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Ray Rice Fantasy Recap: Disappointing MNF Hurts Fantasy Owners

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice entered Monday night looking for a big day against a struggling Jaguars defense. Four quarters later, the Ravens were on the receiving end of a stunning upset and Ray Rice had done some damage to fantasy football teams.

In a grinding game that should have favored running backs, Rice was unable to match his counterpart, Maurice Jones-Drew. Rice finished the game with 28 rushing yards and 35 receiving yards. While 6.3 points isn't the worst thing in the world, subtracting two points for his lost fumble turns a poor evening into a brutal evening.

Rice entered the 2011 NFL season with a ton of fantasy hype, and prior to Monday night he had almost lived up to it. He's got yardage — Rice had 700 yards from scrimmage through the Ravens' first five games — but touchdowns would be nice to go with it. Rice has just four in the Ravens' first six games.

That pace is actually well ahead of Rice in previous years, though: he's never had more than eight touchdowns in a season, largely because he's split time and goal line carries with Willis McGahee to this point. Without McGahee, though, some thought Rice's production would skyrocket.

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Maurice Jones-Drew Fantasy: Jags RB Comes Up Huge Despite Fumbles

It's not often that a running back can fumble three times and still make a positive impact, but that was the case for Maurice Jones-Drew on Monday against the Ravens. Only one of his fumbles was lost, and his steady work in the running game (30 carries, 105 yards) helped the Jaguars move the chains on a night that rookie Blaine Gabbert finished with just 93 passing yards. It also helped shorten the game by keeping the clock moving, which shouldn't be overlooked considering the Jaguars' defense was playing over its head by limiting the Ravens to just a single score. 


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Jones-Drew is typically viewed as a matchup-proof running back, and in the NFL's current era of six-team bye weeks, there's likely no chance you had the luxury of benching him, but things were not looking up as the Jaguars hosted the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7, otherwise known as a Top 3 defense in terms of rushing yardage and scoring.

MJD has been productive enough this season, averaging close to 100 rushing yards a game, but he's had difficulty finding the end zone and a consistent place in the passing game, two areas that have made him such a reliable back in seasons past. Facing the Ravens this week, MJD didn't figure to begin improving in either of those areas, especially with Gabbert at the helm.

For more on Jones-Drew and his matchup with the Ravens, check out Jaguars blog, Big Cat Country, and our Ravens blog, Baltimore Beat Down

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Joe Flacco Fantasy: Ravens QB Puts Up Miserable Numbers On Monday Night

Joe Flacco was just awful on Monday night against the Jaguars, finishing the game with just 137 yards. He completed 21 of 38 attempts, but most of those were obviously for short yards -- or, as the case may be, negative yards, such as the pass he caught himself that was batted down and resulted in an eight-yard loss.

As bad as things were, they were almost much, much worse: he racked up 90 yards on his lone touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. Baltimore's loss wasn't solely his fault -- Ray Rice was also ineffective -- but it certainly gives fuel to his critics. 

Flacco entered the game averaging 256 passing yards a game, totaling 1,576 passing yards and seven touchdowns through his first six games. Flacco's passing yards per game was up nearly 30 yards per game from last season, although his performance Monday doesn't help.

Flacco was ranked by Yahoo! as the 13th ranked quarterback heading into Week 7 taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars who rank 8th against the pass.

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Mike Thomas Fantasy: Jags WR Victimized By Blaine Gabbert's Poor Night

Mike Thomas was almost invisible on Monday night -- at least when he wasn't on special teams. He finished the game with just one reception for eight yards, but considering Blaine Gabbert threw for only 92 yards and only one Jacksonville receiver tallied more than 15 yards, it's hard to hold it against him.

On special teams, though, his 28-yard punt return in the first quarter gave the Jags excellent field position, helping set up the game's first points. The Jags actually lost three yards on three plays following his return, but they were still close enough for Josh Scobee to kick a 54-yard field goal. Of course, that's little consolation to his fantasy owners. 

Thomas was averaging 50 receiving yards a game with 301 receiving yards on the season and one touchdown through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Thomas was ranked by Yahoo! as the 35th ranked wide receiver heading into Week 7 taking on the Baltimore Ravens, who rank second against the pass.

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Anquan Boldin Fantasy: Ravens WR Catches Joe Flacco's Lone Touchdown

At first glance, four catches for 40 yards is a ho-hum performance for any NFL wide receiver, but in context of Joe Flacco's miserable performance on Monday night, it was actually enough for Anquan Boldin to finish as the Ravens' leading receiver. He also caught Baltimore's lone touchdown of the day, which helped salvage his evening for his fantasy owners. 

Boldin came into the game averaging 71 receiving yards a game with 354 receiving yards on the season, and his touchdown Monday doubled his total on the year. Boldin's receiving yards per game is up nearly 20 yards per game from last season.

Boldin was ranked by Yahoo! as the 13th ranked wide receiver heading into Week 7 taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars who rank 8th against the pass.

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Ed Dickson Fantasy: Ravens TE Quiet Against Jaguars

Ed Dickson averaged 40 yards a game through the first six weeks of the season. On Monday against the Jaguars, he barely managed half of that, finishing with four catches for 23 yards. Blame Joe Flacco, who managed a paltry 137 passing yards on the night.

Of course, anyone hoping that Dickson would put up solid fantasy numbers was probably pretty desperate in the first place, so at least he didn't put up a goose egg -- and in leagues that reward points per catch, he was still somewhat serviceable.  

Dickson now has 223 receiving yards with one touchdown through the first seven games of the 2011 NFL season. He was ranked by Yahoo! as the 13th ranked tight end heading into Week 7, taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars, who were ranked eighth against the pass.

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Michael Jenkins Fantasy Recap: Christian Ponder's New Favorite Target?

The Minnesota Vikings came up just short in their upset bid against the Green Bay Packers, but they had plenty of high moments worthy of praise. Rookie QB Christian Ponder struggled at times but showed veteran savvy late as he attempted to bring team back from a 16-point deficit. He came up just short as the defense could not stop the Packers on the final drive, but it was a good learning experience.

In Christian Ponder's big moments, he focused in on a couple receivers. He targeted wide receiver Michael Jenkins and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe eight times each. Shianco brought in four passes for 45 yards, while Jenkins hauled in three passes for 111 yards. It is only one week of action, but strong performances like that will only help build Ponder's confidence.

Michael Jenkins has put together some solid numbers throughout his career, but has never been able to break through to the next level. He has struggled to maintain consistency in 2011 but will look to build on this performance in week eight when the Vikings travel to face the Carolina Panthers. At this point, Jenkins is an intriguing bye week fill-in, but otherwise it would be a fairly basic roll of the dice if you wanted to make a move for him.

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Pierre Garcon Fantasy Stats: Colts Offensive Woes Claim Another Victim

When the starting quarterback throws for just 67 yards and an interception, it's a given that fantasy points were hard to come by. Pierre Garcon caught just three passes for 31 yards on Sunday night as the Indianapolis Colts offense sputtered, stalled and was all-around hapless against the New Orleans Saints. In a 62-7 blowout, none of the Colts were viable, or useful, fantasy plays.

Garcon entered Week 7 as Curtis Painter's favorite target. Since Painter replaced Kerry Collins in the lineup as the starter, Garcon had caught 15 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns. However, he did hurt his points total in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals by fumbling the ball. It was clear that Garcon had overtaken Reggie Wayne as the No. 1 receiver this season.

For more on Garcon and this matchup, visit our Colts blog Stampede Blue and our Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles. Follow all the action from Week 7 at SB Nation NFL, and get your fantasy questions answered on Twitter by @SBNationFantasy.

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Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown Fantasy Recap: Steelers Receivers Match Each Other Step For Step

The Pittsburgh Steelers held on for a 32-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday afternoon, and they did it thanks almost entirely to their passing game. QB Ben Roethlisberger led all quarterbacks in passing yards and receivers Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown combined for 220 receiving yards. Wallace was the only one to get in the end zone, but both had monster days.

Mike Wallace continues to prove he is one of the best fantasy weapons at wide receiver. His numbers were "inflated" to some extent thanks to 95-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. Nonetheless, he is becoming more and more accustomed to the big play, which means a big TD reception is really not all that shocking.

On the other side of the coin, Antonio Brown did not have a big play, but rather he put together an effective and efficient fantasy performance. He caught seven passes for 102 yards with no reception being longer than 20 yards. Even though he did not get into the end zone, that is a very productive day.

Mike Wallace is an obvious start every week, while Antonio Brown has worked his way into a matchup-by-matchup option at your flex position. He was a great start against the Cardinals because they can't stop much of anything. The Steelers host the New England Patriots next week and given the Patriots secondary issues, Brown would be a solid flex option once again. The week after against the Baltimore Ravens? Not so much.

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Arian Foster, Ben Tate Fantasy Recap: Texans Running Backs Roll Over Titans

The Houston Texans demolished the Tennessee Titans on Sunday and they have their two running backs to thank in part for the victory. Arian Foster put together a masterful performance of 115 rushing yards and 112 receiving yards, to go along with three total touchdowns. Foster struggled early in the year with a hamstring injury but appears to be back at 100%. While the Texans have struggled at times without Andre Johnson, Foster has taken the lead for the team and put them on his back.

Ben Tate benefited from the blowout as well, finishing the game with 104 yards on 15 carries. He remains a useful handcuff alongside Foster, but is not one you would normally expect to start. He had a big game on Sunday, but the odds are slim of that happening on a frequent basis while Foster is healthy.

The Texans host the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday. Andre Johnson is getting closer to coming back, but there is no word yet on his availability for next Sunday. If Johnson returns, it would cut into Foster's receiving numbers a bit, but could be a boon for his rushing opportunities.

