Fantasy Football: Best Players in Losing Teams for NFL Week 7

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIOctober 22, 2012

Fantasy Football: Best Players in Losing Teams for NFL Week 7

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    With just Monday Night Football between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions to come, the National Football League is basically done for another week—meaning that the millions playing fantasy football are also done for another week.

    The likes of Arian Foster, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees posted their usual mammoth scores but then again, it really is quite easy to rack up the points when your team is playing well and the points are flowing as a result.

    What about the players whose teams didn't manage a win on NFL Sunday? Who posted massive scores despite their teams losing in NFL Week 7?

    Read on to find the top 10 players in losing teams this week.

10. Jeremy Kerley, WR/Flex

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    Score: 12.20 points

    We start off this list with New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, who finished with 120 yards on seven catches as well as two rushing yards as the Jets went down in overtime to the New England Patriots 29-26.

    If the Jets' go-to guy could have found himself a touchdown, it could have been an even bigger day for those who played the wide receiver.

    A season-high game for Kerley.

9. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB

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    Score: 19.30 points

    I've got Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick a little lower on this list given that roughly 20 points for a quarterback isn't the most incredible performance anybody has seen—especially when the quarterback plays for a team who loves to air the ball like Buffalo do.

    The Bills would lose in the final minute of the game to the Tennessee Titans in the highest scoring game of the week, with Fitzpatrick finishing with 225 passing yards, three touchdowns and an interception for the afternoon.

8. Nick Folk, K

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    Score: 16.00 points

    Did your kicker score 16 points this week? Unless you had Nick Folk, the answer was no, with the New York Jets kicker leading all players this week.

    He finished the afternoon with two extra points, a 20-29 yard field goal, two 40-49 yard field goals and a 50-plus-yard field goal, giving Folk his third double-digit score for the season so far.

    Definitely someone to keep an eye out for if you're in need of a few cheap points, should he still be available in your league.

7. Alfred Morris, RB/Flex

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    Score: 11.00 points

    Without scoring a touchdown, Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris finished Week 7 with 11 fantasy points thanks to 120 rushing yards and 10 receiving yards for the afternoon.

    He did lose a fumble—costing him valuable points—as Redskins dropped to the Eli Manning-led New York Giants in the final minutes of the game.

    But still, 11 points without a touchdown and a fumble lost is a very good score and one that should see him continue to be started every single week this year.

6. Andre Roberts, WR/Flex

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    Score: 16.30 points

    Despite the Arizona Cardinals dropping to the Minnesota Vikings, wide receiver Andre Roberts still managed a huge afternoon—topping the stats board with seven catches for 103 yards and a touchdown.

    Roberts seems to have a good relationship with both Kevin Kolb and now John Skelton, and could benefit from the extra attention that Larry Fitzgerald will naturally receive from opposing defenses.

    Roberts is averaging double figure numbers through the opening seven weeks of the season.

5. Fred Jackson, RB/Flex

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    Score: 18.00 points

    Splitting carries with fellow running back C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills star Fred Jackson had another strong afternoon on the ground—rushing for 71 yards—but also picked up 49 passing yards and a passing touchdown against the Tennessee Titans.

    The Bills would go on to lose the game by a point, but Jackson would go on to record his best total of the season so far—averaging over 15 fantasy points in his last two matches now.

4. LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB/Flex

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    Score: 20.90 points

    Somebody forgot to tell Arizona running back LaRod Stephens-Howling that William Powell's name was on top of the depth chart, because against a strong Minnesota defense, the Cardinals man had one huge afternoon that could well see a change in order for the remainder of the season.

    Stephens-Howling had 20 carries for 104 rushing yards and a touchdown and also picked up four catches for 45 receiving yards as well—giving him by far his best afternoon of the year so far.

    Careful for those heading to pick him up, though. The Cardinals play the San Francisco 49ers and their run defense next week.

3. Robert Griffin III, QB

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    Score: 23.22 points

    By his standards, you could almost say that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had a poor afternoon against the New York Giants—finishing with just 23 fantasy points.

    RG3 finished with 258 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception as well as 89 rushing yards on the ground to give him the fourth highest score by any quarterback this week.

    It wasn't enough to see the Skins get past the Giants, however, who finished the game with a three-point victory to their name.

2. Vincent Jackson, WR/Flex

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    Score: 27.60 points

    No wide receiver, running back or tight end had a better afternoon than Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout Vincent Jackson, who finished with a mammoth 216 receiving yards and a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints.

    Oh yeah, and he did it on just seven catches.

    Nevertheless, Tampa Bay would be unable to come from behind against the Saints—missing for the touchdown to send the game to overtime on their final play.

1. Josh Freeman, QB

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    Score: 29.70 points

    And for that, we can only look to one man—Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman—who finished with a big afternoon fantasy-wise but without the win for his team.

    Freeman threw for 420 passing yards and three touchdowns against the Saints, and also added nine yards rushing—giving him his best outing of the year so far in terms of fantasy football.

    The Bucs quarterback has been particularly strong through the last few weeks—throwing over 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns in his last three matches—but was simply unable to get the job done that mattered most for his team.

    Which players shocked you in their performances this week?

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