Fantasy Football Fix Week 7
The question that has been rumbling through my fantasy leagues had been "What's wrong with the top quarterbacks?" In one of my leagues, QB's went five of the first six picks. But after Aaron Rodgers (pictured) tossed SIX TD's this week, Peyton Manning came from 24 down Monday night with 300+ yards and three scores, Tom Brady went for 350 and a couple scores and Drew Brees had thrown for 300 + and three (or was it four?) scores week 5 before byeing this week, the answer is simply 'nothing'. Nothing is wrong with the top guys, they just needed a little time to warm up to catch fast starters like Eli Manning, RG3 and Matt Ryan.
Now this week brings an interesting time as six teams are on a bye:
Atlanta: Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez
Denver: Peyton Manning, Willis McGahee, Eric Decker, Demarius Thomas, Jacob Tamme
Kansas City: Jamal Charles, Dwayne Bowe
Miami: Reggie Bush, Brian Hartline
Philadelphia: Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Deshaun Jackson, Brent Celek
San Diego: Philip Rivers, Ryan Mathews, Malcom Floyd, Antonio Gates
That's a pretty substantial list of fantasy starters taking a seat this week. If you're combing the waiver wire because of byes or injuries, I've got a few suggestions:
RB: Felix Jones-Dallas. DeMarco Murray didn't suffer a serious foot injury when he exited last week, but he'll be out at least this weekend and Jones is playing lighter than at the start of the season and is showing renewed burst, plus they face a weak Carolina defense.
Alex Green-Green Bay. Even though he didn't gain a lot of yards last weekend, Green is clearly the play with Cedric Benson out for the year. James Starks only got a handful of junk time carries last week, though Green may lose some goal line work to John Kuhn.
David Wilson-NY Giants. Ahmad Bradshaw is playing out of his head right now, but he's hardly a 16 game workhorse. Wilson shows speed and will get his touches in a high powered offense.
William Powell-Arizona. Someone has to carry the ball and with the top two choices on IR, you could do worse.
QB: Christian Ponder-MN. I grabbed him a couple weeks ago in one league and am jumping on him in the other as a bye week fill in. 350 yards and a couple scores last week is good enough for me.
Josh Freeman-Tampa Bay. Came alive with three scores last week and will likely be in a shootout with New Orleans.
Brandon Wheedon-Cleveland. Yeah I know it's the Browns, but Wheedon has been looking comfortable and is #12 in QB points over the past month.
WR: Donnie Avery-Indianapolis. Has had 8+ targets every week of the season. He's not Reggie Wayne, but he's getting plenty of looks, plus they face Cleveland.
Stephen Hill-NY Jets has been playing great when healthy.
Josh Gordon-Cleveland. Is second in rookie receiving and is getting real comfortable with Wheedon.
Santana Moss-Washington. Old man river is back on the radar with Pierre Garcon battling toe injuries. Looked good vs. Minnesota last weekend.
Domenik Hixon-NY Giants. Firmly entrenched as the #3 WR in a high powered offense.
With so many teams on byes, it's hard to tell you to sit anyone since it's hard enough to field a starting lineup so let's just try to highlight a couple guys that I'm high on.
The only two teams with winning records in the AFC faceoff with Houston hosting Baltimore. The Texans lost middle linebacker Brian Cushing a week ago and the Ravens lost starting cornerback Ledarious Webb and maybe the best middle linebacker in history Ray Lewis for the season. This ain't gonna be your daddy's Ravens anymore. They're going to have to score 30+ every week to have a chance. You don't need me to tell you to start Arian Foster and Ray Rice, but look at getting many more from both teams in your lineup since I don't know if either team will make a defensive stop all afternoon.
I already mentioned that I think a lot of points will be scored in the Saints/Bucs game; the Packers woke up last week and go on the road to St. Louis. 'nuff said. Start your Packers. New England is better than their 3-3 record, but now they're in a four way tie in the east and face their arch-nemesis Rex Ryan and the Jets. Have a feeling Belicheck figures it out and gets 30 against the once vaunted Jets D. And the Steelers should have their way scoring points against a Bengals D that gave up 34 to Cleveland last week and lost to Indy the week before.
I come off a couple of wins in my leagues this week, improving to 5-1, good for first place behind Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Ray Rice and company (in a ten team, TD heavy league) And I picked up a 40 point win in my 12-team performance point league to even my record at 3-3 thanks to Ponder (yes I benched Romo and it paid off huge!) Plus the wide receiver tandem of White, Victor Cruz and James Jones, plus tight end Kyle Rudolph (how many of these guys have I told you to pick up over the past month?!?!)
Good luck this week and hope you survive the byes. Killing me not having my Falcons, but hopefully we come out of this with some wins!