As promised, here are all of the show notes along wth this week’s cheatsheets.
Fantast Football Cheat Sheet Week 7
Week 7 Printable Cheat Sheet
With the Terps game, the ALCS and the UFC pay per view tonight, I am officailly done thinking about fantasy football until tomorrow morning.
Good Luck this week.
Baltimore (4-2; 1-2 away) @ Buffalo (1-4; 1-2 home)
Last Week: The Ravens beat the Rams 22-3 in BAL; The Bills had a Bye.
Passing- Kyle Boller will get the start for the Ravens this week, and should be a great sleeper.
The Bills defense has allowed teams to do whatever they want so far, making things look good for Boller.
Injuries to the receiving corps and the Bills inability to stop the run should be the only thing that could slow Boller down this week.
Rushing- Willis McGahee was mysteriously absent from practice on Wednesday, but there is no indication that he is injured, keep an eye on that situation.
McGahee should be extra motivated against the Bills this week, he had some harsh words for the organization on his way out of Buffalo.
Receiving– Derek Mason and Demetrius Williams have both been limited in practice this week, but will probably play.
Todd Heap is still battling a hamstring and Dan Wilcox a toe injury.
Mark Clayton has yet to get things going, maybe this is his week to breakout with everyone else hurt.
Quinn Sypneiwski should be a good sleeper against this defense with the injuries at tight end.
Passing– Trent Edwards will get the start for the Bills against the Ravens this week.
Edwards should have to pass the ball given Baltimore’s ability to stop the run.
Baltimore is dealing with injuries all over, but injuries in the secondary could play right into Edwards hands.
The Bills offense has been bad against some bad defenses already, they should have a tough time this week too.
Rushing- Marshawn Lynch has been a workhorse and a bit of a pleasant surprise for the Bills.
He’d be even better if the Bills had any type of passing game to keep defenses honest.
Look for a better option this week if you have one, this will be a long day for Lynch.
Receiving- Get Lee Evans in, without Chris McAllister in, Buffalo’s big play threat should get some chances this week.
Roscoe Parrish and Josh Reed could both be decent sleepers because of the injuries in Baltimore’s secondary.
But the Bills have just 4 offensive TDs so far, so temper your expectations.
Minnesota (2-3; 1-2 away) @ Dallas (4-1; 2-1 home)
Last Week: The Vikings beat the Bears 34-31 in CHI; The Cowboys lost to the Patriots 48-27 in DAL
Passing- Tavaris Jackson has been limited in practice this week, keep an eye on that situation if you have to.
Kelly Holcomb would be the starter in the event that Jackson doesn’t play.
Neither is a very attractive option against the Dallas pass defense this week.
Good passing teams have had success against Dallas, but bad passing teams struggle, Minnesota will probably struggle.
Rushing- The Cowboys run defense has been very good, so don’t expect another 200+ from Adrian Peterson this week.
Temper you expectations, but don’t go away from Peterson.
Chester Taylor is a decent fill in, he got 2 more carries than Peterson last week.
Receiving– No reason to be excited about any of Minnesota’s wide outs this season, and certainly not this week.
Troy Williamson, Bobby Wade, Sidney Rice and Robert Ferguson are the names, in case you need a pick up this week, they’ll all play.
None of them are likely to do much so avoid them if you can.
Passing– The Cowboys will have to throw it against the Vikings this week, and at this point there’s very little reason to go away from Tony Romo anyway.
The Vikings are allowing 288 yards per game through the air, that’s the league’s worst.
Rushing– If you have better options than the Cowboys RBs this week, you should use them.
The Vikings are giving up a league second best 66 yds rushing per game and haven’t allowed a rushing TD yet.
Barber could steal a TD, but there are better options out there this week, and keep Julius Jones on the bench this week.
Receiving– Get those Cowboys receivers in there this week.
The Vikings have given up 725 yds and 5 tds through the air in their last 2 games.
