Week 7 Start'em Sit'em Decisions


Must Plays: Peyton Manning,  Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, Tony Romo 


Philip Rivers (SD) @ JAC--Rivers is coming off of his second-lowest scoring performance of the season in Week 6, but a bounce back game is likely in store going up against the Jaguars. Through six games, the Jaguars have given up double-digit fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in standard leagues in every contest, while allowing over 16 points in four of those games. Not to mention surrendering at least two passing touchdowns in five of six games. 

Nick Foles (PHI) vs. DAL--Last week Foles proved he can be a viable fantasy option with Michael Vick sidelined, finishing the week as the second-highest scoring quarterback. The Eagles draw the Cowboys this week, who have allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, another good game is on the horizon for Foles and the Eagles passing game. 


Joe Flacco (BAL) @ PIT--Flacco is coming off of his best fantasy week of the season, throwing for 342 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers, but has a tougher task in Week 7. The Steelers haven't allowed over 17 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in standard leagues, having given up only four touchdowns through five games. He has a favorable upcoming schedule, so hold onto him. Just don't use him this week. 

Colin Kaepernick (SF) @ TEN--So far in 2013 Kaepernick has been unable to show consistency following a 30-point season debut in Week 1. This week he is matched up against the Titans, who have not allowed a passing touchdown in their last two contests. Until the Niners put a solid receiving core on the field it will be hard to recommend starting Kaepernick, unless he has a great matchup. 

Running Backs

Must Plays: Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Alfred Morris, Marshawn Lynch, Matt Forte, LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster, Doug Martin


Ryan Mathews (SD) @ JAC--He did it! He rushed for over 100 yards! Now that he has accomplished that obstacle hopefully he can build off of his breakout Week 6 performance. The Jaguars have now allowed double-digit scoring to opposing running backs in 5 of their six contests this season, while averaging a touchdown given up per game. Mathews has fooled us in the past, but this week is as good of a matchup as they come. 

Brandon Jacobs (NYG) vs. MIN--Jacobs is the last man standing in the Giants backfield, and has a very favorable matchup this week against the Vikings. Through five games, the Vikings have given up the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, surrendering seven total touchdowns along the way. As long as the Giants can balance out the run with the pass, which they should be able to do in this matchup, expect a big night from Jacobs. 

Fred Jackson (BUF) @ MIA--Surprisingly, Jackson is a top 10 running back in standard leagues through the first six weeks of the season. Who would have thought? This week he will be looking to build on his great season thus far, going up against the Dolphins, who have allowed 20 or more fantasy points to opposing running backs the last three weeks. The Dolphins will be coming off of a bye, so maybe they worked out their issues, but I wouldn't bet on it.


Stevan Ridley (NE) @ NYJ--Coming off of a two-touchdown performance in Week 6, Ridley's name will be ringing around fantasy circles when setting lineups on Sunday. Too bad he has a terrible matchup. The Jets have allowed only two rushing touchdowns all season, with both coming in the same week. Ridley may have won the trust of his coaching staff, but fantasy owners should be less forgiving, especially this week. 

Maurice Jones-Drew (JAC) vs. SD--The Chargers defense as a whole has some issues, but their run defense has been nothing to laugh about. Through six games, the Chargers have yet to allow a rushing touchdown to opposing running backs. While I don't think that will last much longer, I believe the streak will go on past Week 7. 

Le'Veon Bell (PIT) vs. BAL--In one of the biggest rivalries is all of football, the defenses from each team will likely steal the spotlight, which is not good for anyone's fantasy teams. The Ravens defense has allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season, allowing over 10 fantasy points only one time in standard leagues. With the Steelers offensive line issues, Bell is going to be in for a long day. 

Wide Receivers

Must Plays: Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Victor Cruz, Reggie Wayne, DeSean Jackson, Wes Welker


Mike Wallace (MIA) vs. BUF--Wallace has had a hard time adjusting to his new team, but this week's matchup should help him out in a positive way. The Bills have allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season, giving up under 29 fantasy points only once this season in the passing game. A big day should be in store the Dolphins No. 1 receiver. 

