Pro Football Weekly
Fantasy Football Hub
Fantasy Football Links
Great White Shark
Whale Shark I
Whale Shark II
The WALL I (IDP Only)
The WALL II (IDP Only)
Who are We?
Buttons and Banners
Lucky No. 7.
What’s so lucky about seven? With all the firepower on byes this week affecting my lineups, I’m finding it rather unlucky. So if seven really is lucky, does that mean all the teams with better records than me will lose this week? Not going to lie, that’d be nice. But what about teams with worse records than mine? I don’t want them catching up either. Hmm? Okay, everybody but me loses. That happens, and then maybe I’ll buy into this lucky number seven nonsense.
Onto this week’s smart plays, those are far from it, and everything in between.
Week 7 BUYS
It was nice to see Aaron Rodgers play like the NFL’s reigning MVP (unless you’re from Houston). Dude wasn’t just playing angry. He was playing like you spit on his dog. Images from Due Date with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis are floating in my head right now. Yes, I saw it. That one game vaulted him into the No. 1 position in all of fantasy football. After him, it’s a three-way tie for second place between Peyton Manning, Robert Griffin III and Matt Ryan. Which of those three would you put your money on the rest of the way? Hard to argue against any of them without nitpicking. Guess I’ll roll with Ryan since I have more stock in him than the other two, but it’d take a Brinks truck for me to entertain an offer for any of them right now.
Last week, C.J. Spiller looked like the game-changer he was to start the season. He’s got another great matchup again this week against the Tennessee Titans. I’d feel more than comfortable putting him in as a starter this week, regardless of his timeshare. But hold your nose cause here comes the cold water. Sell him after this week (unless of course you also own Fred Jackson). Week 8: bye. Week 9: Houston. Week 10: New England. Week 11: Miami. That’s a week off followed by three straight matchups against Top 10 defenses against running backs. Rough month.
Randall Cobb will emerge while Greg Jennings and Cedric Benson are sidelined. Jordy Nelson went off like my belt after our Thanksgiving eat-off (reigning champ by the way). But easily overlooked by Nelson’s three touchdown outing was Cobb’s 10 targets and 100-plus receiving yards. Green Bay is realizing this kid is a playmaker and trying to feed him the ball whenever and wherever. He’ll face a tough draw this weekend against the St. Louis secondary, but is still a great play with so many people out of action.
Matchups I like this week:
Week 7 HOLDS:
What to do with Michael Vick? He’s on bye this week, so obviously you’re not starting him. But what about after? Against Detroit last week, he had his best performance of the year fantasy wise (25 points), but I don’t know how much that factors in with his standing on the team. The guy has eight interceptions and six fumbles, three of which were lost through only six weeks of play. The axe has already fallen on defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. Is that enough? Vick was already carrying the ball around with him (a la Omar Epps in The Program). Yeah, that helped. If he doesn’t get a better grip, he could lose more than the ball. See what you can get for him on the block, and then weigh both sides.
After touching up the staunch San Francisco defense for 17 points, Ahmad Bradshaw is all the way back. Whoa there, Seabiscuit. It was an impressive performance, especially on the heels of his big day against Cleveland, and it was one I definitely didn’t see happening. But guess what? He’s already back on the injury report with, get this, a foot injury. I don’t see what the big deal is, I’m sure he gets a discount at Lowe’s on screws.
Josh Gordon. Cleveland used a second-round pick on this guy in the supplemental draft for a reason. He’s big (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) and can fly (watch the highlight reels). In the last two weeks, Gordon has gotten behind the defense and scored from deep, posting 20 points against the New York Giants and 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He also has an incredible matchup this week in Indianapolis. Want to play him? I’m not going to stop you. Just pump the brakes a little before you get too loose. The guy has yet to catch more than three passes in a game.
Tough Matchups for Studs this week:
Week 7 SELLS:
I want to say Philip Rivers. His game against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos was not good. It was the opposite. He turned the ball over six times in that game. Six times. Rivers already has nine interceptions on the season. He’s another one on bye this week, and I’d be ready to cut him lose if it weren’t for his matchups against Cleveland and Kansas City when he gets back. Even then I’d cringe at the thought of trotting him out there. Queue the Kenny Rodgers music, “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em …”
Shonn Greene. Sell now! It don’t get much prettier … wait I can’t use that word to describe Greene. “Opportune,” that’ll work. If you want to wait because you think he’s going to put up another 34-point weekend, well then, you’re an oak … or will turn into one before it happens. Either way.
Pop quiz, Hotshot! How many wide receivers have more points on the season than Andre Johnson? 30. This guy was a consensus Top 5 pick at wide receiver. It hurts us. And by “us,” I mean “not me.” I didn’t bite this year. See if anyone will now.
Matchups to avoid this week:
Until the next go-round.
Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties
Copyright © 2002 - 2013 by Sharks Fantasy Sports, LLC