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Week 7: Hot & Cold

Here is a list of who is hot and who is cold going into week 7:

HOT:

QB Aaron Rodgers (GB): Despite concerns about his shoulder injury, Rodgers has played very well. He is the top-scoring fantasy player (depending on your scoring system) and, since GB has no running game to speak of, should continue to post very solid numbers going forward.

QB Drew Brees (NO): Playing without arguably his two best receiving options (Colston, Shockey), Brees has been outstanding. He is second in fantsy points and — if you can believe it — things should get even better once he has Colston and Shockey back.

RB Marion Barber (DAL): Most likely, the Cowboys will lean heavily on Marion Barber while Romo is out. And on top of that, Felix Jones will miss some time with a hamstring injury. Look for Barber to get a lot of touches over the next few weeks.

WR Reggie Wayne (IND): Other than week 3 against Jacksonville (3 catches, 74 yards), Wayne has had at least 86 yards and a TD in every single game. He is a model of consistency and has been a fantasy stud this year.

WR Roddy White (ATL): White is second in the NFL in receiving yards and looks to be a must-start WR at this point. Some (including me) were concerned about White’s ability to consistently produce when RB Michael Turner struggled and with a rookie QB. But he has been very solid.

WR Braylon Edwards (CLE): After doing essentially nothing all year, Edwards had 5 catches for 154 yards, 1 TD and a 2-point conversion on MNF. And better yet, QB Derek Anderson looked sharp. Hopefully it will continue.

TE Jason Witten (DAL): Witten ranks 5th in receiving yards in the NFL, and is crushing all other fantasy TEs. If you were lucky enough to grab Witten, you are in great shape. It is like having another WR1 on your team. And look for him to continue to play well, even with Brad Johnson at QB.

COLD:

QB Dan Orlovsky (DET): The Lions placed Jon Kitna on IR, and Orlovsky is now the starter. He had a very average performance agaisnt Minnesota in his first start, and now has lost Roy Williams. And in addition to just being on a bad team, Drew Stanton is waiting in the wings.

RB Ryan Grant (GB): I keep expecting Grant to turn it on, but he continues to let me down. Last week, against a marginal Seattle defense, Grant was only able to put up 90 yards, despite getting 33 carries. He has another good matchup this week against the Colts, but I simply have no faith in him at this point.

RB Le’Ron McClain (BAL): McClain had been doing very well this year until he posted minus-2 yards against Indy last week. And this week, he faces a tough Miami defense. I think he will rebound, because Miami will not jump out to a big lead like Indy did, but Ray Rice is also in the mix.

RB Adrian Peterson (MIN): Peterson has not delivered on the high expectations most had for him coming into the season. He has three games with less than 10 total fantasy points, and recently posted only 32 yards rushing on 21 carries against an average Saints defense. He is still 10th in fantasy points for RBs, but since he was likely drafted first or second, his numbers are very disappointing.

Any TE Not Named Jason Witten: This year, TEs have been very disappointing. Witten has scored twice as many points as the 7th ranked TE (Owen Daniels), and has outscored the second-best TE (Antonio Gates) by more than 10 points. Basically, unless you have Witten, you are struggling to find a TE who can consistently help your fantasy team.

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