Week 6 is just about wrapped up and we’ve seen some stellar performances from most of the league’s top backs…so at least we got some action before this boring MNF matchup. I sure hope Brandon Marshall comes through on his promise to get booted by halftime so the game has some entertainment value besides the QB battle of Moore vs. Sanchez. Yuck. Here are some news and notes from Sunday:

Cam Newton– It’s been said before, but the guy is immune to bad fantasy days. 237 passing yards, no touchies and 3 picks? No worries, Cam’s legs save the day with 50 yards on the ground and a 14 yard rushing TD that looked effortless. Keep playing him. Keep loving him.

Michael Turner– The burner kept pounding the rock, with 139 yards and 2 goal line scores. Turner now has 6 touchdowns, and as long as he keeps finding the zone, he’ll rack up the points. It will be interesting to see how he holds up down the stretch.

Fred Jackson– The man kept doing his thing today with 168 total yards and an 80 yard touchdown run. If you drafted this guy, your team is kicking ass. It’s as simple as that. He’s the best right now and doesn’t show signs of slowing up anytime soon.

Mark Ingram– The rook has now scored in 3 of his last 4 games, to offset his low yardage totals. I would love to see what this guy could do with more carries, but at least the touchdowns are starting to roll in. I feel pretty good about his chances at making it 4 of 5 games with a score in week 7 vs. Indianapolis.

Jimmy Graham– Jimbo G continued his tear as the best tight end in the fantasy world, with 7 rec. for 124 yards, giving him 4 straight games over 100 yards receiving. This guy is unstoppable and I’m ready for him to rack up another big effort next week as he mashes on the Colts. STUD.

Devin Hester– Hester caught a 48 yard bomb to start the Sunday Night game this week and followed that up with a kickoff return for a score in the 3rd quarter. Hester’s receiving contributions can’t be counted on, but if you get any kind of bump for return yardage, you obviously are on board. The dude is awesome and turbo fast but I wouldn’t play him in average formats unless I was desperate.

Felix Jones – Now that the Cowboys have had their bye week, Felix thought it would be cool to injure a new body part. He left today’s game in the 2nd quarter with what is rumored to be a high ankle sprain, and did not return. DeMarco Murray is the man to add, as Jones could be out for multiple weeks.

Brandon Pettigrew– Big Brandon tied for the league lead in TE targets today (with the next guy) with 14, and was easily the Lion’s most targeted weapon. Pettigrew could have had an even better day, as he had another TD knocked away and slipped on another that would have been completed. Stafford trusts him, so you should trust him.

Aaron Hernandez– 8 grabs for 68 yards and the game winning score today for Hernandez. Both NE tight ends are kicking some serious tail right now, but Hernandez ended up with the better day and had a whopping 14 targets. His knee issues seem to be behind him, so go ahead and enjoy.

Peyton Hillis– Head Coach Pat Shurmur came out and said Hillis will “get the bulk of the carries” this week at Oakland. That made you confident to start him, right? Good, me too. Then our pal Peyton rewarded us by tweaking his hammy early in the game and finishing with 6 carries for a saucy 14 yards. Hillis is scheduled to have an MRI Monday so stay tuned, and grab Montario Hardesty in the mean time.

Rashard Mendenhall– In the opposite of Hillis’ situation, Pittsburrgh’s O-coordinator claimed that they didn’t want to “overload” Mendenhall this week. Naturally, Mendy came out and led all RB’s 146 rushing yards and even scored a touchie. Looks like he’s back.

Aaron Rodgers– If you drafted Rodgers, stop reading, stand up, and do the “title belt” touchdown celebration. This dude is awesome and did what he was born to do… lead all QB’s in fantasy scoring. 310 yds passing with 3 TDs, and it felt like he could’ve kept smashing on the Rams if he felt the need. Next up is Minnesota to feel the wrath of Rodgers in week 7.

