Saturday, October 20, 2012

Week 7 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em by @FFgridiron!

 Week 7 Start'em Sit'em: Playmaekrs & Heartbreakers by @FFgridiron

Typically, this list comes out no later than Thursday morning. Unfortunately, my computer decided to take a shit as I was about to publish this the other night and I had to re-do everything. As a college student working full-time, finding the time is no easy task. Please accept my apologies. Anyway, this week will mark for many of us, the halfway point in the fantasy season. Some are already looking towards their player’s Week 15 and 16 schedule while others may be ready to throw in the towel. Hopefully at the least, you’re somewhere in between. With some fantasy-heavy teams such as Philadelphia, Denver, Atlanta, Kansas City, and Miami all on byes, owners are faced with quite a challenge this week. Let’s take a look at a few guys who are bound to make plays, and few who are bound to break some hearts.
*This list will not consist of players such as Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Arian Foster, or Calvin Johnson. If you’re contemplating sitting them, the real question becomes. . . what the hell is wrong with you?
  • Carson Palmer, OAK, vs JAC- Palmer is quietly on pace to throw for 4,600 yards, which would be a career-best. He hasn’t done anything spectacular, but he has averaged nearly 15 points through five games. The Jaguars have been pitiful on the road this year, giving up an average of 283 passing yards and two touchdowns per road contest in 2012. With Vick, Rivers, and Ryan on byes, Palmer serves as a nice fill-in for Week 7. Playmaker.
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF, vs TEN- So here is the trend with Fitzpatrick thus far: In simple terms, against shitty defenses, he throws up numbers in bunches. Against solid defenses, he throws up a bunch of shitty numbers. That’s all there is to it. Luckily for him and his owners, he takes on one of those, well, shitty defenses. The Titans are ranked 31st against fantasy signal-callers and have allowed multiple touchdowns in five of their six games. Start Fitzy with confidence this week. Playmaker.
  • Tony Romo, DAL, vs CAR- Romo came back off the bye week last week looking sharp and relaxed, and picked apart the Baltimore defense all day long. After a miserable last few games, the Cowboys finally seemed to have found their stride last week. Here’s the thing, say what you want about the Cowboys (as an Eagles fan, I have many things I could say ha), but this offensive group is made up of veterans that are simply too talented to actually be as bad as they have been through most of 2012. Expect the explosion that started last week in Baltimore to continue on into Carolina in Week 7. The guy that will be leading that charge, Tony Romo. Playmaker.
  • Jay Cutler, CHI, vs DET- Cutler has been all over the map this year but has actually remained steady the last two weeks cashing in two straight 20+ point games. One of which came against the exceptional Cowboys defense. The Lions on the other hand, have been porous at best on the road this year, giving up 20.6 points per game to opposing quarterbacks. The Cutler to Marshall connection should be able to light up the show come Monday Night.Playmaker.
  • Christian Ponder, MIN, vs ARI- I’ve been all over the Ponder bandwagon this year. This kid is a baller. However, Arizona seems to be able to handle the “ballers” pretty well. The Cards have made a stunning turnaround, ranking 2nd in the league against fantasy quarterbacks. Two of which have been Tom Brady and Michael Vick. Fitz got held to six but we’re not going to include him in the same sentence. Vick is questionable enough. The matchup just isn’t in Ponder’s favor here and frankly, you should look elsewhere. Heartbreaker.
  • Joe Flacco, BAL, vs HOU- After the first few weeks of the season, Flacco was being proclaimed as having one foot through the doors of Canton already. Since, he’s sort of fizzled out. Flacco’s prior struggles on the road seem to be alive and well this year as he’s only averaged 8.5 points in his two games away from M & T Bank Stadium. The Texans were caught with their pants down last Monday and totally abused, but look for them to come out fired up in this game. Starting Joe here isn’t the worst thing you could do, but it’s also not the wisest either.
Running Backs
  • Doug Martin, TB, vs NO- Martin finished last week capping off his best game of his young career, compiling 131 total yards from scrimmage. If Tampa continues this transition from a wretched dink and dunk, to a more down the field passing attack, the future is bright for Martin. With the Bucs taking advantage of their big guys downfield, Martin has more space to operate as he won’t be seeing a box stacked with eight or nine, allowing him to make plays whether it’s running or receiving. Then again, this is New Orleans defense he’s facing this week. That’s enough reason on its own. They’ve given up 100+ yards four out of five games. Start him. Playmaker.
  • Felix Jones, DAL vs CAR- Jones showed that old burst and speed that we came to know him by a few years ago. In relief duty, Jones rushed for 92 yards on 18 carries including a 22 yard touchdown run in the first half. With Murray out this week, Jones gets the start against a Carolina defense that can’t seem to stop much of anything. If you snagged him up this week, this is the time to start him. Of course don’t go trying to be all cute and start him over start him over some premiere back, but if you were in a position to get him, you probably need him. The matchup couldn’t really be better.Playmaker.
