Fantasy football Week 7 Risers/Sliders (cont.)
Kevin Ogletree, Cowboys -- Where have you gone, oh, receiver, who captivated the fantasy world by lighting up the Giants for eight catches, 114 yards and two touchdowns on opening day? Since then Ogletree's been little more than a replacement-level receiver, catching only 13 passes for 134 yards, while failing to reach the end zone. His four-catch for 27-yard showing against the hapless Panthers secondary should be the final straw that sends him off to the waiver wire.
Brandon Lloyd, Patriots -- Perhaps it was his shoulder injured late in the Seahawks game or perhaps it was dogged coverage by the Jets' secondary, but Lloyd did not impress against the Jets with a single catch for six yards on eight targets. You have to go back to Dec. 7, 2008, when he was with the Jaguars, for the last time Lloyd had such low yardage production in a game. Don't do anything dramatic yet, especially with the large number of targets, but with Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez back as prominent members of the Patriots' passing attack, Lloyd could get squeezed for looks if he doesn't come down with the ones he gets.
Josh Freeman, Buccaneers -- The third-year quarterback's development took another step forward as he was able to incorporate Dallas Clark into a passing game that was already thriving with Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. More of what he did against the Saints will elevate Freeman above mere bye-week replacement level to a possible starter based on matchups.
Brandon Weeden, Browns -- He's older than Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers, so it's pretty funny when someone calls the rookie a "young" quarterback. Recently, he's played much more like a veteran, going 25-of-41 for 264 yards and two touchdown passes against the Colts -- the third straight week he's thrown for a pair of scores. The emergence of Josh Gordon as a touchdown threat adds value to Weeden, who has favorable matchups at home against the Chargers and Ravens the next two weeks.
Joe Flacco, Ravens -- Wait, wasn't it the Ravens' defense that was supposed to be decimated? Well, Flacco and the offense looked putrid in Week 7, as he passed for 147 yards and one touchdown while throwing two picks. Granted, it was against the tough J.J. Watt-led Texans, but what makes a quarterback elite is the ability to play him against everyone. Flacco clearly showed that he's not there yet.
Cam Newton, Panthers -- As discussed above, the Panthers' offense is struggling and Newton is at the heart of the issue, having now gone two weeks without a rushing touchdown while throwing for more than one score in only one game this season. He's a bad play next weekend against the Bears, but there's some potential for recovery against the Redskins (a showdown with RGIII) and Buccaneers in the coming weeks.
Logan Paulsen, Redskins -- Following the season-ending Achilles injury to Fred Davis, the Redskins went out and signed former Pro Bowl tight end and NFL promotional spot star Chris Cooley, who was cut by the team in August. However, don't look for Cooley to step back into the starting role. That will be filled by Paulsen, a bruising blocker with decent hands who has a knack for getting open. Tight end is a deep position, so you can find an alternative outside of Washington, but if you're in a deep league, Paulsen may be the answer.
David Thomas, Saints -- Jimmy Graham's ankle kept him from traveling to Tampa for the Bucs game, so Thomas stepped in admirably, catching one of the four touchdowns thrown by Drew Brees on the day. He'll retain some value playing in the Saints offense for as long as Graham can't answer the bell.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings -- We'll give the Vikings top touchdown receiver a pass for getting shutout by the Cardinals, but the surprise star among tight ends better not string together another one of these clunkers or his owners will have no choice but to lose faith in him.
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