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Week 7 Fantasy Rewind
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Sammy Watkins put up some serious numbers in Week 7. Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg share their take on Sunday's action. Week 7 Fantasy Rewind
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1Rashad Johnson, ARI, FS69
2Andre Holmes, OAK, WR66
3Brandon Bolden, NE, RB58
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5Isaiah Crowell, CLE, RB36
6Cecil Shorts, JAC, WR35
7Malcom Floyd, SD, WR33
8Jerry Hughes, BUF, DE33
9Chandler Catanzaro, ARI, K32
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2Knowshon Moreno, MIA, RB-59
3Jerod Mayo, NE, MLB-58
4Stevan Ridley, NE, RB-49
5Danny Trevathan, DEN, OLB-35
6Cody Parkey, PHI, K-25
7Marcell Dareus, BUF, DT-24
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An encouraging performance for Eli Manning
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12:34 am ET) Playing his first game without star wide receiver Victor Cruz, who's out for the season with a torn patella tendon, Giants quarterback Eli Manning still managed to bounce back from arguably his worst game of the season with one of his best Week 7 at Dallas, completing 21 of 33 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns.

It was his fifth game in six with multiple touchdown passes and his second with at least three. And he did it against a defense that had generally kept quarterbacks out of the end zone, recording nearly as many interceptions (seven) as it had allowed touchdown passes (eight) prior to Week 7.

Though two of his touchdown passes went to rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham, who wasn't even available to him the first four weeks, Manning did a nice job of spreading the ball around. None of the touchdowns went to his two leading receivers, Larry Donnell and Rueben Randle.

Judging by this performance, Manning knows how to make use of the weapons the Giants have and doesn't need Cruz to remain successful in Fantasy. His bad games can be really bad, but his good games have been frequent enough for you to give him another shot when he returns from a bye Week 9 against Indianapolis.


Andre Holmes comes back down to earth
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12:26 am ET) Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes, who blew up for 121 yards and two touchdowns Week 6 against San Diego, took a long time to get going Week 7 against Arizona, catching his first pass about midway through the fourth quarter. Not surprisingly, he finished with just three catches for 34 yards. 

It's not like he was invisible before then. He nearly had a great catch on a long pass along the sidelines in the second quarter, but it was ruled incomplete. He did have only two targets apart from his three receptions, though.

Clearly, it was a disappointing showing, but it's not like quarterback Derek Carr forgot about him. Only James Jones and Darren McFadden had more targets, tying for the team lead with eight. Holmes spent much of the game covered by Patrick Peterson, who remains one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL. Holmes still has incredible play-making ability and will have better days.

But this performance shows why you can't trust him on an every-week basis yet. His matchup Week 8 against Cleveland is another tricky one because of cornerback Joe Haden, who has struggled at times this season but limited the Jaguars' Cecil Shorts to three catches for 12 yards in Week 7. You might want to leave Holmes on your bench for this one.


49ers' Phil Dawson makes 1-of-2 field-goal attempts in Week 7
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:22 am ET) 49ers knicker Phil Dawson made only one of his two field-goal attempts in Week 7, adding two extra points in his team's 42-17 loss to the Broncos.

Dawson couldn't deliver from 51 yards out in the first quarter, pushing the attempt wide left, but was true from 22 yards out in the second quarter. He's 13 of 16 on field-goal attempts this season but had been 10-for-10 in his previous three games coming into Week 7. The 49ers have a bye in Week 8 before facing the Rams the following week.


49ers TE Vernon Davis catches two passes in Week 7 loss
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:20 am ET) 49ers tight end Vernon Davis caught just two of his five targets for 21 yards in his team's 42-17 loss to the Broncos in Week 7.

Davis was coming off an ugly Week 6 performance in which he dropped two passes, and he didn't fare much better in the team's blowout loss against the Broncos. He has 14 receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns heading into the team's Week 8 bye. The 49ers will face the Rams after the week off.


49ers WR Michael Crabtree held to 27 yards in Week 7 loss
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:16 am ET) 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree caught four of his seven targets for just 27 yards in his team's 42-17 loss to the Broncos in Week 7.

While the 49ers averaged 11.1 yards per reception as a team Sunday, top options Crabtree (6.8 YPC) and Anquan Boldin (7.1 YPC) could find no room to work, leading to disappointing performances despite the offense dialing up 46 passes in the loss. Crabtree hasn't topped 50 yards in any of his last four games, and he owns 32 receptions, 322 yards and three touchdowns in seven games this year. The 49ers have a bye in Week 8 before facing the Rams the following week.


Anquan Boldin catches seven passes in 49ers' Week 7 loss
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:13 am ET) 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin caught seven of his 10 targets for 50 yards in his team's 42-17 loss to the Broncos in Week 7.

Boldin had at least one bad drop in the game and was unable to find much room to work downfield. He came into the week average 12.4 yards per reception but managed just 7.1 YPC against the Broncos. Boldin has collected 39 receptions for 447 yards and one touchdown in seven games. The 49ers have a bye in Week 8 before facing the Rams the following week.


49ers WR Steve Johnson scores touchdown in Week 7 loss
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:10 am ET) 49ers wide receiver Steve Johnson caught five passes for a team-high 79 yards and one touchdown in his team's 42-17 loss to the Broncos in Week 7.

Johnson hauled in a four-yard score in the back of the end zone with only 11 seconds left in the first half to send the 49ers into halftime with a 21-10 deficit. The Broncos took over from there, scoring three touchdowns in the third quarter. Johnson has reached the end zone in three of his last four games, and he's up to 25 receptions, 315 yards and three scores on the season. The 49ers have a bye in Week 8 before facing the Rams the following week.


DeMarcus Ware, Von Miller lead Broncos' Week 7 sack parade
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:06 am ET) The Broncos defense racked up six sacks in Week 7's 42-17 blowout win over the 49ers, with defensive end DeMarcus Ware leading the team with three sacks.

Linebacker Von Miller added two sacks in the win as the Broncos pass rush abused a shorthanded 49ers offensive line that was struck by injuries to two centers in the game. Miller leads the league with eight sacks on the season in only six games, while Ware is right behind him with seven. The dangerous pass rush will square off with the Chargers on Thursday.


Broncos' Brandon McManus stuck on XP duty in Week 7
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:03 am ET) Broncos kicker Brandon McManus didn't receive a field-goal attempt Sunday but kicked six extra points in his team's 42-17 thrashing of the 49ers in Week 7.

McManus watched Peyton Manning march the offense up and down the field over the first three quarters of the game, and backup Brock Osweiler wasn't able to lead the team into scoring position once he took over in the fourth quarter. McManus has received more than one field-goal attempt just once this season. He and the Broncos will face the Chargers in Week 8.


Julius Thomas held to 27 yards on Broncos' Week 7 win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:01 am ET) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas caught four of his six targets for just 27 yards in his team's 42-17 win over the 49ers in Week 7.

Though Peyton Manning would throw four touchdowns en route to setting the career passing-touchdown mark, Thomas wasn't a part of the offensive explosion. It's the first time he's failed to score after racking up nine touchdowns in the team's first five games. He'll look to get back on track when the Broncos face the Chargers Thursday.


 
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