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In the Spotlight – Week 7 In Review

Week 7 Fantasy Headlines:

  • Rob Gronkowski Makes 2013 Debut; Compiles 8/114/0 Line
  • Matt Ryan Racks Up 273 Yards & 3 TDs Without Roddy White
  • Peyton Manning Throws for 386 Yards & 2 TDs But Broncos Lose
  • A. Rodgers Throws for 260 Yards & 3 TDs W/out Cobb or J. Jones
  • Another 100-Yard, 2 TD Game for Vincent Jackson
  • Russell Wilson Tosses 3 TD Passes To Help Down the Cardinals
  • Jamaal Charles Scores In Seventh Straight Game; Chiefs 7-0
  • The Andy-Dalton-to-A.J.-Green Connection Sizzles Again
  • Lions Lose Despite 155 Yards & 2 TDs from Megatron
  • Matt Forte Hits Pay Dirt Three Times, But Chicago Still Loses
  • “Shanahanigans” in D.C. – Roy Helu Scores Three Times
  • Jordan Reed Breaks Out with 9 Grabs for 134 Yards & 1 TD

Game Summaries & Fantasy Commentary:

Bye week: New Orleans Saints & Oakland Raiders

Thursday Night Game:









Fantasy Focus – Seattle Seahawks:
Russell Wilson racked up one of his best fantasy outings of the season, passing for 235 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 29 yards but lost two fumbles. Sidney Rice (3-50-1 on four targets), Zach Miller (5-40-1 on seven targets) and Kellen Davis (1-1-1) each caught a scoring strike. Golden Tate (4-77-0 on seven targets) topped all pass-catchers in receiving yards.

Marshawn Lynch rushed 21 times for 91 yards and one touchdown. By the way, he was very close to hitting pay dirt a second time. Lynch has scored in three of his last four games and has rushed for 90-plus yards in four of seven contests played this season.

The elite Seattle defense piled up seven sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. Unfortunately, a punt return for a touchdown was nullified by a penalty, and Brandon Browner was tackled by the turf monster just short of the end zone on an interception return.

Fantasy Focus – Arizona Cardinals:
Rashard Mendenhall (13-22-1 and 0-0-0 receiving) and Andre Ellington (3-3-0 rushing and 2-10-0 receiving) ran into brick walls of Seattle defenders all evening. Mendenhall scored on a three-yard run following a turnover deep in Seahawks territory. Unfortunately, Ellington lost targets to Alfonso Smith (4-30-0 receiving, no carries) during garbage time.

Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) managed just two receptions for 17 yards on five targets. Michael Floyd (6-71-0 on 10 targets) led Arizona in receiving yards. Rob Housler (7-53-0, one lost fumble) amassed all but one of his catches in junk time. Backup receiver Jaron Brown (2-17-1) hauled in the only Arizona scoring pass of the game.

The still-struggling Carson Palmer racked up most of his 258 passing yards and a scoring strike to Brown late in the contest. Palmer tossed two more interceptions; he has 13 picks on the season. In defense of Palmer, his protection was terrible as usual (sacked seven times). Palmer has tossed multiple touchdown passes in just two games.

The Arizona defense racked up three sacks and two forced turnovers.

Key Injury:
Golden Tate (foot)

Fantasy Tips:
Wilson’s fantasy production has been steadier during the last three weeks, thanks in part to his rushing stats. With Wilson’s slow start apparently in the rear view mirror – he is throwing the ball a lot better – the Seahawks field general looks like a much safer play as a high-end fantasy QB2 or a low-end fantasy QB1. Zach Miller has been wildly inconsistent from week-to-week, so don’t chase his numbers.

Should you sit the less-than-100-percent-healthy Larry Fitzgerald in Week 8? “Fitz” has a few extra days to rest before he faces a very leaky Falcons secondary. However, if you have a safer option, consider benching him. Fitzgerald clearly lacked his trademark burst and rarely could get separation.


Waiver Wire Prospects:


Early Sunday Afternoon Games:








Fantasy Focus – Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
For the second straight week, rookie Mike Glennon racked up another solid outing (256 passing yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT; 1-13-0 rushing, one lost fumble). Glennon targeted big-play receiver Vincent Jackson (10-138-2) a whopping 22 times. Jackson has amassed 100-plus receiving yards and two touchdown grabs for the second outing in a row.

