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Sure, some of the top fantasy players were sitting on the sidelines due to injuries and byes, but that didn't mean you couldn't find great performances in Week 7.
Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub were likely watching the games on television, like the rest of us, but Carson Palmer and the Cincinnati Bengals passing offense put up stunning numbers in Week 7. Despite losing 39-32 to the Atlanta Falcons, Palmer was great, going 36-for-50 for 412 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for 29 fantasy points.
While Palmer was started by 35% of all owners, Ryan Fitzpatrick owners, the few that are out there, were rewarded with a 30-point game as well.
Atlanta's quarterback, Matt Ryan posted a solid 24 fantasy points with three touchdown passes, but ended up with 299 yards passing, one short for most fantasy bonuses.
Three other one o'clock start quarterbacks threw for 300+ yards, though Brees' effort was the most disappointing as the Saints signalcaller also tossed four interceptions.
Arian Foster, LaDainian Tomlinson, Joseph Addai and Jahvid Best were idle, but Michael Turner led the running back position in the nine one o'clock games with a solid 23-carry, 121-yards, two touchdown performance which was worth 29 fantasy points.
Despite that effort, Turner wasn't the star of the Falcons offense. That award belonged to wideout Roddy White, who posted 11 catches, some of them of the spectacular variety, for 201 yards and two scores. The game was worth 45 points to fantasy owners. White, an established star, was likely started in every fantasy league, but that wasn't the case for the top receiver on Sunday.
Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson were idle as Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt scored a league-high 53 fantasy points. However, because of a questionable quarterback situation (injuries to both Vince Young and Kerry Collins) and some off-the-field problems which led head coach Jeff Fisher to announce that he was not going to be start, Britt was likely held out of many fantasy lineups.
With those factors facing his owners, Britt was played in less than 30% of all leagues. The owners who stayed loyal to the former Rutgers star, saw him "toast" the Eagles secondary for seven catches worth 225 yards and three touchdowns.
The wide receiver leader board was filled with unlikely starters as Lee Evans (34), Jordan Shipley (30) and unknown David Gettis (30) posted monster games.
Of course, there were plenty of well-known names putting up productive days too. Marques Colston finally showed up with 26 points on a 10-catch, 112- yard, one touchdown day (his first TD of the season) and Hines Ward, Chad Ochocinco and Dwayne Bowe all scored 25 points-or-more.
Oft-injured Darren McFadden was the four o'clock star as Oakland pummeled the Denver Broncos 59-14. McFadden totaled 51 fantasy points in just three quarters of work with the first four-touchdown day of his career and 165 yards on the ground.
McFadden, like Britt, was hard to start because he was questionable with a hamstring injury. Because he has already missed so many games in his short three-year career, many fantasy owners were reluctant to put him in their lineup. He was, in fact, started in just 25% of all leagues.
Let this be a lesson to all fantasy owners as to the importance of managing your lineup on Sunday morning and getting up-to-the-last second information.