Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fantasy football: Week 7 recap

There were certainly some suprises across the board when it came to fantasy football producation in Week 7 of the NFL.

Who would have thought you would ever see Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throw for 374 yards and four touchdowns? But that's exactly what he did and he has emerged as a viable bye week replacement if you need a QB this week. Fitzpatrick is still available on most waiver wires in leagues at cbssports.com, espn.com, yahoosports.com and myfantasyleague.com.

Other surprises included QBs Carson Palmer (Cincinnati) and Matt Moore (Carolina). Palmer is the No. 1 ranked QB for Week 7 with 412 yards and three touchdowns. Moore was also solid with 308 yards passing and two touchdowns. Other top QBs were Drew Brees (New Orleans) with 356 yards and two touchdowns, Philip Rivers (San Diego) with 336 yards and a touchdown and Eli Manning (Giants) who had 306 yards and four touchdowns.

The biggest surrpsie at running back was Ryan Torrain of Washington who rushed for 125 yards (unfortunately no TDs). Oakland's Darren McFadden returned from injury as a man possessed with 165 yards and three rushing TDs and two catches for 31 yards and a receiving TD. Other top backs were Adrian Peterson (Minnesota) with 131 yards and a touchdown, Ahmad Bradshaw (Giants) with 126 yards, Thomas Jones (Kansas City) with 125 yards and a touchdown and Michael Turner (Atlanta) who had 121 yards and two touchdowns.

With Fitzpatrick having a field day at QB, it's no surprise one of the beneficiaries was Buffalo receiver Steve Johnson who has become an impact player in the fantasy world. He had eight receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown. A new fantasy player emerged on Carolina with receiver David Gettis complementing Panthers' No. 1 wideout Steve Smith (double/triple teammed all day). Gettis had eight receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Kenny Britt of Tennessee led all receivers with seven receptions, 225 yards and three touchdowns. Other top receivers were Roddy White (Atlanta) with 11 receptions, 201 yards and two touchdowns; Jordan Shipley (Cincinnati) with six receptions, 131 yards and a touchdown; and Hines Ward (Pittsburgh) who had seven receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown.

The tight end position pretty much played according to form led by Dallas' Jason Witten who had nine receptions, 95 yards and a touchdown. Other top tight ends were Vernon Davis (San Francisco) who had four receptions, 74 yards and a touchdown; Zach Miller (Oakland) who had three receptions, 65 yards and a touchdown; Todd Heap (Baltimore) ended up with three receptions, 59 yards and two touchdowns; Aaron Hernandez (New England) had five receptions for 54 yards; and Chris Cooley (Washington) had seven receptions and 52 yards.

Of all the guys above, Fitzpatrick, Johnson and Gettis will be the most sought after players on waiver wires. Their production should continue so I would grab them now if you need help at QB or receiver.

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