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Fantasy Football: Record-breaking day makes for memorable NFL Week 7

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It was a record-breaking weekend around Week 7 of the NFL season.

The Miami Dolphins, and several of their fantasy stars, blew Houston out of the stadium in the opening half hour.

A backup running back in San Diego tied a league mark with seven catches on one drive (more on that later).

And I lost for the third time in seven weeks while scoring at least 110 points. Sigh.

Even with three undefeated teams (Cincinnati, Green Bay, Denver) all on a bye week, this slate of games provided for a lot of excitement.

So let's break it down. Here's the best performance from each position in Week 7 and a few other fantasy notes:

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins

You don't put up 42 unanswered points in the first half without having some huge fantasy performances. The Dolphins set a record with four offensive touchdowns of at least 50 yards in the first half, and Tannehill was responsible for three of them. He finished the game 18/19 for 282 yards and four touchdowns. He also set another record, completing the most consecutive passes, dating back to Week 6, in NFL history. His 27 fantasy points were the third-most among quarterbacks in Week 7, but he did it in the most-spectacular fashion.

Lamar Miller. RB, Miami Dolphins

Tannehill had some help. Miller had probably the most impressive day of any Dolphin, rushing for 175 yards and two touchdowns, while also amassing 61 receiving yards and another touchdown. He had a 54-yard touchdown catch and an 85-yard touchdown run in the first half. His 35 fantasy points were easily the most in the league, as are his 52 points in the last two weeks. Maybe that Miami coaching change was just the motivation he needed.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Hilton has started slow this season in relation to his draft value. He didn't score a touchdown until Week 6, and hadn't surpassed 100 yards receiving until Sunday, when he turned a modest four catches into 150 yards and two touchdowns. With Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck seemingly back healthy, Hilton's owners can likely expect more consistency from him. 

Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins

I've got to be honest: I didn't think I'd ever include a Redskin in one of these lists. They seriously lack big-time fantasy stars, but Reed snuck through the cracks this week. In the midst of the Redskins' biggest comeback in franchise history, Reed caught two touchdown passes, including the go-ahead score in the final minute. He finished with 11 catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns. That 19 fantasy points were the most among tight ends in Week 7, although it was a rather light week for the position. Reed is worth owning in all leagues, but he may not get that much attention in the offense on a weekly basis.


- The Pint-Sized Pass Catcher

Danny Woodhead is technically the Chargers' backup running back, but he gets just as much play as the starter. A lot of that comes in the passing game, which is where he shined on Sunday. With San Diego down three scores late, quarterback Philip Rivers started doing just about nothing else but throwing to Woodhead. In the final two drives, he caught eight passes, two for touchdowns, to very quickly total a surprising 22 points for his fantasy owners. The seven passes Woodhead caught on that final drive tied an NFL record. That's what makes him valuable on a fantasy roster. He may just get five or six carries in a game, but the 5-10 passes he'll catch on top that give him starter-quality touches.

- Rookie Sensation

A torn ACL in the middle of his final collegiate season at Georgia left some fantasy owners wary, but those who took a risk by drafting St. Louis running back Todd Gurley are looking pretty smart right now. Gurley now has at least 128 rushing yards in each of his last three games, and he scored the first two touchdowns of his career on Sunday. He legitimately looks like one of the best running backs in the game, and he's only played in four career games. 

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- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings

Bridgewater turned in his best game of 2015, throwing for a season-high 316 yards in the Vikings' nine-point win over Detroit. The former Louisville star added two touchdowns for a solid 18 fantasy points. He's starting to show some more poise and consistency in 2015. Bridgewater is a bit of a work in progress still, but these flashes of solid play are a great sign for Minnesota fans.

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