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Start’em/Sit’em: Week 7

Our fantasy writers Nick and Brett are coming off of a strong week 6 and look to give you some vital information as fantasy owners scramble to set their lineups. Below are their picks for week 7.  Best of luck to all of the Fantasy Football owners out there this week!

Starts of the Week

Quarterback: Marcus Mariota (Tennessee Titans)-  After just coming off an injury, Marcus Mariota had a decent showing in what ended up being a big divisional win for the Titans. While he did not put up huge numbers (14.0 in standard leagues), he seemed comfortable after missing the previous week. Now The Titants QB will get the chance to have a huge fantasy performance against the Browns who got carved up by Deshaun Watson last week for 21. Mariota is in line to have a season-high fantasy day and get back on track. (Brett)

Running Back: Tevin Coleman (Atlanta Falcons)-  Coleman shares time with Devonta Freeman, but still should be in line for his share fair of touches.  Coleman is a good RB2 option and a great flex option for this week, especially in PPR format.  His ability to catch the ball might be his greatest asset. The Patriots have arguably the worst defense in the NFL, so I expect a consistent contributor like Coleman to have a good game. (Nick)

Wide Receiver:  Kelvin Benjamin (Carolina Panthers)-  It was clear last week against the Panthers that Kelvin Benjamin is Cam Newton’s go-to target. With all the talk being about Devin Funchess and Ed Dickson, Benjamin hauled in 9 passes for 99 yards on the night. Despite only having one touchdown on the season, this usage mixed with Benjamin’s size will eventually result in a breakout game. This week Benjamin will have a favorable matchup against a Bears secondary who struggle against a similar physical receiver in Mike Evans.  (Brett)

Tight End:  Austin Seferian-Jenkins (New York Jets)-  Seferian-Jenkins is coming off a very good game against the New England Patriots.  He was targeted quite often and scored a touchdown in which he was robbed of another due to an officials review that many believe should not have been overturned. ASJ has become quarterback Josh McCown’s preferred target, seeing an increase in receptions the last 3 weeks. I like to reward consistency and so should you. (Nick)

Defense/Special Teams:  Carolina Panthers- The Panthers are the lucky defense this week who will go up against Mitch Trubisky and the Chicago Bears offense. Last week the Ravens defense started off slow but ended up with 2 fumble recoveries and two touchdowns against the Bears. While there is some talent there, the Bears offense is not yet where it needs to be, and defenses are taking advantage. Expect the Panthers to dominate the Bears offense and come away with a big fantasy day. (Brett)


Sits of the Week

Quarterback:  Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)-  Winston has had some trouble with consistency this season.  He has shown that he can be one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but he has also shown that he can still struggle at times as well.  He has a shoulder injury and is questionable. Even though Winston might start, there are probably better options out there to start in week 7. The waiver is slim pickings right now at the position, but the guy you may want to consider is Blake Bortles against The Indy defense in a controlled environment.  (Nick)

Running Back:  Jordan Howard (Chicago Bears)-  After a massive season-high 36 carries last week, Jordan Howard is coming off an outstanding fantasy performance against the Ravens. Do not expect the same outcome this week. The Bears play a Carolina Panthers team coming off a home loss to the Eagles. The Panthers should come out to play this week in Chicago, and I expect them to take an early lead and never look back. Due in part to this and the volume from last week, I think Tarik Cohen will see a lot more snaps and touches against the Panthers who have been one of the toughest defenses for running backs this season.  (Brett)

Wide Receiver:  T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts)-  I will probably be questioned by a lot of people regarding this selection, but I have what I think is a good reasoning behind it.  Hilton is without a doubt a number one option, but his fantasy success has been inconsistent.  A large part of that is because he doesn’t have Andrew Luck, the quarterback he is accustomed to playing with. Jacksonville also poses a tough matchup as they are top 3 in pass yards per game, and leads the league in interceptions. If you are deep at the wide receiver position, consider different options for starters or downgrade Hilton to a flex if necessary. Once he gets Luck back, he will be back to his more accustomed WR1 status each week. (Nick)

Tight End:  Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys)-  The Cowboys should be well rested coming off a bye after a crushing loss to the Packers. Now they head to San Francisco to play the 49ers in what is usually a great matchup for offensive players in fantasy. The lone exception this season has been the tight end position. The 49ers have done an outstanding job stopping tight ends all year long. This does not seem to be a fluke either considering they have gone up against some of the elite tight ends in football including Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham, and Jordan Reed. Jason Witten has not been very consistent this season, and expect struggles this week against the Niners.  (Brett)

Defense/Special Teams:  New England Patriots-  This selection might seem like an obvious one for most Fantasy Football owners, but for the more casual fans that play Fantasy Football, it is important to realize that although Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has struggled to play consistent football, he is still one of the league’s best quarterbacks.  Matt Ryan can break out any week now and I think that week is week 7 against arguably the worst defense in the New England Patriots is the perfect week for him to get back to the player that fans are accustomed to seeing on a regular basis.  (Nick)


Authors:  Nick Eberhardt And Brett Santos (@BrettSant05)



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