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Week 7 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

Nick FolesHere’s a look at a few players to start and sit at each position going into Week 7. Who has the ideal matchups and who has the not-so-much ones?  Good luck this week!


START ‘EM:  Tony Romo (Cowboys at Eagles)

Romo has been solid as a fantasy QB option thus far in 2013. Sure, he’s thrown some unfortunate picks and had mixed luck at winning actual football games, but as a fantasy option he’s been great. He’ll be facing an Eagles defense that is giving up the 4th most fantasy points to opposing QBs.

START ‘EM: Nick Foles (Eagles vs. Cowboys)

The Eagles offense seems to be more or less the same regardless of whether it’s Vick or Foles under center, and that’s a good thing. The Cowboys are giving up the 3rd most points to opposing QBs, and this game has the makings of a high scorer. Call me crazy, but I have Foles ranked as the #7 QB for Week 7. He’s worth the start.

SIT ‘EM: Sam Bradford (Rams at Panthers)

Bradford is actually having a good fantasy season. He’s in the top 10 among quarterbacks in terms of fantasy points scored. That said, the matchup is terrible in Week 7. The Rams will be visiting a Panthers team that is giving up the fewest points in the league to opposing QBs. While he’s been a good start, this may not be his week.

Running Backs

START ‘EM: Giovani Bernard (Bengals at Lions)

The writing is on the wall in Cincinnati when it comes to the running back position. Sure, Gio and BJGE are still splitting carries, but its plain as day who has the upside. Gio is on the rise and he has a great matchup in Week 7 against a Lions team that is giving up an average of 18.8 points to opposing running backs in 2013.

START ‘EM: DeAngelo Williams (Panthers vs. Rams)

Panthers running backs have often been a fantasy frustration, but take heart that Week 7 could be a good week for DeAngelo. He’ll be facing a Rams defense that is giving up the second most fantasy points to running backs this season. He’s a good RB2 or flex start this week.

SIT ‘EM: Chris Johnson (Titans vs. 49ers)

Johnson hasn’t exactly been lighting it up in 2013. He’s only scored more than 10 fantasy points once thus far. Week 7 isn’t going to be a week to start the trend upward as he’ll be facing a Niners team that has been getting increasing more stingy versus runners as the season has progressed.

Wide Receivers

START ‘EM: Josh Gordon (Browns at Packers)

Gordon has looked great in his return to the field in 2013. Despite question marks at the quarterback position he’s still produced decent numbers. Going into Week 7 he’s going to have a good matchup against a Green Bay defense that is giving up the fourth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers (26.4). He’s a great play this week.

START ‘EM: Keenan Allen (Chargers at Jaguars)

It feels kind of like a carousel of success stories for San Diego receivers this season. Malcom Floyd goes down and you see the meteoric rise and fall of Eddie Royal. Now it’s Allen’s turn. He’s dominated the targets in recent weeks and he’s put up consistent numbers. 34.2 fantasy points over the course of two weeks is pretty nice. The Chargers will be facing a Jags team in Week 7 that is just awful. San Diego’s offense could spend a lot of time on the field and that means more chances at targets for Allen.

SIT ‘EM: Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs vs. Texans)

I’m not going to go as far as to say you need to give up on Bowe….yet. But, he hasn’t been good in 2013. The expectations were high, and he just hasn’t produced. He’ll be facing a Texans defense that is giving up the fifth fewest fantasy points to wide receivers, so don’t expect a bounce back week in Week 7. I currently have Bowe ranked #56 in my weekly rankings, so it’s probably time to go shopping as there are better options.

Tight Ends

START ‘EM: Coby Fleener (Colts vs. Broncos)

Fleener hasn’t exactly been a picture of consistency thus far in 2013 and he’s coming off of a particularly bad game on Monday Night Football against the Chargers. He has a great chance to bounce back in Week 7 against a Denver defense that is giving up the third most fantasy points to tight ends. This game will have to be a shootout if the Colts are to have a chance, and Fleener could play a big role.

SIT ‘EM: Charles Clay (Dolphins vs. Bills)

Clay has been a nice option at times this season, but this isn’t shaping up to be a good week for him. His Week 7 matchup will put the Dolphins up against a tough Bills defense that has surrendered the second fewest fantasy points to tight ends. I know Clay has been good to you at times so far, but this may not be his week.

Defense/Special Teams

START ‘EM: Patriots D/ST at Jets

Geno Smith has had a rocky start to his NFL career, and that’s good news if you have the Patriots D/ST this week. Defenses have combined to score the fifth most fantasy points against Smith and the Jets this season. While New England’s D hasn’t been that great of a fantasy option this year, Week 7 is a great week to give them a go.

START ‘EM: Dolphins D/ST vs. Bills

While Miami defense has been in the lower ranks in terms of fantasy scorers in 2013, they have a good matchup in Week 7. They’ll be facing a Bills offense that will feature a young quarterback in Thad Lewis making his second start after being brought up from the practice squad last week. Don’t let his Week 6 production fool you. He’ll be slowed by a foot injury suffered last week, and you can believe that Cameron Wake will be hard after the young QB. This could be a good week for the Miami D.

SIT ‘EM: Texans D/ST at Chiefs

The solid Houston defense from past seasons has been missing in action in 2013. In terms of fantasy production, they’ve scored the sixth fewest points in the league through six weeks. In Week 7 they’ll be up against a Chiefs team that just haven’t been giving up points to opposing defenses at home. Opposing defenses are averaging fewer than 6 points per game when facing KC at home.

SIT ‘EM: Colts D/ST vs Broncos

No explanation needed. Universal rule. Don’t start defenses against Denver this year. -4.0 fantasy points per week…..enough said.


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