By M. Britt Hayes
The corner is back.
Well, week 7 has come and gone. Its starting to feel like fall and football weather is slowly encroaching upon us. Thus far we’ve seen an injury claim 2 superstar running backs’ seasons, a legendary quarterback battling father time, and an electric up and coming Falcon running wild. We have ageless wonders, withering heroes, rising stars, recurring studs and whatever you want to make of Greg Hardy. Let’s see what there is to overreact about this week.
A Rivers Runs Through It
Soon to be father of 8, Philip Rivers is a top 5 QB. Currently Mr.Rivers, the San Diegan God of Fertility, has 2,452 passing yards through 7 games. At this rate he will end the season with 5,604 yards, setting a new NFL record. Add on 15 touch downs for a season pace of 35 and you have and elite QB.
Verdict: Yes he’s got top tier fantasy QB written all over him. Will he break the record? Probably not, but he will continue to produce. Here’s why. He has more weapons than a fighter pilot. WR’s Keenan Allen, and newly resurgent Stevie Johnson are running through secondaries like Lamar Odum runs through cocaine. There also Ladarius Green at TE and a freshly rehabbed Antonio Gates. Not to mention Danny Woodhead at RB catching more passes then most WR’s.
The banged up O-line can’t get anything going on the ground for novice RB Melvin Gordon, and a supposedly better defense has shown up as often as Bigfoot.
Rivers is throwing at a record level and should continue to produce.
Dynamite, that is what Martavis Bryant must eat for breakfast. The sophomore WR now has 11 touchdowns is 12 total career games played.
Pittsburgh’s WR2 has collected more receiving yards (182), and more TD’s(3) than any WR on the Steeler’s roster since his return 2 weeks ago. That includes Antonio Brown. Martavis is the new top wide out in Steel Town.
Verdict: He may not be the new top WR in Pitt, but he a fantasy WR1. The current season’s stats are a reflection of his performance with Landry Jones running the show. Ben Roethlisberger should return next week pushing both Bryant and Brown’s value into the stratosphere. With AB seeing loads of double coverage, Martavis should run freely downfield and straight into our fantasy hearts.
With his 20 attempts and 111 yards 2 weeks ago, Ronnie Hillman has finally claimed the starting job from C. J. Anderson going forward. Unless Gary Kubiak has CJA on his fantasy roster this is true. Finally, talent has out shown situation and Hillman should have the job leaving Anderson simply a solid-ish handcuff. Start him coming off the Bye Week
Tyler Eifert is the new Rob Gronkowski. Amassing 6 touch downs and 342 yards in 6 weeks time, Eifert looks as if he could be gunning for the title of Best TE on the Block. He’s playing well, but even with Big Rob’s bye week behind him, he still has only 1 fantasy point less than the Bengal. Besides, Tyler doesn’t a nifty little nickname like “Gronk.”
Every week a new top 10 QB is declared. This week its Josh McCown. Slow your roll Dog Pound. I know its exciting to finally get a couple 300 yard games and a even a 400 yarder from your QB. But after 11 seasons of the same old play from Josh, this is like a Friends re-run that we thought was good, but 5 minutes in we remember how bad it truly is.
Though the bromance Mcown and Gary Barnidge have forged is the best partnership I’ve seen since Lethal Weapon. Too bad they’re both playing the role of Murtaugh. Even so, Barnkowski is now a must start, his most recent 101 yard outing proves he’s not TD dependent TE.
Stefon Diggs is Randy Moss 2.0. Sure, both began as Vikings. Sure, both started out with with sizzling rookie debuts. Diggs has 324 yards on 19 catches though 3 games. Diggs is a talented WR that after being inactive for 3 games has worked his way into 2 wide out sets in Minnesota. He’s as legitimate a playmaker as there is. Consider him this week’s Travis Benjamin. Be aware of possible decline in porduction, but play him while he’s hot.
“Dat catch Doe”
Finally after 6 seasons James Starks has taken over as the lead in Green Bay. Nope, its still Eddie Lacy. It is obvious he was nursing the ankle during Starks big game, and the Pack’s Bye Week has come at the perfect time to heal Fat Eddie. In the big game Starks had a whole 10 carries, that doesn’t scream lead RB at all. It screams the lead RB is ailing and this guy will do for now. Its been 6 years. If he hasn’t become the starter yet, its not going to happen. Hold fast to Eddie.
Darren Mcfadden is the Cowboys running back. Sure, he dominated the Giants with 29 carries for 152 yards and 1 touchdown and two catches for 10 yards. Now that Joseph Randle is hurt, and Christine Michael’s workload is thing of folklore, Mcfadden should actually be owned.
I hate to say I told you so, but I told so, Arian Foster is literally made glass. Oh, how I wish it wasn’t so. Now his owners have broken out with handcuff fever. Sorry, but Alfred Blue, Chris Polk, and Jonathan Grimes are not the cure. They did their best to replace Foster for 3 weeks, yet only Blue reached double digit fantasy points during that time. Against a weak Buccaneers defense that weekly gives up 100 yards a game to RB’s. We all know how this sad song ends. Cue Adele, and grab the whisky.