Welcome to the 2015 Fantasy Alarm Game Recaps! Nobody watches more NFL football than yours truly – mostly because it is impossible to do so. Each week I’ll open up my note pad to all of our Fantasy Alarm readers so that you guys can go beyond the box score to get the information you need to win your league.

If you are one of the MANY people that I see week after week panicking after the first half of the early Sunday games I have a message for you: PLEASE STOP.

I really can’t handle seeing the fear in people’s minds and hearts. I decided that I am going to make this my mission in the upcoming days and weeks to make sure that our people, Fantasy Alarm Nation, properly understand that nothing is over until the final gun on Monday night. Let the rest of the world go gaga over whichever random player scores in the first quarter. Let them yell and scream about how bad that player is who hasn’t seen a target on the first two drives of the game. The rest of us will sit back and relax knowing that not only are we the most knowledgeable fantasy football players in the world, but we are also veterans who have seen it all before.

If you checked out after the start of the first games you probably thought that Andrew Luck, Arian Foster, Todd Gurley, Antonio Brown, T.Y. Hilton, Adrian Peterson and Charcandrick West had miserable games. Well, it didn’t really work out that way, hoss.

Here are the Week 7 Fantasy Football Game Recaps:


31 – Buffalo at Jacksonville – 34 (London)

This game turned into the best game that has been played across the pond. Despite some really sloppy football by two subpar teams, they put on a great show for the European audience watching in droves. This was also the first NFL game ever that was not broadcast and rather streamed live via Yahoo.

The Bills turned the ball over on three consecutive drives in the first half, the first two of which were returned for TDs by the Jaguars' defense just seven seconds apart.

I have a question for all of you: Is Rex Ryan a good NFL head coach? ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who I think had ulterior motives, brought this topic up because he felt as though Ryan’s teams were rarely properly prepared for big games.

LeSean McCoy had a six-yard TD run called back due to a penalty on Charles Clay for a false start.

The Jaguars were the last team in the NFL without a rushing TD coming into this game. T.J. Yeldon ended that drought with a 28-yard TD run in the second half, his first of the season.

I don’t know why but Toby Gerhart had three carries from the goal line today and could not get in on any try.

Allen Robinson is a certifiable WR1 in fantasy football now and going forward.


30 – Tampa Bay at Washington – 31

The Buccaneers held a 24-0 lead late in the second quarter of this game and appeared headed to a rout of the Redskins. This loss is especially troubling considering the losses the Redskins suffered on defense today.

With this performance today, Mike Evans now has 15 receptions, 373 yards and three TDs in two career games against the Redskins.

Two consecutive roughing the passer penalties on the Buccaneers allowed the Redskins' second scoring drive to continue and seemed to sway the momentum in Washington’s favor.

The Bucs lost two WRs due to injury today. Louis Murphy went down after suffering a knee injury on a first-half catch. Vincent Jackson left the game in the third quarter due to a knee injury of his own and did not return. The Bucs had just two healthy WRs after Jackson’s departure.

Mike Evans had a second touchdown nullified due to a pass interference penalty on him for a push off.

Kirk Cousins became the first Redskins QB to throw for 300 yards passing, three TDs and no interceptions since Brad Johnson did it in 1999.

I am immensely disappointed in Matt Jones. He was the complete feature RB for the Redskins today and just couldn’t pick up yardage and move the chains. He dropped a pass early in the first half that could have went for a big gain and it was as if he never recovered.

The Redskins lost so many defensive players due to injury today. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland left with a hamstring injury late in the game. They also lost three linebackers including Mason Foster (hamstring), Ryan Kerrigan (broken hand) and Perry Riley (leg muscle).

Redskins recovered an onside kick early in the second half that also seemed to completely sway the momentum of this game.


10 – Atlanta at Tennessee – 7

This was a very sloppy and boring game from start to finish. The coaching for Tennessee seemed to not want to lose whereas the Falcons players failed at every single opportunity to break this game open.

There were plenty of bad decisions in this game but none worse than when the Falcons decided to run the ball with fullback Patrick DiMarco instead of their workhorse RB Devonta Freeman. Freeman ran all over the Titans but to miss this opportunity was certainly disturbing.

WR Leonard Hankerson left the game early on when his nagging hamstring flared up on him. Hankerson had a real nice start to the season but injuries and inconsistency have allowed him to fall off the map in recent weeks.

Safety William Moore was knocked out of this game due to a groin injury.

Antonio Andrews got out to a great start today but was then taken out in favor of Dexter McCluster which seemed to evaporate the early success of the Titans' offensive line.

