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Risers and Fallers – Week 7

Tennessee Titans vs Buffalo Bills

Kenny Britt– There are currently no suspensions pending or injuries hampering the potentially elite Titans’ receiver. This is the first time in 2012 that Britt should be viewed as a 100% must-start. Playing him at this juncture of the season is the exact reason why owners took Britt in the draft a few months back. With Britt at full throttle for the first time in a long time he needs to be in all lineups but he also needs to reward owners’ faith and patience with a good showing here. Britt could turn out to be a second half gem or a draft day waste. The fantasy season is just beyond the halfway point so there is no time to dillydally.

Dallas Cowboys vs Carolina Panthers

Felix Jones– Could Jones do to Murray in 2012, what Murray did to Jones in 2011? With Murray out week seven and perhaps longer, Jones has the chance to earn back some of his lost value. If Jones proves to be a reliable runner and the homerun threat he once was, he could earn additional work when Murray returns. He absolutely cannot afford to come off the field with yet another injury as Phillip Tanner is waiting in the same manner as Murray was. Jones has to remain on the field and productive in order to earn back some long-term value. His short-term value is at a season high but he could end up being like the Giants’ Andre Brown, with a one and done type of effect if things don’t fully work out.

Baltimore Ravens vs Houston Texans

Joe Flacco-The Ravens’ ball chucker has been rapidly ascending the QB rankings since week one. He has proven to be a borderline must-start and has provided amazing value for those who decided to wait on the position on draft day. Flacco has the chance to earn a little more “street cred” here as he gets matched up against the aggressive Houston Texans. This time around though, the Texans will be without one of their main contributors in linebacker Brian Cushing. The Wade Phillips driven defense still has top end contributors, some extremely elite, such as J.J. Watt, but it’s simply not as effective. If Flacco can take advantage of the same defense that Aaron Rodgers just took to the butcher then his stock would be climbing, yet again. Flacco could find himself in the top ten rankings at quarterback for the rest of the year depending on his production here. There may not be a stronger test in the NFL today than the Texans.

Cleveland Browns vs Indianapolis Colts

Reggie Wayne– The Colts’ grey beard is the 2012 Steve Smith. All it took was an injection of youth at the quarterback spot to completely rocket the receiver back into the elite, much like Smith in 2011 with Cam Newton. How high can the Colt fly, though? If Wayne can keep up his current pace he’d be in for a career best season. Wayne still hasn’t seemed to earn back some of the diminished value caused by a Peyton Manning-less Indy team last season. Wayne very well could end up being a Randy Moss or a Torry Holt type of receiver that gets drafted extremely early in 2013 even though the age factor plays against him. If Wayne keeps up the pace he could earn further recognition and rightfully join Victor Cruz, AJ Green, and Calvin Johnson as the top consistent players at his position, and further his case of deja vu.

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