As you gear up for this weekend’s upcoming games by realigning your fantasy rosters to optimize matchups, let’s take a quick look back at last week’s studs. (Note: Points listed are directly from the First and Goal Fantasy League and may not represent point totals in your individual leagues)
*Fantasy Stud of the Week*
QB: Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals — From relative fantasy mediocrity to fantasy stud, Palmer gave fans a flashback to 2005 when he was one of the best QBs in the league. Throwing for 233 yards and a whopping 5 touchdowns, Palmer accumulated 34 fantasy points last week, earning him fantasy stud of the week honors.
RB: Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins — Williams had a great an awful performance on Sunday. He carried the ball 8 times for 12 yards. Oh, and a career long 68 yard touchdown run. In total, Williams had 80 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns, and added 12 receiving yards. Not exactly a typical best-in-the-league outing, but he did score 27 fantasy points, which was the most of any running back in Week 7.
WR: Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys — Just two weeks ago, Austin broke onto the fantasy scene with a shocking performance. I called sleeper alert, and Austin lived up to it. Last week, Austin once again had an impressive outing, reeling in 8 receptions for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns, amassing 29 fantasy points. In the past three weeks, Austin has put up some of the best numbers in the league of any receiver. Not bad for a guy who started the season on the bench!
TE: Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers — Once again proving to be one of the best pass receiving tight ends, Davis caught 7 passes for 93 yards and 3 touchdowns. Anyone who says tight ends are just an extra blocker clearly never watched Davis play. His 27 fantasy points in Week 7 were a huge contribution to anyone who didn’t have him on the fantasy bench for some unfathomable reason (I am dumb).
K: Nick Folk, Dallas Cowboys — Being named the top fantasy kicker in Week 1 on a technicality (it was really a three-way tie), Folk earned his spot in Week 7 outright. Kicking 3 field goals, all from 30+ yards out, and tacking on 4 PATs, Folk finished the day with 14 fantasy points, most amongst kickers in Week 7.
D/ST: San Diego Chargers — In what is becoming a “who plays the Chiefs this week” position, the Chargers were the lucky team last week. Facing the lowly Chiefs, the Chargers allowed just 7 points, tallied 4 sacks, 3 interceptions, a touchdown, and one ever-elusive blocked kick. The unit’s 22 fantasy points were the most scored by any defense in Week 7.
ROOKIE: Shonn Green, New York Jets — The first rookie highlighted here that is not a kick returner, Green showed why he was one of the most touted running backs of this year’s rookie class. Filling in for an injured Leon Washington, Green ripped off 144 yards and two touchdowns in a breakout performance. His 26 fantasy points in Week 7 were not only tops amongst rookies, they were the sixth most points of all fantasy players. Of course no one should be surprised. Green was able to run all over a very good Penn State defense last year, costing the Nittany Lions a shot at the national title (I’m not bitter or anything).
Check back next week for another edition of Fantasy Focus as we recognize the week’s best fantasy performers. Best of luck to you in your respective fantasy football leagues!
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