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Chiefs 23 – Chargers 20

  • For those waiting for Jackie Battle to disappear, keep waiting. He is the only viable running back on the team and he runs downhill with heart. Oh, and he found the end zone finally.
  • Not buying into Jonathan Baldwin. He is a potential to repeat this week, but a 14-team plus only add.
  • Two great quarterback performances on Monday night. If you missed the game, try and catch an abridged version somehow. Matt Cassel looked mobile in the pocket and Phillip Rivers made plays that were hall of fame worthy.
  • Yes, they both threw two interceptions. There was a big difference between the first half and the second half in quality.
  • Ryan Matthews likely out next week. Mike Tolbert’s status completely unknown. Enter Curtis Brinkley, undrafted free agent out of Syracuse. He is another name to add to the list of undrafted FA’s who are hidden gems. If there is any doubt to Tolbert’s status, Brinkley is a must add in all formats, especially in PPR.
  • Malcolm Floyd is big, fast, and agile. He makes plays and as long as Rivers has time Floyd stands to benefit greatly.
  • I would sit Phillip Rivers this week. He may have difficulty getting over what happened with the fumble. Risky play at best.
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Sunday Notes

Rams vs Saints

It's official. The Ram's 'Luck' is done.

Well it wasn’t the best weekend of football I have ever seen, but I can sure do my best to find the most interesting points from each game. We escaped with only one or two meaningful injuries, so count your blessings for that. One has to assume there will be about 5 or 6 tonight to compensate, so we’ll see. Let’s get to why you are here, if you have any questions about my notes feel free to leave a comment and I’ll do my best to respond.

