The Raiders had a bye this week but they did score a moral victory as they watched the Patriots lose a game via an obscure rule that left fans, viewers, coaches and analysts confused. The Jets pulled off an unlikely victory over the Patriots but fantasy owners were happy regardless as the bombastic Rob Gronkowski finally made his debut after weeks of leaks and false promises. Week 7 saw another high profile return of a certain former Colt heading back to Indianapolis for the first time since signing with the Denver Broncos. Yes, Jacob Tamme was back in Indy and the media and the fans went crazy.
Week 7 comes to a close tonight with Josh Freeman attempting to comprehend the Vikings playbook filled with endless variations of handoffs to Adrian Peterson. As we watch the Giants try to get their first win of the season, we find ourselves looking forward to the second half of the fantasy regular season. Trade deadlines are fast approaching as are the playoffs. It’s time to get your team in order and stocked up and ready to roll as the next two months are going to be panic inducing slugfests. So, quell those fears and get your team into gear with this Weeks 10 Names You Should Know.
Jordan Reed, TE WAS
Reed has shown flashes of potential all season and we were all just waiting for the the Redskins to implement him as a major part of their game plan. Wait no more. Jordan Reed exploded for nine catches, 134 yards and a TD yesterday against the Bears. RGIII looked for his new toy early and often as he connected with Reed on all of his team high nine targets. The rookie tight end out of Florida should have no problems convincing the coaching staff that he should remain an integral part of the offense. With Fred Davis a healthy inactive and seemingly out of the picture, Reed has a real chance to be a top tight end the rest of the way.
Chris Ivory, RB NYJ
Ivory’s knack for nagging injuries cropped up quickly as he spent most of the summer riding a stationary bike for the Jets. A slow start to the year crushed the hopes of those that ignored the warning signs and drafted Ivory earlier than they should have. As Bilal Powell broke out, quite a few jumped the Ivory ship. Get ready to get back on. Ivory registered 104 yards on a whopping 34 carries this week against the Patriots. Ivory ran with his typical power and looked to come very close to breaking off a few long runs. With Mike Goodson gone for the year and Bilal Powell missing in action last Sunday, the door is wide open for Ivory to shine.
Jarrett Boykin, WR GBP
Yes, Brett Favre owns Aaron Rodgers in his fantasy league. Yes, he should probably add Jarrett Boykin if he hasn’t already. Aaron Rodgers had his best game in a month and all it took was losing Randall Cobb and James Jones and replacing them with Jarrett Boykin. I’m kidding of course, but Boykin proved up to the task to his new found role and recorded eight catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Boykin filled the Randall Cobb role in the Packers offense and since Cobb won’t return until the fantasy season is nearly over, Boykin is a must-add in all formats if he hasn’t been already. He’ll maintain his value even if James Jones returns next week.
Harry Douglass, WR ATL
The Falcons were on a bye the week before so Harry Douglass and his new found role in the Falcons offense may have slipped your mind. After losing Julio Jones, the Falcons other super star wide receiver, Roddy White, suffered yet another injury which cost him this past Sunday’s game and may keep him sidelined for more. In his place, Harry Douglass flourished with seven catches for 149 yards and a touchdown. Even if Roddy White were to return next week, Douglas has a great shot at maintaining his value the rest of the way.
Roy Helu, RB WAS
Much to the chagrin of Albert Morris owners, the role of Roy Helu appears to be growing. Helu was already the third down and change of pace back for the Redskins, siphoning a small chunk of Morris’ production. Should we add ‘touchdown vulture’ to the long list of things Roy Helu is doing well this year? After scoring three touchdowns against the Bears, it’s very fair to wonder. Helu at a minimum continues to flourish as a flex option and is now on the verge of creeping into a full-blown time share. Albert Morris owners should be worried, especially considering the historical whims of Mike Shanahan.