Wally Spurlin
Start/Bench - Week 7

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We have passed the halfway point of the season and things are beginning to get interesting. Raise your hand if you had Detroit tight end Joseph Fauria tied for third at the position in touchdown receptions with five.

Sure you did.

Then it stands to reason that quite a few people also had Julius Thomas pegged as the leader in touchdowns for tight ends through six weeks as well. Let’s see those hands.

Sure you did.

In a nutshell folks, it has been a crazy season so far and as we head down the homestretch things looks to get even crazier.

Let’s get to it …

QUARTERBACKS

STUDS

Peyton Manning
Aaron Rodgers
Drew Brees * bye week *
Matthew Stafford
Tom Brady
Michael Vick * may not play Week 7 *
Cam Newton
Matt Ryan
Robert Griffin III
Tony Romo
Philip Rivers

START

Nick Foles, PHILADELPHIA vs. Dallas: Michael Vick has stated that he won’t return until he is 100 percent. Foles’ performance last Sunday (three passing touchdowns and a rushing score) all but assures that Vick isn’t going to be 100 percent for the foreseeable future. Foles starts again and he flourishes again. He looks very comfortable in the offense and will post nice fantasy totals against Dallas.

Andy Dalton, CINCINNATI at Detroit: The Lions defense just allowed quarterback Brandon Weeden to hang 292 yards and two touchdowns on them. Dalton is coming off of his best game of the season (26-of-40, 337 yards, 3 TD) last week and this game has the smell of a shootout in Detroit. Ride the hot hand and get Dalton in your lineup.

Eli Manning, NEW YORK GIANTS vs. Minnesota: Yes. That would be the same Manning that is averaging two interceptions per game. There are few defenses better suited to help lift a quarterback out of a funk than the Vikings (ask Cam Newton). Minnesota is giving up more than 300 yards per game through the air and has allowed 13 passing touchdowns this season.

Jay Cutler, CHICAGO at Washington: The Bears passing game is humming along nicely and Cutler has too many weapons for the Redskins to account for. DeAngelo Hall may shadow Brandon Marshall but that will allow Cutler to get the ball to Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte … you get the point. Ride Cutler again this week.

Andrew Luck, INDIANAPOLIS vs. Denver: Luck laid an egg in his Monday Night Football debut and will bounce back in the duel against former Colt Peyton Manning and company. The Broncos are a top matchup in allowing fantasy points to quarterbacks and Luck will air it out plenty this week to try and keep up with the potent Broncos offense.

BENCH

T.J. Yates, HOUSTON at Kansas City: If Matt Schaub somehow starts or the Texans trot out Case Keenum, just insert their names here. The Chiefs are holding teams to 189 yards passing per game while allowing only five touchdowns against 10 interceptions. Oh yeah, Kansas City has also racked up 31 sacks in five games. Whoever lines up under center for Houston belongs far away from fantasy lineups.

Carson Palmer, ARIZONA vs. Seattle: Last week it was San Francisco. This week it’s Seattle. The schedule makers obviously hate Palmer. Sit him.

Alex Smith, KANSAS CITY vs. Houston: The Texans are going to run the ball and run the ball some more this week, limiting Smith’s opportunities to produce. Couple that with a pass defense that allows only 131.3 yards per game and look for Smith to finish with modest to low numbers again this week.

Joe Flacco, BALTIMORE at Pittsburgh: The Steelers are allowing less than 200 passing yards per game and are a top defense in limiting fantasy points to quarterbacks. Flacco has thrown eight interceptions and only seven touchdowns through six games and faces a defense that knows him well. Last year in their two meetings, Flacco completed 36-of-66 attempts for 352 yards with one touchdown and one interception.



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