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DeMarco Murray Fantasy Recap: Cowboys RB Sets Franchise Rookie Rushing Record

After Felix Jones was lost due to a high ankle sprain, there were some question marks regarding how the rookie DeMarco Murray and his backup Tashard Choice might split carries on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. Murray provided an emphatic answer to that question, and might have raised some question marks about Felix Jones in the process. Murray set the Dallas Cowboys single game rookie rushing record as he broke off 253 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys 34-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

Murray had looked solid in limited action to date, but I don't think anybody anticipated this kind of performance, even against the Rams. His day was highlighted by a 91-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter to give the Cowboys a 7-0 lead. He did not let up from there as he finished with 25 of the Cowboys 34 carries.

Behind Murray, Phillip Tanner rushed six times for 34 yards and Tashard Choice rushed two times for eight yards. At this point, it really seems like Choice is the odd man out of this rotation. If Tanner has some more success in the coming weeks, Tashard Choice is likely the odd man out moving forward. The Cowboys face a fairly wretched Philadelphia Eagles rush defense this Sunday. It is on the road though, so it is sure to be a tough game for the Cowboys.

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Ben Roethlisberger Fantasy Recap: Arizona Cardinals Defense Remain Good To Quarterbacks

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had to provide a lot of big throws Sunday afternoon against the Arizona Cardinals, but he made them count all day long. Big Ben completed 26 of 39 passes for 361 yard and three touchdowns. His 361 yards led all quarterbacks on Sunday.

Roethlisberger is a solid enough quarterback, so big numbers against bad teams does not shock people. However, this performance continues to reinforce is the notion that the Arizona Cardinals secondary is not particularly good. They were burned on a monster Mike Wallace play and generally were run ragged by the Steelers passing game.

As you look to coming weeks, if you have a bye situation, do what you can to find a quarterback opposing the Cardinals. For example, if you have Drew Brees on your team, the Saints bye week is week 11. The San Francisco 49ers host the Arizona Cardinals that week. Alex Smith is not a guy most people would have on their fantasy roster, let along start each week. However, in Candlestick against the Cardinals, I think Smith could put up some respectable fantasy numbers with a modest amount of upside. Simply something to consider as the season moves along.

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Drew Brees Fantasy Recap: Saints QB Leads Decimation Of Indianapolis Colts

There were several potential fantasy football MVPs on Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening. Among quarterbacks, most folks will likely agree that Drew Brees is deserving of any sort of fantasy MVP honor. Brees led the New Orleans Saints to a 62-7 decimation of the Indianapolis Colts, completing 31 of 35 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns. He could have kept on going but the Saints finally pulled him and had Chase Daniel hand off the ball for the rest of the game.

Brees is off to a great start on the season as he has thrown for 2,152 yards and 13 touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Cam Newton often get more of the media attention, but Brees consistently puts together solid performances week in and week out. I would not go so far as to say he is underrated, but it is possible he is occasionally under-appreciated. I myself have Drew Brees on a fantasy roster for the first time ever and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience.

Drew Brees should continue to find success as he has some potentially enticing matchups on the horizon. He and the Saints travel to face the St. Louis Rams next week. They follow that up with a home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then on the road against the Atlanta Falcons. The Bucs and Falcons are inconsistent teams that could provide Drew Brees with some decent opportunities heading into New Orleans' Week 11 bye.

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Lance Moore Fantasy Update: Saints WR Picks Up 44 Yards

Lance Moore grabbed just three passes for 44 yards in the New Orleans Saints' 62-7 romp over the Indianapolis Colts. He was targeted by Brees four times, but Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham had the big games with two touchdown receptions each. Colston led the team with 98 yards.

Moore was averaging 44 receiving yards a game with 220 receiving yards on the season and 1 touchdown through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Moore's yards per game is down nearly 5 yards per game from last season.

Moore was ranked by Yahoo! as the 27th ranked wide receiver heading into Week 7 taking on the Indianapolis Colts who rank 18th against the pass.

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Reggie Wayne Fantasy Update: Colts WR A Non-Factor--Like Rest Of Offense

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne must be frustrated this season, and Sunday's performance did little help ease that. He was the Colts leading receiver with three receptions for 36 yards. When Curtis Painter is throwing passes and needs to be relieved by Dan Orlovsky, no one is going to do well.

It's been a down year for Wayne thus far, with Peyton Manning's absence taking a toll on the Colts' passing attack. Wayne had 395 receiving yards on the year coming into the game, but had just one touchdown to his name.

Reggie Wayne came into the week ranked as the 19th-best wide receiver, according to Yahoo! Sports.

For more on Wayne and the Colts' matchup with the Saints, check out Colts blog Stampede Blue and Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles. Follow all the action from Week 7 at SB Nation NFL, and get your fantasy questions answered on Twitter by @SBNationFantasy.

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Darren Sproles Fantasy Update: Saints RB Gets It Done In The Air, On The Ground

Darren Sproles continued to be a dual-threat option for fantasy owners and the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. With the end of the game against the Colts coming, Sproles had 82 rushing yards on 10 carries and a touchdown run of 16 yards. He also grabbed six passes for 19 yards and a touchdown. His role might expand should Mark Ingram's ankle injury prove troublesome over the next week.

Sproles has been a Reggie Bush-esque fleet receiving back in to New Orleans' deep offensive arsenal. He had five catches and 40 receiving yards in every game of this season leading up to Week 7, and was averaging 33.5 yards per game entering the Saints' game against the Colts.

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Mark Ingram Fantasy Update: Rookie RB Cracks 90-Plus Yards For 1st Time

Mark Ingram finally broke on through to the other side and finally put up solid fantasy numbers. He has 91 yards through the early portion of the fourth quarter. He is the leading rusher for the Saints so far, but Darren Sproles is fast approaching him. Ingram is in danger of ending his two-game scoring streak.

Ingram's season hasn't had a lot of yardage so far, with the Alabama product and Heisman Trophy winner struggling to pick up yards with Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas around. But Ingram has three touchdowns, and serves as the bulkier complement to Darren Sproles in the Saints' running game, which will continue to make him valuable in goal line situations.

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Drew Brees Fantasy Update: Brees Throws Five Touchdown Passes Through Three Quarters

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has continued his domination of the air with 325 yards and five touchdown passes through the third quarter. He's spread the wealth around with two touchdown passes to Marques Colston, two to Jimmy Graham and one to Darren Sproles. He's also been accurate, completing 31-of-35 passes

Brees was averaging 359 passing yards a game with 2,152 passing yards on the season and 13 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Brees' yards per game is up nearly 70 yards per game from last season.

Brees was ranked by Yahoo! as the 2nd ranked quarterback heading into Week 6 taking on the Indianapolis Colts who rank 18th against the pass.

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Marques Colston Fantasy Update: Saints WR Grabs Two TDs, 98 Yards Through 3rd Quarter

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is continuing where he left off last week. After picking up 118 yards and one touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Colston has two touchdown grabs and 98 yards through three quarters of play.

Colston had a breakout game during Week 6 with that 118 yard, one touchdown performance. Still, he has been competing against tight end Jimmy Graham for Drew Brees attention. Graham had seven catches for 124 yards. Colston had missed all of September minus the season opener due to an injured collarbone. He had six catches for 81 yards against the Packers, but his production was more than matched by Graham's.

For more on Colston and this game, visit our Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles and our Colts blog Stampede Blue. Follow all the action from Week 7 at SB Nation NFL, and get your fantasy questions answered on Twitter by @SBNationFantasy.

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Jimmy Graham Fantasy Update: Saints TE Grabs Touchdown, Continues Pursuit For 100 Yards

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham will need several more big plays to continue his streak of 100-plus receiving yards which currently stands at fourgames, but he did grab his first touchdown of the game early in the third quarter. He has five receptions for 52 yards.

Graham was averaging 103 receiving yards a game with 620 receiving yards on the season and 3 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Graham's yards per game is up nearly 90 yards per game from last season.

Graham was ranked by Yahoo! as the top ranked tight end heading into Week 7 taking on the Indianapolis Colts who rank 18th against the pass.

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Percy Harvin Fantasy Update: Injury Hampers Output In Vikings Loss

Percy Harvin looked to be an appealing option for fantasy owners as the Green Bay Packers secondary has looked anything but solid the past few weeks. The Minnesota Vikings wide receiver wasn't able to take advantage, however, as he was sidelined with a rib injury early and did not return.

Harvin had two receptions for 15 yards and had two rushing attempts for another eight yards, but he was forced to leave following a nine-yard reception on the Vikings last play of the first half and never returned.

It's been an up-and-down year for Percy Harvin, with solid games negated by bad games. But heading into the week, there were signs of hope. Donovan McNabb had struggled to stretch the field so far this season, and rookie quarterback Christian Ponder was given the starting job heading into Week 7.

Harvin came into the week projected to be the 23rd-best quarterback by Yahoo! Sports.

For more on Harvin and his matchup with the Packers, check out Vikings blog, Daily Norseman, and our Packers blog, Acme Packing Company. Also be sure to check out all of our fantasy football news and video highlights of the best Week 7 action.

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Visanthe Shiancoe Fantasy Update: Vikings Tight End Benefitted From Christian Ponder Play

Visanthe Shiancoe has probably been dropped by most of his fantasy owners as they considered his unimpressive start to the Minnesota Vikings season. Shiancoe got back to his old ways on Sunday under new quarterback Christian Ponder, however.

Shiancoe had four receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown. He was targeted eight times, but not all of those targets were catchable balls as Ponder's rookie status began to show through after a strong start.

Shiancoe was averaging 27 receiving yards a game with 159 receiving yards on the season and 1 touchdown through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Shiancoe's yards per game is down nearly 5 yards per game from last season.

Shiancoe was ranked was not ranked by Yahoo! heading into Week 7 taking on the Minnesota Vikings.

