Welcome to Week 7. We saw some struggling star players have their breakout game, while others still failed to live up to expectations.
We have entered the second half fo most fantasy seasons and we should know the gauge of our rosters.
Four teams are on a bye: Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Cleveland Browns, and with that, a few top-end players.
Hopefully, I can help you fill those voids with my starts and sits for Week 7.
Quarterbacks To Start This Week:
Kyler Murray at New York Giants
Fantasy wise if you’ve played Murray, you have to be excited as he hasn’t scored less than 16 points this season. He shined last week with his first 300+ yards passing and multiple passing touchdown game since Week 1. He has another great matchup in the Giants who have given up at least 300 passing yards in four of their six games this year.
Jared Goff at Atlanta Falcons
Goff had the absolute worse game of his career by only throwing for 78 yards in his loss to the 49ers last week.
Owners should not need to worry as he gets the worst passing defense in the Falcons this week. Atlanta has allowed two of their last three opposing quarterbacks to finish in the top five.
Others Quarterbacks To Start: Josh Allen, Matt Ryan, Gardner Minshew, Dak Prescott
Sleeper Quarterback of The Week:
Jacoby Brissett vs. Houston Texans
Coming off a bye, Brissett could be available in your league.
Brissett has thrown multiple touchdowns in four of five games this year. Houston has allowed more than 22 fantasy points-per-game to quarterbacks on the road this season.
I love him as a streaming option for this week.
Quarterbacks To Sit This Week:
Philip Rivers at Tennesse Titans
Rivers has not been the consistent fantasy quarterback we’ve depended on the last 15 years. It’s been more or less peak and valleys as the Chargers have struggled this season.
He faces Tennessee this week, who have only allowed one 300 yard passer this year.
Kirk Cousins at Detroit Lions
Cousins has completely turned it around the last two weeks by passing for over 300 yards and multiple touchdowns each game.
This week he gets a tough road matchup in the Lions who have only allowed one quarterback to pass for over 300 yards since week two; that was Patrick Mahomes, and he did not have a passing touchdown in that game.
Others Quarterbacks To Sit: Derek Carr, Matthew Stafford, Andy Dalton, Kirk Cousins
Bust Quarterback of The Week:
Sam Darnold at New England Patriots
Let’s have a chat here, mono y mono, Darnold was excellent in his first game back since Week 1. He led the Jets to their first win this season with 338 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns.
It’ll be tough to ride that high as he dives right into a buzzsaw. He goes against the number one Patriots defense that just gave up their first passing touchdown last week.
I like him for the remainder of the season, just not this week.
Running Backs Starts of The Week:
Josh Jacobs at Green Bay Packers
Jacobs is coming off the best game of young career against the Bears by rushing for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
He gets a great matchup coming off the bye. Green Bay is 29th in allowed rushing yards-per-game.
Frank Gore vs. Miami Dolphins
Gore is an ageless wonder. The 36-year-old gets a great matchup this week against the Dolphins, who allowed the 34-year-old Adrian Peterson to rush for over 100 yards last week.
Devin Singletary looks good to play this week and could cut into his carries, but I still like the outlook for both backs.
Others Running Backs To Start: Phillip Lindsay (Thursday), Tevin Coleman, Jordan Howard, Marlon Mack
Sleeper Running Back Of The Week:
Royce Freeman vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Thursday)
I already have Phillip Lindsay as a start, but with teams on a bye and if you need a streamer, I like Freeman this week.
They are essentially splitting the carries, and with Kansas allowing the highest yards-per-rush this year, both have upside this week.
Running Backs To Sit This Week:
David Montgomery vs. New Orleans Saints
It’s been tough for owners who drafted Monty thinking he was going to be a rookie sensation.
This Chicago offense hasn’t clicked, and it doesn’t get any better as he’s going against a New Orleans run defense that has allowed the fifth-lowest amount of fantasy points to the position.
Aaron Jones vs. Oakland Raiders
Although Oakland has a weaker pass defense, they are strong against the run; they’ve allowed the eight fewest amount of points to the running back this year.
Jamaal Williams returned against the Lions last week and looked good. With the possibility of a running back by committee, Jones drops down to a flex start if he continues to split carries.
Other Running Backs To Sit: Duke Johnson, Adrian Peterson Le’ Veon Bell, Melvin Gordon
Bust Running Back of The Week:
Joe Mixon vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The matchup in itself isn’t bad, but there’s just no production out of Mixon.
