Fantasy Football Start'em, Sit'em for Week 7
There have been several disappointments with running backs drafted to be a team's RB1 this year, but Seattle's Marshawn Lynch has not been one of them.
Lynch continues to deliver for fantasy owners as he scored double-digit fantasy points for his fourth consecutive game last night against the Cardinals. Lynch rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown and added a reception for three yards last night.
For the season, he is on pace for 1,321 rushing yards, 405 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, which would extend his streak of seasons with 1,200-plus rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns to three.
Every week, I put together a list of players that may be worthy of starting in your fantasy league(s) and those that deserve to be on your fantasy bench.
Of course, a huge factor in determining which players to start (or sit) is the composition of your roster and depth of your league. In addition, the Saints and Raiders are on bye this week.
Looking ahead to the rest of the games, here are some players to consider starting in Week 7:
QB - Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (vs. DEN)
In all but one game this season, the Broncos defense has allowed 300-plus passing yards and the one exception was essentially a 300-yard game (297 in Week 4). Of course, part of that is due to the fact that Peyton Manning and the Broncos are on a record-setting pace of 44.2 points per game and the opposition is playing from behind often.
Although he is averaging eight fewer pass attempts per game than his rookie season, Luck and Colts may need to throw it more often to keep up with the high-powered Broncos offense. That should lead to Luck getting his second 300-yard game this season.
QB - Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. DAL)
With Michael Vick (hamstring) out (or at least not starting) for another week, Foles gets an opportunity to put up big stats again. Only Cam Newton had more fantasy points than Foles last week as he scored four touchdowns against the Bucs.
Facing the division-rival Cowboys this week, Foles faces the league's most generous fantasy defense versus opposing quarterbacks. The Cowboys have allowed a 400-yard passer in three of their six games this season.
RB - Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos (at IND)
Although many wrote off Moreno in the preseason, only three running backs have more fantasy points than Moreno this season: Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch. Moreno has 373 rushing yards to go along with 20 receptions for 189 yards in addition to leading the NFL in rushing touchdowns (seven).
The matchup isn't necessarily favorable as the Colts have allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, but Moreno has become a must-start regardless of matchup.
RB - DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers (vs. STL)
Williams currently ranks 10th in the NFL in rushing with 394 yards and he is averaging slightly more than 18 carries per game. The one drawback with Williams is that he has yet to score a touchdown this season, but he is still a solid RB2 this week.
The only team allow more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season is Minnesota. Over their past four games, the Rams have allowed three running backs to rush for more than 140 yards.
RB - Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants (vs. MIN)
While Jacobs may not run for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns again this week, he has a great matchup and should be a solid option for fantasy owners this week as well. As noted above, the Vikings have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
WR - Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. SD)
Over his past two games since returning from his suspension, Blackmon has been dominant. In those two games, he has a total of 19 receptions for 326 yards and a touchdown.
Blackmon has a favorable matchup again this week against the Chargers, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this year.
WR - Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns (at GB)
As you may know if you visit my site often, I was a big advocate for Gordon in the preseason due to his size, speed, skills and upside in Norv Turner's vertical passing attack. Targeted in all of my drafts, Gordon was on my list of undervalued players back in August as well as my list of 10 bold predictions for 2013, where I predicted he'd finish as a top-12 fantasy WR despite his suspension.
Since returning from his two-game suspension, no receiver has more receiving yards than Gordon (429) over the past four weeks. Despite missing those two games, he is still on pace for 88 receptions, 1,502 yards and seven touchdowns.
Gordon has become a must-start every week regardless of matchup. That said, he has a favorable matchup this week against the Packers, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing WRs this season.
WR - Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears (at WAS)
While Gordon has the most receiving yards over the past four weeks, Jeffery has the second most. Jeffery was another player that appeared on my undervalued and bold prediction lists and he has come into his own as a big-time weapon for Jay Cutler. Jeffery has 29 receptions (on 50 targets) for 456 yards and two touchdowns so far this season.
