Week 7 Preview: Fantasy Football Minute
Unfortunately (or fortunately) for you all, this weeks post will be considerably brief compared to my others. After Week 3 I reported that I was yet to win a fantasy football game, which has changed. How could I expect you to take advice from someone who was defeated? I’ve battled back to take a .500 record after being in a 0-3 hole, and a 2-4 record in the other (2-1 in the last 3 weeks). It is of dire importance that you know I have the most points against in both leagues (if you knew me, it is my luck). I’m going to give you my take on a few players to start and sit Week 7.
Players to Start
Felix Jones (Dallas Cowboys, RB) @ Carolina Panthers
I took Jones in the draft last year, expected big things, and was sorely disappointed. OK, so Felix isn’t the Arian Foster of the future, but DeMarco Murray has been ruled out for Sunday vs. the Panthers. Yes, I said the Panthers, who boast the leagues 30th ranked rush defense. While last years antics have driven me to doubt, I just don’t see a way Felix can screw this week up.
Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers, QB) @ Cincinnati Bengals
Roethl-somethin’ has cooled down after a fiery Week 3 in which he threw for 384 yards and 4 TDs. However, I think this match-up favors Big Ben. If the Cincy D can give up 230 and 2 TDs to Brandon Weeden, what’s stopping Ben from getting 300 and 3 TDs? We know Mike Wallace is good for at least one 50-yard touchdown.
Stevan Ridley (New England Patriots, RB) vs. New York Jets
Do not let the Jets name fool you; this defense has allowed a rushing touchdown in every contest except for last week (it was the Colts, they won 2 games last year). Ridley has grown into a focal point of this offense, averaging over 20 carries in the last 3 weeks. The fact that any back has averaged over 20 carries in 3 weeks for the Patriots is mind-blowing enough, but they’ve shown they can consistently run the ball. There is no way Ridley does not find paydirt in this contest.
Kenny Britt (Tennessee Titans, WR) @ Buffalo Bills
Kenny is still trying to learn this offense. However, he’s gotten 27 targets from Matt Hasselbeck in the last 3 weeks. Last
week he finally started to get it, grabbing 4 catches for 62 yards and a TD. This week’s match-up against the Bills is primed for yards and scores. The Bills have given up the 5th most points to WR’s this year (27.3 points per game), and there are no other WR’s on this roster worth starting.
Players to Sit
Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions, QB) @ Chicago Bears
Stafford has been hovering around 300 yards per game, which is excellent. What isn’t so excellent is the 5 TD passes through 5 weeks of play (bye week in Week 5). Also, he’s only thrown 1 TD pass in his last 3 contests. This week he faces the take-away machine Bears, whose defense has held QBs they’ve faced to the lowest points in the league. While Stafford might be a decent option in a deeper league, do not rely on him to win your game this week.
Shonn Greene (New York Jets, RB) @ New England Patriots
Perhaps I can be too hard on the Jets, but I know Greene won’t have the day he did last week. After one touchdown in 5 weeks, he piled up 3 and 161 yards to go with it. Do not fall for one good week here; he will slide into his old ways against this solid run defense. I’ll give him 65 yards this week. If you think he’s going to be a pro-bowler from here on out though, you’re barking up the wrong tree.
Carolina Running Backs vs. Dallas Cowboys
In the off-season, Carolina grossly overpaid to keep both Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams. Why? I have no idea because neither back has accumulated over 70 yards in any game. Together, they have 2 TDs this season. These numbers are just horrible, and while this Dallas defense isn’t in the top 10 against the run, the Panthers have faced much worse defenses and failed run the ball. This is a main reason why Cam Newton is struggling. I don’t see them getting on track in Week 7, even if they’re coming off a bye.
Baltimore Defense @ Houston Texans
The loss of Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb means this is a vastly different defense. While Terrell Suggs could be making a comeback shortly, I just don’t like this start. The Texans have averaged 28.8 points per game and are coming off a rough loss to the Packers. They will be out to prove a point. With the loss of leadership and a true cover corner, I see the Ravens giving up some points this week.
Good luck in your Week 7 match-ups, feel free to post questions or email me about your line up. Try not to send Spogo hate mail if I’m wrong!