Welcome to the Rotoworld Week 7 Live Blog. We will be covering all things fantasy football throughout the day as the action happens, breaking down backfield splits, statistical leaders, target totals, and everything else that Week 7 throws our way.
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(7:03 PM): Danny Woodhead mopped up a garbage time touchdown for San Diego and is up to 45 total yards with the score. With Melvin Gordon out for most of this game, Branden Oliver ended up getting more work than Woodhead.
(6:57 PM): Devin Street hauled in a nice touchdown pass from Matt Cassel as the Giants and Cowboys are now tied. Cassel unleashed a fantastic throw after looking miserable during the second half.
(6:49 PM): From earlier, Frank Gore was targeted eight times by Andrew Luck as the Colts tried to chase down the Saints. Gore caught five passes for 32 yards and the eight targets lead all Week 7 running backs. Ahmad Bradshaw caught one of just two targets on the day, so perhaps Bradshaw won't be as involved in the Colts passing attack as we thought.
(6:44 PM): The wheels are falling off for Matt Cassel as he just threw his third interception of the day. Cassel is 14/22 for 175 yards with no touchdowns and the hat trick of picks.
(6:42 PM): Target hog Keenan Allen has nine on the day and is one target away from having 10 or more in five of seven games this season.
(6:39 PM): The Chargers finally found the end zone with 12:58 left in the game as Ladarius Green scored from 31 yards out. Green is having a nice day with Antonio Gates out, catching four of seven targets for 45 yards and a touchdown. Green will be a TE1 down the stretch if Gates misses extended time.
(6:36 PM): Darren McFadden has reached the 100 yard mark on 19 carries and has been the clear leader in the Dallas backfield today. McFadden also has two catches for 10 yards while Joseph Randle and Christine Michael have handled just two carries each.
(6:27 PM): Shane Vereen just ripped off a 39-yard run and is up to 62 total yards on five touches. Through six weeks, Vereen had three solid games and three clunkers and is tough to start right now with the sporadic use of the Giants backs in the receiving game.
(6:19 PM): Melvin Gordon finally saw the field for San Diego and now has two carries for 11 yards. No word on whether it is the ankle or fumbling issues holding Gordon back, but both Branden Oliver and Danny Woodhead have seen more action at running back for the Chargers.
(6:10 PM): Not much work today for Odell Beckham as he sits at two catches for 19 yards on four targets. We will see if his usage increases as the second half moves along. Eli Manning at 8/17 passing doesn't help Beckham's cause.
(6:00 PM): The Oakland Raiders are doing their best Miami Dolphins impression and now lead the Chargers 37-6 after Michael Crabtree caught a touchdown pass from Derek Carr. Crabtree is at five catches for 54 yards and a score.
(5:48 PM): Matt Cassel is 8/12 for 111 yards today while filling-in for Brandon Weeden who was filling-in for Tony Romo. Jason Witten leads Dallas with six catches for 73 yards.
(5:42 PM): Darren McFadden is leading the Dallas backfield with 10 carries for 53 yards. Two carries apiece for Joseph Randle and Christine Michael.
(5:35 PM): Amari Cooper continues his stellar rookie season as he just scored from 52 yards to give him 117 yards on four catches. Cooper now has 100+ yards in three of his first six games in the NFL.
(5:30 PM): Catching up on earlier action, the Browns' running backs had a bad matchup at St. Louis, but it was the same old story workload wise. Robert Turbin (5), Isaiah Crowell (8), and Duke Johnson (6) all shared the rushing attempts but it was Johnson who came through in the passing game again with seven grabs for 73 yards. Duke is the only back to trust here.
(5:20 PM): Orleans Darkwa continues to get work in the Giants backfield and will need to be added by teams needing running back help this week. There is still a mess of running backs in New York, but it will still be worth adding Darkwa and seeing how the backfield split works out moving forward.
(5:14 PM): Not much scoring in the two late games outside of the Oakland Raiders, who are up 20-3 over San Diego. In injury news, it is confirmed that Arian Foster has torn his Achilles' and is done for the season. Alfred Blue and Chris Polk will be the top waiver additions this week as Houston looks for running back help.
(5:05 PM): A strange turn of events in New York, as Orleans Darkwa just scored for the Giants and has 41 yards on four carries so far today to lead Giants running backs.
