Hasselbeck chucked and ducked against the Lions, completing 39-for-51 for 329 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. That performance followed a nice start against Dallas, in which he went 22-for-39 for 249 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT. He’s a lower-tier No. 1 fantasy option, and a great bye-week or flex choice against the 29th-ranked Cardinals pass defense, though they did stymie him in Week 6.
Jones had 16 carries for 36 yards and 1 TD against the Lions last week. He also caught 6 passes for 78 yards. He got completely swallowed up by the Cards’ fourth-ranked run defense in Week 6, gaining just 5 yards on 5 carries. He’s no better than a No. 3 fantasy option against the tough Cards interior.
Housh had 6 catches against Detroit for 34 yards and a TD. He hasn’t gained more than 35 yards in the last three games. That’s really got to get him steamed. He has only one 100-yard game this year (8 for 103 in Week 4 against the Colts). He’s a low-end No. 2 fantasy option, slightly better in PPR leagues as he’s 11th in the NFL with 41 catches.
Burleson had two nice outings coming out of the bye, catching 7 balls for 75 yards against the Lions one week after catching 6 for 89 yards against the Cardinals. He is on pace for 90 catches and 1,124 yards, which would be his second 1,000-yard season (2004). He’s a certified No. 2 fantasy WR.
Since a great Week 1, gaining 95 yards and catching 2 TD passes, Carlson has been merely serviceable at best. He caught 6 passes for 42 yards against the Lions but hasn’t gotten into the end zone since opening day. He’s ranked 11th among TEs in catches and 10th in yardage. He’s in that 10-14 range of tight ends.
This is a mediocre unit (ranking 13th in YPG and PPG) that picked off Matthew Stafford no less than five times last week. Before that, they were wrecked two weeks ago by the Cowboys as well as by the Cards before the bye. Mild recommendation to avoid.
Will the real Kurt Warner please stand up? A week after throwing 5 INT against the Panthers, Warner flipped the script and threw for 5 TD and no picks. He has 16 TD and 11 INT on the year. He hasn’t thrown for less than 230 yards in a game and should still be considered a No. 1 QB option -- ranking among the top 10 in completions, yards and TDs.
Hightower had 15 rushes for 77 yards and 1 catch for 11 yards in Chicago. He has 5 TDs on the year and ranks second among RBs with 40 receptions. Even though Beanie Wells is basically splitting carries with him, Hightower is a No. 2 fantasy RB because of his TDs and catches.
Wells had double-digit carries for the third time in four games. Look for him to keep getting carries. He’s a lower-end No. 3 because he’s still the backup, but the sky is the limit with him if he plays his way into the role of feature back.
Old Fitzie had his best game of the year against the Bears, catching 9 balls for 123 yards and 2 TD. He’s third in the league in receptions with 56. He has less than 5 catches in a game only once. He’s only been over the century mark twice but is tied for the league lead with 7 TD. He’s one of the most physically gifted players in the league and, without a doubt, is a must-start every week.
Boldin has been playing through injuries all year. He reaggravated a high-ankle sprain during his lackluster 3-catch, 23-yard game against the Panthers and sat out against Chicago last week. He’s only gotten into the end zone once and, until he busts out, he’s a No. 3 fantasy option. Monitor that ankle too.
Breaston had a good game against the Bears, catching 5 balls for 66 yards and 1 TD. He may well be the best No. 3 WR in the league and should come close to getting 1,000 yards. He’s a No. 3 option this week and could stand to benefit if Boldin keeps hobbling.
Neil ‘The Schpiel’ is 10-for-11 on the season after going 2-for-2 at Chicago. The Cards keep scoring TDs and, thus, Rackers has been having trouble racking up the rackage. He’s still a lower-end No. 1 fantasy kicker on a scoring offense like this.
The Cards’ defense is tough against the run but not so much against the pass. Hasselbeck appears poised to throw a lot of passes. Ranking 21st YPG and 11th in PPG, the unit is having an identity crisis. They are still an advisable low-end No. 1 against the Seabags.