Fantasy Football: Week 7 NFL Player Breakdowns By Matchup

Keet Bailey@@KeetBaileyCorrespondent IIOctober 20, 2010

Aaron Rodgers is ready to go for Week 7.
Aaron Rodgers is ready to go for Week 7.Scott Boehm/Getty Images

Week 7 of the 2010 fantasy football season is upon us, giving us another chance to dig deep into another week of fantasy matchups. Matchups likely threw fantasy owners off quite a bit this past week, as several players (Hakeem Nicks comes to mind) didn’t play up to par, while other (MJD comes to mind) continued their slow start to their season. 

Read on for this week’s take on each NFL game matchup, as well as a quick breakdown and rating for every important fantasy option throughout the league. Worried about your fantasy lineup, injuries, or player matchups? You’ve come to the right place:

Cincinnati Bengals @ Atlanta Falcons

QB Carson Palmer-  Palmer is coming off the bye week refreshed, and gets a below average pass defense. He’s not a top tier option this week, but he’s a solid QB2 . ***
RB Cedric Benson- Benson’s going to get carries, but the key to a Cincinnati victory is through the air. Benson will still get in the end zone once. ***
RB Bernard Scott- Let’s keep Scott on the bench until he gets more involved with the offense, or at least in the red zone. *
WR Chad Ochocinco- Right now, Owens is getting most of the looks, but Ochocinco may not be a bad Flex play this week.  ***
WR Terrell Owens- Owens is the best receiver the Bengals have right now, and going against this week secondary makes him a nice option this week. ****
WR Jordan Shipley- Shipley should play this week, but he’s not productive enough to warrant a start. *
TE Jermaine Gresham- Gresham is seeing targets from Palmer, and should have a decent week if you’re hurting for a TE. ***
Cincinnati Defense- I’m not sold on Cincinnati’s defense just yet. Matt Ryan seems to always connect with Roddy White, and just got Michael Jenkins back as well. **

QB Matt Ryan- Ryan was solid against the Eagles, and should be a solid QB2 this week as well having Jenkins back. ***
RB Michael Turner- Atlanta was playing from behind and was forced to throw a lot, limiting Turner’s week six carries. Keep him in the lineup this week, as they’ll rely on him a bit more. ****
RB Jason Snelling- Snelling is a great handcuff, but he’s not reliable enough to start. **
WR Roddy White- White just continues to find ways to produce. He’s emerging as a top wideout in fantasy. ****
WR Michael Jenkins- Ryan targeted Jenkins 11 times in week six, and Jenkins looks to be a decent Flex play, but temper your expectations. ***
WR Brian Finneran- With Jenkins back in the lineup, it’s time to get Finneran out of your lineup. *
TE Tony Gonzalez- He didn’t have the game I thought he would, but still had two touchdowns in week six. Keep him in. ***
Atlanta Defense- I’m not trusting Atlanta’s secondary against Carson Palmer and Terrell Owens this week. **

Philadelphia Eagles @ Tennessee Titans

QB Michael Vick- Vick will likely sit one more week as he’s not fully recovered. Kolb playing well gives Philly an opportunity not to rush him. *
QB Kevin Kolb- Tennessee’s secondary isn’t great, but they do force turnovers. Kolb should have two touchdowns, but will throw an interception as well. ***
RB LeSean McCoy- Keep LeSean in the lineup as he finds ways to get yardage and generally finds a score. ****
WR DeSean Jackson- Plan to keep DeSean out of your lineup this week. He suffered a huge hit in week six and will probably sit this week and use the bye week to rest up. *
WR Jeremy Maclin- Maclin should be in your lineup barring injury. He’s making plays in the short field, and down the field. ****
WR Jason Avant- With DeSean Jackson most likely sitting, Avant will have a bigger role. I look for him to get around five catches and possibly a score. ***
TE Brent Celek- Celek doesn’t always have the flashiest numbers, but Kolb will rely on him in the short field in week seven. ****
Philadelphia Defense- I’m not too keen on playing Philly’s defense against Chris Johnson who’s been on a tear the last couple of weeks. **