I am a Zach Mettenberger fan for sure but felt that he did not play his game today whatsoever. He is a big-armed guy who is able to push the ball downfield yet was dinking and dunking all afternoon. I blame the coaches who are as passive and clueless as it gets in the NFL now that Joe Philbin is gone.


27 – New Orleans at Indianapolis – 21

It’s always fun to listen to NFL “experts” who will say the New Orleans defense played very well today. That is how you know somebody doesn’t know a damn thing about football. Did the Saints' defense play better than they have in previous weeks? Sure. But the story here is how absolutely awful Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis offense played.

Mark Ingram absolutely tore apart the Colts' defense today to the tune of 14-143-1 on the ground but it could have been, and should have been, so much more. For some reason the Saints seem to prefer Khiry Robinson as their goal line back and he cashed in twice this afternoon. In all Robinson got 14 carries which curbed a really massive game that Ingram could have, and should have, had.

Sean Payton had two atrocious challenges early on in this game on plays that were clearly judged properly. He is very lucky the Saints didn’t need any of those challenges later on if the game got close.

Immediately after the second terrible replay request, Payton and staff made a bold call to fake a field goal attempt. Backup QB Luke McCown found TE Benjamin Watson for a first down and big gain down to the Colts one-yard line which completely set the early tone of this game.

Saints TE Josh Hill has a TD nullified due to pass interference on himself.

Andrew Luck played his worst game as a professional today. He was extremely hesitant in his progressions and was erratic in his throws throughout the game. But the thing about great players is that they somehow find a way to produce as Luck did today.

I am very disappointed in the involvement of the TEs here in Indianapolis. Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener are as good a TE tandem as it gets in the NFL and each have had success. It’s bewildering that they combined for only six targets today.

Colts WR Phillip Dorsett left the game due to an ankle injury in the second quarter today.

For those complaining about WR Donte Moncrief’s production today please understand that he had two catches for 32 yards nullified due to penalty today. It ain’t much but his final line would have looked much better had he got credit for those grabs.


28 – Minnesota at Detroit – 19

The Vikings had a real problem at the goal line today. Adrian Peterson had several opportunities but could not convert any of them.

Speaking of Peterson he had a really bad game but a third quarter 75-yard run really helped his overall numbers today. Peterson should have had a TD on that run but was obviously gassed at the end, allowing the Lions' defenders to catch up to him and push him out of bounds at the three-yard line. At one point Peterson had over 100 yards rushing but then failed to gain a single yard in his final six carries of this game.

What makes Vikings WR Stefon Diggs so good is his chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater. I always say there is nothing that can replace the trust and comfort a QB has with his WRs. Diggs' 36-yard TD catch today was one of the best catches you will ever see.

Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed another extra point attempt today.

WR Jarius Wright left the game with a concussion and did not return.

What do I say time and time again about one Lance Moore? His presence in this offense was more to do with the Lions TEs being banged up more than anything and that sure was the case today. Moore was non-existent on the field today and should not be owned moving forward.

Matthew Stafford injured his left hand late in this game and was seen in quite a bit of pain on the sidelines but remained in the whole time. He’ll have X-rays tonight and we should know if there is anything broken by early Monday morning.


13 – Pittsburgh at Kansas City – 23

It’s really hard to say that Landry Jones was better than Michael Vick in any of Vick’s starts this season. Sure, the passing numbers are better but when you factor in Vick’s rushing ability it is almost a wash.

The good news for fantasy owners was Antonio Brown reclaiming his WR1 status here with a 6-124 yard performance today. Whether it is Ben Roethlisberger or Jones under center for the Steelers, the clear fact here is that we are done with the “should I start Antonio Brown?” questions forever.

The Steelers are brutal for fantasy kickers. Not only do they go for two point conversions far more than any other team in the NFL, but Mike Tomlin has been on a kick of going for it on fourth downs which they did early in the first quarter today.

Cornerback William Gay left the game due to a shoulder injury and did not return.

The Steelers also lost LB Antwaan Blake today due to a first half concussion.

For those who listen to my SiriusXM Radio Show (4-6 PM ET weekdays), you will recall my stance all week that Charcandrick West will still be a fine fantasy asset despite his lackluster performance last week. Today West ran once again as the Chiefs' feature RB and did what you would expect from a Jamaal Charles. West rushed 22-110-1 today and added in 2-19 through the air.

