Last week we saw an explosion of fantasy production from the wide receiver position. There were 15 wideouts that topped 100 yards receiving and 32 different receivers scored touchdowns. By comparison, only eight running backs topped 100-combined rushing/receiving yards and only 13 different backs scored.
On the plus side, there were five running backs that had multiple touchdown games compared to only two for wide receivers. Heck, even three tight ends topped 125 receiving yards last week
It’s a crazy game folks. Can the running back position bounce back in week 7?
Let’s get to it!
Philip Rivers, SAN DIEGO vs. Oakland: Rivers is knocking on ‘stud’ status and this week’s matchup could lead to that ascension happening. Rivers is coming off a 500-yard passing performance last week and has scored 14 total touchdowns. He is completing 70% of his passes and faces a Raiders defense that has allowed eight passing touchdowns in five games. In the two games against Oakland last year, Rivers averaged 253 yards passing throwing four touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Blake Bortles, JACKSONVILLE vs. Buffalo (In London): Bortles is having a nice sophomore campaign averaging 270 passing yards per game while tossing 13 touchdowns. He has also racked up another 149 yards rushing which fantasy owners love. The Bills defense has been rather friendly to quarterbacks allowing over two passing touchdowns per game. The return of Julius Thomas has bolstered Bortles’ stock even more and he should have a big day across the pond this weekend.
Drew Brees, NEW ORLEANS at Indianapolis: The final stat line didn’t really indicate just how good Brees looked last week. The Saints offense was humming along nicely as the addition of Ben Watson to the passing attack added a much-needed dynamic. Brees should dissect a beat up Colts secondary that may be without Mike Adams this week. In the last three games, Indianapolis has allowed 972 passing yards and six touchdowns. We like that.
Matthew Stafford, DETROIT vs. Minnesota: We are going to ride the hot hand here after Stafford torched the lowly Bears defense for four touchdowns last week. Actually, we are chasing the change in game planning that saw Stafford throw eight passes of 20-plus yards, completing four for 142 yards and a score. In his last three tilts against the Vikings, Stafford has tossed four touchdowns and only one interception. Look for a steady dose of deep balls to Calvin Johnson this week.
Derek Carr, OAKLAND at San Diego: The Chargers have been stingy in handing out fantasy points to quarterbacks. They have held five of the six quarterbacks they have faced to less than 260 passing yards and one of those fellas was named Aaron Rodgers. Carr was struggling a bit heading into the bye week having tossed a pick in consecutive games. Look for the Raiders to attack the porous San Diego run defense this week limiting Carr’s fantasy potential.
Sam Bradford, PHILADELPHIA at Carolina: The Eagles offense is still an ugly work in progress and Bradford spends most of the game looking confused. His nine touchdowns to nine interceptions ratio is troubling and he tossed three picks last week. The Eagles are getting DeMarco Murray more involved in the offense and will look to do that even more with Bradford looking so bad. The Panthers defense has allowed only five touchdown passes for the season.
Joe Flacco, BALTIMORE at Arizona: The Ravens look to be circling the drain and a date in the desert with the Cardinals could get ugly. Flacco continues to suffer from a lack of receiving options outside of Steve Smith and Crockett Gillmore. Arizona’s defense has given up nine touchdown passes but has also intercepted 11 balls. Flacco has averaged just over an interception per game and that trend will continue this week.
Josh McCown, CLEVELAND at St. Louis: We had Josh here last week and it paid off. Things don’t get any easier for McCown as the Rams defense has been tough on quarterbacks. They are allowing a single touchdown pass per game and have sacked opposing quarterbacks 19 times. Just as we stated last week, a hurried McCown is a mistake prone McCown. He should be avoided this week.