QB Vince Young- Young injured his knee in week six. Look for Kerry Collins to start in his place this week. *
QB Kerry Collins- Collins will most likely get the nod, but keep up with NFL Soup just in case. Either way, Collins is a risky QB2 at best.
RB Chris Johnson- Keep Johnson in the lineup, as you always should. *****
WR Nate Washington- Washington only saw two targets in the Monday night blowout of the Jaguars. Part of that was just Tennessee rushing more as they had a big lead. He’s still not a terrible Flex option, but you can do better. **
WR Justin Gage- There’s a good chance Gage still won’t play this week. *
WR Kenny Britt- Britt registered another touchdown. I think he gets shutdown this week by Asante Samuel. **
TE Bo Scaife- Scaife doesn’t see enough receptions to be considered for a start. *
Tennessee Defense- This defense forces turnovers, but isn’t the most consistent. There are better options, but they aren’t a terrible start. ****

Cleveland Browns @ New Orleans Saints

QB Colt McCoy- McCoy surprised a lot of people on Sunday having a decent game against the Steelers. Still, he isn’t a legit fantasy option. *
RB Peyton Hillis- Even against the Steelers, he found ways to contribute. Get him in the lineup as he’s one of the only options for the Browns. **
RB Mike Bell- Bell was acquired for Jerome Harrison. Bell’s carries will be limited as he’s more of a pass blocking option in passing situations. *
WR Brian Robiskie- Robiskie shouldn’t be rostered. *
WR Mohamed Massaquoi – After taking a crushing hit by James Harrison, Mo Mass will likely be out for the next week. You’re not losing anything, either way. *
WR Chansi Stuckey- Stuckey isn’t a terrible option if you are desperate for Flex help. He’s had 45+ yards in each of his last three matchups. **
WR Josh Cribbs- Cribbs could play this week, but it’s unlikely. His value is limited to kick off returns, which he hasn’t even had much success with anyway. *
TE Ben Watson- Watson’s value has increased a bit with McCoy playing. If you’re in need of a bye week TE, he’s not a bad option. ***
TE Evan Moore- He was productive against the Steelers for over 80 yards. He should still get looks, but it won’t be enough to start him. **
Cleveland Defense- Drew Brees will most likely have a big game against this awful secondary. *

Key note: Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace are both out with ankle sprains. Mohamed Massaquoi and Josh Cribbs are questionable for Sunday’s matchup against the Saints.

QB Drew Brees- Brees had an excellent week six, and should continue to roll against the Browns secondary. *****
RB Pierre Thomas – Thomas could end up sitting out in week seven as well. Keep up to date, but I don’t think the Saints will feel the need to rush him back. *
RB Ladell Betts- Betts got in the end zone, despite just six carries and twenty yards on the ground. **
RB Chris Ivory- Surprisingly enough, Ivory finished 158 yards last week, he should get more of the work this week against the Browns. ***
WR Marques Colston – Colston wasn’t bad last week, and I suggest you keep him in this week. ****
WR Lance Moore- Moore is a frustrating player. He’ll go a couple nice weeks, and then he’ll lay eggs. This is a good matchup, however. ***
WR Devery Henderson – He’s not getting enough looks to start consistently. **
WR Robert Meachem- Meachem has had two productive weeks, he may be solid enough to use as a Flex in deeper leagues. ***
TE Jeremy Shockey – Shockey was ineffective against Tampa Bay, and I expect the same result in week seven. **
New Orleans Defense – They get a rookie QB in week seven in Colt McCoy. They should be fine. ****

