Fantasy Football: Week 7 Start 'em Sit 'em


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Get some insider tips on who to start or sit this week from our fantasy experts George Haraktsis and Jason Feiner!


Quarterbacks


Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans


George: Dak Prescott’s outburst against the vaunted Jaguars D/ST for 29 fantasy points is more of an exception than the actual rule. Before last week the Jags allowed only three passing touchdowns on the year and QBs only averaged 11.2 fantasy points per game against them. Watson is a better quarterback than Prescott is on the field and in fantasy, but that does not mean he’ll put up better or even similar numbers. You’re better off sitting Watson this week on the road because there are better options on waivers.


Verdict: SIT ‘EM


Jason: It is always tough to start your studs in fantasy, but in all honesty, you all wish you had last sunday when Watson laid out an unimpressive 5.3 points. This week is no different with the Texans heading into the Jaguars den to face a vaunted Jacksonville defense. There secondary has let an average of 188 yards and a rating of just 81.3 per game to opposing quarterbacks while only allowing five total passing touchdowns in 6 games. Sit Watson, there are better options elsewhere.


Verdict: SIT ‘EM


Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns


George: Mayfield looked absolutely abysmal against the Chargers’ defense this week, scoring only 11 fantasy points on a 2 TD, 1 INT line. This week, the 2018 #1 overall pick faces a much softer defense in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who rank dead last in fantasy points given up to the quarterback position. If you need a streaming option, then Baker offers a safe floor for anyone who needs a BYE week fill-in. He could end up having his biggest game of the year on Sunday.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Jason: Baker had one of his worst games in his short career this past Sunday, but a rebound is in store as the Browns head to Tampa to play the worst secondary in the league. The Buccaneers recently fired their defensive coordinator, and have allowed an abysmal 356 yards per game, a quarterback rating of 129.5, and 16 touchdowns through five games played. Baker is a solid stream this week and could see QB10 numbers.

Verdict: START ‘EM


Running Backs


Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts


George: Mack had a solid outing last week against a formidable Jets D/ST after missing some time with a gimpy hamstring. He had 12 carries for 89 yards and one catch for 5 yards and easily led the Colts backfield in touches. His opponent, Buffalo, has been solid against RB’s this year. They have allowed the 19th most points to the position, but have faced teams all year with well documented RB woes. They faced Minnesota in week 3, they just scored their first rushing TD last week and have had an injured Dalvin Cook all year. Tennessee, who’s entire offense has been stagnant, allowing either of their RBs to get going. And Houston, who has a swiss cheese o-line and has not been able to open holes for Lamar Miller. Other teams like the Ravens, Chargers, and Packers, all of which have had halfway decent RBs have done well against the Bills. The Colts will face Derek Anderson, so they should get out to an early lead, giving Mack a favorable game script.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Jason: If you didn’t put in a waiver claim for the presumed lead back in Indianapolis this week, then that was bad management on your part; however, that does not mean to slot him in your lineup immediately. Mack is coming off a multi-game absence and put together a nice stat line of 12 attempts for 89 yards and 1 reception for four yards, but the Colts will be a playing a deceptively good Buffalo defense who ranks 9th in run defense allowing only 3.8 yards per carry and just 92 yards per game. He is a quality addition to any team, but week 7 is not the time to start him.


Verdict: SIT ‘EM


Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins


George: With Chris Thompson most likely out this week, AP should see a higher volume with little competition in the backfield. The Cowboys have actually been very solid against running backs this year, allowing the 9th least fantasy points to the position. With that being said the team will need to rely on AP. Even in a somewhat tough matchup, you should start Peterson based on the expected volume and game script this game should provide.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Jason: Chris Thompson is set to miss an extended period of time, meaning Adrian Peterson is in line for a larger workload. He took 17 carries for 97 yards this past week and could see a similar workload against a poor Dallas offense. This game has the makings to be a ground-and-pound Zeke vs AP type of outing. Start Peterson as a low-end RB2 candidate or flex play in a tough matchup against Dallas’ 8th ranked run defense


Verdict: START ‘EM


Wide Receivers


Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos


George: While it might look like Thomas is on the rise with 162 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games, those stats can be a bit misleading. He scored both of his touchdowns in garbage time and has only managed an 11% target share in that same span. Couple that with the fact that he’s facing the 5th best fantasy defense against WRs and you’ve got a recipe for disaster with this aging touchdown dependent pass-catcher.


