Many fantasy players found better footing with their fantasy owners thanks to improved performances in week seven.

The theme for week seven of fantasy football was redemption.

Many fantasy players got back in good graces with their fantasy owners after their performances this past week.

However, the question going into week eight is whether those performances were just a fluke or if it was the start of something better for those players who got it going this past Sunday.

Here are a few players that broke out and performed well during week seven:

Running back Lamar Miller – Miami: In the Dolphins first five games Miller ran for a total of 244 yards and just one touchdown. However, Miller broke out in a big way on Sunday against Houston as he rushed for 175 yards, caught three passes for 61 yards and scored two total touchdowns in a 44-26 victory over the Texans. Miller had 35 fantasy points in week seven, which was the highest by any player this past week.

 

Quarterback Kirk Cousins – Washington: There were talks in Washington that Cousins could get benched if his play did not improve. Cousins stepped up his play and then some against Tampa Bay, when he led the Redskins on a 24-point comeback to win the game on Sunday. Cousins threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns for a total of 29 points.

Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton — Indianapolis: Hilton also had a breakout game in week 7 as he caught four passes for 150 yards and a pair of touchdown receptions, which resulted in 27 fantasy points for Hilton. Before week 7 Hilton had not gone over 100 receiving yards and had only caught one touchdown pass in six games, due in part to fighting an injury.  If Hilton and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck both remain healthy then you can expect the Luck-to-Hilton connection to happen more often.

Here are a couple players who did not perform as well in week seven:

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick — San Francisco: Kaepernick failed to find any consistency on Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks and managed to score just four fantasy points. Kaepernick has been inconsistent throughout the 2015 season, in four of the seven games this season he has failed to throw for more than 165 yards.

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins – Houston: His streak of four straight games of 100 or more receiving yards was snapped on Sunday as Hopkins only caught six passes for 50 yards which resulted in just five fantasy points. Although you really cannot blame Hopkins as the Texans have gotten inconsistent quarterback play all season long. Even with this inconsistency Hopkins has still managed to lead the league in receiving yards (776) this season.  If you have Hopkins, start him. It is that simple.

Here are some players you could pick up for week 8 of fantasy football if your team is in need of some help.

Wide receiver Brandon LaFell – New England:  LaFell made his season debut on Sunday and received eight targets against the New York Jets. Tom Brady likes to spread the ball around to many different receivers and LaFell could once again be the recipient of several more targets on Thursday night against Miami. LaFell is going fast, so if you need a wide receiver, act fast and consider picking up LaFell, who is owned in 37.6 percent of leagues.

Running back Alfred Blue – Houston: With Houston losing their main running back Arian Foster for the remainder of the season, Blue will now assume the role of lead back for the Texans. Blue has seen limited action this year, but has shown some signs of promise, such as rushing for 139 yards and a touchdown in week three against Tampa Bay. Blue is owned in just 19.2 percent of leagues, so if you are looking for a fill-in back or a back with a lot of upside, picking up Blue might be a good thing to do for your fantasy team.

Quarterback Derrick Carr — Oakland: Now that Carr has a legitimate weapon to throw to in rookie receiver Amari Cooper, he has shown some signs of potential in 2015. Carr has thrown for 1,460 yards, 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions for a total of 91 fantasy points. Only owned in 33.3 percent of leagues, Carr would be a nice fit for any team that is in need of a quarterback.

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** Note: all point totals and percentages listed in this article are based off of the totals found on ESPN.com.