For more on Shiancoe and his matchup with the Packers, check out SB Nation's Packers blog, Acme Packing Company, and our Vikings blog, The Daily NorsemanFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Lance Kendricks Fantasy Update: Rams TE Invisible On Sunday

Lance Kendricks was the invisible man for fantasy football teams on Sunday. He had zero receptions and yards. But it wasn't as though quarterback A.J. Feeley locked onto one receiver. He found seven different receivers to catch the ball, and Kendricks would have been the eighth until his one target was an incomplete pass. Kendricks had eight catches over his previous two games.

Kendricks was averaging 35 receiving yards a game with 173 receiving yards on the season and zero touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Kendricks had just 12 receptions on the season.

Kendricks was ranked by Yahoo! as the 18th ranked tight end heading into Week 7 taking on the Dallas Cowboys.

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Darrius Heyward-Bey Fantasy Update: Raiders WR Leads Team With 89 Receiving Yards

Darrius Heyward-Bey led the Oakland Raiders with five receptions for 89 yards, an amazing performance when one thinks about it. Both Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer threw three interceptions each and were a combined 15-of-35. Bey's day could have been better with a touchdown reception, but until the Raiders sort out the quarterback situation, the lack of scoring might persist.

Heyward-Bey came into the week with 345 yards and a touchdown on the year. While the Raiders' passing game had been strong, the ground game was the focus for much of the early portion of the year.

Relief may be coming for Heyward-Bey Owners. With this past week's Carson Palmer trade, the Raiders receivers should see an uptick in production if Palmer performs up to the expectations.

Heyward-Bey was ranked No. 27 among receivers heading into the week by Yahoo! Sports.

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Jermichael Finley Fantasy Update: Only Two Catches, But One Went For A Touchdown

Jermichael Finley has been kind of quiet for fantasy owners since his three touchdown outburst in Week 3 of the NFL season, surely much to their chagrin. The Green Bay Packers tight end got himself on track again Sunday, however.

Finley only pulled in two passes for 13 yards during the Packers win over the Minnesota Vikings, which isn't impressive on its own, but the first went for a touchdown to salvage an otherwise unimpressive day.

Finley had been averaging 53 receiving yards a game with 321 receiving yards on the season and 3 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Finley's yards per game is down nearly 5 yards per game from last season.

Finley was ranked was not ranked by Yahoo! heading into Week 7 taking on the Minnesota Vikings.

For more on Finley and his matchup with the Vikings, check out SB Nation's Packers blog, Acme Packing Company, and our Vikings blog, The Daily NorsemanFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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James Jones Fantasy Update: Packers Wide Receiver Good, Not Great, In Victory

James Jones is part of a multitude of options Aaron Rodgers has at his disposal when he looks to pass out of the Green Bay Packers backfield. That typically leads to good fantasy stats for the quarterback of the defending Super Bowl champions, but the wide receivers are kind of a crap shoot on Sunday.

Jones did a decent job in the Packers win over the Vikings, but it wasn't anything special. After recording a touchdown in his last three games, Jones was held to 63 yards on four receptions.

Jones was averaging 44 receiving yards a game with 263 receiving yards on the season and the aforementioned three touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Jones' yards per game is up nearly 5 yards per game from last season.

Jones was ranked by Yahoo! as the 55th ranked wide receiver heading into Week 7 taking on the Minnesota Vikings.

For more on Jones and his matchup with the Vikings, check out SB Nation's Packers blog, Acme Packing Company, and our Vikings blog, The Daily NorsemanFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Santonio Holmes Fantasy Update: New York Jets WR Disappears Against San Diego Chargers

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes was a no-show in the team's victory over the San Diego Chargers. He had just two catches for 24 yards. Plaxico Burress had just 25 yards on four catches, but his three touchdown receptions provided fantasy owners with a huge boost. Better luck for Holmes and fantasy owners next week.

Holmes' yardage is down -- for the year, he picked up just 287 yards in the passing game -- but he does have three receiving touchdowns on the year. As New York has struggled in pass protection, Holmes has seen his numbers drop, and there may be no end in sight.

Holmes came into the week ranked as the 16th-best receiver by Yahoo! Sports.

For more on Holmes and the Jets' matchup with the Chargers, visit our Chargers blog Bolts From The Blue and Jets blog Gang Green Nation. Follow all the action from Week 7 at SB Nation NFL, and get your fantasy questions answered on Twitter by @SBNationFantasy.

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Jordy Nelson Fantasy Update: Packers WR Plays Second Fiddle With 52 Receiving Yards

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson was targeted by Aaron Rodgers four times on Sunday and four times Nelson came up with a catch. However, he had just 52 yards. Now that's a nice pick up for a second or third wide receiver, but when we look at Greg Jennings' 147 yards pretty much everything else pales in comparison.

Through his first five games, Nelson was averaging just four catches per contest, but he's made the most out of that production. Against the St. Louis Rams, Nelson had just two catches, but he finished with 104 yards and a 93-yard touchdown reception. He's made two other touchdown receptions, one for 50 yards and the other for 84 yards. Nelson has demonstrated repeatedly that he has big-play ability.

For more on Nelson and this game, visit our Packers blog Acme Packing Company and our Vikings blog The Daily Norseman. Follow all the action from Week 7 at SB Nation NFL, and get your fantasy questions answered on Twitter by @SBNationFantasy.

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Dez Bryant Fantasy Update: Cowboys Won Along With Receiver's Fantasy Owners

Dez Bryant hasn't been a consistent fantasy point producer this season, but that's more due to injury than anything else. On Sunday the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver showed that when healthy, he's still one of the best in the game as his team trounced the St. Louis Rams.

Bryant finished Sunday's game with 90 yards on five receptions from quarterback Tony Romo. Bryant had eight targets as Miles Austin -- his primary competition for Romo's tosses --  had just two catches for 16 yards.

Bryant was averaging 62 receiving yards a game with 249 receiving yards on the season and 3 touchdowns through his first six games of the season. Bryant's receiving yards per game is up nearly 20 yards per game from last season.

Bryant was ranked by Yahoo! as the 9th ranked wide receiver heading into Week 7 taking on the St. Louis Rams who rank 15th against the pass.

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Greg Jennings Fantasy Update: Packers WR Explodes For 147 Yards

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings continues to be the beneficiary of Aaron Rodgers' MVP-like season. He grabbed 147 yards of Rodgers' 335 passing yards, but just one of three touchdown passes. Still he averaged over 21 yards per catch, making him a deep threat all the same.

Jennings has been Aaron Rodgers' primary target in the incredibly efficient Green Bay offense. He had 35 receptions in 2011 entering Week 7, making him extremely valuable in points per reception leagues, and had also racked up 530 yards and four touchdowns. Being the best option in a deep offense reduces Jennings' value slightly — John Kuhn, of all people, caught a touchdown pass for Green Bay today — but Jennings is still well worth starting or picking up.

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Dwayne Bowe Fantasy Update: Chiefs WR Gains 76 Yards

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe put up a solid, if unspectacular, fantasy football line against the Oakland Raiders. he had team highs with six receptions for 76 yards. However, this game ended his streak of three straight games with a touchdown catch and two straight games with more than 100 receiving yards.

It's been feast or famine for Bowe owners in the 2011 NFL season. He's topped 100 yards three times, and scored four touchdowns in Chiefs' past three games, but had just 17 yards in the season opener against Buffalo. It's probably safe to assume that Bowe will be feasting more often than not, but there's still a chance, as he deals with Kansas City's inconsistent offense, that he could go missing for a week here and there.

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Jason Witten Fantasy Update: Tight End Stays Consistent For The Cowboys

Jason Witten has rarely been excellent as far as fantasy statistics are concerned, but one would be hard-pressed to find a more consistent tight end over the past few years. That was the case once again on Sunday as his Dallas Cowboys defeated the St. Louis Rams.

Witten had five receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown as he was targeted six times by quarterback Tony Romo. It was his third straight game with a touchdown.

Witten had beenaveraging 83 receiving yards a game with 414 receiving yards on the season and 2 touchdowns through his first six games of the season. Witten's receiving yards per game is up nearly 20 yards per game from last season.

Witten was ranked by Yahoo! as the 3rd ranked tight end heading into Week 7 taking on the St. Louis Rams who rank 15th against the pass.

For more on Witten and his matchup with the Rams, check out SB Nation's Cowboys blog, Blogging the Boys, and our Rams blog, Turf Show TimesFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Brandon Lloyd Fantasy Update: Decent Debut In Rams Loss To Cowboys

Brandon Lloyd couldn't help lead his new team to a win as the St. Louis Rams lost to the Dallas Cowboys by four touchdowns. That doesn't mean he didn't help him fantasy teams, however, as Lloyd had his third best game of the season on Sunday.

Lloyd wasn't impressive by any means, but the wide receiver did haul in six receptions for 74 yards from stand-in quarterback A.J. Feeley. Lloyd was targeted 12 times in the game, too -- something that should only improve once he has more than three days of practice to integrate himself with the Rams quarterback duo.

Over the first six weeks of the season, Lloyd had accumulated 19 receptions for 283 yards and zero touchdown receptions. Lloyd saw his role diminished in John Fox's role after leading the league in receiving yards with 1,448 in 201. But after the NFL trade deadline deal, Lloyd found himself in St. Louis with his old coach, Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

For more on Lloyd's matchup, visit our Rams blog Turf Show Times and our Cowboys blog Blogging the Boys. Follow all the action from Week 7 at SB Nation NFL, and get your fantasy questions answered on Twitter by @SBNationFantasy.

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James Starks Fantasy Update: Packers Rely On Him When They Run, But Don't Run Often

James Starks is still in a bit of a timeshare with fellow Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant. His fantasy owners can take some solace in the fact that Starks had four more carries than his backfield mate on Sunday, however, and received for targets in the passing game to boot.

