Fantasy Football: Vincent Jackson's big day highlights wide receiver news in Week 7


Jackson goes off, Fitzgerald defers to a teammate, and the Redskins lose their top receiver. Here is the "catching news" for the week.

They throw it a lot in the NFL these days and those yards have to go somewhere. Then again, they don't always go to where you'd expect. Here are the receiving performances that you need to know about for Week 7.

The Good

Vincent Jackson against the Saints (AT LEAST NO ILLEGAL TOUCHING WAS INVOLVED)

Tampa Bay lost on Mike Williams' final play, but even Jackson came two heels from another touchdown (and giving the Bucs a chance to tie) near the end of regulation. Oh well. Instead he finishes with seven catches for 216 yards and a touchdown and you can settle for that Mr. Greedy. That bumps up V-Jax to 586 yards in six games on the year.

He's one of my personal favorites but the Vikings are a tougher play next week.


Sunday's don't even seem complete anymore without a salsa dance and Cruz gave us just that with a 77-yard touchdown to give the Giants a 27-23 win over Washington. It saved Cruz's underwhelming day and he finished with 131 yards. Cruz is having another big year and should go well over 1,000 yards again.

I'll dance to that.

Randall Cobb against the Rams (BREAKOUT MIGHT BE 'FOR REAL' FOR REAL NOW)

I thought Cobb was an interesting sleeper going into his rookie year but like most receivers, it just takes time to adjust to the pros. He may be adjusted.

Cobb had 89 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday, giving him 435 yards on the season, most of which has come in the last four games. With Greg Jennings out, Cobb is proving himself more and more and likely Aaron Rodgers won't forget that. He's becoming a safe every-week fantasy play and he caught all eight of his targets.

Andre Roberts against the Vikings (LARRY WHO?)

Larry Fitzgerald. That's the man I'm referring to. Also the man who had just 29 yards on Sunday while Roberts totaled 103 and a touchdown. Larry is a phenomenal player, obviously, and he has some bad days. This was one of them and Roberts took over which is what a number two needs to do. Roberts still isn't much of a fantasy play.

Jordy Nelson against the Rams (IN THE ZONE)

In the zone. 122 yards and a touchdown, his second big game in a row.

Honorable Mention: Lance Moore, Miles Austin, Dustin Keller, Rob Gronkowski, Santana Moss

The Bad

A.J. Green against the Steelers (AND HE STILL HAD A TOUCHDOWN)

As he proves himself as truly elite, Green was held in check by Ike Taylor for a single catch and eight yards. AND HE STILL HAD A TOUCHDOWN.

Larry Fitzgerald against the Vikings (MENTIONED IT)

Mentioned it.

Dez Bryant against the Panthers (ACTIVE. THEN INACTIVE)

Bryant was questionable with a groin injury but managed to be active for the game against Carolina. He would later suffer an apparent head injury but passed his concussion tests and return, but finished with two catches for 14 yards. I imagine Dez will show up next week against the Giants.

Mike Wallace against the Bengals (NOT 60 MINUTES, NOT 60 TOTAL YARDS)

No, Wallace finished with just 59 total yards. Green wasn't the only ineffective star on Sunday night, but Wallace did very little with his 15 targets. Wallace is under 100 yards in five of six games this season. He should be a WR1 play against the Redskins wide open defense in Week 8.

Honorable Mention: Hakeem Nicks, Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, James Jones, Sidney Rice

The Injured

Fred Davis was the Redskins leading receiver but that will change after he tore his Achilles. He will miss the rest of the season and Chris Cooley was signed immediately.

Bryant might be checked on.

Bengals receiver Marvin Jones went out with a knee injury.

John Carlson has another concussion, which could be very bad news for a player with a concussion history.

Follow Kenneth on Twitter, now that's a head injury!

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