Fantasy Football Week 7 Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em: The King’s Guide To Making Tough Calls
Too many Fantasy players overreact to Thursday Night Football results, and certainly will this week. If you lost Patrick Mahomes, that does not mean you will surely lose your Fantasy game. If you played against him, you are not a lock to win in Fantasy Football Week 7, either. The Thursday game is one of 14 matchups this week, with 13 yet to play. You’re not staring at a hard and fast deficit or have a comfortable lead after just one matchup. In 2013, Peyton Manning threw seven TD passes on Thursday Night Football. Some of his owners still lost their games.
Thursday results are spotlighted because it’s the first game of the week. The reality is, there is waaay more football to be played before we truly get closer to our realistic results. With more than a dozen games still to be completed, you cannot assume anything at all.
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Fantasy Football Week 7 Start ‘Em
Frank Gore/Devin Singletary vs. MIA: Gore gets to play vs. a former team in his latest South Florida homecoming. He should be started as a Fantasy RB2 for at least one TD run, while Singletary has significant flex appeal in his expected return from a hamstring injury. The Dolphins allow the second-most Fantasy Points Per Game to opposing running backs.
Tevin Coleman/Matt Breida vs. WAS: The undefeated 49ers are the best rushing team in the NFC, averaging 179.8 yards per game. Washington surrenders the third-most FFPG in the NFC to RBs. It is total strength vs. weakness here, with Coleman as the prime TD option and Breida a threat to rip off a sizable run at any time. Washington also has allowed the most receptions to RBs among NFC teams. In this Fantasy Football Week 7 matchup, each timeshare RB will be very productive.
Devonta Freeman vs. LAR: The Falcons veteran has not registered a rushing TD yet, but has three receiving scores in the past two games. The Rams have allowed six rushing TDs, second-most in the NFL, and have allowed the sixth-most FFPG to RBs among NFC teams. Freeman has not done much as a rusher and will be an even better sell candidate after this game, but you can use him comfortably this week.
Robert Woods/Brandin Cooks vs. ATL: Attacking the Falcons secondary has become a national pastime this season, and this is a great “get right spot” for two disappointing Fantasy WRs. They each only have one 100-yard game and Cooks has the only receiving TD between the two. The Falcons have allowed the third-most FFPG to WRs as we enter the bulk of the Fantasy Football Week 7 schedule. Only Tampa Bay and Philadelphia have been worse.
DK Metcalf vs. BAL: The big-play rookie has not quite delivered his true breakthrough performance just yet, but it could come in Fantasy Football Week 7 against Baltimore. He is averaging 21 yards per catch and the Ravens have allowed the most receiving yards to opposing WRs. Metcalf could make his mark in a fun one as Russell Wilson challenges former Legion of Boom teammate Earl Thomas in his return to Seattle. Metcalf is a great streamer or bye week plugger this week.
John Brown vs. MIA: He only has one TD catch and one 100-yard game as a Bill so far. But Brown already has 28 catches in five games with only one outing of fewer than 69 yards. He looks more reliable than ever before and could have a big game against Miami, which has allowed an AFC-high nine TD receptions.
Gardner Minshew vs. CIN: “Uncle Rico” will be slinging footballs over the mountains this week. He is a quality streamer in Fantasy Football Week 7, as the Bengals allow the second-most FFPG to opposing passers among AFC teams. As a bonus, the Bengals have allowed the most rushing yards to QBs along with two scores.
Jacoby Brissett vs. HOU: Jared Goff is an obvious start and Daniel Jones is a top streamer that is being widely mentioned. If you need a starter that is being less cited, go with Brissett, as Houston has allowed the second-most passing yards in the AFC.
T.J. Hockenson vs. MIN: Some will assume this looks like a bad matchup, but the Vikings are Top 5 in receiving yards allowed to TEs.
Darren Fells vs. IND: The Colts have allowed the most FFPG to opposing TEs among AFC teams. Fells is your desperation play for Fantasy Football Week 7 after a two-TD outing two games ago, followed by a 6-69 line.
Week 7 Fantasy Football Sit ‘Em
David Montgomery vs. NO: The potentially exciting rookie is being dragged down statistically in a mediocre offense, and the Saints are Top 5 in the NFC in FFPG allowed to RBs.
Carlos Hyde vs. IND: He is coming off his best game as a Texan, but Hyde lacks upside and the Colts have allowed just two rushing TDs. You may be able to do better in Fantasy Football Week 7.
Joe Mixon vs. JAC: In a tight decision with any other RB this week, go the other way. Mixon has one game above 65 rushing yards, no rushing TDs and only game with more than three receptions. Opponents are not even loading the box against him frequently. He is a very risky play regardless of matchup.
Terry McLaurin vs. SF: The San Francisco secondary is now much more than Richard Sherman. They are best in the league in yardage allowed to WRs and Washington has nowhere else to go with the ball in Fantasy Football Week 7.
Will Fuller vs. IND: The underrated Colts defense is third-best in the AFC in yardage allowed to WRs. Outside of his Week 5 explosion, Fuller has not scored or recorded 70 yards in a game.
Allen Robinson vs. NO: Marshon Lattimore is looking like a premier CB, and has limited more productive WRs than Robinson recently. It is natural for Lattimore to be locked onto Robinson to erase him in Fantasy Football Week 7.
Aaron Rodgers vs. OAK: The Raiders pass defense has not been awful. They are actually Top 10 in passing yards allowed. The Green Bay Receiving corps has been thinned by injuries and the Packers have become more of an RB-centric team.
Philip Rivers vs. TEN: He has thrown for at least 290 yards in all but one game, but the overall production has been up and down and the Titans are fourth-best in the AFC in FFPG allowed to QBs. Stream someone else in Fantasy Football Week 7.
Luke Willson vs. BAL: There are some Fantasy types that are speculating that Willson will step into Will Dissly’s spot and become somewhat productive. It’s not about the role, and it’s not going to happen. Willson has never caught more than 25 passes in a season.
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