(4:58 PM): The Chargers trail the Raiders early and have attempted just two running plays so far. One carry each for Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver. Clive Walford found the end zone for Oakland's second score of the day.
(4:47 PM): No touches yet for Christine Michael as Joseph Randle (two carries) and Darren McFadden (four carries) have been involved early for Dallas.
(4:39 PM): Sunday Target Leaders:
Julio Jones (17): 9 rec, 92 yds, TD
Nate Washington (16): 9 rec, 127 yds, 2 TD
Rob Gronkowski (16): 11 rec, 108 yds, TD
T.Y. Hilton (15): 4 rec, 150 yds, 2 TD
Jordan Reed (13): 11 rec, 72 yds, 2 TD
Brandin Cooks (13): 6 rec, 81 yds
(4:30 PM): Only 50 yards on 19 rushing attempts for Washington today, but Matt Jones led the way with 29 yards on nine carries. Alfred Morris is virtually unplayable in fantasy leagues and rushed for five yards on six carries.
(4:19 PM): The late games are now underway and Latavius Murray has scored for Oakland. Branden Oliver is in at running back for San Diego with Melvin Gordon hurt.
(4:14 PM): It looks like an Achilles injury for Arian Foster. No details on the severity but this is obviously terrible news.
(4:11 PM): Brian Hoyer has garbage time-d his way to 273 yards and three touchdowns after hooking up with Nate Washington for a second touchdown. Six catches for 50 yards for Hopkins.
(4:09 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Arian Foster is down with an apparent leg injury. Details to come.
(4:03 PM): Rob Gronkowski just scored a late touchdown and is at 11 catches for 108 yards and a score on 16 targets. Without Dion Lewis, Tom Brady led the Patriots in rushing with 15 yards on four attempts. LeGarrette Blount chipped in -3 yards on three carries.
(3:56 PM): Nice effort from Washington tight end Jordan Reed this afternoon, who has caught seven of eight targets for 41 yards and a score in his first game back from injury. Reed will be a TE1 as long as he stays healthy.
(3:54 PM): No touchdowns for Devonta Freeman today, but he is up to 126 total yards. Just three carries for Tevin Coleman.
(3:52 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Josh McCown is injured and in the Cleveland locker room, meaning Johnny Manziel will be in at quarterback for the Browns.
(3:49 PM): Houston is piling up garbage time production in Miami and they still trail by three touchdowns. Arian Foster now has scored twice on the day and Brian Hoyer just connected with Nate Washington for a touchdown. Just four catches for 36 yards for DeAndre Hopkins.
(3:46 PM): Antonio Brown is finally having a solid day without Ben Roethlisberger and has accounted for 124 of Landry Jones' 194 passing yards. Six catches for Brown on the day.
(3:40 PM): Todd Gurley is having himself another fine day, as he is up to 123 yards and two scores on 17 carries. Gurley ran for 305 yards in his previous two games and is on his way to another beefy stat line.
(3:28 PM): T.Y. Hilton just got the Colts on the board with an 87-yard score. Tough day for Indianapolis wide receivers with Andrew Luck just 13/26 for 187 yards and two picks.
(3:23 PM): Any questions about the Kansas City backfield were answered today as Charcandrick West has 46 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, while Knile Davis has touched the ball just once.
(3:20 PM): Blair Walsh is your leading fantasy kicker so far today, with five field goals including two from over 50 yards.
(3:16 PM): Houston is finally on the board as Arian Foster just hauled in a touchdown catch to salvage his day. Foster has 71 total yards on the afternoon and teammate DeAndre Hopkins is struggling with 29 yards on just three catches.
(3:12 PM): Martavis Bryant is a touchdown machine and just found the end zone yet again for Pittsburgh. Bryant has two catches for 38 yards to go with the touchdown today. Steelers quarterback Landry Jones has struggled, throwing for 166 yards on 10/21 passing with two interceptions.
(3:03 PM): Interesting note from the Bucs: Doug Martin and Charles Sims both have nine carries today against Washington. Sims had 12 carries in Week 5 before Tampa Bay's bye week and is getting some solid chances once again. Sims has been useful in PPR leagues this season and we will keep an eye on how this workload is split for the remainder of the afternoon.
(3:01 PM): Julio Jones just found the end zone for Atlanta and with Leonard Hankerson now out for the remainder of the game, Julio could see a ton or work in the late stages of this game.
