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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.
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.
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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 Gridiron. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.
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 Gridiron. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.
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.
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.
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 Gridiron. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.
Three Mark Sanchez touchdown passes to Plaxico Burress helped the Jets come back and beat the Chargers.
Burress has scored three touchdowns, the last two coming after the Jets trailed 21-10. The go-ahead touchdown was set up by a 64-yard interception return by Revis.
Revis now has four interceptions in seven games, piling up 184 return yards along the way. This one came after Rivers' pass deflected off Stephen Jackson.
But the bigger story is Burress, who had missed the last two years while serving a prison sentence. Burress now has five touchdowns this season, but on Sunday he is really starting to look like his old self. Burress had just seven catches in his past three games, probably prompting many to drop him from their fantasy teams. He had not scored since Week 3.
Burress also has four catches for 25 yards.
The San Diego Charges and Ryan Mathews fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief, as the running back has returned to the field. Mathews hurt his thumb earlier in the Chargers' game against the New York Jets.
Since making a brief appearance, Mike Tolbert has continued to get carries, which does make us wonder just how healthy Mathews really is. Tolbert is having a pretty good game in Mathews place, too. He has 53 yards on nine carries and was given three straight shots from about 1-yard out before finally scoring the touchdown. It was his third touchdown of the season.
For the latest NFL updates, be sure to follow this StoryStream. For more on the two teams, check out San Diego Chargers blog Bolts From The Blue and New York Jets blog Gang Green Nation. Follow the rest of Week 7 of the regular season at SB Nation NFL.
San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews left the game with a thumb injury. He was seen heading to the Chargers locker room to get it checked out by team doctors. According to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network on his twitter feed, Mathews is questionable to return.
In Mathews place, the Chargers will turn to back up running back and goal line back Mike Tolbert to carry the load on the ground. Luckily the Chargers have Antonio Gates back, who's already scored a touchdown, so the Chargers may not need to rely on the ground game. If they do, Tolbert has proved he can carry the load when Mathews has been injured in the past.
Injuries have kept San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates from turning in his regular level of productivity. On Sunday, he finally scored his first touchdown of the season. Gates caught a 2-yard pass from Phillip Rivers in the back of the end zone to give the Chargers a 14-3 lead over the New York Jets.
The Chargers will certainly be hoping this is a sign of things to come. Gates had not played in any of the past four games and had not made a catch since Week 1. So far in this game, he has three catches for 24 yards.
For the latest NFL updates, be sure to follow this StoryStream.
Donald Butler just stole Dustin Keller's lunch. The San Diego Chargers linebacker ripped the ball out of Keller's hands for an interception and the returned in 37 yards for a go-head touchdown. The score gave the Chargers a 7-0 lead over the New York Jets.
San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was a full participant in Friday's practice and was officially listed as "questionable" for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Gates is active for game day and is expected to play and be involved in the passing offense. Gates has been dealing with a foot injury for much of the season and willingly sat out Week 5 to rest his foot. Sitting out the two weeks, including the bye week, made Gates comfortable enough to play this week.
Gates caught eight passes for 74 yards in the season-opener against the Minnesota Vikings, but he was a non-factor in a Week 2 loss to the New England Patriots and has missed the last three games due to pain associated with the scar tissue in his right foot tearing during his comeback from plantar fasciitis.
For more on the Chargers, be sure to check out Bolts From The Blue.
The San Diego Chargers are off to an atypical start under head coach Norv Turner, they're 4-1 out of the gate rather than their usual early struggles that require a late season rally. They've gone 4-1 without tight end Antonio Gates as well, who's expected to play against the Jets. "It hasn't been an easy 4-1 and I think that keeps you ... real critical of yourself and of different areas and allows you to know you've got areas to improve in because it hasn't just been a smooth few weeks," said Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. The Chargers have an extra tough test today, traveling to the east coast and kicking off at 1:00 P.M.
The New York Jets are coming off a Monday night victory over the Miami Dolphins and running back LaDainian Tomlinson is going to get to face his old team in the Chargers."I'm not a guy who holds grudges or tries to prove anyone wrong," Tomlinson said. "I don't have time for that. It's nonsense. I had a great nine years there and I don't want to make it more than it is."
No doubt however that Tomlinson will play with a little extra fire and is expected to get some more touches as the Jets look to take advantage of the west coast team coming east, and improve to a 4-3 record to avoid falling under .500.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, October 23, 1:00 P.M. ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
TV Schedule: CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
Chargers: KIOZ San Diego 105.3 FM
Jets: 1050 ESPN
After suffering a concussion in a game two weeks ago, San Diego Chargers running back Mike Tolbert has been cleared to play in Sunday's game against the New York Jets. However, Ryan Mathews is also playing for the Chargers, hurting Tolbert's chances to carry the ball.
After receiving 12 touches in the first game of the season, Tolbert has averaged six carries over the last four games. He's proven somewhat effective in catching the ball, grabbing 28 balls for 231 yards. The Jets, though, do have the No. 28 rush defense in the league, which could provide Tolbert and the Chargers with more opportunities run the ball.
Tolbert isn't the greatest fantasy play this week, but he could prove useful in a flex position.
For more on Tolbert and this matchup, visit our Chargers blog Bolts from the Blue and our Jets blog Gang Green Nation. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.
Vincent Jackson has been bothered by a hamstring injury for most of the regular season, but the San Diego Chargers wide receiver is probable for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Jackson might be shadowed by Darrelle Revis for the game, but Rex Ryan has been coy about that all week. On Monday Night Football, Revis was beaten often by Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
Jackson has been hit-or-miss each week so far this season. Through five games, he's alternated 100-yard games. He managed 10 receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots in Week 2 and didn't come back for another 100-yard game until Week 4. He grabbed just three passes that game but had 108 yards and a score.
For more on Jackson and this matchup, visit our Chargers blog Bolts from the Blue and our Jets blog Gang Green Nation. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.
McKnight has just 40 yards from scrimmage, 15 yards rushing, but leads the NFL with 441 kick return yards, including a 107-yard return for a touchdown and two other returns of over 50 yards. Jets special teams coach Mike Westoff also began incorporating McKnight on punt returns during last week's 24-6 win over the Miami Dolphins, with McKnight returning three punts for 19 yards.
McKnight's knee injury limited him during Wednesday's practice, but he participated fully on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play against the Chargers, whose struggles on special teams last year have bled into 2011. The Chargers rank 27th in the NFL in allowing opposing kick returners to average 29.2 yards per return.
For more on the Jets, be sure to visit Gang Green Nation.
Nearing the halfway point of the season, rifts are starting to open for some teams. Others need to confirm that early season success was no mere fluke. Week 7 in the NFL carries plenty of consequences.
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