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Ben Roethlisberger Returns in NFL Week 7 Fantasy Risers and Fallers

Posted By Brandon Galvin On Oct 19 2010 @ 12:25 pm In Fantasy | No Comments



Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

Roethlisberger returned with a vengeance from his four game league mandated suspension.

Those who waited to draft Roethlisberger saw immediate return and will continue to reap the rewards of their investment.

Although the Steelers play smash mouth football, Roethlisberger has two very good receiving options in Hines Ward and ’60 Minutes’ Mike Wallace in addition to a reliable tight end in Heath Miller.

Roethlisberger was a little rusty in his first start of the season, but he still threw three touchdowns. Most importantly for fantasy owners, he threw one to each of the aforementioned receivers.

Roethlisberger finished the day 16 for 27 (59.3 completion percentage) for 257 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

10 of Roethlisberger’s 16 completions went to Ward, Wallace, and Miller. As the season progresses, his chemistry with these receivers will vastly improve.

Roethlisberger will continue to throw the ball and make big plays. He is arguably a top 10 quarterback any given week.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Kevin Kolb, PHI: 23 for 29 (79.3 completion percentage), 326 yards, 3 TD, INT

Matt Cassell, KC: 20 for 29 (69.0 completion percentage), 201 yards, 3 TD

Matt Ryan, ATL: 23 for 42 (54.8 completion percentage), 250 yards, 2 TD, INT, Fumble

Colt McCoy, CLE: 23 for 33 (69.7 completion percentage), 281 yards, TD, 2 INT

Joe Flacco, BAL: 27 for 35 (77.1 completion percentage), 285 yards, 2 TD

Trent Edwards, JAX: Would start if David Garrard misses Week 7

Kerry Collins, TEN: Would start if Vince Young misses Week 7

Last Week’s Rising QB in Week 6:

Eli Manning, NYG: 20 for 30 (66.7 completion percentage), 177 yards, 2 TD


Christopher Ivory, NO

The Pierre Thomas injury is worse than expected.

Ivory looked good in the preseason but then suffered a knee injury. He was lackluster in his first few games with the Saints, but blew up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 6.

Ivory outperformed teammate Ladell Betts, who still managed to score a touchdown in the game.

Christopher Ivory rushed 15 times for 158 yards and added one reception for 17 yards.

Ivory has a nice match up against the Cleveland Browns Week 7 and is a great flex option.

It is unknown when Pierre Thomas will return and Ivory looks like best playmaking back the Saints have at the moment.

Marshawn Lynch, SEA

Two years ago Marshawn Lynch was a consensus first round fantasy pick.

He failed and last year was another miserable season.

Clearly with a chip on his shoulder and one of the more talented running backs in the league, Lynch has the chance to succeed once again with the Seattle Seahawks.

He has the perfect opportunity to continue starting for the Seahawks and produce very good stats.

In his first game with Seattle against a good Chicago Bears defense, he rushed 17 times for 44 yards and a touchdown. He added three receptions for nine yards.

I expect Lynch to exceed these stats starting Week 7 in a favorable match up at home against the Arizona Cardinals.

Lynch is a powerful running back with good receiving abilities and should excel in Pete Carroll’s offense.

Those who made the low-risk, high-reward late round pick of Marshawn Lynch will be greatly rewarded the rest of the season with a smirk on their faces that it panned out.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Thomas Jones, KC: 19 carries, 100 yards, TD, 1 reception, 10 yards

Justin Forsett, SEA: 10 carries, 67 yards, TD, 1 reception, 9 yards

Ryan Torain, WAS: 20 carries, 100 yards, 2 TD, 1 reception, 9 yards

Danny Woodhead, NE: 11 carries, 63 yards, 5 receptions, 52 yards

Brandon Jacobs, NYG: 9 carries, 35 yards, 2 TD

Last Week’s Rising RBs in Week 6:

Felix Jones, DAL: 14 carries, 32 yards, 10 receptions, 61 yards

Michael Bush, OAK: 20 carries, 47 yards, 2 receptions, 12 yards


Dwayne Bowe, KC

After a horrendous start to the season, Dwayne Bowe found the antidote he needed: The Houston Texans secondary.

Bowe lit up the Texans in their devastating loss to the tune of six receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

Bowe took big hits and still managed to hold on to the ball, something he was not able to do last week against the Colts.

Bowe is a big target and I believed he would finally break out this season after attending Larry Fitzgerald’s offseason training camp.

Bowe is certainly on the raise but is not a reliable fantasy option just yet despite needing to be in most team’s fantasy lineups.

Bowe has a nice match up against the Jacksonville Jaguars who gave up a touchdown to Kenny Britt is who of similar ilk to Bowe.

I expect the momentum to carry over.

Deion Branch, NE

No Randy Moss?

No problem?


Former Super Bowl MVP for the Patriots Deion Branch returned to New England Week 6 after a terrible stint with the Seattle Seahawks.

