Marcus Mariota completed 22-of-37 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns and rushed twice for 14 yards in the Titans' Week 7 loss to the Colts.
We'll take the fantasy points, but Mariota's on-field performance wasn't great. He struggled with accuracy and decision making a lost a game-ending fumble that was returned to the house by Robert Mathis. Mariota gets a tougher Week 8 draw against an underrated Jaguars pass defense in Week 8. That game will be played on Thursday Night Football. Mariota will be a shaky QB1 investment.
Coby Fleener corralled both of his targets for 44 yards Sunday in the Saints' Week 7 loss to the Chiefs.
He broke off a 30-yard gain late in the second quarter but wasn’t heard from again after that. Fleener has had a couple big games this season but with so many mouths to feed in New Orleans, he’s going to get lost in the shuffle some weeks. He’ll be on the back end of the TE1 spectrum next Sunday against Seattle’s famous Legion of Boom.
Drew Brees completed 37-of-48 for 367 yards with three touchdowns and one interception Sunday in the Saints' Week 7 loss to the Chiefs.
It was the 100th 300-yard passing game of Brees’ storied career, extending his own NFL record. Brees capped a 10-play 80-yard drive with a nine-yard touchdown to Brandin Cooks in the first quarter. New Orleans has now scored on its opening drive in each of the last four games. Brees committed a rare pick-six in the second quarter on a pass intended for Willie Snead. He rebounded with a pair of second-half touchdowns including a nice screen to Mark Ingram to wrap up an eight-minute, 14-play drive. Even at age 37, Brees continues to be a top-flight fantasy quarterback. He has a tough game coming up against the Seahawks in Week 8 but still belongs on the QB1 radar.
Golden Tate caught 6-of-12 targets for 93 yards in the Lions' Week 7 win over the Redskins.
The 6/90 effort was Tate's second straight after his dreadfully slow start. He has 22 targets in his past two games. One of Tate's missed connections was a drop, while he had a pair of potential scores undone by miscues. One was called back by penalty, the other kept off the board by Tate's inability to stay in bounds. Seemingly a much bigger part of the Lions' offense now, Tate will be a high-end WR3 against the Texans' banged up secondary in Week 8.
Derek Carr completed 23-of-37 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown in Oakland's Week 7 win over Jacksonville.
Carr hit Michael Crabtree on a third-and-goal at the end of the first half for his only touchdown. He didn't have anything going outside of Crabtree and went full game manager with Oakland protecting a lead. Despite getting the Raiders another win, Carr has disappointed with plus matchups the last two weeks. He'll be a QB2 against the Bucs in Week 7.
Ryan Tannehill completed 15-of-25 passes for 204 yards and one touchdown in the Dolphins' Week 7 win over the Bills.
Colts WR Chester Rogers caught 2-of-3 targets for 30 yards in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Titans.
Rogers didn't make a big impact despite Phillip Dorsett's absence, and will be tough to trust as a fantasy dart-throw play in Week 8 against Kansas City.
Alex Smith completed 17-of-24 passes for 214 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and rushed four times for seven yards Sunday in the Chiefs' Week 7 win over the Saints.
Smith was aggressive in the first half, shredding the Saints’ patchwork secondary for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 10-of-15 passing. Once the Chiefs built a comfortable lead, he was able to kill clock by handing off to Spencer Ware. Smith’s first touchdown of the afternoon came on a short screen that Ware took 46 yards to house. His second came on a deep ball to Tyreek Hill, who blew past an overmatched Ken Crawley for the 38-yard score. Smith has another plus matchup on tap next week against the Colts.