Week 7 Recap: The Good, the Bad, and the Help My Sinking Shippers
I got up from my couch Sunday afternoon; it was time to go to the gym. I paused for a second, registering the 23-13 score. The Pats can’t blow a 10-point lead to the Jets, I thought. After I was done warming up, I passed by a TV and give it a cursory glance. I looked away, and then stopped. No, that can’t be right… They couldn’t…. They…What? I did a double (perhaps triple) take before my eyes registered what I had read. A 26-23 Jets lead with less than two minutes to go.
I chuckled at how Andrew and David at Spogo headquarters must’ve been feeling. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised this year. Perhaps I should have been more surprised that the Pats didn’t end up blowing it. I won’t Jet-bash today, it was a solid effort, and someone had to come up short (or it was hubris for Rex…). I was wrong about Shonn Greene’s fantasy stats this week, his day turned out O.K. Who I was dead wrong about, was Felix Jones. It is clear that he is comparable to Benedict Arnold; he simply can’t be trusted. Let’s take a look at this weeks fantasy notables.
Top of the Week
Josh Freeman (QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Freeman can flat out play against the Saints; he hasn’t been intercepted by the Saints in any of their 5 meetings. But he didn’t just avoid defenders paws, he threw for 420 yards and 3 TDs. This wasn’t a fluke game either; Josh has gone back-to-back games with 300+ yards and 3 TDs. O.K. so his previous opponent was the Chiefs, but if you’re in a smaller league, Freeman seems like a solid bench booster (available in 30% of leagues).
Drew Brees (QB, New Orleans Saints)
Brees frequently has great fantasy days, but this day had the makings of Aaron Rodgers from last week. Brees had over 300 yards and 3 TDs at the half. He finished with 377 yards and 4 TDs. Brees and QBs playing against the Saints, will be great options going forward. Drew is going to have to duel his way to a .500 record, because his defense is like a wet noodle.
Vincent Jackson (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
The new Buccaneer has played with some consistency, so he’s not exactly coming out of the woodwork. However, this was a statement game. It also happened to come at my expense in one league. Vincent finished with 7 Rec, 216 Yds, and a TD. He was targeted 14 times (season high). There’s no doubt this production was partially due to the Saints defense, but Jackson is starting to click with Freeman.
Chris Johnson (RB, Tennessee Titans)
Johnson had become a bench-able commodity, who people were starting because they had used a top pick on him. He owners finally received the first payment of the Chris Johnson debt on Sunday. He had 18 carries for 195 yards and 2 TDs. He also gave up two 1-yard TD carries to Jamie Harper (who?). It seems like there is always some new guy who comes in out of nowhere and pilfers touchdowns. LenDale White is out of Tennessee, but Jamie Harper may have taken up his mantle of goal line TD snatcher.
“Helloooo Waiver Wire!”
Rashad Jennings (RB, Jacksonville Jaguars, Percent Owned: 13.6)
Maurice Jones-Drew went down early on Sunday, and in stepped Rashad Jennings. While he only had 44 yards and a TD on the ground, Jennings added 7 catches for 58 yards. This makes him pretty valuable in PPR (point per reception) formats. MJD is expected to miss a week to multiple weeks, so if you’re looking for a running back to fill the gap, look no further.
Jeremy Kerley (WR, New York Jets, Percent Owned: 43.0)
While I have a hard time endorsing anyone on the Jets offense, Kerley seems the best option. He racked up 7 catches for 120 yards against the Pats on Sunday, with a team-high 11 targets. The only issue with Kerley is he is not a big target in the redzone due to his size, and only has 2 TDs this year. He seems to hold better value in PPR leagues as well.
I’m pretty ashamed to have said that Darren “Run DMC” McFadden was going to be a top 3 RB by seasons end (hey, I’m not wrong
yet). This Oakland offense just can’t seem to run the ball with any effectiveness, even against bad defenses. McFadden is averaging 3.1 yards per carry, and has just two touchdowns. I’m normally not a fan of picking good (relatively) players on bad teams, but DMC had a solid start to last year before the injury, and it seemed like if he could stay healthy he would succeed. Alas, I should have stuck to my rule.
Not a 2 point game but Felix failed to capitalize on a good situation, yet again. Jones averaged 2.9 yards per carry, and ended up splitting carries with Phillip Tanner. He did catch 5 passes for 30 yards, but that was little relief to people who expected him to be DeMarco Murray’s doppelganger. As I said before, Felix cannot be leaned upon to win your match-ups. If you put him in your lineup, you’re buying a lottery ticket. There’s no doubt the talent is there, but the guy cannot execute.
Best of luck next week all (except for my opponents…)
P.S. – Did you know coming into Week 7, Lawrence Tynes (K, New York Giants) had more fantasy points than Mark Sanchez (QB, New York Jets)?