Starks carried the ball 13 times for 75 yards and caught three balls out of the backfield for an additional 24 yards. Most importantly, perhaps, he received the final few carries of the game when the Packers needed to run the clock out as they held on to defeat the Minnesota Vikings.

Starks has split time with Grant in the crowded Green Bay backfield, and been more marginalized than he was late in the Packers' Super Bowl run, thanks to the wealth of options the offense has. But Starks has still has had 40 or more yards in all but one game, and he's gotten between nine and 13 carries in every game. That's reliable production, anyway -- if not spectacular, week-winning play.

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Michael Turner Fantasy: Falcons Running Back Had Nice Day, But No Touchdown

Michael Turner hasn't been phenomenal when it comes to putting up fantasy statistics this season. The Atlanta Falcons running back is doing his best to change that, however, as he's not put together four straight double-digit fantasy outings following a Week 3 stinker.

Turner was held out of the endzone for the first time in four games, but was able to gain 122 yards on 27 carries as he contributed to his team's victory over the Lions. Turner was only targeted one time in the passing game, but that isn't a surprise as he's typically done his work on the ground anyway.

Turner's had a few big games this year, but he's also been mired in the mud in a few outings. In his three games with more than 100 yards, he's averaged over five yards per carry; in his three games with fewer than 100 yards, he's been under four yards per carry. His six touchdowns have been spread over four games, though.

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Rashard Mendenhall Fantasy Update: Steelers RB Provides Little Impact

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall provided little fantasy impact on Sunday when he went up against the Arizona Cardinals. He had just 13 carries for 32 yards and caught a five-yard pass. it's a bit disconcerting he put those numbers up against the No. 20 rush defense, but then Ben Roethlisberger was throwing all over the place in the game.

Mendenhall has been alternately excellent and ineffective in 2011. He ran for 146 yards and a touchdown last week against the Jaguars, and had 66 yards and a touchdown against the rugged Seahawks run defense in Week 2. But in his three other games this season, he's had 39 carries for 107 yards and just one touchdown — and one of those games came against the Colts.

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Mike Wallace Fantasy Update: Steelers WR Catches 95-Yard TD pass

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace had another impressive fantasy performance on Sunday afternoon. He dazzled with a 95-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. Outside of that, though, he had just two receptions for 23 yards. Ben Roethlisberger did look at him seven times in the game. Still, fantasy owners are celebrating the touchdown and whatever bonuses they might have received from the length of it.

Wallace has emerged as one of the NFL's preeminent deep threats in the 2011 NFL season, and he's been potent in the Pittsburgh passing game all year. Wallace had 612 yards and four touchdowns entering Week 7, and hadn't had a game with under 76 receiving yards on the season; combine that with his potential to top 100 yards, as he did in the first three weeks of the season, and you have one of the best fantasy options at wide receiver in the league.

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Larry Fitzgerald Fantasy Update: Cardinals WR Held Scoreless For 3rd Straight Game

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has failed to grab a touchdown pass for a third consecutive game, as Kevin Kolb found two different wide receivers for scores on Sunday. Fitzgerald finished the game with four receptions for 78 yards. He had 10 targets, but he and Kolb need to starting find each other where it counts.

Fitzgerald was averaging 85 receiving yards a game with 427 receiving yards on the season and 2 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Fitzgerald's passing yards per game is up nearly 15 yards per game from last season.

Fitzgerald was ranked by Yahoo! as the 7th ranked wide receiver heading into Week 6 taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers who rank 1st against the pass.

For more on Fitzgerald and his matchup with the Steelers, check out SB Nation's Steelers blog, Behind The Steel Curtain, and our Cardinals blog, Revenge of the BirdsFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Brandon Lloyd Fantasy: Leads Rams in Receptions, Yards vs. Cowboys

After the trade of Brandon Lloyd from the Denver Broncos to St. Louis Rams, there were going to be fantasy implications. Lloyd has been said by many to have one of the better sets of hands in the league today, but Denver decided to move him anyway. They shipped him off to the NFC West where he could rejoin Josh McDaniels in St. Louis and hopefully provide a true number one receiver for Sam Bradford.

Bradford was out today but Lloyd still led the Rams on the day with 6 receptions for 74 yards, catching passes from backup A.J. Feeley. Lloyd might be worth more in St. Louis than he was in Denver as soon as Bradford returns to action. It may take them a while to develop a chemistry, but Lloyd seems to be a reliable pass catcher no matter who is throwing him the ball.

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Heath Miller Fantasy Update: Steelers TE Catches 2nd Touchdown Of Season

Heath Miller provided fantasy owners with his second touchdown of the season after a 12-yard grab in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals. He had two more grabs after that to finish the game with thee receptions for 38 yards. He also had one rush for six yards, possibly helping owners in leagues for points-per-carry

Miller was averaging 36 receiving yards a game with 217 receiving yards on the season and 1 touchdown through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Miller's passing yards per game is down nearly 5 yards per game from last season.

Miller was ranked by Yahoo! as the 19th ranked tight end heading into Week 6 taking on the Arizona Cardinals who rank 20th against the pass.

For more on Miller and his matchup with the Cardinals, check out SB Nation's Steelers blog, Behind The Steel Curtain, and our Cardinals blog, Revenge of the BirdsFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Brandon Pettigrew Fantasy Update: Detroit Lions TE Has Quiet Day With 31 Yards

Brandon Pettigrew came up with just four catches for 31 yards in the Detroit Lions' 23-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon. It was a down day for Pettigrew because quarterback Matthew Stafford also failed to put up big fantasy numbers. Calvin Johnson wound up with 115 of Stafford's 183 yards. Still, Pettigrew did receive six targets from Stafford, demonstrating that he is an option.

Pettigrew was averaging 53 receiving yards a game with 321 receiving yards on the season and 2 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Pettigrew's receiving yards per game is up nearly 15 yards per game from last season.

Pettigrew was ranked by Yahoo! as the 4th ranked tight end heading into Week 7 taking on the Atlanta Falcons.

For more on Pettigrew and his matchup with the Falcons, check out SB Nation's Falcons blog, The Falcoholic, and our Lions blog Pride of DetroitFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Josh Freeman Fantasy: 4 Interceptions Hurts Point Value

Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were in London to face the Chicago Bears at Wembley Stadium. The Bucs fell to the Bears and Freeman was a big part of that, throwing 4 interceptions to the Chicago defense. Freeman had an awful lot of attempts (51) Sunday, given that the Buccaneers lost running backs LaGarrette Blount and Earnest Graham to injury.

While Freeman did throw for 264 yards and 2 touchdowns, the 4 turnovers killed whatever points he would have generated for your fantasy team.

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Tony Romo Fantasy: One TD For Cowboys QB

Despite playing a St. Louis Rams down to their third and fourth string cornerbacks, Tony Romo has had a quiet day so far for the Dallas Cowboys. Through three quarters of play, Romo has completed 12 of 22 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown. At this pace, Romo would finish the game with the fewest passing yards in any of his starts this season. The Cowboys have done most of their damage on the ground, behind DeMarco Murray

Romo was averaging 318 passing yards a game with 1,590 receiving yards on the season and 8 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Romo's passing yards per game is up nearly 50 yards per game from last season.

Romo was ranked by Yahoo! as the 4th ranked quarterback heading into Week 6 taking on the St. Louis Rams who rank 15th against the pass.

For more on Romo and his matchup with the Rams, check out SB Nation's Cowboys blog, Blogging the Boys, and our Rams blog, Turf Show TimesFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Tony Gonzalez Fantasy: Falcons TE Leads Team With 5 Recpetions

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez lead the Falcons in catches today, catching 5 passes for 62 yards against the Detroit Lions. Quarterback Matt Ryan played some of the game on an injured ankle, but Gonzalez was still targeted 8 times, the second mot out of any receiver for the Falcons.

Gonzalez was averaging 53 receiving yards a game with 318 receiving yards on the season and 4 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Gonzalez's receiving yards per game is up nearly 15 yards per game from last season.

Gonzalez was ranked by Yahoo! as the 6th ranked tight end heading into Week 7 taking on the Detroit Lions who rank 6th against the pass.

For more on Gonzalez and his matchup with the Lions, check out SB Nation's Falcons blog, The Falcoholic, and our Lions blog Pride of DetroitFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Doug Baldwin Fantasy: Seahawks WR Hardly Involved Vs. Browns

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin didn't do much of anything fantasy wise against the Cleveland Browns today. With back up quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, Baldwin was targeted only three times and had zero catches. Many thought Baldwin would be more involved, given how much he worked with Whitehurst in practice.

Baldwin was averaging 66 receiving yards a game with 330 receiving yards on the season and 2 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Baldwin is off to a hot start in his rookie season.

Baldwin was ranked by Yahoo! as the 26th ranked wide receiver heading into Week 7 taking on the Seattle Seahawks who rank 23rd against the pass.

For more on Baldwin and his matchup with the Browns, check out SB Nation's Browns blog, Dawgs By Nature, and our Seahawks blog Field GullsFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Julio Jones Fantasy: Falcons WR Misses Game With Injury

If you played Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones today in fantasy, you didn't get very many points. Jones didn't play as he's still nursing a hamstring injury. 

Jones was enjoying a fine rookie campaign until he incurred a hamstring injury two week ago against the Green Bay Packers. He finished that game with one reception for 16 yards and then missed the team's victory over the Carolina Panthers. Before the Packers game, Jones had put together back-to-back games of 100-plus yards, 127 against the Seattle Seahawks and 115 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While he had 25 receptions for 358 yards, Jones is still looking for a touchdown catch.

