• The Commish Picks: FF Week 7 in Review/Waiver Wire Report

    Top Fantasy storylines from Week 7

    CJ Strikes Early
    Week 7 started off with a bang, as Chris Johnson finally took advantage of a good matchup to torch the much-maligned Bills run defense. Johnson accumulated 195 yards on the ground and 2 TDs to finally give his owners the type of game they had been expecting from him when drafting him in the first round of drafts over the summer. Johnson has Indy this week, which is another cushy matchup, but things do get tough after that. His value is likely back up near where it was prior to the start of the season, so if you can use his next matchup to your advantage in negotiations, there is no time better than right now to sell off CJ and obtain premium value.

    Better late than never
    While Robert Griffin III was once again doing RGIII things, the Giants continued their trend of struggling offensively against the Redskins. Despite a defense that has yielded more yards to QBs and WRs than any other team, the Redskins had held Eli Manning and Victor Cruz in check for 58 minutes. Manning had accumulated just 260 yards with 2 INTs, and Cruz had just 6 catches for 54 yards prior to their 77 yard game-winning connection. That play salvaged their fantasy performance, and was the game-changing play of the week.

    Vintage Adrian Peterson
    While many have discussed the super-human healing powers of Adrian Peterson, in the realm of fantasy, his production had actually been a bit of a disappointment prior to Sunday. But on Sunday, vintage Peterson truly returned with 153 yards on the ground, and a touchdown. He has a relatively tough matchup this week facing Tampa on Thursday night, but Peterson is more than capable of overcoming a slightly banged-up ankle to put together another quality performance.

    When is 313 yards and 4 TDs in the 1st half a relative disappointment?
    When you follow it up with 64 yards and no TDs in the 2nd half. Of course that’s nit-picking, but Brees owners certainly had visions of Aaron Rodgers’ 6 TD performance from last week dancing in their heads. Of course, the real story from this game is that the Saints defense continues to play like the worst defense in the history of pro football. Josh Freeman of all people racked up 400+, and Vincent Jackson went off for 200+. The only thing that saved the day for NO was the little known rule that if a QB leaves the pocket, you can blatantly shove a receiver out of bounds, which {logically} makes that receiver ineligible to catch a pass.

    Remember when we were wondering what happened to the Green Bay passing offense?
    Me neither.

    Pickup of the Week-
    Rashad Jennings, RB (Jac)- With Maurice Jones-Drew possibly encountering the dreaded lisfranc, Jennings looks to be the new starter in Jacksonville for the foreseeable future. Jennings averaged 5.5 YPC last year, and is also good in passing situations, making him a possibility as a rare 3 down back. Jennings is a top 12-15 back as long as he’s the starter.

    Phillip Tanner, RB (Dal)- With DeMarco Murray out at least one more week, the only RB standing between Tanner and a lion’s share of touches is Felix Jones. Murray may only miss one more week, but neither he nor Jones are the pillars of health, making Tanner a decent pickup to fill the last spot on your bench.

    LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB (Ari)- This job was William Powell’s, but he fumbled early, giving Stephens-Howling a shot as the workhorse. He delivered with 100 yards and a TD. I wouldn’t be shocked if Powell gets another chance to take away some of LSH’s touches, but Stephens-Howling will be in the mix no matter what, and has some explosiveness to his game. Think of him like a poor-man’s Warrick Dunn.

    Ryan Broyles, WR (Det)- In his first action of the year, Broyles jumped off the screen to me. With Nate Burleson out for the year with a broken leg, the inconsistent Brandon Pettigrew and the tempermental Titus Young are the main competitors to Broyles for the table scraps left behind by Megatron. Broyles is a great stash and hope guy, especially considering he’s on an offense that could use the major jolt he could potentially provide.

    Cecil Shorts, WR (Jac)- Shorts received his first start last week, coming out of Jacksonville’s bye week, garnering a career high 61 snaps and 10 targets on his way to 4 catches for 79 yards and a TD. Prior to the bye, Shorts never played for more than 27 snaps, so this new role is a good indication that he’s emerging as Blaine Gabbert’s most reliable target. 5 of Jacksonville’s next 6 games are against Green Bay, Detroit, Indianapolis, Tennessee, and Buffalo, with only a week 11 game against Houston looming as an unfavorable matchup. That schedule makes Shorts an excellent bye-week filler.

    Stephen Hill, WR (NYJ)- Yes, he has shown a case of the drops. But he’s also frequently open, and a big play threat. If Hill is available in your league, he, Jeremy Kerley, and Dustin Keller are all capable of helping your team.

    Logan Paulsen, TE (Was)- This is an under-the-radar pick. With the Redskins resigning Chris Cooley, I’d expect that most of the waiver attention will be diverted in his direction. But Paulsen had 4 catches on 6 targets, averaging nearly 13 yards per target. Fred Davis was emerging as Robert Griffin III’s favorite target prior to tearing his Achilles, and if Sunday is any indication, Paulsen may be the one to grab the torch from Davis.