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Week 7: Everybody Hurts (at this time)

Welcome to Week 7 of the Brew Crew Corner. It is the midpoint of the fantasy season and on top of all the injuries we’ve had, it is also a tough bye week period. If you have made it this far into the year with your players healthy and your bye weeks covered, consider yourself blessed and very lucky. The majority of us have had our best players injured and are looking hard to stop the bleeding. Understand that many other owners are in the same situation you are in, so it is important that you work those trades or find those substitutions because you are not the only one scrambling to add players.

This week owners are without: Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne. Arian Foster and Andre Johnson. Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best. LaDainian Tomlinson and the New York Jets defense. Add in the injuries this past weekend to DeSean Jackson, Joseph Addai, Rashard Mendenhall, Eddie Royal and Antonio Gates. That is a ton of fantasy talent missing this week and we haven’t reached Weeks 8 and 9 which are bye week hell because six teams instead of four will be off during that time.

With the fantasy season halfway done, we take a look at the Top 10 fantasy players in Shark leagues and 10 disappointing fantasy players so far.

Top 10 Fantasy Players



Fantasy Points


Arian Foster, HOU, RB



Frank Gore, SFO, RB



Chris Johnson, TEN, RB



LeSean McCoy, PHI, RB



Philip Rivers, SDC, QB



Peyton Manning
, QB



Austin Collie IND, WR



Aaron Rodgers GBP, QB



Matt Forte CHI, RB



Jahvid Best DET, RB


Not Top 10 Fantasy Players



Fantasy Points


Marques Colston, NOS, WR



Johnny Knox, CHI, WR



Jason Witten, DAL, TE



Shonn Greene, NYJ, RB



Mike Sims-Walker, JAC, WR



Ricky Williams, MIA, RB



Jonathan Stewart, CAR, RB



C.J. Spiller, BUF, RB



Fred Jackson, BUF, RB



Chris Wellls, ARI, RB


The Golden Mug Award

Awarded to the fantasy player who came through for their team.

Jeremy Maclin – 7 receptions, 159 yards, 2 TD. Maclin had his best game as a pro and with DeSean Jackson sidelined, he will be the No. 1 receiver on the team.

Arian Foster – 18 carries, 71 yards, 2 TD. Foster bounced back from a tough Week 5 and found the end zone twice. Foster is on pace to rush for 1,688 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Dwayne Bowe – 6 receptions, 108 yards, 2 TD. Bowe has been a bust for most of the season, but he finally gets his first 100-yard game of the year.

The Urinal Cake Award

Awarded to the fantasy player who you would like to, well you know.

Hakeem Nicks – 3 receptions, 8 yards. After a monster game in Week 5, Nicks was held to three catches. If you play in a non-points-per-reception league, you didn’t even score a point with Nicks.

Miles Austin – 2 receptions, 12 yards. He had a big game in Week 2 but a horrible Week 3. Then he had a big game in Week 5, but a disappointing game in Week 6. So does that mean Austin will have a big game in Week 7?

Knowshon Moreno- 12 carries, 48 yards. Moreno returned after missing three weeks due to injury and wasn’t very impressive in his first game back.


Good quarterback matchups this week:

Joe Flacco against the Bills. Flacco played well in last week’s overtime loss to the New England Patriots and should make quick work of the Bills to keep pace with the Steelers in the division. Flacco is the 11th-best fantasy quarterback and has a great schedule for the second half of the fantasy season. The Bills have given up 32.2 points per game (32nd) and 5.4 points worse than the 31st team, the Houston Texans. Buffalo has also allowed 11 passing touchdowns to just one interception. Anquan Boldin owners rejoice!

Matt Ryan against the Bengals. Ryan has been a very good fantasy quarterback. He ranked seventh overall among quarterbacks and is averaging 16.2 fantasy points a game. With Michael Jenkins, it adds another target for Ryan to throw as Jenkins saw 11 passes go his way last week. The Bengals are 13th in passing yards allowed with 206.6 per game, but are 16th in points allowed with 20.8 per game.

