Thursday, October 16, 2008
WEEK 7 Fantasy Games Breakdown
WEEK 7 Fantasy Games Breakdown
(3-3) San Diego at (4-1) Buffalo
Start: WR Vincent Jackson (SD); While WR Chambers should be back, Jackson is the new favorite target for QB Rivers. He should have some favorable match ups against the Bills secondary.
Sit: QB Phillip Rivers (SD); Traveling across country is tough on any team, but look for the Chargers to run the ball more against the Bills Tampa 2 scheme and eighth best pass defense (184.8 yards/game).
Sleeper: QB Trent Edwards (BUF); The offense is a lot more productive with Edwards and are glad to have him back from injury. He also should have WR threat Roscoe Parrish back as well.
(3-3) New Orleans at (4-2) Carolina
Start: QB Drew Brees (NO); Even against a tough Panthers Defense on the road, you have to continue to start one of the NFL hottest fantasy players; may get TE Shockey and WR Colston back.
Sit: WR Devery Henderson (NO); Could be the odd man out this week at WR for the Saints.
Sleeper: WR Marques Colston (NO); This will be the first game back for the star WR who has been out with a finger injury. If he does play, he will be a big target for QB Brees and have a big game.
(2-3) Minnesota at (2-3) Chicago
Start: RB Adrian Peterson (MIN); More than likely Peterson is in your line-up every week, but look for the Vikings to give him the ball a lot and hope for another big game against Chicago on the ground.
Sit: RB Matt Forte (CHI); There is no doubt that Forte will get his 20-25 carries this week, but is playing against a stout Vikings defensive line ranked 4th (allowing only 73.7 yards/game rushing).
Sleeper: WR Bernard Berrian (MIN); Has 110 and 131 yards in each of the past two games. He will get a chance to play against his old team in Chicago, an incentive that makes fantasy owners smile.
(4-1) Pittsburgh at (0-6) Cincinnati
Start: WR Hines Ward (PIT); Ward is due for a big game and usually plays very well against the Bengals. He is averaging 13.2 yards/catch.
Sit: Bengals Offense Players; With Carson Palmer still out with an injury, the Steelers should have a field day with their division opponent. No run game will be hard on the Bengals pass attack.
Sleeper: RB Willie Parker (PIT); Parker is still nursing an MCL sprain on his knee and is day-to-day. If he is a go for Sunday, expect him to get a lot of touches with Big Ben still banged up.
(5-0) Tennessee at (1-4) Kansas City
Start: RB Chris Johnson (TEN; Despite sharing carries with fellow RB LenDale White, expect the Titans to run the ball often against the Chiefs league worst rushing defense (182.2 yards/game).
Sit: RB Larry Johnson (KC); The star running back will be inactive for the game due to a one-game suspension for assault charges.
Sleeper: Titans Defense; Not really considered a sleeper, ranked 4th in league defense (allowing 267.8 yards/game), but expect some sacks, an INT or two and a couple turnovers against a weak KC offense.
(2-3) Baltimore at (2-3) Miami
Start: Dolphins Defense; Miami has quietly put together a tough defense and will look to capitalize at home against a rookie QB Joe Flacco who has only 1 TD and 7 INT this season.
Sit: RB Ronnie Brown (MIA); Do not start a RB against the Ravens defense, period. The Dolphins ‘wildcat offense’ may throw them off a little; expect the Ravens linebackers to keep Brown in check.
Sleeper: TE Anthony Fasano (MIA); The Ravens gave up 9 catches for 91 yards to the Titans Tight End’s last week. It could be the weakness in the defense that the Dolphins are looking for.
(2-4) San Francisco at (4-1) New York Giants
Start: WR Amani Toomer (NY); If you’re looking for a BYE week wide receiver, Toomer always has great games against the 49ers Defense.
Sit: TE Vernon Davis (SF); While Davis had a good game against the Eagles last week (6 catches 76 yards) expect him to be held in to block more against an aggressive Giants Defensive Line.
Sleeper: QB J.T. O’Sullivan (SF); This is a make/break game for the 49ers. While O’Sullivan has struggled in last 3 games (59.6 QB rating), never count out a Mike Martz led offense.
