- Josh Freeman (vs NO) – Coming off a hot performance against a tough Kansas City pass defense. He is going to have a much easier time throwing the ball this week, and will most likely have to in order for the Bucs to stay in this game. Should put up 20+
- Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs Ten) – I’m not shying away from Fitzy just yet, despite some discouraging recent turnouts from him. Keep in mind his two dud games – around 6 and 9 points depending on your league’s scoring format – came against the 49′ers and Cardinals defenses. This week he sees a weak Tennessee defense, and should return to putting up solid points.
- Brandon Weeden (@ Ind) – WEEDEN IS GOOD. Stop writing him off based on the fact that he plays for Cleveland, and check the guy out. Now, I’m not saying you should start him over Brady or Rodgers, but he has put up serious points the past three weeks, and looks to build upon those performances against a vulnerable Colts defense.
- Doug Martin (vs NO) – The New Orleans run defense is atrocious, and Josh Freeman looks to finally have his head straight after some highly discouraging performances in the early weeks. Martin will get his in week 7.
- Fred Jackson (vs Ten) – Both backs have good upside against a terrible Titans rushing defense. Spiller has more big play potential, but due to the Titans inability to stop runs on the goal line, I think Jackson will have the bigger day out of the two.
- Felix Jones (@ Car) – This will remind owners of Andre Brown’s brief stint deputizing Ahmad Bradshaw earlier this season. Jones will come in, and probably put up solid runningback points until Murray returns. He almost certainly won’t continue to return kicks while filling in at RB, but has an upside in PPR formats. Coming off a big fantasy week against Baltimore (where he didn’t do anything noteworthy until Murray’s injury), he should build against a Panthers defense that has allowed 6 opposing backs this year to score 10+ points.
- Dez Bryant (@ Car) – Has he finally figured things out? Getting 15 targets against the Ravens, and 13 the previous week against the Bears would indicate that he does – or at least Tony Romo thinks so. Carolina’s vulnerable pass defense is a prime opponent for him to continue this nice run he’s been on in week 7.
- Denarius Moore (vs Jax) – He is the number #1 receiver here, and it finally started to show last week with 5 catches for 104 yards and a TD against a tough Atlanta defense. He should be a solid play this week against a much weaker Jacksonville secondary, which has allowed three receivers to break double digits in their past three games.
- Donnie Avery (vs Cle) – Again, Cleveland is not as bad of a team as everyone thinks. Joe Haden is finally back from injury, and he will present one hell of a tough matchup for Reggie Wayne. Despite being one of the better wideouts in the league this year, I think Wayne will have a diminished role this game, due in large part the return of Haden. Avery has been getting tons of targets from Luck all season, but hasn’t managed to do much with them, in spite of the hopes of many owners who grabbed him up from the waiver wire around weeks 2-3. If he can turn those targets into catches, he should have a big game here – and if he can’t Luck will start throwing to T.Y. Hilton.
- Scott Chandler (vs Ten) – His success obviously relies on Fitzpatrick & the Bills ability to pass the ball – which they understandably have not been able to do the past two games against Arizona & San Francisco. The Titans present a frail imitation of the threat those two defenses do, and Chandler should continue being a worthy TE start this week. He still looks to be Fitzpatrick’s favorite end-zone target, which isn’t surprising as he stands a staggering 6’7″.
- Jared Cook (@ Buf) – Cook has impressed recently, despite the Titans string of unfavorable matchups, including Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Houston, and San Diego. Matching up against Buffalo this week should be like taking the weights off the bat for him.
- Minnesota (vs Ari) – Arizona definitely has a tough defense, but they are without their starting QB, first and second string RB’s, and still have a terrible offensive line. This is all without mentioning how nasty Minnesota has looked defensively this year. The Arizona offense is gonna’ have a bad time.
- Both teams on Thursday: (SF vs Ari) – If you aren’t a fan of hard-nosed defensive battles, this might be a boring one for you.
- Alex Smith (vs Sea) – Not seeing oodles of anything offensively here.. for either team.
- Joe Flacco (@ Hou) – Despite Aaron Rodgers having one of the biggest weeks in recent memory against this defense last week, I’d sit Flacco. He plays statistically worse on the road, putting up a measly 10 points at Philly, and 6 at KC so far this season.
- Matt Schaub (vs Bal) – The Texans most likely won’t have trouble running the ball against an injury-plagued Baltimore defense. When that happens, Schaub turns to game-manager and always disappoints.
- Marshawn Lynch (@ SF) – Seattle offense is probably going to struggle even harder than the San Francisco offense will. Wilson is still not showing anything tremendous, allowing defenses to key on in Lynch.
- Frank Gore (vs Sea) – There are much better plays this week. His load has been getting lighter and lighter each week, as has his point return. Signs of age/overworked previous seasons setting in? The 49′ers have several capable runningbacks, explaining why Gore has only seen above 20 touches in one game this season.
- Steve Smith (vs Dal) – Has yet to score a TD, has a QB that is somewhat struggling, and faces the #1 pass defense in week 7.
- Sidney Rice (@ SF) – Nope.
- Michael Crabtree (vs Sea) – Seriously, this is going to be a defensive battle.
- Vernon Davis (vs Sea) – I like Akers this week?
- Jermichael Finley ( @StL) – The Rams cover the tight end extremely well, and Rodgers seemingly doesn’t trust Finley. He has been a massive dissapointment all season, putting up 10+ points just once (and failing to put up over 5 points three times).
- Baltimore (@ Hou) – Were struggling before the losses of Ray Lewis, and Ladarius Webb, and the less severe injury to Haloti Ngata.