For more on Jones and this game, visit our Falcons blog The Falcoholic and our Lions blog Pride of Detroit. Follow all the action from Week 7 at SB Nation NFL, and get your fantasy questions answered on Twitter by @SBNationFantasy.

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Calvin Johnson Fantasy: Johnson Has Another Big Day

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson once again had an excellent day to add to his excellent 2011 NFL season. Johnson ended the day with 5 receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. Johnson's touchdown came on a 57-yard catch and run down the field, adding bonus points if your league gives you points for "explosive" plays. Either way, Johnson got your fantasy team a good amount of points.

The man nicknamed Megatron has been one of the finest fantasy options in 2011. He had nine touchdowns entering Week 7, four days of 100+ receiving yards, and four games of two touchdowns. And with Matthew Stafford still triggering a potent Lions passing game, Johnson should be among the NFL's most productive wide receivers for the near future.

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Brandon Marshall Fantasy: Dolphins WR Has A Slow Day Against Broncos

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall once again drew plenty targets from quarterback Matt Morre, but he ended the day with just 6 receptions for 61 yards and no touchdowns on 9 targets.

Marshall entered Week 7 with 28 receptions for 422 yards but just one touchdown. He previously caught a touchdown pass in Week 2's loss to the Houston Texans. In a losing effort against the New York Jets, Marshall picked up six receptions for 109 yards, all while going up against Darrelle Revis. One of those receptions was for a season-long of 46 yards, helping out in leagues that offer bonus points for receptions over 20 yards. Marshall's 15.1 yards per catch is better than his 12.4 yards average.

For more on Marshall's matchup, visit our Dolphins blog The Phinsider and our Broncos blog Mile High Report. Follow all the action from Week 7 at SB Nation NFL, and get your fantasy questions answered on Twitter by @SBNationFantasy.

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Ben Roethlisberger Fantasy: Steelers QB Hits Two Early Touchdowns

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger put on another aerial show in the first half this week agains the Arizona Cardinals. Roethlisberger connected on two first half touchdowns, including a 95-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace. He had over 200 passing yards in the first half.

Roethlisberger was averaging 263 passing yards a game with 1,576 passing yards on the season and 9 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Roethlisberger's passing yards per game is down nearly 5 yards per game from last season.

Roethlisberger was ranked by Yahoo! as the 6th ranked quarterback heading into Week 6 taking on the Arizona Cardinals who rank 20th against the pass.

For more on Roethlisberger and his matchup with the Cardinals, check out SB Nation's Steelers blog, Behind The Steel Curtain, and our Cardinals blog, Revenge of the BirdsFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Darren McFadden Fantasy: Raiders RB Sidelined With Injury, Questionable Return

Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden can't score many fantasy points today, because he was injured early in the football game. McFadden had just two carriers for 4 yards and caught one pass for 3 yards before leaving the game with an undisclosed injury. He was seen on the sideline with his right foot wrapped.

McFadden should continue to be one of the NFL's better options at running back going forward, and Carson Palmer's presence might help reduce opponents' efforts to stack the box against the Raiders runner. After running for 50 yards and a touchdown on Oakland's opening drive against Cleveland in Week 6, McFadden gained just 30 yards in the second half, as the Raiders struggled without Jason Campbell, who left with a broken collarbone.

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Adrian Peterson Fantasy: Peterson Has 70 Rushing Yards and A TD At Half

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had a solid first half against the Green Bay Packers. At the half, Peterson has 11 carries for 69 yards, including a 29-yard run and a 1-yard touchdown run.

The league's best running back had a tall order ahead of him as his Vikings hosted the Green Bay Packers. If Week 6 against the Bears was any indication, he does not do well — 12 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown, thankfully — when the Vikings are playing from behind.

Before last week's atrocity, Peterson's worst performance was in Week 5 against the Chiefs, when he had 23 carries for 80 yards. He's a ridiculously reliable back you can depend on for, minimum, a solid output. If he's having a good day, well, enjoy putting another notch in the win column.

For more on Peterson and his matchup with the Packers, check out Vikings blog, Daily Norseman, and our Packers blog, Acme Packing Company. Also be sure to check out all of our fantasy football news and video highlights of the best Week 7 action.

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Aaron Rodgers Fantasy: Rodgers Off To Typical Hot Start

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is having a typical Aaron Rodgers day at the half. To start the game Rodgers completed his first 12 passes, his first incomplete being a dropped ball by Randall Cobb. Rodgers is currently 17 for 20 with 197 yards passing and one touchdown.

Rodgers is having an awesome season. The Packers quarterback entered Week 7 averaging 338.5 passing yards per game with 2031 total passing yards and 17 touchdowns (opposite just three interceptions). He's rushed for two touchdowns, too.

Last week, Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and 200+ yards in the first half against the Rams. Had Green Bay not been blowing out St. Louis, he could have racked up more before the Packers put the offense in sleep mode.

For more on Aaron Rodgers and his matchup against Minnesota, check out our Packers blog Acme Packing Companyand our Vikings blog, the Daily Norseman. For the latest Fantasy Football news, check our blog FakeTeamsand follow @SBNationFantasy on Twitter.

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Steven Jackson Fantasy: Jackson Puts The Rams On The Board

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson is helping his team make today's game against the Dallas Cowboys more competitive than most thought it would be, especially with Sam Bradford sidelined with a high ankle sprain. Through the first half, Jackson has 59 rushing yards on 12 carries, including a six-yard touchdown run following a 40-yard breakaway. He also has one catch, for negative yardage.

Jackson's been a game-changer for the Rams in 2011, but he hasn't been very healthy. He scored a 47-yard touchdown in Week 1 before going out with an injury, then, after the Rams' bye in Week 5 afforded him a chance to heal up, had 96 yards on the ground against the mighty Packers in Week 6.

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Jeremy Shockey Fantasy Stats: Decent Day For Panthers TE

There weren't very many receiving yards up for grabs with Steve Smith piling up 143 of Cam Newton's 256 passing yards for himself. But Jeremy Shockey still managed some stats for fantasy by grabbing four catches for 32 receiving yards.

That's a bit below average for the Panthers tight end. Shockey was averaging 43 receiving yards a game with 259 receiving yards on the season and 0 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Shockey's yards per game is up nearly 15 yards per game from last year.

Shockey was not ranked by Yahoo! heading into Week 7 taking on the Washington Redskins who rank 9th against the pass.

For more on Shockey and his matchup with the Redskins, check out SB Nation's Panthers blog, Cat Scratch Reader, and our Redskins blog, Hogs HavenFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Jonathan Stewart Fantasy Stats: Panthers RB Gets Season-High Carries

James Stewart carried the ball 14 times, the heaviest workload he's received this season. He turned that fantasy football opportunity into 68 yards and a touchdown that he ran in from two yards out.

In Carolina, Stewart shares the football with backfield mates DeAngelo Williams and quarterback Cam Newton, who each rushed 10 times on Sunday. Newton scored a rushing touchdown as well, taking the ball in from the 16-yard-line.

Stewart has shared responsibilities and carries with DeAngelo Williams in Carolina, and hasn't had more than 14 touches in a game this year. He also hasn't had more than 59 rushing yards so far in 2011, but did snare eight passes for 100 yards in Week 2 against the Packers. Stewart's lone touchdown came in Week 6 against the Falcons.

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Greg Olsen Fantasy Stats: Panthers TE A Non-Factor

Not much to report regarding Greg Olsen's fantasy impact. Olsen put up his worst stats of the season, catching just one pass for four yards. Olsen has now gone two straight games without catching a touchdown after hauling in a score in three consecutive weeks prior.

Olsen was averaging 47 receiving yards a game with 282 receiving yards on the season and 3 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Olsen's yards per game is up nearly 20 yards per game from last year.

Olsen was ranked by Yahoo! as the 10th ranked tight end heading into Week 7 taking on the Washington Redskins who rank 9th against the pass.

For more on Olsen and his matchup with the Redskins, check out SB Nation's Panthers blog, Cat Scratch Reader, and our Redskins blog, Hogs HavenFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Evan Moore Fantasy Stats: Browns Wide Receiver Struggles

Evan Moore had a fantasy football output similar to the rest of the Browns receivers on Sunday. This is not a good thing. The Browns scored just six points and Moore hauled in four catches for 35 yards. His longest catch went for 16 yards.

The Browns could hardly get anything going against the Seahawks, who were equally futile. Cleveland won the game by a score of 6-3. But this output was actually more than Moore's averages heading into Week 7.

Moore was averaging 20 receiving yards a game with 100 receiving yards on the season and 2 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Moores's receiving yards per game are the same from last season.

Moore was not ranked by Yahoo! heading into Week 7 taking on the Seattle Seahawks who rank 23rd against the pass.

For more on Moore and his matchup with the Seahawks, check out SB Nation's Browns blog, Dawgs By Nature, and our Seahawks blog Field GullsFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Greg Little Fantasy Stats: Five Catches But Few Yards For Browns TE

Cleveland tight end Greg Little did not put up good fantasy football stats on Sunday. Then again, no one did in the Browns 6-3 win against the Seahawks. Little caught five passes but netted just 31 total yards. There were no touchdowns scored in the game. The Browns have the 24th-ranked offense in the NFL.

Little was averaging 41 receiving yards a game with 203 receiving yards on the season and 0 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. LIttle's leads the Browns in pass receptions.

Little was ranked by Yahoo! as the 20th ranked wide receiver heading into Week 7 taking on the Seattle Seahawks who rank 23rd against the pass.

For more on Little and his matchup with the Seahawks, check out SB Nation's Browns blog, Dawgs By Nature, and our Seahawks blog Field GullsFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Josh Freeman Fantasy: Bucs QB Has Disappointing Day

Hopefully, Josh Freeman was able to enjoy England prior to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday because he didn't have a very good time during the game. The Bucs quarterback was picked off four times, although the negative fantasy effects were minimized by his two touchdowns and 264 yards rushing.

