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The Skeptic Tank: Weeks 7/8

Welcome to the Week 7 edition of the Skeptic Tank. Join me as I take a look back at Sunday’s games and review the fantasy implications of some of the more interesting performances. It’s also never too early to start thinking about your waiver wire pickups for Week 8.

Jordan Shipley’s performance was very impressive Sunday versus the Falcons as he caught all six of his targets for 131 yards and one touchdown.  Many will say that this was an anomaly as the Bengals got behind early and had to throw to get back into the game.  I say, oh yeah!?  This is the second time that Carson Palmer has had 50 pass attempts in a game(Week 1 versus New England) and he’s yet to attempt less than 35 passes in any game.  So, if Shipley’s available he definitely makes for a decent bye week fill-in and should either of the stars from the T.OCHO show go down, there is definitely some upside.

Cedric Benson had another lackluster game as he averaged 3.5 yards on 20 carries.  Bernard Scott picked up 14 yards on his only carry, but was active in the passing game as he caught all five of his targets for a total of 43 yards.  With Benson about to become a free agent at the end of this season and the Bengals currently sitting at 2-4 it may be time to see exactly what Scott has to offer.

Ryan Torain was a load as he totaled 125 yards on 21 carries.  Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan shrugged off Torain’s two fourth quarter fumbles as being a result of fatigue.  So if Mike’s not worried, neither am I. 

Although, a couple of mock drafts that I’ve seen for the 2011 NFL Draft have the the Redskins taking Alabama running back Mark Ingram.  Those in keeper/dynasty leagues should monitor this situation.

Bears’ wide receiver Devin Aromashodu started the game on Sunday versus the Redskins, but failed to get even one target.  Johnny Knox is the only Bears’ wide receiver you should even consider starting, possibly even owning.

I’m in a league that uses IDP and Redskins’ cornerback Deangelo Hall was good for 43.7 points.

NFL coaches continue to take a harsh stance against off-field transgressions as Tennessee wide receiver Kenny Britt was benched by Titans’ head coach Jeff Fisher to start the game Sunday versus the Eagles.  After having learned his lesson, Britt entered the game midway through the second quarter and went on to amass 225 yards on seven catches while scoring three touchdowns.

With a 56.9 quarterback rating against the Titans, Eagles’ quarterback Kevin Kolb has left the door wide open for Michael Vick to start once he returns.

Is Chiefs’ wide receiver Dwayne Bowe for real after posting his second consecutive two-touchdown performance?  I think he falls squarly under the sell-high umbrella.

If you’re looking for the handcuff to MJD, it’s Deji Kareem.  File this away.

Those in keeper/dynasty leagues should take note of Saints’ tight end Jimmy Graham.  Graham is a 6-foot-8, 260-pound project out of the University of Miami.  Graham played four years of basketball prior to playing one season of football in the fall of 2009.  According to Saints’ head coach Sean Payton, Graham was the one player that the Saints had to have in the 2010 draft.

On Sunday versus the Cleveland Browns Graham caught all four of his targets for a total of 38 yards.  It’s also worth noting that both Jeremy Shockey and David Thomas also had four targets each.  Graham is a great athlete, but is still a project, who in a couple of years should be a top 5 tight end.

Tampa Bay running back LeGarrette Blount is a must pickup coming off of this weekends 72 yards on 11 carries.  Cadillac Williams was a factor in the passing game as he caught eight passes for 34 yards and a touchdown, but averaged only 3.0 yards on four carries.  Blount is looking like a good bet to earn the majority of carries going forward as I’m sure the Bucs would like to find out if they need to address the running back position in the early rounds of the 2011 draft.

Bills’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was an utter beast as he tore the Ravens’ defense apart to the tune of 374 yards and four touchdowns.  He has now thrown for 11 touchdowns against four interceptions over the last four games.  At this point I’d consider Fitzpatrick matchup proof and a must-start. 

But the real question is, do the Bills still draft a quarterback with the possible #1 pick in the 2011 draft?

Jim Bukowski is a staff writer for and can be reached at

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