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Fantasy Flash Week 7: Pickups, starts and sits



Nick Foles – If you didn’t pick up Foles last week, then you are probably too late unless you have a top 3 waiver spot. Foles was great last week for the 2nd straight week and maybe stealing the job from Michael Vick permanently.

Brandon Weeden – If you need a QB and don’t have a top 3 pick to get Foles then Weeden is probably your best target. He has 2 great targets in Cameron Jordan and Josh Morgan. He’s perfect for a 1 week pickup because of his plus matchup this week.


Joseph Randle – He will be the #1 pickup in most leagues this week because it looks like Murray could miss 2-4 weeks and the Cowboys have a GREAT schedule upcoming against more than a couple bad rush defenses. Good luck getting him.

Brandon Jacobs – And here is the fallback pickup for the other 9-10 people in the leagues that don’t have the #1 waivers spot to get Randle. Jacobs faces a weak Minnesota defense and will be the starter at least through to the Giants week 9 bye, when both David Wilson and Andre Brown will be about to return.


Keenan Allen – He’s another guy that if you didn’t get him last week and you don’t have a top 3 waiver pick, you probably won’t get him. The Chargers have the #5 passing offense in the league and he’s the #1 option. He has a good schedule for the rest of the year. He’ll be on some fantasy championship teams.

Percy Harvin – If you are a team that has a game or 2 lead and has an open spot, Harvin’s return is nearing. He has top 10, if not top 5 WR talent and he appears to be ahead of schedule of the original week 12 due date. Harvin has already tweeted to start looking for him any time after week 7.

Harry Douglas – He’s not a great option, but in PPR he will be forced fed due to the injuries to Julio Jones and Roddy White. Most teams will take away Tony Gonzalez, which will leave him as Ryan’s best option.

Jarrett Boykin – If James Jones is out, he will be a starting WR for Aaron Rodgers, which alone is reason to pick him up. Even if Jones is back, the Packers normal offense is 3 wides and he will get a piece of the action until Cobb possibly comes back in week 15.

Jordan Reed – Here’s another athletic, new aged, TE. Reed flashed his athleticism last week against the Cowboys. He has seemed to pass Fred Davis on the depth chart. He’s a rising TE option in the mold of a faster Julius Thomas.


Carolina – Not only has Carolina been a solid defense against pretty much anyone this year, but now they get the Rams. Don’t be scared off by the 38 pts put up by St Louis last week, which happens when you have 4 turnovers and 2 of them are run back for TDs.

San Diego – The Chargers get the weekly, “Start them against Jacksonville” spot. The Jags held their own against the Broncos last week, but I would toss that game out because that was their chance to shock the world. They are MUCH better with Henne as the starter, but he’ll still toss a couple turnovers.


Starts: (outside of top 10 players of that position):


Nick Foles – Yes, not only do I say pickup Foles, but I say stick him right into your starting lineup. The only guys I put ahead of him this week are Peyton, Rodgers, Romo, and Rivers. Everyone else falls behind Foles for me this week.

Eli Manning – Everyone has to be down on him, but the offensive line is getting better each week. Jacobs is a better fit for the power running scheme than Wilson was. And the 3 INTs last week were bad, but not all his fault. Randle ran the wrong route twice and Myers should have caught the 3rd. Buy low on him.


DeAngelo Williams – The Rams have a horrible rush defense. I honestly don’t know how they won that game last week, even with the turnovers, they gave up 153 rushing. DeAngelo should go over 100 and may finally get a touchdown.

Ryan Mathews – The talented Mathews finally had the type of game that was expected out of him when he was drafted. He will face a Jacksonville team that is the 5th worst against RBs, mostly due to them being down all the time. You should take advantage of 1 of the few definite starts for Mathews.


Justin Blackmon – This is a tempered start. As in, start him this week, but then sell high on him. He’s on a team that doesn’t score that much and he’s faced an easy schedule that gets unbelievably hard after this week. Don’t fall in love with his talent and get someone like Ashlon Jeffery or Pierre Garcon for him.

Hakeem Nicks – He’s actually averaging over 70 yards a game, but something is missing……oh that’s right, the touchdowns. Giants have 1 of the easiest 2nd half schedules in the league against WRs, only facing 1 team in the top 10, Seattle all the way in week 15.


Kyle Rudolph – He finally woke up last week, albeit in garbage time, but hey, those points count too. He faces the Giants who give up the 7th most points to TEs and he makes for a good bye week fill in for all of those Jimmy Graham owners.




Colin Kaepernick – The Titans have the #4 defense against QBs. The 49ers should win this game, but it will be a close game that is decided with a Titan turnover from Fitzpatrick, not from Kaepernick going off with an offensive explosion.

Andy Dalton – I’ve always looked at him as a slightly above average QB that plays much better at home than he does on the road. Not only is he on the road this week, but he’s facing a top 10 defense against QBs in Detroit.


Knowshon Moreno – Don’t expect a repeat of last week. Jacksonville is just so soft on defense, it allowed for a semi easy game where the Broncos weren’t forced to be pinpoint with their passing game, so they just decided to run and use check downs.

Maurice Jones-Drew – As shown on Monday Night, San Diego is good against RBs. The Chargers give up the 3rd fewest points to RB and since I expect San Diego to be up, the Jaguars will probably be passing most of the game anyway.


Andre Johnson – I’m a big fan of Andre, but I’m finally starting to get worried about him and all of his little injuries adding up. He doesn’t look near as explosive and the team doesn’t throw to him as much. Also with Owen Daniels out, he has all the defensive attention.

Larry Fitzgerald – Here’s another aging WR with nagging injuries. Fitz said he will be playing Thursday, which is good news, but the bad news is he’s playing the Seahawks, probably the best overall defense in the league and specifically, the 6th best against WRs.


Greg Olsen – The one thing that St Louis does do well is stopping TEs. Their young LB group is athletic and can cover well. I look for the Panthers to get Steve Smith more involved this game and as I said before, this could be a big game for DeAngelo Williams.


That is your Fantasy Football Flash Week 7 info.

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