This offensive line is below-average, and the Bengals are the heaviest pass offense in the league because they’re regularly playing from behind.
I’ll explain what to do with Mixon and more busts later this week.
Wide Receivers To Start This Week:
Courtland Sutton vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Thursday)
Sutton has been the breakout receiver for a Denver offense that has trouble moving down the field. He leads the team in target share and targets in the red zone.
He should get plenty of opportunities this Thursday as the Broncos will probably be down early and often and will need to go to the air.
Brandin Cooks at Atlanta Falcons
Cooks was a bust last week with 32 total yards, but so was the entire Rams offense.
I see a bounce-back week against the Falcons who have given the second-most receiving touchdowns this year and allowed Will Fuller to have 217 receiving yards and two touchdowns recently.
Other Wide Receivers To Start: Robert Woods, Michael Gallup, John Brown, Phillip Dorsett
Wide Receiver Sleeper of The Week:
Auden Tate vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Tate’s stock has risen due to two consecutive double-digit point games.
With 12 targets last week in a pass-heavy offense, he’ll see a lot of opportunities this week.
Wide Receiver Sits of The Week:
Allen Robinson vs. New Orlean Saints
Robinson has been the one Bears offensive player that you could confidently put in your lineup this year. I still do that but this week I’d temper my expectations.
The Saints passing defense has improved the last couple of games, including Marshon Lattimore who will be covering Robison most of this game
Terry McLaurin vs. San Fransisco 49ers
McLaurin has been the bright light in an abysmal Washington offense and has scored at least 14 points in every game started by Case Keenum.
He has a tough matchup this week; San Fransisco has given up the least amount of receptions and receiving yards to receivers this year.
Other Wide Receivers To Sit: Mike Williams, Alshon Jeffery, DeDe Westbrook, Corey Davis
Wide Receiver Bust of The Week:
Robby Anderson at New England Patriots
Anderson broke out in last week’s win against the Cowboys. I do not like him this week as the New England Patriots who have given up only one receiving touchdown this year.
Also, Anderson does not have a good history against New England: he has an average of 24.4 receiving yards in seven career games.
Tight Ends To Start This Week:
Evan Engram vs. Arizona Cardinals
Engram is back to practice this week, so he should be fine to play in this week’s “Which tight end gets to go off on the Cardinals?!?!”
Jimmy Graham vs. Oakland Raiders
Frequently in my sitters, I think he has a chance to contribute this week.
The Raiders are allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to the tight ends, with the possibility of Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison not playing, Graham has an upside.
Other Wide Receivers To Start: Gerald Evertt, Noah Fant, Dawson Knox, T.J. Hockenson
Sleeper Tight End of The Week:
Daren Fells at Indianapolis Colts
Fells led the team in the upset win in Kansas City to go with the team’s second most targets with seven.
The Colts are just one of three teams that are allowing 10+ points-per-game to the position this year.
Tight Ends To Sit This Week:
Eric Ebron vs. Houston Texans
Ebron was a star with Andrew Luck as his quarterback, but unfortunately, he hasn’t found that same rapport with Jacoby Brissett. He averaged 6.8 targets per-game in 2018, but this year he only has one game with more than four.
The Texans defense has allowed an average of below four points to tight ends and has yet to allow one to reach the end zone.
Trey Burton vs. New Orlean Saints
There were a lot of expectations for Burton going into this season, but he has yet to live up to them.
He doesn’t have a favorable matchup this week against the Saints, who have only allowed an average of four catches-per-game to the position.
Other Tight Ends To Sit This Week: Chris Hernon, Tyler Eifert, Jared Cook, Kyle Rudolph
Tight End Bust of The Week:
Delanie Walker vs. Los Angeles Chargers
It’s been a struggle for Walker as he hasn’t totaled more than 10 PPR points over the last three games.
The stars don’t align again this week: new quarterback with Tannehill starting and a defense that is eighth in receptions per-game to the position.
John “Supi” Supowitz is a graduate from Quinnipiac University with a Masters in Sports Journalism. He is also currently a part of the Game Day Production Staff for a minor league baseball team. If you want to pique his interest, bring up the Yankees, pro-wrestling, or King of The Hill. You can follow him on Twitter @Imthatsupi85 and Instagram @Imthatsupi.