Chris Conley is a very intriguing young WR who would be much more interesting for fantasy owners if he were on another team. Conley is the only Chiefs WR to have any sort of size and ability in the red zone. I am not going to bid on him in free agency this week but will continue to monitor his involvement in this Chiefs offense.


6 – Cleveland at St. Louis – 24

The Browns have gone 19 straight games without a 100-yard rushing performance. The Rams have gone 18 in a row without a 300-yard passer. These are two very bad offenses here and it showed up on Sunday.

Gary Barnidge kept the production train rolling even in a weak offensive output by Josh McCown and the Browns today. Barnidge racked up six catches on seven targets for 101 yards.

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins was knocked out of the game due to a concussion.

QB Josh McCown said that he “heard something pop” in his right shoulder and was relieved by TMZ hero Johnny Manziel. McCown will have a series of tests performed on his shoulder and his status should be updated by Monday afternoon at the latest.

Todd Gurley is that one piece that legitimately makes the Rams contenders for the NFC Championship this year. Gurley is straight balling right now and his reconstructed knee is looking better every single week. He twice leapt over defenders today and my heart gasped each time. But he came down strong and immediately made a cut that told me he is going to be just fine. Gurley finished the game with 97 yards after contact today.

This Rams defense is incredibly good. Anytime they are priced outside the top five of DST in DFS you must pounce on them. The Rams sacked the Browns QB four times and recovered four fumbles in this game.

Jared Cook is absolutely awful and I am sick of watching him play every week. He doesn’t block well, he runs sloppy routes, he drops passes and fumbled for the third time already this season.


26 – Houston at Miami – 44

I don’t know how many times we can listen to Bill O’Brien say “it’s my fault” for his team’s poor performance and not do something about it. I wonder if the Dolphins looked at Houston today like they were looking at a mirror four weeks ago. The Texans need something to shake up a miserable team effort right now.

The Dolphins used All-Pro CB Brent Grimes to shadow WR DeAndre Hopkins throughout this game. Grimes made it difficult for Hopkins on every route and limited him to just 6-50 on the day. Expect Hopkins to draw the attention of every opponent’s top corner from here on out this season.

The Texans lost LB Akeem Dent with a hamstring injury late in this game. Also, monitor J.J. Watt’s status this week as he banged up his leg pretty good and missed a couple of plays today. Watt came back in the game but was clearly hobbled the rest of the way.

As most of you know by now, the Texans lost RB Arian Foster for the rest of the season due to a torn Achilles tendon in his right leg. Alfred Blue is the immediate replacement but Chris Polk could also challenge for carries moving forward.

Jarvis Landry might be the single most underappreciated WR in the NFL. His 50-yard TD catch and run was something that will be shown in NFL Films for a long time. It was said that he ran a total of 109 yards during the zigging and zagging of that run.

The Dolphins are the first team ever to score four touchdowns for 50-plus yards in a single half in NFL history. Ryan Tannehill is the first QB since 1998 to throw three or more TDs of 50-plus yards in one half.

The Dolphins outgained the Texans 219-0 in the first quarter. They were up 21-0 after one quarter and 41-0 at halftime.

CB Zach Bowman injured his shoulder in the second quarter and did not return.

LB Spencer Paysinger left the game with a groin injury and did not return.


23 – N.Y. Jets at New England – 30

The Jets held a 20-16 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining in this game. The Jets defense really did keep the Patriots down until the fourth quarter when Tom Brady did his regular comeback drive to give his team the win.

The Jets had a chance to extend that lead but Brandon Marshall dropped a sure touchdown that would have given the Jets an eight-point lead with just five minutes to play in the game. Marshall also was at fault for a false start on the Jets' final drive which resulted in a 10-second run off and the end of the game.

Chris Ivory had a TD reception in this game to go along with his 17-41 on the ground but he also tweaked a groin muscle that had him in and out of this game late. He received treatment on the sidelines but will surely wind up missing some practice time this week.

Jets center Nick Mangold was knocked from this game with a neck injury that will require testing to determine just how bad it is.

For the first time in 15 years Tom Brady led the Patriots in rushing. Sure, Brady only rushed four times for 15 yards but did score a leaping TD on a fourth and goal play that turned out to be huge for the Pats today.

The Patriots didn’t even try and run the football this afternoon. I honestly cannot explain the reasoning for it as I really do believe they would have had a better time throwing the football early on if they would have at least feigned interest in rushing. Dion Lewis was inactive for this game and second-year man James White was actually the most involved RB for the Patriots today.