If you watched the game, you would never have known he left.

Branch and Tom Brady displayed excellent chemistry.

Branch caught nine passes for 98 yards and a touchdown against a good Baltimore Ravens defense.

If Sunday’s performance is any indication of things to come, Branch will be an excellent pick up for the Patriots and all of his fantasy owners.

Consider Branch a strong WR2 option going forward as he could potentially be a top 15 receiver any given week with Tom Brady throwing the ball.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Johnny Knox, CHI: 5 receptions, 120 yards

Jeremy Maclin, PHI: 7 receptions, 159 yards, 2 TD

Mike Williams, SEA: 10 receptions, 123 yards

Patrick Crayton, SD: 6 receptions, 117 yards

Danario Alexander, STL: 4 receptions, 72 yards, TD

Derrick Mason, BAL: 8 receptions, 100 yards

Last Week’s Rising WRs in Week 6:

Malcolm Floyd, SD: 2 receptions, 15 yards (left game due to hamstring injury)

Steve Johnson, BUF: BYE


Benjamin Watson, CLE

A young quarterback’s best friends are a pass catching running back and tight end they can check down to.

Colt McCoy proved this once again when he 12 of his 23 receptions went to Peyton Hillis and Benjamin Watson.

Watson tallied six receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown against the dominating Pittsburgh defense.

Watson has been a reliable fantasy tight end through the first six games as the Browns lack receiving threats. Watson is a big veteran target with arguably the most reliable hands on the team.

For the year, Watson has 29 receptions for 318 yards and two touchdowns.

McCoy should continue to find his way and Watson will be a more than serviceable bye week or injury fill in for fantasy owners starting as soon as Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints.

Last Week’s Rising TE in Week 6:

Brandon Pettigrew, DET: 7 receptions, 61 yards

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Tony Gonzalez, ATL: 3 receptions, 19 yards, 2 TD

Bo Scaife, TEN: 4 receptions, 53 yards, TD

Heath Miller, PIT: 2 receptions, 50 yards, TD

Todd Heap, BAL: 3 receptions, 49 yards, TD

Owen Daniels, HOU: 5 receptions, 79 yards



Jay Cutler, CHI

Cutler opened the season as one of the best fantasy quarterbacks in the league.

Everyone praised him and Mike Martz as the Bears started undefeated and Cutler was excelling.

Then the Mike Martz offense met the New York Giants defense.

Since then, Cutler has not been the same and everyone realizes the major flaw in a Mike Martz offense.

Cutler is going to drop back, drop back again, and then drop back some more. In the process, Jay Cutler is going to get bruised and battered repeatedly.

He suffered a concussion against the Giants and was forced to miss Week 5.

He returned Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks and was beat down again.
Defenses know the Bears are not going to run the ball and can blitz, blitz, and blitz some more against Cutler.

Cutler will unfortunately be prone to more injuries and interceptions as the season goes along, but that is the price one pays to have a quarterback that is going to throw the ball as much as Cutler will.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Philip Rivers, SD: 22 for 37 (59.5 completion percentage), 249 yards, TD, INT

Tom Brady, NE: 27 for 44 (61.4 completion percentage), 292 yards, TD, 2 INT

Donovan McNabb, WAS: 29 for 45 (64.4 completion percentage), 246 yards, TD, 2 INT

Mark Sanchez, NYJ: 17 for 30 (56.7 completion percentage), 198 yards, TD, 2 INT

Brett Favre, MIN: 14 for 19 (73.7 completion percentage), 118 yards, TD, Fumble

Vince Young, TEN: Questionable Week 7 (knee)

David Garrard, JAX: Questionable Week 7 (concussion)

Last Week’s Falling QB in Week 6:

Carson Palmer, CIN: BYE


Jahvid Best, DET

Since suffering from a toe injury, Best has failed to emulate the explosive, top fantasy option he was in the first two games of the season.

Similar to what happened to LaDainian Tomlinson last year, Best’s abilities are extremely hampered by such an injury.

Best is a fantastic receiving option and has great running vision. He relies on his quickness and agility to evade defenders and break free for long gains. The toe injury is severely limiting his potential because he is unable to make the necessary cuts when he has the ball. As what happened to Tomlinson, the failure to push off the foot when attempting to cut and juke has caused Best to be a decent flex play at best since the injury occurred.

The Lions coaching staff realizes this as Kevin Smith’s touches have increased since Best suffered the injury.

In the first two games of the season, Best rushed 31 times for 98 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught 14 passes for 170 yards and one touchdown.

In the four following games, he rushed 49 times for 159 yards and caught 17 passes for 115 yards. He also lost a fumble Week 4.

Decent stats and it is good that Best is still getting touches. Yet it is evident the injury has led to reduced stats.

In Week 6, Best caught six passes for 31 yards but rushed 12 times for just 16 yards.

The Lions have a bye so hopefully it will be enough time for Best to heal and treat his injury and return back closer to 100 percent.

