Fantasy Football: Week 7 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em

In his Week 7 Start 'Em & Sit 'Em, the former #1 ranked fantasy football player Mark Deming shares his lineup recommendations.

New York Giants QB Daniel Jones

START ‘EM

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner MinshewJaguars QB Gardner Minshew

Minshew made the Week 6 Start Em and flopped, and I’ll own that. Bounce back game for the former Washington State Cougars QB as he faces a struggling Bengals that averages 21.75 allowed to fantasy QBs. Take the 9:2 TD:INT ratio to the bank.

Giants QB Daniel Jones

Speaking of a rookie QB to start in Week 7, fire up former Duke QB Daniel Jones vs. the visiting Cardinals.

Only the dreaded Dolphins and leaky Falcons defenses have allowed more points to fantasy QBs through six weeks. Expect the pace of this game to more uptempo than expected as the first two QBs selected in last year’s draft square off.

Broncos QB Joe Flacco

Don’t be afraid to fire up the veteran QB on a short week vs. KC, if you have your regular QB on bye this week. KC’s defense is nothing special yet, not many players besides Frank Clark and Honey Badger even stand out when you watch their defense. Flacco could be an easy candidate for 200 plus and 1-2 passing TDs.


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RUNNING BACKS

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs

Coming off the bye week rested and winners of two straight look for John Gruden’s Raiders to establish the run vs. the Packers. In years past, Gruden’s offense was known for a workhorse RB, and Jacobs is coming off a 26-123-2 performance vs. the Bears. The Packers have allowed an average of 29.23 fantasy points to RBs, and Jacobs could feast.

Bears RB David Montgomery

Another rookie RB to get into your lineups, especially if you have bye week issues, is David Montgomery. Montgomery has been a mixed bag before the bye week compared to where he was selected in season long. My call is the Bears come out of the bye week revamped and ready to compete vs. a hot Saints squad.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds

In my opinion, Edmonds is the big benefactor of injuries to Arizona’s skill position players.

Injuries frequently open the door for players to make their mark, and Edmonds has TDs in two straight and has become an integral part of Kingsbury’s offense through being patient and performing.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen LazardPackers WR Allen Lazard

A.L. is a noticeable 6-5 / 227 lb. beast and due to injuries the new Packer WR to own moving forward. With Adams already ruled out and Geronimo Allison still not practicing after a concussion, take a chance on #13 vs. the Raiders. Packer QB Aaron Rodgers made sure to give Lizard a shout after the Monday Night victory, something only crafty fantasy players noticed. The Raiders defense has allowed close to 40 points per game to fantasy WRs.

Bengals WR Auden Tate

With AJ Green still sidelined and John Ross on IR, look for Tate to put up a solid stat line if you’re seeking WR because of bye week issues. You can count on the pass-happy Bengals to throw often, and Tate has double-digit fantasy points in three of his last four games.

Cowboys WR Michael Gallup

With Amari Cooper ailing and pressure mounting on the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott, I expect Gallup to answer the bell. Gallup should be playing at full strength after coming back from injury early, and Prescott trusts his second year WR. Did you know the Eagles allow the most points to fantasy WRs with 46.63?

Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook

Another mixed bag of a fantasy player thus far has been Dede Westbrook. DJ Chark has stolen the thunder as the Jags WR1, but I like Westbrook and his 19 targets over the last two games.

TIGHT ENDS

Detroit Lions tight end T.J. HockensonLions TE TJ Hockenson

I’ve heard a tremendous amount of negative chatter regarding the 8th overall pick in the NFL draft. Keep it simple: Hockenson hopefully learns from a dropped sure TD last week. Had he converted the TD reception, he’d have three TDs in five NFL games played. I like those apples.

Packers TE Jimmy Graham

As mentioned above, the Packers are banged up at the WR position, which should increase Graham’s role in the passing offense this week vs. the Raiders. Graham is coming off a stinker performance, but it’s important to note that he did drop a TD pass from Aaron Rogers, and most likely, the proud veteran will redeem himself vs. a Raiders defense that has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to TEs.



SIT ‘EM

QUARTERBACKS

Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes

Most of us would never bench the dynamic QB and arguably the best player in the league. But the data clearly shows that the Bronco defense as a standout unit vs. QBs. Only the Patriots, Broncos, and yes, Broncos have held fantasy QBs to an average of under 10 points.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers

In short, Father Time seems to have caught up with Philip Rivers. We all know that Rivers has always had a unique delivery on his passes, but this year it looks more painful than prior years.

The Titans defense has been stingy vs. fantasy QBs by only allowing an average of 13.64 fantasy ppg. It might get worse before it gets better with the Charger offense.

RUNNING BACKS

Saints RB Alvin Kamara

Kamara’s current injury status is in debate. You may have seen Kamara in some Start ‘Em articles this week, and you also read from reputable sources that Kamara most likely is dealing with a high ankle sprain. This all seems fishy to me and feels like a smokescreen. If you have Kamara, you’d almost like to see him miss Week 7 for the long-term benefits.

Rams RB Todd Gurley

Another RB mystery entering Week 7 is the true health and potential involvement of Todd Gurley. When head coach Sean McVay arrived in LA, he was smart enough to know that Gurley was the team’s most talented football player. Unfortunately, he may have leaned on his RB too much, and the Rams’ offense is not the same without the dynamic Gurley.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin CooksRams WR Brandin Cooks

I am sticking with the Rams here. You might want to think twice about Cooks this week. Yup, it’s a golden matchup on paper vs. the Falcons. On the flip side, Cooks has a total of six targets and four catches over his last two games and only one receiving TD the entire season.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon

Last week we hit with having Gordon on the sit list, and he had one catch for seven yards. I am going to be doubling down on Gordon again. Not because he’s not a stud athlete, but he seems to be more dinged up than the crafty Patriots are offering up.