Justin Blackmon (JAC) vs. SD--In case you weren't aware, Blackmon has led the league in both receptions and receiving yards since returning from suspension. The fact the Jaguars are always playing from behind is a huge help, and that should be the case once again this week, especially if Cecil Shorts was to miss the game. 

Keenan Allen (SD) @ JAC--Don't look now, but the Chargers have a new No. 1 wide receiver in the making in Allen. Over the last three weeks, Allen has recorded at least five receptions in each contest, while going over the 100-yard the last two games. Not to mention he has touchdowns in back-to-back games. This guy is for real folks and with a great matchup he is a great start this week. 


Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) vs. SEA--Fitzgerald is typically a must-start each week, but has a very tough matchup this week, going up against one of the best shutdown cornerbacks in all of football in Richard Sherman. It also helps my case that he won't be playing at 100 percent and is coming off of a short week, so those three factors could be a recipe for disaster for his fantasy owners. 

Dwayne Bowe (KC) vs. HOU--I have officially jumped off the Dwayne Bowe bandwagon. The Chiefs are far to conservative of a team and do not utilize Bowe's size and athleticism enough in their passing game. His lack of production is not solely on him, but he can't be trusted as this point. 

Jordy Nelson (GB) vs. CLE--Although the Packers will likely be without both Randall Cobb and James Jones in Week 7, that doesn't mean Nelson is a great start. He will be matched up against Joe Haden, who has become one of the premier cornerbacks in the league, and has yet to allow a touchdown to opposing No. 1 wide receivers. He is going to get his targets, but will he be able to make something out of them? I think not.

Tight Ends

Must Plays: Jason Witten, Jordan Cameron, Rob Gronkowski (If Active), Vernon Davis, Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Julius Thomas


Jordan Reed (TE) vs. CHI--Reed has officially surpassed Fred Davis on the Redskins depth chart and his recent efforts have earned him an extended role in the team's passing game. The Bears have allowed only one touchdown to opposing tight ends, but have given up six or more receptions to the group in four of six games. Expect a solid performance from Reed as he continues to build on his rookie campaign. 

Kyle Rudolph (MIN) @ NYG--Is there anything the Giants defense is good at? Outside of allowing points, the answer is, no. The Giants have allowed five touchdowns to opposing tight ends through six games, while allowing five or more receptions in five of six games. Josh Freeman will be under center, which should make owners weary, but as long as Rudolph gets opened it will be hard to miss that big target. 


Joseph Fauria (DET) vs. CIN--I know he had three touchdowns a week ago, but it was on only three receptions. That gives him five receptions on the season for five touchdowns. Outside of touchdown-only leagues, you can't trust a player that is only used a few games per game. Sorry, starting him is not a wise move. 

Charles Clay (MIA) vs. BUF--Although the Dolphins new tight end has been a pleasant surprise this season, this week's matchup is one to avoid. The Bills have given up a ton of production in the receiving game, but not to opposing tight ends. Through six games, the Bills have allowed double-digit fantasy points once to opposing tight ends, while allowing under six receptions in four of those six games. He is a good start most weeks, but not on Sunday. 

Defense/Special Teams

Must Plays:  Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks,


San Diego Chargers @ JAC--Here I go again, picking on the Jaguars. It is for good reason. Through six games, the Jaguars have given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing defenses in standard leagues. Not much more analysis needed here. 


Indianapolis Colts vs. DEN--The Colts defensive group has been a nice surprise this season, but this week they should come crashing down to earth. The Broncos have given up the lowest points per game total to opposing defenses this season, with the opposition scoring in the negatives in five of six games. That will likely be the case in this one as well, considering the Colts organization took a cheap shot at Peyton Manning, so there will be some added motivation on Sunday night. 

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