Former starting running back, Felix Jones, had a great game last Sunday when DeMarco Murray went down with a foot injury. Against a usually tough Baltimore defense, Jones carried the ball 18 times for 92 yards and a touchdown. He was running hard and had a long run of 22 yards. Perhaps the only disappointment on the day was that he only caught one pass for 13 yards. Jones is a great pass catcher out of the backfield though, so expect to see a handful of balls thrown his way in Week 7. Murray has already been listed as out, so Jones should be started in all formats.
Don’t look now, but it appears that the St. Louis Rams are the newest team to sport a running back time-share. Daryl Richardson has slowly earned his way into more playing time, and this was evident in Week 6. Richardson had 11 carries for 76 yards while Steven Jackson had 12 carries for just 52 yards. They both got some touches in the passing game as well, and Richardson is only getting better. Jackson is still the clear cut starter, but it’s interesting to see them split carries against Miami. Jackson does have a history of getting hurt, so you might want to grab Richardson now while he’s available.
New York Jets running back Shonn Greene had a career day last Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, rushing for three touchdowns. In a game where New York clearly wanted to run the ball, Greene got the call and helped his fantasy owners immensely. He received 32 carries and was able to gain 161 impressive yards. Although he doesn’t offer much in the receiving department (zero catches last Sunday), this was definitely a breakout game for the starting back. He still has to put together a few good games for owners to have full faith in him, though. Greene has a tough match up with New England in Week 7, so start him and hope that he can build on his great performance from last week.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland
Gordon has put up two monster weeks in a row and should now start to receive some consideration as a starter in your fantasy lineups. He has three touchdown receptions in his last two games, including one for 71 yards and another for 62 yards. Quarterback Brandon Weeden has developed a nice chemistry with him, and this should only become more effective as both players mature. A lot of teams have byes in Week 7, so, if you’re looking for a receiver, take a look Gordon’s way.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo
Fitzpatrick hasn’t been terrible this season and is actually ranked in the Top 50 of fantasy scorers thus far, but for some reason is only owned in a little over half of fantasy leagues. If you need a quarterback to spot start in Week 7, I’d take a look here. Fitzpatrick has a great match-up against the lowly Tennessee Titans and should have a nice day passing the ball against a team that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks on the season. As long as he can limit his turnovers, you could get close to 20 points from him.
Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets
I know Keller just got back from injury and has had a miserable 2012 thus far, but he should be completely healthy going into a huge Week 7 showdown with rival New England. The main reason I have Keller listed as a sleeper is because he’s notorious for having big games against the Patriots in his career. You know that New England is going to want to pressure Mark Sanchez at all times, so Keller should be his safety valve all day. Don’t be surprised if Sunday is the tight end’s coming out party for the season.
Lock of the Week
Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay passing game is finally starting to show some signs of success over the last few weeks, and Williams has been a big part of it. Although Vincent Jackson is the No. 1 receiver here, Williams used to be the main guy and is a solid second option. He had more than 100 yards receiving and a touchdown in Week 6, and I see the Buccaneers and Saints throwing all over each other on Sunday. Look for a lot of big plays and points from both sides, and Williams finding pay dirt once again.