Week 7: Player Upgrades
Dalton hasn't been very consistent this year, but he finally came through with a big game Sunday, throwing for a touchdown pass for the first time since Week Three. In fact, Dalton notched three touchdowns and his first 300-yard passing game of the season. The Bengals have been waiting for Dalton to develop into a top-tier starter and yesterday might be the start of a string of productive weeks fantasy-wise. Dalton gets the Lions, Dolphins and Ravens in three of the next four weeks and all three teams are among the lower half in passing defense.
Foles' hold on the starting job is tenuous, but with Michael Vick's status uncertain and Chip Kelly unwilling to announce his quarterback plans for a huge game against Dallas, Foles is a guy worth having. The Cowboys' suspect secondary is ripe for the picking and Foles was able to exploit Tampa Bay to the tune of 296 yards and three touchdowns. With terrific weapons, a big-play offense and a favorable schedule on the horizon with games against the Cowboys, Giants and Raiders, Foles remains a must-play for as long as he remains the starter.
Ellington isn't likely to get the bulk of the touches at any point this season according to head coach Bruce Arians, but he's made the most of every touch thus far. The rookie from Clemson has seen more opportunities each week and received a career-high 12 touches this past Sunday. He racked up 92 yards and a touchdown, confirming the Cardinals are looking to him to be a spark. Ellington can also be a spark to your fantasy lineup as he's averaging seven yards per carry and 10 yards per catch and has two touchdowns on the season. Get on board now before someone else decides to scoop up the Cardinals' best running back.
Ridley has been a major disappointment, but he was finally the winner in the roulette that is the Patriots backfield with 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday. Ridley was finally given a fair crack at being the feature back, receiving 20 carries and making the most of them. With Shane Vereen out for the season, the Patriots have yet to settle on a bell-cow back, Ridley certainly distanced himself from Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount against the Saints. The situation seems to change every week, but if Ridley can protect the ball unlike he did in Week One, the job is his to lose. Sure, the Week 7 matchup against the Jets is not ideal, but looking at the long haul, upgrade.
A little redemption for the NFL's most controversial figure this past Sunday. Cooper broke out for 120 yards receiving and a touchdown in his most prolific outing since attending a certain Kenny Chesney concert this summer. Cooper still has to prove himself as he only has 12 receptions this year, but yesterday displayed his ability as a downfield threat in a vertical-minded Chip Kelly offense. Next week's shootout against Dallas makes him a possible start in some fantasy leagues.