It looks like this is the week of the missing quarterback as owners have to deal with the bye weeks of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Brady, Eli Manning and Michael Vick. This is a turning point of the season for a lot of teams and fantasy owners alike. Those who are 5-1 feel good, while the 1-5’s may have chalked the season up as a loss already, and those who are 3-3 are biting their nails like LeBron James. (I wonder how he would do as a fantasy tight-end…)
Staying on the topic of quarterbacks, this week we will see some newcomers who will be thrust into the starting role. Though you shouldn’t hold your breath waiting for Christian Ponder to make headlines in Minnesota, we’ve got other names to know for you in this week’s Stock Report.
Fantasy Football Week 7 Stock Report: Stocks Up
As a real football player, there really is not a lot to like about Tebow; but this is the fantasy world. Regardless of how many passing yards he throws for, his legs are your best asset. Down on the goal line he is realistically a better option than any other Bronco running back, so if you are in a league with 10+ teams, don’t be afraid to start him.
The offensive line did OK against Minnesota last week and should do better when they travel to London to face Tampa Bay. Look, Jay is just as skilled as any quarterback in the league when it comes to throwing the ball, but he needs time to do so.
Now, in a week where arguably 4 of the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks are on a bye, the field is wide open for options of who will fill that spot on your roster. The stock of Painter is only up for logistical reasons: going on the road and facing a New Orleans team who will most likely have the Colts down 14 or more at half will prompt Painter to take control and throw the ball a lot.
Felix Jones is hurt, so it looks like Murray should get the start. I’m getting the feeling that after a loss, bye week, and another loss, the Cowboys may want to get their running game going if they wish to be relevant in 2011.
Young backs are another trend this week as Montario Hardesty looks like a valuable option. Yes, the Seahawks are one of the most underrated defensive teams in the league, but someone has to take the carries with Peyton Hillis sitting out with that hamstring injury. 10 points in a standard scoring league seems reasonable.
While he does not command a double team quite like the injured Andre Johnson, Walter does get some respect from defenses. Regardless, he will be targeted early and often whenever Houston does decide to throw the ball.
There may be two 6’4” receivers in Seattle, but this little 5’10” guy is playing bigger than everyone else. While the Browns do have the 4th ranked pass defense in the league, Seattle is still going to put up some numbers at home. Add to that the fact that top cornerback Joe Haden is likely to sit again with a knee injury, and Baldwin could be Cleveland’s toughest matchup.
His production has not been stellar thus far, but his role could be increased greatly very soon. With Carson Palmer getting off the couch and onto the field, the best friends for a new and/or rusty quarterback like that is a running game (check) and a tight end to throw to. Let’s see how this goes. (And surely Kyle Boller, who will likely start this week as Palmer gets acclimated, will look to his tight end too.)
San Diego D/ST
This matchup looks very good if you have this defense. The Chargers are good against the run, something that the Jets feel they need to establish but haven’t so far this year. Mark Sanchez has inconsistencies that fall into the lap of the defense if they are able to establish a decent pass rush. Ignore the coast to coast travel and start San Diego. Go Chargers! Go!
Fantasy Football Week 7 Stock Report: Stocks Down
Sorry Matty Ice, but you just haven’t performed well against the defenses of the NFC North this year. Is it a coincidence that the Bears and Packers were the only teams to hold him to under 10 fantasy points this year? Maybe, but the Detroit defense as a whole will bring problems for the Falcons. That pass rush is vicious. Nobody has been doing well against it and I just don’t see it starting now.
I love Joe Cool as much as anybody, but this week he falls victim of the circumstance. The Jags couldn’t stop the Steelers’ running game last week, and in football if a team can’t stop the run, then the ball will just continue to be shoved down the throat of the defense, lowering Joe’s value this week.
Can you name a significant playmaker on the Jags’ offense besides this guy? Seriously. Obviously there is nobody else but MJD, and going against the best defense in the NFL, things are looking bad. If there is anything positive about his numbers it is that he is averaging 95 yards a game, but if you are looking for a 15 point performance, that’s not happening, because he just doesn’t get into the end zone enough anymore.
Yes, he has been very impressive ever since he took over the starting duties in week 2, but with Tim Tebow on the field, his value drops as the Broncos get closer to the end zone. This is a very unfortunate situation given the fact that he had been playing so well, but this league is a business and people want to see Tebow with the ball. It’s just Tebow fever for Denver (and you can tell as I used his name more than Willis in his own paragraph).
The Vikings held Larry to 6 points last week and you can expect a similar score this week against Pittsburgh. Even though the schemes are different, the two defenses are structured closely in terms of talent and what they do. The other problem facing Arizona as a whole is that it doesn’t look like they know what to do with some decent talent on that offense.
Not 100% sure why Denver pulled the trigger on this deal because it looked as if Lloyd and Decker could coexist. Regardless, he is in St. Louis now, but don’t expect much from him fresh off of the trade. He needs to learn some things about the offense and Sam Bradford is ailing as well. Lower the expectations if you can.
When you do the math, Keller seems like a good choice for a starting tight end, but not so fast my friend. With the dysfunctional Jets offense, it’s hard to think that Keller will see any real involvement. For New York this year it has been either ground and pound or airing it out with very little to the tight end.
I don’t like to harp on teams, but didn’t a lot of people pick this team to go to the Super Bowl? Maybe it is their schedule that puts them up against team’s with a lot of fire power on offense or is it that they just aren’t that good?