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Week 7 Fantasy Football Season

October 21, 2009

As the fantasy season enters its 7th week, about the half way point for most leagues, owners are getting to know exactly what they have and do not have with the players they draft two months ago.  While some players have been major top pick headaches for owners (L. Tomlinson, Terrell Owens, Matt Forte come to mind), the savvy fantasy has been able to capitalize on some solid late round picks and/or free agent pick ups (Mike Sims-Walker, Steve Smith NYG, and Ray Rice).  Below I look at some early season disappiontments as well as some players off to slow starts and analyze their fantasy outlook for the remainder of the fantasy season.

 

BUSTS

LADAINIAN TOMLINSON RB SD-  Many fantasy experts and owners had the one time no doubt number one fantasy pick pegged for a comback off his disappionting 2008 season.  Coming off a year in which LT battled through a foot injury to play in parts or all of 16 games last season, he again has been bitten by the injury bug.  Missing two games for the first time in his great career, LT is starting to show signs of wear to his 30 year old frame, and is no longer able to give his owners the kind of durability required of a top ten RB.  Its not all bad news for owners looking forward however.  LT’s next two games are @KAN and home against OAK, two awful defensive units.  He also is one game removed form a bye week and fresh off a 100 total yards against the Broncos, the NFL stingeist defense so far.  The next two weeks will be a great indicator of LT’s expected production levels the remainder of the season.  I look for big games the next two weeks and for him to carry the momentum foward for the rest of the season.  With a healthy run he should keep backup Darren Sproles on the sideline and return as a top ten fantasy back from week 7 on.

STEVE SMITH WR CAR-   Outside of his 8 catch 131 yard in week two against ATL, Smith has been a major disappiontment.  Hurt been poor QB play from Jake Delhomme, Smith has been held out of the endzone in every game.  With Smith often double covered his big play ability has been eliminated and he has owners wondering if he can rebound to still have a solid season.  Unfortunately, the answer to that questions lies in the throwing arm of Jake Delhomme.  To be continued…

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