LA CROSSE/ EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – What a week! From young stars to well-known vets, Week 7 of fantasy football was a week to remember. Several nail-biting finishes allowed for some exciting last-minute fantasy victories and losses. Welcome back to Fantasy Football Leader Breakdown, where the top three quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends will be analyzed and broken down from their latest matchup.

Quarterback #1 – Justin Herbert = 38.48 Fantasy Points (STD)

Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert looked incredible in his first victory. In the 39-29 win over the Jaguars, Herbert delivered a heaping pile of fantasy points. The young QB completed 27 of his 43 passes for 347 yards and three passing touchdowns. Not only that, but Herbert was also the team’s rushing leader. Herbert rushed for 66 yards on nine carries and added a rushing touchdown. Very bright things are ahead for this rookie quarterback, as he continues to drive his team in the right direction. Herbert can be rostered in Week 8 as he takes on the Denver Broncos in an action-packed divisional matchup.

Projected Points for Week 8 = 18.8

Lucas’ Projections = 16.5

Quarterback #2 – Kyler Murray = 37.1 Fantasy Points (STD)

What a game for Kyler Murray. The Arizona Cardinals upset the undefeated Seattle Seahawks in the most intense Sunday Night Football showdown yet. Murray took advantage of the weak Seattle secondary and completed 34 of 48 passes for 360 yards. Murray threw three touchdown passes and on an interception and rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown. Murray is making fantasy owners proud, as he has now thrown over 350 yards in two of his last three games. The mobile quarterback is a high-end QB1 and should always be rostered without a doubt. Murray has time to rest his legs as he and the Cardinals head into their BYE week.

Projected Points for Week 8 = BYE

Lucas’ Projections = BYE

Quarterback #3 – Tom Brady = 36.86 Fantasy Points (STD)

Tom Brady and the Buccaneers seem to be a frightening team. In the 45-20 victory, Tom Brady unleashed on the Raiders. The future Hall of Famer went 33 for 45 for 369 yards and four touchdowns. Brady may be 43 years old, but the veteran still has gas in his tank. The Buccaneers have many weapons for Tom Brady to use, and with the new addition of Antonio Brown, Tom Brady’s play will only elevate. Having a rough start to the season, Tom Brady seems to have things under control with this new team and should be started next week as he takes on the Giants in Monday Night Football.

Projected Points for Week 8 = 19.5

Lucas’ Projections = 26.7

Running back #1 – Jeff Wilson Jr. = 30 Fantasy Points (STD)

If you started Jeff Wilson Jr., congratulations. The third-string running back had himself a day in the 33-6 blowout against the New England Patriots. Not many people expected Wilson Jr. to have this big of a day, but the running back proved all the haters wrong by scoring three touchdowns. Wilson Jr. rushed the ball 17 times for 112 yards, creating a hefty amount of fantasy points for the small percentage of people who started him. However, Wilson Jr. did get carted to the locker room. He appeared to suffer an ankle sprain that would take him out of the game. Wilson is doubtful to play in Week 8’s matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.

Projected Points for Week 8 = 0

Lucas’ Projections = 0

Running back #2 – James Robinson = 27.7 Fantasy Points (STD)

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back James Robinson looks great in his first year. Robinson may have lost to the Chargers, but the young RB had a big fantasy day. The new Jaguars running back carried the ball 22 times for 119 yards and one touchdown, also adding 18 receiving yards and a touchdown on four receptions. Robinson seems to be very consistent for fantasy managers and should be started in the coming weeks. The Jaguars head into their BYE week for Week 8.

Projected Points for Week 8 = BYE

Lucas’ Projections = BYE

Running back #3 – Todd Gurley II – 20.2 Fantasy Points (STD)

Falcons running back, Todd Gurley had a beefy fantasy day in the matchup against the Lions. A weird end to a game as Gurley tried not to score a touchdown. However, he found a way to accident cross the line to score. Fantasy owners were pleased, Atlanta Falcons fans were not. More importantly, Gurley received a ton of volume, carrying the ball a season-high 25 times. He turned those carries into 82 yards of rushing, scoring twice. Gurley seems to be finding his groove and should be started next week against the Panthers.