Buffalo Bills @ Baltimore Ravens

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick- Fitzpatrick is having a decent fantasy season for a QB2, but he should be sat this week. **
RB C.J. Spiller- I could see Spiller having a decent day here, but let’s not risk it as we don’t know what his carries will look like. ***
RB Fred Jackson- Like Spiller, we’re not sure what the workload will look like, and it’s best to stay away for now. **
WR Lee Evans- I don’t like Evans to have a good game against a solid secondary. **
WR Steve Johnson- Out of Evans and Johnson this week, I think the Ravens will underestimate Johnson. He’s not a terrible Flex option in deep leagues . ***
TE Shawn Nelson- We’re still unsure how much time he’ll get, but he’s a very talented tight end and could be a sleeper towards the end of the season. **
Buffalo Defense-  Let’s just keep Buffalo’s defense off against Flacco and Boldin. *

QB Joe Flacco- The Flacco Seagulls was productive last week against the Patriots. He’s not a bad start this week as he remains hot. ***
RB Ray Rice – He’s producing each week now, keep him in the lineup. ****
RB Willis McGahee- McGahee is losing carries more and more as Ray Rice is slowly taking more and more snaps. Very little value in McGahee here. *
WR Anquan Boldin- Keep plugging Boldin in, as he’s finding ways to reward fantasy owners. ****
WR Derrick Mason- Mason’s value is still limited despite having a nice week six.**
WR TJ Houshmandzadeh- He’s not getting enough looks from Flacco to warrant any starts. *
TE Todd Heap- Heap got his first touchdown this past week. There are still better options. **
Baltimore Defense- I like Baltimore a lot this week against the Bills. ****

St. Louis Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB Sam Bradford- Bradford and St. Louis keep finding ways to pull out unexpected victories. I actually like Bradford this week against Tampa Bay. He’s a solid QB2 for this week only. ****
RB Steven Jackson- Jackson scored his second touchdown in six weeks. He should almost always been in the lineup. ****
RB Kenneth Darby- Darby had a pass thrown his way, but is still nursing an injury. Keep him on the bench as a handcuff if you have the space.*
WR Danny Amendola- Amendola finally got shut down, but I still like him as a Flex PPR receiver. ***
WR Brandon Gibson- Gibson caught three passes, and looks to get more targets this week. **
WR Mardy Gilyard- Gilyard left with a hamstring injury and could be limited on Sunday. He’s an intriguing project down the line. *
WR Danario Alexander- He came out of nowhere to grab four passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. Sam Bradford will most likely keep looking for him. ***
TE Daniel Fells- Billy Bajema got the targets on Sunday, but neither TE has much fantasy value. *
St. Louis Defense- This is my sleeper start for the week. Tampa Bay has a struggling running game and St. Louis’ defense has been coming to play. ***

QB Josh Freeman- I don’t like Freeman in this game. Inconsistent wide receiver play is hurting him, however he should still get a score to either Mike Williams or Kellen Winslow. **
RB Carnell Williams- Williams made a nice impact in the passing game, but still doesn’t offer consistent enough play to warrant a start. **
RB LaGarette Blount- Blount was inactive on Sunday, but he’ll be back this Sunday as Kareem Huggins tore his ACL. Blount has red zone value in deep leagues. **
WR Mike Williams- He’s still seeing receptions, but the Bucs are having trouble with making big plays. ***
WR Michael Spurlock- Spurlock caught a short touchdown, but his value still remains limited to very deep leagues. *
WR Sammie Stroughter- Again, another limited fantasy option in any week. *
TE Kellen Winslow- Winslow should still be started, unless you have a top notch TE like Dallas Clark. ***
Tampa Bay Defense- Tampa’s defense is too inconsistent to trust against an up and coming St. Louis offense that’s surprising teams. *

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Miami Dolphins

QB Ben Roethlisberger- Big Ben got on track against Cleveland and is a good start on nearly every week. ****
RB Rashard Mendenhall- Keep Mendenhall in this week against a mediocre Dolphins run defense. ****
RB Mewelde Moore- Moore will spell Mendenhall here and there, but his value is very limited. *
WR Hines Ward- With Big Ben back, Ward is a nice start on most weeks. ****
WR Mike Wallace- Wallace is making plays each week. Get him in. ***
TE Heath Miller- Miller got his first score, coincidentally enough in Big Ben’s first week back. Miller is a nice sleeper TE now. ***
Pittsburgh Defense- Pittsburgh’s defense should be started every week. They make plays regardless. *****