(2:54 PM): Only nine rushing attempts for Detroit today, but Ameer Abdullah leads the way with 40 yards on seven attempts. Abdullah is still the running back to own here but the Detroit offensive line hasn't been good this season.
(2:49 PM): Stefon Diggs continues his hot streak with a touchdown catch and now has five grabs on eight targets for 92 yards and a touchdown. Diggs has looked great in his three games as a pro.
(2:38 PM): Halftime Target Leaders:
Dexter McCluster (5): 5 rec, 41 yds
C.J. Spiller (4): 4 rec, 39 yds
Charcandrick West (4): 1 rec, 12 yds
Julio Jones (9): 4 rec, 38 yds
Brandin Cooks (8): 4 rec, 31 yds
Eric Decker (7): 4 rec, 59 yds
DeAndre Hopkins (7): 3 rec, 29 yds
Rob Gronkowski (8): 5 rec, 40 yds
Delanie Walker (6): 4 rec, 31 yds
(2:32 PM): Lamar Miller just ripped off a long touchdown run as the Miami Dolphins continue to smash the Texans. Miller is having a ridiculous day, with 236 total yards and two scores before halftime.
(2:29 PM): Antonio Andrews and Dexter McCluster are splitting the backfield work for Tennessee today. This backfield has been awful for fantasy production, but Andrew leads the way this afternoon with five carries for 43 yards. Keep an eye out for David Cobb, who will be returning soon and could get some action for the Titans.
(2:24 PM): Struggles continue for Andrew Luck who is now 3/10 for 25 yards with an interception. The Colts are going to need some serious second half improvements today.
(2:20 PM): Julio Jones with nine targets already this afternoon. Jones has four catches for 38 yards as the Falcons have just three points.
(2:17 PM): With Dion Lewis out for New England, the Patriots have thrown the ball 19 times and ran just four times so far against the Jets. Tom Brady leads the team with two carries, including a QB sneak for a score. LeGarrette Blount and James White each have one carry.
(2:09 PM): Matt Jones and Alfred Morris have split the work so far in Washington, with Jones running for 13 yards on four carries with Morris sitting at zero yards on five attempts. Jones is the back to own here but playing either of them is dicey right now.
(2:04 PM): The Miami Dolphins lead the Houston Texans 35-0 with 12 minutes left in the first half. The Texans have THREE total yards.
(1:59 PM): Two scores now for Khiry Robinson as the Saints are cruising against the Colts. Andrew Luck is 0/2 with an interception so far.
(1:49 PM): Charcandrick West has six carries today for the Chiefs, with Knile Davis handling just one carry so far. Looks like West is still in charge of this backfield with Charles out.
(1:42 PM): The offensive explosion continues in Miami. Ryan Tannehill is 7/7 for 137 yards and three scores as Jarvis Landry just caught his second of the day.
(1:39 PM): Khiry Robinson with a short yardage score for the Saints. Robinson has five carries today in the first quarter.
(1:33 PM): Five carries early for Isaiah Crowell and three for Duke Johnson. No sign of Robert Turbin through the first quarter. Duke has two catches early on as well.
(1:31 PM): The rebirth of the Miami offense continues as Jarvis Landry scores to give the Dolphins a 14-0 lead over Houston. Ryan Tannehill is 6/6 for 127 yards and two scores already today,
(1:25 PM): The St. Louis D/ST is on fire to start the day, with two turnovers and a score already against the Browns. Could be a huge day for this group.
(1:19 PM): C.J. Spiller with three catches for 22 yards early for the Saints. It will be interesting to see if his usage rises over the second half of the season.
(1:15 PM): One carry for Theo Riddick and two for Ameer Abdullah on Detroit's opening drive. One catch for Joique Bell.
(1:11 PM): The scores are pouring in so far today, as Rishard Matthews just found the end zone for Miami. This Dolphins team looks far better under new coach Dan Campbell.
(1:09 PM): Jameis Winston's first completion of the day went to Mike Evans for a 40 yard touchdown. Hopefully this kick starts Evans for the second half of the fantasy regular season.
(1:07 PM): Calvin Johnson found the end zone for the first score of the day and quickly has two catches for 47 yards and a touchdown.
(1:00 PM): Ok, let's get this party started. Good luck today!