Verdict: SIT ‘EM


Jason: The cardinals secondary has been their guiding light this year serving as a stark contrast when compared to their offense. Their Secondary, led by Patrick Peterson, has been solid up to this point and he will more than likely see the star corner lining up across from him. Arizona ranks 8th against opposing receivers and they have only allowed 33.5 points per week to the position. Look to the Broncos ground game and Emmanuel Sanders in this matchup.


Verdict: SIT ‘EM


Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears


George: Robinson hasn’t been getting the volume that you would expect after the Bears signed him, but he is still leading the team with 38 targets. That’s going to change this week. The Patriots travel to Soldier Field and bring their 20th ranked fantasy defense against WRs along with them. This is a squad that just let up 142 yards and 3 TDs to Tyreek Hill. With the Bears having issues getting their running game going, they will look to their passing game and especially Robinson for offensive output.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Jason: Allen Robinson leads the Bears offense with 38 targets on the season, and with the Patriots allowing a robust 15 touchdowns on the season through the air, good to rank 3rd in the league, Robinson should have plenty of opportunities to convert in the red zone and on his bread and butter big play ability. Look for the Bears to be passing in a game where they may fall behind early against an explosive Patriots offense.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Tight Ends


C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals


George: With Tyler Eifert out for the year and backup Tyler Kroft breaking a bone in his foot, the TE position is open for Uzomah’s taking. It’s no secret how much Dalton loves TEs, he targeted Uzomah 7 times last week! Uzomah now faces a KC defense who ranks 30th against TEs in what figures to be a high scoring affair. He’s the perfect BYE week replacement.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Jason: Kansas City has given up the third most points to the tight end position allowing 16.8 points per game. Since Tyler Eifert was placed on IR, C.J. Uzomah has taken advantage of the opportunities building a rapport with Andy Dalton. In a favorable matchup roll out Uzomah as a bye week replacement in a favorable matchup.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals


George: Seals-Jones has been slowly building a rapport with rookie quarterback Josh Rosen over the last three weeks. He’s garnered 15 targets in that span, seeing the looks increase each of those weeks. He has yet to find the end zone but now faces a Broncos defense who’s ranked 22nd against the the TE position in fantasy. Since Rosen has taken over, Seals-Jones ranks second on the Cardinals in receiving yards, and is tied for second in targets. He should be a more than admirable BYE week replacement with his role expanding.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Jason: The Broncos rank 22nd against the tight end position throughout the first 6 weeks of the season, but the Cardinals rookie quarterback has been nothing short of unproductive through his first three starts. Against a vaunted Denver pass rush, I don’t expect Josh Rosen to have much time to throw in the pocket. Ricky Seals-Jones has captured just three or less receptions in 4 out of his 6 games played, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he fails to see many opportunities in week 7. There are better options to serve as bye week replacements.


Verdict: SIT ‘EM


Defense/Special Teams


Colts D/ST


George: This is not a typo. START INDY. One of the league’s worst defense is on my start list this week because of the simple fact that they play the Bills. It doesn't matter that the Colts defense has put up 3 fantasy points in the last three weeks COMBINED, you need to start them. The Bills are ranked dead last in fantasy points given up to D/STs over the last 6 weeks and now have an offense who is starting either Derek Anderson or Nathan Peterman under center. This matchup should produce plenty of turnovers for the Colts defense resulting in a plethora of fantasy points.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Jason: It can often be scary to start one of the worst D/ST’s in fantasy, but this week is an exception. In the past three weeks, the Colts have scored 3, -2, and 2 points allowing an average of 35 points in those three matchups. However, this is the week that the defense gets back on track, as they are playing against a beat up Buffalo Bills offense. The Bills have given up the most points to opposing D/ST’s in fantasy through the first 6 weeks, and now they will be without Starting quarterback Josh Allen. With Derek Anderson set to start and Nathan Peterman backing the veteran up, this is juicy matchup waiting to be exploited.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Chargers D/ST


George: Play everyone against the Titans. They’ve scored a combined 13 points in their last two games and gave up a ridiculous 11 sacks with to the Ravens last week. The offense is incredibly inconsistent, and now faces a Charger D/ST who is hitting their stride. While the turnovers may not be coming in droves, this matchup provides a safe floor for anyone trying to stream a D/ST this week.


Verdict: START ‘EM


Jason: The Titans offense has been one of the worst units to step on a field this season and they are currently giving up the third most points per game to opposing D/ST’s. With Marcus Mariota still recovering from the nerve injury suffered earlier this year and playing at less than 100%, this matchup should be abused by fantasy players in week 7. The Chargers have begun to hit their stride scoring 12 and 10 points over the past two weeks holding their opponents to just 24 combined points. Start the Chargers with confidence.


Verdict: START ‘EM