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NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Recap: Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit Lions

Arlington, Texas, USA; Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (30) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Ezekiel Elliott: 15 carries, 57 yards, 2 touchdowns

Tony Pollard: 12 carries, 83 yards, 2 receptions, 26 receiving yards


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Buy low on Jamaal Williams: The Lions didn’t have D’Andre Swift again, but Williams could take on a role similar to his current one once Swift is back.

    • Williams ran the ball 15 times for 79 yards.
    • Craig Reynolds continued to play part of the role that Swift had earlier in the season, taking third downs and two-minute drills.
    • Justin Jackson took the other part of Swift’s role, seeing significant time on early downs.
    • Williams' percentage of offensive snaps hasn’t changed as much as many thought from before Swift’s injury to after. He’s gained double-digit carries every game this season, and that will likely carry on with or without Swift.
    • Several fantasy managers will probably be looking to release Williams with Swift likely back next week. He could probably be added for next to nothing.

Monitor the Amon-Ra St. Brown injury: St. Brown suffered a concussion after his first catch, went to the locker room and was ruled out for the game not long after.

    • The Lions were also without D.J. Chark, who landed on injured reserve on Saturday with a left ankle injury. He missed the previous two games and will miss at least the next three.
    • Josh Reynolds is third on the Lions' depth chart but has been first or second for most of the season due to injuries, and that will continue for at least these next three games.
    • Kalif Raymond went from being the third receiver in three-receiver sets coming into today to having an every-down role for Detroit once St. Brown left the game.
    • Raymond led the Lions in receiving with five receptions for 75 yards. No other receiver had more than 15 yards.
    • Tom Kennedy became the third receiver after the injury.
    • It’s best to avoid these wide receivers not named St. Brown in the majority of league formats.

Monitor the health of Dalton Schultz: Schultz had missed most of the last month due to a knee injury but played a majority of snaps against Detroit.

    • Schultz had missed two full games and a majority of a third in the past month.
    • He was a full participant in practice all week.
    • The Cowboys rotated him out of the game at times throughout, typically in three-wide receiver sets. This included missing snaps on all three downs.
    • Schultz missed a little bit of time early in the game when he appeared to re-aggravate the injury.
    • He caught all five passes thrown his way for 49 yards.
    • He’s a buy-low candidate, as he could see an even bigger role once he gets closer to 100%.
    • Peyton Hendershot, one of his backups, caught a touchdown — a play that could have gone to Schultz if he was 100%.
    • The Cowboys have the easiest remaining schedule for tight ends, including some favorable matchups in the fantasy playoffs.


Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.

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