Six Pro football teams have byes this week led by Tony Romo and the Cowboys. There will be lots of movement on the add/drop wire for fantasy teams everywhere because there is some substantial starting talent out this week. Between Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, and Seattle several GMs will be without their workhorses. First-rounders, Shaun Alexander and Larry Johnson, take the week off.
The Cowboys have several players that will be missed on their teams such as Romo, Terrell Owens, Patrick Crayton, Jason Witten, Nick Folk, and Marion Barber. Most of those players have been gift captures by teams in most leagues where they are not the primary source of stars. They have been great complimentary players to the meat and potato top draft picks. So essentially, consider the season, which should be going well if you have a couple of those players, a fortunate one because of the Cowboys.
Key pick-ups this week could include getting Kenny Watson from Cincy due to the unknown nature of Rudi Johnson’s injuries. He’s a good back in a great offensive system. Broncos QB Jay Cutler fell out of favor with many teams early and is available in most leagues. If Romo or Hasselbeck are your guys, Cutler could surprise.
Finally at WR, we have a hunch on the little guy this week, Roscoe Parrish, who is available in every league I’m sure. I like the short passing plays to him and how Trent Edwards wants to get him the ball. He hasn’t broken loose yet, but the key is just the ball to him so he has a shot at breaking away.
Willie Parker RB (Pit): He is averaging 100 yards a game on the ground but has only been able to cross the goal-line once in week 2 vs. Buffalo. Parker’s backup Najeh Davenport is seeing some spot work and goal-line carries. Look for speedy Willie to get back in the endzone this week as he should be able to break loose vs the Bengal 26th ranked rush defense.
Jesse Chatman RB (Mia): Miami running back Ronnie Brown has averaged 141 yards rushing/receiving over the first 7 weeks. Brown left Sunday’s game with a knee injury, so it appears Chatman will see the lions share of work out of the Miami backfield. Week 8 features many talented running backs in their bye week and Chatman should be available in your league. Giants defense is not soft, but Chatman should gain decent yardage and pick up big chunks in late garbage time.
Philip Rivers QB (SD): River’s has been less than impressive this season accounting for 7 passing TD’s as well as 7 INT’s. All opposing defenses look to slow down RB Tomlinson and force Rivers to beat them with his arm. All-Pro TE Gates and 2nd year WR Jackson make for some great targets but look for newly acquired WR Chris Chambers will make the difference for the young QB. Look for HC Norv Turner to give Rivers a chance to throw and gain some confidence before a tough stretch vs the Vikings, Colts, and Jaguars.
Braylon Edwards WR (Clev):Browns’ QB Greg Anderson and his main target Braylon Edwards have put all Brady Quinn talk to bed. Edwards is averaging 92 yards a game and has posted 7 TD’s in 6 games including a 3 TD game vs Miami in week 6. The Browns’ head to St. Louis this week who may get RB Steven Jackson back in their lineup. Look for a high scoring game with Edwards’ continuing his great production.
Frank Gore RB (SF): Gore and the 49ers have been a big disappointment so far this season. QB Alex Smith’s injury has forced Trent Dilfer into action and really bottled up the entire 49er offense. Look for Smith to return this week and for Gore to see a heavy load ve the Saints. New Orleans is allowing over 100 yards a game on the ground so look for Gore to break the century mark for the first time this season.
Marshaun Lynch RB (Buf):He’ll face a 28th ranked rush defense in the Jets that lets most backs do just about whatever they want. Last week Bengals backup Kenny Watson mopped them up with over 100 yards and 3TD’s. Lynch has been a valuable asset to new Bills QB Trent Edwards who likes to move the chains methodically in a conservative. Look for a good game from Lynch which should lead to a Bills win as well.