Week 7 fantasy feedback

» Credit Darren McFadden for finding new and inventive ways to be disappointing. In previous seasons, injuries have limited his production and frustrated fantasy owners. This season, Run DMC has been healthy but hasn’t produced on the field. Case in point: McFadden was limited to just 53 yards rushing in Oakland’s loss to the Jaguars. Next week, the Raiders meet the Chiefs. If McFadden can’t get something done against Kansas City, there might not be much hope for him this season.

» With so many receiving options in New England, it’s imperative that guys take advantage of their targets. Brandon Lloyd had several drops during today’s game with just one catch for six yards. With Aaron Hernandez back in the lineup and battling for targets with Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker, those who do not perform may not see too many balls come their way.

» I’m not sure when it happened, but the Jets offense is showing signs of life. Mark Sanchez is over 300 yards passing with a touchdown. He has thrown an interceptions, but that’s to be expected for Sanchez. Still, if Gang Green is starting to put it all together, we might have to re-evaulate their fantasy value. But being a skeptic, I’m going to wait until after next week’s game against the Dolphins.

» I’ve been pretty critical of Vincent Jackson, but I can’t deny that he’s played very well over the past couple of weeks. Two of his next three games are against the Raiders and Chargers — two teams with questionable secondaries. The latter matchup could provide extra motivation with Jackson facing his former club. After that, however, the road gets a lot tougher for VJax. Consider giving him some run for his best matchups, then trying to sell high.

» It took a little longer than I thought it would, but Jordy Nelson is looking like the receiver that earned so much hype in the preseason.  With Greg Jennings out of action, Nelson has taken command of the No. 1 receiver spot and looks to be on his way to another top 10 finish at his position.

» Only once this season did Fred Davis surpass 70 yards this season. But after he leaves with an injury, his replacement, Logan Paulsen, catches four balls for 76 yards. If this is the new way of the world in Washington, it might be worth picking up and stashing Paulsen on your roster as a bye week replacement.

» Trent Richardson finished the game on the bench, although the reasons why aren’t totally clear. What is clear is that Richardson’s injured ribs were once again an issue — even if they weren’t the reason for him leaving the game. What is also clear is that Richardson’s injury issues are starting to be a big concern for both the Browns and fantasy owners.

» No one is going to confuse Brandon Weeden for Tom Brady, but the rookie is putting together a string of nice fantasy performances. Including today’s contest, Weeden has scored 15 or more fantasy points in three straight games. With a game against the Chargers coming up next week, that string could continue.

» I don’t expect there to be a running back controversy in Indianapolis, but Vick Ballard certainly has given the Colts coaching staff something to think about after a solid 84-yard performance this week. With the Tennessee Titans next on the schedule, Ballard does have bye week appeal in plenty of leagues.

» The Cowboys offense is one big frustration after another. Dez Bryant had just two catches for 14 yards and Felix Jones reminded us why he lost his starting job to DeMarco Murray, rushing for only 44 yards against one of the league’s worst rushing defenses. Jones’ 30 receiving yards helped somewhat, but it’s not what a lot of people were looking for.

» Cam Newton just cost you two points on a terrible pitch/fumble on the last play of the game. Unless you have the Cowboys defense, in which case Newton just handed you an easy two points.

» Ryan Fitzpatrick started slowly, but turned it on later in the game to finish with 225 yards and three touchdowns. He still hasn’t looked like the QB that was a fantasy find last season. If he’s not able to get it done against Tennessee, it just might not happen this year.

» Eight different Titans caught a pass from Hasselbeck today. It was the Kenny Britt Show early on, but Nate Washington was the go-to guy late in the game. If you were hoping this was the week Britt got untracked, you probably weren’t alone. At this point, there’s no telling when he’ll be the receiver fantasy owners have expected.

» Having John Skelton under center used to mean good things for Larry Fitzgerald. Not today. Fitz has been held to 29 yards on just four catches. However, it has opened things up for Andre Roberts, who has been a garbage time monster.

» The Redskins defense may have some holes, but they have the formula to stop Eli Manning. The Giants QB has just 238 passing yards and two interceptions. It continues a recent trend of poor play from Eli after being held to less than 12 points last week.

» Yes, it’s against the Titans, but it’s been a good day for Fred Jackson. He’s run it eight times for 67 yards and had seven catches for 43 yards and a touchdown.

» Offensively, the Ravens went away from Ray Rice in favor of throwing it with Joe Flacco. That hasn’t worked out so well. Flacco has passed for 52 yards and two interceptions while Rice has six carries for 35 yards. With Baltimore down big at halftime, it’s hard to imagine Rice being a big part of the game plan going forward.

» The Baltimore Ravens defense is officially dead as a fantasy entity. They’ve been shredded in the first half by Matt Schaub for 190 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Arian Foster has 53 yards on nine carries. With the Texans up big , look for Foster to see plenty of work in the second half.

» For all of the great things Robert Griffin III does for fantasy owners, he’s not particularly adept at boosting the value of his pass-catchers. Before leaving the game with an Achilles injuryFred Davis was Washington’s leading receiver this season — and he’s been roundly considered a fantasy disappointment this year.

» Welcome back to fantasy relevance, Martellus Bennett. The tight end has two catches for 42 yards — more yards than in his last two games combined.

» Once again, Adrian Peterson is proving that he can bust any defense. In the first half, A.D. has rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown. This comes after running through the 49ers defense earlier in the season. Just a friendly reminder of how good he is.

» Josh Freeman is the latest to get the New Orleans Saints bump. Against the Saints defense, Freeman has already thrown a pair of touchdowns.

» LaRod Stephens-Howling has three carries for 19 yards. William Powell has none. I’m not sure what that means just yet. Although neither was a very good play this week against Minnesota.

» Oh, and one more reminder that the Bills defense isn’t much good. Matt Hasselebeck has started the game 5-of-5 for 52 yards. This game could be fantasy gold.

» Your eyes did not deceive you … Chris Johnson scored a touchdown!

» Byes and injuries are already making this an interesting week. The latest roster haymaker was thrown when Jimmy Graham was made inactive for today’s game against the Buccaneers. Hopefully this is just a one-week issue.

– Marcas Grant
Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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