Jason Campbell– Campbell was having a moderate year in Oakland and seemed to be developing some confidence in the young Raider receiving crew, but after busting up his collarbone today, Campbell is shelved for the season. This leaves Kyle Boller as the Raider’s QB, with perhaps a David Garrard tryout in the near future. Keep an eye on what develops, Garrard could be an add in 2 QB leagues.

Rex Grossman– There is the Rex we’ve been waiting for! After staying afloat through 5 weeks, Grossman came out and proved us all right and was handing out picks like Halloween candy. Seriously, even a 4 year old dressed like Buzz Lightyear could’ve snared an INT in this one. Grossman was eventually benched after his fourth interception, to go along with a 9 for 22 passing effort. John Beck took over, so keep him in your sights in super-mega-deep or 2 QB leagues.

Jordy Nelson– Jordy hooked up with Aaron Rodgers (not that way) on a 93 yard touchdown today, but ended up with only 2 catches for 104 yards. This is how things usually roll for Jordy, and the rest of the GB receivers not named Greg. Nelson had 91 yds (with a 50 yd TD) in week 4, then followed it up with a mere 17 yards in week 5. It’s a roller coaster so wear your lucky undies when you start him.

Earnest Graham– He’s old, but Graham showed today that he is far from crusty. While turning 17 carries into 109 yards, Ernie proved that he’s still got the spring to make him a solid start while Blount is out. He also added a couple catches for some extra PPR mojo. Blount will be out week 7, so leave him in your lineup.

Frank Gore– After a crap filled start to the season, Gore has been a monster the past 3 weeks, averaging nearly 8 yards a carry and 131 yards rushing per game. San Francisco hits their bye in week 7, so Gore should be ready to roll come week 8 vs. Cleveland. Feel free to follow him to victory, just be careful shaking his coach’s hand.

Greg Little– Little was moved into the starting lineup for Cleveland and had a solid day, with 6 catches for 72 yards on a team high 12 targets. Little should continue to get lots of work in this offense, as long as McCoy can get him the rock. Little will be a nice play at WR the rest of the way and a gem for those who swiped him in dynasty leagues.

Michael Crabtree– Crabby came through with 9 grabs with for 77 yards on a league leading 15 targets. He nearly added a touchdown as well, but “pogo sticked” on one leg twice before falling out of bounds (in NFL land, one foot twice doesn’t equal two feet, apparently). If someone in your league got impatient and dumped this guy, get on the prowl.

Josh Freeman– Things are finally back in order for Tampa Bay, for the time being. Freeman looked like his old self today, zinging the ball around for 303 yards and 2 touchdowns. Coming off the clunker of all clunkers in week 5, this was a very nice sight to see. If you drafted Freeman, you’ve found a better option by now, but he still has a chance to return to starter status if he keeps this up.

Christian Ponder– Ponder got some extensive playing time on Sunday night, replacing McNabb. This has no real bearing on standard leagues, as McNabb was crappy and Ponder most likely will continue in the same fashion, but is worth checking out for you dynasty dudes and dudettes.

Jerome Simpson– Maggie’s big bro Jerome reeled in 6 catches for 101 yards today as the Bengals dropped Indy. Simpson hasn’t done anything since week 2, but could perhaps be a moderate bye week fill in facing Seattle’s suspect secondary in week 8 after the Bengals bye week.

Anquan Boldin– Boldin turned 9 targets into 8 catches and 132 yards today, following up a 1 catch performance he turned in before the Baltimore bye. This was Boldin’s first effort of more than 74 yards this season and he hasn’t touched the endzone since week 1. As unpredictable as he is, Boldin is still the best target in the Raven passing game so hopefully he will turn in more games like this down the stretch.

Ahmad Bradshaw– If you started this guy in FanDuel this week, enjoy your cash. Bradshaw bowled over Buffalo for 104 yards and 3 touchdowns today, and took advantage of the absence of Brandon Jacobs. Once Jacobs returns, Bradshaw won’t be getting the goal line work that he did today, but will still be valuable as a nice RB2 with an extra bump in PPR.

