Who should you start and who should you sit in Week 7 of the NFL? Here's Jared's weekly fantasy breakdown.
My apologies to everyone who reads my weekly fantasy article as life just got on top of me last week and there was simply time. But fear not -- I’m back and hopefully won’t miss another week this season! So let’s get straight into it and who I think Week 7’s starts, sits and sleepers are.
Harry Douglas (WR - Atlanta Falcons) is a must start in Week 7 because of pure attrition. He’s the last man standing on the Falcons receiving corp and there's literally no wide receivers left to throw to. With the Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White out for the game it’s time for Douglas to stand up. Quarterback Matt Ryan is a solid player and should look to target Douglas numerous times. I’m expecting a big day out for Douglas, somewhere in the vicinity of 8-10 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown.
Jay Cutler (QB - Chicago Bears) is a top 10 fantasy quarterback (I still struggle to believe this) and he goes against a not-so-great Washington Redskins defence. While the unit has improved over its past two games, so has Cutler's fantasy value. The Bears leader should be in line for another 300-yard, multiple touchdown game. He’s always good for a few extra points rushing as well.
Rob Gronkowski (TE - New England Patriots) is back! He has finally been cleared by the team doctor and while listed as questionable, should be active and starting for the Patriots on Monday. Gronkowski is going to be the freshest player out there on Sunday and should quickly regain quarterback Tom Brady’s confidence. I expect him to burst out of the blocks quickly with 80-100 yards and a touchdown.
Chris Johnson (RB - Tennessee Titans) is set to face a formidable defence in the San Francisco 49ers in what looks to be a tough Week 7 matchup for the Titans. Johnson has had a rough season so far averaging only 3.1 yards per carry and has yet to score a rushing touchdown. His only saving grace is that he gets a bunch of carries and will see dump down passes. But this week, it's simply not going to be enough. I think it’s best to sit Johnson and look elsewhere.
Joe Flacco (QB - Baltimore Ravens) will face the iron curtain of the Pittsburgh Steelers defence in a Week 7 Sunday afternoon game. The Steelers have allowed only four passing touchdowns on the season which is tied for the league best. This is just a no-brainer really: with Flacco playing poorly fantasy-wise and a Steelers pass defence at the top of their game, you sit Joe Flacco.
Anquan Boldin (WR - San Francisco 49ers) is a great receiver against bad defences but disappears against good defences. He will be facing the Tennessee Titans in Week 7 who have allowed the third fewest fantasy points to wide receivers in the league. This is a week I expect Boldin to blend into the field and see yet another pedestrian game, in which he has around three catches for 30 yards. Best to sit him on the pine.
Thad Lewis (QB - Buffalo Bills) had a very nice first game for the Buffalo Bills against a tough Cincinnati Bengals defence last week. He threw for 216 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing in another. Lewis is a good duel-threat quarterback and could be just the bye week replacement for Drew Brees owners. I would expect Lewis to put up similar numbers from last week: nothing mind blowing but very good for a bye week fill-in.
Jeff Cumberland (TE - New York Jets) is a player I feel will benefit from young quarterback Geno Smith this week. I'm guessing Smith is going to be scrambling a lot under duress in Week 7 and will be looking for his dump down tight end. Cumberland could be a nice fill-in for those owners out there who have Jimmy Graham (New Orleans) on a bye week.
Case Keenum (QB - Houston Texans) will be active for his first NFL game on Sunday and will also be the starting quarterback for the Texans. Realistically, Keenum has little chance against a Chiefs defence that is playing lights out, but stranger things have happened. Keenum had a crazy college career statistically, throwing for over 5000 yards and over 40 touchdowns in three of his college seasons. He also holds the NCAA record for most touchdowns thrown in a game -- nine. The NFL is a big step up from College but with numbers like those this kid knows how to throw a football. It will be interesting to see if he can make the most of his opportunity. He is a deep, deep, deep sleeper. Roll the dice. I dare you.
Who are you staring or sitting this week? Who do you think might surprise as a sleeper this week? Let us know in the comments.