Fantasy Football Duds: A Look Back at Week 7
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What do Cleveland's Trent Richardson and Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew share in common?
Despite having extremely favorable matchups, both running backs left their games early due to injury.
Richardson entered the game with a rib injury and although the reports are that he did not aggravate it, it appears to be worse than originally thought. Richardson carried the ball eight times for only eight yards and did not make an appearance in the second half.
On the other hand, Jones-Drew entered the game healthy, but he injured his foot on the team's first offensive series and could be out for "an extended period."
While their performances surely frustrated owners that started them, it would be a bit unfair to put an injured player on my list of fantasy football "duds" of the week.
Earlier tonight, I posted my fantasy football studs for the week. Now it's time to turn our attention to those that let us down.
Here are my duds of the week
QB - Christian Ponder, Vikings
Only the Bears have limited opposing quarterbacks to fewer fantasy points than the Cardinals, but no quarterback scored fewer fantasy points against the Cardinals than Ponder. Ponder completed only eight of 17 pass attempts for 58 yards with a passer rating of 35.5, all of which are season lows. After throwing no interceptions in his first four games, Ponder extended his streak of games with multiple interceptions to three.
RB - Darren McFadden, Raiders
Against one of the league's worst rushing defenses, McFadden rushed for only 53 yards on 19 carries. If you're a glass-half-full guy, his average of 2.8 yards per carry Sunday was his second-highest total of the year through six games.
In Week 8, McFadden gets a favorable matchup against the Chiefs, who rank 22nd in the NFL against the run. Then again, he was unable to capitalize this week against the Jaguars, who rank 29th in the league.
WR - Brandon Lloyd, Patriots
The targets (eight) were there for Lloyd. The production was not.
He finished the game with only one reception for six yards and no fantasy points. It was the first time this season that Lloyd had less than three receptions and only the second time that he finished with less than 50 yards.
TE - Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
What do Kyle Rudolph, Adriana Lima (Brazilian supermodel) and I share in common? If you guessed none of us had a reception in Week 7, you'd be right. That said, only one of us had four targets this week and it wasn't me or Adriana.
One of the guys I targeted late in drafts, Rudolph has five touchdowns on the season and will be fine going forward. But it's obviously disappointing when a player with his talent gives you a goose egg.
Flex - Felix Jones, Cowboys
Going into Week 7, the Panthers had allowed 85 rushing yards or more to a running back in each of their previous five games. Jones ended that streak.
Presumably the most added player off the waiver wire last week, Jones averaged less than three yards per carry (2.9) against the Panthers. He finished with 44 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards so seven fantasy points is more than MJD or TRich gave fantasy owners, but certainly less than I had expected.
Dishonorable Mention: Mike Wallace, Larry Fitzgerald, Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton, Jermaine Gresham, Scott Chandler, DeAngelo Williams
Agree with my picks for the five duds of the week? If you disagree with any of them, which one(s) and who would you substitute for him (them)?