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MJD Took A Knee
MJD Took A Knee
10 years ago

Hi Doc not sure if this is too early but I’m in a bind for week 7. I can repost this monster later in the week if it is too early.

My TE is on BYE and I am not sure if I can drop anyone (maybe Garcon? best WR on the wire if I did drop him: J. Ford – G. Little – M. Clayton) and if not I would choose between starting a TE or a DEF. I was leaning taking a DEF.

Week 7 TE:
(Benjamin Watson vs SEA – Ed Dickson @ JAC – Visanthe Shiancoe vs GB – Marcedes Lewis vs BAL – Todd Heap vs PIT – Kellen Davis @TB)

Week 7 DEF:

(DEN @ MIA – DAL vs STL – TB vs CHI – CAR vs WAS – SD @ NJ – OAK vs KC – CLE vs SEA – SEA @ CLE – HOU @ TEN – MIA vs DEN)

12T Nonppr QB/2RB/2WR/Flex

QB: Stafford – Eli
WR: Wallace – Manningham – Garcon – N. Washington
RB: AP – Gore – McGahee – Ingram – Starks
TE: Gronk

Week 7 Lineup

QB: Stafford vs ATL
WR: Wallace @ ARI
WR: N. Wash vs HOU
RB: AP vs GB
RB: McGahee @ MIA
TE:
Flex: Ingram vs IND
K: Hanson vs ATL
DEF:

Thanks if you go this far. Walking Dead time.

Heraldo
Heraldo
10 years ago

With the Jason Campbell injury, would Terrelle Pryor be a worthwhile add in any leagues?

trevor
trevor
10 years ago

@Heraldo Of course you have to give Pryor a look in two QB leagues if you have room and won’t mind waiting a few weeks. i could certainly see Pryor becoming a factor down the stretch myself and am probably going to target him

For me personally I had the greatest trade of my life in a 2 QB league this week. I traded Campbell and Shonn Greene and hauled in Mcfadden. I even wanted to keep Campbell and trade Matt Hasslebeck instead but my trading partner needed a QB for this week just to start one qb (the second QB spot is a flex) so I offered Campbell instead. Thank the lord for that one. I also have been sitting on Beck in two different leagues. Thank the lord he took over. I think Beck is going to be a sneaky play down the stretch

MJD Took A Knee
MJD Took A Knee
10 years ago

Sorry about that Jeff I didn’t see who the writer was for the post. I think I will drop Garcon and not take the 0 because you never know what will happen. And of course I never had Garcon in my lineup for the big games. I wish I had thought about dropping him sooner since someone had dropped F.Davis and he just cleared waivers yesterday. That would have been nice. But the person dropped K.Hunter so I can always try to get my Gore handcuff. I might grab Watson and Dallas for next week.

Let me end this by saying I dropped M.Williams TB last year over Knox around this time too heh. I do make bad moves sometimes.

Thank you for the response.

anon
anon
10 years ago

12-team PPR

qb – Romo
rb – McCoy, Hillis, Torain, Scott, Choice
wr – AJ Green, VJax, Holmes, Santana Moss
te – Gronk, Cook

Was offered Steve Smith Panthers and Benson for Hillis and Santana. Worth it? I’m worried about Smith seeing a lot of double coverage and Benson getting suspended, but Hillis is such a little bitch. I need some advice, I can’t even rationally evaluate this trade! thanks

Rob
Rob
10 years ago

Would you waive Pierre Thomas for DeMarco Murray for bench RB. My two starting RB (Forte+Peterson) have bye week weeks 8 and 9. Oh I would have won my matchup had I benched Finley for A Hernandez. I will not make that mistake again.

Ryan
Ryan
10 years ago

If hills is out would you rather have hardesty over torain and battle?
Have to drop one if pick up hardesty
Thanks!

