Week Seven, Fantasy Football Thoughts


New Orleans Saints v Carolina Panthers

Due to a death in the family this is a quick rundown of week seven.

It was a bounceback week for the running back position after last weeks ‘wide receiver-palooza.’

There were 10 different backs that rushed for over 100 yards and eight who scored multiple touchdowns.

By comparison, only six wide receivers topped 100 receiving yards this week.

Enough small talk, let’s get to the things that stood out to ‘ole Toad this week.

That was quite a game between Jacksonville and Buffalo across the pond.

I am not sure exactly what kind of game it was but it was fun to watch in a sloppy sort of way. This is not the Buffalo Bills defense we though we would see under Rex Ryan.

Somebody check the milk carton for Julius Thomas because he has disappeared again.

Now I remember why E.J. Manuel isn’t the starting quarterback for Buffalo. Ouch. Somebody check the poor kid for color blindness.

A very nice game for T.J. Yeldon especially considering he is dealing with a groin injury.

So Colin Kaepernick had zero carries against the Seahawks, eh? You are officially dead to me sir…and I would surmise to all other fantasy owners as well.

Time to pump the brakes on all that “Seattle is finally making Jimmy Graham a big part of the offense” talk. Yes, he fell flat again in Week 7. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson continues to get pummeled on a weekly basis. How’s that trading away your Pro Bowl center for a tight end you don’t use deal working out Seattle?

Perhaps Marshawn Lynch has a bit more gas left in the tank than some folks thought. ‘Beast Mode’ was on full display last week. Of course, it was the 49ers.

At least Peyton Manning didn’t throw an interception this week. Yes, he was on a bye. I love low hanging fruit.

The Texans get taken to the wood shed by the Miami Dolphins and we don’t even get garbage time production from DeAndre Hopkins. On the plus side, all Nate Washington owners are very happy right now. Yes, all three of them. The Lamar Miller bandwagon is filling up fast after he followed up a productive Week 6 with a huge performance on Sunday. The nice thing is that Miller is getting it done on the ground and in the passing game.

Another tough break for Arian Foster as a torn ACL will end his season.

It was great to see Jordan Reed return with a bang against a Tampa Bay defense that had been shutting down tight ends. This bodes well for Washington heading forward especially if DeSean Jackson is able to return after the Week 8 bye. Despite suffering a loss, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense looked more effective than it has all year.

Jameis Winston, Doug Martin and Mike Evans all came through for their fantasy owners.

Once Austin Seferian-Jenkins returns to the lineup this could be a potent offense.  Seferian-Jenkins better return soon because the Bucs are running out of receiving options.

Everyone who started Orleans Darkwa of the New York Giants raise your hands. Liars.

Eric Kendricks looks like the real deal at LB for the Minnesota Vikings.

Speaking of the Vikings defense, they put a beat down on Matthew Stafford for the second time this season. The Lions offense fell apart after a fast start and the seat under Jim Caldwell is getting hotter by the day.

The Todd Gurley era has arrived and this kid is going to light the fantasy football world on fire down the stretch. Gurley has three straight games with over 100 yards rushing for those of you counting at home.

Stop the presses! Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman did not score this week! Of course, Freeman did put up 130 total yards from scrimmage so we’ll postpone pressing that panic button.

Mark Ingram had a very good week and was two Khiry Robinson vulture touchdowns away from a HUGE week. Ah, well. That’s why we love this crazy game.

Here’s hoping that my IDP loving brethren took note of Mark Barron moving to WLB for the Rams. He’s still being listed as a DB and just racked up double-digit solo tackles in Week 7.

So Gary Barnidge put up over 100 receiving yards, again. Ho-hum, just another day at the office for the Cleveland tight end.

Mike Tolbert is driving Jonathan Stewart owners crazy. As a Stewart owner in another league, I can verify my own statement.

The hit of the day goes to Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods for the wicked block he put on Paul Posluszny. I realize he was flagged for it (not sure I agree) but holy cow did he light up ‘Poz.’

Ben Roethlisberger can’t get back soon enough for the Steelers. At least Antonio Brown topped the 100-yard receiving plateau after being in purgatory with Michael Vick under center.

While we are addressing missing quarterbacks…. how are you liking Matt Cassel Cowboys fans?  It must have been hard for Brandon Weeden to not smile too wide on the sideline. Ooh…speaking of the Dallas sideline. That was a nice hissy fit Greg Hardy threw. So now it’s Dez Bryant that keeps the peace for Dallas?

Hey, Jerry. You knew what you were getting with Hardy when you signed him. Hardy will bring you a lot of sacks and even more headaches.

The Chargers defense (minus Eric Weddle mind you) made Derek Carr look like Jim Plunkett this week. At least Danny Woodhead had a nice week. Thank goodness for garbage time.

In a real tribute to “Back to the Future” Darren McFadden rushed for 152 yards this week. Somebody please pinch me. No, forget that. I am just going to buy a lottery ticket.

Let’s see if a big week against a wobbly (I am being kind) Texans defense has righted the Ryan Tannehill ship. He faces the New England Patriots in Week 8.

Let’s face it folks, Odell Beckham Jr. is going to be a boom-or-bust weekly option and his owners need to get used to that. Beckham has already had three games this season with less than 45 receiving yards. Grab the Pepto-Bismol and just hope for boom weeks.

Even though the Panthers won this week’s game, the Eagles have intercepted Cam Newton six times in the last 12 months.

I’m just saying. Keep it in mind the next time these teams play.

Let’s end this week’s edition with that fun fact.

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