Week 7 byes: Carolina, Cleveland, Green Bay, San Diego
Fantasy owners entered Week 6 frantically looking for injury replacements and bye-week gems. It was madness at it’s best. All league’s waiver wires were short-circuiting during the course of the week right up to game time Sunday. For the most part, it was a crapshoot trying to pick the right player to help you fill your team’s void. Some owners came away with a smile on their face, while others were not that lucky. Let’s take a look at some of the gems!
Miami’s backup quarterback, Cleo Lemon, walked away with the Diamond award in Week 6. Coming off the wire, and filling in for the injured Trent Green, Lemon threw for 256 yards and two scores with two interceptions. He also ran for two touchdowns in a loosing battle against the Browns.
The Dolphins other wire tap was tight end David Martin, who caught two touchdown passes, that were his first two of the year.
In the same game, backup Jason Wright of the Browns, a sleeper off the wire, replaced Jamal Lewis and rushed for 59 yards and scored. He also had 39 yards receiving to total out at 98. The week before, Wright had 102 total yards.
Houston’s number two receiver Kevin Walter had a great game, catching 12 passes for 160 yards. Walter will become a sleeper pick this week with Andre Johnson still out.
The Saints finally woke up Sunday night against the Seahawks, with David Patten leading them with eight catches for 113 yards. He should make a nice waiver wire pickup this week in all leagues.
For the Seahawks, second-year wide receiver Ben Obomanu caught four passes for 72 yards and his first professional touchdown.
In Monday night’s game, Atlanta’s Jerious Norwood scored his first touchdown of the year on a 67-yard jaunt. He finished the night with 87 yards on 6 carries. He also caught 4 balls for 51 yards. It is a mystery to me why the Falcons haven’t made him the featured back. He has so much talent and they continue to give the ball to Warrick Dunn. If you have a roster spot for Norwood, I highly recommend picking him up.
Also in Monday night’s game, Amani Toomer was a surprise by scoring his first touchdown of the year, catching seven passes for 89 yards. Toomer has been quiet until now, and would be a gamble to pickup if he’s available.
Speaking of surprises, 43-year old Vinny Testaverde, quarterbacking for the Panthers, threw for 206 yards and a score. Now that’s a gem!
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Sunday’s Super Bowl preview between the Patriots and the Cowboys was just another game for Tom Brady to showcase his talents. He threw for 388 yards and five touchdowns. He has thrown at least 3 touchdown passes in every game this year. Brady threw to Randy Moss (6-59-1), Wes Welker (11-124-2), and Donte’ Stallworth (7-136-1). For Dallas, Terrell Owens had 6 catches for 66 yards and a score, and Patrick Crayton caught 5 balls for 46 yards and a touchdown.
Rookie sensation Adrian Peterson of the Vikings went off against the Bears by rushing for 224 yards and three scores. Peterson now leads the NFL with 607 yards rushing.
Devin Hester of the Bears continues to be the best return man in the game. He returned a punt 89 yards to the house and also caught an 81-yard touchdown pass from Brian Griese.
LaDainian Tomlinson finally came to life against Oakland, rushing for 198 yards and four touchdowns. L.T. is now second in rushing behind Peterson.
The Dolphins’ Ronnie Brown ran for his fourth consecutive 100-yard game and finished with 170 total yards. Even though he didn’t score, he still finished with 18 fantasy points.
The Eagles’ Brian Westbrook rushed for 120 yards and had six catches for 36 yards. He is averaging 167 yards per game this season. Kevin Curtis added 121 yards receiving on 5 receptions and a touchdown.
Thomas Jones of the Jets asked for more work and produced for his fantasy owners with 24 carries for 130 yards rushing and had 11 yards receiving.
Chiefs’ Larry Johnson finally found the end zone on Sunday, adding 31 carries for 119 yards rushing. He also had 24 yards receiving as KC defeated Cincinnati. Damon Huard threw for 264 yards and two scores, with one going to Tony Gonzalez, who set the career record for tight ends and finished with 102 yards.
For Carolina, DeAngelo Williams galloped for 121 yards and a score on 10 carries, and Steve Smith with the help of Vinny, caught 10 balls for 136 yards and a touchdown.
Edgerrin James continues to look like his old self by adding another good game carrying the pigskin for a touchdown and 80 yards. He is averaging 87 yards per game this season.
New Orleans’ Drew Brees came to life Sunday night to post his first strong game of the year. Brees threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns. He led the Saints to their first win of the season against the Seahawks.
Matt Hasselbeck matched Brees by throwing for 362 yards with two scores. His target was Bobby Engram, who caught nine balls for 120 yards.
Cleveland’s quarterback Derek Anderson went to work on Miami completing 18-25 attempts for 245 yards and three touchdowns. All three scores went to Braylon Edwards, who finished the day with 5 receptions for 67 yards. Edwards has now caught 7 touchdown passes this year.
Washington’s tight end Chris Cooley finished his day of work with 9 receptions for 105 yards and his fourth touchdown of the year.
The Jaguars’ quarterback David Garrard continued his consistent play this year, beating Houston 37-17. Lieutenant Garrard went 22-34 for 221 yards and two scores. He now has 130 pass attempts without an interception. Also for the Jags, Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 125 yards with two scores and had four catches for 59 yards.
Cincinnati’s star, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, caught 8 balls for 145 yards and two touchdowns. He has scored in every game this year with a total of 7 touchdowns and is averaging 101 yards per game.