Owens, Witten and Crayton are all great options this week.
Tampa Bay (4-2; 1-2 away) @ Detroit (3-2; 2-0 home)
Last Week: The Bucs beat the Titans 13-10 in TB; The Lions had a Bye.
Passing– If you’ve been having to use Jeff Garcia up to this point, you should get more than you are used to this week.
It’s hard to expect big things from the Tampa passing game, but given their limited runners, and the Lions defense, things look good for Garcia this week.
Rushing- Ernest Graham should get the bulk of the carries, and is a good pickup against a horrible defense this week.
Michael Bennett might be worth a pickup, but probably won’t see much action this week.
Receiving- Joey Galloway should definitely be in your lineup against this defense, especially with the injuries in the running game.
If you have Michael Clayton or Ike Hilliard, this is the week that you could get something out of them too.
Passing- The Bucs have been better against the pass than the run so far.
Jon Kitna has too many weapons to not be dangerous no matter who they are playing; keep him in.
Rushing- Kevin Jones appears to be back in the starters role, and could have a good day against Tampa.
The Bucs have been uncharacteristically weak against the run so far.
Tatum Bell appears to have lost most of his value now that Jones is back as the starter.
Receiving– The Lions should have a tough day throwing against the Bucs pass defense, but should be able to capitalize on the underneath routes.
Roy Williams, Shaun McDonald, Calvin Johnson and Mike Furrey are all good starts, but don’t expect a lot of big plays from them in this one.
New England (6-0; 3-0 away) @ Miami (0-6; 0-2 home)
Last Week: The Patriots beat the Cowboys 48-27 in DAL; The Dolphins lost to the Browns 41-31 in CLE.
Passing– Do you need me to tell you to start Tom Brady this week?
OK, start Tom Brady this week.
Rushing– With Sammy Morris out, the Pats will be counting on Maroney to be back strong this week.
The Dolphins run defense has given up gaudy run numbers every week so far.
Kevin Faulk could be a great sleeper this week, depending on how the Pats try to ease Maroney back into things.
Receiving– It seems that the guys who are on the injury report are the ones who score for the Pats each week.
Stallworth and Welker are both good options until further notice.
You aren’t going to sit Randy Moss in any week that he’s healthy.
Ben Watson may not play, Kyle Brady would be a great sleeper in his absence.
Passing– Cleo Lemon should have to air it out against the Pats, who should open this one up relatively easily.
The Pats defense has given up some points this year, mostly through the air. They have been pretty stingy with yardage though.
It might be time to pick up John Beck, he may be the Dolphins starter very soon.
Rushing– Ronnie Brown is in for a tough week this week, but has been one of the best running backs in the league so far, keep him in.
Brown has been a big part of the passing game so far this year too.
Receiving- Marty Booker’s value might be at a seasonal high with the trade of Chris Chambers this week.
David Martin has been limited in practice, keep an eye on his situation.
Tedd Ginn and Derek Hagan both saw their sleeper value go up with the Chambers trade too, both are decent pickups in a week where the Dolphins figure to be playing from way behind.
Atlanta (1-5;0-3 away) @ New Orleans (1-4; 0-2 home)
Last Week: The Falcons lost 31-10 to the Giants in ATL; The Saints beat the Seahawks 28-17 in SEA
Passing– The Falcons will turn to Byron Leftwich this week, in favor of Joey Harrington.
Leftwich looked pretty bad in his one appearance for the Falcons so far, and it remains to be seen how much of the playbook will be available on Sunday.
Any QB could be dangerous against the Saints defense, and Atlanta will be looking for a spark this week.
Rushing– Atlanta has had a tough time getting things going on the ground so far, the Saints can help with that.
Warrick Dunn and Jerious Norwood should probably both be considered sleepers at this point.
Both appear to be great sleepers this week.
Receiving- Alge Crumpler has been limited in practice this week, keep an eye on his situation.
Who knows who Leftwich will develop chemistry with?
