Marc Griffis
Week 7: The Injury Bug Bites

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It feels like the injury bug is biting certain teams more than others this season. The New England Patriots have not suited up Rob Gronkowski this season and his return date seems imminent, but still a mystery. Stevan Ridley missed a game, but luckily came back strong in Week 6. After Danny Amendola returned from a Week 1 injury, he appears to have been hurt yet again and his status for Week 7 is up in the air. The Patriots have also suffered injuries to Vince Wilfork and now Jerod Mayo , which will undoubtedly weaken their defensive prowess.

The New York Giants’ nightmare is winless and nearly “running back-less.” With Andre Brown , David Wilson and Da’Rel Scott (now released) injured, Brandon Jacobs was impressive returning to his previous role in Week 6. But there are certainly question marks regarding his ability to carry this heavy of a workload.

Lastly, the Atlanta Falcons were regarded as a favorite in the NFC with their high-octane offense and loads of talent. After injuries to Steven Jackson , Roddy White , and now losing Julio Jones for the season, Atlanta’s chances this season are beginning to dwindle. 

Take a dive with me into several attractive matchups for Week 7.

Quarterback


The Philadelphia Eagles may have a quarterback controversy looming after two straight wins with backup Nick Foles, who has filled in nicely for the injured Michael Vick . In fact, he threw two touchdowns against the New York Giants in Week 4 and tallied four total scores in Week 5. It appears that Foles will be in the saddle again, especially after Michael Vick admitted that he is not near 100 percent in Monday’s practice. He will help the Eagles soar again in Week 7 as they welcome the Dallas Cowboys to their nest. Dallas has allowed the most points to opposing quarterbacks, including three 400-plus passing yard performances. Foles battled the Cowboys twice last year and holds a 91.1 quarterback rating against them. However, their offense is higher octane with Chip Kelly than previously with Andy Reid, which should boost Foles’ fantasy value.

Week 7 Forecast: 250 passing yards, 2 TD

Running Back

Brandon Jacobs resembled his 2008 self this past weekend. Unfortunately, Jacobs’ performance was the only highlight in another defeat for the winless New York Giants. With
David Wilson out with a neck injury and Da’Rel Scott suffering a hamstring injury last Thursday, Jacobs should continue to see the bulk of the carries in Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota’s defensive line can no longer stop the run as it allows the most points to opposing running backs. The Vikings also allow the most receiving yards to running backs, so look for Jacobs to even catch a few balls.

Week 7 Forecast: 100 total yards, TD

Wide Receiver

If you have not jumped on the Justin Blackmon bandwagon yet, then you may be too late to get onboard. Although Jacksonville has been a disaster this season, the Jaguars are often forced to pass late in games in hopes of a comeback. Since being added to the active roster in Week 5, Blackmon has averaged 163 receiving yards. In Week 6, he was targeted an astounding 20 times as he earned almost 200 receiving yards against the Denver Broncos! The San Diego Chargers will be visiting in Week 7 and allow the seventh-most points to opposing wide receivers, including the second most receptions. Start Blackmon, especially in points per reception leagues!

Week 7 Forecast: 100 receiving yards, TD


Tight End

Kyle Rudolph has shown up on the fantasy radar in previous seasons, but has been relatively quiet in 2013 until Week 6. Rudolph was Matt Cassel ’s favorite target as he was targeted 11 times for 97 receiving yards and a score. Rudolph will have a favorable matchup in Week 7 against the New York Giants, who have surrendered the fifth most points to opposing tight ends, including an average of more than six receptions per week. At this time, Josh Freeman is slated to captain Minnesota’s offense in Week 7. Regardless, Rudolph will have another strong outing.

Week 7 Forecast: 60 yards, TD


Defense/Special Teams

The San Diego Chargers have seen better days defensively, especially late in games. However, they did not allow a touchdown to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6. San Diego should continue their strong defensive play against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7. Although the Jaguars performed better against Denver than expected in Week 6, they are still winless with an under-performing offense. San Diego may be a valuable plug and play this weekend.

Week 7 Forecast: 13 points


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Week 6 Results:

QB Jay Cutler

Week 6 Forecast: 300 passing yards, TD
Week 6 Results: 262 passing yards, 20 rushing yards, 2 TD (Good Call)

RB Danny Woodhead
Week 6 Forecast: 80 total yards, TD
Week 6 Results: 83 total yards (Decent Call)

WR Alshon Jeffery
Week 6 Forecast: 125 yards, TD
Week 6 Results: 27 rushing yards and 15 receiving yards (Bad Call)

TE Garrett Graham
Week 6 Forecast: 60 yards, TD
Week 6 Results: 25 receiving yards (Bad Call)

Defense/Special Teams - Cincinnati Bengals
Week 6 Forecast: 13 points
Week 6 Results: 7 points (Decent Call)

Good luck in Week 7!