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Week 7 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

Fantasy owners are scrambling to set their lineups ahead of week 7.  While you and everyone else is subbing players in and out of your lineup up until game time, we are here to help you make a confident choice. Below is our Week 7 Start/Sit column highlighting depth players that could help or hurt you this week:

Starts of The Week

QB: Andy Dalton (at KC):  Half of the quarterbacks that have played against Kansas City have thrown for over 400 yards including Blake Bortles.  Andy Dalton has also been playing very well, throwing for multiple touchdowns in 5 of the first 6 weeks.  If you are looking for a quarterback to play in place of someone like Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers or Russel Wilson due to bye weeks, Dalton is the perfect person to stream.

RB: Matt Breida (vs LAR):  Matt Breida was a barely ready to play last week and many expected Alfred Morris to get the bulk of the carries even if Breida was in the lineup.  That didn’t happen.  Alfred Morris did not get a single touch last week and it showed how much Kyle Shanahan believes in Breida.  While the Rams have not been giving up much to running backs and that is largely in part to the opposing offenses having to play in catch-up mode for the majority of games.  Breida is an able and willing pass-catcher though and will still have plenty of opportunity in a game-script that could limit the 49er’s run game.

WR: Josh Gordon (at CHI):  Josh Gordon took a giant step forward in the Patriot’s offensive scheme last week, playing in over 80% of snaps compared to just 26% in week 5.  He also led the team in routes run, target share and air yards.  Overall, Gordon’s fantasy week wasn’t anything to write home about but he was a 50-yard touchdown pass that would’ve been caught had he not been pass-interfered with from being a top-15 wide receiver last week.  Chicago has also been giving up massive amounts of points to wide receivers.  If you have been the guy in your league holding on to Josh Gordon, this is the week to finally put him in your lineup.

TE: C.J.Uzomah (at KC):  There is a very good chance, after being 3rd on the depth chart just a couple of weeks ago, that C.J. Uzomah could be the only pass-catching tight end left in Cincinnati this week.  He was able to bring in 6 of his 7 targets last week and could be in store for even more this week against the third worst defense against tight-ends (KC).  Pairing him with start of the week quarterback, Andy Dalton, could give you a great QB/TE stack in week 7.

DEF: Indianapolis (vs BUF):  Anytime that you get a chance to play a defense Derek Anderson, you take it.  Anderson has thrown 25 interceptions compared to just 17 touchdowns since 2009.  The Bills have found the only quarterback left in the NFL that could possibly complete more passes to the opposing team than Nathan Peterman.  The Indianapolis defense has struggled recently but it doesn’t matter.

Sits of the Week

QB: Andrew Luck (vs BUF):  Last week, my quarterback sit of the week was Deshaun Watson coming off of a very good stretch but going against an under-rated Bill’s secondary and they shut him down.  The Bills defense now has the chance to throw ice on another hot quarterback.  Andrew Luck has been one of the best fantasy quarterbacks over the past 3 weeks but this game could be a low scoring affair with Derek Anderson starting on the other side of the field.

RB: Isaiah Crowell (vs MIN):  To say that Isaiah Crowell’s play has been inconsistent would be an understatement.  His week is largely dependent on whether or not he is able to break off a giant touchdown run and if he doesn’t, you get a dud in your lineup.  This week he gets the Minnesota Vikings who have given up the 6th least points against running backs in half-PPR leagues.  Unless you have no other options, keep Crowell on your bench.

WR: Will Fuller (at JAX):  After an incredibly hot start with quarterback sensation Deshaun Watson, Will Fuller has fallen back to earth very fast.  It seems that with the emergence of Keke Coutee, Fuller has lost a large portion of his targets.  Couple that with the fact that they get a Jacksonville defense at home and looking to bounce back after a rough couple of weeks, Fuller is a very high-risk play.

TE: Greg Olsen (at PHI):  For the second time in a row, Greg Olsen is my sit of the week at tight end.  He surprisingly played all but one snap on offense in his return and even had 7 targets but this week he goes against the Philadelphia Eagles.  The Eagles are the third-best team against tight ends and would be even higher if not for a 75-yard touchdown by O.J. Howard in week 2.  Keep him on your bench for one more week before you put him in your lineup.

DEF: Chicago (vs NE):  Coming off of the bye, Chicago was a giant let down last week against Brock Osweiler and the Miami Dolphins.  This week, they go up against the Patriot’s who have been scoring just under 40 points a game over the past 3 weeks.  There are multiple defenses you can stream for this week ahead of Chicago and I would suggest you do so.

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