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All Raiders –
The Saints Defense managed to bottle up Michael Turner last week and he’s a lot better than Marcel Reece; so he is sitting for my teams but I could see a fantasy owner starting him and getting decent results. That’s more of a gut call than anything. Other than that, I am getting all of my Raiders out there including Darrius Heyward-Bey, Brandon Meyers, Denarius Moore and Carson Palmer. I’m expecting a big game through the air as the Raiders try to keep up. They just might abandon the running game which is part of my reasoning for keeping Marcel Reece on the bench.
Reggie Bush –
Look I know he was benched last week and I am aware that his numbers have been declining over the past few weeks but I think this prime time Thursday nighter is when Reggie Bush reasserts himself. The Buffalo Bills are dead last against the run making this a very inviting matchup.
Felix Jones –
Feels kind of gross having Felix Jones in the “start em’ category but the Cleveland Browns defense is pretty bad against both the run and the pass. Felix Jones has been contributing on both ends lately and Demarco Murray should sit out at least one more game. Felix Jones has amassed 400 yards from scrimmage since week 6 on 85 touches. Not amazing production but he should prove serviceable. I have been burned before by Felix Jones but I think he is safe play this week for those in need of a running back.
Ryan Mathews –
He hasn’t looked good in the last few outings and this Broncos defense is rather stout against the run yielding just 98.3 yards per game opposing running backs. I think Peyton Manning comes out guns blazing in this one forcing the Chargers to play catch up. If you have any other viable options consider letting Mathews ride the pine in this one.
Matt Forte –
Second week in a row Matt Forte makes this list but once again, the match up warrants the recommendation. The 49ers are tough as nails and with Jay Cutler likely out this week those 49er’s linebackers will be able to focus most of their attention on Matt Forte. He has the skills to overcome the match up but he sure didn’t get it done against the Texans last week. Let him sit if you can afford to.
Torrey Smith & Joe Flacco –
Joe Flacco on the road is never good. Throw in a match up against the top ranked Pittsburgh pass defense and you have a recipe for disaster. I don’t feel good about starting any Baltimore Raven aside from Ray Rice. If you have no better options available to you put them in but temper expectations.
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Jay Cutler - The Bears face off against the 29th ranked Tennessee Titans pass defense. I would never recommend leaning on Jay Cutler as your weekly fantasy starter but if you have Tom Brady on a bye this week you could do much worse. I do think this game will be much more competitive than people think so don’t worry about the Bears running out the clock.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank 31st in the league against the pass and just traded away one of their best defensive backs (Aqib Talib was suspended anyway) The Raiders like to pass (13th in the league as of this writing) and this one could be a shoot out.
Reggie Bush - Reggie has been unspectacular lately but he should get back on track this week against the woeful Colts rush defense (currently 27th against the run) There have been some rumbling that this is now a time share but make no mistake Reggie Bush is still the feature back in Miami. He will reassert himself in week 9.
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Fred Jackson / CJ Spiller - This one may seem obvious with the Houston Texans only giving up 83 yards per game on the ground and 0 touchdowns to opposing running backs but some may have no better options. If you have any options at all you must consider them. There is a very real chance neither running back goes over 50 yards and praying for a touchdown seems foolish. Look elsewhere this week.
Benjarvis Green-Ellis - Coming off the bye he may have shaken out the cobwebs. We’ll find out on Sunday when the Bengals face the stout Denver defense. The numbers have the Broncos ranked 15th against the run but this Denver defense is on fire and will have their ears pinned back. I bet the run gets taken away from the Bengals sooner than most think in this one.
Eli Manning - This Pittsburgh defense still has some gas in the tank and ranks number one in the league against the pass through 8 weeks. That said they really haven’t faced a strong quarterback hitting on all cylinders yet either. Since Eli is not hitting on all cylinders right now he should be hitting your bench.
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With week 7 underway a lot of your may be scrambling for a bye week fill in for some of your fantasy football studs. This week Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego are off. There a quite a few starters missing this week and many waiver wires have already been hit hard. If you missed out earlier in the week you may find some fantasy gold deep down on the depth chart.
Notable Quarterbacks out this week; Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Michael Vick and Phillip Rivers.
I would certainly hope even the most amateur fantasy football players have a reasonable back up quarterback on their roster but that’s not guarantee. That said, there is a decent chance the top 24 quarterbacks are already gone leaving you with slim pickings. If you have failed to plan ahead and do not have a quality back up I would check the waiver wire for Josh Freeman. Thus far he has been pretty unreliable so should be lurking out there on the wire somewhere. Snatch him up if he is, the Bucs face the Swiss cheese New Orleans Defense this week at home!
Notable Running Backs out this week; Michael Turner, Willis Mcgahee, Jamaal Charles, Reggie Bush, Lesean McCoy and Ryan Mathews.
The running back position has never been thinner when it comes to fantasy football. When you take out 6 of the top backs in the league there are sure to be some deep sleepers in starting lineups this week. Assuming Felix Jones has already been taken, consider Phillip Tanner. The third string running back in Dallas could very well be in line for goal line duty this week against a porous Carolina defensive front. A savvy owner must also consider that the solution to his or her bye week woes might already be on their roster. Don’t be a dinosaur, start three wide receivers and two running backs! That flex spot is not reserved for running backs like it was a decade ago!
Notable Wide Receivers out this week; Roddy White, Julio Jones, Demayrius Thomas, Eric Decker, Dwayne Bowe, Brian Hartline, Jeremy Maclin, Desean Jackson and Malcolm Floyd.
With all these fantasy football studs out this week we have seen an influx of trade advice emails! If you were unable to pull off your deal you may be looking to the bargain bin for wide receiver help. I might consider some of the following; Mike Williams (Tampa Bay) Emanuel Sanders (Pittsburgh) Darius Heyward-Bey (Oakland) Devery Henderson (New Orleans) All have decent match ups and could sneak in a touchdown.
Notable Tight Ends out this week; Tony Gonzalez, Jacob Tamme, Joel Dreesen (I guess..) Brent Celek, Antonio Gates.
Not a ton to mention here as the tight end position is pretty deep but if you are desperate why not Dallas Clark? He doesn’t get a ton of targets but he is a good route runner and about due for a decent game. This week against the 28th ranked New Orleans Pass defense is as good a time as any to roll the dice.
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