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7-on-7: Steve Smith has noticed that he's uninvolved

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Right now, the only person angrier than a Steve Smith owner is Smith himself. "I want to win, and I want to be involved in a win," said the uninvolved Carolina receiver. He caught exactly one pass for four yards in the Week 6 win over Tampa Bay. He is a known problem with no obvious solution. Smith has just 21 receptions this year despite averaging 9.2 targets per game. Under normal circumstances, I tend to like noisy, self-obsessed wide receivers for fantasy purposes, especially in the weeks that they issue public complaints. But Smith's problem hasn't been a lack of attention from his quarterback so much as a lack of ability from his quarterback. That's a tough situation to fix at mid-season. [Charlotte Observer]

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Bob Ryan and Charlie Pierce discuss The Third Reign of Laurence Maroney(notes) in a video segment over at the Globe. According to Ryan, various teammates have made it clear to Maroney – "in some graphic ways" (um...ick) – that he needs to be better than he's ever been. Pierce declares that Maroney will be the primary back against Miami and Indianapolis in Weeks 9 and 10. There's very little hope expressed regarding Sammy Morris(notes) or Fred Taylor(notes). [Boston Globe]

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You can't accuse Mike Singletary of complacency. Motivational nudity, yes. But not complacency. The Niners shuffled the offensive line during the bye week, and now Singletary has called out his quarterback: "Shaun Hill knows he has got to do a better job, and he will." Singletary also noted that, "Alex Smith has never been out of the picture." Frank Gore's(notes) return should help everyone and the addition of Michael Crabtree(notes) isn't likely to hurt. [San Francisco Chronicle]

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It is said that the men of the Fantasy Roundtable guard a great secret, one that the founders of their order unearthed many years ago. This secret is apparently the source of their unlimited wealth and power. This week, the roundtablers answer the following question: "Which two players are you stashing for the second half?" [KFFL.com]

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Adrian Peterson was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but he says that his left ankle is "feeling pretty good." No need to panic, All Day owners. Percy Harvin(notes) (shoulder) has also been limited, but corner Antoine Winfield(notes) has not practiced and, per the Star Tribune, "it appears highly doubtful he will be able to play." [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

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Over at the Fantasy Cafe, they're having a buy/sell discussion about DeAngelo Williams(notes). It's a tricky call, because he has a very difficult rest-of-season schedule after Week 7 (MIN and NYG in Weeks 15-16), but he was also completely matchup-proof in the second half of 2008. The total collapse of the Panthers' passing game clearly will not help his cause. [Fantasy Football Cafe]

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This blog fully endorses the attempt to construct a better version of passer rating. We do not necessarily endorse these results, but it's nice to see that people are tinkering. Please carry on. [The Fifth Down]

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