Christian Ponder: Christian Ponder’s fantasy relevance has eclipsed the likes of Matthew Stafford, Philip Rivers and Tony Romo through the first six weeks, so you might like him as a viable spot starter to get you through the byes. But not this one: even with six teams on the shelf, Ponder doesn’t match up well against a Cardinals team that has held opposing QBs to just 10 points a game.
Shonn Greene: Greene’s 34-point day last week accounts for over half of his total fantasy points in 2012, so let’s not get too excited about the Jets back running in a system that still seems unsure of itself. Adding to that is the New England run defense that we tend to think of as sub-par but is actually ranked in the top 10 in 2012, holding opposing backs to just 82.7 yards per game with only two scores.
Steve Smith: Still waiting on Steve Smith, the 2011 edition, to show up? You might as well be waiting on the world to end. I think it’s safe to say Smith’s breakout 2011 was an aberration, but even if it wasn’t, his numbers won’t be coming around against a Cowboys team that hasn’t allowed an opposing number one, outside Brandon Marshall, any more than nine fantasy points.
Jermichael Finley: It’s week seven now and I think we can officially pronounce Jermichael Finley a bust. You would think a pass-catching tight end in a pass-happy offense would be, well, catching passes and happy, but Finley hasn’t been anywhere near up to par; you can count his fantasy points from the last three games on one hand.
Baltimore Ravens: Woe to be a Ravens fan. A once feared and ferocious D has collapsed under injury and age: Lewis is gone, Webb is gone, Suggs might be back but is probably still hopelessly banged up, and the Ravens, once the cream of the NFL defensive crop, are ranked 26th in total defense. Against a Houston team which is figuring to finish with 13, 14 wins, this is going to be a problem.