Along with the Falcons, the Redskins are tied for allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season and will have a tough time slowing down the duo of Brandon Marshall and Jeffery on the outside.
WR - Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers (at JAX)
The source of lots of debate during the draft process, Chargers rookie receiver Keenan Allen has really stepped up for a team missing a couple of its top receivers due to injury. Allen has had three solid games in a row and continues to see a larger share of targets come his way. In each of the past two games, Allen has gone over 100 yards and scored a touchdown.
TE - Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers (vs. CLE)
Finley had a season-high 75 receiving yards last week against the Ravens and he could spend time at wide receiver against the Browns this week. Not only is Randall Cobb (fibula) out for at least eight games, but James Jones' status for the game is unclear. Finley should see plenty of targets either way and is a solid TE1 for Week 7.
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Here are some players to possibly sit for Week 7:
QB - Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (at TEN)
The good news is that Kaepernick ended his streak of games with less than 200 passing yards at four last week with 252 yards against the Cardinals. The bad news is that he faces the Titans, who have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs this season and no TDs to QBs in their past two games.
There are several quarterbacks who weren't drafted to be starters that I'd prefer to start this week over Kaep: Foles (as noted above), Jay Cutler, Philip Rivers, etc.
RB - Willis McGahee, Cleveland Browns (at GB)
After seeing his workload increase from 8 to 15 to 26 carries in Weeks 3 to 5, McGahee had only 10 carries last week. McGahee, who turns 32 years old on Monday, is averaging just 2.8 yards per carry this season.
The Packers have allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs and only the Broncos and Jets have allowed fewer rushing yards per game than Green Bay this season.
RB - Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans (vs. SF)
Over the past three weeks, Johnson has 37 rush attempts and only 71 yards, which averages out to a disappointing 1.92 yards per carry. While Johnson still has game-breaking speed, it's hard to count on him to deliver a home run at any given point.
RB - Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (at CAR)
Stacy has looked great in his two starts as he has gained 78 and 79 yards and is averaging 4.91 yards per carry in those two games. In fact, he has almost as many rushing yards (161) as Daryl Richardson (167) despite having 25 fewer carries than D-Rich this season.
That said, the Panthers front seven is one of the best in the NFL. Carolina has the league's fourth-best rush defense (88.8 yards allowed per game) this season, which makes Stacy a flex option only this week.
WR - Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons (vs. TB)
Before the team's bye in Week 6, White's status for this week's game was described as "50-50, at best" even though he has never missed an NFL game in his nine-year career. Through the first five games, White has played through a high-ankle sprain and put up disappointing stats. Unfortunately he sustained a hamstring injury in his game prior to the bye.
It may make more sense for him to rest and not keep his iron man streak alive to be more productive in the second half of the season. If he does play, however, he should be on your bench.
WR - Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. HOU)
Along with the Broncos, the Chiefs are a perfect 6-0, but it's due primarily to their defense and the play of Jamaal Charles. In six games, Bowe has yet to catch five passes or reach 60 yards in a game. On the year, he has 20 receptions for 229 yards and two touchdowns. That puts Bowe on pace for 53 receptions, 611 yards and five touchdowns.
This week, the Chiefs face the Texans, who have the league's top-ranked pass defense and have allowed the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season.
WR - Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills (at MIA)
After missing last week's game due to his back, Johnson should be back in lineup this week against the Dolphins. The Dolphins are tied for allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. Considering the Dolphins' success at slowing down fantasy receivers and Thad Lewis starting at QB, Johnson and the Bills receivers are probably better off on your bench.
TE - Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (vs. DEN)
Fleener has had a couple of solid games this season, but he has also struggled with drops as well. In three of his past four games, Fleener has been held to just one fantasy point.
Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings:
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- Week 7 Fantasy Football TE Rankings
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