QB Chad Henne- It’s probably best to sit Henne this week. Pittsburgh’s defense is very tough, although they do struggle against the pass, so he’ll still make some plays. **
RB Ronnie Brown- Splitting carries, and facing the Steelers, Brown may be worth sitting this week. **
RB Ricky Williams- I’m sitting Ricky this week as well, against Pitt’s run defense. **
WR Brandon Marshall- Marshall is a nice start this week against the Steelers pass defense that’s not the greatest. ****
WR Davone Bess- I like Bess in the slot, but this isn’t the greatest matchup. You can still start him in PPR leagues, but he may not get the yardage. ***
WR Brian Hartline- You can still start him in PPR leagues this week. But he may not get many passes completed his way. ***
TE Anthony Fasano- Fasano is a nice red zone target, and Pittsburgh struggles against TE’s. ***
Miami Defense- Their inconsistency makes me nervous up against Big Ben and an offense that is ready to make a Super Bowl run. **

Washington Redskins @ Chicago Bears

QB Donovan McNabb- McNabb just doesn’t get the yardage you want to see, and tries to force things too much leading in turnovers. Start if you’re desperate for a QB2. ***
RB Ryan Torain- Despite a tough Bears rush defense, I still like Torain who’s running very hard. He may not get 100 yards, but I think he can get in the end zone. ****
WR Santana Moss- Moss is loving McNabb at quarterback, and is making plays. ****
WR Anthony Armstrong- Armstrong won’t blow you away with touchdowns, but he’s not a bad PPR option in the Flex spot. ***
TE Chris Cooley- Cooley got hit hard on Sunday, but looks to play in week seven. Be on the lookout for his status through the week. ***
Washington Defense- Their pass defense makes me think that Jay Cutler could have a nice day. **

QB Jay Cutler- Cutler struggled with his accuracy against the Seahawks, but he should get back on track against Washington. ***
RB Matt Forte-  His rushing stats won’t excite anybody, but he’s getting touches and yards, while finding ways to score. ****
RB Chester Taylor- Taylor’s value is limited still. *
WR Devin Hester- The occasional return touchdown isn’t worth risking to keep starting a guy who doesn’t get very many passes his way. **
WR Johnny Knox- Knox is a reliable option for Cutler, and should be started again this week. ****
WR Devin Aromashodu- Aromashodu had a couple of catches for 40 yards, but it’s not enough to plug him in the lineup. *
TE Greg Olsen- Olsen should rebound nicely this week after not registering a catch against the Seahawks. ***
Chicago Defense- The Bears defense isn’t a bad start against Washington, it’s hard to bet against McNabb. ***

San Francisco 49ers @ Carolina Panthers

QB Alex Smith- Smith could have another productive week and makes for a good QB2 this week. ****
RB Frank Gore- Gore should be in your lineup each week. He just keeps producing. ****
RB Anthony Dixon- Keep Dixon as a handcuff for Gore. But he stays on the bench. *
WR Michael Crabtree- This makes three solid weeks for Crabtree. He’s got another good matchup here. ****
WR Josh Morgan- Inconsistency makes him a worrisome option. **
WR Ted Ginn Jr- Two receptions last week doesn’t make me want to put him in my lineup. **
TE Vernon Davis- Davis should maintain a spot in your starting lineup. ****
San Francisco Defense- I like San Francisco’s defense for the 2nd week in a row. ****

QB Matt Moore- Coach Fox has opted to go with Moore going forward. Moore doesn’t have much value here.
RB DeAngelo Williams- I’m hesitant to start Williams this week. He’s getting barely 15 carries a week. ***
RB Jonathan Stewart- Stewart also isn’t getting enough touches to warrant a start this week. **
WR Steve Smith- There’s a good chance Smith won’t play against the 49ers. **
WR David Gettis- Just say no to Carolina receivers. *
WR Brandon LaFell- See David Gettis. *
TE Jeff King- There are many better options. He’ll split time with Dante Rosario and doesn’t see the end zone. *
TE Dante Rosario- Neither he or King have great value. *
Carolina Defense- Sit this defense against Frank Gore and an improving Alex Smith. **