Sleeper Pick of the Week: Matt Hasselbeck against the Cardinals. Hasselback hasn’t been great this season but he is still a better fantasy quarterback than Chad Henne, Brett Favre and Matt Cassel. You have to pick your spots with Hasselbeck and if you’re looking for a bye week fill-in, this is the matchup you want. Arizona is playing with a rookie quarterback and the defense has been awful against the pass. The Cardinals are allowing 241.9 passing yards per game (26th) with nine touchdowns given up this season. They are also giving up plenty of points as they 27.6 points per game (29th).

Good running back matchups this week:

Steven Jackson against the Buccaneers. Imagine if Jackson played on a good team these last few years and could stay healthy behind a good line. He would be a Top 3 running back every season. This season he is still banged up but defying the odds as he is the 12th-best running back. He faces Tampa Bay, which is 31st with 157 rushing yards allowed and 21st in points allowed with 22.2 per game.

Jamaal Charles/Thomas Jones against the Jaguars. The Chiefs continue to split the workload between these two running backs, but they are both putting up good numbers. Charles is 20th among running backs with Jones behind him at 24th. They will face a Jacksonville team that will be without its starting quarterback and coming off a tough division loss to the Tennessee Titans. Jacksonville is allowing 27.8 points (tie-30th) and 111.2 rushing yards per game (tie-19th). They have also given up seven rushing touchdowns, tied for the most in the NFL.

Sleeper Pick of the Week:
Darren McFadden against the Broncos. If only McFadden could stay healthy, he would be a Top 5 running back. He is ranked 15th overall among running backs, but if you look at average fantasy points per game, he is fifth overall. He has a good matchup this week which he should be ready for. The Broncos’ run defense is allowing 127.7 rushing yards per game (25th) and are tied for the lead league with seven rushing touchdowns surrendered this season.

Bad quarterback matchups this week:

Alex Smith against the Panthers and Matt Moore against the 49ers. I’m calling this ‘The Fire Bowl’ because the loser of this game will likely get canned very soon. Look for an ugly day as both teams need a win but have been playing decent pass defense. Carolina is fifth in the league with 182.4 passing yards allowed per game with nine interceptions this season while San Francisco is 11th in the league with 201.2 passing yards allowed a game with six interception this season. I would hate to see the post game press conference for this one.

Tony Romo against the Giants. The Cowboys are meeting the Giants at the wrong time of the season right now. The Giants lead the division at 4-2 and would love to drop the Cowboys to 1-5 before heading into their bye week. The Giants have turned up the defense in the past three weeks and are second in the league with just 172 passing yards allowed per game. The Giants are tied for the league lead in sacks with 21.

Bad running back matchups this week:

LeSean McCoy against the Titans. The Titans’ defense has been stout against the run and has held teams to 97.1 rushing yards per game (eighth) while allowing just one touchdown on the ground this season. They limited Maurice Jones-Drew last week to just 57 rushing yards. McCoy has been having a productive fantasy season as he is ranked fourth among running backs, and I feel he is still flying under the radar in most leagues and should be targeted in trades.

Maurice Jones-Drew against the Chiefs. The Jaguars will likely use Todd Bouman this week, which will allow Kansas City to stack the box heavily. The Chiefs have played the run well too, allowing just 90.8 rushing yards per game (fifth). The Chiefs smell blood and will look to stop Jones-Drew early in order force the team to throw. If you can move Jones-Drew before this week, do so and get what you can for him.

Ronnie Brown/Ricky Williams against the Steelers. Brown has been a mediocre fantasy back this season as he is averaging just 59.8 rushing yards a game with his only touchdown coming in Week 1. If you were planning on using Brown during your starter’s bye week, you won’t get much against a stingy Pittsburgh defense that is tops in the league. The Steelers are allowing a miniscule 63.6 rushing yards per game (first) and have given up just two rushing touchdowns this season

Week 7: bandage up that lineup and plug in those backups. It is going to be a brutal week.
Good Luck to everyone in Week 7. Follow @BrewCrewCorner

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