Mike Williams (4-32-0 five targets) was quiet in his return from a hamstring injury. Timothy Wright impressed during the last two weeks, but he also was a non-factor in this contest (2-15-0 on three targets).

Doug Martin rushed 11 times for 47 yards and caught one ball for seven yards before he was knocked out in the third quarter with a potentially serious shoulder injury. Mike James (14-45-0 rushing and 3-8-0 receiving) replaced Martin in the starting lineup. James was replaced by Brian Leonard in passing situations.

Fantasy Focus – Atlanta Falcons:
Although Roddy White (hamstring, high ankle sprain) was inactive and the running game was nonexistent, Matt Ryan impressed with a better-than-expected fantasy outing (273 passing yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs). Tampa Bay bottled up Tony Gonzalez (2-30-0 on four targets), so Ryan relied heavily on Harry Douglas (7-149-1 on seven targets) and the improving Jacquizz Rodgers (8-46-2 receiving on nine targets). Rodgers led all Atlanta rushers with 16 yards on eight carries.

Key Injury:
Doug Martin (shoulder)

Fantasy Tips:
Glennon has attempted 87 passes in the last two weeks – with a healthy Martin in the lineup – so the Bucs clearly want him to be a lot more than a game-manager. He looks like a matchup play fantasy QB2 going forward. Although Glennon is locked in on Jackson, fantasy owners shouldn’t give up on Williams. However, Wright looks like a fantasy TE2. I’d be shocked if Martin suits up for Week 8, because the Buccaneers will play Thursday night. James will likely get the start in that contest.

The Falcons are going to rely heavily on Rodgers’ receiving prowess until Roddy White returns. Jason Snelling did little as a rusher (7-14-0) and was not targeted in the passing game. Snelling surprisingly played behind Rodgers in short-yardage situations in this game. At this point, Snelling’s fantasy value is very weak.

Waiver Wire Prospects:
Mike James, Mike Glennon









Fantasy Focus – St. Louis Rams:
As expected, the Rams offense didn’t get on track against a Panthers defense that usually plays well at home. Sam Bradford (255 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, sacked four times) was having yet another inconsistent outing before he left late in the game with what turned out to be a torn ACL. Backup Kellen Clemens (2/4 for 19 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs, one lost fumble) replaced him.

The Rams’ spread-the-wealth passing attack remains fantasy unfriendly. Rookie Tavon Austin (5-39-0 on five targets, one lost fumble) topped the team in catches, while Brian Quick (2-97-0 on six targets) led everyone in receiving yards. Jared Cook (4-33-0 on seven targets) disappointed yet again.

Zac Stacy (17-53-0 rushing, 4-34-1 receiving) led St. Louis in rushing. He caught Bradford’s lone scoring strike, which was the Rams’ only touchdown of the game.

Fantasy Focus – Carolina Panthers:
The Rams offense didn’t put up much of a fight, so the Panthers didn’t need a monster outing from Cam Newton. He completed a very efficient 15 of his 17 passes for 204 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions. Newton also rushed 10 times for 26 yards.

Steve Smith (5-69-1 on six targets) hauled in Newton’s lone touchdown pass. Smith has scored in two straight contests. As expected, the inconsistent Brandon LaFell (3-35-0 on four targets) had a quiet game following his huge Week 6 outing. Greg Olsen (4-47-0 on four targets) was a non-factor for the second straight week.

DeAngelo Williams (15-40-0 rushing and 1-19-0 receiving) couldn’t get on track against what had been a very porous St. Louis run defense, which is a head-scratcher. Mike Tolbert (13-36-1 rushing and 0-0-0 receiving) hit pay dirt for the second straight week.

The Panthers defense amassed four sacks and forced three turnovers, which included a pick-six.

Key Injury:
Sam Bradford (torn ACL)

Fantasy Tips:
Kellen Clemens is not fantasy-starter material. The Rams offense looks like a lost cause fantasy-wise with the Seahawks on deck for Week 8.

Jonathan Stewart (ankles) could practice next week, but he may not play until Week 9 at the earliest. Mike Tolbert has scored in two straight outings, but he likely will have a tough time hitting pay dirt in Week 8 against the Buccaneers. Greg Olsen has been quiet two weeks in a row. Is it because of his bum foot? Is it because the Panthers have been using him as a blocker a little more than usual? It’s probably a little of both.

Waiver Wire Prospects:

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