The Fantasy Wrecker – Week 7


We’re getting pretty deep into the fantasy football season, so let’s break down some interesting storylines bullet point style:

  • Peyton “Chicken Parm” Manning became droppable in ESPN leagues. That’s crazy. In his last sixteen games (including the playoffs) Manning has thrown for 26 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. In the sixteen before that, he was slightly better with 48 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. If you spent a high draft pick on this Papa John’s franchise owner, you’re having a bad season.
  • The Broncos are on a bye, so no offense will be terrorized by that vicious defense.
  • I don’t know anything about new Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell except that he unleashed LAMAR MILLER on the NFL last week. So let’s all agree to make him coach of the year, okay?
  • Devonta Freeman looks like he’s going to be the best running back in fantasy this year, disappointing Tevin Coleman owners everywhere.
  • Welcome back, Martavis Bryant. 137 receiving yards and two touchdowns is how you earn back the number two receiver position immediately. I don’t think he can keep up his touchdown pace, but the Pittsburgh offense is explosive.

Let’s get to Week 7…

Three Players Who Will Wreck Your Opponents This Week:

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona—Any team that gets to play the Ravens will feast on the secondary. Baltimore also has no pass rush, and Palmer will carve them up. He’s scored big on better teams this season already.

Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland—The Raiders forgot about their rushing attack the last couple of games, and I’m thinking they spent the bye focusing on getting Murray more involved. The Chargers are a great team to run against, as they’ve allowed the most points to running backs this season.

John Brown, WR, Arizona —Brown is a burner, and without any pass rush from the Ravens, Palmer will have time to let Brown’s deep routes develop. He should have a big day.

UPDATE: Brown’s hamstring tightened in practice on Thursday. Monitor this one closely!

Three Players Who Will Wreck Your Team This Week:

Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland—The Rams will control the ball in this game using their run game, and their fierce pass rush will make life hard on McCown. Use another option if you have one.

Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City—I think the Chiefs are going running back by committee, and West will get touchdowns vultured by Knile Davis. Add in the fact that Kansas City is facing the Steelers, who have allowed the second fewest points to running backs, and I think this is a bad play.

Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia—If you’re still starting him, it’s just stubbornness or absolute desperation. You should find another receiver, though, because the Panthers are only allowing 16.5 points per game to opposing wide receivers. Surely you can find something better.

The Guy Who’s Wrecking My Fantasy Season This Week:

This week, there’s not actually one guy wrecking my fantasy season. It’s a bunch of guys, and I’ll simplify things by calling them all Unrealistic Trade Guy. I’m sure you know him.

Unrealistic Trade Guy thinks every trade should result in his roster becoming an all-star team. He thinks Eric Decker and Ryan Mathews for Julio Jones is a good deal. You know, because you’re getting two players from him and he’s only getting one. He’s helping you out. He also thinks his backup quarterback is worth your first round pick, and he’s willing to give you a lecture in supply-and-demand economics to justify it.

Don’t be Unrealistic Trade Guy. A good trade helps both teams, and like a good compromise, leaves neither party completely happy. Remember what your old Pappy used to tell you—nothing in life is free, and that includes fantasy football trades.

Ben Zajdel is a contributor. You can follow him on Twitter at @bzajdel. His last name would be a great Scrabble word.

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