FANTASY FOOTBALL: WILD WEEK EIGHT
Week Seven Recap
Week 7 will be remembered for two things: injuries and upsets.
The 4-3 Dallas Cowboys have taken control of the NFC East.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green and Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson had monster games Sunday, after the game the two star receivers exchanged jerseys, a real class act.
The Jets beat the Patriots?! Trust me, I’m just as shocked as you are. Speaking of the Patriots, Rob Gronkowski finally returned to action!
The Kansas City Chiefs improved to 7-0. The Broncos lost to the Colts in Peyton Manning’s emotional return to Indianapolis. This means, the Kansas City Chiefs are the only unbeaten team remaining, statistically making them the best team in the NFL. What?! The 2-14 Chiefs are currently ahead of the Broncos in the AFC West?! They’re undefeated?! They’re the best team in the NFL?! It’s the apocalypse!
Relax; it’s not the apocalypse. The Chiefs are 7-0 because they’ve had a very easy schedule thus far. They opened up against a terrible Jacksonville team, which I might add, lost again Sunday, dropping them to an 0-7 record. Then they beat Dallas, in Kansas City, by one point. In week 3 they easily defeated a injury-ridden Eagles team, demolished the winless Giants, defeated a mediocre Tennessee Titans team, crushed a mediocre Oakland team, and Sunday they barely defeated the Texans, whom I might add, lost Arian Foster to a hamstring injury and was starting their third string quarterback. Let’s see how the Chiefs perform come time week 11, when they play the Denver Broncos.
Speaking of the Broncos, the Colts defeated them, 39-33. Fun fact, the Colts have defeated the Broncos, 49ers, and Seahawks this season. The Colts are for real.
Finally, as for our Thundering Herd Alumni, Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson recorded three catches for 34 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Jets.
Sam Bradford-The Rams quarterback has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after an MRI revealed that he tore his ACL in Sunday’s game. This decreases the value of Tavon Austin and Austin Pettis, and increases the value of Rams running back Zac Stacy.
Reggie Wayne-Devastating news for fantasy owners and Colts fans as wide receiver Reggie Wayne has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL in Sunday night’s game. This news drastically improves the stock of wide receiver T.Y. Hilton as he is now primed to become the Colts’ number one receiving threat. Darius Heyward-Bey is upgraded to a low-end number two wide receiver.
Arian Foster-Foster left Sunday’s game due to a hamstring injury. The Texans are on a bye-week next week, so Foster will have some extra time to recover. Check back next week for more information.
Doug Martin-The Tampa Bay running back has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a torn labrum in Sunday’s game. This thrusts Mike James into the starting slot at running back, but despite all of the hype, I would not suggest picking him up. There are better options, trust me.
Jay Cutler-The Bears quarterback suffered a groin injury in Sunday’s game and did not return. Look, I saw the replay. It didn’t look like he got in below the waist. Could he have remained in the game? Maybe. Nevertheless, if a guy says he got hit below the waist, I’m not going to argue with him. Bears fans have long been frustrated with Cutler, going to say that he is “soft.” If you watched the 2010 NFC Championship Game, you would know what I am talking about.
Jermichael Finley-Finley suffered a downright scary neck injury in Sunday’s game. He had to be carted off on a stretcher. The tests showed that he regained most of his movement, however he will be taking more tests throughout the week.
Andy Dalton-Dalton has quietly passed for three touchdowns in his last two games. He matches up against the Jets next week. There are SIX, count them, SIX teams on bye next week so if you own Joe Flacco, Phillip Rivers, Andrew Luck, or Jay Cutler, Dalton is only owned in 24.5 percent of leagues, so he is a smart pickup if you need a bye-week fill-in.
Mike Glennon-Glennon was thrust into the starting role in Tampa Bay after Josh Freeman was cut. Glennon has put up double-digit fantasy points in his last two games, he is only owned in 1.7 percent of leagues, and matches up against Carolina next week.
Jacquizz Rodgers-Rodgers has recorded 34 fantasy points in his last two games. Owned in 73 percent of leagues, your best plan is to hope that he is available in your league, and if so, pick him up if you own Ray Rice, Ryan Mathews, Trent Richardson, Arian Foster, Chris Johnson or Matt Forte. Rodgers matches up against the Arizona Cardinals next week.
Jordan Reed-Wow. Jordan Reed has emerged as a top fantasy option for Washington. Last week Reed recorded nine catches for 134 yards and a touchdown. Pick this guy up if you own Antonio Gates, Coby Fleener or Martellus Bennett.
Dallas Cowboys Defense-I would not be including a defense, if it weren’t for the fact that six teams are on bye this week. The Cowboys’ defense has put up double-digit fantasy points the last two weeks so they are a good bye-week fill-in if you are in need of a defense. They are only owned in 37.7 percent of leagues.12
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