7 weeks in the books! Next week we will sadly hit the half way point but on a positive note we can do midseason awards and get ready for the next half. Before we do that however, we must be sure to get to the fun and important reviews of the week 7 that was. We had a CJ2K flashback, a bountiful hookup against the Saints, an All Day Cardinal hunting excursion, and a surprise Howling in the Metrodome a week before Halloween. Speaking of Halloween, I hope many of you have the chance to get out this coming weekend. It is a truly great adult holiday and if you aren’t into the spirit of dressing up like cartoons, imitating other humans and characters, or wearing brutal make up all without consequence, you my friend are a lost soul. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I can’t wait for the weekend. We have week 8 of NFL football, Halloween parties and celebrations, and in a premature joke, perhaps a great performance tonight for those of you needing some Robbie Ghould. You see what I did there? It’s like the ghost thing… but with his name… but the….. never mind. What was up week 7?
Note 1: CJ2K
- Congrats to all of you Chris Johnson owners! Rejoice; celebrate, pop some bubbly, because your man carried you like you always believed he could. Hopefully you had him in your lineups. Ok, we get that out of the way? I don’t want to rain on your parade, but, I may. While it was a great sign, and that 80 yards TD run was everything I remember watching years ago, it was still the Buffalo Bills. The team ranked dead last in the NFL at giving up fantasy points to running backs. A step in the right direction is what was needed here though. This should allow the Titans as an offense to start building for the rest of the season. A “hang your hat” type of performance. Boy, was that fun to watch.
Note 2: Tampa Bay Connect
- Like the small cup of water I threw on the CJ owners, I would like to pick back up and prepare for Josh Freeman owners. This was the Saints after all, and the Saints haven’t stopped anybody this year. The good news is this is back to back impressive performances. Whether KC and the Saints have passing D’s that belong in the suspended UFL or not isn’t what I’m completely going for here. There is succeeding against inferior defenses and there is dominating. 748 yards and 6 touchdowns to 1 interception is the ladder in my opinion. That is great news. As for Vincent Jackson owners, the only thing you should be upset with is getting tackled at the 1. Those of us who get bonuses for long TDs weren’t thrilled about that. None the less, Jackson is balling out of control so far this season and his targets continue to reach near or over double digits every week. Stud.
Note 3: All Day
- Boy those highlights were refreshing. The beast of a man looks back. I don’t want to jinx him but that power and explosion that he always amazed u with looked fully on display yesterday against the Cards. 153 yards on 23 carries and multiple runs that just exemplified the man of a runner All Day really is. It’s great to watch as a football fan, fantasy owner or not.
Note 4: L-Rod
- Well, it looks as if my hunch has finally been disproved. A week after looking far worse than William Powell, LeRod Stephens-Howling became superhuman against a Minnesota defense that had shut down the run this entire season. Powell fumbled early and gave L-Rod the shot to run with the job and run he did. 24 touches for 149 total yards and a touchdown. The Powell train looks to be in trouble, but so does the whole Arizona situation. I’m very interested to see if this is a situation that fluctuates back and forth every week or if L-Rod can just run away with the job.
Note 5: Rodgers!
- Wasn’t it just two weeks ago people were freaking out about Aaron Rodgers? Now he sits right near the top of all fantasy leagues top scorers. Business as usual.
Note 6: Injuries
- MJD: The biggest injury was most certainly MJD. He hurt his foot in the first quarter, tried to come back, and failed. He watched the second half in street clothes and a walking boot and was actually carted back to the locker room at one point. There have not been any timetables released yet as of writing this article but my general rule is anybody that is carted off is in big time trouble. Rashad Jennings is a MUST OWN as he has performed well in every opportunity he’s been given. That includes the 102 total yards and a touchdown yesterday after MJD went out. If you’ve been saving auction dollars or a waiver claim, step right up!
- Fred Davis: A torn Achilles tendon will end Davis’ season. The Redskins have resigned ole’ fantasy favorite Chris Cooley, but unfortunately his athleticism nowadays can be measured with those level guys who don’t get invited to the combine. I wouldn’t recommend him.
Note 7: Flacco elite?
- I have been in the “not elite” camp all season. Granted, this is a little off fantasy topic but it is important from a Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith perspective. Without Ray Lewis the Ravens looked like a team who had no idea who they were. Flacco preached during the offseason and before the season that he was elite and this was his team. Yesterday was a terrible start. Houston’s defense is very good and they were mad after a terrible performance by an ELITE quarterback. It is not fait to compare Flacco to Rodgers but isn’t that the point? It is clear the Ravens are going to need to score more points going forward. This is a huge time in Joe Flacco’s career flow chart because it could easily go either direction right now. Ray Rice and Torrey Smith owners, I know which way you are hoping for.
Note 8: Drew Brees is trying his best. Fantasy owners everywhere enjoy it.
Note 9: At what point does Cam Newton get his Superman claim revoked?
Note 10: Does Tebow ever run a play anymore in which he gets up after it’s over and doesn’t act like he won the Super Bowl?
Note 11: Russell Wilson had a 0 passer rating in the second half against the 49ers. A zero? I feel like Tim Couch never even had a zero in a half. Sheesh.
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