Against the Saints, Roddy White, Michael Jenkins and Joe Horn could all be good options for this week.
Passing– Drew Brees appeared to right the ship at least slightly last week.
Stick with Brees and hope he can keep things going right, but the Falcon defense has been tough to pass on this year.
This will be a good test of whether or not Brees is really back.
Rushing– Reggie Bush is the guy, keep him in.
The Falcons defense has been very beatable on the ground, the Saints will need Bush to balance out their passing game.
Receiving- Only one catch for Marques Colston last week, but it was a TD.
Colston and DeVry Henderson have been disappointing so far, unfortunately there still aren’t many better options out there in most leagues.
David Patten finally started to live up to his preseason hype last week. He’s a good sleeper this week too.
San Francisco (2-3; 1-1 away) @ N.Y. Giants (4-2; 2-1 home)
Last Week: The 49ers had a Bye; The Giants beat the Falcons 31-10 in ATL
Passing– It’s still up in the air as to whether Alex Smith will be ready for Sunday’s game.
Trant Dilfer would get the start in the event of his absence.
Neither looks very attractive based on the Niners offense so far.
The Giants pass defense was lit up in the first 2 weeks of the season but have been outstanding since.
Rushing– The Giants have been prone to giving up big days on the ground.
Frank Gore is a good bet to get things going this week, but balance from the passing game would help him a lot.
Receiving– Vernon Davis will likely be a game time decision for the Niners this week. Keep an eye on that situation.
There is no one worth getting excited over in this offense, and this is not a good matchup either, stay away from the Niners wide outs.
Passing– With 2 banged up running backs the Giants will be counting on Eli Manning to carry a lot of the load this week.
As long as he has Plaxico playing, Eli is dangerous.
Rushing– Both Derrick Ward and Brandon Jacobs have been limited this week in practice.
Teams have been able to run well against San Francisco.
Tough to say who will have the better day, even Rueben Droughns has a chance to get some big carries this week.
Receiving– Burress and Shockey are not guys that you want to sit if they are playing.
Amani Toomer has some value this week, and Steve Smith might be back this week too.
Arizona (3-3; 1-2 away) @ Washington (3-2; 2-1 home)
Last Week: The Cardinals lost to the Panthers 25-10 in CAR; The Redskins lost to the Packers 17-14 in GB
Passing– It’s tough to tell if Kurt Warner will be available for the start this week, keep an eye on that.
Tim Rattay could get the start if Warner is unable to go, but Tim Hasselbeck hasn’t been ruled out either.
Kurt Warner may see time back in the role of no huddle QB even if he doesn’t start.
Any of these QBs could have some future value as a pickup in this offense, but they’ll have a tough time against the Redskins defense this week.
Rushing– Teams have had a lot more luck running than passing against Washington, but Edgerin James will still have a tough day.
James should still get lots of carries with the QB injury situation.
Receiving– This looks like the week that Anquan Boldin comes back, he picked a tough defense to do it against .
Larry Fitzgerald is the only other worthwhile start in the receiving corps this week against Washington.
Both Boldin and Fitzgerald could be in for tough games, stay away from Johnson and Urban in this one.
Passing- The Cards pass defense has made some QBs look pretty good this year, including 43 year old Vinny Testaverde last week.
Jason Campbell looks more comfortable every week and had a respectable showing against a tough Green Bay pass defense last week.
This should be an above average week for Campbell.
Rushing– Clinton Portis should get back into the end zone this week.
Ladell Betts could pick up a TD but isn’t much value when Portis is healthy.
Receiving– Keep an eye on Santana Moss, he looks like he should be back this week, if so get him in.
Chris Cooley is a great value this week, and Randle El should get some good yardage if not a TD.
Keenan McCardell is probably still a reach this week.
Tennessee (3-2; 2-1 away) @ Houston (3-3; 2-1 home)
Last Week: The Titans lost to the Bucs 13-10 in TB; The Texans lost to the Jags 37-17 in JAX.
