DENVER - Teams on bye this week are: New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders
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New York Giants
Eli Manning is still struggling with turnovers, so if you have a better option, it would be wise to use it. The offensive line is doing a better job and opened things up in the running game last week. Brandon Jacobs seemed to turn back the clock a bit and he should have the starting job for the next few weeks at least. Durability is an issue for him; hopefully he can fill in where you need him in the short term. Also, Rueben Randle is cutting into Hakim Nicks and Victor Cruz. Against good pass defenses Randle should be more relevant when the secondary focuses on Cruz and Nicks, probably not so much against poor pass defenses.
Green Bay Packers
Randle Cobb and James Jones are out for a while after getting injured last week. That leaves Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley, along with Jarrett Boykin, for Rodgers to throw to. Boykin should see more looks but he hasn’t been on the same page with Rodgers in running routes. Nelson and Finley should garner most of the targets, and Finley gets a bump up in tight end ranks going forward, there’s buzz this week that he may start lining up at wide receiver as well.
The Ravens still aren’t running the ball with consistency and Ray Rice is becoming a liability in lineups. If you’ve had enough with him, he can be tradable after the next good game he has, as frustrating as he’s becoming. Jacoby Jones is back, which should help Dallas Clark and Torrey Smith. Last week was a fluke for Smith, and I wouldn’t put any stock in Tandon Doss.
St. Louis Rams
Zac Stacy has taken over the backfield duties and as thin as running backs are he’s worth adding to help through bye weeks, and after. There’s no committee in the Rams backfield and they’ve won the last two games, which Stacy started in. He makes a decent low end RB2/flex play in almost any league.
Houston -- we have a problem. Matt Schaub is out after getting injured and – and it’s not nice to cheer about it. Gary Kubiak announced Case Keenan will take over at quarterback this week, not TJ Yates. Arian Foster is pretty much the only option for fantasy in the Texans offense. Garrett Graham was the hot commodity to add last week, which didn’t pan out. Maybe Keenan can get some chemistry going with him and the rest of the offense, and not the defense, oh but they face the Chiefs this week in Kansas City. Maybe sit all Texans until they can regroup for next week. Oh wait, their bye is week 8. Maybe consider the Texans have a double bye week, and revisit in week 9!
Mike Vick looks to be sidelined again with the hamstring injury and Nick Foles has the best matchup he could ask for, the Cowboys last place pass defense. This game could get as high scoring as the Bronco-Cowboy game so be sure to play anyone you can. Riley Cooper and Jason Avant both had four receptions behind DeSean Jackson’s six catches, and Cooper eclipsed a hundred yards with a score. Foles won’t escape the pocket like Vick does, which translates to more targets in the passing game. Also, Chip Kelly said Brent Celek’s lack of time in the game was due to the Tampa heat. So being back at Philly, he should be fine.
Put Tony Romo’s lack luster performance behind from last week, this week will be different (as well as Dez Bryant’s). The Eagles are near the bottom against the pass. Terrance Williams should make for a decent fill in or flex play this week. DeMarco Murray is out for probably a month or so, and Joseph Randle will handle the backfield in the short term and can help as a low end RB2 in a good Dallas offense. He’s worth stashing for the rest of the season. Murray’s injury history seems to string the backups along each year, and be aware Lance Dunbar will be back at some point as well.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Glennon is playing competently and hasn’t hurt Vincent Jackson’s numbers at all. Glennon faces a bad Falcons defense this week and makes for a good spot start based on the matchup. New quarterbacks tend to lean on the tight end and Glennon did just that last week connecting with Timothy Wright seven times. Wright makes for a sleeper play at tight end this week against the Falcons. Since the switch from Freeman in week four, Wright has caught 12 passes in two games (weeks four and six); the Bucs had their bye in week 5.
Chad Henne and Justin Blackmon are complimenting each other great since Blackmon’s return in week 5. The Jaguars are more than likely always playing from behind and Blackmon is just about unstoppable. As long as Henne’s at the helm, the numbers should stay consistent. Just hope the Jaguars front office is done trying to figure out if Blaine Gabbert is a quarterback of the future.
San Diego Chargers
After a flash from Eddie Royal and Danny Woodhead, Keenan Allen seems to be the one constant for Philip Rivers. This week the Chargers travel to face the Jaguars so Royal and Woodhead may be worthy of a flex play. Ryan Matthews is starting at running back again. It seems the only thing for sure in the Chargers offense is Allen, Gates and Vincent Brown, especially if the Chargers defense has them playing from behind, which didn’t happen last week.
Week 7 defensive ranks against run and pass, best to worst.
AGAINST THE RUN --- AGAINST THE PASS