Week 7 Weekend Wrap-up: Running backs gone wild!

After staying up late to watch my favorite baseball team lose to the Tampa Bay Rays (!) last night, I’m not sure I’ll be able to handle staying up for what will most likely be a disaster of a game tonight when the Fantasy Football Librarian‘s boys from Denver come into Gillette Stadium to take on the Patriots…but I’ll give it a shot. The good news is that even though the Sox are done and the Pats chances tonight are not all that promising, the fantasy football gods seemed to shine down on me this week and I should pull off some solid victories in most of my leagues (although the fact that Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall having huge games against New England would help many of my teams causes quite the personal conflict!), including a potential victory in which I idiotically started Larry Fitzgerald on a bye. Anyways, enough of my rambling about New England sports and my fantasy teams, let’s get to the action from the weekend that caused my good fortunes, including a few running backs gone wild!

  • Tennessee 34, Kansas City 10: I was pretty pumped about this game for one reason…the Chiefs helped me break the FFGeekBlog Hits/Misses cover curse! Kansas City came into this game allowing 180+ yards per game on the ground and what do you know…the Titans nearly doubled that average with 330+ yards. Hopefully you took my advice and started LenDale White (149 yards, 3 TD) and Chris Johnson (168 yards, TD), as you were rewarded heavily.
  • Chicago 48, Minnesota 41: Who would have thought that this would be the high scoring game of the week? My biggest question was this…how does a team defense allow 41 points and still score 20+ fantasy points? The answer…2 sacks, 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 1 blocked kick and 2 touchdowns! Adrian Peterson (121 rushing yards, 2 TD) put forth one of his best efforts of the season in this one, but it wasn’t enough to dig them out of the canyon that Gus Frerotte put them in. For Chicago…another Sunday, another solid performance from Kyle Orton (283 passing yards, 2 TD).
  • St. Louis 34, Dallas 14: Anyone have the Rams over the Cowboys in their pick’em league? Me neither. These two teams seem to be headed in completely different directions, as Dallas has lost two in a row and is racking up injuries, while Steven Jackson (160 rushing yards, 3 TD) and the rest of the Rams are on a two game winning streak and are getting contributions from some unlikely sources (rookie receiver Donnie Avery had five catches for 65 yards and a touchdown.) Newly acquired receiver Roy Williams for Dallas was held to a Colston-like performance, with zero catches, while Terrell Owens had just two for 31 yards. I think we’re approaching T.O.-implosion time!
  • Buffalo 23, San Diego 14: Not much going on in this one fantasy-wise, except for the continued disappointing play of your number one draft pick, Mr. LaDainian Tomlinson (14 rushes for 41 yards.) All I know is that if Buffalo keeps winning games that they are supposed to lose, the Patriots are going to have a hard time chasing them down for first place!
  • Carolina 30, New Orleans 7: Quarterback Drew Brees gets two of his favorite targets back and the offense hits a brick wall? I’m glad I rushed to put Marques Colston and his zero catches into my lineup in one of my leagues this week! Adding insult to injury, the Saints will be without star running back Reggie Bush for upwards of a month or so with a knee injury. For the Panthers, the Jake Delhomme to Steve Smith (six catches for 122 yards, TD) love affair continued, which is great news for those who took the gamble on Smith (and his two game suspension) in the draft.
  • Pittsburgh 38, Cincinnati 10: Unfortunately, due to power outages in Buffalo, I was forced to watch the first half of this game instead of seeing the Chargers and Bills play. The Bengals are terrible and without Carson Palmer they have absolutely no chance of beating a team as talented as the Steelers. Hopefully Willie Parker owners were able to acquire the services of Mewelde Moore and his 134 combined yards and three touchdowns. Ocho Cinco caught his second touchdown of the season in this game, but honestly, how many people actually had him in their lineup?
  • New York Giants 29, San Francisco 17: Minus a bad beat by the Brownies, the Giants are definitely the team to beat in the NFC East at this point. Brandon Jacobs (69 yards, 2 TD) had a solid game for the G-Men, but for keeper league managers (or managers in deep re-draft leagues), keep an eye on rookie receiver Josh Morgan (five catches for 86 yards, TD) for the 49er’s, who had a big day.
  • Houston 28, Detroit 21: In what was supposed to be a fantasy-feast for the Texans against a porous Lions defense, they were a bit disappointing. Receiver Andre Johnson’s 11 catches for 141 yards were nice, as was tight end Owen Daniels’ 66 yard and two touchdown performance (but how many people actually started him.) The fantasy player of the game was actually on the Detroit side of the ball, where receiver Calvin Johnson caught just two passes…yet amassed 154 yards and a touchdown thanks to a 96 yard catch and run.
  • Green Bay 34, Indianapolis 14: Ryan Grant (105 rushing yards, TD) finally broke the century mark as he and the Packers were able to defeat the disappointing Colts pretty handily in this one. Peyton Manning (0 TD, 2 INT) was apparently trying to do his best Derek Anderson impersonation (you know…good last week, sucky this week?) in this one, but seemed to take to the extreme. Joseph Addai owners hopefully managed to scoop up backup Dominic Rhodes (114 combined yards, 2 TD), as he was the only one on the Colts to put up good fantasy numbers.
  • Tampa Bay 20, Seattle 10: I can’t blame the Seahawks for playing terribly at this point…you try and start nine different wide receivers through the first seven games of the season and see what kind of chemistry your passing game has! Wide receiver Antonio Bryant (who I started over Ocho Cinco this week and was happy about) had a stellar six catch, 115 yard, one touchdown performance for the Bucs, while Koren Robinson led the team again with a spectacular 23 yards receiving. All the Seahaks can say at this point is, “There’s always next year!”
  • Washington 14, Cleveland 11: Thanks Derek Anderson for tricking me into playing you this week and then trying your hardest to screw me over. Clinton Portis (175 rushing yards, TD) continues to be the top running back in the NFL, but the rest of this game was pretty sorry.
  • Baltimore 27, Miami 13: The big (only?) fantasy relevant news out of this game was that it was Willis McGahee’s turn (152 combined yards, TD) to handle the bulk of the carries for the Ravens…
  • Oakland 16, New York Jets 13: Ugh…if there’s a football hell, they probably watch this game and the Miami/Ravens game (or maybe Redskins/Browns if they’re on good behavior!) on repeat. Running back Thomas Jones (159 rushing yards) for the Jets had one of the best games of his career, but it wasn’t enough to put away a sorry Raiders squad that hasn’t figured out how to properly utilize one of the best rushing games in the league (leave Justin Fargas and his 3.9 ypc in for 28 attempts, but Darren McFadden and his 5.1 ypc only gets eight carries…oh, and Michael Bush gets none). If I’m a Packers fan, I’m pretty happy I have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback right now.