Fantasy Football 10 Up, 10 Down - Week 7, 2010

October 22, 2010

It's Week 7 of the fantasy football season. You know the drill by now. 10 guys due for a big week and 10 others that will have you screaming at the television.

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10 Up


Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

The Bills give up the fifth most points to opposing quarterbacks and Flacco is playing the best football of his young career. Smokin’ Joe should be good for a pair of touchdowns and as many yards as he wants to rack up before his arm gets sore.

Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks

With some of the top quarterbacks resting on a bye week, Hasselbeck emerges as a potential one-game wonder. The Seahawks are hosting the Arizona Cardinals dismal pass defense which should be on the field a lot this week.

Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

Lynch rushed the ball 17 times last Sunday against a tough Bears defense. If he sees that many touches against the Cardinals’ 29th-ranked run defense he should have a very nice day at the park.

Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

Forte is most valuable in point-per-reception leagues where he can rack up massive numbers with repeated screen pass catches. For his owners – who watched him struggle last week – there should be some redemption Sunday. The Washington Redskins surrender more receptions to running backs than any team in the league, so expect a big day from Forte.

Michael Bush, Oakland Raiders

Even with Darren McFadden creeping back into the lineup, Bush is a great option here. Nobody gives up more rushing touchdowns than the Broncos and chances are the Raiders won’t throw their injured back (McFadden) into goal line situations.

Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos

Moreno is reportedly in the starting lineup this week and ready to do some damage against the Raiders’ mediocre rush defense.

Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers

Now that Ben Roethlisberger is back from his league-mandated soul searching, Wallace’s value will shoot up the charts for the rest of the season. He’s a big play guy who led the league in yards-per-reception last year, which means he could break some big plays against a Dolphins secondary that routinely surrenders deep passes.

Johnny Knox, Chicago Bears

Knox is averaging over 80 yards-per-game at home and should have no problem continuing this trend against the Redskins’ 31st-ranked pass defense.

Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots

As Tom Brady searches for ways to move the ball down the field, he may find the productivity he’s looking for in Aaron Hernandez. The rookie tight end is one of the most talented in the league and should show you why against a Chargers defense that struggles to keep tight ends out of the end zone.

Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh Freeman has thrown to Winslow 19 times in the past two weeks. He clearly wants to involve Winslow in the offense and this week should be no exception.

10 Down


Donovan McNabb, Washington Redskins

The Bears have allowed the third least passing touchdowns this season. Expect McNabb to struggle to put the ball in the end zone in this tough fantasy match-up.

Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals

It’s difficult to say that a guy who hasn’t broken 10 fantasy points all year is due for a “down week,” but with many analysts calling this his chance for a breakout performance, his difficult matchup needs to be noted. The Seahawks haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher all season… and that’s while playing teams with some semblance of a passing game.

Justin Forsett, Seattle Seahawks

This seems like the week that Marshawn Lynch becomes the feature back in Seattle. Expect Forsett’s value to start freefalling this week.

Ronnie Brown, Miami Dolphins

Brown is facing the Steelers’ daunting defense and should struggle mightily to register a worthwhile fantasy performance.

Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Kansas City Chiefs have not allowed a touchdown to an opposing tight end this year. Plus, with David Garrard out of the line-up, expect more running from the Jaguars.

Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts

He’s out for the season, so it seems like a good time drop him or explore trade options with people who don’t read the injury reports.

Brandon Marshall, Miami Dolphins

Marshall has had double-digit fantasy points in every start this year. This trend, however, may change against a blitz heavy Steelers team that should make things difficult on their home field.

Deion Branch, New England Patriots

The novelty of the retro signing has officially worn off and should become a distant memory once the Chargers’ talented cornerbacks keep him in check. San Diego struggles against bigger tight ends, but does a nice job with aging receivers.

Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans

Britt has found the end zone a lot in his past few starts but may struggle to keep up his hot streak against the Eagles’ top 10 pass defense. With a tendency for low yardage output, he seems like a risky play this week.

Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers

Jennings may have had a monster performance last Sunday, but don’t anticipate this trend to continue in Week 7. The Vikings rank in the top 10 in fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers and have one of the best pass defenses in the league.