As if the week 7 bye week epidemic wasn’t quite enough for fantasy owners, a pair of running backs went down early in their games on Sunday, leading to low point totals and high blood pressure in the world of fake football. Below are some notable performances from Sunday, starting with an injury that could potentially derail fantasy seasons…
Maurice Jones-Drew: MJD left Sunday’s game against Oakland with a foot injury and did not return. Official news about the extent of the injury have yet to be released, but MJD owners better line up for Rashad Jennings like it’s black Friday and they need a new toaster oven.
Chris Johnson: CJ smashed on the Bills with 195 yards and 2 touchdowns on Sunday, and actually has a decent stretch of games to his credit over the last month. Johnson is still capable of disappearing at times (week 5), but has Indy next week and should follow up this explosion with another solid outing.
Drew Brees: 377 yards and a 4 pack of touchdown passes for Brees this week, who cracked 300 yards passing in the 1st half alone. The Saints are not a good football team, but their quarterback is incredible. Brees is averaging a cool 349 yards per game this year and has already chucked 18 touchdown passes.
Vincent Jackson: VJax set season highs for catches (7) and yards (216) in week 7, and added a touchdown. Jackson should have had another score, but he decided to jog out a long run down the sideline like he was playing against himself in fantasy this week. Thanks, Vince!
Trent Richardson: Although Browns coach Pat Shurmer insisted Richardson did not suffer any setbacks in Sunday’s game, there is significant reason for worry if you own the Cleveland rookie. Richardson sat out the 2nd half against Indianapolis and was ineffective while on the field. Pay close attention to the injury news out of Cleveland this week, but a one or two week absence seems possible here.
Randall Cobb: The Pack’s most dangerous weapon had another great outing on Sunday, grabbing 8 passes for 89 yards and 2 scores. This now makes 3 of the last 4 weeks with at least 7 catches for Cobb, who is developing into a big time fantasy asset.
Dez Bryant: After consecutive big weeks, Dez crushed his owners on Sunday by collecting only 2 passes for 14 yards, and even chipped in with an all too familiar end zone drop. Bryant’s ascent into the upper tier of receivers just may never happen at this pace.
Joe Flacco: After a hot start to the season, Joe Flacco officially bottomed out on Sunday. In fact, Flacco’s fantasy value was seen living under an overpass in the Houston area on Sunday night. 147 yards and 2 interceptions on 21-43 passing for the Raven quarterback on Sunday headlined Houston’s beat down of Baltimore. Flacco should bounce back next week at Cleveland but he’s merely a bye week filler.
Owen Daniels: Daniels had a solid game on Sunday, with 7 catches for 59 yards and a score, and is quietly putting together a nice season. He won’t go Jimmy Graham on us and rack up 130 yards next week, but he is definitely a reliable TE1 at this point.
Fred Davis: Washington’s tight end left Sunday’s game and word on the street (that’s where we talk about injuries) is that Davis has torn his Achilles tendon. Stop, drop, and replace.