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2014 Fantasy Football Champs and Chumps: Week 7

Quarterback Champs:

Russell Wilson- 23/36 313 yards, 2 TDs; 7 Rush, 106 yards, TD- 37 fantasy points

He can be a little Jekyll and Hyde, but when Wilson gets it going on the ground, he can single-handedly take over a game. With the departure of Percy Harvin, expect Wilson to shoulder more of the load in the ground game. The loss of Percy, counter intuitively should help his fantasy value moving forward.

Peyton Manning- 22/26, 318, 4 TDs  – 28.5 fantasy points

He’s the man. Let’s just leave it at that. He passed Brett Favre for the all-time touchdown record with three touchdowns…in the first half! He could have probably thrown for six or seven touchdowns if they didn’t call off the dogs and bring in “Lurch” Osweiler early in the fourth…

Aaron Rodgers- 19/22, 255 yards, 3 TDs; 3 Rush, 21 yards- 24.3 fantasy points

Rodgers looked sharper than ever, as the Packers delivered an absolute spanking. Just like in the Denver game, the Packers went up HUGE in the second half, so they didn’t have to pass the ball much, otherwise Rodgers numbers could have absolutely ballooned.


Quarterback Chumps:

Brian Hoyer- 16/41, 215 yards INT, Fumble- 4.5 fantasy points

25 incompletions against the JAGS?! That is HORRIBLE. Well, maybe you should have tried to get the ball to J-Cam more, bro. Just a tip.

Andy Dalton- 18/38, 126 yards– 5 fantasy points

Who expected the Colts D to pitch a shutout? The correct answer is nobody with half a brain.  Dalton is becoming nothing more than a bye week fill-in, and he’s flirting a fine line at that (given that they have now established themselves as a heavy running team).


Running Back Champs:

Shane Vereen- 11 Rush, 43 yards; 5 Rec, 71 yards, 2 TDs– 23.4 fantasy points

Already guys, jump on, because I’m officially back on the Vereen-wagon. With no Ridley, they rode Vereen like the town bicycle, not having to fight anyone for carries (Brandon Bolden had one touch; James White was inactive). But then again, who knows with Belichik…If Vereen fumbles he could get cut for a cheap scarf and a bowl of New England Clam chowder…

Matt Forte-12 Rush, 49 yards, TD; 6 Rec, 60 yards, TD- 22.9 fantasy points

Forte is STUPID productive, and clearly established himself as a god among men in PPR formats (28 catches in three weeks). Demarco and Forte sit atop the running totem pole in fantasy.

Ronnie Hillman- 14 Rush, 74 yards, 2 TDs; 4 Rec, 29 yards – 22.3 fantasy points

Uh oh…someone might not get their job back, because someone else is “BALLin” out (see what I did there?).


Running Back Chumps:

Zac Stacy- 0 Rush, 0 yards  – ZERO fantasy points

Ok, so maybe it’s not fair that I put Stacy on this list, but he hurt fantasy owners and he got a goose egg, so he’s going on the list. GOOOOOOOOSE!!!!!

Gio Bernard - 7 Rush, 17 yards, 2 Rec, -1 yards- 1.6 fantasy points

You can’t run the ball when you’re getting blown out…Weird thing is that the Colts typically STINK against the run… #puzzled


Wide Receiver Champs: 

Demaryius Thomas-8 Rec, 171 yards, 2 TDs-29.1 fantasy points

He’s the hottest player in fantasy right now. He has 26 catches for 521 yards and five touchdowns over the past three weeks. No need to think of anything cheesy or witty to say, the numbers speak for themselves.

Sammy Watkins- 9 Rec, 122 yards, 2 TDs- 24.2 fantasy points

Yes, we will take 14 targets ALL DAY LONG, SON! He’s been a bit up and down, but his upside is silly, and you need to start him each week until further notice, as the rapport with quarterback Kyle Orton is at an all-time high. With Spiller and Jackson both injured, he will be heavily relied upon in the upcoming weeks.

Golden Tate- 10 Rec, 154 yards, TD- 21.4 fantasy points

Thanks to a late deep touchdown, his stats look monstrous. With Megatron out, expect him to get crazy targets. Not a bad time to sell high on Mr. Tate. Just saying. When Megatron comes back, he should go back to being “Silver Tate.”


Wide Receiver Chumps:

Alshon Jeffery- 2 Rec, 9 yards- 0.9 fantasy points

It was a bad day to be ANY Bear other than Matt Forte…

Cecil Shorts III- 3 Rec, 12 yards- 1.2 fantasy points

Just when you thought you could start trusting the guy, he goes and does something like this…and TOTALLY ruins your trust (Jeff Daniels, “Dumb and Dumber” voice)!

Reggie Wayne- 4 Rec, 15 yards-1.5 fantasy points

He seems to be fading. He can’t get the separation downfield. T.Y. is now Luck’s favorite target…


Tight End Champs:

Gavin Escobar- 3 Rec, 65 yards, 2 TDs- 18.5 fantasy points

Gavin Escobar, huh? Big gulps, huh? Second week in a row with a touchdown, but let’s still chalk this up as a fluke.

Antonio Gates- 3 Rec, 61 yards, TD- 12.1 fantasy points

He had a sweet, juggling touchdown at the end of the first half that pretty much “made” this stat line. Other than that his day was relatively quiet. A quiet week for tight ends…


Tight End Chumps:

Jimmy Graham-ZERO Rec, ZERO yards- ZERO fantasy points

This situation STUNK, because if you own Graham, you had to start him, but he played limited snaps and really wasn’t part of the game plan. Don’t feel too bad. He lost me my matchup too.

Jordan Cameron- 1 Rec, 5 yards- 0.5 points

Not sure what to do, here. It just doesn’t feel right. I mean, do you feel confident rolling out with J-Cam? I sure as heck don’t.

Delanie Walker-2 Rec, 17 yards- 1.7 fantasy points

His numbers are sharply declining. I mean, it’s the Titans offense, what do you expect? I still like Walker moving forward, because he’s such a big part of their passing game and they are typically trailing in the second half. Regardless, expect some inconsistencies…


Star Rookie Watch:


Sammy Watkins- 9 Rec, 122 yards, 2 TDs- 24.2 fantasy points

We already talked about this guy! What a BEAST!

Kelvin Benjamin- 3 Rec, 61 yards, TD- 12.1 fantasy points

It was nice to see another TD coming off the concussion (He’s got five now). 

Brandin Cooks- 2 Rec, 23 yards- 2.3 Fantasy Points

Not much Cooksing over here… #BorderlineDroppable


**Note: Fantasy points denote standard, non-PPR scoring.


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