Walter Collazo
Week 7: The Fantasy Mid-Season

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We are now at the midway point of the fantasy season. This is the point of the season where you are plagued by injuries and bye weeks. If you can come away with a few wins through this stretch you will be in good shape for the playoffs. For those that are 1-5 or 2-4, there is still a chance to make the playoffs. As I mentioned earlier in the year, you will need at least seven wins to get into the playoffs in most leagues. Sometimes you will get lucky and sneak in with just six. It's rare, but it does happen.

During this time of the season I look to make the most changes to my roster. I adjust for bye weeks, move injured players and try to work the big trades.

For injured players such as Randall Cobb,
Owen Daniels and David Wilson there is a chance that they may return for the fantasy playoff. So the question is, if you should hold on to them or cut them from your roster. My approach to these types of injuries is to cut them. Most of the time the four-to-six week time frame for an injury tends to go the full time expected. Once these players get back into the line-up there isn't any guarantee that they will be full go once they are back on the field.

For tight ends and kickers, I try to only keep one on the roster. If I do happen to have two at the position, I will drop one after the bye week. In the case of kickers, I often switch them frequently during the season as they can be streaky. I also will drop a kicker for another that has already had their bye week such as
Mason Crosby who I've picked up in a few leagues.

For defenses, unless you have one of the top-five defenses, you are either playing match-ups with the two defenses you have on the roster or are adding and dropping them from time to time when a defense gets hot. I always drop my backup defenses to grab another running back and occasionally a wide receiver.

Make sure to look through your rosters thoroughly so that you are making as many roster moves as possible. Drop the dead wood on your bench, move the injured players and look to cover your bye week needs weeks before your bye week arrives.

The Golden Mug Award

Awarded to the fantasy players who came through for their team.

Vernon Davis  - 8 receptions for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns. Davis had the best game of his career and has scored in four-of-five games he's played. With Crabtree still out, Davis is the 49ers best receiving option. Davis has a tougher matchup this week against the Titans 10th ranked defense.

Knowshon Moreno- 15 carries for 42 yards and 3 touchdowns, 7 receptions for 62 yards. Moreno has been a top-five fantasy running back this season and as long as he continues to pass block well and not turn the ball over, he will hold on to the starting job. Moreno is on pace to rush for a career high and could top 1,000 yards. He has already matched his season high total of touchdowns at seven.

Marshawn Lynch  - 21 carries for 77 yards touchdowns. 4 receptions for 78 yards. Lynch posted great numbers against a good Titans defense. More notably is the 78 receiving yards which are the most he's had in a game. He's had three games this season with 35 or more yards receiving. The most receiving yards he's had in a season has been 300 and he already has 177. Lynch is on pace for 1,400 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving this season.

The Urinal Cake Award
Awarded to the fantasy players who you would like to, well you know.

Jimmy Graham - 0 catches. When your superstar stud player is held to zero fantasy points it hurts tremendously. It cost me wins in a few leagues as he averages 21.3 fantasy points per game and that average would have won me those games. It also sucks that Graham will be out this week for his bye.

Torrey Smith - 1 reception for 12 yards. The previous two weeks made us think that Smith is finally breaking out and could now be an elite receiver. Well, just like that, he lays this dud. He complained about the coverage he is seeing from opposing defenses but the coaches need to be more creative in getting him the ball. Smith shouldn't complain about the coverage he's getting on the field if he wants to be a top receiver. It comes with the job description.

Alshon Jeffery - 1 reception for 27 yards, 1 carry for 15 yards. After buring the Saints for 218 yards and a touchdown, it seemed as if Jeffery was going to light up the poor Giants defense, but he only saw five targets and all the production went to Brandon Marshall . That is the risk you have with a receiver that is his teams' No. 2.



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