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RotoVegas | NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Results and Breakdown

Welcome back to another installment of #RotoVegas, where we may not have anything as interesting as SpitGate, but we try our best. Week 7 is in the books, and it continued the 2018 season’s trend of pure unadulterated madness. 8 games were decided by a touchdown or fewer, while the remaining games were decided by an average of 25 points. The Bears last-second Hail Mary came up inches short, the Titans bold choice to go for the win backfired hard, and the Browns lost ANOTHER overtime game.

Obviously you all voted in our polls, because what kind of idiot wouldn’t? It’s been a rough handful of weeks for the readers after a hot start to the year; let’s see who came out on top this week.

1. Cam Newton is our QB3 this week against the Eagles, and he’s a 5-point favorite over Philip Rivers, our QB7 in a matchup with the Titans. Who you got?

Newton -5: 36%
Rivers +5: 64%

Winner: Newton -5

This one turned out to be an absolute nailbiter, but it didn’t look that way from the start. Philip Rivers got an early start across the pond, and in a win against the Titans put up a respectable line of 306 yards and 2 TDs, good for 20.1 fantasy points. Cam Newton and the Panthers got off to an incredibly slow start on the road against the defending champs, but came roaring back in the 4th. Not only did Carolina end up winning the game with 21 unanswered, Newton salvaged what was looking like a devastating afternoon and finished with 269 yards and 2 scores as well as 49 yards on the ground. He finished as the week’s QB3 with 25.7 points, just enough to cover the spread against Rivers.

2. Kareem Hunt and the Chiefs take on the Bengals this week, and he’s our RB4. Sony Michel is 8 spots below him in a matchup with the Bears stout front 7. The line is Hunt -4; who you taking?

Hunt -4: 60%
Michel +4: 40%

Winner: Hunt

In-game injuries have impacted a handful of our spreads so far this year, but this may be the first time it’s gone in the readers’ favor. Granted, Kareem Hunt likely would’ve covered this spread regardless with his insane showing Sunday night. He turned in the top RB performance of the week, racking up 86 yards and a score on the ground and adding 55 yards and 2 more TDs on 5 receptions. Sony Michel, on the other hand, had a strong start against Chicago (35 yards on 5 touches) wiped out by a knee injury that looked like a season ender at the time. MRI results have added a little optimism for the Pats rookie back, but regardless his day was over after that hit. Hunt wins this one by a wide margin to even up Week 7 at 1-1.

3. Adam Thielen is breaking records in 2018 and is appropriately our WR1 for Week 7 as he faces the Jets secondary. He’s also a 5-point favorite over Odell Beckham, Jr., who’ll face Atlanta’s depleted D. Who you got?

Thielen -5: 70%
OBJ +5: 30%

Winner: OBJ +5

This matchup made us wait till the conclusion of Monday Night Football, but it was certainly worth the wait. Adam Thielen got started real early with a 34-yard TD on Minnesota’s first drive Sunday, and by game’s end he had his 7th straight 100-yard game to open the season. He finished the day with 9 catches for 110 yards and a TD, good for 26 PPR points and the week’s #4 showing from a wideout. Who could top that? Enter: Odell Beckham, Jr. OBJ carried the Giants offense during their Monday night loss in Atlanta, turning a team-high 11 targets into 8 catches for 143 yards and a score. His 28.2 points were the top performance for a WR in Week 7, and plenty enough to cover the spread here as a 5-point dog.

4. David Njoku is carving out a key role in the Browns offense, and he’s a 3-point favorite this week over Jordan Reed, who’ll face the Cowboys. Whats your pick?

Njoku -3: 74%
Reed +3: 26%

Winner: Njoku -3

David Njoku was upgraded to our TE3 for the week once Rob Gronkowski was ruled out, and he rewarded those who started him by turning 6 targets into 4 catches for 52 yards and an impressive touchdown. Those 6 targets were also 2nd on the team behind just Jarvis Landry, so Njoku’s role in Cleveland’s offensive attack continues to grow. His day netted him 15.2 PPR points for the afternoon, which was plenty enough to top Jordan Reed‘s less-than-impressive day against Dallas. He caught just 2 passes on the afternoon for 43 yards, and has yet to top 50 yards receiving since Washington’s Week 4 bye. It’s obviously promising that he’s been able to stay healthy and on the field for 7 consecutive weeks, but beyond that, Reed owners can’t be thrilled with his start so far.

5. The Colts D is our #4 option this week against Derek Anderson and the Bills, and they’re a 4-point favorite over the Vikings D, who’ll try to shut down Sam Darnold and the Jets. Who you got?

Indy -4: 57%
Vikings +4: 43%

Winner: Vikings +4

The readers were ohhh sooo close to their first winning week since Week 2, but it just wasn’t meant to be. As expected, the Colts feasted on Buffalo’s dumpster fire of an offense, racking up 16 points on the day in the form of 3 INTs, 2 fumbles, 2 sacks, and just 3 points allowed. Shockingly, it didn’t matter if it was Derek Anderson or Nathan Peterman under center; the Bills continued to be the Bills. The Vikings knew the spread, however – I knew #RotoVegas was catching on in NFL locker rooms – and made sure to keep it close enough to cover. They allowed 17 points to the Jets but picked off Sam Darnold 3 times, sacked him another 3, and snagged a fumble to finish with 14 points for the day. Both top-7 showings in a week with some impressive defensive performances, but the Vikes cover here to give me a 2nd-straight 3-2 victory over our loyal readers, setting the season series at 22-13 in my favor through 7 weeks.

Be sure to vote each week on our Twitter account and Instagram Story, and check back after the games are over for the breakdown. If you enjoy it, tell your friends! Nothing would make me happier than getting this series big enough that I can take your money for real. And if you have any questions about real-life wagers or fantasy, hit me up on Twitter as well.

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