Well, Iâ€™m back after a brief, one-week hiatus, but I canâ€™t say I have good news for you.Â Week 7 was brutal, with several key players going down with injuries, some for the remainder of the year.Â Here is some help in sorting through the carnage, and hopefully helping you overcome both injuries and bye weeks to take your team to the top!
Note: (?) denotes injury, and uncertain to play this week.
Miami at NY Giants
The NY Giants claim that their defense is back to full strength.Â This spells trouble for the struggling Dolphins.Â Brandon Marshall has been frustrating owners all year.Â He puts up serviceable numbers each week, but always leaves lots of points on the table.Â Last week he lost himself a TD by unnecessarily going out of bounds.Â My advice: start him, but donâ€™t watch the game unless you feel like screaming at your TV.Â Daniel Thomas, if his hamstring holds up, looks to be a decent play against a Giants defense that has given up the 10th most points to RBs this year.Â However, it should be noted that the Giants focused on rush defense during the bye.Â Itâ€™s hard to get excited about any other Miami skill player (Matt Moore, Davone Bess, Reggie Bush, Anthony Fasano).Â Fasano did score last week, but the Giants have been rock solid against TEs.
Coming off a bye week, Eli Manningâ€™s receiving core should be back to full strength.Â This week should tell us if Mario Manningham can start producing like last year, or if the concussion he suffered earlier in the year will have lingering effects on his concentration.Â Hakeem Nicks is always a must-start, and Victor Cruz is still targeted often by Manning.Â Brandon Jacobs is back from a sprained knee, but will probably be given limited carries as he tests his strength again.Â Ahmad Bradshaw owners should be able to enjoy one more week of not having to worry about Jacobs vulturing goal line touches.Â Jake Ballard has scored in two of the past three games, and Miami has not had much luck defending the TE position, so Ballard makes a great fill for Jermichael Finley/Tony Gonzalez owners.
Winner: NY Giants
*** Brandon Marshall, Daniel Thomas
** Davone Bess, Reggie Bush
* Matt Moore, Anthony Fasano