Oct 21, 2010
As the NFL tries to police “devastating” hits this week, fantasy football owners are left with the aftermath of a fairly brutal Week 6. Key injuries to notable players like DeSean Jackson, Antonio Gates, Chris Cooley and Malcom Floyd are leaving fantasy owners looking for answers this week. Take a look at our “Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Start ‘Ems” for Week 7 to see who you can count on in your fantasy football lineup.
QUARTERBACKS - START ‘EM
Kyle Orton (Denver Broncos) vs. Oakland
Orton’s streak of four straight 300-plus passing yard games came to an end in Week 6 against the New York Jets, as he went just 14-for-34 for 209 yards and one touchdown in what was easily his worst game of the season. But things should get better in Week 7 against the Oakland Raiders, who have allowed two passing touchdowns in all six of their games this season while only intercepting two passes. In his second start against the Raiders in 2009, Orton threw for 278 yards and a touchdown and he did not throw an interception in either game against Oakland last season. He may not put up a huge yardage total, as the Raiders have allowed over 200 passing yards just once this season, but the pending return of running back Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) should help open things up for the Broncos’ passing game. Orton is in the top-five of our rankings this week, and has elevated himself to essentially every week starter status at this point.
Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) vs. Buffalo
Flacco went 27-for-35 for 285 yards with two touchdowns against the New England Patriots in Week 6, and he gets another favorable matchup this week against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have allowed 10 passing touchdowns over their last four games, including three to David Garrard of the Jacksonville Jaguars in their last game in Week 5, and they have intercepted just one pass all season. Flacco has thrown for at least 250 yards in three of his last four games, and has thrown six touchdowns and just one interception over that span. One potential limit on his passing output this week is the real possibility the Ravens will get a big lead and not be throwing very much, but Flacco is still worth using as a low-end QB1 again this week.
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