Fantasy Football Week 7: Breaking Down Which Week 6 Stars Are Studs and Duds

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2013

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 13: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs for a touchdown in the 1st quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers October 13, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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This weekend I traveled to New York City's Comic Con, one of my favorite events of the year. While I enjoy the artist panels and walking the extensive floor, looking for deals on comic books and clever T-shirts, it's the people in costumes that often are the most entertaining. 

Chances are, if you are a fan of something, there is someone at Comic Con dressed up as a character from that show, movie or comic. Many of the costumes are unbelievably realistic. Of course, these people aren't actually superheroes, much as they might resemble them.

Which brings me to fantasy football. Walking around the Comic Con floor, I couldn't help but wonder which of Week 6's fantasy stars were actually superheroes, and which were simply players who had decided to dress up as one for the weekend. 

In this week's version of "Studs versus Duds," I decided to find out. Some players are simply heroes making a cameo appearance, like Wolverine smoking a cigar in a bar during X-Men: First Class. Some are legitimate studs. And some, well, let's just say they're Ben Kingsley's version of Mandarin.

 

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Foles exploded in relief duty against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, throwing for 296 yards, three touchdowns and 29 fantasy points for owners smart enough to start him. 

And that was against a Bucs defense that, to that point, hadn't allowed a single quarterback to accumulate more than 15 fantasy points. Now, Foles will face a Dallas Cowboys defense that is giving up 22.7 points to opposing quarterbacks, worst in the NFL, and 308.7 passing yards per contest, 30th in the league. 

If you are worried about Michael Vick this week, don't be. Here's Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly:

And here's Reuben Frank of CSN Philly:

Foles probably won't have any value beyond this week once Vick returns, but he'll do big things this week. He's currently No. 6 on my quarterback rankings, so don't be afraid to give him another start this week.

Verdict: Stud (this week).

 

Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants

Oct 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (34) leaves the field after the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Bears beat the Giants 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

In his first four games, Jacobs rushed averaged 1.8 yards per carry. In Week 5 relief of David Wilson, he managed just 11 rushes for 37 yards. He looked the part of an in-season free agent pickup.

And then, against the Chicago Bears in Week 6, he suddenly morphed into Earl Campbell, rushing for 106 yards and two touchdowns as the starter. What the heck?

I'm as confused as you are, but the truth is, Jacobs has a pretty promising slate of games on the horizon, facing the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders in the next four weeks. And no, I'm not worried about Peyton Hillis eating into his production.

Yes, Peyton Hillis. From Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports: 

When did the Giants' backfield suddenly become the NFL's version of Last Vegas?

With Wilson likely out for a few weeks, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN, Jacobs remains a viable flex option for fantasy owner. 

Verdict: More stud than dud (at least until David Wilson returns).

 

Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 13:  Wide receiver Justin Blackmon #14 of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes a pass reception against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 13, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Jaguars 35-1
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In his last nine games, Justin Blackmon has registered double-digit fantasy points six times. He now has back-to-back weeks with 19 fantasy points, and Chad Henne has already been named the starter for Week 7, via Jessica Blaylock: 

In the two weeks since Blackmon returned from suspension, the Jaguars have scored 39 points. In the first four games without him, they managed just 31. If you think that is a coincidence, I have a few designer watches inside of my jacket here that I'd love to sell you for a discounted rate. 

The Jaguars aren't very good, but Blackmon is.

Verdict: Stud.

 

Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots

Oct 13, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) stiff arms New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Saints 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Stew M
Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

He was a dud. Then he was a stud. Does anyone have any clue what Ridley represents as a fantasy commodity this year?

In his first four games, Ridley managed a total of 16 fantasy points. Last week alone, he scored 22. Ridley is out of the doghouse after his Week 1 fumble—and he's a much better runner than anyone else on this roster—but it's probably wise to play the matchups with him.

For instance, this week against a New York Jets' defense allowing just 11 fantasy points to opposing running backs per week, second-best in the NFL, you probably want to sit him. But most weeks, he's returned to RB2 status.

Verdict: Stud in good matchups, dud this week.

 

Joseph Fauria, TE, Detroit Lions

No. No, no, no, no, no. Don't do it. Stay away. Turn around. Do not pass "Go." Danger, Will Robinson! Warning: Contents are hot. Danger: Hazardous Chemicals! Do not enter. 

Do I have your attention? Good. You just can't trust a player that has seven receptions for 66 yards and five touchdowns on nine targets this season, meaning that 82 percent of his fantasy value is directly tied to touchdowns. Folks, that type of production isn't sustainable. 

Besides, once Calvin Johnson gets healthy Fauria's red-zone targets will disappear. Don't you dare add him or start him unless you are in a crazy deep league and hurting at tight end.  

Verdict: Dud

 

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