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Some fresh faces broke out in Week 7, but Week 7 is over. It's time to think about the future before Week 8 starts and those impact performances become stale.
Whether you own or covet one of the fantasy stars from Week 7, a decision must be made -- buy ... or sell?
Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Freeman had a career day Sunday, throwing for 420 yards and three TDs. The QB has thrown for 349 yards per game with a 7-to-2 TD/INT ratio in the last three games. But it's important to look at who Freeman faced those weeks -- the Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints, three of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. Freeman is still only completing 55.6 percent of his passes this season and 57.3 in the last two games. The reason Freeman is succeeding is because he's averaging 11 yards per attempt the last two weeks; that's unsustainable. Owners in two QB leagues should shop the QB around, especially since half the NFL has yet to have a bye week.
Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans - It's a mystery why teams even bother passing against the Bills when they can achieve first downs every two carries. Buffalo has allowed an NFL-worst 6.0 ypc, 176.9 rushing yards per game and 13 rushing TDs, five more than the next closest team. So Chris Johnson owners who think all their problems are solved should think again. Use last season as a guide, when Johnson rushed for 153 and two scores in Week 13 against Buffalo and followed that with 195 yards on 56 carries combined the next four games. Johnson owners hit the lottery with his performance in Week 7 because he now carries value on the trade market again but they need to cash out before the opportunity expires.
Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers' running game looked adequate for the first time this season in Week 7 even though they were without their top two running backs. Dwyer picked up the slack with 122 yards on 17 carries and will likely see the majority of the carries in Week 8 as well. His value will be limited once Rashard Mendenhall returns from an Achilles injury but fantasy owners probably won't be able to get a starting caliber player in return. Keep him and hope Mendenhall and Isaac Redman stay on the sidelines.
LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Arizona Cardinals - Consider the battle to fill Arizona's RB position tied 1-1. William Powell hit Buffalo for 70 yards on 13 carries in Week 6 but he fumbled a kickoff in the first quarter Sunday and was benched in favor of Stephens-Howling. The 5-foot-7, 185-pound back galloped for 104 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and caught four passes for 45 yards against the Vikings, but I don't think Arizona trusts him to handle a feature role every week. Powell is still lurking and Beanie Wells is still eligible to return this season so I'd sell Stephens-Howling now before San Francisco shuts the entire situation down in Week 8. He'll carry more trade value in PPR leagues than standard formats.
Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The knock on Jackson when he was with San Diego was that he was inconsistent. If the deep ball wasn't there he would be rendered invisible for the week. How's this for consistency -- in six games with Tampa Bay, Jackson has recorded three 100-yard and one touchdown games, including a team-record 216 yards Sunday against the Saints. He also caught two touchdowns in another game. While I expect Freeman's YPA to regress against better competition Jackson's usage rate shouldn't change much. He'll be a top-10 receiver the rest of the season.
Jeremy Kerley, WR, New York Jets - Being tied to the Jets offense ensures an inconsistent road is ahead but it also means he'll come at a lesser cost. Kerley has exceeded 90 yards and caught five or more passes in two of his last three games -- he had 120 yards on seven receptions Sunday against New England. He'll be a risky play going forward but he's one of the better WR4s you can own.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers - Cobb is on pace for 85 receptions and 994 yards receiving and he's turned in solid fantasy efforts in five of seven games this season but it still seems like he's going under the radar. Greg Jennings will return eventually, but I think we're more likely to see James Jones take a step back than Cobb when that happens. This guy is now an every-week starter, even in 10-team leagues.
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