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Titans 27 – Colts 10

  • Javon Ringer is outpacing, outplaying, and outscoring Chris Johnson on a weekly basis. Time to take evasive actions if you were waiting for a cue.
  • Just when you wanted to drop him, Nate Washington reminds fantasy owners he is there. This game was against the Colts, don’t base anything off of it. He is still who we though he was, an average number 2 receiver.
  • Damian Williams is still a solid deep league play. He should have had a touchdown but just missed it. He seems to get the most red zone targets of anyone on the team, by far.
  • Donald Brown appears to be the goal line back, but Delone Carter was the better change of pace back. Going forward, Carter is the better play if Addai is out.
  • Colts worth starting (in this order): Pierre Garcon, and Dallas Clark. Time to move on, and good ‘Luck’.
Rams 31 – Saints 21
  • Don’t blame Pierre Thomas or Darren Sproles for their forgettable days, they were behind the entire day and there really weren’t any rushing opportunities. Both are startable for now, Thomas is startable while Ingram is out or limited.
  • Thus proving anyone and everyone can have a good day for the Saints, Lance Moore makes an appearance and was really the only Saint who returned benefit. Still a flex play at best.
  • Hopefully you didn’t give up on Stephan Jackson, he looked like the back of old, which is scary good going forward.
  • Brandon Lloyd made great catches and made A.J. Feeely look like a competent NFL quarterback (which he is not). When Bradford is back, this combination is going to be a thing of beauty.
  • Greg Salas continues to be a sneaky good play at flex. Bye-week fill-in only.
Giants 20 – Dolphins 17
  • Just so I covered it, Reggie Bush had a good day. Time to move on, don’t read into it too much. The Giants are spotty at best on defense and Daniel Thomas wasn’t there to take carries.
  • Steve Slaton looks like he is going to be the goal line vulture for the Dolphins. Really good deep league play moving forward.
  • Sadly, the Miami passing game is a mess. Davone Bess is a good PPR play, but outside of that not startable. Marshall is a guy you have to play but you are really praying for that one play to make his day.
  • Eli Manning looks incredible. Definitely playing at a high level right now. Nicks, Cruz, and Manningham are all good starts every week.
  • Nicks’ status for next week shouldn’t be in question, but his owners are going to be following the injury reports all weeks. Hamstring injuries are never ‘nothing’.
Vikings 24 – Panthers 21
  • If you played against Adrian Peterson this week, sorry.
  • Christian Ponder doesn’t hurt the value of any Vikings, but he sure doesn’t make it better. Percy Harvin is the only receiver who should be considered as a start, but he is by no means a must-start.
  • And the shift in power to Jonathan Stewart continues. The workload is still about 70-30 but the production isn’t even close. Williams isn’t startable.
  • Shockey had his first touchdown of the year. A one yard catch. His only one of the game. Don’t go hunting for him.
Ravens 30 – Cardinals 27
  • Nothing to say about the Cardinals other then Kevin Kolb isn’t good, and was over hyped. 10 for 21 is not the line of a viable NFL quarterback.
  • Joe ‘Cool’ Flacco is ‘Mr. Inconsistent’. In the first half he was dreadful, hardly looked like he was playing in the pros. The second half was a different story and he was unstoppable. Point is, Flacco is a ‘box of chocolates’.
  • Ray Rice had three touchdowns, which is why Flacco had none. Nothing significant about that. Just the way the game played out.
  • Anquan Boldin is putting together good games. Bump up his value and get him in your line-up.
  • Baltimore is trying to feed Torrey Smith the ball, they really are. Other teams have figured out his speed and don’t let him run freely anymore. Tough match-ups ahead, hard to see a situation in which you start him.
Texans 24 – Jaguars 14
  • Not foreseeing a situation in which I’d start anyone in the Texans passing game until Johnson is back. Walter is the ‘best’ start of the bunch, but even Daniels is struggling. Hopefully Andre Johnson is back in the next two weeks.
  • I’ll just repeat this again, in a redraft, Arian Foster has to be a top-3 pick.
  • Ugh. Blaine Gabbert is awful.
  • You’re starting MJD, obviously, and sitting every other Jaguar. They aren’t even fun to watch.
Bills 23 – Redskins 0
  • Fred Davis had a decent day.
  • Not convinced John Beck is better then Rex Grossman, but Washington is stuck with Beck by default at this point.
  • Buffalo’s defense isn’t elite by any means, the Redskins just looked that bad.
  • Ryan Torain led the team in rushes. DeMarco Murray easily out rushed the Redskins after his first two official rushes. We aren’t being Shannahaned any more, they are just bad.
  • Why did Scott Chandler have to have two touchdowns? People are going to mistake this for him being a good fantasy player. Drop that thought out of your head, go back and look at his previous weeks. Not a good pick-up.
  • C.J. Spiller is still being used as a receiver, but he isn’t in on enough plays to be startable.
  • Stevie Johnson has a slight edge in value over David Nelson, but both are mediocre plays while Fred Jackson is healthy. Jackson is the Bills offense for now and he hurts everyone’s value.
Lions 45 – Broncos 10
  • If Tim Tebow isn’t the worst NFL quarterback to play the game, he certainly is in discussion for top-5. His throws are so far off you don’t know who he is throwing to sometimes.
  • Tebow and Moreno had equal rushing games.
  • Everyone on the Lions except Pettigrew and Burleson posted great games. Not much to think about, could have been anyone. If you can sell high on anyone (except Calvin Johnson), now would be the time to do so.
  • Morris and Williams split carries for the Lions, Morris looked an NFL running back, Williams looked like a practice squad guy.
Pittsburgh 25 – Patriots 17
  • Welcome back Kevin Faulk who is likely the back to own now in New England. He is a Belichick favorite and will at least share a large split of the workload. BJGE is still an alright option.
  • Tight End split in New England pops it’s evil head again. Gronkowski easily led the team in targets, catches, and yards.
  • Branch is still a viable flex play.
  • There is definitely a split in carries for Pittsburgh between Mendenhall and Redman even though Isaac Redman is awful. Don’t even consider starting him.
  • Five Steelers had good receiving days. Remember who they were playing. You are starting Wallace every week. Brown and Sanders are flex plays.
  • Ben Roethlisberger was gimpy again, he is not over his foot injury that had to of been re-aggravated in this one. He’ll play through it either way.
49ers 20 – Browns 10
  • Montario Hardesty left early with an injury. Assuming Hillis returns, Hardesty is 100% drop-able. Chris Ogbonnaya is next on the depth chart, but hopefully you don’t have to scavenge that deep.
  • Regression for Greg Little but progression from Benjamin Watson. Watson continues to be one of the sneakier fantasy plays all year that no one really talks about.
  • It’s still humerus how much the 49ers do not want Alex Smith throwing the ball. Mind boggling they let him have the ball if they don’t trust him.
  • Kendall Hunter didn’t have a big part in the running game as was once expected, Gore appears to have the full workload again. Good news.
  • Michael Crabtree’s stock is skyrocketing right now. He is a borderline must-start. Seriously.
  • Braylon Edwards looked good. Need to see one more good game in a row to recommend anything.
Bengals 34 – Seahawks 12
  • Watching Andy Dalton and AJ Greene play pitch and catch is going to be one of America’s best past times in years to come. Really great combination, great drafting Cincinnati.
  • Bernard Scott did as well as expected. You can drop him now.
  • Charlie Whitehurst had the start at QB for Seattle, but he was so bad they just decided to put Jackson in anyways.
  • Marshawn Lynch hopefully is hurt, if not there is no excuse for averaging under 2 yards per carry.
  • Sidney Rice, Ben Obomanu, and Doug Baldwin are all risky flex plays with big upside (in that order).
Eagles 34 – Cowboys 7
  • In case you missed the memo, Jeremy Maclin is the best receiver in Philadelphia.
  • LeSean McCoy is a top-3 back in the NFL, I have no idea how so many people missed that in preseason rankings.
  • They are designing runs for Vick again, scary actually. Hope he can stay healthy.
  • The Eagles figured out how to play together, on offense and defense. Really optimistic about everyone moving forward.
  • Brent Celek is relevant again? Cautiously optimistic on this one.
  • Dallas as a team gets a break for this performance, Philadelphia could have beaten anyone last night.
  • DeMarco Murray was great again on limited action. He only had 8 carries but managed 74 yards on them. Game just never allowed for running situations.
  • Not buying Laurent Robinson at all. His touchdown came in garbage time against soft coverage.
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Santana Moss

