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Well, we survived the Bye-nado. That's one of the few kind things you can say about Week 7. In a week with even more running back injuries, somehow the Ravens backfield became even less clear. And it's not like wide receiver is exactly predictable, with names like Kendrick Bourne, Kalif Raymond, and Allen Lazard in the top-20 for the week. If one thing did become clear, it's that Ja'Marr Chase is a super-duper-star. Let's start there. 

Ja'Marr Chase is the No. 1 WR in Dynasty

The Case: We could start with the fact that Chase's 754 receiving yards are the most ever for an NFL player in his first seven games. Not just that, but he's 133 yards clear of No. 2, Anquan Boldin. What's more, he has 191 yards more than Justin Jefferson had in the first seven games of his historic rookie campaign in 2020. Considering that Chase was better than Jefferson in college, and now has done this to start his NFL career, there should be no real debate about who the No. 1 receiver in Dynasty is.

The Verdict: Believe it.

I can even tell you the play it happened on. With 6:04 remaining in the third quarter, the Bengals faced a 3rd and 2 from their own 18. Chase took a short slant and first broke through four defenders, and then outran the entire Ravens defense, for an 82-year score. It was the type of play that leaves you speechless. And it was just part of his eight-catch, 201-yards outing. 

There is some regression coming for the 21-year-old, but there's no argument for anyone over him in Dynasty.

You don't need to hold any of the Ravens RBs through the bye

The Case: Coming into Week 7 we had real hope for clarity in the Ravens backfield. Latavius Murray was out and Devonta Freeman was averaging a team-best 5.9 yards per carry. Considering how mistake-prone Ty'Son Williams had been and how sluggish Le'Veon Bell had looked, there was reason to believe Freeman could separate from the pack. Then he didn't receive a carry in the first quarter. 

For the game, Freeman finished with four carries (one fewer than Bell) and three targets (one more than Williams). If you started him, you were fortunate enough to get a touchdown, but that's not enough to keep him on your bench through the bye. Especially since Murray should be back. 

The Verdict: Don't believe it.

I'm going to go against the vast majority of people in the poll below. This was a weird game script against a very good Bengals run defense. Freeman was still more efficient on the ground than Bell and caught all three of his targets while averaging better than eight yards a grab. I still have hope the Ravens will look at the production they've received from their running backs and come out of the bye a little more committed to Freeman. You can drop everyone else in this backfield though.

Kalif Raymond is a waiver-wire priority

The Case: In case you missed it, Raymond caught six of eight targets for 115 yards in the Lions Week 7 loss to the Rams. It was his fourth game in his last five with six targets and at least 9.7 PPR Fantasy points. It was also the second time in Raymond's last four games with at least 17 Fantasy points. He may just be the Lions No. 1 receiver and this team figures to be in a ton of pass-heavy game scripts moving forward. He's not the No. 1 priority this week, but he should be on the list.

The Verdict: Believe it.

Since Week 3, Raymond is tied with T.J. Hockenson for second on the Lions in target share at 19.8%. And he leads the team with a 34.8% share of the team's air yards. In that same stretch, he's averaged 11.9 PPR Fantasy points per game despite a goose egg in Week 5 against the Vikings. Raymond should be rostered in most PPR leagues where you can start at least three wide receivers. 

Kyle Pitts is a top-three TE rest of season

The Case: Like Chase, Pitts had a bit of a breakout himself, with 163 yards in a 30-28 victory over the Miami Dolphins. It was his second consecutive game with at least 100 yards receiving and Pitts 471 yards are now the most ever for a tight end in his first six games. We said Pitts would have to have a historic season to justify his ADP and he now looks prone to do just that. 

The Verdict: Don't believe it.

First off, Pitts' past two games have come against the Jets and Dolphins, who have mostly been miserable defensively. But mostly this doesn't have anything to do with Pitts at all. I would still prefer Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, and Darren Waller for sure. And George Kittle, Rob Gronkowski, and Dalton Schultz should all be in the conversation. This means, judging by the poll results below, you might be able to sell high on Pitts.

Just make sure it's really high because he is phenomenal.