Fantasy Clicks: Week 7 Revelations
Adrian Peterson: Jeff Gross/Getty Images
On the flip side, if you had the foresight to correctly identify Marty Booker as Kyle Orton's favorite WR target -- and not Devin Hester (even though he's played well of late) -- you should have been ecstatic about Booker's 79-yard, 1-TD performance (and it should have been two TDs, since Booker dropped the easiest scoring catch he'll ever see). The Bears, in a nutshell, were lights-out against the Vikings; but the team amassed its near-half-hundred with a balanced attack (the Chicago defense/special teams produced three TDs) ... which had to be a little frustrating for owners of Matt Forte (73 total yards, 1 TD). In the big picture, though, it's high-time to green-light Orton (283 yards, 2 TDs), Forte, Booker and Greg Olsen (74 yards, 1 TD) as must-haves on all fantasy rosters.
Green Bay 34, Indianapolis 14
As for the Colts ... I will applaud Dominic Rhodes for his 114 yards and two TDs, while serving as Joseph Addai's injury replacement; and Dallas Clark had a decent game (8 catches, 81 yards) -- although everyone will surely remember his bungled TD-try in the fourth quarter. But where was the rest of the famed production? No NFL team alive should ever hold Peyton Manning to zero TD passes; Reggie Wayne did his best T.O. impression (2 catches, 24 yards) ... and Marvin Harrison (2 catches, 11 yards) demonstrated how he really cannot score touchdowns anymore without the help of blown pass coverage (ahem, the Ravens defense). On the surface, the Colts' sad-sack day seems like an aberration; but may I remind fantasy owners that Indy plays the Titans next week (yikes!).
Buffalo 23, San Diego 14
Houston 28, Detroit 21
Since only 3 percent of the FOX viewing audience witnessed Lions-Texans on Sunday, you'll just have to take my word on the following: The much-ballyhooed Calvin Johnson vs. Andre Johnson battle lived up to all the hype -- and then some. The two physical wunderkinds combined for 13 catches, 295 yards and 1 TD -- the kind of numbers that tempt overexuberant fantasy owners, like me, to offer three strong starters and one super-sub for AJ, as part of some landmark 4-for-1 deal. But this entertaining game had other intriguing contributions: Steve Slaton (89 total yards), Kevin Smith (68 total yards), Owen Daniels (6 catches, 66 yards) and even Ahman Green (65 total yards) -- yes, Ahman Green! -- all registered touchdowns; Daniels, in fact, racked up a pair of scores, the direct result of AJ getting double-teams in the red zone. But hey, does it really matter how Daniels gets his TDs, now that he's officially a top-7 tight end in fantasyland? I think not.
N.Y. Giants 29, San Francisco 17
Carolina 30, New Orleans 7
Baltimore 27, Miami 13
LenDale White: Paul Spinelli/Getty Images
The other day, I offered specific predictions for Week 7 -- some pure gold and others that flopped worse than Men Behaving Badly, the short-lived NBC sitcom from 1996-97 that starred Rob Schneider, Ron Eldard and Justine Bateman, aka "Mallory Keaton" of Family Ties fame. (To be fair, this show "killed," to use a comedy term, in its first year -- but sagged big-time in Year 2 after Eldard and Bateman begged their way off the show.) Here's a rundown of things so far:
RB Locks For 120 Yards and/or 2 TDs
1. Matt Forte (73 total yards, 1 TD -- wrong)
2. Ryan Grant (117 yards, 1 TD -- close enough ... correct!)
3. Adrian Peterson (130 yards, 2 TDs -- correct!)
4. Frank Gore (61 total yards, 0 TDs -- wrong)
5. Marshawn Lynch (92 total yards, 1 TD -- wrong ... but you still won by starting him)
6. Clinton Portis (183 total yards, 1 TD -- correct!)
7. Marion Barber (113 total yards, 1 TD -- wrong ... but you're so smart for starting him)
8. Brandon Jacobs (75 total yards, 2 TDs -- correct!)