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Falcons fantasy stud and dud from Week 7

Kyle Pitts looks really good. Maybe you heard that.

Atlanta Falcons v Miami Dolphins Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Well, it was an ugly one but a win is a win, and you take it no matter how you can get it, especially on the road. This is a win which moves the Falcons to 3-3, following an ugly 1-3 start to the campaign. The Birds are now at .500 or better in October or later for the first time since the 2018 season.

The offense had a really nice day at the office against a Dolphins defense which has been a pretty great disappointment overall this year. 30 points, including the game winning drive to kick a field goal, was just enough to overcome some really poor defense on Atlanta’s part. The fantasy points were there for some of Atlanta’s stalwarts.

There is a lot of great content available here at the Falcoholic, and I encourage you to check it out if you want some in-depth analysis. This article will look at things strictly from a fantasy football perspective (that means looking at nothing other than pure statistics). Here are Atlanta’s fantasy stud and fantasy dud from Week 7’s victory against the Miami Dolphins.


Fantasy Stud/Dud 2021 History:

Past Studs: Cordarrelle Patterson (3), Younghoe Koo (1), Kyle Pitts (1)

Past Duds: Matt Ryan (1), Mike Davis (1), Kyle Pitts (1), Younghoe Koo (1), Olamide Zaccheaus (1)

Fantasy Stud: Kyle Pitts

Stat Line: 7 catches, 163 receiving yards: 16.30 standard league points; 23.30 PPR points

The Kyle Pitts revolution breakout is being televised, and it’s not a moment too soon for the Falcons, who have been helped to a pair of big wins back to back on the back of their immaculate rookie tight end.

Pitts led the team in receptions and receiving yards, and looks to have become Matt Ryan’s new trusted number one target. He had nearly 100 more receiving yards than Russell Gage, who was second on the team, as the Falcons have made it a point of emphasis to look for Number 8 down the field, as evidenced by his 23.3 yards per reception.

Pitts was the overall TE2 for Week 7 through completion of the Sunday games, as he led all TEs in receiving yards by a very good margin. The only thing missing was a touchdown, but it’s a great sign that he was able to put together such a performance without needing a score.

Pitts has entered elite tight end territory in fantasy, and much sooner than I personally expected him to this year. He’s in the tier of Travis Kelce and Darren Waller at the position, and is a must start every week.

Dud

Mike Davis: 4 carries, 10 rushing yards: 1.0 standard league/PPR points

This is an absolute catastrophe for those who chose Mike Davis to be their RB2 in fantasy drafts, and made the 4th-5th round ADP investment which was required to acquire his services. Davis has been completely overtaken at the position by Cordarrelle Patterson, and his four total touches in Week 7 was by far a season low after he had at least 15 in every other game before the bye week.

Davis has had some really low yardage performances throughout the entire season, but has saved a couple of would be poor fantasy days with a touchdown. That score never came on Sunday, as it was Patterson who got five red zone touches to Davis’ zero.

The Falcons were winning for most of the second half, which would assume a favorable game script for Davis, but it didn’t even matter with how many more looks the team gave Patterson. Mike Davis is completely unplayable in fantasy, as long as Patterson stays healthy or until the coaching staff boosts his usage significantly.