Welcome to Week 7 of “On the Rise, On the Fall.” Throughout the season, I will discuss players whose stock is rising and others who are not having the same luck. I will avoid naming the obvious studs – Andre Johnson,
On the Rise
Matt Schaub, QB,
: Schaub has completed his first of three great matchups, but still has
Kevin Smith, RB,
: First of all, temper your expectations since we are talking about a Lion running back. However, this rookie, who looked like he lost the job to Rudi Johnson, has looked the best in the
: This is pretty obvious with Reggie Bush out for about 3-6 weeks. The Saints have
Stud of the Week
LenDale White, RB, Titans
: 149 yards and three scores will win you the Stud of the Week award. With his favorable matchup and with bye week issues, there’s a good chance owners had LenDale in their lineups. If you did, you were rewarded big time. White’s day was highlighted by his 80-yard TD scamper, which caught fans by surprise since they are accustomed to his goalline TD runs.
On the Fall
Eli Manning, QB,
: From a fantasy standpoint, Eli is not the guy you want in the second half of the season. He has some tough matchups over the next four weeks especially, with the Steelers, Cowboys, Eagles and Ravens on tap. The Giants also have the three-headed monster in the backfield they like to call Earth, Wind and Fire, so that makes Eli even less attractive. He should be able to manage the game, but don’t expect any big numbers from the younger Manning brother.
Larry Johnson, RB,
: If you sold high on LJ after he faced those inferior run defenses, you made a very smart move. The run game when a team faces an early deficit is not good, coupled with a bad offense. Mix in some legal troubles and team suspensions and you have a man on the fall.
Julius Jones, RB,
: He was a commodity as
Dud of the Week
Peyton Manning, QB, Colts
: I’m giving the award to Peyton this week for his 229 yard, two interception, zero TD performance when we thought the Colts “were back.” Reggie Wayne also was affected by the Colts performance as he had just 24 yards. It was a disappointing day for Manning owners. Let’s see what he can do next Monday night against the undefeated Titans.
One Week Wonder
Mewelde Moore, RB,
: This obviously depends on the health of Willie Parker, but even if Fast Willie is out next week,
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