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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.


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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Howard Dean

BYAH: Throwing in ones towel in a political election after having five too many drinks.

Continuing the trend of trying new things here I have made the executive decision (it wasn’t overturned by the way) to not only list players who have a rising stock, but those who have a declining stock. This is, the week 7 stock watch for Daily Fantasy Football. BYAH.

Tony Romo
Tony Romo – QB | UP

The Cowboys should have beaten the Patriots but there was some bad play calling at the end. Romo will have a fantastic week against the Rams proving he is still an elite quarterback.

Eli Manning
Eli Manning – QB | DOWN

After three consecutive weeks of great production Manning was useless in week 6 as a fantasy player. His inconsistency makes him a difficult start from week to week.

Earnest Graham
Earnest Graham – RB | UP

Is Graham the next coming of Christ in Tampa Bay? Probably not, but he sure makes them forget about LaGarrette Blount.

Dexter McCluster
Dexter McCluster – RB | DOWN

Well the hype is gone and the job is Jackie Battles. Keeping McCluster on your fantasy team is a personal choice but he has no real purpose anymore.

Greg Little
Greg Little – WR | UP

With one game as a ‘starter’ under his belt he backed up all the pre-week chatter and he is very much a real fantasy asset moving forward.

Denarius Moore
Denarius Moore – WR | DOWN

His production has literally disappeared. His only hope is that Carson Palmer brings a complete change to the team.

Fred Davis
Fred Davis – TE | UP

Davis was already getting a lot of looks but with Cooley out his looks are only going to go up and nothing is more important to a new QB then a tight end.

Scott Chandler
Scott Chandler – TE | DOWN

He has 8 catches in his last five games. Time to cut ties with the early waiver wire favorite.

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Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow is the poor man's Cam Newton.

The way this week has worked out has certainly benefited those who had been most affected by bye-weeks. Names like DeMarco Murray, Montario Hardesty, Tim Tebow, Jackie Battle, and Eric Decker certainly have the potential to save your week. However, this isn’t a waiver wire pick-up article but what I like to call my ‘Wednesday Countdown’ where I list:

  • 5 Studs
  • 4 Duds
  • 3 Sleepers
  • 2 Deep Sleepers and
  • 1 Food for Thought
I will be keeping track of my stats on a weekly basis.
  1. Tony Romo
  2. Darren McFadden
  3. Matt Forte
  4. Ray Rice
  5. Miles Austin
  1. Jason Witten – For everything the Ram’s don’t do they make up for in tight-end coverage. St. Louis is the number one ranked defense against the position meaning Tony Romo will likely be airing it out to Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.
  2. Vincent Jackson – Revis Island and he is @NYJ.
  3. Larry Fitzgerald – Steelers secondary is still elite and Kolb has been a big disappointment all year.
  4. Steven Jackson – Dallas hasn’t given up more then 84 yards, on the ground, this year.
  1. Jackie Battle – Oakland has a porous rushing defense and he looks to be the workhorse in Kansas City.
  2. Steve Breaston – He has emerged as a solid number two. In case you can’t tell, I believe in the Chiefs this week @ Oakland.
  3. DeMarco Murray – Dallas is going to ground and pound it in the second half after they go up big on St. Louis; the Rams have had little success stopping the run at all giving up over 130 yards on the ground in four out of fives games.
Deep Sleepers
  1. Damian Williams – His redzone targets have gone up which is a product of teams covering Nate Washington. Williams could easily get 4 catches for 80 yards and a touchdown this week against a Mario Williams-less Texans defense.
  2. Christian Ponder – Welcome to the NFL Christian Ponder. Your first task, the Green Bay Packers. Good news for fantasy owners as he will likely be playing catch-up the entire game. I foresee a lot of dump offs to Shiancoe and Peterson.
Food for Thought
  1. What happens when Tim Tebow fails? Rumors at the start of the season were that Tebow was 4th on the Broncos depth chart (behind Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, and undrafted rookie QB Adam Weber). Clearly the Broncos were on to something but it is time to find out how right they were. Putting your fantasy season in the hands of a barely viable NFL quarterback could come back to haunt you. The decision to stick with Tebow will either really hurt you or at the most keep you in matches; make no mistake, Tim Tebow will not win you matches from week to week. In my mind, Tim Tebow is roughly the 10th most valuable fantasy quarterback going forward. So odds are if you picked him up Tebow is your guy. Good luck to those that are going to stick it out with Tebow, I’m rooting for you.
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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Results (weekly | yearly)
Studs: 2/5 | (5/10)
Duds: 1/4 | (3/8)
Sleepers: 1/3 | (3/6)
Deep Sleepers: 0/2 | (0/4)
Alright so yeah. Last week was pretty bad for me. Feeling confident about my picks this week.