Broken hand for Santana Moss. Anthony Armstrong and Jabar Gaffney stand to benefit the most.

Well, I apologize for no Stock Watch article for week 8. I was under the weather and needed a break. But, good news is I feel better today and I have some great questions from the readers. Really enjoy getting so many questions each week as they give me unique opportunities to analyze different situations. Half of the questions I get are extremely in-depth and very situation dependent. The ones that aren’t are used for this article as the long ones would just be too much reading. This week surprisingly didn’t have too many common questions. The most asked about player was Jabar Gaffney but even he had limited questions.

So I am under the assumption week 8 is a boring week in comparison to week 7. Good news, I think. Let’s jump into those questions for week 8!

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Heath Miller or Jake Ballard at TE? – BigHurtPR
I like Ballard this week. Miami is a pretty embarrassing football team and possession is going to be the name of the game. But in all honesty, both are decent plays this week, just giving the edge to Ballard.

I have Blount, Tolbert, Steven Jackson, and Peyton Hillis – Are any of these worth Dropping for Brandon Jacobs who is a free agent in my league? It is a ppr league – Nick
Jacobs isn’t worth adding. Bradshaw may have worked the system in New York to where he has even more snaps then usual when Jacobs returns. You just have to wait and see if there is any value in him before you give up someone valuable for him. So just sit on the guys you have and worry about the bye-week when it happens.

So you think Michael Jenkins is worth more than Torrey Smith?
Actually, yeah. It’s tough to judge if Ponder is going to stay this good but if he does Jenkins actually has some value.

Hey Bro! Would you start BGE or Gore this week? BGE vs Pittsburgh, Gore vs Cleveland. Thanks bro! – Martin
Definitely Gore. Start your studs every week even if the match-up is a bit off. Pittsburgh is still a good defense, not the best anymore, but not a favorable match-up by any means.

What do you think about me trading Jonathan Stewart for Marshawn Lynch and Colt McCoy? – Isaac
It’s alright. Rather have J. Stew over either considering Lynch isn’t exactly a lock to be healthy this season (back injuries don’t go away) and McCoy hasn’t been anything special, just average at best.

Would you take Torrey Smith over Reggie Wayne this week? Thanks. – Shane
Yes I would. Really like Smith this week. My guess this is that he will have his final ‘breakout’ game this year. This isn’t a traditional safe pick, but it isn’t like Reggie Wayne is going to give you a great fantasy day anyways.

