Travis Kelce - TE - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce had four catches for 33 yards and a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in Week 7.
Huddle Up: It was the second straight game of less than 40 yards receiving for Kelce, but at least he managed to supplement his production with a touchdown this time. Next up is the Broncos, a team Kelce dominated to the tune of 19 receptions, 261 yards and a score in two games last season. Keep him plugged in as your starting TE.
Tyreek Hill - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill had six receptions, 125 receiving yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Oakland Raiders Thursday, Oct. 19.
Huddle Up: Hill shook off a few quiet outings in a row to torch the Raiders for a 64-yard touchdown as part of a 125-yard evening in Oakland. While he's not a surefire producer week in and week out, Hill's upside should keep him in your lineup as a WR2.
Kareem Hunt - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt carried the ball 18 times for 87 yards against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, Oct. 19. He added four receptions for 30 yards.
Huddle Up: Make it seven straight of more than 100 total yards for Hunt, who continues to make big plays and move piles. The only asterisk to Hunt's unbelievable rookie campaign is the ongoing touchdown drought; he hasn't scored since Week 3 after scoring six times in his first three games. He'll get a nice break to recharge his batteries as the Chiefs don't play until Oct. 30 against the Broncos.
Alex Smith - QB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith went 25-for-36 for 342 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions during the team's Week 7 loss to the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: After scuffling a bit against the Steelers, Smith bounced back by topping the 300-yard passing mark for the third time this season -- for comparison, he surpassed that number just once all of last year. Smith also passed for multiple scores for the fourth time and has yet to throw an interception this season. The veteran continues to play the best ball of his career and is a must start for fantasy owners.
Michael Crabtree - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree had three receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football.
Huddle Up: It was a quiet game for Crabtree, who took a back seat to Amari Cooper and Jared Cook, but when the game was on the line the team turned to Crabtree (twice). He now has six touchdowns on the season and has found the end zone in three straight. Despite a quiet yardage night Crabtree has earned WR2 status until further notice.
Jared Cook - TE - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook logged six receptions (on seven targets) for 107 yards Thursday, Oct. 19, against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: As with teammates David Carr and Amari Cooper, Cook enjoyed his best game of the year Thursday night, nearly doubling his previous high for yardage. We saw big games from Cook in Green Bay last year, but never with any consistency. So while Cook can be used in advantageous matchups he's by no means a weekly option at this time.
Amari Cooper - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper caught 11 passes for 210 yards and a pair of touchdowns during the team's Week 7 win against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Cooper's 210 yards far surpassed his total from the first six games combined (146), and the touchdowns were his first since Week 1. It was a monster game from Cooper, who was targeted a whopping 19 times, but it could've been even bigger as he again allowed a couple of catchable balls to slip through his fingers. Still, this is the type of performance fantasy owners have been waiting for from the third-year wideout. It'll be hard to keep him out of your lineup in Week 8.
Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr completed 29 of 52 passes for 417 yards and three touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, Oct. 19. Carr added a 15-yard run and did not turn the ball over.
Huddle Up: Completion percentage aside this was easily the biggest game of the year for Carr, who'd passed for fewer than 200 yards in each of his previous three games. We'll see if it jump starts the offense going forward. On the health front Carr now has 10 days to further heal up before the team travels to Buffalo.
Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson said they are at their best when using an 'up-tempo' offense, and the Seahawks have scored on nine of the 12 drives when they have used a no-huddle approach.
Huddle Up: Wilson has been a bit of a boom-or-bust fantasy play this year, but his high ceiling makes him a lower-end QB1 against the New York Giants in Week 7.
Tyrod Taylor - QB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor said it is time for him to 'separate from the pack' as a quarterback and do whatever it takes to lead the team to wins.
Huddle Up: Taylor has struggled to make a consistent fantasy impact, and he hasn't thrown for more than 224 yards in a game this year. He draws a favorable matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7, but he is still only worth a look in two-quarterback leagues.
