byes: Ravens, Broncos, Lions, Jaguars, Seahawks, Titans
DBs (Defensive Backs)
SS M. Brown(KC) vs. SD is a nice matchup. He's been getting stronger and stronger over the last few weeks and finished with 7 solos week 6. The inconsistent play of the KC linebackers has opened up a lot of opportunities for him.
SS Bernard Pollard(HOU) is again a solid play this week vs. SF, who get's Gore back and is working harder at drawing up plays for TE V. Davis.
SS R. Doughty(WAS) is a nice pick up this week against the Eagles. He picked up 7 solos week 6. They'll also be on D a lot!
TB Safety Piscitelli has a GREAT matchup vs. NE. He's been a super stud and I don't expect him to be on your wire, but if he is, he's the first one I would target off this list.
SS C. Ndukwe(CIN) has been very solid for 3 weeks in a row now and they get CHI who will work his part of the field. He finished with 6 solos and 4 assists.
CB Cedric Griffin(MIN) went off against Baltimore last week and Big Ben has been putting up a ton of passes this year. If Griffin is on your wire, he has the potential to give you the biggest homerun out of anyone on this list. But he's definitely a boom or bust play.
FS Brandon McGowan(NE) has quietly put up constistently strong #'s all season. Week 6, he put up 6 solos vs. TEN and Brady will be way ahead of TB, so TB will have to pass most of the game to play catch up. That bodes well for McGowan.
Free Safety CC Brown(NYG) is my DB PICKUP OF THE WEEK vs. Arizona. Last week he got 13 tackles and a pass deflection vs. Brees and now he gets Warner in Week 7. Remind me again, does Warner throw much?
Seatle's Lofa T. is OUT FOR THE SEASON. Remember what LB Hawthorne(SEA) did when he took his place last time? 15 solos vs. the Giants. Well you'll have to wait a week because the Seahawks are on bye week 7, but a look ahead shows that Seattle takes on Dallas week 8. A good matchup. I wanted to give you the early "heads up" about this so you can get the jump on your league. Especially the guy that owns Lofa.
MLB Will Witherspoon(PHI) may or may not start week 7 for Philly. Either way, stay away from Omar Gaither, who tweaked his ankle anyway. I can't recommend starting him this week, but I do recommend picking him up if he's available. He'll be the new MLB for the Eagles the rest of the year and will probably switch to WLB next year for them.
Keith Ellison(BUF) Uhg!. This guy killed me week 6. I picked him up and was excited to have him and then he gets the "doubtful" tag Friday and I dropped him. Of course he plays and has a great game, 6 solos, 6 assists and a pass deflection. Unfortunately, I really like him week 7 vs. Carolina so now I need to decide if I'm going to pick him up again to replace D.J. Williams, who's on bye this week. I'm going to watch him closely.
LB C. Blackburn(NYG) has been pretty good in Boley's place. Boley is out for the season and Blackburn has easily been out performing Antonio Pierce. He has a good matchup against Arizona. Over the past few week, I see more and more linebacker tackles in the box scores for opposing teams facing Arizona. Blackburn is a nice sleeper to get you 5 or more tackles.
If you can get LB Shanle(NO) vs. Miami, do it! Miami give the biggest boost the opposing LB #'s than any other team in the league.
My "BIG IFs" LB PICK UPS OF THE WEEK are Kamerion Wimbley(CLE) (if he's healthy) or whichever Chicago MLB starts. Weird pick ups of the week, I know, but there is a lot of big opportunity here.
Starting with the Chicago MLB situation. Demeco Ryans had 12 tackles vs. Cin week 6 and either Roach or Hillenmeyer will face Cedric Benson week 7. Both are very capable and will get a boost facing the Bengals run game.
Kamerion Wimbley(CLE) is my higher recommendation for pick up of the week as he faces Green Bay week 7 has been on a rampage with sacks from his LB spot. Unfortunately, he was my pick up of the week last week, but ended up not playing due to injury. So check his status later in the week and scoop him up.
DLs (Defensive Line)
It's time to go get DE L. Castillo(SD) vs. KC for week 7. It's a great matchup for him.
This is the week to play DE Justin Smith(SF). He has a decent chance at a sack against the Texans.
DE Marques Douglas(NYJ) has been a tackle machine for the Jets this year, but week 6 he finally got to the QB. I could see him doing it again vs. Oak in week 7. Either way, he'll get you a lot of tackles for a DL.
DL Pick up of the week is Andre Carter(WAS) vs. the Eagles. He has 11 tackles and 4.5 sacks in the last 2 games. McNabb was relentlessly sacked by the Raiders in week 6 and the Skins will look to exploit that.