Week 7: Sit 'Em
This weekly column will feature players that are normally solid bets for fantasy production, but not worth starting in a particular week.
Week 6 Recap:
Carnell Williams was Tampa Bay's leading receiver with 7 catches for 63 yards, but only gained 18 rushing yards. Ok...Williams is valuable in PPR formats.
Greg Jennings and Aaron Rodgers connected for 6 passes, 133 yards and a score. Not a bust at all.
Ryan Mathews had 64 yards rushing and a few receptions, while Tolbert got the goal line score.
Robert Meachem had 4 receptions for 71 yards and a score. Is he for real?
Owen Daniels caught 5 passes for 79 yards.
The Dallas Defense kept Adrian Peterson and Minnesota in check for the most part and lost a close one.
Sam Bradford threw for less than 200 yards with one touchdown pass.
Week 7 Sit'em:
LeSean McCoy has played two weeks with a fractured rib. His performance in Week 5 was worth a start, but with only 80 some yards from scrimmage last week (and Buckley and Harrison in the mix this week against the stout Tennessee defense), I say hold off. McCoy is ranked in the top 10 RBs this week, but match-up and injury play a factor.
Maurice Jones-Drew has not had a huge season thus far. Averaging under 100 yards from scrimmage per game and only two touchdowns on the season is not impressive. Tennessee held Jones-Drew in check and I think the fifth-ranked Kansas City run defense will fare well in Week 7. Jones-Drew is ranked 10th at RB this week, so use your judgement.
Ronnie Brown and Miami have a tough match-up against Pittsburgh this week. Brown has been averaging just under 10 fantasy points per week on the season and is projected to gain around 7 points this week. I say sit him.
Cadillac Williams makes the list again this week. Williams has value in PPR formats at this stage, but if you are not scoring points for receptions then sit him.
With Lynch gone to Seattle, Jackson and Spiller are the men in Buffalo; do not let this deceive you this week. The match-up against Baltimore is brutal and the combination of Jackson and Spiller is likely to falter.
New England's offense has the ability to shred defenses with or without Randy Moss. San Diego has not shown much promise this season on offense or defense and this week will be no different. Sit the San Diego defense confidently.
Chad Henne has great targets, but his interceptions and match-up against Pittsburgh this week make me worry.
Henne has some great targets in Marshall and Bess, but his Week 7 match-up against Pittsburgh and the downside of his ability to throw interceptions in almost every game lead to my strong recommendation to sit him. Miami does have a winning record so far this season, but after this week they will likely be a .500 team at 3-3. I suspect we will see less than 200 yards passing, one score and at least one interception (if not more) out of Henne this week.
Brown has yet to surpass 80 yards rushing in a game this season and has only one touchdown. This has been quite disappointing for fantasy owners looking for Brown to impress. Brown has also been limited in the passing game. In Week 7, Brown and his compatriot Ricky Williams face a stout Pittsburgh defense that will be looking to drop them at the line of scrimmage. I estimate less than 45 yards rushing and a few short yardage receptions for Brown this week. Miami will likely struggle in this game despite being at home.
Fred Jackson has the ability to shred defenses on the ground, but the offensive situation in Buffalo is less than stellar. With Lynch gone to Seattle, things look more promising for Jackson although he has to compete with C.J. Spiller for carries. It appears Jackson is the clear starter though this running game is in shambles. Twelve carries does not define a workhorse back. I am not sure if this running scheme is completely figured out yet and this week's match-up against Baltimore is not positive. Look for Jackson to get more touches than Spiller, but the Buffalo offense will continue to struggle; despite Jackson's 5 yards per carry average, he is quite useless in most fantasy leagues.
The Oompa Loompa has only two scores on the season and has been held under check in the passing game too. In Week 6 the stout Tennessee defense held him to under 60 yards and a few receptions. In Week 7, Jones-Drew faces the fifth-ranked Kansas City run defense on the road. I have a feeling he is going to be limited again. I would anticipate 80 total yards from scrimmage and no score this week.
LeSean McCoy has now played two consecutive weeks with a broken rib. In Week 6 he rushed for 64 yards on 21 carries and caught 4 passes for just over 20 yards against Atlanta. Eldra Buckley vultured most 4th quarter carries with Philadelphia out in front last week; newly acquired Jerome Harrison will likely start to play into the mix as well. Do not get me wrong, McCoy is the starter, but I do not like his match-up with the stout Tennessee run defense in Week 7. We all saw this defense hold Jones-Drew 'The Oompa Loompa' to 57 rushing yards and a few short yardage passes Monday night. I do not believe that McCoy will have a huge day this week given the match-up and the odds that Buckley and Harrison will steal some carries. My recommendation is to sit McCoy, but I can understand if you must start him this week with byes.