SPORTS YAPP: Week 6 Recap and Week 7 Fantasy Predictions

Week 6 Recap:

Most Impressive Performance: Ahmad Bradshaw had three rushing touchdowns and over 100 yards rushing against Buffalo. The goal line carries usually go to Brandon Jacobs, but since he was out on Sunday, Bradshaw was the beneficiary, and so was your fantasy team if you own him.

Pleasant surprise: It’s amazing that anyone kicks or punts to Devin Hester. When the ball is in his hands, he’s one of the most dangerous players on the field. On Sunday night he had two touchdowns, one receiving and one returning, to go along with 91 receiving yards. I doubt many fantasy owners started him, but if you did you were rewarded big time.

Disappointing surprise: Steve Smith (Panthers) only had 66 receiving yards and zero touchdowns on Sunday against the Falcons. He has had a monster season, and there is no need to panic, but it was a down week for him.

Walk the Plank: I must “walk the plank” for my poor predictions about Jermichael Finley. He was supposed to have a big game against the Rams, but the Packers tight end only had one catch for 20 yards. He has been very quiet this year while the rest of the Packers offense has been putting up huge numbers.

I was right: I dared you to bench Darren Sproles last week because the Saints were trying to get Mark Ingram more carries. I was right about that because Sproles only had one carry. However, in PPR leagues Sproles was pretty valuable with eight catches.

What’s Boiling Bryce: Santana Moss has not had much of a fantasy impact this season, and I was counting on him to be one of my key wide receivers. Rex Grossman hasn’t gotten the job done, especially last week, and now there is uncertainty on the chemistry between Moss and the new starting quarterback John Beck. I’ll hope for the best, but I’m frustrated with the recent lack of production.

Convinced he will improve: I see so much potential in Dez Bryant even though he only had 71 yards and zero touchdowns against the Patriots. He is so athletic and has shown glimpses of greatness. He needs to be more consistent to be an elite fantasy receiver each week, and I think he will.

Week 7 Predictions:

Best Matchup: The Saints are coming off of a loss and they are playing against the winless Colts. I expect really strong days all around for the many weapons on the Saints offense. I even think it’s worth starting New Orleans’ defense this week as well.

Sleeper of the Week: Demaryius Thomas has not been a very productive wide receiver for the Broncos since being drafted in the first round, but part of that has been due to injuries. With Brandon Lloyd getting traded and Tim Tebow taking over at quarterback, I like Thomas to be a sleeper.

Bandwagon Riding: Anquan Boldin had his first 100-yard receiving day of the season, and I believe we will see more production like that the rest of the year from him.

Bandwagon Jumping: Ryan Grant has only had one good game all year for the Packers and at this point he’s pretty much fantasy irrelevant. James Starks is the better Packers running back to own on fantasy teams.

Dare you to start: Carson Palmer is now with the Oakland Raiders, and since they decided to start him this week, I dare fantasy owners to do the same. The Raiders offense has been playing well, and I know it will take Palmer some time to get acclimated with his new team, but I think it would be fun to take the risk this week because I’m expecting good things the rest of the season from Palmer and the Raiders.

Dare you to bench: Jermichael Finley continues to struggle like I mentioned earlier, and I don’t think it’s out of the question to bench him this week. The Packers will probably get an early lead on the Vikings and then just hang on the rest of the way. I hate to say it, but Finley MIGHT have another bad fantasy day.

Player I’m counting on this week for my own team: Beanie Wells needs to keep up what he’s been doing all year long (when healthy) because he’s been a huge bonus on my fantasy team. Wells and the Cardinals are coming off a bye, and I hope their offense is clicking on all cylinders for a big fantasy day.

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