Freeman was averaging 244 passing yards a game with 1,459 receiving yards on the season and 5 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Freeman's passing yards per game is up nearly 30 yards per game from last season.

Freeman was ranked by Yahoo! as the 10th ranked quarterback heading into Week 7 taking on the Chicago Bears who rank 6th against the pass.

For more on Freeman and his matchup with the Bears, check out SB Nation's Bucs blog, Bucs Nation, and our Bears blog Windy City GridironFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Sidney Rice Fantasy Stats: Slow Day For Seahawks WR

Poor Sidney Rice. The Seahawks wide receiver had a poor fantasy football day, catching two balls for 38 yards. But when your quarterback throws for 98 total yards and no touchdowns, there's not much more you can do.

Rice had to wait until Week 3 to make his 2011 debut, but after eight receptions for 109 yards against the Cardinals he has been largely disappointing. He has just one touchdown reception, which came as part of a three-catch, 79-yard game. He managed just 38 yards on four catches against New York Giants cornerback Corey Webster.

Entering Week 7, Rice had just 15 receptions for 226 yards, a disappointment for a No. 1 receiver.

For more on Rice and this game, visit our Seahawks blog Field Gulls and our Browns blog Dawgs by Nature. Follow all the action from Week 7 at SB Nation NFL, and get your fantasy questions answered on Twitter by @SBNationFantasy.

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Jared Cook Fantasy: Titans TE Scores Touchdown

Jared Cook did not necessarily have a great day for the Tennessee Titans, but he did score their only touchdown on Sunday. Cook was held to just one other catch and only had 22 yards, but touchdowns from tight ends are like fantasy gold. In context of Cook's season, this really wasn't a bad game at all.

Cook was averaging 42 receiving yards a game with 208 receiving yards on the season and 1 touchdown through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Cook's receiving yards per game are up nearly 20 yards per game from last season.

Cook was ranked by Yahoo! as the 15th ranked tight end heading into Week 7 taking on the Houston Texans.

For more on Cook and his matchup with the Texans, check out SB Nation's Texans blog, Battle Red Blog, and our Titans blog, Music City MiraclesFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Fred Davis Fantasy Stats: Redskins TE Is Top Target

Fred Davis is looking like a favorite of new Redskins starting quarterback John Beck. Davis caught a team-high eight passes on Sunday for 80 yards and a touchdown. Davis' stats benefitted from the absence of Washington's top receiver, Santana Moss, who left the game in the first half with a left hand injury.

Davis was averaging 68 receiving yards a game with 343 receiving yards on the season and 1 touchdown through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Davis' yards per game is up nearly 50 yards from last season.

Davis was ranked by Yahoo! as the 7th ranked tight end heading into Week 7 taking on the Carolina Panthers.

For more on Moss and his matchup with the Panthers, check out SB Nation's Panthers blog, Cat Scratch Reader, and our Redskins blog, Hogs HavenFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Owen Daniels Fantasy: Texans TE Turns In Another Solid Performance

Owen Daniels had another workmanlike performance for the Houston Texans, catching four passes for 74 yards in a victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Daniels was held out of the endzone, which keeps it from being a huge fantasy performance by tight end standards, but it's hard to complain about those numbers.

Daniels was averaging 47 receiving yards a game with 284 passing yards on the season and 3 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Daniels' receiving yards per game are up nearly 5 yards per game from last season.

Daniels was ranked by Yahoo! as the 5th ranked tight end heading into Week 7 taking on the Tennessee Titans who rank 12th against the pass.

For more on Daniels and his matchup with the Titans, check out SB Nation's Texans blog, Battle Red Blog, and our Titans blog, Music City MiraclesFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Ryan Torain Fantasy Stats: Bad Day, But More Carries To Come

Ryan Torain carried the ball just two times for -5 yards. That is not good, at all. The good news (if you can call it that) for Torain -- and fantasy owners with interest in the Redskins running back -- is that fellow Redskins running back Tim Hightower went down with a leg injury in the second half. That means there could be more carries for Torain in the future.

Torain's played very little in 2011, appearing in just two games and none of Washington's first three outings, but he had one of the finest days by a running back this season in Week 4. Torain rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown on just 19 carries against the Rams in a 17-10 Redskins win.

For more on the Redskins, check out Hogs Haven. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams and SB Nation's fantasy football hub, and follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates and advice.

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DeAngelo Williams Fantasy Stats: Not Many Carries For Panthers RB

Another game, another 10 carries for DeAngelo Williams. The backfield is crowded in Carolina with Jonathan Stewart and now Cam Newton getting carries as well. Williams went for just 35 yards and did not score a touchdown. In the red zone, the Panthers called on Stewart and Newton, who each finished with one rushing touchdown.

Williams has had success in 2011 despite being used sparingly, averaging over five yards per carry. He's yet to get more than 12 carries in a game, but had 115 yards and a touchdown on nine carries against the Saints and 82 yards on 12 carries against the Bears' stout defense. Those are his only two outings of more than 44 yards this season, though.

For more on the Panthers, check out Cat Scratch Reader. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams and SB Nation's fantasy football hub, and follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates and advice.

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Vincent Jackson Fantasy: Chargers WR Held To One Catch

Vincent Jackson entered Sunday's game against the New York Jets with high expectations. Turns out, they were all for nothing. The San Diego Chargers tight end was held to just one catch for 15 yards. Both totals were season lows for a player who has bounced between solid and disappointing performances all season.

Jackson has been Philip Rivers' favorite target in recent years, and 2011 has been no different for the statuesque wideout. But he's vacillated between great games — 10 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2, 108 yards and a touchdown in Week 4 — and relatively pedestrian performances — three games of 63 or fewer yards and no touchdowns.

For more on the Chargers, check out Bolts From the Blue. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams and SB Nation's fantasy football hub, and follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates and advice.

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Dustin Keller Fantasy: Jets TE Solid, But Unspectacular

Dustin Keller turned in what has become a pretty standard performance, catching four passes for 53 yards on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. The New York Jets tight end's longest play of the afternoon was a 34-yard catch, but it was an otherwise quiet afternoon.

Keller was averaging 53 receiving yards a game with 319 receiving yards on the season and 2 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Keller's receiving yards per game is up nearly 10 yards per game from 2008.

Keller was ranked by Yahoo! as the 12th ranked tight end heading into Week 7 taking on the Chicago Bears who rank 25th against the pass.

For more on Keller and his matchup with the Bears, check out SB Nation's Jets blog, Gang Green Nation, and our Bears blog Windy City GridironFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Tim Tebow Fantasy Stats: Tebow Explodes In The Fourth Quarter

Tim Tebow's two fourth quarter touchdowns salvaged what might have been rough day for fantasy football teams.

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Plaxico Burress Fantasy: Jets WR Catches Three Touchdowns

Plaxico Burress may not be all the way back after missing two full seasons, but the New York Jets wide receiver showed some definite signs of progress on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. Burress caught three touchdown passes, giving him five for the season. His four catches and 25 yards were hardly impressive, but his fantasy owners will surely take this performance.

Burress was averaging 36 receiving yards a game with 218 receiving yards on the season and 2 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Burress' receiving yards per game is down nearly 10 yards per game from 2008.

Burress was ranked by Yahoo! as the 40th ranked wide receiver heading into Week 7 taking on the Chicago Bears who rank 25th against the pass.

For more on Burress and his matchup with the Bears, check out SB Nation's Jets blog, Gang Green Nation, and our Bears blog Windy City GridironFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Tim Hightower Fantasy Stats: Redskins RB Leaves Game With Injury

Tim Hightower suffered an injury in the second half, sending the Redskins running back to the locker room and hurting his fantasy stats for this week and making his value uncertain going forward.

Before leaving the game, Hightower was an integral part of the offense, racking up 88 yards on 17 carries and he could have been looking at a strong day. Instead, Ryan Torain and Roy Helu took over in the backfield in the Redskins loss. Washington's lone rushing touchdown came from quarterback John Beck

Hightower began the 2011 season on a high note before injuries slowed him. He ran for 72 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, then 96 yards in Week 2. Since then, he's accumulated just 65 yards, and missed Washington's Week 6 loss to the Eagles.

For more on the Redskins, check out Hogs Haven. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams and SB Nation's fantasy football hub, and follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates and advice.

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Kellen Winslow Fantasy: Bucs TE Scores Touchdown

Kellen Winslow did not have his best game of the season against the Chicago Bears, but he did do something his fantasy owners had been hoping for: He finally found the endzone. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end caught just four passes for 25 yards, but his four-quarter touchdown catch makes for a reasonably productive afternoon.

Winslow hadn't been that productive from a fantasy perspective this year, but that was not for a lack of trying: he entered Sunday's game with 27 catches in six games, including three straight games with at least five catches. The lack of touchdowns has hurt his value, but he's been a decent option in points-per-reception leagues. On paper, today's matchup with the Bears looked enticing, with Chicago entering the game with one of the worst passing defenses in the league. 

For more on Winslow and the Bucs' matchups with the Bears, check out Bucs blog Bucs Nation and Bears blog Windy City Gridiron. Follow all the action from Week 7 at SB Nation NFL, and get your fantasy questions answered on Twitter by @SBNationFantasy.

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Antonio Gates Fantasy: Chargers Tight End Scores TD

Antonio Gates came back from injury to score a touchdown and pick up 54 yards in what has to be seen as a positive sign from his fantasy owners. Gates had not caught a ball since Week 1. He made five catches on Sunday against the New York Jets.

