I owe Herman Edwards an apology.
From 2001–2005, Herman Edwards was the head coach of the New York Jets. Personally, I don’t think he was quite as bad as a lot of Jets fans made him out to be. On a scale of Rich Kotite to 10, I’d probably give Edwards a four or five. Like all coaches, Edwards had his strengths and weaknesses. He was a great motivator, but he was never much of an “Xs and Os” guy. For some reason, during the early 2000s, it never dawned on me that not being an “Xs and Os” guy was a pretty glaring weakness for a head football coach. Another issue for Edwards was clock management. Especially toward the end of games, no team minimized efficiency and maximized frustration like Edwards’ Jets. They mismanaged the clock, squandered time outs, and caused the berating of countless rear-projection television sets. It was brutal to watch unless you weren’t a Jets fan, in which case I’m told it was quite comical. Still, it may not have all been Edwards’ fault. Apparently, television networks may have had some influence as to when coaches called time out.
According to Titans head coach Jeff Fisher (a solid eight on the Kotite scale), the referee asked him use his time outs instead of taking a knee on Monday night in an effort to run more commercials during the game. Upon hearing this news, my reaction was probably the same as yours – I don’t have a problem with it as long as the commercials are funny. I think most of us are willing to sacrifice the integrity of the game if it means we can get on-line investing advice from a baby. And while that makes a lot of sense, there’s a bigger issue at stake. What if Herman Edwards wasn’t responsible for the inexplicable clock management that caused Jets fans five (additional) years of anguish? What if it wasn’t his fault? What if the networks made him do it? Pick any game the Jets lost because he curiously left the opposition enough time to retake the lead. What if instead the Jets won that game? If so, Edwards never would’ve had to hold that infamous press conference – the one where he emphatically tried to convince us he “played to win the game.” I’m not saying I know for sure that Edwards wasn’t to blame. I’m saying there’s enough evidence to be unsure. And for that, there’s only one thing to say. I’m sorry, Herm.
With that, let’s get to Start/Sit and hope that I don’t find myself having to apologize next week too. Here at the Café, we rank all the players we expect could see a significant amount of game action each week. We factor in a player’s overall ability, his weekly match-up, and the current status of his health. The result is one Start/Sit number, based on a scale of 100, and we’ll use each member’s ratings to find an average for each player. The higher a guy is on our list, the better you should feel starting him. Finally, below each table, I will give my personal Start/Sit recommendations for each position. Without further ado, here’s Start/Sit for Week 7.
|5||Tom Brady||NE||at SD||70.71|
|7||Ben Roethlisberger||PIT||at MIA||67.00|
|9||Eli Manning||NYG||at DAL||65.29|
|12||Donovan McNabb||WAS||at CHI||59.14|
|13||Kevin Kolb||PHI||at TEN||58.86|
|15||Brett Favre||MIN||at GB||57.39|
|16||Carson Palmer||CIN||at ATL||57.29|
|18||Sam Bradford||STL||at TB||55.71|
|21||Ryan Fitzpatrick||BUF||at BAL||50.71|
|22||Alex Smith||SF||at CAR||50.29|
|24||Max Hall||ARI||at SEA||45.71|
|26||Colt McCoy||CLE||at NO||36.57|
|27||Kyle Boller||OAK||at DEN||35.14|
|28||David Garrard||JAC||at KC||27.29|
|29||Todd Bouman||JAC||at KC||18.79|
|31||Jason Campbell||OAK||at DEN||12.86|
Start: Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos. Thanks to his frequent appearances in this column, and to a lesser extent his play on the field, Orton’s start percentage is up to 60% as of this writing. That means people are finally beginning to take notice. It also means that 40% of Orton owners need to find a trade partner or a new hobby. Last week, Orton was slowed somewhat by a very good Jets defense. Still, he didn’t play bad (14/34 for 209 yards, one score and zero interceptions) and his receivers didn’t help him by dropping a few passes. This week he gets Oakland. The Raiders have already surrendered 12 passing touchdowns this season – third most in the NFL. Start Orton in all formats.
Sit: Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals. Palmer has been wildly inconsistent this year. Last game, he threw for 209 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Prior to that, he only broke the 200-yard barrier once in three contests. Palmer now heads to Atlanta to face a Falcons defense that got lit up by Kevin Kolb and the Eagles last week. Usually, a hit-or-miss quarterback against a hit-or-miss defense is tough to predict. However, something seems awry with Palmer this year. He doesn’t have near the arm strength he displayed in years past. I don’t know if he’s hurt or if he’s just lost something off his fastball, but I’m staying away until he shows improvement.
