Not the most entertaining game last night but at least it wasn’t a blow out like every other Thursday Night Game. This week we have some rivalry’s to talk about and some games you may not expect to see on this week’s list. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Philadelphia Eagles are on bye so make sure you change those fantasy lineups. After the news from last week, I think it’s only right that we kick things off with:
Giants @ Cowboys: What a huge blow for the New York Giants losing their best WR Victor Cruz! Well actually fantasy owners this isn’t as bad as you might think. Cruz was a fantasy disappointment to begin with only posting double digits twice through the first 6 weeks. Cruz ranked 40th heading into this week, while Rueben Randle ranks at 47th amongst all wide receivers. That’s pathetic! Losing Cruz will allow Eli Manning to target Randle more on the deep ball, Larry Donnell more in the end zone, and get the big rookie Odell Beckham Jr. more involved. The Giants have a favorable matchup against the Dallas Cowboys D/ST and I have Good Vibes for all their playmakers. The Cowboys still have one of the most explosive offenses in the league (if everyone shows up on Sunday) and unless an injury occurs to one of their playmakers, they shouldn’t slow down. I have Good Vibes for Demarco Murray, Dez Bryant, and Terrance Williams; avoid the disappointing Jason Witten at all costs. This division rival game has high scoring written all over it and should be exciting to watch. I am giving this one to the Giants because teams/players often respond to tragedies.
Final Score: Giants 31 Cowboys 28
Bengals @ Colts: Andrew Luck is the best quarterback in fantasy heading into week 7 and that will not change against this Cincinnati Bengals D/ST. T.Y Hilton continues to see the majority of the targets and will either end up as a solid flex play or a top 5 WR this week. With that being said, I have Good Vibes for T.Y. and he should be started at all costs because of his ceiling. Reggie Wayne is turning into more of a 3rd down clutch receiver and at this point I don’t trust him in any formats. Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson are one of the best RBBC (Running Back by Committee) in the league. Both of the Indianapolis Colts RB’s rank in the top 24 heading into week 7 and I would start both of them as #2 RB’s/Flex options. Dwayne Allen continues to score every week and is clearly one of Luck’s favorite targets. I have Good Vibes for the TE in all formats. A.J. Green continues to battle a toe injury and the Bengals will not risk their WR unless he feels 100% ready to go. Green is a must start if he is cleared! Mohamed Sanu will be the main receiving threat for the Bengals and should have another big day if Green is out; avoid Sanu if Green plays. Colts are one of the best teams in the NFL right now and the Bengals will have their hands full come Sunday.
Final Score: Bengals 17 Colts 27
Chiefs @ Chargers: Another great rivalry matchup this week and the fans will definitely get their money’s worth. Philip Rivers has been red hot at home and should be highly taken into consideration when fantasy owners decide their lineups for this coming weekend. Rookie Branden Oliver has been a great play with Ryan Matthews out, and should be started until the veteran workhorse comes back. Keenan Allen continues to be in the talks for most disappointing fantasy player of the year. I have Bad Vibes for all WR on the San Diego Chargers; none of them can be trusted. Antonio Gates continues to see his share of targets and is a viable option heading into this matchup. As for the Kansas City Chiefs, I only have Good Vibes for Jamaal Charles and TE Travis Kelce. The Chiefs are starting to realize the type of player they have in Kelce and he should have a big day with the Chiefs trailing the Chargers. The Chargers will give up 1st place in the division but it won’t be this week.
Final Score: Chiefs 21 Chargers 31
Vikings @ Bills: I always find it interesting when a player goes to Twitter to call out their team about not getting the football (aka Cordarrelle Patterson). I don’t trust Patterson at all and I don’t recommend starting him, but I am curious to see if OC Norv Turner takes the advice of Patterson. Hopefully, we can see 1 more double digit game before the season is over from the talented receiver. Matt Asiata is the clear go to back for the Minnesota Vikings and is a solid option this week. Asiata is the only player I have Good Vibes for on the Vikings. As for the Buffalo Bills, I love Fred Jackson this week. The veteran has a favorable matchup against the Vikings and he is playing at home. Jackson is the clearly #1 in the pecking order ahead of C.J. Spiller and I have Good Vibes for the veteran. Sammy Watkins was shut down last week, but should get right back on track. I have Good Vibes for the rookie and he should be considered a solid #2 option in all formats. The Bills D/ST currently ranks #6 in fantasy points and they’re going against a pathetic offense. I have Good Vibes for the Bills D/ST and they should be in a lineup in every fantasy league. This one won’t be fun to watch.
Final Score: Vikings 10 Bills 24
Saints @ Lions: The only reason I have this game on this list is to make sure fantasy owners avoid all New Orleans Saints players. Yes, even Drew Brees. Jimmy Graham is unlikely to play and since he is the primary weapon for Brees, both future Hall of Famers should be avoided. The Saints are playing on the road and when they do, they are a completely different team. The Lions D/ST is #2 in fantasy points heading into week 7 and should be considered for every fantasy owner in every league. Hopefully, Calvin Johnson gets the green light so he can get back on track to where he should be (if he’s not used as a decoy). Golden Tate is a solid play if Calvin is out in PPR leagues. I wouldn’t consider Tate anything more than a flex option in standard leagues, especially the way Matthew Stafford is spreading the ball around. Reggie Bush swears he will be back to play against his former team. If this is the case, both Lions RB’s Joique Bell and Bush become nothing more than flex options. This will be relatively low scoring and the Lions should take this one at home.
Final Score: Saints 13 Lions 17
If you have any other lineup questions please don’t hesitate to tweet me @slgseth