Unlucky Week 7 for many fantasy backs

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Sunday was a tough day to be a running back and it started very early. Marshawn Lynch was injured in pre-game warmups! Meanwhile, Darren McFadden, Ryan Mathews, Mike Tolbert, Willis McGahee, Tim Hightower, LaDainian Tomlinson, Beanie Wells and Earnest Graham were all hurt during their games, with only Mathews returning later in the contest.

San Diego at New York Jets

Rivers and Chargers fans may like this new balanced offense, but many fantasy owners aren't getting what they expected out of their quarterback and his receivers.

As expected, Darrelle Revis took Vincent Jackson out of the game, including a big second-half interception.

During the week, Coach Ryan said he wasn't going to force the ball the Plaxico Burress, but they did hit him for a trio of short touchdowns passes. Too bad the coach talk probably influenced owners to sit Burress in favor of someone else.

Despite not starting, Shonn Greene posted the third regular season 100-yard day of his 35-game career.

Houston at Tennessee

It was no contest in a battle between the best fantasy running back of 2009 and 2010's best. Arian Foster was heavily involved in both the running and passing games, earning the 100-yard bonus in both categories, while Chris Johnson struggled. "C.J. had a "long" run of three yards.

A 78-yard touchdown pass from Matt Schaub-to-Foster inflated the quarterback's numbers, but I take back what I said about him not being a good choice without Andre Johnson around. Schaub fell just short of the 300-yard bonus.

Hasselbeck looked like a player in his first year with a new team...confused. Then he hurt his thumb and sat out the last part of a blowout loss.

Denver at Miami

If Tim Tebow is going to run around the pocket this much, he better make sure his health insurance policy is paid up. The Broncos' starting quarterback was credited with just eight runs, but took way too many hits.

If you have Broncos receivers on your roster...punt. Midway through the third quarter and Tebow had run the ball six times and thrown it just eight times. Tebow did hit tight end Daniel Fells and wideout Demaryius Thomas for touchdowns, but both were non-starters in almost every fantasy league.

The Daniel Thomas-Reggie Bush situation in Miami is leaving both players without enough touches to play a consistent fantasy role in your lineup.

Chicago at Tampa Bay

The Bucs running backs supply is nearing the bottom of the barrel. LeGarrette Blount didn't dress and Earnest Graham was injured in a non-contact play in which his right leg appeared to buckle. They're down to Kregg Lumpkin.

For the other side, Matt Forte earned the 100-yard rushing bonus with more than eight minutes left in the second quarter.

With no running backs left to use, Josh Freeman threw 51 times in an attempt to bring his team back from a 16-point deficit. It's not a good formula for the Bucs' won/loss record, but his fantasy owners will like it.

Atlanta at Detroit

It was a second consecutive poor outing for early-season star Matthew Stafford. The bloom is definitely off the rose. He struggled against a strong pass rush again and he should expect teams to see what the last two defenses have done to him and copy it.

Nate Burleson and Brandon Pettigrew didn't give Stafford and Johnson much help today.

The Falcons and Michael Turner are great choices when Atlanta has the lead. Off to a fast start, Turner ran 27 times for 122 yards, but if they fall behind, he'll go "MIA" as he's not part of the passing game. You can only depend on big Turner numbers when you expect the Falcons to win the game. In 2011, Turner is averaging 58.6 yards in losses and 86.2 yards on the ground in wins.

Seattle at Cleveland

Marshawn Lynch left before the game against the Browns even started with a back injury. Justin Forsett and Leon Washington will be on everybody's waiver claim list this week.

Charlie Whitehurst isn't an improvement over Tarvaris Jackson. Neither are fantasy-worthy and it kills any hope of Mike Williams or Sidney Rice coming on in the second half of the season.

Montario Hardesty put up respectable numbers this week (122 yards from scrimmage), but took too many hard hits. He'll never last a full season as a workhorse running back.

Washington at Carolina

The "musical chairs" running back situation in Washington continues as Tim Hightower did the bulk of the work while Mike Shanahan favorite Ryan Torain was nowhere to be found in the first half. Torain was finally spotted on the field, but only after Hightower was injured with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. Torain owner's bottom line - two carries for minus five yards.

If you own and start DeAngelo Williams or Jonathan Stewart, these Cam Newton touchdown runs have to be giving you a migraine. I'm guessing Steve Smith owners (7-143-0) aren't exactly happy that he runs them in either.

Pittsburgh at Arizona

Not unexpectedly, Mike Wallace toasted the weak Cardinals secondary on a 95- yard catch and run. He may very well be the fastest player in the league, but he's for sure a top-five fantasy receiver.

Rashard Mendenhall had another disappointing fantasy performance, his fifth in six games this season, but Ben Roethlisberger took care of things for the Steelers (25-for-38 for 340 yards and three touchdowns).

Antonio Brown had been getting the targets through the first six weeks (39), just not cashing in until this Sunday. He cracked the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career. He's a man to target on the waiver wire.

If you were forced to start Kevin Kolb against the No.1 pass defense because of the bye weeks, consider yourself lucky that you survived with a solid week from your quarterback. A 73-yard touchdown catch and run from LaRod Stephens- Howling was a key factor in your successful gamble.

Kansas City at Oakland

Considering how Kyle Boller played, the Carson Palmer trade might be the Raiders only hope for a playoff appearance. Of course, the rusty Palmer looked bad too, but at least he has a legitimate excuse. He'll have two weeks to get the rust off and be ready for a Week 9 start (Oakland has a bye in Week 8).

The Chiefs won it with...defense? Two interception returns for touchdowns among six picks will likely make the Kansas City defense/special teams No.1 for the week.

Green Bay at Minnesota

Only a fortune teller could have guessed that Christian Ponder-to-Michael Jenkins would have been a great combination to start in Week 7.

Adrian Peterson tried his best to help out his rookie quarterback by rushing 24 times for 175 yards and a score.

Percy Harvin got hurt again...what else is new?

There was little chance for the injured Vikings secondary to stop or even slow down Aaron Rodgers & Co. Rodgers hit his first 13 passes en route to a 24- for-30 for 335-yard, three-touchdown day. If he isn't the first half MVP, I don't know football.

It's time to give up on the Packers running back pair as regards to any fantasy value. Neither Ryan Grant (zero rushing TDs) nor James Starks (one TD) can get into the endzone on a consistent basis because of the team's great passing game.

St. Louis at Dallas

DeMarco Murray's 91-yard touchdown run and a Cowboys rookie rushing record of 253 yards made a lot of fantasy owners who claimed him this week very happy, but Felix Jones owners are now thinking they might be in a RBBC situation when he returns from injury. There aren't many options for Jones owners, trading him while he is injured wouldn't yield much in return.

Because Murray was so good, the Dallas passing attack finished with mediocre results. Don't worry, the Cowboys still love to pass the ball.

Considering the team scored just seven points and had a backup quarterback in for Sam Bradford, as the team's only weapon, Steven Jackson's 70 yards and a touchdown were about as good as you could hope for.

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