|3||Frank Gore||SF||at CAR||76.71|
|4||Adrian Peterson||MIN||at GB||76.14|
|5||Steven Jackson||STL||at TB||74.36|
|6||Maurice Jones-Drew||JAC||at KC||71.29|
|8||Rashard Mendenhall||PIT||at MIA||69.86|
|11||Ahmad Bradshaw||NYG||at DAL||66.29|
|13||Cedric Benson||CIN||at ATL||64.43|
|14||LeSean McCoy||PHI||at TEN||62.46|
|15||Peyton Hills||CLE||at NO||62.39|
|17||Michael Bush||OAK||at DEN||61.71|
|21||Ryan Torain||WAS||at CHI||59.00|
|22||Beanie Wells||ARI||at SEA||58.86|
|27||Darren McFadden||OAK||at DEN||54.39|
|30||BenJarvus Green-Ellis||NE||at SD||53.71|
|31||Fred Jackson||BUF||at BAL||52.71|
|32||Brandon Jacobs||NYG||at DAL||52.43|
|33||Tim Hightower||ARI||at SEA||52.29|
|37||C.J. Spiller||BUF||at BAL||49.00|
|39||Danny Woodhead||NE||at SD||47.86|
|46||Bernard Scott||CIN||at ATL||36.71|
|48||Mike Bell||CLE||at NO||36.43|
|49||Keiland Williams||WAS||at CHI||35.86|
|51||Jerome Harrison||PHI||at TEN||34.86|
|56||Deji Karim||JAC||at KC||29.57|
|57||Mewelde Moore||PIT||at MIA||26.00|
|58||Kenneth Darby||STL||at TB||25.00|
|59||Brian Westbrook||SF||at CAR||21.80|
|62||LaRod Stephens-Howling||ARI||at SEA||20.43|
|63||Toby Gerhart||MIN||at GB||19.57|
|64||Sammy Morris||NE||at SD||18.71|
|65||Isaac Redman||PIT||at MIA||16.86|
Start: Ryan Torain, Washington Redskins. In Week 6, Torain ran for 100 yards against the Colts – a team that hadn’t allowed 100 yards rushing since Week 5. Torain also found the end zone twice and remains the clear number one back in Washington. Things should get somewhat tougher against the Bears, but maybe not as much as you’d think. Chicago surrendered two rushing touchdowns last week to the Seahawks. Consider Torain a solid RB2 in Week 7.
Sit: Ronnie Brown, Miami Dolphins. There are a lot of things working against Brown as we head into Week 7. First, while he’s still getting a few more carries than Ricky Williams, he’s not a clear number one back. Second, the emergence of Chad Henne and Brandon Marshall means Miami is no longer a run first, run second type of team. Third, the Dolphins play Pittsburgh, which means Brown is unlikely to find much room to run. Put it all together and you have a part time RB in a more balanced offense with a brutal matchup. Look elsewhere.
|4||Hakeem Nicks||NYG||at DAL||73.00|
|5||Larry Fitzgerald||ARI||at SEA||72.43|
|6||Randy Moss||MIN||at GB||72.29|
|T-10||Jeremy Maclin||PHI||at TEN||65.29|
|12||Chad Ochocinco||CIN||at ATL||65.00|
|T-12||Wes Welker||NE||at SD||65.00|
|T-12||Steve Smith||NYG||at DAL||65.00|
|16||Hines Ward||PIT||at MIA||64.57|
|17||Santana Moss||WAS||at CHI||62.86|
|18||Percy Harvin||MIN||at GB||62.83|
|19||Terrell Owens||CIN||at ATL||61.29|
|20||Deion Branch||NE||at SD||61.14|
|21||Mike Wallace||PIT||at MIA||61.00|
|25||Michael Crabtree||SF||at CAR||59.00|
|33||Mike Sims-Walker||JAC||at KC||55.43|
|34||Louis Murphy||OAK||at DEN||54.86|
|35||Mario Manningham||NYG||at DAL||54.14|
|38||Danny Amendola||STL||at TB||53.43|
|40||Danario Alexander||STL||at TB||52.71|
|42||Mike Thomas||JAC||at KC||50.86|
|43||Lee Evans||BUF||at BAL||50.43|
|46||Jason Avant||PHI||at TEN||49.74|
|T-49||Brandon Tate||NE||at SD||47.86|
|52||Darrius Heyward-Bey||OAK||at DEN||47.00|
|53||Steve Johnson||BUF||at BAL||46.43|
|55||Steve Breaston||ARI||at SEA||43.41|
|56||Anthony Armstrong||WAS||at CHI||43.00|
|59||Mardy Gilyard||STL||at TB||41.89|
|62||Josh Morgan||SF||at CAR||41.29|
|67||Jordan Shipley||CIN||at ATL||38.24|
|69||Antwaan Randle El||PIT||at MIA||37.00|
|73||Greg Lewis||MIN||at GB||35.14|
|74||Brian Robiskie||CLE||at NO||34.29|
|76||Roscoe Parrish||BUF||at BAL||33.86|
|77||Joey Galloway||WAS||at CHI||33.29|
|79||Joshua Cribbs||CLE||at NO||31.64|
|80||Bernard Berrian||MIN||at GB||31.43|
|82||Ted Ginn Jr.||SF||at CAR||29.57|
|83||Early Doucet||ARI||at SEA||29.03|
|T-84||Brandon Gibson||STL||at TB||24.86|
Start: Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles. Last week, DeSean Jackson was the recipient of a brutal hit that left him with a severe concussion. He’s already been ruled out for this game, making Maclin the WR1 in Philadelphia at least for a week. Maclin has shown good chemistry with entrenched starting quarterback, Kevin Kolb. Last week, Maclin hauled in seven passes for 159 yards and two scores. A repeat effort is unlikely, but he should get enough targets to come close.
