Week 7 fantasy football predictions to count on

Our analysts reveal the fantasy football takes they have the most conviction for heading into Week 7 to help you feel better about the lineup decisions ahead. For more sit-start advice, check out our rankings hub.

Pacheco a top-five RB option

Isiah Pacheco’s RB rush share continues to increase and hit a season-high (89%) last week. He’s even top-10 among backs in receiving yards this season. Pacheco routinely benefits from positive game scripts and will be helped Sunday by a Kansas City offense with the second-highest implied team total on the slate. The Chargers have been vulnerable to RBs this season, so Pacheco finishes as a top-five fantasy back in a tricky week. — Dalton Del Don

Rice takes step toward Circle of Trust

The Chiefs have yet to make a full commitment to Rashee Rice, but at some point you have to let your best players be your best players. Patrick Mahomes has a juicy 110.0 passer rating when he targets Rice — it’s lower, often considerably lower, with the rest of the receiver room — and Rice has charted respectable WR23 and WR34 finishes the last two weeks. I’m expecting 70 yards or a touchdown, perhaps both, against the Chargers. Maybe Rice isn’t yet in the Kansas City Circle of Trust, but he’s in mine. — Scott Pianowski

Jacobs in smash spot against Bears

Many of you have made your dissatisfaction with Josh Jacobs quite clear via various social channels. Ideally, your early-round running back would be averaging better than 2.9 yards per carry and 3.9 yards per touch. Jacobs himself can’t be too pleased with an offensive line that’s repeatedly failed him, creating far fewer opportunities than he saw last season. But here’s the good news: Jacobs has seen at least 20 touches in five of his six games so far, including 25 or more in each of the past three weeks. He’s also on pace to catch over 70 passes, so he’s been a gift in any sort of PPR format.

This week, Jacobs travels to Chicago to face a defense that’s been the…


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