Gates has been the benchmark by which all other fantasy tight ends have been compared since his breakout season in 2004, averaging over nine touchdowns a season over the last seven years. But after catching eight balls for 74 yards in Week 1 this season, he's been a complete afterthought, being shut out in Week 2 before missing the next three games with lingering plantar fasciitis in his right foot. 

In his absence, Randy McMichael has seen extended action, catching 11 balls for 105 yards over the last three games. Those numbers may help the Chargers move the chains, but they've done little for fantasy owners, who have eagerly awaited Gates' return to action. 

For more on Gates and the Chargers' matchup with the Jets, visit our Chargers blog Bolts From The Blue and Jets blog Gang Green Nation. Follow all the action from Week 7 at SB Nation NFL, and get your fantasy questions answered on Twitter by @SBNationFantasy.

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Steve Smith Fantasy Stats: Panthers WR Is Cam Newton's Favorite Target

Cam Newton kept looking to Steve Smith and the Panthers wide receiver returned the favor by delivering catch after catch. Smith hauled in seven passes for 143 yards. Smith did everything but get in the end zone for a decent fantasy football day for his owners. The Panthers ran an end-around for Smith but he was only able to gain six rushing yards on the play.

Newton's arrival in Carolina has renewed Smith's value as a fantasy option. He's got three games of over 156 yards this year, and three touchdown catches. But the Panthers' lack of another threat in the passing game means that teams can lock down on Smith, and he's had to settle for being a home run threat more often than not.

For more on the Panthers, check out Cat Scratch Reader. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams and SB Nation's fantasy football hub, and follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates and advice.

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Shonn Greene Fantasy: Jets RB Rushes For 112 Yards

Shonn Greene showed signs of breaking out of a slow start by rushing for 112 yards on 20 carries against the San Diego Chargers, but the New York Jets running back was kept out of the endzone. He also had just one catch for five yards.

Greene has been an underwhelming fantasy option again this year, though not quite to the extent he was last year when he was a high-round draft pick and wound up being a backup for the entirety of the season. In 2011, he's been the starter, just not terribly effective.

Greene faced a tough test in Week 7 versus the Chargers, who in their five games have been effective at stopping the run. One thing that seemed to work in Greene's favor, however, was the Chargers having been downright dominant in defending the pass, meaning Greene came close to getting the 25 carries a game that Rex Ryan says he wanted to give him. Though his YPC isn't high, he's no Cedric Benson either, and should be effective enough with a high workload to work as a RB2.

For more on Greene and his matchup with the Chargers, check out Jets blog, Gang Green Nation, and our Chargers blog, Bolts From The Blue. Also be sure to check out all of our fantasy football news and video highlights of the best Week 7 action.

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Colt McCoy Fantasy Stats: Quiet Day In Ugly Game

Colt McCoy had a quiet fantasy football day, along with everyone else on the field in the Browns 6-3 win against the Seahawks. McCoy threw for 178 yards and rushed for 31 more. He threw one interception and no touchdowns.

More bad news for McCoy fantasy owners is that Browns tight end Ben Watson suffered an injury, taking away a target for the Cleveland QB.

McCoy was averaging 240 passing yards a game with 1,199 receiving yards on the season and 8 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. McCoy's passing yards per game is up nearly 40 yards per game from last season.

McCoy was ranked by Yahoo! as the 17th ranked quarterback heading into Week 7 taking on the Seattle Seahawks who rank 23rd against the pass.

For more on McCoy and his matchup with the Seahawks, check out SB Nation's Browns blog, Dawgs By Nature, and our Seahawks blog Field GullsFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Mark Sanchez Fantasy: Jets QB Tosses 3 Touchdowns

As Mark Sanchez tends to do with strange frequency, he once again turned in a weird fantasy performance. The New York Jets quarterback led his team back from a large deficit, throwing three touchdowns, but only threw for 173 yards in the process. He also threw an interception.

Sanchez was averaging 229 passing yards a game with 1,459 passing yards on the season and 9 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Sanchez's passing yards per game is up nearly 30 yards per game from last season.

Sanchez was ranked by Yahoo! as the 18th ranked quarterback heading into Week 7 taking on the Chicago Bears who rank 25th against the pass.

For more on Sanchez and his matchup with the Bears, check out SB Nation's Jets blog, Gang Green Nation, and our Bears blog Windy City GridironFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Matt Forte Fantasy: Bears RB Shines In London

This season has been the year of the quarterback for most teams, but English fans attending their first NFL game might walk away from Wembley Stadium in London thinking the league is dominated by running backs -- in particular, ones wearing Chicago Bears jerseys.

Neither Jay Cutler or Josh Freeman have looked all that impressive -- neither one has topped 200 yards passing, and they've combined for five interceptions with much of the fourth quarter left to play -- but Matt Forte has been excellent, carrying the ball 20 times for 128 yards. He's found the end zone, as has his backup Marion Barber (four carries, 42 yards). 

The Bucs, on the other hand, lost Earnest Graham early in the game and have struggled to get anything going: Kregg Lumpkin has eight carries for 15 yards, and sadly, that leads the team.

For the year, this is just the latest of a string excellent games for Forte: he came into the game averaging 136 yards in his last three.

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Benjamin Watson Injury: Browns TE Out With Concussion

Benjamin Watson's day has gone from bad to worse. The Browns tight end finished the first half with just one catch for five yards, and it looks like that will be all she wrote. From the Browns' official Twitter account:

#Browns Injury Update: Benjamin Watson has suffered a head injury & will not return.
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Watson was averaging 42 receiving yards a game with 208 receiving yards on the season and 2 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Watson's receiving yards per game are down nearly 5 yards per game from last season.

Watson was ranked by Yahoo! as the 14th ranked tight end heading into Week 7 taking on the Seattle Seahawks who rank 23rd against the pass.

For more on Watson and his matchup with the Seahawks, check out SB Nation's Browns blog, Dawgs By Nature, and our Seahawks blog Field GullsFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Matt Schaub Fantasy: Texans Quarterback Having Nice Bounce Back Game

Matt Schaub has had a bit of a roller-coaster season so far this year. On Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, he was back on the rise. The Houston Texans quarterback finished with 296 yards and two touchdowns while completing 18 of 23 passes. One of those touchdowns was a 78-yarder to running back Arian Foster.

Schaub was averaging 266 passing yards a game with 1,597 passing yards on the season and 10 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Schaub's passing yards per game is down nearly 10 yards per game from last season.

Schaub was ranked by Yahoo! as the 15th ranked quarterback heading into Week 7 taking on the Tennessee Titans who rank 12th against the pass.

For more on Schaub and his matchup with the Titans, check out SB Nation's Texans blog, Battle Red Blog, and our Titans blog, Music City MiraclesFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Cam Newton Fantasy Stats: Panthers QB A Dual-Threat Vs. Redskins

UPDATE -- Good news for fantasy football owners: Cam Newton scored a rushing touchdown on the Panthers opening drive of the first half.

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is making plays with his arm and his legs in the first half vs. the Redskins on Sunday. Newton's fantasy stats include 100+ yards passing and 34 rushing yards so far.

He does not have a touchdown (rushing or passing) yet, but he knocked on the doorstep in the first half, scrambling on 3rd-and-goal, but getting stopped short. But fantasy football owners can be glad that Newton has not turned the ball over yet either.

Newton was averaging 308 passing yards a game with 1,847 passing yards on the season and 7 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Newton also has 6 rushing touchdowns.

Newton was ranked by Yahoo! as the 3rd ranked quarterback heading into Week 7 taking on the Washington Redskins who rank 9th against the pass.

For more on Newton and his matchup with the Redskins, check out SB Nation's Panthers blog, Cat Scratch Reader, and our Redskins blog, Hogs HavenFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Roddy White Fantasy: One Touchdown So Far For Atlanta WR

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver is having a much better first half than his Detroit Lions counterpart, Calvin Johnson. Through two quarters of play, White has three catches for 36 yards and a touchdown. Johnson has just one catch for 25 yards. White is working without rookie wide receiver Julio Jones in the Atlanta lineup today. 

White continues to be a top-target of Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, picking up 373 yards and two touchdowns on the year. His production has slipped a bit, but with Julio Jones out, White was expected to be even more involved in the passing game this week.

Heading into the week, Yahoo! Sports ranked White as the 11th-best wide receiver.

For more on White and this game, visit our Falcons blog The Falcoholic and our Lions blog Pride of Detroit. Follow all the action from Week 7 at SB Nation NFL, and get your fantasy questions answered on Twitter by @SBNationFantasy.

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Matt Ryan Fantasy: Falcons QB Leads The Way

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been a one-man wrecking crew in Detroit today. Ryan has 106 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception against the Lions. He also got it done with his feet, scrambling up the middle for a touchdown from the one-yard line in the first quarter. 

Ryan was averaging 244 passing yards a game with 1,465 passing yards on the season and 8 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Ryan's passing yards per game is down nearly 11 yards per game from last season.

Ryan was ranked by Yahoo! as the 14th ranked quarterback heading into Week 7 taking on the Detroit Lions who rank 6th against the pass.

For more on Ryan and his matchup with the Lions, check out SB Nation's Falcons blog, The Falcoholic, and our Lions blog Pride of DetroitFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Arian Foster Fantasy: Texans RB Having Huge Afternoon

Hopefully, Arian Foster's start did not sour you on starting him this week. The Houston Texans running back became the first running back in two years to register more than a 100 yards both rushing and receiving. He finished with 115 yards rushing and 119 yards receiving, that includes a 78-yard touchdown catch from Matt Schaub. He rushed for a pair of TDs as well.

Foster's had a bumpy start to the 2011 NFL season, dealing with a hamstring injury that has lingered since the preseason and a Texans offense that has lost some of its balance since Andre Johnson's injury. But Foster's also turned in two monster games: he gutted the once-mighty Steelers run defense for 155 yards and a touchdown, and had 184 combined yards rushing and receiving in Houston's loss to Oakland.

