Week 7 is here and as always there are players worthy of adding and dropping in the fantasy football world.
Week 7 Adds
Kevin Kolb QB: All right I am going back on my word here as I panned Kolb all preseason and through the first few weeks of the regular season. My criticism however was based on the fact his draft position was way too high before the year began and thus he was a terrible value since he was so unproven. Now with most of those original owners having cut bait after he got benched, Kolb actually has some value now after winning two straight games in impressive fashion. Yes the matchup this week is a tough one against the Titans but Kolb is in a nice groove right now. Those who have a QB on the bye or a guy who is injured could do a lot worse this week than a hot Kolb.
Patrick Crayton WR: Crayton at one time was a serviceable fantasy football WR 3 or bench option and he was once again has value due to injuries decimating the Chargers’ passing offense. WR Malcom Lloyd is likely out this week with a bad hammy and that’s on the heels of the continued absence of fellow wideout Legedu Naane. TE Antonio Gates also has a foot problem so the opportunity is the there for Crayton to pick up the slack. He already showed what he could do under such a scenario last week when he caught six passes in relief of Floyd. This is a proven commodity playing in a pass happy scheme. Sounds good to me. Sign me up.
Danario Alexander WR: Alexander got his first extensive action last week as Mark Clayton’s replacement and he caught 4 balls for 72 yards and a TD. There is a wide open spot for a big play receiver in this offense and Alexander has the skill set to take advantage. In fact if Alexander didn’t get hurt last year in college, he had a chance to be a decently high draft pick. Instead the Rams got him as a free agent and he is now fully recovered. We saw how good Clayton was performing in the role so Alexander has the chance to put up similar lines.
Kenny Britt WR: This is strictly for those who play in TD heavy fantasy football leagues. Britt was a first round draft pick from Rutgers with a history of making big plays and in his year plus in the league, he has been living up to that role. Britt has caught only 16 passes this season but four have been for TD’s and the have come in each of the last four games. In other words QB Vince Young looks to Britt in the red zone where he uses his height to snare tough throws. The TD’s stand a great chance of continuing in an improving Tennessee passing attack.
Benjamin Watson TE: I already spoke about how you should pick up fellow TE’s Brandon Pettigrew and Aaron Hernandez but now add Watson to the list. You know I am not a fan of his but I cant ignore the numbers the last four weeks where he has looked like a TE 1 in fantasy football leagues. Watson will serve as the security blanket for rookie TE Colt McCoy and he has the athleticism to get into the end zone. Take a shot.
Danny Woodhead RB: Woodhead has made plays almost every chance he has gotten to get onto the football field. Now the Patriots are giving him a steady dose of catches and are throwing him the ball on top of it. Those in PPR should play close attention as he was the leading rusher in Division III history for a reason. Talent comes out no matter where you played college football.
WEEK 7 DROPS
Vishante Shiancoe TE: Shiancoe has become the forgotten man in the Vikings passing offense now that Randy Moss has come aboard and things figure to get much worse with the eventual return of Sidney Rice. Shiancoe is no longer needed as Brett Favre’s security blanket and the sudden plethora of fantasy football worthy TE’s make holding onto him pointless.
Greg Olsoe TE: Bad week for TE’s in the Drop section as Olsen joins Shiancoe in the irrelevant list in his team’s passing offense. Olson now has gone two straight games without a catch and once again brings up the question of whether a TE can figure prominently in a Mike Martz offense. Drop him for Ben Watson, Jermaine Gresham, or Brandon Pettigrew.
Mike Tolbert RB: Tolbert did a nice job filling in for the injured Ryan Matthews but the latter is back to full strength and thus will receive the bulk of the carries from now on. Tolbert could still get goal line work but he wont tough the ball enough to stay relevant.
Mike-Sims Walker WR: Sims-Walker has been horrendous this season and now QB David Garrard is out with a concussion. Sims-Walker was not getting much work with Garrard anyway and this offense is so bad from a passing perspective that no one is worth owning that operates in it.
Shaun Hill QB: Hill broke his non-throwing arm against the Giants last week and could be out a month. Either way Matthew Stafford will be back soon so the nice boost Hill provided this past month is going to be a distant memory soon.
Brandon Tate WR: Tate really doesn’t look like he can play much and he doesn’t have the attention of QB Tom Brady. A great many flocked to the free agent wire to scoop him up thinking he would fill Randy Moss’ shoes which was absurd but the real find here is Deion Branch who is long gone in all fantasy football leagues now. Drop the guy and don’t feel guilty.