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NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Recap: Denver Broncos vs. New York Jets

Inglewood, California, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Greg Dulcich (80) and wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) celebrate after a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Breece Hall: 4 carries, 72 yards, 1 touchdown

Jerry Jeudy: 7 receptions, 96 yards


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Monitor the Breece Hall injury: Hall was ruled out after being carted to the locker room in the second quarter with a knee injury. The injury is presumed to be serious. Coach Robert Saleh said the initial diagnosis is not good, with reports of it likely being an ACL injury.

    • Hall was the lead back for the first 25 minutes of the game, and his 62-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the difference in the game.
    • Michael Carter took over as the lead back, with Ty Johnson mixing in.
    • His playing time was similar to his best games from his rookie season despite being the backup for most of the first half.
    • Carter is still on fantasy rosters in roughly 70% of ESPN leagues, but he should definitely be picked up in the leagues where he is still available.
    • He ran the ball 13 times but ended up with only 29 yards against the strong Broncos run defense.
    • The Jets have a relatively easy remaining schedule for running backs, so Carter would be a must-start most weeks.

Monitor the Corey Davis injury: Davis suffered a knee injury late in the first quarter, but it isn’t expected to be serious.

    • The Jets were also without Elijah Moore for the game after he requested a trade earlier in the week.
    • This allowed Braxton Berrios to see a big boost in playing time.
    • Jeff Smith also received increased playing time, playing significantly in three-receiver sets and even some two-receiver sets while everyone was healthy.
    • Denzel Mims played just two snaps while Davis was healthy but rotated in more frequently afterward.
    • Garrett Wilson lined up 28 times out wide compared to 16 times in the slot. It was his highest percentage of snaps on the outside since Week 1.
    • It was Wilson’s first game with four catches since September.
    • There is no need to pick up any of the backups, but Wilson could become a more viable fantasy starter if he plays more snaps on the outside.

Monitor the Mike Boone injury: Boone suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter and didn’t return.

    • Melvin Gordon III started the game, as reported, and played early downs on the first two drives.
    • Latavius Murray rotated in during the third drive and saw a near-even split with Gordon on early downs throughout the rest of the game.
    • Murray took the majority of short-yardage and goal-line snaps, which led to Murray scoring the Broncos' only touchdown.
    • Boone continued to take the passing-down snaps as he had in recent weeks, with Gordon largely taking over after the injury.
    • Both Gordon and Murray can be viable in fantasy football if the Boone injury is serious. If not, this could be a frustrating backfield going forward.

Add Greg Dulcich: The Denver rookie tight end caught six of nine passes for 51 yards in the team’s loss.

    • He played in 32 of a possible 43 snaps in 11 personnel.
    • Dulcich increased his snaps in 12 personnel, playing nine snaps in that group after just three last week. That is a very positive sign for his future fantasy production.
    • At least part of his success these two weeks has been the Broncos needing to run a lot of pass plays.
    • Denver’s schedule only gets more difficult, so the team will need to keep passing in future games, too.
    • His 19.7% targets per route run is better than several other tight ends who are consistently in fantasy starting lineups.

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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