Tuesday, October 24, 2006

NFL Week 7 Review Continued

Here is the rest of the Sunday recap, going team by team.

Pittsburgh Steelers

What a heartbreaker for Pittsburgh Steeler fans (like me). I must admit though, if we would have one this would be one of the best games I have ever seen. Ben Rothelisberger was on fire (that is until Atlanta practically killed him). He was 16-22 with 238 yards and 3 TDs. The Steelers were not completely in trouble though when Charlie Batch came in. He went 8-13 for 195 yards and 2 TDs. Supposedly it is a concussion for Ben, but with this being his second one this season it could take him longer to recover. We'll keep you posted, but Batch might not be a bad start this week against the Raiders. To date he has thrown for 5 TDs, 0 INTs, and 410 yards. Hines Ward had one of the best games of his career posting 3 TDs and 171 yards. He is a great start this week against Oakland. Willie Parker did not meet expectations going 47 yards on 20 attempts. This week, however, he is a must start (as is the Pittsburgh Defense).

Atlanta Falcons

Michael Vick, as much as I hate him, I can't deny that he had a great game against the Steelers. Given, he didn't have to go very far to score, he was able to pass effectively and capitalize on all of the Steelers mistakes. Vick threw for 232 yards, 4 TDs, and 2 INTs. The real question on our minds is "will he continue to pass the ball?" The answer my friends is...no. They will go back to their running game, and maybe try throwing a little bit more. He won't have another successful game like this. Alge Crumpler had an awesome day, catching 3 TD passes and 117 yards receiving. Don't expect numbers like that from him again, but he should still start for you next week against Cincy. Warrick Dunn didn't do too bad considering his opponent. He rushed for 69 yards and 1 TD. He should be in for a good game against a struggling Cincinnati defense.

New York Jets

Chad Pennington
threw for 189 yards and a TD last week against the Lions. Personally, I expected much better numbers out of the Chad, but the Jets utilized their running game this week. Still, Pennington plays the Browns next week and should come closer to matching his opening week stats. Leon Washington and Kevan Barlow, finally the Jets have a good RB core going. Washington rushed for 129 yards and 2 TDs against the Lions. He now has 2 100 yard rushing games in the past 3 games. The crazy thing is, he is still on some waiver wires. Pick him up, he is a great number 2 back this week. Barlow is turning into a high risk/high reward type player. He seems to be good for 50 yards and maybe a TD every week. If you are in need of a number 3 RB, he could be your guy. Laveraneus Coles had a quiet day with only 4 catches for 29 yards, and one rush for 15 yards. Still, he is a number 1 fantasy WR. Jerricho Cotchery had 7 receptions for 79 yards, and seemed to the favorite target of the week for Pennington. Consider him a good number 2 guy against the Browns.

Detroit Lions

Jon Kitna threw 3 TDs and 2 INTs last week against the Jets for 269 yards. He is on a bye this week, but still is a good option with 9 TDs on the season and close to 2,000 yards passing. Roy Williams had only 29 yards receiving and 1 TD. Still, he is a solid number 1 WR. Kevin Jones had a very good yardage game, rushing for 86 yards and receiving another 57 (including a 9 yard reception for a TD). Jones is a solid #2 back when the Jets return from their bye against Atlanta.

New England Patriots

The Pats continued their dominance over the Buffalo Bills this week beating them 28-6. Tom Brady had not trouble with the passing game, throwing for almost 200 yards and 2 TDs. Ben Watson finally got his share of catches (5 for 60 yards) but still has yet to find the end zone. I consider him a low-end number 1 TE at this point. He is overdue though. It's still hard to figure out who their number one WR is, both Gabriel and Jackson went for a score this week. Corey Dillon was the man, rushing for 47 yards on 14 attempts and 2 TDs. Laurence Maroney hasn't done much since the Cincy game, where he rushed for over 100 yards and for 2 TDs. At this point, if you have both of the NE RBs, I would consider Dillon over Maroney.

Buffalo Bills

Willis McGahee had a high yardage day for his owners (unfortunately he didn't find the paydirt) racking up 120 total yards (59 on the ground, 61 in the air). He is on bye this week, but is still the best #2 RB you could ask for against the Packers in week 9. Losman had a rough week against the Pats, throwing for 193 yards and 1 INT. He is not a recommended start yet, and the Bills GM and Coach have reiterated the fact that he will remain their starting QB. Hopefully you didn't rely on Lee Evans this week, he only had 1 catch for 11 yards. Still, he is a solid number 2 WR when he returns from their bye.