Greetings, who do I start: Pierre Thomas or Mark Ingram (at STL)… (non PPR)? – Alberto
Still sticking with Ingram in non-PPR leagues. Thomas more a higher value in PPR formats but Ingram should get the bulk of the carries and, in theory, goal line situation priority.

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Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is back. Expect a huge turnaround this week.

Strange week. Lot’s of injuries and bye-weeks. Either you are scrambling to put together a team or you are just hoping to stay healthy this week, the season is only half over (for fantasy). Let’s take a look at the ‘Wednesday Countdown’ where I list:

  • 5 Studs
  • 4 Duds
  • 3 Sleepers
  • 2 Deep Sleepers and
  • 1 Food for Thought
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Studs
  1. Eli Manning
  2. Drew Brees
  3. Adrian Peterson
  4. Chris Johnson (seriously)
  5. Anquan Boldin
Duds
  1. Fred Jackson – Against one the NFL’s best rushing defenses, the Bills are going to pass early and often and I would be surprised if Jackson eclipses 17-18 touches.
  2. Frank Gore – Cleveland has only allowed two rushing touchdowns to opposing backs all season.
  3. Dwayne Bowe – He has been inconsistent since he has been in the league and this is going to be a down week. San Diego only has given up two touchdowns to opposing receivers outside of last weeks game where Burress scored three times. That won’t happen again.
  4. Jimmy Graham – This call could end up looking genius if I am right. I am assuming Brees will have a big day but the beneficiaries will be Colston, Sproles, and Meachem. St. Louis plays tight ends well and this could be Grahams worst week of the season.
Sleepers
  1. Matt Hasselbeck – Indianapolis is awful. Big day for the Titans ahead.
  2. Demaryius Thomas – After a week to get acclimated with the offense, Thomas will be unleashed. Hope you picked him up before he gets hot.
  3. Reggie Bush – His name doesn’t sound like he can be called a sleeper but everyone has about given up no him. Expect him to turn it around against an awful Giants defense.
Deep Sleepers
  1. Alfonso Smith – With Beanie Wells likely out in week 8, Smith stands to receive a huge boost in workload. Expecting 15 touches is reasonable this weekend.
  2. Daniel Fells – With Tebow being Tebow, he is going to need close targets to be successful. Fells is the first TE on the depth chart for the Broncos and he has shown he can make Tebow look brilliant. He isn’t a must start but he could make you look smart by heeding this advice.
Food for Thought
  1. The most underrated aspects of fantasy football is the concept of ‘guaranteed touches’. When I get the large list of questions each day, the phrase I try and include is ‘guaranteed touches’. With said touches, you help yourself out with more chances for big plays. If a player is only going to touch the ball five times a game, his fantasy value is limited. This is why fantasy analysts constantly recommend running backs over receivers, they simply touch the ball more. So when deciding between Mike Tolbert and Steve Breaston, just remember, Tolbert will have more guaranteed touches.
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Stud: More then 15 points
Dud: Less then 10 points
Sleeper: More then 8 points
Deep Sleeper: More then 6 points

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Week 8 Byes: Falcons, Bears, Packers, Jets, Raiders, Buccaneers
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Christian Ponder – QB

Christian Ponder

His mobility alone makes him a fantasy asset. After you mix in his accuracy he becomes a viable fantasy player during bye-weeks. Hopefully he has Percy Harvin to throw to if not Michael Jenkins becomes ‘the guy’ as well as Visanthe Shiancoe.

John Beck – QB

John Beck

This is just a match-up play. Buffalo ranks 29th in the league against the pass but Beck will be without Santana Moss the only real receiving threat the Redskins have. Thankfully he will still have Fred Davis to his disposal. Good news is that Beck is almost a guarantee to be available in your league. Expect 10-15 points.

DeMarco Murray – RB

DeMarco Murray

Don’t expect him to rack up over even 100 yards a week but here comes another favorable match-up. Felix Jones is unlikely to be back and Tashard Choice shouldn’t steal too many touches as long as Murray continues to show dominance.

Maurice Morris – RB

Maurice Morris

Touch call on this one but seeing as Jahvid Best is still dealing with concussion issues Morris likely gets the start against the Broncos. Expect Morris and Kelland Williams to split carries with Morris getting about 60% of the touches.

