Fantasy Football News: 2013 NFL Week 7 Observations Notes and Review
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: What We Learned from Week 7
October 22, 2013
What We Learned from Week 7
No NFL team is unstoppable. Four weeks into the season, it appeared there might just be two unstoppable teams in the NFL, Denver and Seattle. During week 5, the Colts taught the rest of the NFL how to beat Seattle, and they decided to deliver a similar lesson in week 7. After six weeks of offensive domination, the Denver Broncos finally lost a shootout, and it must have simply been a coincidence that that loss happened in Peyton's old home stadium. Well, it's hard to believe it was simply a coincidence because Peyton threw a lot of high passes and looked out-of-sorts the entire game, yet Manning still threw for 386 yards and 3 scores. The Broncos bigger concern has to be their defense that does not seem capable of stopping anybody. The Colts proved the Broncos are beatable and now the rest of the NFL will not be as scared of Peyton's mighty offensive machine.
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Welcome back Shanahanigans. Alfred Morris was very popular coming into the 2013 season after he had a breakout rookie year in 2012. Morris was so good that he dominated the carries for the Redskins last year, and he gave no indication to the Fantasy Football World that 2013 would be any different. The problem then lays in the fact that Morris is not in charge of deciding how many times he touches the ball and who gets the goal line carries in Washington. Mike Shanahan makes those decisions and he must've gotten bored with using a consistent approach to his backfield.
Morris dominated the carries in the Redskins first three games, but the carries have shifted toward Helu over the last three games. Helu has 30 carries to Morris's 52 over the last three weeks as compared to Morris's 40 carries to Helu's 1 over the first three weeks. To make the situation more muddled, over the last three games Helu has scored four touchdowns and Morris has scored just one. Maybe Shanahan was taking advantage of the Bears defense on Sunday, when Helu rushed for three scores, because Chicago kept assuming the Redskins would throw with Helu in the game since Morris does not catch many passes, but whatever way it's spun, Shanahanigans are back to give fantasy footballers more headaches.
Fantasy roster depth is crucial this year because the injury bug has shown no mercy. It seems that every week big time fantasy stars are being attacked and destroyed by the sinister injury bug. Week 7 may have been the worst week yet. Jermichael Finley suffered a hit that forced him into intensive care for several days. Sam Bradford, Reggie Wayne, and Brian Cushing are done for the yea. Doug Martin is most likely done for the year. And the Bears lost Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs for at least a month. With such big time names being taken out each week, building depth on your fantasy roster has never been so important. Make sure to invest in your top RB's handcuff is possible, and acquiring a solid #2 QB is a good idea as well. Stock pile talent as much as possible as because you never know when the injury bug will decide to attack your team.
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