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Fantasy Six Pack – Week 7

Last week the Green Bay Packers offense and fantasy owners everywhere were dealt a bad hand. Before kickoff of their 19-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens,
Jordy Nelson
,

James Jones
,
and
Randall Cobb

were the healthy wide receiver trio that every NFC offensive coordinator envied. Two quarters later that trio was sliced in half and then some. Both Jones and Cobb (out 6-8 weeks) are not expected to play this week.  

On Sunday, the Packers will square off against a Browns team that has had success shutting down top targets this season; last week they held Lions big play artist
Calvin Johnson

to just three receptions for 25 yards and in Week 1 they limited Miami’s
Mike Wallace

to just one catch for 15 yards.  This could spell trouble for
Jordy Nelson
.
  The next man up beyond Nelson is
Jarrett Boykin
,
who has been getting some love in fantasy circles, but nothing too overwhelming.  

Then there’s
Myles White
.
Yeah, you probably have never heard of him.  However, currently White sits as the third piece to the green and gold’s new trio of pass-catchers. How good is he? Most fantasy owners are about to find out in a
Julian Edelman

kind of way. But, what’s funny is that I have not yet seen one fantasy analyst even mention the name
Myles White

as a name “you should know.”  Consider me the first.

THURSDAY NIGHT HEADLINES


Russell Wilson

shows some muscle, throwing three touchdown passes.

– The Seahawks defense records seven sacks and intercepts two
Carson Palmer

passes. 

DYNASTY CORNER

In due time, Jacksonville Jaguars running back
Maurice Jones-Drew

will snap wanting out of Florida, and I don’t blame him. Dynasty owners should be excited though, at least those who own
Jordan Todman
.
Historically, the Jaguars aren’t a very smart franchise when it comes to drafting early round talent at running back, so chances are pretty good that Todman may capture the starting job at some point in the next 365 days in the abyss of NFL franchises.  

The
Matt Schaub

experiment has bubbled over the beaker.  It’s time for fantasy owners to get to know
Case Keenum
,
who set more passing records than Gino Torretta. Keenum is coming in to a good situation though. The Texans are a disappointing 2-4, will play an undefeated Chiefs team, and have the playmakers on offense to put on a show. There is absolutely no pressure on his shoulders right now. It’s almost a foregone conclusion right now in Houston that they will lose. What’s the worst that could happen?  

New Orleans Saints wide receiver
Kenny Stills

has been raising some eyebrows as of late. Stills continues to be a big body quarterback
Drew Brees

turns to when he needs a big play or two. His usage will continue to rise, and Saints will continue to roll on offense. If you haven’t stashed him yet on your dynasty bench, please do so now.  

TARGET TALK

WEEK 6 TOP 4


Justin Blackmon (20 targets):  Many will probably want me to eat crow after I ranted about the overreactions surrounding Blackmon’s potential. I refuse to though. The truth is that Blackmon was the beneficiary of
Cecil Shorts

exiting early with a shoulder injury. Moving forward fantasy owners can now overreact, as it looks like Shorts may be out for a while.  

Pierre Garcon (15 targets):  Garcon continued to blow up the target charts against the Cowboys. The Bears are on the schedule this week, so the Redskins rushing attack may become disarmed early, which could lead to Garcon seeing a barrage of targets once again.  

Vincent Jackson (14 targets):  Vincent has woken up! With the Buccaneers struggling to stop opposing offenses and muscle hamster
Doug Martin

struggling to get enough carries to break down opposing defenses, this trend of Jackson seeing a ton of brown fly his way should continue. If you have him, start him.  

Kris Durham (13 targets):  For the second straight week Durham has been the Lions top receiving target. With
Calvin Johnson

experiencing knee soreness the Durham trend could continue in to Week 7. Durham has separated himself from the rest of the Lions average pass catchers praying for Megatron to lead them in to battle.  

WEEK 6 BOTTOM 4



Torrey Smith (4 targets):  Simply put – Smith was shut down by the 28th ranked pass defense. The Ravens face the 4th ranked Steelers pass defense this week. The last time Smith faced a top ten pass defense (Houston) he was targeted nine times and caught five for 92 yards.  

Miles Austin (4 targets):  Austin was held catch-less against a poor Redskins secondary and head coach Jason Garrett wasn’t too thrilled with his below average performance. It’s easy to say that he’ll rebound this week against the 31st ranked Eagles pass defense, but with
Terrance Williams

gaining the confidence of quarterback
Tony Romo

the same story may be told twice.  

Marques Colston (3 targets):  Colston owners should now be concerned.  Not only is the usually consistent and reliable veteran struggling to get the attention of quarterback
Drew Brees
,
but youngster
Kenny Stills

(mentioned above) is quickly stealing the spotlight when
Jimmy Graham

isn’t.  
 

Ryan Broyles (2 targets):  Broyles was shutout for the second time in four weeks. Those still waiting for something out of the disappointing second year player may be waiting a long time.
 

OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMERS



The New England Patriots shut down Saints tight end
Jimmy Graham

— no catches on six targets — and in the process gave him a minor foot injury. Luckily, the Saints are on bye this week, so Graham should get the proper time to heal his foot and get back in rhythm with quarterback
Drew Brees
.
Nothing is overly concerning just yet.

YARDS AFTER CATCH



With the previously mentioned injuries to wide receivers
Randall Cobb

and
James Jones

set to hinder the Green Bay Packers free flowing passing offense, offensive coordinator Tom Clements will have to get creative with the way he uses his pass-catching options. One way might be to have quarterback
Aaron Rodgers

throw a few more screens to tight end
Jermichael Finley
.
Finley’s average of 9.8 yards after the catch is the best among tight ends with 20 receptions or more. Utilizing tight end screens has been something that
Peyton Manning

has done in the past when he has been short of help.
 
For those puzzled by

Greg Little
‘s
lack of production, I have one question: If you had to throw to someone who averaged 2.3 yards after the catch and caught only 38 percent of passes thrown to him, would you try and avoid him?  Yeah, I thought so.  

Rams wide receiver
Tavon Austin

was expected to be a playmaking superstar.  In all six games he has yet to eclipse the 50-yard receiving mark, and is averaging a measly 3.8 yards after the catch.  If you know anything about the history of this report, you should be trading for Austin as we speak, as I have had some bad timing with providing tear-jerking information.  

FANTASY Q & A



Q: Will quarterback Josh Freeman be effective this week in his first start as a Viking?

A: Nope. The problem is that Leslie Frazier has always been a coach who panics when things don’t go right with his offense. Starting a quarterback who has had virtually no time to develop chemistry with those he is throwing to is just plain dumb, even against a struggling Giants defense. In his only appearance against the Giants Freeman completed just 15 of his 28 passes, and that was with an offense he was familiar with.  

Q: Is Keenan Allen the next Danario Alexander?

A: Possibly. Word out of San Diego is that Allen is gaining the confidence of quarterback
Philip Rivers

— in the month of October, Allen leads all AFC West receivers with 21 targets and 11 first downs. The difference between Allen and Alexander is that the current rookie is starting to peak much earlier this season than Alexander did in 2012. Allen is definitely a receiver fantasy owners can rely on during bye weeks. The Chargers will face the 14th ranked Jaguars pass defense this week and then come back from their own bye week and face the 25th, 32nd, and 24th ranked pass defenses Weeks 9-11.

Thanks for reading!

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