Passing– Vince Young hasn’t practiced yet this week, but it looks like he might try to go.
Kerry Collins would get the start if Young can’t go.
The Texans have been pretty vulnerable to the pass this season.
Rushing– Chris Brown has been limited in practice this week, keep an eye on him.
LenDale White should benefit from Brown’s injury.
The Texans started respectably against the run, but have given up big rushing days in their last 3 games.
Receiving– Eric Moulds and Justin Gage seem to emerging in this offense a bit.
Roydell Williams is probably the Titans best option this week.
Brandon Jones should play, but might be slowed a bit due to his Knee injury.
Passing– Matt Schaub has been kept out of the end zone for the past 2 games after a hot start.
He’ll face a tough Tennessee defense this week.
The passing game would benefit greatly if Andre Johnson is able to return, but that’s anything but assured.
Rushing– Ahman Green has had a tough time getting things going since returning from his injury, things should be tough again this week.
Ron Dayne was disappointing as the starter, no reason to look deeper than Green in this one.
Receiving– As I said, Andre Johnson has been upgraded to day to day, get him in if he starts, but he’ll still be in for a tough day.
Andre Davis has emerged as a star in this offense, and will benefit from the return of Johnson.
Jacoby Jones appears to be full speed and should play some this week.
Kevin Walter had a big week and may be worth another look.
Owen Daniels is emerging as one of the more valuable fantasy tight ends.
N.Y. Jets (1-5; 0-3 away) @ Cincinnati (1-4; 1-1 home)
Last Week: The Jets lost 16-9 to the Eagles in NY; The Bengals lost to the Chiefs 27-20 in KC
Passing- Any QB is dangerous against the Bengals secondary this year, but we are talking about Chad Pennington here.
The Kellen Clemens era may be starting soon, but unless Pennington gets injured, the Bengals defense probably won’t do much to get Chad pulled in this one.
Rushing– Thomas Jones appeared to break out last week and should keep it going against this defense.
Jones should be itching to get into the end zone and probably will this week.
Leon Washington could get some opportunities in the backfield and is also a big part of the passing offense and returns kicks.
Receiving– Laverneus Coles has been limited in practice this week, but should play and is a must start against this defense.
Jehrico Cotchery should have a big week too.
Keep an eye on Chris Baker, he’s been limited in practice but is worth a start if he’s playing.
Passing- The Jets defense has been pretty good against the pass but will have a tough time stopping Carson Palmer.
The Bengals defense should force their offense to stay wide open all season long.
Rushing– Rudi Johnson is still less than 100% and will probably at least share a lot of the workload this week if he plays at all.
Kenny Watson looks like he’d pick up most of the carries this week if Rudi can’t go or is limited.
The Jets have had a rough time stopping the run this year.
Chris Perry returned to practice this week, and could have some future value given the injury situation so far.
Receiving- Chad Johnson is nursing a hamstring injury, but I’d expect him to play.
Houshmandzadeh is having a great season and should continue to benefit from the injuries around him.
Reggie Kelly should play and has good value in this matchup.
Antonio Chatman is probably out for this one, keep an eye on that.
Tab Perry would be the likely beneficiary in his absence.
Kansas City (3-3; 1-2 away) @ Oakland (2-3; 1-1 home)
Last Week: The Chiefs beat the Bengals 27-20 in KC; The Raiders lost to the Chargers 28-14 in SD
Passing- Damon Huard has put up some pretty pedestrian numbers so far, and that should continue this week.
Huard had 264 yds and 2 tds last week against weh Bengals, figure that’s his high water mark, he should be back below that his week.
Rushing- Larry Johnson got things going last week, and should keep it going against a weak Raiders run defense this week.
You didn’t draft LJ to keep him on the bench and he appears to be back on track after a slow start.
There’s no reason to waste a roster spot on Preist Holmes, at least not yet.
Receiving- Eddie Kennison is out again this week.