Patriots receivers dropped an unbelievable 11 passes in the game today. Brandon LaFell, who was just activated off the PUP list had six drops all by himself. This was easily the worst performance by a WR and quite possibly by any player in the NFL this season.


37 – Oakland at San Diego – 29

The Raiders absolutely dominated in this game today. They were ahead 30-6 at halftime and 37-6 after three quarters. They still have a long way to go, though, but confidence boosters like today will do the young talent on this team quite well.

It was interesting to see the Raiders go with Taiwan Jones quite a bit today. Jones is a very exciting player in the open field and he had some really good runs today. His fantasy value comes only as Latavius Murray’s handcuff, however.

You’re going to hear a lot about Clive Walford being a waiver pickup this week but please don’t buy into that at all. There are a lot of other TEs around the league that deserve to be on rosters and I can assure you that Walford isn’t one of them.

Raiders LB Neiron Ball left the game due to a knee injury early in the second half.

Melvin Gordon didn’t play in this game until super late in the fourth quarter. It looked as though Gordon was just going to sit out the whole game after being questionable with an ankle injury but then he suddenly got on the field. It’s clear that there is more to Gordon’s lack of playing time than injury.

The Chargers defense is my absolute favorite to stack against in DFS this season. They are so horrific both against the run and against the pass. This actually makes Philip Rivers an even more valuable QB as he constantly has to throw the football over and over again. This helps the garbage time numbers rack up in short order as they did today.

The Chargers lost LG Orlando Franklin today who needed help to the locker room after a knee injury. Franklin had been out with an ankle injury the past three weeks.


20- Dallas at N.Y. Giants – 27

So much for all of that Christine Michael hype, huh? I hope that those of you who drafted him and have held him now understand why I advised you strongly against it. Michael wound up with five carries today and gained 18 yards rushing on those carries.

While Michael sat the bench it was Darren McFadden who came in for the banged up Joseph Randle and absolutely tore the Giants' defense up. McFadden racked up 29-152-1 on the ground today while also hauling in 2-10 in the passing game.

Randle was off to a good start but injured his back late in the first quarter and did not return. It's his injury that shows you really just how far Michael is behind the pack.

Dez Bryant and LB Greg Hardy got into a heated confrontation on the Cowboys' sidelines late in this game. The confrontation evidently came after Hardy knocked a clipboard out of special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia's hands. This Hardy signing has turned out to be a complete disaster from the word "go."

The Giants debuted a four horseman approach to the run game today. I guess it was a design to get Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Andre Williams and Orleans Darkwa all involved in the game and it paid off well today. The four combined for 24-136-1 today yet none of these guys should be counted on at all in fantasy football.

Dwayne Harris played a terrific game today. Playing against his former team for the first time, Harris made his presence felt both on offense and on special teams. Harris hauled in both of his targets for 43 yards today and also won the game for the Giants with his 100-yard kickoff return after the Cowboys had just tied the game.

Giants DE Robert Ayers was knocked out of this game late due to a concussion. He’ll be in the NFL’s protocol this week and will have to make it through in order to be cleared to play next week.


16 – Philadelphia at Carolina – 27

The Eagles' defense has done a pretty good job this year and is an underrated bunch in my opinion. Even though they gave up 27 points tonight they were able to pick off Cam Newton three times. The fact that their offense couldn’t do anything with those extra opportunities is exactly why the Eagles find themselves behind both the Giants and Redskins in the NFC East.

I know that it is frustrating to constantly watch Ryan Mathews outperform DeMarco Murray week after week and still not get more carries but that is the situation. Mathews will have a limited amount of touches as long as Murray is healthy.

It is impossibly frustrating to be a Jordan Matthews owner right now. I am holding out for when Mark Sanchez eventually replaces Sam Bradford and renews his chemistry with Matthews. I’d still put Matthews' value at a high-end WR3 right now but there are matchups in which he could be benched.

What a surprise. Last week I wrote about how it seemed as though Eagles LT Jason Peters leaves every single game with some sort of injury. Well, tonight he was carted off due to back spasms that caused him to fall to the ground writhing in pain. This time it appears as though Peters is going to miss some significant amount of time.

Cam Newton ran and threw for a touchdown for the fourth time already this season and for the 28th time in his career. He ranks second all time in this category and trails only Steve Young by three games.

It is frustrating to be a Jonathan Stewart owner these days. Not only are his carries erratic from game to game but he gets replaced every time the Panthers are near the goal line and has his potential TDs vultured by both Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton. This limits his upside tremendously and quite frankly I would try and send him packing for a player with more TD upside.