Welcome to Week 7 in the NFL. We are now in the second half of the fantasy football regular season. Once again we have to deal with more teams on a bye that include players you were probably starting and we also have to factor in the prominent players that suffered injuries last week. Some of those players we know are out, but some are still questionable, we give you options for every situation and more in this weeks starts and sits.
Teams On A Bye: Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings
Joe Burrow vs. Cleveland Browns
Burrow has dipped off slightly over the last couple of weeks ranking at QB24 with just two total touchdowns in his last three games. This is a good week for a bounce-back at home against Cleveland who he threw for 313 passing yard and three touchdowns against in their Week 2 matchup.
Justin Herbert vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Remember when Anthony Lynn said Tyrod Taylor would start again when he was healthy? With this year, we need a good laugh once in a while. Herbert has been impressive since becoming the starter for the Bolts scoring an average of over 21 fantasy points-per-game. Coming off the bye, you should be putting him right back in your lineup against Jacksonville, who on the road has allowed two of three opposing quarterbacks to score over 25 fantasy points.
Other Quarterbacks To Start: Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan. Ben Roethlisberger, Teddy Bridgewater, Ryan Tannehill
Kyle Allen vs. Dallas Cowboys
Let’s state the obvious: the Cowboys really struggle on defense. If you’re in need of a deep streamer this week Allen is a good start against a Dallas defense who has allowed the third-most passing touchdowns and over 21 fantasy-points-per-game this season.
Derek Carr vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I like Carr as a fantasy quarterback overall, but he does tend to fade sometimes against matchups. That’s exactly what I’m doing this week against Tampa Bay, which has allowed just over 12 fantasy points-per-game to quarterbacks and just absolutely derailed the Rodgers comeback season last week.
Drew Brees vs Carolina Panthers
Brees is nearing the end of his career and it’s easy to see that he may be driving the bus, but he’s not the engine. He isn’t able to push the ball downfield as his 3.8 completed air yards per pass attempt ranks 24th in the league. I don’t like him even with the return of Michael Thomas against the Panthers who are allowing under 14 fantasy points-per-game.
Other Quarterbacks To Sit: Nick Foles, Jimmy Garoppolo, Drew Lock, Baker Mayfield
Jared Goff vs. Chicago Bears (Monday)
Goff has been an efficient quarterback with multiple touchdowns in four of his last five games. He does not have a very good chance to achieve that this week against the Bears who have only allowed four passing touchdowns all season and the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Brandin Cooks vs. Green Bay Packers
Fire O’Brien = Free Cooks. Cooks now has 21 total targets in his last two games post Bill O’Brien, that’s the exact same amount he had in the previous four total. He gets another good matchup against the Packers. We’ve seen that there are enough targets for him and Will Fuller to be solid weekly starts.
Tyler Boyd vs. Cleveland Browns
I’ve told you to sit Boyd the last couple of weeks, and he’s averaged under 10 PPR the last two games. Hopefully, he isn’t sulking too much on your bench because now it’s time to put him back in. He’s going against Cleveland this week where he had 72 receiving yards and a touchdown in his previous matchup this year.
Other Wide Receivers To Start: Chase Claypool, Cole Beasley, Keelan Cole, Christian Kirk, CeeDee Lamb
Tee Higgins vs. Cleveland Browns
Higgins has continued to impress and is firmly sitting as the number two option for Joe Burrow. Higgins didn’t do much in the last game against Cleveland, but he had six targets. Look for him to build on this hot rookie campaign.
Tim Patrick vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick has been the go-to option in Denver and with back-to-back games with 100+ receiving yards, unfortunately, it’ll be a tough matchup against a tough Kansas City pass defense that’s allowed the third-fewest receiving yards to wide receivers this year.
Robert Woods vs. Chicago Bears (Monday)
Woods has been able to find the end zone in three of the last four games. I can’t see that happening this week against the Bears who have allowed just one touchdown this year to wide receivers.
Other Wide Receivers To Sit: Emmanuel Sanders, Julian Edelman, Michael Gallup, Henry Ruggs, Deebo Samuel
Travis Fulgham vs. New York Giants (Thursday)
Fulgham was the hot pickup this week after another great performance. This is why I hate to put him here when you probably gave up a lot of FAAB money or a waiver spot to grab him. The Giants have been a good defense this year and are allowing the seven-fewest points to receivers. With no Zach Ertz or Miles Sanders to take some coverage off, I’m tempering my expectations.