Dewayne Bowe and Tony Gonzalez are the only viable targets in this offense at least for this week.
Keep an eye on Jeff Webb who had 7 catches last week, but this isn’t a great week to go prospecting with him.
Passing- Dante Culpepper came back to earth a bit last week, and isn’t a horrible start this week, but not someone that you should be rushing to get in there.
Culpepper could find some success running against the Chiefs this week too.
Rushing- LaMont Jordan appears healthy enough to play and is a great start against a horrible Chiefs run defense.
Justin Fargas got 10 carries last week and could be a decent pick up for this week, just because of the Chiefs troubles against the run.
I was surprised that Dominic Rhodes didn’t see any time in last week’s game, and should be kept on your bench until he works his way into the offense.
Receiving– Ronald Curry and Jerry Porter seems to be the only viable fantasy options in this receiving corps.
The Raiders are going to have a tough time throwing this week, and may not be inclined to pass much if they are able to run like they should be.
Mike Williams is working his way into this offense and may someday soon live up to at least part of his enormous potential.
Chicago (2-4; 1-2 away) @ Philadelphia (2-3; 1-1 home)
Last Week: The Bears lost to the Vikings 34-31 in CHI; The Eagles beat the Jets 16-9 in NY.
Passing– Although he hasn’t been setting the world on fire by any means, Brian Griese is putting up some very good fantasy numbers so far.
Expect him to struggle this week against a Philly pass defense that has been great except for a one week let down against the Lions.
Rushing– The Eagles run defense has been good too, and Cedric Benson continues to struggle, look for better options this week if you have them.
Adrian Peterson doesn’t look like a threat to steal Benson’s job, but could steal some carries, he’s still not worth a play this week.
Receiving– One thing about Griese so far is that he’s been spreading the ball around.
Bernard Berrian, Mushin Muhammad, Devin Hester, Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark are all TD threats with Griese at the helm.
Don’t expect very big numbers from any Bears wide out in this one.
Passing– It’s tough to tell what to expect from McNabb so far, and equally tough to know what to expect from the Bears defense.
I’m going to have enough discretion to say that I don’t know what to make of this matchup.
If I had McNabb, I’d start him, mostly because I imagine if I had drafted him it would have been early, and as my starter, So this game wouldn’t scare me off of him, but I wouldn’t go out and grab him in a salary cap league this week either.
Rushing– Westbrook appears healthy, get him in there. The Bears defense has been surprisingly weak against the run in it’s last 2 games and 3 of it’s last 4.
Correll Buckhalter was cut back to 4 carries last week with a healthy Westbrook in there.
Keep him on your bench unless you see a blowout in this one.
Receiving- I wouldn’t sit Kevin Curtis or Reggie Brown, but might temper my expectations with both.
LJ Smith might be back, but I’d wait another week at least before using him, see how he plays.
I wouldn’t go any deeper than Curtis or Brown in this one.
St. Louis (0-6; 0-3 away) @ Seattle (3-3; 2-1 home)
Last Week: The Rams lost to the Ravens 22-3 in BAL; The Seahawks lost to the Saints 28-19 in SEA
Passing– Marc Bulger is back and the Seahawks defense is reeling a bit.
Bulger owners have probably figured not to expect much this season already, this could be a decent week for him though.
Every receiver on the Rams offense is dealing with some type of injury and the offensive line is a mess.
Rushing- Steven Jackson has a slight chance of coming back this week, and the Seahawks have been consistently bad against the run.
Brian Leonard looks like a good start whether Jackson is available or not.
Travis Minor could see some time if Jackson can’t go.
Receiving- Tory Holt, Issaac Bruce, Dane Looker, and Drew Bennett have all been limited in practice this week, but all should play.
You have to wonder who Bulger will have his timing on with, if they were all unable to practice full speed.
Randy McMichael might be the safest play in this receiving corps this week.
Passing- Despite Seattle’s problems this season, Hasselbeck has continued to put up respectable fantasy numbers.
