Are your running backs and tight ends delivering? Again this week, we sort through who is becoming a bigger part of their team’s game plan and who may be getting phased out. We have players emerging due to injury and tell you who is not delivering on their opportunities. We continue to make our way through the bye weeks, which tend to skew the season totals a bit and should be noted. With most of the stud backs and star tight ends fixed on your opponent’s rosters, target analysis can give you an advantage to make the right selection from the waiver wire.
Injuries continue to impact fantasy leagues and week seven was no exception.
-In Oakland, Michael Bush stepped up when Darren McFadden went down with a foot injury.
-In Tampa, Kregg Lumpkin stepped right in when Earnest Graham was lost, perhaps for the year. The former Georgia back was targeted an NFL high (RB) eight times, catching six.
-New Orleans continues to throw to anybody and everybody as Pierre Thomas received extended playing time due to Mark Ingram’s heel injury.
-Ray Rice is now a fumbler, but was a major target of Joe Flacco catching five of eight passes.
-Miami continues to try to work Daniel Thomas into an every down role, but the rookie only caught two passes in five “looks”.
-In Cleveland, Peyton Hillis is still sidelined with Chris Ogbonnaya stepping up into the pass catching back role, catching all five balls thrown his way.
-Stephen Jackson remains healthy and despite Sam Bradford’s absence caught four of five in the Rams passing attack.
-Seattle lost Marshawn Lynch to a freak pre-game injury, but Leon Washington was more than capable catching the ball out of the backfield.
-Atlanta looking for a jump start to its passing game is working rookie Jacquizz Rodgers into the attack and Maurice Morris is stepping up to fill in for Jahvid Best in Detroit.
-Kansas City seems to have settled in with Jackie Battle as Jamaal Charles replacement, but Dexter McCluster disappointed, only targeted twice in the blowout of Oakland.
-Jets back Shonn Greene continues to be inconsistent as a receiver, or at least in the New York game plan, only getting one pass thrown his way.
-San Diego opted not to include Mike Tolbert in their passing game as the big back was targeted only one time, the news was even worst for Carolina’s Jonathan Stewart as Cam Newton failed to throw his way at all in the win over Washington.
Week 6 Risers
6/8 Kregg Lumpkin TB
5/8 Ray Rice BAL
5/6 Pierre Thomas NO
4/5 Stephen Jackson STL
5/5 Chris Ogbonnaya CLE
2/5 Daniel Thomas MIA
4/4 Leon Washington SEA
3/4 James Starks GB
3/4 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL
2/3 Maurice Morris DET
2/3 Michael Bush OAK
Week 6 Fallers
2/4 Matt Forte CHI
2/2 Reggie Bush MIA
1/2 Dexter McCluster KC
2/2 Montario Hardesty CLE
1/1 Shonn Greene NYJ
1/1 Adrian Peterson MIN
1/1 Darren McFadden OAK
1/1 Earnest Graham TB
0/1 Mike Tolbert SD
0/0 Jonathan Stewart CAR
59 Darren Sproles NO
51 Matt Forte CHI
41 Jahvid Best DET
40 Ray Rice BAL
35 Mike Tolbert SD
31 Earnest Graham TB
30 LeSean McCoy PHI
30 Arian Foster HOU
30 Chris Johnson TEN
29 Ryan Matthews SD
29 Fred Jackson BUF
28 LaDanian Tomlinson NYJ
24 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG
24 Pierre Thomas NO
24 James Starks GB
-Hello Kellen Winslow! With Earnest Graham lost to the Tampa passing game, Winslow stepped up! Problem is, eight of the dozen passes fired his way fell to the turf.
-Much of the same for Arizona rookie Rob Housler as he was targeted half a dozen times, catching only a pair.
A disappointing afternoon for Cleveland’s Ben Watson as he was targeted only four times, and caught only one.
-Greg Olsen was the loser in the Carolina dual tight end attack as Cam Newton targeted him only three times with him catching only one.
-In Indianapolis, Curtis Painter may be better for the vertical passing attack, but certainly not for future Hall of Famer Dallas Clark who wasn’t targeted at all in the blow-out loss in the Superdome.
-A disappearing act in St. Louis as well, where emerging rookie Lance Kendricks failed to catch the only pass thrown his way
-After falling off the charts for several weeks, Baltimore’s Ed Dickson bounced back, catching four of five.
-Jared Cook was a mover the past few weeks, but fell off on Sunday with only two opportunities.
-Jermichael Finley was only targeted twice by Aaron Rodgers, but let’s not kid ourselves, he is arguably the most dangerous tight end in the NFL.
-Fred Davis should be atop your list if he is available as he resumes full time play with the extended injury to Chris Cooley.
-Dustin Keller has re-emerged after disappearing for weeks. Mark Sanchez looked Keller’s way eight times on Sunday.
- Visanthe Shiancoe was a big part of the Minnesota game plan as he was targeted eight times by rookie Christian Ponder.
-Wonder where Ben Watson’s numbers went? Look no further as Browns tight end Evan Moore hauled in four of the five passes thrown his direction.
-And Antonio Gates owners breathed a collected sigh of relief as the Chargers tight end finally returned from injury and delivered in a big way.
Week 6 Risers
4/12 Kellen Winslow TB
6/8 Fred Davis WASH
4/8 Dustin Keller NYJ
4/8 Visanthe Shiancoe MIN
5/7 Antonio Gates SD
2/6 Rob Housler AZ
4/5 Evan Moore CLE
4/5 Ed Dickson BAL
2/4 Daniel Fells DEN
2/4 Anthony McCoy SEA
3/3 Michael Hoomanawanui STL
Week 6 Fallers
0/0 Dallas Clark IND
0/1 Lance Kendricks STL
2/2 Jermichael Finley GB
2/2 Jared Cook TEN
1/3 Greg Olsen CAR
1/4 Ben Watson CLE
66 Jimmy Graham NO
58 Kellen Winslow TB
57 Brandon Pettigrew DET
52 Jason Witten DAL
52 Tony Gonzalez ATL
46 Dustin Keller NYJ
46 Greg Olsen CAR
42 Owen Daniels HOU
41 Ben Watson CLE
41 Jermaine Gresham CIN
41 Aaron Hernandez NE
40 Ed Dickson BAL
39 Visanthe Shiancoe MIN
38 Rob Gronkowski NE
38 Jeremy Shockey CAR
37 Jermichael Finley GB
34 Dallas Clark IND
Later this week, Fantasy Alarm will take a look at wide receivers!
Tom Blaz is a writer for Fantasy Alarm and co-owner of The Recruiting Eagle a website focusing on Auburn University Athletics.
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