Week 7 review

Posted: October 26, 2010 in Fantasy Football

Carson Palmer had 412 yards and three touchdowns… and lost. He has Miami and Pittsburgh coming up so don’t get too excited. Meanwhile, I’m buying Ryan Fitzpatrick. He threw for 374 yards and four touchdowns. He has a 102.0 passer rating in four starts. 969 yards and 11 touchdowns, combined with their coming schedule at Kansas City, then home against Chicago and Detroit looks fairly friendly. Big Ben Roethlisberger has not experienced much rust in two starts so far this season. He has a passer rating of 122.4 with 559 yards, five scores and one interception. This week, he threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns.

After missing two weeks due to injury, Darren McFadden solidified his place as a must-start RB in any league, with 196 all-purpose yards and four scores. The Raiders play in the putrid AFC West, so he should get plenty of chances for multi-touchdown performances. Ahmad Bradshaw, Thomas Jones, and Ryan Torain all went over 120 yards, but Jones was the only one who got in the end zone. He continues to upset Jamaal Charles owners. But be patient, he will be the man in Kansas City before fantasy playoffs. Owners who took a chance on Marshawn Lynch weren’t blown away by his 89 yards and no touchdowns, but had to be thrilled with 24 carries, and there is no reason to think that number will go down anytime soon.

As far as receivers go, Kenny Britt and Roddy White, of course, jump out. Britt went for 225 yards and three scores and White had 201 and two. But perhaps even more impressive, Jordan Shipley had six catches for 131 and a touchdown, Steve Johnson had eight receptions for 158 and a touchdown and David Gettis (of the Carolina Panthers, if you didn’t know), had eight for 125 yards and two scores. All three are worth keeping an eye on, and if you have someone on the end of your bench who doesn’t figure to play, feel free to add them. But if you are in a free agent auction league, I wouldn’t pay for them in a 12-team standard league yet. Marques Colston had 10 receptions and finally got his first touchdown.

Its been a long time since there were this many humongous fantasy performers, between Britt, McFadden, White, Palmer, and others. This season, fantasy success seems more reliant on which team will have the breakout star for that week. At least in my league, it seems every matchup has one player turn the tide. I had a guy in my league starting Johnson. That’s the value of good preparation. Then again, he lost because his opponent had McFadden, so there is still some luck involved.



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