The Rams have been pretty good against the pass, but that may be because tams have run on them quite easily.
Seattle will probably run against the Rams quite easily.
Rushing– Shaun Alexander appears to be healthy despite speculation otherwise.
This looks like a great match up for Alexander.
Receiving– It looks like DJ Hackett could be back this week, and even if he’s not grab him off the waiver wire if someone has let him go. He’ll have a big role in this offense once he gets back.
No Deion Branch again this week, so the Seahawks may have lots of good sleepers in the receiving corps this week.
Nate Burleson, Ben Obamanu and Courtney Taylor all have good sleeper potential this week.
Pittsburgh (4-1; 1-1 away) @ Denver (2-3; 1-2 home)
Last Week: The Steelers had a Bye; The Broncos had a Bye.
Passing- Ben Roethlisberger’s numbers have been mediocre at best so far this season.
The Broncos defense seems to be getting worse each week.
With a healthy offense around him, Roethlisberger should be better than usual this week.
Rushing– Willie Parker should have a great day against the Broncos, and appears to be healthy.
Najeh Davenport has broken a couple of big plays this season, and could break one against this defense or see lots of minutes if Pittsburgh is able to get up big.
Davenport isn’t a desirable start, but might be a good fill in if you are in a pinch this week.
Receiving- Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes should be back this week, but both could be in for long days against Champ Bailey and Dre Bly.
Roethlisberger has used his tight ends a lot so far and will probably feel much better using them than going against those 2 corners this week.
Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth and Jeremy Tuman are all good starts at tight end, probably in that order.
Passing- Jay Cutler’s numbers have been in a steady freefall since week one.
He’ll face a stingy Steelers pass defense this week, who should get Troy Polamalu back, and will be without his top receiver Javon Walker for the next few weeks after knee surgery.
Look for better options this week.
On the bright side, if the Steelers get up big, Cutler will have to air it out.
Rushing– Travis Henry has been good so far, but took a step back last week.
Maybe because of injuries, maybe the distraction of his pending suspension, maybe a good Chargers defense was responsible.
He’ll have another tough week against the Steelers this week, and may be frozen out of the offense if the Steelers get up big.
Receiving- No Javon Walker this week, and no Steven Alexander.
Brandon Marshall is the best start of this receiving corps.
Brandon Stokeley, Daniel Graham and Glenn Martinez may all have decent sleeper potential.
Indianapolis (5-0; 2-0 away) @ Jacksonville (4-1; 2-1 home)
Last Week: The Colts had a Bye; The Jags beat the Texans 37-17 in JAX.
Passing- If I told you to sit Peyton Manning, would you do it?
The Jags have been tough on defense this year, and Manning will have a long day, but you obviously still won’t find many better options this week.
Rushing– Joseph Addai should be back this week, and the Colts have been running very well as a team.
The Jags haven’t let anyone get more than 50 yards since Chris Brown exploded against them in week 1.
Receiving- Manning should have the full compliment of receivers this week.
I wouldn’t go deeper than the top three against this defense.
Wayne, Clark and Harrison of he’s playing, if not, I’d just go with Wayne or Clark.
Passing- David Garard has been efficient but not productive from a fantasy perspective so far.
The Colts have been surprisingly tough on defense, and it looks like the Jags will have to pass on them to have a chance, but that will be a tall order.
Rushing– Neither Jags running back has been particularly good.
The once easy to run on Colts defense is suddenly one of the best run stopping defenses in football.
Both Jags RBs should have a tough time in this one, Jones-Drew is the safer bet to have a big day.
Receiving- If your playing the Colts, who have had a week to prepare, you might find yourself down in a hurry. If so, it could be good news for the Jags receivers.
Dennis Northcutt has been the best yardage receiver so far for the Jags.
Reggie Williams has 3 TDs.
No one else is worth reaching for in this offense aside from maybe Mercedes Lewis at tight end.