  • C.J. Spiller, BUF, vs TEN- With the exception being last week, the Titans have yet to hold any team from rushing for 97 yards or more. With the way Buffalo has split the workload, both Spiller and Jackson will put up rewarding numbers and both should be in your lineup this week. However, I like Spiller’s explosive potential to come out with the better stat line this week. Spiller isn’t on the injury report this week and it’s safe to assume he’s pretty damn close to 100%. From what we’ve so far, a near 100% C.J. Spiller is a must start.Playmaker.
  • Chris Johnson, TEN, vs BUF- The other CJ in this game should be in for a big day as well. This is Johnson’s juiciest matchup of the year and if he was your first or second round pick, you need to start him here. Buffalo has twice given up 200+ yards as well as seven total touchdowns on the ground. They’ve also given up more 20+ plus yard runs than any other defense in the league. With Johnson’s undeniable speed, if he gets out in the open, he’s likely gone.Playmaker.
  • Mikel LeShoure, DET, vs CHI- LeShoure has produced a grim 12 points in his two games since his exceptional debut. This week things don’t become any easier as he takes on the 4th ranked Bears defense that hasn’t allowed a running back to gain more than 84 yards. With the Bears having two weeks to prepare for the Monday Night NFC North showdown at Soldier Field, things just don’t seem too promising for LeShoure. You should fold this hand. Heartbreaker.
  • Steven Jackson, STL, vs GB- Jackson is currently ranked as the 28th fantasy running back. The once must-start seems to be fading away, at least for the moment. With reports that this will be Jackson’s last year in St. Louis, along with the emergence of Daryl Richardson, Jackson just doesn’t seem to have that same upside as he once had. The staff came out to say that he and Richardson would split the carries moving forward and therefore, he needs to be on your bench this week. Especially since this game has a chance to get out of hand if Rodgers is feeling the way he was Monday Night. Heartbreaker.
  • BenJarvus Green-Ellis, CIN, vs PIT- The Law Firm’s case has been getting weaker and weaker by the game. He was in a little danger last week of losing the case before Bernard Scott blew out his knee. He isn’t playing the same Pittsburgh defense we’ve grown accustomed to, but they have still been respectable. BJGE needs to take a seat on your bench until proven otherwise.Heartbreaker.
Wide Receivers
  • Denarius Moore, OAK, vs JAC- Let me start out by saying he sure did surprise me last week. Taking on the No. 1 ranked pass defense, Moore came out to play some damn ball. By the end of the day, he tallied up five receptions for 104 yards and one touchdown. He was the first receiver all year to go over 100 yards against the Falcons. Moore has been producing well even as he’s the only real receiving threat being put on the field for Oakland. As discussed up top, the Jaguars have been absolutely terrible on the road, allowing an average of 25 points to opposing receivers. Along with his quarterback, Moore is a Playmaker this week.
  • James Jones, GB, vs STL- Jones is hollering “Yo Greg, take your time, son!”. Jones has hauled in SIX, yes SIX, touchdowns in his three games filling in for Jennings. Amazingly, these have only come on 12 receptions. St. Louis has been rock solid against the pass this year, but an Aaron Rodgers-led passing attack is a little different from most. With much of the attention going to Nelson, Jones should have plenty of opportunitities to make plays of his own. His hand is hot. Ride him.Playmaker.
  • Josh Gordon, CLE, vs IND- I could go the easy route and go with someone like Reggie Wayne, another receiver in this game. But you don’t need me to tell you to start a guy like Reggie Wayne. Instead, I’m going to make a little case for Josh Gordon. Like Jones, the kid is HOT. Cleveland gave up a second round pick to get Gordon in the supplemental draft, and we’re starting to see why. In the last two games, he’s had three long, big play touchdowns. He’s had 12 targets throught the last two games and quickly emerging as the Browns top receiver. Weeden has shown his willingness to air it out and against a Colts team that has given up five touchdowns in two games, I’m feelin’ Gordon this week.Playmaker.
  • Steve Smith, CAR, vs DAL- Smith is on pace to set career lows in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. This week, he faces a Dallas secondary that his been nothing short of exceptional this year. With Cam’s struggles, Smith has yet to get in the endzone this year. You may not be in a position to sit Smith with six teams on a bye, but keep in mind that other than Brandon Marshall, Dallas hasn’t allowed a wide receiver to exceed double digits this year. Don’t break your back to sit him, but if you can, do it. Heartbreaker.
  • Brandon Lloyd, NE, vs NYJ- The only knock on Lloyd this year is his lack of touchdowns. Speaking of knocks, Lloyd banged up his shoulder last week against Seattle after landing awkwardly. The Jets have surprisingly held their own with Revis out, ranking third against the past. This is due in large part to the play of Antonio Cromartie. The big body Cromartie is likely to shadow Lloyd all day causing Brady to more than likely look elsewhere. Heartbreaker.
Tight Ends
  • Martellus Bennett, NYG, vs WAS- The Black Unicorn has been M.I.A. after blazing out of the gates. This week he takes on the second-worst defense against opposing tight ends, already giving up five touchdowns. In what should be a high scoring game, Bennett should get plenty of work exploiting a weak Redskin pass defense. Let the magic happen. Playmaker.
  • Fred Davis, WAS, vs NYG- The other tight end in this game, Davis, has started to show a little life in recent weeks. Unfortunately, the Giants have been quite stingy against tight ends. The Giants rank third against tight ends and havent allowed a single touchdown all year. Heartbreaker.
Feel free to comment as they are much appreciated guys! Good luck this week!
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