Top Shelf Starts: Week 7


Apologies to the ten people that read this article every week for not posting in week six. But some of the girls were out of town and let’s the say the boys got a little wild. Allegedly, of course.

Week seven usually is make or break for most teams. If you exit week seven at 3-4 or 2-5, you’re likely done. There’s a big difference in being 4-3 and 3-4, so take a look at the Top Shelf Starts and get that much needed W!

Top Shelf Starts
Marcus Mariota (QB9)- After a very poor start to the season, Mariota is finally playing like a player selected second overall. He has seven total touchdowns in his past two contests and now gets to play the Colts at home.

Spencer Ware (RB6)- Well well well. Back to where the season began. My love for Spencer Ware has been on record for quite some time, however, my love for Jamaal Charles has been too. Last week, I was all-in on Charles, and while he scored a touchdown and was an inch away from a second, it’s clear that Ware is the lead guy. I think both Ware and Charles turn in productive games, but I don’t see how KC doesn’t keep feeding Ware. All-in again.

Giovani Bernard (RB10)- The usage of Bernard has had a significant uptick in the past two games. As much as I was buying into a Jeremy Hill bounce back season, maybe he just isn’t good. Playing the Browns, who have given up a rushing touchdowns in each of their past four games, I believe this is the week Bernard get his first rushing touchdown and extends the Browns streak.

Jeremy Maclin (WR12)- Maclin has been, well, disappointing to say the least this season. With only one touchdown on the season and only surpassing 70 yards once, Maclin has a great chance to reward his owners for being patient with him as he faces a Saints defense that has been torched by receivers this season.

Players in the Well
Carson Palmer (QB19)- One of the biggest disappointments from the quarterback position this season, Palmer checks in at QB19 facing the Seahawks. Palmer hasn’t look good in the past month and maybe a lingering injury is the reason why. Even though the Falcons made the Seahawks secondary look very average last week, I’m not buying the idea that Palmer will make them look average two weeks in a row.

Matt Forte (RB30)- Oh what a fall from grace Forte has had since week two. From looking like a guy that’s on a mission to prove that he’s still got it, to looking like Bilal Powell’s back up. Yuck. The Ravens haven’t given up over 65 rushing yards to running backs in four straight games. I’m not sure how Forte manages to have a productive game here.

Jordan Matthews (WR31)- Knee issues + Xavier Rhodes = NO THANKS. Ranking Matthews at 31 might even be too high.