AFC West Fantasy Preview: Week 7

Oakland Raiders: BYE WEEK

 

Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts (Sunday 8.30pm EST)

Peyton Manning had an off week last week, throwing just 2 TDs and 295 yards as well as a pick 6. Bear in mind however that 13.1 fantasy points is no disaster, and he will be back to his best at his old hunting ground no doubt. A must start each and every week.

Knowshon Moreno ran for 3 TDs and is quickly becoming one of the fantasy steals of the season. He shows no signs of giving up his RB job to Hillman or Ball, though Hillman’s fumble might have pushed him down a little. I’d be content to start Moreno as a low RB1 to high RB2 whilst he continues to make the most of defences focused on Manning.

Knowshon Moreno has been hugely productive without getting much media attention. Use this to your advantage – ww.imagecpr.com

Wes Welker is a PPR WR1 this week, and Demaryius Thomas is also a WR1 in standard formats. I still like Decker though who is a WR2 in 12 team leagues for sure. Start ‘em all if you can.

Julius Thomas continues to shine and score TDs, almost getting 2 last time out barring a mid-air-juggle. Start him as a TE5-8 this week, though the upside is TE1.

Broncos D/ST are still a top 10 option at the position against the Colts.

 

Houston Texans @ Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday 4.25pm EST)

Alex Smith couldn’t find a TD and managed just 128 passing yards against the Raiders. The Raiders D is better than you might think and they pressured Smith a lot all game, sacking him 3 times. Smith is always going to be a low upside QB start and is only really worth a start in 2QB leagues at most. I rate him as QB 18-22 this week.

Jamal Charles got a pair of scores against the Raiders and has the most fantasy points so far among RBs. He also has the 2nd most receiving yards behind Darren Sproles with 300. Charles should be a top 10 RB this week, even against the Texans.

Donnie Avery and friends still don’t get enough targets. No KC receiver got more than 2 catches last time out and Smith only completed 14 passes at all. Low ceiling for all the Chiefs WRs at the moment, even Dwayne Bowe.

Sean McGrath scored no points against Oakland, despite being targeted 3 times by the Kansas QB. Not worth a roster spot unless you’re in deep leagues.

Bowe, McGrath and Avery have helped the Chiefs to an unbeaten record, but aren’t helping many fantasy teams… – photo from www.star-telegram.com

Chiefs D/ST mauled the Raiders OL, getting 5 sacks in the process. Their secondary bagged 3 picks, one going for a TD. This week they could be facing the Texans backup (or even 3rd string) QB this time. Lots to like there, could be a top 5 D/ST.

 

San Diego Chargers @ Jacksonville Jaguars (Sunday 1.00pm EST)

Philip Rivers was steady and unspectacular against the Colts. More than anything, an 11.38 point performance being slightly disappointing for Rivers tells us a lot about his improvement in general this year. He consistently found Keenan Allen, and this relationship should continue to flourish this season. This week Rivers will face-off against the Jaguars, who limited Peyton Manning a little last time out. Rivers will be a mid QB1 this week, and will likely score you 18-24 fantasy points.

Ryan Mathews rushed for 102 yards, but failed to score a TD. This is a big improvement from Mathews but don’t get to excited just yet, he need that TD to get the monkey off his back (1 rushing TD since 2011-12 season). Meanwhile Danny Woodhead continues to be utilised all over the field. 9 carries and 7 catches got him 83 total yards from scrimmage. A mid-level PPR flex this week. Ronnie Brown isn’t ownable now, after Mathews early leave against Oakland has left him unaffected.

Keenan Allen connected with Rivers again, scoring his only touchdown on a beauty of a pass and catch in the endzone. Allen now has 43.2 fantasy points in his last three games, after scoring just 3 in his first three. Allen was god for long catches and short catches and runs. I really like him long term and would put him as a high WR3 at this stage. None of the other WRs have given me much optimism, though Floyd and Brown are still ownable.

Gates has rolled back the years on occasion this year – photo from www.dholmes.com

Antonio Gates only caught half of his 8 targets for a measly 2.8 points last week. Don’t think Allen’s emergence has come at the expense of Gates though, in weeks 4 and 5 Gates scored 27 fantasy points (210 receiving yards and 1 TD). All Tight Ends have down weeks (just ask Jimmy Graham owners), this was Gates’

Chargers D/ST limited the Colts on Monday Night Football, but they are still a poor D/ST. Even against the Jaguars I’d only peg them as a D/ST10-14.

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