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NFL Studs and Duds Week 7

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Week 7 of the NFL season brought a plethora of close, down-to-the-wire matchups and the individual performances within were ones to note. There were a lot of pleasant surprises as well as extreme disappointments this past weekend. Let’s discuss who impressed in week seven and who left their fantasy owners complaining and confused.

Studs

QB Patrick Mahomes

It seems almost cliché, but Patrick Mahomes continues to build on his young resume. This week, throwing for 358 yards and four touchdowns against a tough Bengals team, Mahomes is exactly what this article states: a stud. For a Kansas City team that many expected to fall off, Mahomes and company continue to silence the haters and win games on the back of their quarterback. Once again, Patrick Mahomes is the best quarterback in the NFL for this week.  

WR Josh Gordon

Gordon’s chemistry with Tom Brady continues to grow week after week, and the rest of the NFL is shaking at the prospects. With four catches for 100 yards and a near touchdown, Gordon was able to cement himself as a legitimate threat in the newly revamped Patriots offense. Even without Rob Gronkowski, the threat of “Flash” helped the Patriots offense to 38 points and a victory over an up and coming Bears team. Although not the traditional stud, Gordon’s mere presence, and emergence makes him the wide receiver of the week and should scare the rest of the NFL.

RB Marlon Mack

Mack had a day for himself on Sunday, with 19 touches for 126 yards and a touchdown. Combining Mack with the precise quarterback play of Andrew Luck made it hard for the Bills to do anything defensively. Even though this performance came against the lowly Buffalo Bills, expect Mack to continue his hot streak going into Week 8 against the Oakland Raiders, a team even more distressed than the Bills.

TE Trey Burton

Burton has produced the consistency that many fantasy owners have wanted over the past couple of weeks. With nine catches for 126 yards and a touchdown, Burton made his presence clear to a Patriots defense that left him wide open for most of the day on Sunday. Burton not only scored, but made multiple important catches throughout a back-and-forth game that kept the Bears within reach until eventually running out of steam late.

Duds

QB Blake Bortles

If there ever was a dud, Blake Bortles is it. Every time it seems like the Jaguars made a decent investment by signing Bortles to a 3-year, 54 million dollar contract, he has a week like he did this Sunday. Throwing for only 61 yards, fumbling twice and an early benching in the third quarter for backup Cody Kessler was just about as bad as it gets. 

RB Ezekiel Elliott

Normally, Zeke is a bonified stud in every sense of the word. But this week he was just a plain disappointment. With 15 touches for just 33 yards, Zeke let both his fantasy owners and his team down in terms of production. Heading into the bye week, Zeke will try to refine his craft before a week nine matchup with the Tennessee Titans.

WR Tyler Boyd

To this point of the season, Tyler Boyd had been a pleasant surprise in terms of consistent success. This week, was a massive step backward for the young Cincinnati wideout. Just three receptions for 27 yards made people wonder if Tyler Boyd would finally return to the mediocrity he had shown in the past. Next weeks matchup against the Tampa Buccanneers will be a judgment day for the young wideout and his fantasy owners as well.

TE Evan Engram

Engram has garnered high projections and praise in the past, but yet continues to disappoint on the field. At least in terms of statistical production, Engram has been a pure bust. This week was no different, he was a virtual non-factor in the Giants loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Just two receptions for 16 yards is not gonna cut it if the Giants want to beat anyone this season. Production out of the tight end role on top of Odell Beckham and Saquon Barkley would make big strides toward a Giants victory but it doesn’t seem like they’ll be getting that out of Engram anytime soon.

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