Fantasy Football Week 7: Trends To Avoid
We are approaching week 7 in the NFL season, and there have already been a number of surprises throughout this season.
The fantasy season has been an interesting one, with many players we thought would perform well underachieving. Here are picks that everyone is making and players everyone is adding/sitting/starting that you can say "not so fast my friends..." to.
There are people who the consensus would say to start, but it would probably be unwise this week.
If you have a top tier play, obviously you have to start them, but here are some trends that everyone have been following this week that you should avoid.
Without any further ado, here we go.
Avoid Sitting Chad Ochocinco
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Chad Ochocinco has been overshadowed this year with the arrival of Terrell Owens. T.O. has caught 31 passes for 476 yards, and two touchdowns. Ochocinco has not been as productive as Terrell Owens this year, which is causing concern for many fantasy owners.
Many fantasy owners are burying Ochocinco in their bench, waiting for him to have a breakout game, so they can reinsert him into the starting lineup. Currently, Chad Ochocinco is only being started in 50% of yahoo fantasy leagues.
This is an alarming number. This means that Ochocinco is being sat by 50% of owners.
This will be the week where Ochocinco breaks out, do not miss out by being in the half of owners who sit him.
In week seven, if you have Ochocinco, avoid sitting him.
Avoid Starting Donovan McNabb
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Donovan McNabb has had a solid season, throwing for 1561 yards, and 5 touchdowns. McNabb has been started more over the course of the last few weeks. He is making connections with Chris Cooley, and Santanna Moss, as well as hitting Ryan Torrain out of the backfield.
As a result, starting McNabb has become a popular trend. Do not go with the flow this week.
McNabb is a horrible play this week, against the very stout Bears defense. McNabb will be pressured by the Bears defense, forcing him into bad throws.
He will more than likely throw bad passes, as a result of this pressure.
In week seven, if you have McNabb, avoid starting him.
Avoid Sitting Danny Woodhead
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Raise your hand if you knew who Danny Woodhead was before last week. That's right, no one did. Even after his outstanding week last week, still probably half of the nation has no clue who he is.
The Patriots have found an unlikely star in Danny Woodhead at running back. He was undrafted out of a Division II school,and a waiver pickup from the Jets in September.
Woodhead had 115 all purpose yards against the Ravens defense last week. The Ravens have a very solid defense, so Woodhead is a must start this week against the Chargers.
Many people are not starting him because he only had one good game. Avoid falling into this trap.
Woodhead will have a solid game in week seven.
Avoid sitting Danny Woodhead.
Avoid Starting Aaron Rodgers
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Aaron Rodgers was the number one fantasy quarterback a season ago. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Rodgers has thrown for 1546 yards and 10 touchdowns, which are solid numbers, but compared to a season ago, it pales in comparison.
Rodgers is not a good play this week against the Vikings on Sunday night. He is missing his number one target Jermichael Finley for the remainder of the season. This week the Packers play the Vikings, and Rodgers will not have a solid game.
The Vikings relatively shut down Tony Romo last week, and I expect them to do the same to Rodgers.
Avoid the trend and do not start Aaron Rodgers in week seven.
Avoid Starting Players In a Bye Week
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Peyton Manning is arguably the best fantasy football player of all time, but even he cannot score you points on a bye week. This seems like the most obvious rule in fantasy football, yet every week, in each of my weeks, someone starts a player on a bye week.
Players on a bye do not score you points! If you are in India, you can still find an Internet cafe, and spend 30 seconds checking your lineup.
In week seven, do not fall into one of the most alarming trends in fantasy football and start a player on a bye.
I repeat, Peyton Manning is not playing this week, he cannot score you points.
Avoid falling into embarrassment in week seven, and actually start players who are playing.
Do not start a player on a bye.
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Paul Ferguson is an intern at Bleacher Report.
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