Projected Points for Week 8 = 13.9

Lucas’ Projections = 15.8

Wide receiver #1 – Tyler Lockett = 38 Fantasy Points (STD)

Wow. That is what everyone said when they saw Tyler Lockett’s performance in the Sunday Night Football showdown. The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver had a legendary night in the overtime loss against the Cardinals. Lockett caught 15 of his 20 whopping targets for 200 yards and three touchdowns. It is easy to see that Tyler Lockett is Russel Wilson’s favorite receiver, as he is always looking to see where he is downfield. Lockett now moves to the number one wide receiver spot. The effort, desire, and athleticism are bundled with this receiver and he should be a start every week for fantasy managers.

 Projected Points for Week 8 = 12.7

Lucas’ Projections = 17.1

Wide receiver #2 – Devante Adams = 31.6 Fantasy Points

Coming from a quiet and disappointing loss last week, Devante Adams roasted the Texans in Week 7. The Green Bay Packers start receiver caught 13 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in the 35-20 win. Adams appeared to be a machine in Week 7, and he could not be stopped. Adams is a major key in the Packers offense, which is why he should be started every week. Being targeted 16 times, it is easy to say that the volume is there, and the fantasy points are ready to be calculated. Adams and the Packers have a short week as they take on the 49ers on Thursday Night Football.

Projected Points for Week 8 = 15.1

Lucas’ Projections = 23.7

Wide receiver #3 – D.J. Moore = 21.3 Fantasy Points (STD)

D.J. of the Carolina Panthers led the team with four receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Fantasy owners were pleased with the outcome of Moore’s performance as he has had some down weeks in the past due to Robby Anderson taking away targets. However, it should be noted that Moore plays a key role in this offense and will get his fair share. The wide receiver can be considered a WR2 in most leagues.

Projected Points for Week 8 = 9.4

Lucas’ Projections =13.5

Tight end #1 – Harrison Bryant = 17.6 Fantasy Points (STD)

Cleveland Browns tight end, Harrison Bryant came out ready to play in Week 7’s matchup. Harrison Bryant caught four of five targets for 56 yards and two touchdowns in the nail-biting 37-34 victory over the Bengals. Noting that Austin Hooper was ruled out, many expected veteran David Njoku to pick up the tight end load. However, the rookie outproduced him, having himself a big fantasy day for the small number of people who rostered him. Bryant is likely still on waivers and can be considered a streaming option going forward. However, it is important to monitor Austin Hooper’s status.

Projected Points for Week 8 = 17.6

Lucas’ Projections = 5.7

Tight end #2 – Rob Gronkowski = 12.2 Fantasy Points (STD)

Rob Gronkowski had another great performance in Week 7. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end caught five receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown. Gronk was targeted eight times, showing that Brady and Gronk still have that magical connection. The veteran tight end was quiet at the start of the season but now seems to be his old self again. Gronk has seen at least six targets in the last three games. It is easy to say that Gronk should be started going forward, especially in the Monday night matchup against the Giants.

Projected Points for Week 8 = 8.7

Lucas’ Projections = 11.1

Tight end #3 – Logan Thomas = 12 Fantasy Points (STD)

Washington Football Team tight end, Logan Thomas, secured all four targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in a dominating Week 7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Thomas was able to get open often, noting that the Cowboys defense has been struggling. The tight end followed up Terry McLaurin in the passing game, being a go-to target in the matchup. Thomas has easily had ups and downs this season, but he could be a starting tight end in a larger fantasy football league. His lack of touches makes him a touchdown-dependent player, so keep that in mind.

Projected Points for Week 8 = BYE

Lucas’ Projections = BYE

Another week in the books! Week 7 was extremely entertaining, and it will be exciting to see what Week 8 has to offer. Monitor your injuries and keep an eye on the COVID-19 complications. Good luck with waivers and in Week 8!