Studs and Duds: Week 7

Well, my picks last week didn’t turn out all that spectacular, due to sub-par games from Najeh Davenport and Shaun Alexander, as well unexpectedly big games from Jay Cutler, Ben Roethlisberger and Marion Barber III. Using my un-biased scoring system, I finished the week 12-10-4, only slightly above 50%. This week though, I plan to return to my Nostradamus-like abilities and give you some solid suggestions of who might be worth starting and who might be worth sitting this week…


Donvan McNabb / Kevin Curtis / Reggie Brown (PHI): The Vikings continue to struggle against the pass, giving up over 270 yards in the air to Tony Romo last week. Expect McNabb to take advantage of their secondary and all involved should prosper.
Lavernaeous Coles / Jericho Cotchery (NYJ): I would have included Chad Pennington here, but I’m not convinced that he’ll even start this game. The Bills have been terrible against the pass, so no matter who is throwing the ball, Coles and Cotchery should have solid starts.
Brian Griese / Bernard Berrian (CHI): Griese should continue to lead the resurgent Bears with a big game against the Lions this week, and I see Berrian catching a few deep balls to help the cause.
Torry Holt (STL): The Browns have been bad against the pass, but the Rams have been terrible in all aspects of offense. The only player I see being able to take advantage of the week pass defense is Torry Holt.
Ben Roethlisberger / Hines Ward / Santonio Holmes (PIT): Roethlisberger proved he can perform against a top pass defense last week against Denver, and this week should be much easier against a pathetic excuse for a defense that the Bengals roll out on the field.
DeShaun Wynn (GB): The Broncos have not been able to stop the run all year, letting up over 175 yards a game on the ground. Don’t expect Wynn to reach those numbers, but he should beat his averages for the year to this point.
Brandon Jacobs (NYG): The Dolphins are a sorry shell of a team at this point, losing their starting quarterback and star runningback. The defense isn’t any better either, and Brandon Jacobs should be able to man-handle a defense that has let up 10 rushing touchdowns in the first seven games.
LenDale White (TEN): White had a big game this past week with Chris Brown and Vince Young injured. This week both of them could be back, but I would still expect good numbers against a weak Oakland rush defense that let up big numbers to Larry Johnson last week.
Marshawn Lynch (BUF): The Jets are letting up nearly 140 yards and a rushing TD a game…about the numbers I expect from Lynch this week against them.


Panthers QB: The Colts have been solid against the pass this season. Whether it is Vinny or David Carr that gets the start, don’t expect anything good from either of them.
Carson Palmer (CIN): Other than his week 2 blowup against the Cleveland Browns, Palmer has been relatively dissappointing this season. His INT numbers are a little higher than you might like and the Steelers are only letting up one passing touchdown a game this year.
Jaguars QB (JAX): If Garrard doesn’t play, the Jag’s are in huge trouble against a Tampa Bay pass defense that has only allowed five passing touchdowns in seven games so far. Even if he does play, he still won’t produce in a fantasy relevant manner.
Jason Campbell / Santana Moss / Antwaan Randle El (WAS): When the Patriots take a lead early, the Redskins will be forced to pass to attempt a comeback. However, the Patriots have been pretty good at defending the pass. I don’t see Campbell and his receivers having any kind of "break-out" game here.
LaMont Jordan / Domanic Rhodes / Justin Fargas (OAK): Here’s some math for you: The Titans allow 60 yards rushing and 0.5 touchdowns a game on the ground. Oakland has three runningbacks. What are the odds that any of them will have a fantasy worthy game?
Kenny Watson / Rudi Johnson (CIN): The Steelers were able to shut down Travis Henry on Sunday night, so I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t be able to do the same to the Bengals runningbacks. Watson may have been able to surprise the Jets defense last weekend, but don’t expect the same against the Steelers.
Laurence Maroney (NE): Maroney…the guy is a complete mystery. I suggested people start him last weekend, only to have him run the ball only 6 times the entire game. This week he plays a solid Washington rush defense, and while he should get more carries, I still think Tom Brady will take all the TD’s for himself.
Ahman Green (HOU): The Chargers have let up 85 yards a game on the ground and have only allowed two rushing scores all season. Green is in over his head in this one.
Clinton Portis (WAS): When the Redskins abandon the run in the second quarter, Portis will most likely be used solely on dump-off and screen plays in the passing game. This will not be enough to constitute a solid start against the Patriots.

Slightly-biased scoring (Hits-Misses-Pushes)

Week 7: 12-10-4
Season: 25-11-9