The Truth About Teams At The Midpoint Of The 2021 Season

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As we get near the halfway point of the NFL season, teams and their records are starting to fall into place despite the initial excitement. 

For example, for all the initial excitement behind the New York Giants with the addition of Kenny Golladay and the return of Saquan Barkley had the “G-men” on the hype train only to see it all come crashing back down to the real world as they sit at the bottom of the putrid NFC East. 

That said, few thought that at the midway point that the Arizona Cardinals would be the last remaining unbeaten team at 6-0, but here we are. 

Well, it was slightly predictable with third-year dual-threat quarterback Kyler Murray paired again with coach Kliff Kingsbury and the continuing acclimation of top-shelf talent in JJ Watt, running back James Conners, and the recent in-season trade for three-time All-Pro tight-end Zach Ertz, a move that signals a win-now approach.

Also, who would have predicted that the Kansas City Chiefs would be posting a 31st ranked overall offense? But again, here we are with KC at the bottom of the AFC West and ranking near the bottom for both offense and defense. 

The Buffalo Bills made mincemeat of the Chiefs at Arrowhead no less on the 10th of October.  

Those examples aside, we got that the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, and LA Rams would be three of the top teams this season, especially after the Rams acquisition of Mathew Stafford. 

On the one hand, the drama that swirled around Green Bay for much of the offseason could have been deceiving, but once Aaron Rodgers was in the fold, the talent and the offensive system of Matt LaFleur. He is on the cusp of history with a win on Sunday, October 24th. 

With a win on the 24th, LaFleur will have a win percentage of .810 or 30 wins against seven losses, an achievement never before accomplished. 

As we turn the corner toward the midpoint of the 2021 season, a few things come to mind.

Week 7 has thrown a huge wrench in many fantasy football owners’ plans. The LA Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Jacksonville Jaguars are all having a bye week. 

That means top performers like QB’s Justin Herbert (LA), Josh Allen (Buffalo), and Dak Prescott (Dallas) are out. 

Also, receivers Mike Williams and Keenan Allen of the Chargers, CeeDee Lamb and Armani Cooper of Dallas, Diontaee Johnson of Pittsburgh, Stefon Diggs from Buffalo, and Marvin Jones of Jacksonville are all out. 

Likewise, running backs Ezekiel Elliot and Tony Pollard from Dallas, Austin Ekler of LA, and Dalvin Cook of Minnesota are all on the shelf. 

Week 7 has been termed Byemageddon due to the total number of top-flight fantasy players inactive. 

So what is a fantasy owner to do? Whether it’s a league or playing daily fantasy, finding replacements for those top scorers is sure to impact any fantasy team. 

Well, smart owners would have structured their draft strategy around those potential issues, and either had temporary players in mind or devised some other situation. 

For daily fantasy players, getting some help to analyze and suggest players whether it’s for week 7 or any other week, there are some great resources to devise an incredible NFL DFS strategy to keep your fantasy options alive and well. 

Another trend of the 2021 season is that the top teams of 2020 are mainly holding serve. Although sure, KC and the Washington Football Team lead the league in falling short of expectations, those are the outliers. 

In other words, what has been proven true thus far is that the top teams from the 2020 season have continued their dominance, with the exception of the Kansas City Chiefs and WFT. 

While nobody doubts the talent of KC, especially that of the quarterback Patrick Mahomes, something seems off this season. Perhaps it’s a SuperBowl hangover, especially with the way that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dominated KC. Whatever it is, the top teams are still atop the leaderboards while the LA Chargers are ascending. 

Top NFC teams to watch for include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, and LA Rams all appear to be top of the class. 

With the AFC being a near afterthought. Buffalo, Baltimore Ravens, LA Chargers, and the enigmatic KC Chiefs headline what could be an NFC-dominated season and Super Bowl.