Who’s Hot, Who’s Not After Week 7
Week 7 was marred by injuries throughout the league, but don’t let that overshadow some great individual performances.
1. AJ Green – After not posting a single game in weeks 2-5 of over 100 receiving yards, Green has reached that number in each of the past 2 weeks to put himself back on top of fantasy receiver hierarchy. He took Andy Dalton’s first pass on Sunday and ran 82 yards for the touchdown to set the tone for the rest of the game. Calvin Johnson almost outdid Green, but the Bengals’ star wideout made just enough plays to pull out this game for Cincinnati.
2. Jamaal Charles – What do you want most from your first round pick? Consistently high numbers. The Chiefs’ running back has done just that; he has scored at least 15 fantasy points in every single game this year. There were concerns before the season about his durability and use (or lack there of) in Andy Reid’s system. Those worries turned out to be totally unrealistic as Charles as been the number 1 fantasy scoring RB in 2013.
3. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay’s season has been finished for a few weeks now, and Doug Martin’s injury only adds to the continued disappointment. However, Vincent Jackson has been an absolute stud for the Bucs and your fantasy team. In the past 2 weeks, Jackson has 19 catches for 252 yards and 4 touchdowns. Those numbers are utterly ridiculous. Rookie QB Mike Glennon looks for Jackson just about every play and while his 2 touchdowns per game pace might not keep up, his fantasy relevance will remain high for quite some time.
1. Eagles Quarterbacks – Michael Vick? Hamstring injury. Nick Foles? Concussion. Matt Barkley? 3 interceptions. All 3 QB’s have something wrong with them right now and the future looks bleak as well. Foles and Barkley combined to throw 49 passes but complete less than 50% of them last Sunday while leading the Eagles to just 3 points. Chip Kelly has decided to go with Vick as the start this week, but one has to wonder how he will bounce back after missing two games.
2. Vikings Offense – Game plan: Let’s take our starting quarterback who we just signed a few days ago and have him throw 53 times while the best running back on the planet sits around and gets only 13 carries. Apparently that’s what the Vikings coaching staff thought would work. Needless to say, it didn’t. Josh Freeman overthrew 16 passes (the most a QB has overthrown in a single game in 8 years) and Adrian Peterson managed just 28 rushing yards. It’s been a rough season for Minnesota and it doesn’t look to be getting better any time soon. News just broke that Freeman suffered a concussion so look for Christian Ponder to start in week 8.
3. Ray Rice – Through 7 games, Rice is averaging 2.8 yards per carry and has managed just 3 touchdowns as well. Last week he was only able to gain 45 yards on the ground on 15 carries. For a first round pick in many fantasy drafts, Rice’s production has been unacceptable. He needs to pick it up soon for the Ravens and your fantasy team to both stay in the playoff hunt.