Adam
Adam
10 years ago

With Felix jones out,would u pick up Murray and drop torain?

Harley
Harley
10 years ago

10 team, 2 QB league, 3-4 WR league (.5 ppr) – I have Romo, Newton, Bradford and Dalton at QB and Fitzgerald, L. Moore, Crabtree and Little at WR (clearly need help). I was offered Santonio Holmes for Bradford straight up. Thoughts?

DD
DD
10 years ago

8 teams, 2qb league (Schaub&Hasselback)… 3wr–2rb–1TE– 2flx spots W/R & W/T… TE (O Daniels/Witten)– RB (AP/McCoy/F Jackson/Daniel Thomas)– WR = Reg Wayne; David Nelson; San Moss; Vin Jackson; Mike Thomas…
Im being offered Mike Wallace straight up for Fred Jackson… Do you think thats a good trade? I can add Murray/Battle/Hardesty/Blount off waivers as fill in depending on matchups if necessary.

Scott
Scott
10 years ago

Murray,hardesty,or battle for waiver pickup this week in standard league?
Help!

trick dad
trick dad
10 years ago

demaryus thomas over denarius moore ROS?

HotCorner306
HotCorner306
10 years ago

My running backs are paper thin and with Hillis going down, I need to look ahead. Options are Lynch, Choice, and Murray. The waiver wire has been depleted. I need one as a filler.

HotCorner306
HotCorner306
10 years ago

@Brubach…Sorry, that last post was intended for you.

byrone
byrone
10 years ago

ohhhhh i need some help, please. with best probably missing a game or two with the concussion, should i go maurice morris, or just add jonathan stewart, who is also sitting on FA? PPR league.

thanks a lot!

KeeblerMN
KeeblerMN
10 years ago

Hi Doc,

I have McCoy, Turner, Mathews, Best & Benson in a 10 team non PPR where we start 2 rb, 2 wr and 1 flex rb/wr
My receivers are Austin, S. Smith (car) Wayne, Plaxico, Decker.

I have been offered Fitzgerald for Turner straight up. I know I’m probably giving up too much but with my RB depth I think I do it…. or do I just stick with what I have?

theguarantee
theguarantee
10 years ago

How big of an upgrade is Romo over Flacco? I love Flacco’s playoff schedule which is basically why I drafted him…but being pretty set at RB/WR/TE and with a ridiculous amount of depth I was thinking about trying to upgrade there. Romo gets NYG, @TB, Phi. Flacco gets Indy, @SD, Cleve. Assuming I wouldn’t have to overpay, am I crazy for thinking Flacco is just as good of an option?

byrone
byrone
10 years ago

thanks jeff! i totally went stewart, then came back to see if you agree. you did! :D

frog
frog
10 years ago

sir: please rank these wr’s going forward

heyward-bey
david nelson
jerome simpson
percy harvin

ilikestuff
ilikestuff
10 years ago

Pls don’t say “touchie” any more. Or any other diminutive that ends in “ie”.

thx,

All your readers

Ethan
Ethan
10 years ago

Hey! I’m a new reader of your site and I love it!
My question is:
Which route would you take with this lineup week 7? (8 team, PPR)
QB: Matt Schaub, Matt Ryan, Matt Hasselbeck
RB: Ahmad Bradshaw, Michael Turner, Frank Gore
WR: Megatron, Nicks, Brandon Lloyd, Jordy Nelson, DHB, V. Cruz
TE: Jimmy Graham, Brandon Pettigrew
D/ST: Bengals, Giants
K: Mason Crosby
I would love to hear any and all suggestions you have for both this week and the future. Thanks so much!

exactly
exactly
10 years ago

need to start a flex tonight, go with greene or sanchez? it’s a PPR, with 1.5 pts for 10 rushing, and 1 pt for 20 passing. 6 tds for rushing, passing, receiving.

zeke
zeke
10 years ago

It looks like Jahvid Best has another concussion. I’ve been anticipating this and have Keiland Williams handcuffed on my bench thinking he is the #2, but he didn’t get a single carry yesterday as Mo Morris got all the love. Who do you think gets the most carries going forward if Best misses time? I realize that none of these options are ideal, but I play in a deep, non-ppr (even worse) league and there isn’t anything better on the wire. Thanks for the help.

