Thursday, October 20, 2011

What to Know for Week 7

After weeks of busyness in school, I am finally back to blogging. I am very sorry to those who needed my super awesome knowledge of fantasy football. If the lack of insight the past couple weeks caused you to go winless, then I apologize. Hopefully you have managed to pull out a win or two, although it seems unlikely. Nonetheless, I am back and a lot has happened. So here is what you need to know for week 7, starting with my man Timmy Tebow.

Tim Tebow is now starting and will be a stud: He may not be that great of an actual quarterback, but for fantasy purposes he is a stud. Last year, in his three starts, he put up at least 24 fantasy points. And in just one half against San Diego this year, Tebow provided a spark and 16 fantasy points. It is not Tebow's passing that makes him a stud, but, much like Michael Vick, his running ability. Tebow compiled 38 rushing yards and 1 touchdown to go with his 1 passing touchdown against San Diego. He has that potential for every game. I would consider Tebow a top-10 option for most games from this year forward.

Brandon Lloyd will be an inconsistent option at best: At first glance, Lloyd's trade to St. Louis seems like a good thing. A young, blossoming quarterback in Sam Bradford should give Lloyd plenty of targets. But with the Rams' current struggles and multiple player injuries, Lloyd will find it tough to succeed. Reuniting with Josh McDaniels will help the transition for Lloyd, but it will still be a rocky path to finding success in St. Louis. Play Lloyd when the matchups are right and you may be able to squeeze some remaining value out of him.

Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford will both finish in the top 7 this year: Remember how the season started with 7 obvious elite quarterbacks? Well, the top 7 quarterbacks have changed thanks to Stafford's breakout season and Newton's explosion. Both are now must-start quarterbacks and can lead your team to the playoffs. Just make sure to have a solid backup, as Stafford is still injury prone and Newton is still just a young lad.

Fred Jackson and Matt Forte are two of the most under-appreciated backs: Both have put up fantastic fantasy numbers and are due for a real-life payday. Hopefully by now you have noticed that both are must-starts and two of the most consistent options. Forte has over half his team's yardage and Jackson could be in the MVP discussion. And both are proving to be great value picks from this year's draft.

Darren Sproles is startable in standard leagues: For those in PPR leagues, Sproles is one the most consistent top-10 running backs so far. But even in standard leagues, Sproles is producing well and should be started as a borderline number 2 back or a great flex option. Just don't let his solid production go to waste on your bench.

Arian Foster is far from who he was last year: Foster still has big output potential, but he is much less trustworthy this year. With numerous nagging injuries and Ben Tate receiving some carries, Foster's expectations should be tamed. Nonetheless, he is a solid number 1 back, even if he is not nearly as dominant as last year. Monitor his injury situations and hopefully he will stay healthy enough to prove his worth as a top 5 pick.

Fantasy football will bring anger sooner or later: In one of my leagues with close friends, I missed the draft and was autopicked for. Aaron Rodgers was taken, then Greg Jennings followed as the number 1 receiver! I did not have that in my pre-draft rankings but whatever. My team looked weak everywhere else but then Fred Jackson emerged to give me a powerful team. I now have over 50 points more than everyone else. And the result? I am 9th out of 10 with a 1-4-1 record. RAGE! It's fantasy football. Anything can happen.

Jordy Nelson is showing us the Super Bowl was no fluke: Currently, Nelson ranks 10th in ESPN standard scoring leagues and is proving to be one of Aaron Rodgers' favorite options. While lots of his success so far has depended on big plays, he is an advisable start for most weeks. He has clearly overtaken James Jones and Donald Driver as a favorite target and should continue to be solid down the road.

Jimmy Graham is hands-down the best tight end: Graham was a big sleeper for me this year mainly because of his Antonio Gates-like potential. Indeed, Graham has blossomed into a stud tight end. His soft hands and ridiculous athleticism have made him a favorite in the crowded receiving corps of New Orleans. Graham has been the most consistent and highest scoring tight end this year. Continue to start him with no hesitation.

Girls can play fantasy football, too. Who'd a thunk?: My sister joined two leagues this year and is 4-2 and 2-4.  Her 2-4 team is loaded with talent, thanks to my drafting help. Unfortunately, she has been stuck with unlucky losses. She drafted her 4-2 team without my guidance. She took Antonio Gates in the third round, took a kicker and defense too early, and has a better record. It's fantasy football. Anything can happen. And in another league, a female friend of mine took her boy Sam Bradford in round 2 and then proceeded to beat our tall, lanky ginger friend in an epic upset. His team was stacked; she took Bradford in round 2. It's fantasy football. Anything can happen.

Oh, and check out this clip about women and fantasy football, it may be worth your time.

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