Sit: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys. Bryant had a decent game last week with nine fantasy points in most formats. Unfortunately, point totals don’t always tell the whole tale. Bryant had a touchdown, but it was his only catch of the game. He was targeted just three times. Moreover, he hasn’t practiced all week due to a lingering ankle injury. Throw in a tough Giants defense and Bryant belongs on your bench.
|1||Vernon Davis||SF||at CAR||76.57|
|2||Zach Miller||OAK||at DEN||69.71|
|4||Aaron Hernandez||NE||at SD||66.29|
|6||Marcedes Lewis||JAC||at KC||64.14|
|9||Heath Miller||PIT||at MIA||62.71|
|12||Brent Celek||PHI||at TEN||60.86|
|13||Ben Watson||CLE||at NO||60.43|
|T-15||Visanthe Shiancoe||MIN||at GB||59.43|
|17||Jermaine Gresham||CIN||at ATL||56.43|
|18||Chris Cooley||WAS||at CHI||56.24|
|20||Kevin Boss||NYG||at DAL||55.00|
|23||Rob Gronkowski||NE||at SD||47.00|
|24||Fred Davis||WAS||at CHI||44.57|
|25||Ben Patrick||ARI||at SEA||44.14|
|28||Daniel Fells||STL||at TB||37.57|
|30||Michael Hoomanawanui||STL||at TB||29.00|
|31||Jonathan Stupar||BUF||at BAL||27.57|
|35||Shawn Nelson||BUF||at BAL||20.00|
Start: Ben Watson, Cleveland Browns. After years of being a fantasy tease in New England, Watson is starting to fulfill his potential in Cleveland. I guess that’s what happens when upgrade your quarterback from Tom Brady to Colt McCoy. Whatever the reason, Watson looks rejuvenated in his new venue. Now he faces a Saints defense that rank amongst the bottom five in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends. Prediction: six catches for 60 yards and a score.
Sit: Visanthe Shiancoe, Minnesota Vikings. Visanthe Shiancoe is a team player, and for that he belongs on your bench. According to Minneapolis Star Tribune, Shiancoe is okay with the fact that he’s only caught two passes since the Vikings acquired Randy Moss because sometimes he’s asked to block more. This is in direct contrast with most NFL pass-catchers who regularly demand the ball, cry if they don’t get the ball, and write a book about how they should be given the ball. Sometimes what’s good for the team isn’t good for your fantasy lineup. Minnesota currently has too many weapons for Shiancoe to be a consistent performer.
Start: Kansas City Chiefs. I like the idea of having my fantasy defense play against David Garrard or Trent Edwards. I love the idea of playing against their backups. Throw in a Chiefs home game and you have a must-start defense for Week 7.
Sit: Oakland Raiders. It’s not a punch line. The Raiders have the misfortune of playing against the Kyle Orton-led Broncos.
|2||Stephen Gostkowski||NE||at SD||69.86|
|4||David Akers||PHI||at TEN||69.43|
|8||Mike Nugent||CIN||at ATL||66.29|
|9||Sebastian Janikowski||OAK||at DEN||66.14|
|10||Jeff Reed||PIT||at MIA||63.29|
|12||Josh Scobee||JAC||at KC||62.57|
|13||Ryan Longwell||MIN||at GB||62.29|
|15||Lawrence Tynes||NYG||at DAL||62.14|
|19||Graham Gano||WAS||at CHI||60.00|
|20||Jay Feely||ARI||at SEA||58.14|
|T-21||Joe Nedney||SF||at CAR||57.14|
|25||Josh Brown||STL||at TB||55.71|
|27||Phil Dawson||CLE||at NO||54.29|
|28||Rian Lindell||BUF||at BAL||53.71|
Start: Matt Prater, Denver Broncos. Last week in Denver, the Jets-Broncos game proved the inverse relationship that exists between oxygen and field goals. The Broncos are at home again in Week 7.
Sit: Dan Carpenter, Miami Dolphins. Not a lot of points in this one and the Steelers have only allowed multiple field goals in one of their last four games.
Drew is a lifelong Jets fan. Playing and writing about fantasy football has proven helpful in easing the pain.
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