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Week 7: Random Thoughts

Good morning and welcome to week 7’s version of my random thoughts.

It just frosts me every time I read about how Frank Gore hates to take himself out of a game.  Back in week two against the New Orleans Saints Gore took himself out of the game with the 49ers at the 2-yard line.  The 49ers had 1st and goal on the New Orleans nine yard line when Gore had back-to-back carries of two and five yards to put the 49ers at the two yard line…then Gore heads towards the sideline. Anthony Dixon entered the game and proceeded to take the next handoff two yards for a touchdown. 

I know Gore had a great game, rushing for 112 yards and a touchdown while catching seven passes for 56 yards and a touchdown.  But you know what, I needed that third touchdown for my fantasy team to win that week.  I wound up losing 164.4 to 159.9.  Given that this is the first year of a dynasty league and I’m currently at 2-4 partly due to injuries to Pierre Thomas and Sidney Rice I decided that Gore had to go. 

So, I made a deal this week trading Gore for Ben Tate and two 2011 1st-round draft picks.  I must say, I am now at peace with Frank Gore.

If you were unable to find a suitable replacement, fear not, it appears that Redskins’ tight end Chris Cooley will be active today.

Those in dynasty leagues should take note that the San Diego Chargers have signed wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu to the 53-man active roster.  At 6-foot-3, the Fresno State product has the height that the Chargers desire in a wide receiver.  This move was only made due to the injuries to Floyd and Naanee, so it may only be a matter of week(s) before he’s sent packing.  But then again, who knows?

With Colts’ tight end Dallas Clark out for the season and wide receiver Austin Collie out for “at least several games” there is absolutely no excuse for Colts’ tight end Jacob Tamme or wide receivers Anthony Gonzalez and Blair White to be on the waiver wire.  Somebody is going to pick up the slack, make sure you have a horse in this race.  Get it, Colts…horse…

Don’t forget that the Colts’ also selected runnnig back Andre Brown off of waivers from the Broncos.  It’s looking like it could take up to five weeks for Joseph Addai to regain the strength in his shoulder and fellow running back Donald Brown is also having his own battles with the injury bug.  Andre Brown is nothing more than a speculative play with Donald Brown looking like he’ll be back for week 8.  But if you have the room, there’s a lot of upside should Andre Brown get a shot in this high-powered Colts’ offense.

While Joseph Addai was averaging 4.4 ypc, Donald Brown and Mike Hart were only averaging 3.5 and 3.6 ypc, respectively.  So, the door may be open for Andre Brown to make some noise.

Feel free to sell-high after the Chiefs’ Dwayne Bowe goes off against a Jaguars’ defense that is the most generous when it comes to giving up fantasy points to wide receivers.

Chiefs’ tight end Tony Moeaki makes for a nice play against a Jaguars’ defense that is the seventh most generous in giving up points to tight ends.

Ben Watson also makes for a nice bye week fill-in.

With quarterback Matt Moore leading the offense for the Panthers, wide receiver Steve Smith should be able to find the end zone.

I know that the frustration with Maurice Jones-Drew is building, but don’t bench him this week.  The Chiefs’ defense has given up 19 and 33 fantasy points to opposing running backs over last two weeks.

Make sure you keep Redskins’ running back Ryan Torain in your lineup.  The Bears’ defense has given up two rushing touchdowns in two of their last three games.

Like a kid with a brand new toy, I’ll have Rams’ wide receiver Danario Alexander in my starting lineup. 

Good luck and have a great week.

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

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