The light at the end of the tunnel is nearing. The dreaded 6 team byes are almost passed us. The injuries however, keep mounting and it seems to come at the worst times. It’s bad enough when you have key players on a bye such as T.O., Romo, Edge or the Ravens D this week but if you had
David Garrard or
Javon Walker, you now find yourself really short handed. You need to evaluate what options you have. Do you have a stud in a
Willie Parker or
Randy Moss that you could trade for a few key players? I know that most owners would never think of trading their best player but if it came down to one player that gives you 16 points a game or two players that can give you 20 points combine, you might want to consider making the move. Looking at the waiver options, it’s pretty much slim pickings from here. You can’t even make a desperate attempt to add Priest Holmes because he will be off this week as well. If you’ve gotten by with players you have through the 1st few bye weeks, consider yourself lucky. In one league I have 4 or 5 players off this week. I’ve tried swinging some trades and there isn’t any waiver help so instead of making a move that will hurt me down the road, I’ll stick with what I have and not worry about the lose.
Interesting information about the teams off this week and the receiving production over the last 3 weeks:
Anquan Boldin was targeted 13 times and converted 8 passes for 29 yds and 2 TD this weekend. It was the same amount of TDs of all the receivers combined in the last 3 weeks.
Jerheme Urban was targeted 12 times for 111 yds. Urban who?
Larry Fitzgerald has carried the bulk of the load with 32 targets catching 21 passes for 330 yds and 1 TD. 16 of his 21 catches have also gone for 1st downs.
Roddy White is the clear cut #1 receiver for the falcons over posting 20 targets resulting in 15 catches for 229 and 1 TD. The problem with the Falcons is that they only have 1 passing TD from all the Receivers combined. Interesting enough,
Laurent Robinson and
Michael Jenkins have all also had 20 targets each but have all combined for just 235 yds.
Derek Mason who has the only receiving TD. Mason has been Targeted 31 times resulting in 23 catches for 242 and 1TD. Interesting enough,
Mark Clayton and
Demetrius Williams have been targeted 17 teams each, but only combining for 179 yds.
Quinn Sypniewski has stepped in for
Todd Heap but hasn’t put up Heap’s numbers. Sypniewski has been target 16 times. He’s caught 10 of them but only for 71 yds.
Jason Witten is the favorite target for
Terrell Ownens and
Patrick Crayton have put up similar numbers over the past 3 weeks with T.O. having the edge in yards. Owens has 25 targets, 15 rec for 194 yds with 2 TDs and Crayton has 22 targets, 13 rec for 138 yds and 2 TDs as well.
Tony Gonzalez has 34 targets as compared to 50 for the rest of the WRs and TE. Gonzalez has converted those targets into 21 rec for 268 yds and 2 TDs. the rest of the WR’s have combined for only 27 rec for 383 yds and 1TD.
Dwayne Bowe has 200 of those rec yds.
D.J. Hackett and
Deion Branch for a good amount of time due to injury. Stepping in to pick up the slack is
Bobby Engram and
Nate Burleson with
Ben Obomanu starting to produce. Although the targets have been pretty even among the 3, Engram has converted 17 of the 26 targets for 218 yds while Burleson has only converted 8 of his 23 targets for 82 yds and 1 TD. Obomanu has caught 6 of 19 targets for 110 yds and 1 TD.
Let’s look at the players not available for this week and what players you can use to fill the void.
QB’s on Week Seven Bye:
The list for this week includes,
Damon Huard, and
Matt Hasselbeck. These QB’s have favorable match-ups this week,
RB’s on Week Eight Bye:
This list includes
Maurice Morris and
Larry Johnson. These RB have favorable match-ups this week,
Thomas Jones and
WR’s on Week Eight Bye:
This list includes
Sammy Parker and
Deion Branch. The WR with favorable match-ups are Bernard Berrian/ Muhsin Muhammad,
Santonio Holmes and
TE’s on Week Eight Bye:
This list includes
Marcus Pollard, and
Leonard Pope. Although there is some good TE’s off this week, there are TE’s with really good match-ups. The list includes,
Heath Miller and
DEF’s on Week Eight Bye:
This list includes Cardinals, Falcons, Ravens, Chiefs, Cowboys and Seahawks. Teams with a good match-up are the Titans, Saints, Beards and Bills.
