Week 7 scouting report: Fantasy busts due for breakout games
This qualifies as the toughest weekend to set lineups throughout the entire fantasy season. A season-high six teams are on byes and injuries are damaging the likes of DeMarco Murray (foot), Jimmy Graham (ankle), Greg Jennings (groin), Rashard Mendenhall (achilles/knee), Pierre Garcon (foot) and Donald Brown (knee).
On top of that, a lot of our regular studs have unfavorable matchups. Arian Foster and Ray Rice face good run defenses, while Cam Newton is facing the Cowboys' top-ranked pass defense and Robert Griffin III goes against a Giants defense that almost blanked the 49ers.
Who to trust? Where to turn?
Well, someone has to win this week. With that in mind, let's pass the torch, at least temporarily, to some of fantasy's biggest ne'er-do-wells. Here are 10 disappointing players you're going to be thankful you started this weekend:
With options so limited this week, however, it's easy to start Johnson. The Bills are the fifth-worst team in fantasy against running backs, and only the Colts have allowed as many touchdowns (eight) to backs thus far. Johnson will go off for 120 yards and a score and set up an ensuing great week of anticipation against the Colts in Week 8.
Romo and the Cowboys are going to show they're not a wasteland this season. Romo, specifically, is going to remind everyone he threw for more than 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns (to just 10 picks) last season. Romo has a healthier supporting cast this year, too.
Even Jones, who showed well in relief of Murray last week against the Ravens, should be good for 80 combined yards and a score.
Like we suggested above: Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Now, on to the rest of our weekly Scouting Report: