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Week 7 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

Week 7 is here and we’re midway through most fantasy leagues. I’ve already taken a look at Week 7 Waiver Wire Targets and published Week 7 Player Rankings, so now it’s time to look at individual player and team matchups. Here’s a look at some players in Week 7 with favorable matchups and some with some not-so-favorable ones. Good luck!

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Start ‘Em

Brian Hoyer (QB, Cleveland Browns) at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Cleveland band of no-names phenomenon rolls on and Brian Hoyer has looked pretty good this year. While he hasn’t exactly been piling on touchdowns, he has been keeping it safe with a good TD:Interception ratio (7:1). Hoyer has had the nice benefit of playing behind a good offensive line and a run game that is near the best in the NFL this season. Week 7 will pit Hoyer and the Browns against the woeful Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags are giving up the fifth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season and they’ve had three weeks in which QBs scored over 20 points. It’s a nice matchup and Hoyer’s success should continue.

Russell Wilson (QB, Seattle Seahawks) at St. Louis Rams

Wilson struggled in Week 6 against the Cowboys, but this week should be a good bounce back week. Seattle will be facing a Rams team that is giving up the ninth most fantasy points quarterbacks. They’re giving up an average of 17.8 points per week. Wilson has only had two weeks this season with less than 17 fantasy points. Look for Wilson to have a good game.

Eddie Lacy (RB, Green Bay Packers) vs. Carolina Panthers

Lacy hasn’t been exactly lighting things up this season in terms of production. Through six games he’s only had one game with more than 50 yards on the ground. Fantasy owners who picked him early in 2014 drafts are getting frustrated at this point. Week 7 could be a good week for an upswing as he and the Pack will be facing a favorable matchup versus Carolina. The Panthers are giving up the fourth most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season and they’ve allowed 24+ points to RBs in each of the last four weeks.

Andre Ellington (RB, Arizona Cardinals) at Oakland Raiders

Ellington has seen solid production in both the run and pass game so far this season for the Cardinals. He’s been very involved, and in Week 6 he saw 25 total touches in Carson Palmer’s return. Week 7 will afford Ellington a very favorable matchup as the Oakland defense is giving up an average of 23 fantasy points to running backs this season. Look for another good week of steady production for Ellington.

DeSean Jackson (WR, Washington Redskins) vs. Tennessee Titans

Jackson hasn’t had the production so far this season with Washington that he saw in past season with Philly, but he remains a deep threat. In Week 7 he’ll be facing a matchup against a Titans defense that is giving up an average of 24.7 fantasy points to wide receivers and has given up the fourth most deep receptions (passes of 20+ yards) this season. Jackson could be a breakout play this week.

Rueben Randle (WR, New York Giants) at Dallas Cowboys

The Giants will be looking to bounce back after an abysmal performance in Week 6. With Victor Cruz out for the season quarterback Eli Manning will be looking to his other weapons, and opportunity is knocking for Randle. He has seen the second most red zone targets in the NFL this season, and that’s good news considering his overall number of targets increase this week as well. The matchup against the Cowboys is particularly great, but I think Randle is a good play in Week 7.

Dwayne Allen (TE, Indianapolis Colts) vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Allen has found his way into the end zone in four of six games this season, and Week 7 could be another solid week for him. The Colts will be facing a Bengals defense that is giving up the most fantasy points in the league to tight ends. This means Allen and Fleener are both good plays in Week 7, but Allen is the better option given his propensity for finding the end zone.

Cleveland Browns D/ST at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Browns are in the bottom half of the league in terms of fantasy production from their defense/special teams, but things should be looking up in Week 7. They’ll be facing a Jacksonville team that is surrendering the most fantasy points per week to opposing D/STs. Consider the Browns a good spot play this week.

Sit ‘Em

Drew Brees (QB, New Orleans Saints) at Detroit Lions

In what universe do you bench Drew Brees? Ok. You probably don’t have the QB depth to risk it, but this would be the week to sit the Saints star if you could. In Week 7 Brees will be facing the toughest defense in the NFL when it comes to giving up points to quarterbacks. Detroit is giving up a meager 9.9 fantasy points per week to opposing QBs, and that’s best in the league by a wide margin.

Jerick McKinnon (RB, Minnesota Vikings) at Buffalo Bills

McKinnon has taken over the role as primary back for Minnesota and he has explosive potential. That said, Week 7 is a terrible matchup for the rookie. McKinnon and the Vikes will be visiting a Bills defense that is giving up the fewest fantasy points in the league to running backs. They’re allowing only 11.5 points per game to RBs. McKinnon may be a shiny new toy on your roster, but beware this week.

Marques Colston (WR, New Orleans Saints) at Detroit Lions

It may be time to give up the ghost on Colston in terms of expecting a return to consistent fantasy production. The Saints receiver has only averaged three targets per game and he’s only found the end zone once in 2014. If teammate Jimmy Graham can’t play in Week 7, it could mean a relieving increase in targets. However, Colston is way too risky of a play against a Lions defense that is best in the league in terms of shutting down wide receiver fantasy production.

Travis Kelce (TE, Kansas City Chiefs) at San Diego Chargers

Kelce has emerged as a very nice option in 2014 and he’s currently on a three game touchdown streak. That said, Week 7 is a very tough matchup as the Chiefs visit the Chargers. San Diego is giving up the second fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season.

San Francisco 49ers D/ST at Denver Broncos

While the Niners defense has been decent this season, the matchup is as bad as it gets in Week 7. They’ll be facing Peyton Manning and the potent Denver offense. Opposing defenses are only averaging 1.6 fantasy points versus the Broncos this season.

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