Cadillac Williams, TB

A fantastic story over the past few seasons as Williams has returned from two devastating knee injuries in his career.

Still, the unquestioned starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his veteran presence and pass blocking skills, Williams has been unable to produce quality stats for his fantasy owners.

Although his blocking skills are useful, he is losing touches to other backs on the team and could soon lose even more touches to LeGarrette Blount, who was oddly enough a healthy inactive Week 6.

Williams has failed to separate himself from the pact statistically.

Against New Orleans, Williams rushed 10 times for 18 yards and lost a fumble. He did produce through the air though, catching seven balls for 63 yards. That is a plus, but his ineffective rushing could be a concern for the coaching staff sooner than later as he averages just 38 rushing yards per game.

Williams would be a nice flex play if he was producing receiving totals like that each week, but he had just eight receptions in the previous four games.

For now, it may be best to stay away from the Tampa Bay running game until one of the backs separates themselves with productive play.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Shonn Greene, NYJ: 9 carries, 43 yards

Knowshon Moreno, DEN: 12 carries, 48 yards, Fumble

Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX: 17 carries, 57 yards, 2 receptions, 8 yards

Michael Turner, ATL: 15 carries, 45 yards, 1 reception, 4 yards

Marion Barber, DAL: 10 carries, 31 yards, 3 receptions, 15 yards

Last Week’s Falling RBs in Week 6:

Jonathan Stewart, CAR: BYE

Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells, ARZ: BYE


Mike Sims-Walker, JAX

It seems every other week Sims-Walker is making my list.

Most receivers who make the falling list bounce back in the next game. It has rarely happened for Sims-Walker who I believe has hit rock bottom.

Garrard suffered a concussion Week 6 against Tennessee. Trent Edwards was unable to find Sims-Walker either.

Sims-Walker seems like he is just invisible on the field.

Potential breakout sleeper Mike Thomas caught six passes for 88 yards.

Sims-Walker caught just two passes for 16 yards. This was the second game this season Sims-Walker caught just two passes. He has also been shut out in two games. The other two games, Sims-Walker has 14 receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns.

Last week against Buffalo, o the Jaguars’ last drive of the third quarter, Sims-Walker gained all of his production for the game.

He caught four passes for 46 yards and a touchdown.

This is eerily similar to Mike Sims-Walker’s play all season. He’ll show up once, but disappear the rest of the time.

Consider Sims-Walker a weak WR3/Flex going forward.

Donald Driver, GB

Driver has been decent to open the season.

The 35 year old receiver has 28 receptions, 307 yards and three touchdowns in six games.

However, he has not been the same consistent player he was in the past. He is coming off knee injuries in the offseason and is currently dealing with a quadriceps injury.

Driver caught just three balls for 31 yards in Week 6, a week after the Packers lost Jermichael Finley for the season.

Driver is questionable Week 7 with the same quadriceps injury, which could lead way to third stringer James Jones.

Jones is a talented receiver and could thrive alongside Greg Jennings as he is a physical receiver, arguably the most physical wide receiver on the team.

Do not be surprised to see Jones take over Driver’s spot at some point this season be it due to productivity or injury.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

Louis Murphy, OAK: 1 rush, 43 yards, 1 reception, 4 yards

Santonio Holmes, NYJ: 1 carry, 14 yards, 4 receptions, 47 yards, Fumble

Hakeem Nicks, NYG: 3 receptions, 8 yards

Miles Austin, DAL: 2 receptions, 12 yards

Jerricho Cotchery, NYJ: 4 receptions, 18 yards

Danny Amendola, STL: 3 receptions, 19 yards

DeSean Jackson, PHI: Doubtful Week 7 (concussion)

Last Week’s Falling WRs in Week 6:

Chad Ochocinco, CIN: BYE

Greg Jennings, GB: 6 receptions, 133 yards, TD


Chris Cooley, WAS

Chris Cooley is questionable Week 7 after suffering a concussion against the Indianapolis Colts.

Cooley has been good this season for fantasy owners who decided to wait on a tight end in their drafts.

Cooley has shown a nice rapport with Donovan McNabb and caught five passes for 37 yards before being removed Week 6.

For the season, Cooley has caught 28 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns.

However, the league is very concerned with concussions and Cooley may be forced to sit. The extent of the concussion is not yet known although it does not appear to be too serious. Still, if Cooley is forced to miss time, Fred Davis has shown to be a productive tight end in the past.

Other Notable Performances and Notes:

John Carlson, SEA: 2 receptions, 21 yards

Tony Moeaki, KC: 2 receptions, 21 yards

Jeremy Shockey, NO: 2 receptions, 21 yards

Antonio Gates, SD: 2 receptions, 21 yards (questionable Week 7 with ankle/toe injury)

Tony Scheffler, DET: 2 receptions, 5 yards

Last Week’s Falling TE in Week 6:

Jermichael Finley, GB: Out for season (knee)

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