Torrey Smith – WR

Torrey Smith

I’ve said all along Torrey Smith is a match-up play and he has the best match-up this season against the Cardinals who rank 31st in the league against opposing receivers. Strong potential for 100 yards and a touchdown in this one.

Demaryius Thomas – WR

Demaryius Thomas

Not so much for this week but for the rest of the season. With Brandon Lloyd gone and Eric Decker getting all the attention (for now) from defenses Demaryius Thomas is a deep threat waiting to happen. We all know how Tim Tebow makes poor decisions but that actually benefits physical receivers. Once Thomas and Tebow improve their chemistry it is entirely possible he becomes the go to guy.

Jeremy Shockey – TE

Jeremy Shockey

He has been arguably the most consistent tight end this season. He has at least three catches in every game but one but no more than four in any. He is a lock for about four catches and fifty yards.

Heath Miller – TE

Heath Miller

Great match up this week for Miller as the Patriots are severely lacking at the linebacker position. Expect Miller to have another 5-7 catch day with a strong possibility for a touchdown. One of the better times this year to use Miller.

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Kicker pick-up of the week: John Kasay

D/ST pick-up of the week: Texans

Other Potential Pick-ups: Matt Cassel (QB), Matt Hasselbeck (QB), Montario Hardesty (RB), Michael Bush *BYE* (RB), Steve Breaston (WR), Doug Baldwin (WR), Damian Williams (WR), Jake Ballard (TE), Ed Dickson (TE)

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Ray Rice fumbles

Too many fumbles in Monday nights game.

Going to spend as little time on this post as possible, this game was awful to watch and unless you were rooting for either of these teams you probably turned it off early in the second quarter when it was apparent neither team came to play.

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Jaguars 12 – Ravens 7

Game Studs: N/A

  • Ray Rice had 8 carries in a game that called for a change of pace back. Something went terribly wrong with the Ravens play calling.
  • Joe Flacco regularly missed open targets and when he did find them they dropped the ball.
  • Maurice Jones-Drew carried the ball 30 times, more then half of the teams plays. Gotta love the amount of touches.
  • Jason Hill was clearly the receiver of choice for Blaine Gabbert. Mike Thomas was a no show.
  • Rice and Jones-Drew both had severe issues holding onto the ball. How hard is it to just put two hands on the ball?
  • Deji Karim got a decent amount of rushes but he looks like he has regressed from last year. No longer think he is a viable hand cuff.
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Sunday Notes

Matt Ryan

Somehow, Matt Ryan was able escape the dreaded high ankle sprain.

This season is getting out of control and fast. There have been so many injuries that it is extremely unlikely after week 7 you aren’t hurting with depth problems. Thankfully week 8 isn’t as painful when it comes to bye-weeks and thankfully a lot of key players had byes. Going into next Sunday the injury reports are going to be crazy and if there was ever a week to check for updates daily, it is this week.

With all that being said, there was football played. It wasn’t the most entertaining day of football, and when it was entertaining you can bet there was a rookie involved. O how the league has changed.

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Browns 6 – Seahawks 3

Game Studs: N/A

  • These teams suck.
  • Marshawn Lynch hurt his back in warm ups, consider him week-to-week
  • Montario Hardesty had 35 touches. He is startable until Peyton Hillis is back, but it isn’t like anyone is going to shine for either of these teams.
  • Greg Little is the only receiver worth starting for either of these teams (this includes Sidney Rice).
Falcons 23 – Lions 16
Game Studs: N/A
  • Michael Turner continues to be slightly above average.
  • Matt Ryan still needs Julio Jones as a deep threat.
  • Keiland Williams and Maurice Morris split the carries and did equally as well. Give Morris the slight edge, but neither are great starts regardless.
  • As previously stated on this blog, Calvin Johnson’s fantasy floor is 100 yards. That is insane.
  • Brandon Pettigrew continues to be apart of this offense and is still a solid plug-n-play during bye-weeks.
  • Titus Young and Nate Burleson combined for 1 yard on 1 catch. Both are risky plays at best.
  • Matthew Stafford hurt is knee. Hopefully it’s minor as he was able to play on it.
Texans 41 – Titans 7
Game Studs: Arian Foster, Matt Schaub
  • A healthy Arian Foster is a first overall pick in all fantasy leagues next year. If he was the lone workhorse, his stat-line would of looked like this: 40 rushes for 219 yards with two touchdowns and 5 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown. As it were, Ben Tate had 15 of those rushes for 104 yards.
  • Ben Tate is a reasonable flex play in bye-weeks.
  • Matt Schaub owners need to heed warning. His day was heavily set-up by the run and were it not for Arian Foster it would have been a sub-par fantasy day.
  • Jake Locker sighting. 100% completion rating for his NFL career so far.
  • Chris Johnson couldn’t find running room in this game at any point. You aren’t benching Johnson, but you can’t feel great about having him in your line-up week to week.
  • It’s time to cut ties with Nate Washington. Welcome to Dumpsville.
Broncos 18 – Dolphins 15
Game Studs: Tim Tebow
  • Another manage expectations warning here about Tebow. He looked awful, and I mean awful, for 55 minutes.
  • You are starting Tebow most weeks. He draws the Lions next week who surprisingly aren’t great against the run, this plays right into his game.
  • Willis McGahee hurting is hand is why you saw so much of Knowshon Moreno. Don’t go running to Moreno just yet, Tebow has the goal line rushes and McGahee has to be ruled out for Moreno to be worthy of an add.
  • Demaryius Thomas is a decent add this week, but don’t go blowing all of your FAAB budget on him, he had a really good match-up this week and we still don’t know where he sits on the depth chart.
  • Matt Moore is an improvement over Chad Henne.
  • Try out Daniel Thomas or Reggie Bush if you need five to seven fantasy points for a week. You aren’t going to get much more then that.
Jets 27 – Chargers 21
Game Studs: Mark Sanchez
  • Tolbert is ‘the guy’ if you were picking between him and Ryan Matthews.
  • Welcome back Antonio Gates, time to get him back in your line-ups.
  • Phillip Rivers has to dial up Vincent Jackson more often to be successful. Football has become a throwing league and quarterbacks need deep threats to be successful. You aren’t going to get it done with Malcolm Floyd and Patrick Crayton.
  • Mark Sanchez continues to be a sneaky good play week-to-week.
  • Shonn Greene is heavily benefiting from the new ground and pound system the Jets have put in place. He is a borderline top 20 back.
  • Don’t overreact to Plaxico’s three touchdowns. He is still a flex play at best and Holmes is the receiver to own and start in New York.
Bears 24 – Buccaneers 18
Game Studs: Matt Forte
  • Roy Williams found the end zone, but the Bears passing game is a complete mess and in standard 10 team leagues shouldn’t be considered fantasy relevant.
  • Something about Matt Forte being the Peyton Manning of the Bears.
  • Josh Freeman has really regressed as an NFL quarterback. His fantasy line was alright, but he looked bad and rushed too many decisions.
  • Earnest Graham may have played his last NFL game. Anything involving an Achilles tendon is scary and almost impossible to come back from. Kregg Lumpkin, a favorite of mine, stands to see a gigantic spike in workload. In PPR leagues, he is a must add if Blount is out any more games.
  • Mike Williams is officially fantasy relevant, again.
  • Not buying into the Dezmon Briscoe hype, so don’t come to me if you are expecting advice to start him.
Panthers 33 – Redskins 20
Game Studs: Cam Newton, John Beck
  • Just gonna say it, John Beck doesn’t hurt Redskins receivers but please don’t start him.
  • Santana Moss broke his hand, so he is likely out for a month. Jabar Gaffney stands to see an increase in workload but Anthony Armstrong is the better add here. Armstrong won’t find himself double covered like Gaffney.
  • Ryan Torain, two carries, minus five yards. Yikes. Remember when I said Torain doesn’t touch the ball if  Hightower is available? Well, I was right.
  • O wait, Hightower hurt is knee, if he is out next week Torain should be started. Probably.