(4-2) Dallas at (1-4) St. Louis Rams
Start: RB Marion Barber III (DAL); With fellow RB Felix Jones out and a new QB in Brad Johnson, expect the bulk of the load to fall on Barber, especially if Dallas jumps out to a big lead.
Sit: WR Roy Williams (DAL); The newly acquired WR for the Cowboys should see the field a little this Sunday, don’t expect him to be a legit fantasy threat yet after only a week of practice.
Sleeper: WR Torry Holt (STL); Once upon a time Holt was considered a ‘must start’ each week. Expect Bulger to look for Holt often against a banged up Dallas secondary.
(0-5) Detroit at (1-4) Houston
Start: QB Matt Schaub (HOU); He is playing a Lions Defense that is ranked 30th in the league against the pass (250.6 yards/game) and whom gave up 350 yards last week to QB Gus Frerotte (MIN).
Sit: RB Ahman Green (HOU); Expect fellow running back Steve Slaton to continue to get a lot more of the carries out of the backfield. Green is averaging just 10 touches per game right now.
Sleeper: TE Owen Daniels (HOU); Over the last 3 games, Daniels has 16 catches for 207 yards and is averaging 13.4 yards/catch. Look for a breakout game against the Lions secondary.
(3-2) Indianapolis at (3-3) Green Bay
Start: WR Reggie Wayne (IND); Wayne is coming off a monster game against the Ravens defense (8 catches 118 yards TD) and looks to take advantage of a Packers secondary without CB Al Harris.
Sit: RB Ryan Grant (GB); It has been a miserable start of the season for Grant. While he had 33 carries last week, he only averaged 2.7 yards/carry. He has ZERO touchdowns on the year.
Sleeper: RB Dominic Rhodes (IND); With RB Joseph Addai out, Rhodes will get the bulk of the carries for the Colts. While this game will be Manning vs. Rodgers, Rhodes should have a solid day.
(3-2) New York Jets at (1-4) Oakland
Start: QB Brett Favre (NYJ); The ageless wonder is having a terrific season (103.0 QB rating; 13 TD 6 INT) and is playing a Raiders secondary that gave up 320 passing yards last week.
Sit: QB JaMarcus Russell (OAK); If you are starting Russell because of a BYE, then look for someone else. He will not have 35 pass attempts against NY like he did last week at New Orleans.
Sleeper: WR Laveranues Coles (NYJ); While he is nursing a sore thigh, Coles is looking for his third straight game with at least 100-yards receiving against the Raiders.
(2-3) Cleveland at (4-2) Washington
Start: RB Clinton Portis (WAS); Portis is one of the best players in fantasy football right now. After losing to the Rams last week, expect the Redskins to get back to smash mouth football with Portis.
Sit: WR Braylon Edwards (CLE); Despite having 154 receiving yards last week against the Giants, Edwards will be matched up against CB Shawn Springs; whom has already shut down Terrell Owens and Anquan Boldin this season.
Sleeper: TE Kellen Winslow (CLE); He is out of the hospital and should play against the Redskins. Expect the talented tight end=2 0to call for the ball a lot after missing last weeks win over the Giants.
(1-4) Seattle at (4-2) Tampa Bay
Start: RB Earnest Graham (TB); Coach Jon Gruden said that Graham will be the man again this week against Seattle. He will split carries but has scored a touchdown in 6 straight home games.
Sit: RB Julius Jones (SEA); Tampa Bay is allowing only 89 yards/game and will be too much for a weak Seattle offensive line. The Seahawks never play well when traveling across country either.
Sleeper: WR Antonio Bryant (TB); Bryant has slowly emerged as the go-to guy for the Buccaneers with WR Joey Galloway injured. Expect QB Jeff Garcia to look for Bryant a lot against the Seahawks.
(4-2) Denver at (3-2) New England
Start: RB Michael Pittman (DEN); After rushing for 109 yards last week against the Jaguars, Pittman should get the start with RB’s Selvin Young (groin) and Ryan Torain not due back till next week.
Sit: RB Laurence Maroney (NE); He still has a banged up shoulder and did not practice this week. He should be limited in the game against the Broncos.
Sleeper: WR Wes Welker (NE); QB Matt Cassel is going to need Welker against the Broncos with a banged up back field. Denver is last in the league against the pass (255.5 yards/game) and Welker should match up well in the slot.
Posted by Tyson Lamp at 3:43 PM