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Kansas City Chiefs

QB David Garrard- Garrard suffered a concussion against the Titans. Bench him regardless of his starting status. *
QB Trent Edwards- Edwards came out and made some plays, but he still remains a non-option in fantasy. **
RB Maurice Jones-Drew- I like MJD this week against the Chiefs who have struggled against the run. ****
RB Deji Karim- He’s getting limited touches, but still worth keeping an eye on. **
WR Mike Sims-Walker- Sims-Walker is one of the most inconsistent wide receivers in the game, and it’s partially due to his QB play. Bench him again this week. **
WR Mike Thomas- Thomas is the better Mike of the two and should be a solid Flex option in many leagues. ***
TE Marcedes Lewis- He’s a red zone target, so he’s a risk/reward TE. I don’t care for the matchup this week. **
Jacksonville Defense- They just don’t know how to properly play call to stop any offense. They should stay benched. *

QB Matt Cassel- Cassel proved me wrong last week against Houston. He’s still a risky play as he doesn’t throw for a ton of yardage and doesn’t have many wide receiver options. He may be a mediocre QB2 for this game. ***
RB Jamaal Charles- Charles is producing yardage, but Thomas Jones is the red zone man. Still keep putting him in. ****
RB Thomas Jones- This week he got more carries than Charles. KC is simply playing with our hearts at this point. Jones is still a good Flex play as he’s the red zone man in KC. ***
WR Dwayne Bowe- Bowe had his best numbers of the year. I think he’s a solid option at the Flex this week if you’re struggling. ***
WR Chris Chambers- Chambers has been a huge disappointment. Keep him benched. *
WR Dexter McCluster- He’s getting a few touches here and there, but it’s not enough to get him in your lineup. **
TE Tony Moeaki- Moaki should rebound this week after a disappointing two catch game against Houston. ***
Kansas City Defense- KC’s defense isn’t getting it done. Keep them benched even against this offense. *

New England Patriots @ San Diego Chargers

QB Tom Brady- Brady struggled a bit against Baltimore, but against a very struggling San Diego Chargers team, I think he’s a safe play. ****
RB Fred Taylor- There’s a good chance Taylor could go another week on the bench. Even if he does play, he’ll be worked in slowly. *
RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis- It may be a good week to sit Green-Ellis. The Chargers have fared well against the run. Although, if you are desperate, he could produce a decent amount of points in the Flex. **
WR Deion Branch- Branch should be added in most leagues as he’s a top target for Tom Brady. ****
WR Wes Welker- Welker will still get his receptions. Don’t fret. ****
WR Brandon Tate- Tate will get some looks, but I don’t want to start him until he gets consistent catches. **
TE Rob Gronkowski- Keep Gronkowski on the bench. He’s a red zone risk/reward guy, but the Patriots seem to like Hernandez a touch more. *
TE Aaron Hernandez- He may not score many touchdowns, but he’s getting receptions and yardage. ***
Patriots Defense- This will be a tough game for the Patriots against Philip Rivers. There are better options. However, if Floyd and/or Gates do not play, then they may not be a bad start. ***

QB Philip Rivers- Rivers struggled a bit after losing Gates and Floyd in week six. He should at least get Gates back, and be a solid QB2. ***
RB Ryan Mathews- Mathews should start getting more carries. Get him in the lineup. ***
RB Mike Tolbert- It may be time to sit Tolbert. You can’t afford to get just three yards out of one of your RB spots even if he does get a touchdown. *
WR Malcolm Floyd- There’s a good possibility that Floyd will sit out against the Patriots. He may be worth sitting even if he gets the nod, as it’s evident the strained hammy is bothering him.  **
WR Legedu Naanee- Assuming Naanee is good to go, he may get more looks in week seven. Be on the lookout as he could be productive in the Flex. ***
TE Antonio Gates- If Gates plays, get him in the lineup. He’s been one of the most reliable TE’s in the last decade. ****
San Diego Defense- I’m sitting the Chargers defense until they show they can stop the passing game. **

Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos

QB Bruce Gradkowski- It’s probably best to sit Gradkowski this week. Even if he does start, he won’t be 100%. **
QB Jason Campbell- We’re unsure of who will start just yet, but avoid Campbell if he does start. *
RB Darren McFadden- McFadden was out in week six, and there’s a good chance he’ll still be out this week. **
RB Michael Bush- This may be a good week to start Bush. They’ll have to rely heavily on the running game to beat Denver. ****
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey- Bey continued his worthless streak in week six. Keep him benched. *
WR Louis Murphy- Until Gradkowski is 100%, keep Murphy on the bench. **
TE Zach Miller- The great thing about TE’s is that you can just dump the ball off to them. Keep Miller in your lineup. ****
Oakland Defense- Keep them on the bench against Kyle Orton and this offense. *

QB Kyle Orton- He struggled against the Jets, but he will rebound nicely against Oakland.  ****
RB Knowshon Moreno- Moreno had 12 carries in his debut since his injury. He’ll be utilized more in week seven. ***
RB Laurence Maroney- Just keep him on the bench with Moreno back. *
RB Correll Buckhalter- Time to sit Buckhalter, as you should have a week ago. *
WR Eddie Royal- Royal should sit until his hammy is 100%, the Broncos have enough options to let him rest up. **
WR Jabar Gaffney- Keep Gaffney in Flex spots until he starts to decline. ***
WR Brandon Lloyd- Lloyd just keeps making plays, and should be in your lineup. ****
WR Demaryius Thomas- Thomas may be a good start this week if Royal, in fact, sits out. We’ll keep you posted. ***
TE Daniel Graham- Graham still isn’t worth a look in any format. *
Broncos Defense- Denver’s defense may luck out this week, and be a solid start against a weak Oakland offense. ***

Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks

QB Max Hall- Hall is starting in Arizona, unless Whisenhunt makes another change. Value is limited here. *
RB Beanie Wells- Wells should be sat this week. He hasn’t gotten into any rhythm and Seattle’s run defense is one of the best in the league. **
RB Tim Hightower- You can do better than Hightower, unless you’re desperate in a PPR league. **
WR Larry Fitzgerald- Fitzgerald still hasn’t scored less than 10 points in any game this season. Keep him in, unless there’s a steady decline.  ****
WR Steve Breaston- Breaston could be back. Let’s give him a week to get 100% before we even think about starting him. **
WR Stephen Williams- We’ll want to see more consistency from Williams before we even add him to our roster. *
TE Ben Patrick- Patrick is one of the least scoring fantasy TE’s. *
Arizona Defense- This Cardinals defense is very bad.  *

QB Matt Hasselbeck- Hasselbeck may be a solid QB2 this week against a weak secondary in Arizona. ***
RB Marshawn Lynch- Lynch had 17 carries in his debut for the Seahawks. This isn’t a bad week to start him as he should get into the end zone. ***
RB Justin Forsett- Despite splitting carries with Lynch, Forsett is a good runner who needs more touches. If you’re in need of a Flex, grab him. ***
RB Leon Washington- The addition of Lynch makes Washington virtually useless unless your team counts return yards. *
WR Golden Tate- Hasselbeck only looked Tate’s way twice against Chicago. Hopefully that will change, but Tate should still be added in very deep leagues. **
WR Mike Williams- It seems Hasselbeck prefers Williams, targeting him 15 times. Williams seems like a solid Flex option. ***
TE Jon Carlson- Carlson still has nice value, and should rebound from a disheartening performance against Chicago. ***
Seattle Defense- This is a good week to start Seattle’s defense. ****

Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers

QB Brett Favre – Favre has been as disappointing as quarterbacks come this season. I don’t see his luck changing much in Green Bay, but he should still be a nice QB2. ***
RB Adrian Peterson – You shouldn’t sit AP any week. *****
WR Randy Moss- Moss will continue to see more receptions the more he learns the offense. Keep him in the lineup as a WR1. ****
WR Percy Harvin – He didn’t have many receptions (3), but he had a return touchdown. Don’t pull him out of the lineup this week, either. ***
WR Bernard Berrian – It’s time to give up on Berrian for now. *
WR Greg Camarillo- He caught a touchdown, but still only had two receptions. Don’t add him on your roster unless he starts producing. *
TE Visanthe Shiancoe- I’d get Shiancoe on the bench until Minnesota can start throwing the ball well. **
Minnesota Defense – Get Minny’s defense on the bench against Aaron Rodgers. **

QB Aaron Rodgers- It seemed like Rodgers would sit out, and he ended up playing very well against the Dolphins. Another touchdown on the ground helped him as well. Get him in the lineup.  *****
RB Brandon Jackson- Jackson had 12 carries for 53 yards, as well as three receptions. He doesn’t have a good enough matchup for me to start him this week, however. **
RB John Kuhn- Kuhn isn’t seeing the carries to warrant a start. *
WR Greg Jennings- Jennings should stay in your lineup. He’s one of the best downfield threats in the NFL and will be more involved with the injury to Jermichael Finley. ****
WR Donald Driver- Driver is nursing a thigh injury, but is playing through it. He’s a decent WR2 or Flex option. ***
WR James Jones- He was targeted just three times. Rodgers will have to spread the ball around if he wants to beat Minnesota, however. **
TE Andrew Quarless- Rodgers doesn’t seem to be a big fan of Quarless. After all, he’s nowhere close to Jermichael Finley. **
Green Bay Defense- Green Bay’s defense has been racking up sacks, and can turn the ball over. I’m skeptical against Minnesota, however. **

Key Note- Jermichael Finley is out for the season with a torn meniscus. Ryan Grant is done for the season, as is Justin Harrell.

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys

QB Eli Manning- Manning is having too much trouble turning it over, and goes up against one of the better pass defenses in the league. Consider sitting this week. **
RB Ahmad Bradshaw- Bradshaw is the man in the Giants backfield, but Jacobs is stealing the touchdowns. Keep him in, regardless. ****
RB Brandon Jacobs- He’s getting all of the red zone carries, and may not be a terrible Flex option. ***
WR Steve Smith- I don’t like the matchup this week for Smith. If you’re desperate, get in him as a Flex, but I’m benching him. ***
WR Hakeem Nicks- I think Nicks will be productive this game with his physical play. I like him this week. ****
WR Mario Manningham- Manningham could sneak a few receptions in the slot with the Cowboys preoccupied with Nicks and Smith, but don’t expect a touchdown like last week. **
TE Kevin Boss- There are still many better options at tight end. *
TE Travis Beckum- He scored his first touchdown, but he’s not getting enough looks for a fantasy start. *
New York Defense- Tony Romo may be making mistakes, but he’s still going to put points on the board. I don’t care for this defensive matchup. The Giants haven’t faced a great QB since Peyton Manning in week 2, although they did shut down Matt Schaub. **

QB Tony Romo- Despite the Giants great pass defense, I think Romo has an excellent day throwing the ball. ****
RB Felix Jones- Jones stepped up again, although he made most of his plays on the receiving end. I like him for overall yardage this week. ***
RB Marion Barber- Barber isn’t getting the touches that fantasy owners want to see. Keep him on the bench. **
WR Miles Austin- Austin is scoring, even if it’s called back by a penalty. Keep him in the lineup. *****
WR Dez Bryant- Bryant only saw one reception, but it was for a touchdown.  I’d sit him for this week. **
WR Roy E. Williams- Williams added two more touchdowns, and is becoming a reliable target for Romo. He’s a WR2 at this point until he slows down. ***
TE Jason Witten- Witten makes plays down the field, and should still be started. ****
Dallas Defense- I like Dallas’ defense against the turnover prone Eli Manning in week seven. ****

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