Dion Lewis - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis has rushed 18 times for 105 yards in the last two games after rushing a combined 12 times for 46 yards in the first four games.
Huddle Up: While the trend is encouraging, the Patriots are notoriously fickle with how they distribute carries. Lewis is a desperation flex play against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7.
Frank Gore - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore said he and RB Marlon Mack complement each other well because they are 'different kinds of backs.'
Huddle Up: The Colts face a leaky Jacksonville Jaguars run defense in Week 7, but Gore and Mack are merely flex candidates. Gore has the safer floor, but Mack is the upside play and the better long-term prospect.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch was ejected against the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday, Oct. 19, after making contact with an official.
Huddle Up: Lynch came off the bench to join an altercation and ended up grabbing and shoving an official. There is a chance he could face further suspension, and if he misses time, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard would likely split carries.
Leonard Fournette - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) said he will 'most definitely' be healthy enough to play against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 7, but he added that it will be up to the coaching staff to decide his status.
Huddle Up: Fournette is a must-start option if he suits up, but if he ends up missing the game, Chris Ivory would be a viable flex play as the primary replacement.
DeMarco Murray - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB Khalfani Muhammad will likely be signed from the practice squad if RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) is unable to play against the Cleveland Browns in Week 7, head coach Mike Mularkey said Thursday, Oct. 19.
Huddle Up: The fact Mularkey has a backup plan in place is an indication that there is at least a chance Murray could miss the Week 7 contest. If he sits, Derrick Henry would become a solid RB2 option.
Drew Brees - QB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has posted a 114.3 QB Rating over his career against the Green Bay Packers, his second-highest such mark versus any opponent whom he's faced more than four times. In six career games opposite the Packers, Brees has completed 168-of-250 passes (67.2 percent) for 2,215 yards, to go with 17 touchdowns compared to only two interceptions.
Huddle Up: Brees is in his usual trademark groove right now, en route to getting his club in first place in the NFC South, and even though he'll be working away from the Superdome this weekend, his splits against the Packers have him set up to make his fantasy owners very, very happy in Week 7. As a result, he'll also likely be worth his high price tag in DFS formats, too. Fire him up everywhere.
Justin Tucker - PK - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens PK Justin Tucker has converted 97-of-103 (94.2 percent) field-goal attempts for his career on the road, which is the best such mark in NFL history. He is also 12-of-12 when kicking indoors.
Huddle Up: There are a number of stats you can dig up that paint Tucker as one of the top kickers of his era. This is certainly one of them, and it's definitely something to feel good about considering he'll be kicking indoors this weekend's matchup opposite the Vikings. He's worth firing up in every format.
DeVante Parker - WR - Miami Dolphins
Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (ankle) is 'feeling much better,' according to a source, who also would not speculate, however, whether Parker had progressed to the point where he can play in the team's Week 7 game Sunday, Oct. 22, against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Parker is shaping up to be a true game-time decision, and fortunately for owners, he's playing in one of the early-afternoon affairs on Sunday. Although he hasn't practiced yet this week, Parker has had some close calls previously where it appeared like he wouldn't suit up, only to end up playing anyway, so he can't be counted out until the inactive reports are official. If he doesn't play again, Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and Julius Thomas would each get a boost.
Jamaal Charles - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles (non-injury) was back at practice Thursday, Oct. 19.
Huddle Up: Charles has disappointed those who gave him a shot on their fantasy teams this year, though it's mostly not his fault due to lack of touches. In fact, his number of carries has decreased gradually since Week 1 and he's yet to record multiple receptions in a game yet. He shouldn't be started in any formats at the moment.
Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) underwent surgery to repair his collarbone Thursday, Oct. 19, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Rodgers likely will miss most or all of the rest of the season, so owners can drop him if they need the roster space. Brett Hundley is taking over the starting quarterback job but probably should be avoided until he can produce on a consistent basis.