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Fantasy Insider: Week 7

James Morris hails from Rio Rancho, NM and has been playing fantasy sports for just over 15 years. Not only does he write the Bengals fantasy section, but he also does the Jacksonville Jaguars fantasy section. Crossing over, Morris writes the fantasy sections for the Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA. Just send him an email and he will reply back the same day with your answer.

If any Bengals fans ever had any doubt about how owner Mike Brown was running the team, the trade deadline sure fixed that! Brown moved off his no-trade policy just long enough to let the legacy of Al Davis live once again as he snagged a first-round pick in 2012 and a contingent first-rounder in 2013.

Getting a half-eaten box of Skittles for Palmer would have been golden for Bengals fans since Palmer was no longer a part of the team's plans, so getting a first and possibly more is just icing on the cake.

That is why you own the team and I just write the fantasy section for the team Mr. Brown!

Byes: Bills, Bengals, Patriots, Giants, Eagles, 49ers


Ben Roethlisberger: This is one of those rare weeks when I would actually consider starting Big Ben since he plays the Cardinals. They are allowing almost 22 PPG to opposing QBs, which makes Roethlisberger a solid QB1 this week. He could easily burn me, but this should be another multiple TD game for him.

Tim Tebow: OK, I am going to give the Golden Boy a shot here only because he is playing the Dolphins, who give up the third-most fantasy points to QBs this season (24 PPG). Tebow can do it with his arm and his legs, but there is a risk there as his mechanics and accuracy leave a lot to be desired. He is someone that should get you low-end QB1 numbers this week.

DeMarco Murray: For those in need of a bye week filler at RB, you should give Murray a serious look. The Cowboys play the Rams, and that means big things for offenses, and you shouldn't buy too much into the talk from HC Jason Garrett about using a RBBC with Tashard Choice. Trust me, if someone would have offered Jerry Jones something solid for Choice, he would have sold him faster than a used '83 Ford Pinto!

Earnest Graham: I'll be riding Graham until the wheels fall off and yet fantasy owners are turning their noses at him. Last week he rattled off 109 yards on the ground against a Saints defense that has been holding RBs to around 16 fantasy points each week. This week he draws a Bears defense that is a shell of its former self when it comes to stopping the run. Pick him up, and then play him people!

Percy Harvin: The danger of playing Harvin is that he can't seem to get above the 50 percent mark for snaps in a game. He only played 43.9 percent of the Vikings Week 6 snaps, yet still managed to haul in seven catches for 78 yards and added 48 yards in kickoff returns. The Packers are a fantasy owner's best friend, both as a team and as a team to play against, so Harvin may be a solid option even though his QB isn't.

Jordy Nelson: Nelson is owned in virtually all fantasy leagues, and started in just over 75 percent of leagues, yet he is averaging just four catches per game. The key to his success is that he does severe damage when he gets the ball as he showed last week when he had two catches for 104 yards. The Vikings are not good on defense and Nelson is someone that should get you that 100-yard bonus this weekend.

Fred Davis: With Chris Cooley out, Davis becomes a TE1 again. He is owned in just 60 percent of leagues, and TE is an all or nothing position, so go grab him if you have a TE on bye and stick him in the starting slot with no worries.

Cleveland Browns Defense: As if starting Tavaris Jackson wasn't bad enough for the Seahawks, now Jackson is out and it looks like Charlie Whitehurst will get the nod in his place. The way to play defenses before this week was to just check and see who the Seahawks, Colts or Dolphins where playing, and the Seahawks match up with the Browns this weekend.


Sam Bradford: Even with the addition of Brandon Lloyd, Bradford still isn't someone I am going to trust in fantasy leagues. Bradford is averaging 234 YPG this season with just 0.6 TDs each week; maybe Lloyd bumps the TD total up a little, but one has to wonder why the Broncos let him go at such a cheap price. Not to mention that there is talk that Bradford might not even play this weekend.

Carson Palmer: People are getting way too excited over Palmer in his first week back. Sure, pick him up and try and trade him, but don't forget that this is the same guy that was running on two flat tires and could barely move his chicken wing in a forward motion to get the ball down the field last time we saw him. Let someone else deal with the headache of the Raiders offense and sit Palmer.

Jahvid Best: Best suffered another concussion last weekend and is listed as questionable for this week's game. Let me be clear; Best will not play this weekend. I see Maurice Morris getting the bulk of the RB duties in his place and he makes a solid flex option, but not someone you should bench a starter to play.

Montario Hardesty and Peyton Hillis: The Browns offense is just putrid for fantasy owners, and the running game is in a state of flux with Hillis possibly out this week and Hardesty not very impressive. I would avoid starting either back this week unless you happen to own Frank Gore, Ahmad Bradshaw, LeSean McCoy, Fred Jackson AND Cedric Benson. Don't laugh; some guy emailed me about a trade offer in a four-team league. What is the purpose of trading in a four-team league?

Robert Meachem: Meachem is still owned in 70 percent of leagues despite his role dramatically dwindling with the return of Marques Colston. Last week he saw a total of 21 snaps and two targets, not the kind of numbers we want to see from a guy that most people still own. It is time to cut him loose and go after someone with a hot hand.

Devin Hester: Unless your league gets return yards, please don't own Hester. Hester is one of those players that will have a good game every season, but it is usually just one and he just had it. He isn't a fantasy option since he isn't a real part of the Bears passing attack. Eventually, teams will stop kicking to him all-together and there goes his TD value in leagues that give return TDs.

Greg Olsen: I started Olsen earlier this season and having Cam I Am at QB doesn't hurt. But, this week he is going up against the Redskins and they have allowed just 7.5 PPG to TEs this season, good enough for a top 15 ranking.

Detroit Lions Defense: The Lions defense entered this season as a top fantasy pick for many owners, and they have lived up to that with a top 5 ranking so far. But, this weekend they are going up against a Falcons offense that has some weapons that will do damage if you make a mistake. I'd sit the Lions defense this week and go after the Browns or even the Saints.


Q: My team looks like this: C. Newton, F. Jackson, A. Bradshaw, Megatron, M. Wallace, L. Fitz, C. Benson, W. McGahee, M. Ingram, F. Davis, A. Hernandez, Vick. Would packaging say Vick and Benson for like Gore be a good deal? I'm 6-0 right now but I want to make a stronger team, because I feel like I might not be able to continue my success later on because I am not playing the waiver wire.
--Jensen Angelloz

A: I think you would be giving up a little too much for Gore. He is a good RB, but Vick is still an elite type of QB. Problem with Vick is that he gets hurt too much. I think Vick for Gore is fair as a 1-for-1 deal. To think Cam I Am is going to keep this up all season long is a little unrealistic. I mean maybe he is the next coming on Randall Cunningham, but he has to prove that before I go there.

I think you offer Vick for Gore in a 1-for-1. If he says no, try Vick and Ingram; if still no, then maybe you can offer Benson. Start low and see what he will accept before you jump all the way up to Benson. The first rule of trading is start low and settle at fair.

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