  • Fred Davis a great play while Cooley is out.
  • Standard Cam Newton is awesome comment.
  • Jonathan Steward had another goal line carry, and scored. He is clearly outproducing DeAngelo Williams and the Panthers must know it. They are basically splitting carries but the production isn’t even close.
  • Jeremy Shockey is getting more looks then Greg Olson. No idea what to make of that situation, still sticking with Olsen for now but Shockey is becoming start worthy.
  • Carolina is a run first team, remember that.
Chiefs 28 – Raiders 0
Game Studs: KC D/ST
  • Jackie Battle did about as well as expected, still like him going forward.
  • Dwayne Bowe is a must-start.
  • Steve Breaston is close to one.
  • What do you get when you cross Kyle Boller with Carson Palmer? The worst quarterback performance I have ever seen.
  • Heyward-Bey was the only receiver to eclipse 30 yards and should be seriously considered for starter status, especially if Palmer can find his stride.
  • Darren McFadden left with an injury which give the work load to Michael Bush. If McFadden is out for any extended period of time, Bush is a top 20 play.
Steelers 32 – Cardinals 20
Game Studs: Ben Roethlisberger, Kevin Kolb
  • Ben Roethlisberger may have finally found his stride. He looks confident in his throws and that is huge.
  • Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown are great plays moving forward if Hines Ward is kept out of play for any amount of time.
  • Welcome back to reality Rashard Mendenhall. He looked lost on the field. Isaac Redman clearly outproduced him in limited touches.
  • Kevin Kolb looked great against arguably the best pass defense in the league. Top-15 play moving forward.
  • Beanie Wells is hurt. We knew this was going to happen. Consider him week-to-week. Alfonso Smith would be the play I’d think, but not worth an add.
  • Early Doucet is getting enough looks to be started during bye-weeks.
Cowboys 34 – Rams 7
Game Studs: DeMarco Murray
  • Here is where I get to tell you not to start thinking you have the best back in the NFL. Murray had a great day no one can deny that, but he went against one of the worst defenses in the league. He was running around guys who didn’t have jobs last week (literally). Consider him a top 15 play but don’t go buying unless you are desperate.
  • Tony Romo really needed to have a much bigger day to silence the critics, but to his defense, they didn’t need him to throw much.
  • Miles Austin was unable to break free, which is unlike him.
  • Dez Bryant is clearly happy with being the number two receiver with his talents. It is impossible to double cover Austin, Witten, and Bryant.
  • Steven Jackson looked good. Caddy Williams only has value if Jackson gets hurt again, which is very possible.
  • A.J. Feeley isn’t on Kyle Bollers level of bad but he is about on par with Curtis Painter.
  • Brandon Lloyd is definitely going to be the target of choice. Once Bradford is back Lloyd is going to be a great play.
Packers 33 – Vikings 27
Game Studs: Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Adrian Peterson
  • James Starks is clearly outproducing Ryan Grant and is the back to start in Green Bay.
  • James Jones found a way to make catches again. At some point he is going to disappear and I don’t want anything to do with it.
  • Jermichael Finley just isn’t as much apart of the offense as he once was, hard to argue with benching him at this point.
  • Christian Ponder looked great for his first start. He was the reason the Vikings almost came back.
  • Adrian Peterson would like everyone to remember he is in a class of his own. Due to the offense he is attached to, his production is ever so slightly limited. If he ever found himself on a top team, he could easily break the single season rushing record.
  • Percy Harvin will likely sit week 8 due to a reoccurring rib injury.
  • Michael Jenkins and Christian Ponder have a good chemistry.
  • Visanthe Shiancoe is getting enough targets to be considered during bye-weeks.
Saints 62 – Colts 7
Game Studs: Drew Brees, Darren Sproles, Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham
  • Lone bright spot for the Colts was Delone Carter who changed tides and outproduced Donald Brown. It remains to be seen if Addai will miss time, but my hunch is he won’t. Reports are that Addai re-aggravated his hamstring injury. Since the score wasn’t close, we don’t know if he was available to come back in.
  • Curtis Painter was two kinds of awful. Watching him gives you even more appreciation for Peyton Manning.
  • Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon had similar days, but Garcon had more opportunities had he and Painter been able to connect more.
  • Drew Brees had a dream fantasy day.
  • Mark Ingram actually had a good day on the ground. Sproles is still ‘the guy’ though. Ingram got a lot of touches towards the end (same with Pierre Thomas) when the game was completely over.
  • Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham, and Darren Sproles appear to have a huge hold on the targets for the Saints. Any other player is a complete wild card to get over two catches.
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