Did week seven suck or what?? Did anyone in your starting lineup NOT get hurt? We all know the feeling of beating an opponent who has a player post a zero thanks to an injury and we LOVE it. We’re fantasy mercenaries and its collateral damage- “Sorry brosef!” Conversely, we know what it’s like to be on the other side of the coin, when that one goose egg probably screwed you out of a coveted “W”. And all you can do is grind your teeth and seethe.
In probably the lamest fantasy game ever played, I started Marshawn Lynch, Tim Hightower and Darren McFadden against a dude who started Earnest Graham and Beanie Wells. The combined point total of those five players was 13. But the saddest part is the implications week seven will have on the rest of the season.
Thanks to being in the middle of a particularly ruthless stretch of bye weeks, this week could suck just as bad for a lot of fantasy owners. Who is this Alfonso Smith dude? I don’t know either but I’m starting him this week. Who is Kregg Lumpkin? Beats me but he deserves consideration next week.
As I mentioned earlier in the week in this article, everything suggests that the Cowboys should pummel the Rams this Sunday in Dallas, especially now that Sam Bradford has been confirmed as “out” for the game. For a Rams offense that hasn’t been good to begin with, the Cowboys should be able to get a head early and dominate the league’s worst run defense for the remainder of the game.
While DeMarco Murray is considered to be the de facto RB to benefit from both the Rams inability to stop the run, and Felix Jones not playing due to injury, Tashard Choice could also stand in line to benefit. Choice has been limited this year with only 26 carries through five games, but has shown in the past he can produce in these types of situations.
In 2008 in three starts due to injury he averaged 78 yards rushing, 37 receiving on four receptions per game while scoring two TDs. Sandwiched between his first two starts, Choice had 143 total yards and two TDs on 13 touches in a week 14 game vs. the Giants.
Though he hasn’t started a game since that stretch, the Cowboys have kept Choice around because though he isn’t an every down back, he can contribute in certain spots. Sunday versus St. Louis could be one of those spots.
Looking for a fantasy defense? Look no further than the Dallas Cowboys who host the anemic St. Louis Rams offense this Sunday. Starting QB Sam Bradford has been unable to practice all week, but even if he was healthy would that really make a difference? Though Rams QB’s (AJ Feely has thrown five passes) have the fourth most passing attempts this season they are dead last in TD passes with three and seventh worst in total yards. Their net yards gained per pass of 4.7 is second worst in the NFL.
Compounding the issues with the passing game is that the Rams can’t run the ball either. With a meager one rushing TD on the season they are last in the league. Though they are averaging 4.9 ypc, 11th best in the NFL, they can’t run the ball enough (second least rushing attempts in NFL) to take advantage because they constantly fall behind early in games, making them incredibly predictable.
The Cowboys defense is numero uno in the NFL versus the run and have only allowed one rushing TD on the season. Their six INTs so far this season are eighth most in the NFL, which means Bradford or Feely, whoever starts at QB for the Rams, will be in for a long day.