There was no shortage of exciting games and finishes in Week 7, but this is just about the numbers. This is a fantasy site after all! Here is what you need to know about those guys with those hands under those butts: The quarterbacks.
How is it possible that the week's leading scorer can be basically scoreless for an entire half? When he goes into halftime on a 600-yard, 8 TD pass. That's where Brees was at against Tampa Bay but a high-scoring first half came to a halt in the second and left the Saints QB with "only" 377 yards, 4 TD and 1 INT. Brees now has 3+ TD passes in five of six games this year and 18 TD/7 INT overall.
Without much surprise, Brees maintains pace in the race for "Most Elite QB of 2012," a fictional race going on inside my head. He continues next Sunday night against a Broncos defense that has given up 11 TD passes. The Bucs continue to be a pass defense fit for a Tebow, and they'll be upping the fantasy value of Christian Ponder and the Vikings in Week 8.
Josh Freeman against the Saints (GET BUC WILD)
Few quarterbacks have the kind of game that Freeman had on Sunday and still lost. The up-and-down performances of Freeman stay up this week with 420 yards, 3 TD and 0 INT against a terrible Saints defense. Overall, he has 7 TD and 1 INT in his last two games with 748 yards.
A bigger test will be the stingy Minnesota defense next week. The bad Saints defense should hook up Peyton Manning with another huge night. You'll get to watching Manning light up the Saints during the game, and then sell 248 different products on commercials during the breaks.
Remember when Rodgers had a so-so start to the season? He maintains his touchdown lead with 342 yards and 3 TD against St. Louis, giving him 16 TD in his last four games. Yes. That is what I said.
Things could get ugly when the Jaguars travel to Green Bay in Week 8. The "Hey Rodgers!" guy levels of ugly.
Or if he played defense. So far RG3 has been the best-case scenario for a young Michael Vick. He's the most productive running quarterback in the league and also can throw it around with incredible efficiency. Against the Giants on Sunday, Griffin had 258 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT and another 89 yards on the ground. In addition to that he hit Santana Moss for the late go-ahead score, but the Washington defense opened like a sieve for Cruz in the 27-23 loss.
Griffin takes his high-scoring output to Pittsburgh to face a Steelers defense that isn't what it used to be.
The Bills-Titans game went just like you would expect a Bills-Titans game to go. Defenses just get in the way. Sure, that is the "point" of defense, but it inhibits our fantasy scoring so thanks Bills and Titans! Fitzpatrick hadn't thrown a touchdown since Week 4 but he went for 225 yards, 3 TD and 1 INT against Tennessee. That gives him 15 TD and 9 INT total on the year.
You thought things were bad on defense in Baltimore? Flacco had one of the worst QB performances of recent memory with 21 of 43 passing that gained just 147 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT. Meanwhile, the Texans take a big step forward to proving that just about no one else in the AFC is close to their level right now.
Nobody on the Ravens had a good game, but Flacco led the way with his 3.4 yards per pass attempt. They won't have to face the Texans next week because nobody will because Houston gets a Bye.
Christian Ponder against the Cardinals (DON'T WORRY, BUCS NEXT WEEK)
The Vikings improved to 5-2, but Ponder was held down to only 58 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT in victory. He would have been a difficult play as Arizona had given up the second-fewest points in fantasy to QBs going into the game.
Ponder, who has just 4 TD and 4 INT in his last four games, tries to rebound against the Bucs. The Cards only have to face Alex Smith and the 49ers.
Andy Dalton against the Steelers (ANDY FAULT-ON. THESE AREN'T ALL WINNERS, PEOPLE)
The Dalton train produced 12 touchdowns in his last five games but Pittsburgh held him to just 105 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT on Sunday night. Dalton has been very productive this year, but the Bengals turn to cute little cubs against the Steelers.
They'll take cubby naps with their Bye this week.
Mark Sanchez jammed a finger, which might improve his fantasy stock.