I know one person that started Adrian Peterson last week, and he basically had no other choice. A lot of people, myself included, were down on him after the terrible performances he’d shown in his last bit with the Vikings and this season with Saints.
That just goes to show how quickly things can change in this game with something as simple as a change of scenery. Not going to lie part of me wished the Saints would have sent Michael Hoomanawanui to the Cardinals after his touchdown rained all over my Colby Fleener parade last week.
Mark Ingram worked out nicely, and I’m excited to see if the Saints actually continue to use him at the goal line like they did last week. Marvin Jones was looking to be a bust until some solid usage in the second half of the game ate into Golden Tate’s “Lion” share of the offense.
Finally, Devin Funchess was a total disappointment, and quite possibly the most frustrating part of the week.
All right, on to week seven . . .
High Scoring Games:
Saints @ Packers
Low Scoring Games:
Ravens @ Vikings
Cam Newton & Carolina Receivers
Falcons Run Game
Saints Defense – Start
If you’re looking for a solid streaming option you could certainly do worse than a team that’s scored 61 points over the past three weeks of play. Add in the fact that they are facing a Packers offense without Aaron Rodgers at the helm, and Sunday's game in Greenbay could end up being just the boost your fantasy roster is looking for. Then again it’s also the Saints, so if you’re gutsy enough to pull the trigger on them you might be a braver owner than I.
Derek Carr – Sit
The Chiefs sustained their first loss of the season over the weekend. Coming off that sort of disappointment well likely make this team dangerous. Additionally, the Raiders have averaged right around 13 points per game this season. Something needs to click with this offense. Hopefully, that something is Derek Carr healing fully, and if that is the case this week then it could mean better production for the team’s offense moving forward. But, I wouldn’t start Carr until that happens (unless you have absolutely no other choice).
Matt Ryan – Start
Matt Ryan is facing the much-coveted game against the New England Patriots this week. It’s odd that I’m even typing that, to be honest. The Patriots are typically not the game you circle on your calendar if you’re a fantasy owner, but they have literally been handing out amazing statistical games to fantasy quarterbacks this season. That secondary is terrible.
Marlon Mack – Start
Okay, I’m going out on a limb here. But the Jaguars are one of the worst in defending the run this season. Marlon Mack is lacking carries, and he has struggled with some dropped passes. However, Mack is tied for second in the league in 20+ yard runs and that is on extremely limited carries. So he has been explosive with the opportunities that he has had, and he is facing a Jaguars defense that can’t stop the run? Hey, it’s a dice roll, but if you have a flex spot open and your feeling lucky I say go for it.
Titans Running Backs – Sit
I’m really at a loss for words when it comes to this backfield. Demarco Murray hasn’t done enough to separate himself from Derrick Henry. Last week Murray had a solid game, but Henry broke off that massive touchdown run to seal the game. It’s looking like this is a committee moving forward, and they’re facing a tough Browns run defense this week.
Zach Miller – Start
Miller has scored twice in consecutive weeks. He’s the most targeted receiver on a team with a rookie quarterback. He’s facing a Panthers defense that may be without their star middle linebacker Luke Keuchly. His yardage totals will be an issue on a team that likes to run to move the chains, but if he continues to get end zone looks he’ll be a solid starter moving forward. Heads up, when Keuchly exited the game against the Eagles last Thursday Zach Ertz scored twice after being held quite the whole game.
Doug Martin – Sit
The Bucs are facing a stingy Bills defense that’s only allowed 438 rushing yards this season. Additionally, they have only allowed four rushing touchdowns. Martin hasn’t been phenomenal since his return from suspension, and I don’t suspect this game to be his breakout performance.
Orleans Darkwa – Start
He busted out 117 yards on 21 carries against Denver last week, and he and the Giants are facing a Seattle team that hasn’t been spectacular against the run. I think for a team that has taken as many hits to their offensive talent as the Giants have, and breakout player should be taken seriously as a guy to receive a hefty workload. The Giants literally can’t afford, not, to get him the ball this week if they have any hopes of winning.