Fantasy Football News: 2013 NFL Week 7 Matchup Previews and Analysis
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 7 Matchups to Watch
October 19, 2013
Week 7 Matchups to Watch
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts - How many story lines can surround one game? Well, that is a tough question to answer, but I bet this matchup will be close to the record. Peyton going back to his old stomping grounds to take on his successor after the Colts' owner made some misguided comments. Those headlines sell papers (if papers are still being printed), but they do not have a big impact on the Fantasy Football World. This one will be an awesome quarterback battle, but there are two other keys players that fantasy owners will be watching to see how they impact the game, Von Miller and Trent Richardson.
The Broncos defense has been a solid fantasy start so far this year, but fantasy owners hope the Broncos can become an elite fantasy defense now that Von Miller is back in the mix. Miller is one of the best pass rushers in the league, and putting pressure on the opposing QB means more sacks and turnovers. If Miller can play like he did last year, then the Broncos defense is about to see a rise in their fantasy value.
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Trent Richardson has been a big fantasy disappointment so far this season. Now Richardson will be in the spotlight on Sunday night in a game the whole NFL World will be watching. The Colts are going to need Richardson to step up in order to keep pace with Peyton and the Broncos offense. Richardson was able to shine under the bright lights in Alabama, but he has not had the same impact on the NFL stage. Fantasy owners are desperately hoping Richardson can rise to the challenge Sunday night and produce like a top fantasy running back.
Will the return of Von Miller make the Broncos Defense an elite fantasy unit?
Can Richardson play like a big time running back on a big time NFL stage?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons - Matt Ryan has been in the NFL since 2008, and this Sunday will be the first time in his career that Roddy White will not be on the field to catch his passes. White has been Ryan's security blanket throughout Ryan's whole career, so it will be interesting to see how Ryan plays without White for the first time. Ryan will be missing a lot more players than just White as Julio Jones and Steven Jackson will also be absent from the field. Matt Ryan was drafted as a top 10 fantasy quarterback, but it will be hard for him to keep that value with no many injuries to the players around him. The Falcons hopes for the season are now entirely on Matt Ryan's shoulders, and fantasy owners and Falcon fans will be watching to see if he carry such a big burden.
One person that Matt Ryan is going to be counting on in this game is Harry Douglas. Douglas is going to have to step up and fill the void left by the injured Jones and White. Many fantasy owners have taken an interest in Douglas and they will be watching to see if he can play like a big time receiver.
On the Tampa Bay side of things, fantasy owners will be watching to see if Mike Glennon can continue to get Vincent Jackson the ball, and if Doug Martin can finally have a break game. Jackson and Glennon had it going last week against a bad Eagles defense as Jackson had 9 catches for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns. Fantasy owners are hoping Jackson and Glennon will continue that success in Atlanta.
Doug Martin has only rushed for over 100 yards once this year, and the Falcons run defense has been pretty good as they are only allowing 98 rushing yards a game. On paper it does not look like this will be the game where Martin breaks out in a big way, but the game is not played on paper, its played on the football field.
How will Matt Ryan play without his top targets in the passing game?
Can Harry Douglas step up and play like a #1 wide receiver?
Will Doug Martin finally have a breakout game?
Will Mike Glennon and Vincent Jackson continue to develop a strong rapport?
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