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Week 7 could be the most painful of all the bye-weeks this season. So many big names are sitting this week and it is all but a certainty you are here because your team needs some fill-ins, fast. Well I have good news, there are some fantastic names on the waiver wire this week due to injuries and trades and they can be plugged into your line-up ASAP with high confidence. The more stars the better!

Week 7 Byes: Bills, Bengals, Patriots, Giants, Eagles, 49ers

Tim Tebow – QB

Tim Tebow

If you need a quarterback and Tim Tebow is still available in your league this is an absolute no-brainer. What he lacks in quarterback stats he more then makes up for in running. He is all but a guarantee for 50-60 yards and a score every week on the ground in addition to his throwing, which is poor at best sometimes. Tebow is the poor mans Cam Newton or Michael Vick right now. Don’t forget Tebow was the MVP of last seasons fantasy playoffs.

Carson Palmer – QB

Carson Palmer

The world is coming to an end! Reports are slowly coming out that the Raiders are just a few signatures away from acquiring Palmer from the Bengals. The outlook for the Raiders have never been more promising and Palmer is a huge add this week assuming he passes all physicals.

DeMarco Murray – RB

DeMarco Murray

It is looking more and more like Felix Jones is going to be out for at least this Sundays game. Dallas plays the winless Rams who are 28th in the league in run defense. Between Murray and Tashard Choice, Murray looks like the more explosive and elusive back and could easily post top-15 numbers this week, if not better.

Montario Hardesty – RB

Montario Hardesty

With the uncertainty if Peyton Hillis is going to play this week, for whatever reason, Hardesty stands to take over his roll. Throughout the season you could easily make the case Hardesty has looked better then Hillis making this switch easier to trust. I would slightly recommend Murray over Hardesty (for one we don’t know if Hillis will play) but only until we have clarity over both cases.

James Jones – WR

James Jones

I don’t like recommending Jones, but it is hard to argue his recent production. However, he had one catch last week. It is impossible to predict from game to game if he will even have a catch let alone touchdowns, which is needed for him to have a fantasy relevant day. If you are in a deeper league, or feeling lucky, give Jones a look.

Greg Little – WR

Greg Little

We could finally have a fantasy relevant wide receiver in Cleveland. Greg Little was plugged into the starting line-up in week 6 and he looked great. Going forward he could easily move his way into WR2 status. During a bye-week he is almost a must-start in all leagues 10 teams or more.

Benjamin Watson – TE

Benjamin Watson

Yes, I am extremely bothered by how many Browns I am recommending, this bye-week is very painful. However, his recommendation is simply based on how little tight ends there are to choose from this week. After Watson the only other possible names are Heath Miller, and Fred Davis. Both of them are owned in most leagues. Watson has been hit or miss since last year but he is easily capable of a touchdown every week and he faces a below average Seattle defense.


Kicker pick-up of the week: Dan Bailey

D/ST pick-up of the week: Titans

Other Potential Pick-ups: Curtis Painter (QB), Tashard Choice (RB), Delone Carter (RB), Kevin Walter (WR), Steve Breaston (WR), Devin Hester (WR), Visanthe Shiancoe (TE), Heath Miller (TE)

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