports are joined by Ben Gretch discuss the latest injury news and give out Ride or Die hot takes for every Week 7 game.
As the 2021 season grows increasingly strange and exciting, innovation on both sides of the ball has led teams into the hunt for conference titles, from Wake Forest's chaos-creating defensive front to UCLA's high-flying, multifaceted offense.
The Rams offense has produced a lot of fantasy stars this weekend. So has the Lions defense. So you'll want to start everyone in a Los Angeles uniform—Kupp, Robert Woods, Tyler Higbee, Darrell Henderson, Matthew Stafford, maybe Flipper Anderson and Eric Dickerson—when they play Detroit on Sunday.
Despite a coaching staff in turmoil, the Las Vegas Raiders are tied for first place in the AFC West with wins over fellow playoff contenders Baltimore, Denver, and Pittsburgh. Derrik Klassen shows how Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has played more daring than ever before, confident in his ability to hit deep balls and squeeze passes into tight windows in coverage.