Ethan
Ethan
10 years ago

Thanks. Any Week 7 suggestions with all of the Giants and Frank Gore on bye?

Tourinct
Tourinct
10 years ago

Can we get some header info on who is writing the article? Back in the old days it was always Doc, need to develop some level of trust with all these new voices.

Gavin
Gavin
10 years ago

With Best suffering another concussion, is Jerome Harrison the play? Keiland Williams? Someone not on the Lions yet?

Nick
Nick
10 years ago

@Jeff: I have Gronkowski (w/ no other TE) and Henery (w/ no other K) on bye next week in my 10 team league. Heres what I got:

QB-Schaub, Sanchez, Tebow (1qb start)
RB- Forte, Best, Starks, Torain, Ridley, Murray (2 rb start + flex)
WR- C Johnson, Holmes, M Thomas, D Moore, (3 wr start)
TE-Gronk, K-Henery, D-Jets

I was thinking of dropping either Torain or D Moore for a TE this week, which would you drop and would you take Watson, Dickson, Cook, Miller, Heap or Ballard?

Then for Kicker, I was thinking of just dumping Henery and getting anyone, b/c who cares if someone claims my kicker, right?

Lastly, with either Torain or D Moore remaining on my team after these transactions, would you dump one of them for D Thomas, DHB, James Jones, Torrey Smith? RB’s on waivers include Stewart (who i dumped), LT (who i dumped), Addai, K Hunter, C Williams, D Carter….but im not really interested in any RB on the waivers.

Blain Train
Blain Train
10 years ago

Hi Jeff, I’ve got terrible luck with injuries so far this season. I knew what I was getting into with Foster when drafting, but Britt, Blount, and now Felix all have me banging my head against the wall.

In a 12 team std league, is it worth holding Ridley (the NE RB committee seems to belong to BJGE), Delone Carter (assuming Addai returns in Week 7), or D Nelson (bye week)?? I need to drop one of them to hopefully get MoMorris. Thanks!

Blain Train
Blain Train
10 years ago

OOps. I meant DeMarco Murray, not Morris… Thanks for your insight

herschel
herschel
10 years ago

@Jeff: ppr league trade offer. my rothlisberger, harvin and jer finley for his kolb, boldin and best. i also have tebow at qb and gronk at te. hit accept?

ringo
ringo
10 years ago

I got lots of my players on bye next week with Mike Thomas acting as my flex for next week. Should I drop Mike Thomas or maybe David Nelson for either Maurice Morris or Tashard Choice, I am fairly certain they will be better options than Mike Thomas next week and in the immediate future, and really isn’t FF all about the immediate future? Kind of sidetracked there, are those 2 RBs worth a pickup though? Thank You

blaster
blaster
10 years ago

would you rather have Mark Sanchez or Kevin Kolb on a roster?

ringo
ringo
10 years ago

Other droppable players include Stevan Ridley or Bernard Scott, I am in a 16 team league so you got to jump on those RBs when they come available.

ringo
ringo
10 years ago

I didn’t read any of the other comments until after I posted. I saw Blain Train and I had similar problems, Thank You Very Much

elwood blues
elwood blues
10 years ago

My RB situation for week 7 is a mess. Bradshaw(bye) and Best(hurting).
We start 2 rbs(.05 ppr) On my bench I have S-Jax, Ridley, and Helu.

So pencil in Jackson.

On the waives there’s Moore, Morris, T-Jones, Tate.. how would you rank them?
Dropping Helu, for whomever I get.

elwood blues
elwood blues
10 years ago

oops. I meant murray.