With more play like those two games, Foster could re-establish himself as a premium fantasy option.

For more on the Ravens, check out Baltimore Beat Down. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams and SB Nation's fantasy football hub, and follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates and advice.

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Santana Moss Fantasy Stats: Injury Forces Redskins Receiver Out Of Game

It's a bad day for Santana Moss and his fantasy football owners. The Redskins receivers left the field with a left hand injury in the first half and is not expected to return to the game. In limited action, Moss' stats: two catches for 17 yards and no touchdowns.

It's unclear at this point how much time Moss will have to miss.

Moss was averaging 57 receiving yards a game with 284 receiving yards on the season and 2 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Moss' yards per game is down nearly 10 yards from last season.

Moss was ranked by Yahoo! as the 21st ranked wide receiver heading into Week 7 taking on the Carolina Panthers.

For more on Moss and his matchup with the Panthers, check out SB Nation's Panthers blog, Cat Scratch Reader, and our Redskins blog, Hogs HavenFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Matthew Stafford Fantasy: Slow Start For Lions QB

Tough sledding for the Detroit Lions offense through two quarters today. Quarterback Matt Stafford has completed just five of 11 pass attempts for 47 yards. 

Matthew Stafford has proven himself to be a matchup-proof starting fantasy quarterback. Despite facing one of the league's stingiest defenses in the 49ers in Week 6, Stafford still managed to throw for almost 300 yards and two touchdowns.

Against the Falcons in Week 6, Stafford faced on the worst pass defenses in the league, giving up the fifth most passing yards and the 10th most points overall. Though the Lions, on paper, look like they should be ahead early in this game, they really don't have a grind-it-out and run the clock section of their playbook. Stafford is averaging 39.5 pass attempts per game, and he's done plenty with them. He should be starting ahead of almost every quarterback in the game this week.

For more on Stafford and his matchup with the Falcons, check out Lions blog, Pride of Detroit, and our Falcons blog, The Falcoholic. Also be sure to check out all of our fantasy football news and video highlights of the best Week 7 action.

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Daniel Thomas Fantasy: Quiet Day For Dolphins RB

Miami Dolphins rookie running back Daniel Thomas has been a key part of a Dolphins offense that could charitably be described as terrible today. Through the first half, Thomas has 21 rushing yards on four carries. He also has two catches for no receiving yards. 

Thomas was projected to be one of the better rookie running backs in the NFL in 2011, and he's lived up to that billing so far — when able to go, anyway. He has 249 yards in his three games this season, and had 107 and 95 yards in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively. The issue for Thomas is health: he missed Weeks 3 and 4 with a hamstring injury, then struggled against the Jets, gaining just 47 yards on 15 carries.

For more on the Dolphins, check out The Phinsider. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams and SB Nation's fantasy football hub, and follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates and advice.

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Eric Decker Fantasy: No Catches Yet For Broncos WR

Count Denver Broncos wide receiver among those who might be longing for another answer at quarterback. Decker has yet to catch a single pass in today's game against the Dolphins. That might not entirely be Deckers fault. With Tim Tebow making his first start of the season at quarterback, the Broncos have passed just five times in this game, and Tebow has completed just three of those attempts, two to running backs. 

Decker had entered the 2011 season as a fantasy football sleeper and he rewarded those who took a chance on him with early returns. Though he hasn't matched his punt return touchdown against the Oakland Raiders, Decker moved into the starting lineup in Week 2 following Brandon Lloyd's injury and exploded for five receptions, 113 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He came back two games later with two touchdown receptions against the Packers.

For more on Decker's matchup, visit our Broncos blog Mile High Report and our Dolphins blog The Phinsider. Follow all the action from Week 7 at SB Nation NFL, and get your fantasy questions answered on Twitter by @SBNationFantasy.

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Peyton Hillis Has Been Fantasy Kryptonite In 2011

Peyton Hillis is out for the Cleveland Browns' game against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6. It's just the latest issue for Hillis in a season that has fantasy players understandably frustrated.

Hillis, the Madden NFL 12 cover athlete, has had a truly disappointing 2011. His one great game came in Week 2 against the lowly Colts, and he didn't even break 100 yards in it, rushing for 94 yards and two touchdowns. He hasn't had more than 17 carries or more than 57 yards in any other game, and will be missing his second game on the season this Sunday.

That's quite a fall for a back some expected to be the Browns' workhorse for years to come. And considering Monterio Hardesty's good play in relief of Hillis, it's possible that the bottom hasn't quite come yet.

For more on the Browns, check out Dawgs By Nature. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams and SB Nation's fantasy football hub, and follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates and advice.

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Donovan McNabb Benched: Fantasy Implications Of Vikings Decision To Go Start Christian Ponder

The NFL Network is reporting that the Minnesota Vikings have decided to make a switch at the quarterback position. Jason LaCanfora tweeted that Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has decided to bench veteran QB Donovan McNabb and insert rookie Christian Ponder into the starting lineup.

Given the quality of talent available at the top of the 2012 NFL Draft, this move will also have some repercussions in 2011 for fantasy football owners. I have to imagine few owners actually had Donovan McNabb in the starting lineup on a weekly basis and even fewer had Christian Ponder even on their bench, but this move does impact the rest of the roster.

While McNabb was not having a ton of success it is hard to tell if this will actually improve things in 2011. Ponder is a rookie who struggled in the preseason and now will be facing NFL defenses on a weekly basis. He does have Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin at his side, but for now this would seem to downgrade both of them. This could turn into a solid decision down the road, but it is hard to see this having much success in the short term.

One player who could benefit a little bit is tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. We have no real idea who will become Ponder's security blanket this season, although it could very well end up simply being Adrian Peterson. However, I have always been a fan of grabbing tight ends on a rookie QB-led team. I think it dates back to Drew Bledsoe's early days when Ben Coates was his security blanket.

For now, hold steady with Peterson and Harvin. It is not that you would trade them or anything, but it is good to know how this kind of move impacts your key pieces.

For more on the Vikings, check out Daily Norseman. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Cedric Benson Suspension: Fantasy Impact Of Reduction To One Game

Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson has been waiting for word on his appeal of a three-game suspension and he might finally have resolution. The NFL has reportedly reduced the suspension from three games to one game and a fine. Benson's NLRB charge against the NFLPA and NFL is still pending and it remains to be seen how that will impact when Benson sits.

Right now, the Bengals have a week seven bye before returning to action against Seattle. The Seahawks are struggling a bit this season but they have actually put together a very strong rushing defense. The week after that the Bengals face the Tennessee Titans who also have a strong rushing defense. Things quiet down the following week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which has struggled in stopping the run.

For now, you can continue sticking Benson into your lineup week in and week out. It remains to be seen when he will sit given the nature of the NLRB charge, but for just a one-game suspension, it basically equates to a second bye. It is not ideal, but it is much better than a three-game suspension. Bernard Scott would likely be the starter in his absence with Brian Leonard getting some carries as well. Neither is a great fantasy option and with it only being one week there is not much you need to do with that.

For more on the Bengals, check out Cincy Jungle. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Carson Palmer Trade: Fantasy Implications For Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have reportedly dealt away two draft picks to the Cincinnati Bengals for QB Carson Palmer and the deal could have significant repercussions both on the field and in the world of fantasy football. The Raiders look to be going all in for the 2011 season as they dealt away a 2012 first round pick and a 2013 second round pick that could become a first if the Raiders win a playoff game before then.

For fantasy football owners, the value of Carson Palmer to the Raiders likely depends on your thoughts on Palmer. Some have felt he has been nothing more than an average QB at best in recent seasons. Others see him as a guy who could benefit from returning to his relationship with Hue Jackson, who worked with Palmer's offenses in Cincinnati and USC.

No matter who the Raiders have at quarterback, this offense runs through Darren McFadden. However, if Palmer can bounce back from some recent season struggles, most of the skill position players could benefit. Jacoby Ford, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore could see some more passes their way. McFadden as well will continue to be a solid weapon in the pass game.

For the fantasy value of these players, it comes down to what Carson Palmer can bring to the table. It actually remains to be seen whether he is an upgrade over what Jason Campbell had done to date. It may take a couple weeks to figure out where exactly we stand in terms of fantasy football. I am slightly optimistic about the fantasy improvement, but cautious nonetheless.

For more on the Raiders, check out SSilver & Black Pride. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Redskins Aren't Naming Starting Quarterback Yet

So who will be the starting quarterback for Washington the next time the Redskins take the field? Right now, not even Mike Shanahan knows status of his QBs. The Redskins coach said he'll announce the starter following practice on Wednesday.

And just like that Washington is thrown back into a full-blown quarterback controversy between Rex Grossman and John Beck.

Shanahan addressed the issue at a press conference on Monday.

"I have not made up my mind right now. I believe in both guys. … I know these guys have got what it takes."

Grossman was benched in the third quarter after throwing four interceptions on Sunday in a loss to the Eagles. He completed just nine of 23 pass attempts and has turned the ball over 11 times in his first five weeks (nine interceptions, two lost fumbles).

Beck stepped in for Grossman and completed 8 of 17 passes and ran for Washington's only touchdown of the day on a quarterback sneak.

Grossman could be the leader in the quarterback competition, having beaten out Beck for the starting job before the season. The Washington Times' Nathan Fenno wrote that receivers Santana Moss and Jabar Gaffney backed Grossman. Here's Moss:

"No question. That's not even something that should be asked."

If Beck has a leg up, it's this: He did not throw four interceptions on Sunday.

For the latest updates and analysis on the quarterback controversy, check out our Redskins blog Hogs Haven.

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Brandon Lloyd Trade: Fantasy Implications

We break down the Brandon Lloyd trade and fantasy implications. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.

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