Fantasy Football Campbell's Best Bets: NFL week seven
Published: Friday, October 18, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013 12:10
Usually after a team has played six football games is the best time to examine how a team will play the rest of the year. By now teams should have fixed all of the kinks they have and begin to play well. The Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs are the only two undefeated teams left, while the New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are the only three teams to not win a game yet. Each team can make some improvements, but the majority of the teams are already set, and all that is left is to watch them play. With some key matchups this week, fantasy football lineups should be picked with care.
Bye Weeks: Oakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints
Best Bet: Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers vs. St. Louis Rams
If Cam Newton can repeat the performance he had last week (242 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs), he could take the Rams defense by storm. He seems to have found his stride as of late, and the only way to really take a QB out of rhythm is to pick him off. The Rams could not do that against Matt Schuab last week while he was on that interception streak.
Get ‘Em While You Can: Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles
A good problem for an NFL coach to have is having two starter-quality quarterbacks on his roster. Eagles coach Chip Kelly has that with Michael Vick ad Nick Foles. A big decision on who starts and who sits is health. Right now Vick is not healthy, so Foles gets the starting nod for this week. It just makes sense to grab him.
Worst Bet: Carson Palmer of the Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks
Take an already inconsistent season with the Cardinals (7 TDs, 11 INTs), add that with the league’s second best defense (through six games), and it equals a recipe for disaster for Carson Palmer. He could throw three interceptions without recording a touchdown, or he could throw one touchdown and no interceptions. Either is possible, and that is scary for fantasy owners.
Best Bet: Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears vs. Washington Redskins
Matt Forte is by all means a dual-threat running back. He has accounted 442 rushing yards as well as 244 receiving yards and three total touchdowns. This week he goes against a Redskins defense that has allowed 617 rushing yards, over 100 a game. Forte will go off; there is no reason why he shouldn’t.
Cautious Bet: Eddie Lacy of the Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland Browns
These past two games Eddie Lacy has accumulated for 219 rush yards. The three games before he has accumulated only 51 yards. There’s no reason why he should not have a good game with this most recent streak, except that he is playing the Browns this week. They have always had a good defense, but Lacy should prevail. Expect a 70 yard game.
Worst Bet: Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego Chargers
Jones-Drew has had a disappointing season so far. With only 279 rush yards and 2 touchdowns in six games, he is as much of a reason for their 0-6 season. Even though the Chargers do not have a great run defense, Jones-Drew is still not going to have a great performance.
Best Bet: Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Dez is enjoying his first quarter of the season as the Cowboys number one receiver. With 459 yards and 5 touchdowns, he has a nose for the ball and for the endzone. He will have a big game against an Eagles defense that requires the offense to score a lot of points. Interestingly, in games where Dez has been huge, the Cowboys have lost.
Cautious Bet: Justin Blackmon of the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego Chargers
In his first two games, Blackmon has accumulated over 300 yards passing and a touchdown. There is no question of his talent. However, his health and character have been questioned frequently.
Worst Bet: Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans
The Chiefs are 6-0 because of a fantastic and strong defense and a power running game led by Jamaal Charles. As a result, Bowe has been inconsistent at best. He is going against a top defense in Houston as well. There is no real way for Bowe to have a great game.