Justin Jackson/Joshua Kelley vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
My wife bought left Twix this week, a couple of weeks earlier she bought right Twix. Two things I learned: my wife does not want me to have a six-pack and I can’t tell the difference between left and right Twix. Just like those Twix, I can’t tell you which Chargers running back is better to start. Kelly and Jackson are going to split time in the backfield, that’s how Anthony Lynn runs his offense. Jacksonville’s run defense allowed D’Andre Swift to go off last week and Joe Mixon two weeks prior. Both backs have a shot to be a high RB2 this week.
Ronald Jones at Las Vegas Raiders
It’s 2020, so obviously this the year Ronald Jones would become a good running back. Jones has seen 20 or more touches and over 120 yards from scrimmage in the last three games. If Fournette returns it could slightly hurt his value, but with the Raiders allowing the third-most fantasy points and the most receiving yards to running backs, he’s still someone you need in your lineup this week.
Other Running Backs To Start: D.Andre Swift, Todd Gurley, Phillip Lindsay, David Johnson, Devin Singletary
J.D. McKissic vs. Dallas Cowboys
McKissic has been a solid flex start thanks to back-to-back games with at least six receptions. The Cowboys are giving up 173.3 rushing yards-per-game. As long as he is still splitting touches with Gibson, this is a great matchup for both backs.
Le’Veon Bell at Denver Broncos
Bell owners probably feel like kids in 1995 knowing they were getting a PlayStation for Christmas, they’re just so excited for the day they unleashed it from the box and fire it up. You probably want to do that to Bell now that he’s in a great new offense, but I think you might have to wait, at least this week. This is a Denver defense that has allowed only one touchdown to running backs this year. Kansas City will get him some snaps, probably involved in a trick play, but the volume won’t be there to trust him this week.
Damien Harris vs. San Fransisco 49ers
I don’t want to put this into existence, but Harris might have been bamboozled by Bellitricks. It only took a bye week to see his carries plummet from 17 to just six last week. That was against a Denver defense giving up 12.1 points-per-game to running backs, the fewest this year, but now he faces a San Francisco defense allowing just 12.9 points-per-game, the second-fewest.
Other Running Backs To SitL Chase Edmonds, Jerick McKinnion, Cam Akers, Gio Bernard, Boston Scott
It’s been a tough year for Drake owners and it was so nice to see the performance that probably got you a big win last week, but we need to be clear, if it weren’t for the late 69-yard touchdown, Drake would have underperformed against a bad Dallas run defense. The game script allowed Drake to see 20 touches last week, that’s not going to happen to this week against Seattle who’s been good at defending the run.
Evan Engram at Philadelphia Eagles (Thursday)
The Giants need to get the ball to Engram more and this could be a great opportunity against a really bad Eagles linebacker core who have allowed six touchdowns to tight ends this season.
Dalton Schultz at Washington Football Team
It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Schultz, he’s unfortunately had some bad matchups. This is a great opportunity for a bounce-back week against the Football Team who are allowing the fourth-most receiving yards and fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends this year.
Other Tight Ends To Start: Robert Tonyan, Jimmy Graham, Austin Hooper, Hunter Henry, T.J. Hockenson
Rob Gronkowski at Las Vegas Raiders
Not too long ago we left Gronk for fantasy obscurity, but we should have learned he never wants the party to stop. He has 14 targets in his last two games and we saw the first Gronk spike with cannons blasting with his first touchdown this year last week. Tom Brady trusts Gronk and with no O.J. Howard, he will continue to see opportunities.
Jared Cook vs. Carolina Panthers
Cook has not been a reliable tight end this year, but in reality who has been besides Travis Kelce? I can’t start him in confidence against a Panthers defense allowing under six points-per-game to tight ends and with Drew Brees ranked 27th in targets to the position.
Tyler Higbee vs Chicago Bears
That three-touchdown game against the Bills is all but a distant memory. He hasn’t seen the endzone in any other game this year or more than five targets, along with Gerald Everett still being a thing, you can’t depend on him unless he sees the end zone.
Other Tight Ends To Sit: Greg Olsen, Anthony Firsker (Even if Jonnu Smith doesn’t play), Eric Ebron, Darren Fells
Hayden Hurst vs. Detroit Lions
The boom and bust performances were not what we wanted from Hurst, but like the WWE reviving their ice cream bars with no chocolate coating, that’s sadly what we got. It’s a tough matchup this week against the Lions who are allowing the fewest amount of targets, receptions and receiving yards-per-game to the position