Week 7 Recap: Tre Day
October 19, 2014 | Jeff
Week 7 is nearly complete, with just the Steelers and Texans left to square off on Monday Night Football. Sunday’s fantasy football action left us with plenty to discuss, with backfields changing hands and injuries continuing to mount. Let’s jump right in and check out the highlights and lowlights from Week 7, led by a new workhorse in St. Louis…
Tre Mason: The St. Louis backfield now belongs to Mr. Mason after the rookie turned in a terrific encore to his Week 6 NFL debut by running for 85 yards and a score on 18 carries. Fellow back Benny Cunningham was given just two carries and Zac Stacy was active but didn’t receive a single touch. Cunningham did handle the Rams passing game work but make no mistake, Tre Mason is now the lead back here. This could be one of the waiver additions that shapes fake football leagues everywhere, so go get your mitts on him.
Russell Wilson: The Seahawks passing game was just fine without Percy Harvin on Sunday, as Russell Wilson chucked the rock for 313 yards and two scores. The biggest fantasy contribution of the day came from Wilson’s legs however, as he rumbled his way to 106 yards and another touchdown on the ground. Wilson’s rushing skills have always been the foundation of his fantasy worth, so don’t sweat the loss of Harvin. Wilson will still throw enough and run enough to produce QB1 numbers weekly.
Justin Forsett: And now for our weekly Baltimore backfield update. It was Justin Forsett leading the way this week, handling 23 carries (for 95 yards) compared to just eight carries for Bernard Pierce and four carries for Lorenzo Taliaferro. No Ravens back caught a pass on Sunday, but Forsett is the clear leader here and is a weekly start right now. Pierce is probably still worth a bench spot if you have space and Taliaferro can hit the road in redraft leagues.
Denard Robinson: It was Denard Robinson carving up the Cleveland Browns defense on Sunday, as he took 22 carries and turned them into 127 yards and a score. Fellow Jags back Storm Johnson wasn’t a big factor as he received just six carries, and this backfield now appears to belong to “Shoelace.” The Jacksonville rushing game won’t always be this productive but lead backs are worth owning so grab him if he’s available.
Andrew Luck: Andy had yet another monster game on Sunday, throwing for 344 yards and two touchdowns. Luck now has thrown for 300+ yards in six of seven games in 2014 and is moving his way into the upper tippy-top tier of fantasy quarterbacks. Luck has developed quite the connection with T.Y. Hilton, who also had another big game with seven grabs for 107 yards, and the duo is pumping out fantasy points by the boat load. Grab a bucket and enjoy.
C.J. Spiller: The Bills moved to 4-3 on Sunday but their running backs sustained serious damage with both Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller going down. Spiller (collar bone) is now done for the season, but it appears that Jackson (groin) will just miss a couple weeks. It will most likely be the Bryce Brown show moving forward, so get those waiver claims ready. Tough day for the Bills and fake footballers alike, but those be the breaks, as they say.
Golden Tate: With Megatron sitting out, it was Tate carrying the load for the Detroit Lions. Tate stacked up 154 yards and a score on 10 catches and has been quite the fantasy asset lately. Stafford has now connected with Tate at least five times in every game this season, and Tate is averaging eight catches and 111 yards per game over the last three contests. He is a rock solid WR2 with WR1 upside as long as Calvin Johnson remains out.
Jimmy Graham: Jimbo pulled the ultimate killer move on fantasy owners on Sunday as he was “active” but played the decoy role while only seeing two targets. Jimmy didn’t record a catch and sunk teams that gambled by playing the stud tight end. I would like to see some practice contributions from Big Jimbo this week before being comfortable playing him in Week 8. Stay tuned.
Eddie Lacy: Updating our workload situation in Green Bay, it was Lacy who received 12 carries to James Starks’ seven. Both backs found the end zone and averaged roughly five yards per carry in this game, as the backfield is tilting closer and closer to a full split by the week. Lacy is nearly entirely touchdown dependent moving forward so be sure Starks is owned everywhere.
DeMarco Murray: Seven weeks are complete and DeMarco Murray now has seven consecutive weeks with 100+ rushing yards. Murray handled his usual workload once again (28 carries) and has now received 57 carries since the Dallas coaching staff said they wanted to slow down Murray’s pace prior to Week 6. Situations like this are rare, so don’t think about selling high and just ride this ridiculous streak as long as possible. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for Murray’s health and for Washington, who is up next on Murray’s chopping block.
Demaryius Thomas: With Peyton Manning busy breaking NFL records, it was Thomas on the other end of most of Manning’s Week 7 throws. Thomas ended up with eight catches for 171 yards and two scores on the night, and is averaging an obscene 174 yard per game over Denver’s last four games. Yes, you read that correctly. Those are Josh Gordon numbers!