The Golden Mug Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who came through for their team.
– It’s not every week you get this type of production out of your KR spot but when it happens, boy does it feel good. Especially when you have other players on your team out either on a bye or just stinking up the joint. Bironas connected on 8 FG and 2 XP. That’s 26 points alone. If your league rewards extra points for distance then you scored a little extra. Keep in mind that he was averaging 7 points a game prior to this game.
Some guy named
Tom Brady and
Randy Moss, you may have heard about them all week. Since I don’t own either on any team, I rather not hear anymore. Can’t wait for a bye week or a lose.
The Urinal Cake Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who you would like to, well you know.
– Has he been on this list before? I’ve added him this week simply because he had a really good match-up and didn’t come away with anything special. If you didn’t catch the game, you figured the Seahawks winning 33-6 over the Rams would have scored you big points but then you look at your live scoring only to see 47 yds and no TD. He’s only given his owners 107 yds over the last 3 games. Sad, so very sad. If there is any one willing to trade you for him, take what you can get.
(See RB match-up below for why).
I like this week for QB’s:
against the Lions. The Lions played well last week only giving up 16 points but most of the credit goes to the Bucs for shooting themselves in the foot. Garcia still had 316 yds. Greise put up over 300 yds last week and will seek revenge for the Bears after losing their 1st match-up with the Lions.
against the Browns. Bulger has been a big disappointment for his owners this year and most people are benching him until they see some life. Bulger gets a favorable match-up with
I like this week for RB’s:
Chris Henry against the Raiders. Lost in the excitement over of
’ 8 FG was the Titans running game. White and Henry ran well against a good Texan defense. White had 104 yds and 1TD and Henry had 57 yds and 1 TD. Vince Young will likely play which will help the running attack.
They get a nice match-up against
against the Jets. Lynch ran well against a good Ravens defense running for 84 yds and 1TD. In week 4 Lynch ran for 79 yds and 1TD. This week he faces the Jets again and should put up better numbers as the Jets are not stopping anyone. They are giving up 138 yds a game on the ground. Divisional games are usually closer games but the Jets are getting worse each week and the Bills seem to be improving.
I don’t like this week for QB’s:
against the Buccaneers. Over the past two year Gray has played in two games. Against KC last year he played well 13 for 22 for 166, also rushing for 26 yds and 2 TDs. On Monday night against the Colts he was 9 for 24 for only 56 yds and 2INTs. He reminds me of almost an identical copy of Garrard as Quinn is 6-3 246 lbs and Garrard is 6-1 237 lbs. Both seem to play the game the same, making plays with their feet and trying to manage the game. Quinn however is not as good as managing the game as Garrard and that’s why I don’t like this match-up.
David Carr against the Colts. If Vinny played the rest of the year and got the Panthers into the playoffs, he should be the comeback player of the year. He’s came back so many times I can’t remember when he wasn’t in the league. Still, you have to monitor who will start this game as the reports from
I don’t like this week for RB’s:
Dominic Rhodes against the Titans. The Titans were playing good defense last week until they played poor in the 4th quarter. Still I said last week not to play Ahman Green against the Titans and I was right! He ran for only 39 yds. I guess it also helped that the Texans had to throw it a lot to come from behind but the Raiders will be playing from behind as well.
Kenny Watson against the Steelers. Johnson has not played well since coming back from his hamstring injury. He started the year slow only posting one good game in week 2 when he ran for 118 yds. In his return he posted 8 yds. He’s only posted one TD on the year and that was a receiving TD in week 2.
Week seven’s brew of choice was Yuengling, if you have to drink a light beer this is a pretty good one to drink. As always drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.