NFL Fantasy Football 2012: Week 7 In Review.
Fantasy Football Week 7.
So we're at the week 7 mark of the NFL season. Is it just me, or does it feel like this NFL season is going by fast? Seems like the playoffs will be upon us before we know it. After getting wins in all three of my leagues in week number 6, the expectations for positive results were high in week 7. One of the potential detriments of playing in multiple leagues in fantasy football is that when a player helps you in one league, they can also hurt you in another. That's exactly what happened to me during week 7 of fantasy football. Read on to find out the results in the three leagues I'm participating in, and which running back both helped and hurt me. This is my week 7 review of fantasy football.
Chris Johnson ran all over the Buffalo Bills defense, and most likely ran his owners into a week 6 victory.
ESPN: The Screwshop 2012 Week 7 Review.
After getting a much needed win in week number 6 against the guy ranked number one overall, I was feeling confident about my chances of making a run towards the fantasy football playoffs. I was officially tied with two other teams for the sixth and final playoff spot, which meant that a win in week 7 couldn't hurt in helping to separate myself from the other contenders. Despite all of the high hopes and expectations for week 7, nothing seemed to go right. I knew that I was in for a tough match-up from the start, but getting blown out the fashion that I did was somewhat heartbreaking. The final scored was 130-82. Several factors contributed to the blowout defeat that I suffered.
First off, my opponent had Tennesse Titan's running back Chris Johnson on his roster. As many Chris Johnson owners and fantasy football players in general are aware of, Chris Johnson has greatly underachieved his first round draft pick expectations. Johnson broke out with an amazing statistical game against the Buffalo Bills in week 7. Johnson carried the ball 18 times for 195 rushing yards, and two rushing touchdowns. Johnson's stats on the field equated to 33 fantasy points for my opponent. Besides Johnson having a great game, several of my opponent's players had double digit fantasy numbers. Those players included: Doug Martin, Tony Romo, Jordy Nelson, Percy Harvin, and the Vikings D/ST.
My team didn't do particular bad numbers wise, I was just out-matched in week 7. New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady led my team with 22 fantasy points. The Chicago Bears D/ST finished with 15 points, and Dallas Cowboy's wide receiver Miles Austin finished third with 13 points. St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson got his first touchdown of the season, and scored 11 fantasy points. Besides the players I mentioned, no one else on my team done anything really worthy of mentioning. The loss itself was a disappointing one, that probably killed any hopes of making the playoffs. At this point, all I can do is play out the rest of the regular season and see what happens.
Owners of Buccaneers receiver, Vincent Jackson, were pleased with his performance against the New Orleans Saints.
NFL.com: The Turf 13 Week 7 Review.
Before the Sunday games for week 7 approached, I received a trade offer from another player participating in this league. He wanted Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller from me, and in exchange for Spiller, I would receive Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte. Being that Spiller's value has dropped quite a bit since Fred Jackson has returned from injury, I jumped all over this trade and accepted it. This made the second trade that I made for the season in this league. Coming into week number 7, I was on a four game winning streak, and had moved into third place in the standings. I was fairly confident with my chances of winning. The only thing that bothered me a bit was a couple of key players being out on bye weeks, and the absence of New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham being out due to injury.
Being that my back-up tight end Jacob Tamme was out on a bye week, I had to hurry and get someone to start in Graham's place. I decided to roll with Graham's real life back-up in New Orleans David Thomas. Picking up Thomas chose to be a wise move, as Thomas was able to catch a touchdown pass. Although Thomas's numbers weren't big, they were good enough for a fill in spot. I got big numbers from several key players, and that's what helped give me a 147.50-67.50 victory over my opponent. Out of all the big numbers my players put up, the biggest surprise was Tampa Bay receiver, Vincent Jackson. Jackson racked up 216 receiving yards and a touchdown, making him one of the top fantasy receivers from week 7. Jackson almost had a second touchdown that would have resulted in a potential game winner, but he was unable to keep his feet in bounds at the back of the end zone. Jackson's impressive performance resulted in 30.50 fantasy points. Jackson's real life teammate, Doug Martin was impressive as well. The running back scored 18.50 fantasy points in his team's close loss to the Saints. Green Bay's Aaron Rodger continued to be consistent with 31 fantasy points, and the Chicago Bears defense continued it's domination with 21 points.
Although my regulars performed well, my last minute pick-up Jeremey Kerley of the New York Jets, was a great fill in. Chief's wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was on a bye, and I picked up Kerley to fill in for Bowe. Kerley's 15.50 fantasy points were a great asset for a fill in role. It's always great when lesser known players can provide decent numbers when key fantasy players are on bye weeks. With my win in week 7, my win streak is now five straight games, and I've now moved into second place overall. I'm definitely feeling good about my chances of not only making the playoffs, but possibly winning the entire league. We'll see what happens next.
Chris Johnson helped me to victory in this particular league, but he was my demise in another one.
Yahoo: Da League Week 7 Review.
When it comes to fantasy football, we're all aware that things can change like the wind. You can easily be up one minute, and find yourself back in the hunt the next. That way of thinking is a prime example of what it's been like for me in "Da League". After coming off of a narrow win over one of the top opponents in week number 6, I started to believe that things may be shifting in the right direction for me. However, like in the various other leagues I'm playing in, byes and injuries played a key factor in how things would turn out in week 7.
Jimmy Graham, who is also my tight end in another league I'm particpating in, was out with an injury. Unlike the move I made in "The Turf 13" league of picking up David Thomas, I decided to roll with my backup tight end, Fred Davis from the Washington Redskins. Production from Davis was next to none from a fantasy standpoint, but the biggest blow was the injury that Davis sufffered in the Redskins game against the Giants. Davis suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon injury, which effectively ended his season. Although I'm far from a Redskins fan, I wish him a speedy recovery. My number one wide receiver Julio Jones was out on a bye week, so I plugged in Steeler's wide receiver Mike Wallace for Jones. Wallace finished with 5 fantasy points.
The bulk of the production that I got game from my running backs. Both Fred Jackson and Chris Johnson put up great stats, with the latter having a monster game as previously mentioned in this article. Johnson scored 43 fantasy points for me in this league, and helped greatly in giving me a 149-119 win this week. Other top performers for me were Robert Griffin III(22 points), and Minnesota's D/ST(37 points). The win gave my my second straight win, and pushed me from 7th place to 5th place in the standings. With six out of the eight teams in this league going to the playoffs, the chances of making it in are enhanced if I continue to win. Definitely feeling excited to finally be on a win streak.
So that concludes my review of fantasy football for week 7. I got wins in 2 out of the three leagues I'm participating in. I'm thankful for the two wins, but the crushing loss in "The Screwshop 2012" has probably ended any playoff hopes. As of now, here is how my standings look.
- ESPN: The Screwshop 2012: 2-5 (10th place out of 10 teams).
- NFL.com: The Turf 13: 5-2 (2nd place out of 12 teams).
- Yahoo: Da League: 3-4 (5th place out of 8 teams).
Week number 8 of the NFL season starts tonight with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers facing the Minnesota Vikings. Made sure you have your lineups set if you have any players playing tonight. I know that I have a few myself. Well that's all for this week folks. Good luck to everyone this weekend, and enjoy the games.