Philadelphia Eagles

Donovan McNabb had a pretty good game for both fantasy owners and Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans. He threw 2 INTs that were returned for TDs, but also threw for 300 yards and 3 TDs. He is still the best fantasy QB out there. Reggie Brown had another good game in Donte Stallworth's absence. He had 77 yards receiving and scored for the third straight game. He is a must start number 2 receiver, if not a low end number 1 if Stallworth doesn't play. Brian Westbrook was a stud this week. Not only did he have 101 rushing yards, but also 113 yards receiving (including a 52 yard TD). Obviously, he is a must start.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cadillac Williams rushed for 82 yards on 23 carries, and also had 1 reception for 11 yards. He is finally starting to meet expectations, but will struggle against the Giants this week. Bruce Gradkowski struggled against Philly, only throwing for 104 yards (but with 0 INT). He is a low-end number 2 QB against the Giants this week. Joey Galloway (0 fantasy points) is a shaky option with the Bucs passing game in question against the Giants this week.

Arizona Cardinals

Despite his previous impressive showings, Matt Leinart had a rough game against the Raiders. He was 13-32, for 203 yards and 2 INTs. I still don't think he is worth starting yet (except as a bye-week replacement). Edgerrin James continued to disappoint with 13 carries for 34 yards. I think it is official that he is a bust, and is becoming more of a number 3 back. Boldin was also held in check against the Raiders, but is still a must start WR against the Packers.

Oakland Raiders

Randy Moss had a real game! This is what you drafted him for as your number 1 receiver, the question is...did you start him? Moss had 129 yards receiving and a TD (whether he liked it or not), and is still a descent option against the Steelers. LaMont Jordan, who was listed as probable, dressed for the game against the Cardinals...but did not play. He might be back in week 8, but don't trust him against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Seattle Seahawks

And the hits just keep on coming. Matt Hasslebeck was knocked out of the game Sunday, with a sprained knee. Holmgren said today that he will miss at least 3 games. So does this mean they will rush Shawn Alexander back? Not this week, but they are targeting to have him back in the lineup in week 9 against the Raiders. So what does this mean for and Darrell Jackson and Deion Branch? Start them with caution. Seneca Wallace is a descent replacement for Hasslebeck (I wouldn't use him unless you are desperate), but still should put up yards for Jackson and Branch. It's the TDs I'm worried about.

Minnesota Vikings

Just as I predicted (ok and so did a lot of people), the Vikings would upset the Seahawks. Chester Taylor had an awesome day, rushing for 169 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown. He should continue his success against the Pats next week, so start him as a low-end number 1 RB. Brad Johnson still didn't have a good fantasy day, but his team did win. He passed for 171 yards and 1 TD. I wouldn't recommend him as a starter yet (if ever).

Dallas Cowboys

Drew Bledsoe got the bench! After a horrible first half against the Giants last night, he threw a pick at the Giant's 5 yard line, and was 7-12 before being yanked. Tony Romo filled in pretty nicely for the Cowboys throwing for 227 yards, and 2 TDs..but also 3 INT. Pick him up in all leagues, as it looks like Parcells might be leaning towards him. Terrell Owens had 6 receptions for 98 yards and a TD, and seems to have a good relationship with Tony Romo. Obviously, he is a must start. Terry Glenn had a poor outing for the second week in a row. Part of it was due to Bledsoe and the offensive line not giving him enough time, I would consider him a low-end number 2 receiver at this point. Jason Witten finally had a fantasy football game. He pulled in 4 receptions for 71 yards. This could be because he doesn't have to worry about blocking as much with Romo in. He is a good TE next week against Carolina.

New York Giants

The Giants as a team had a great game against the Dallas Cowboys. They played well on both sides of the ball. Their defense is looking sharp, and their offense is clicking. Tiki Barber is leading the league in rushing (he had 114 last night) but still has yet to find the endzone. Brandon Jacobs got the sole rushing TD, and also ran for 40 yards. He is a nice number 3 back against the Bucs. Plaxico Burress had a nice game, with 94 receiving yards and a TD. He'll probably be covered by Rodne Barber next week, so his numbers but not be as good. Eli Manning threw for 189 yards, 2TDs, and 1 INT. He still remains a must start QB.