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There are a lot of obvious start & sit candidates for this week. Patriots vs Falcons? Give me everyone involved in the passing game. Bucs/Bills? I don’t want anything to do with the Bucs offense. Rams vs Cardinals? I’m bullish on the Rams. Start your stars and take a shot on some of these guys below if you’re suffering through the Texans/Lions bye week like I am. I own Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins and Lamar Miller in one of my leagues. I’m prepared for the L, but will be trusting my own advice in this article. Live by the Razz, die by the Razz!

As always if you’ve got league-specific questions drop them in the comment section and I will answer them Saturday afternoon/evening.  

 

Quarterbacks

Start:

Jared Goff, LAR, 13.0% starting: I told you to add him on Tuesday and I’m telling you to start him on Saturday. If you find yourself without the #1 fantasy QB Deshaun Watson or Matthew Stafford this week — Goff might be the way to go-ff. Here is what I said Tuesday: “These Cardinals have allowed the 4th most passing yards and are only 1 passing TD allowed away from worst in the league. I think Goff will get his groove back with a 15+ point game.” Samson Simpson — I stick by my story!

Brett Hundley, GB, 9.5%: Don’t sleep on Hundley just because he is a back-up QB — he actually had a very impressive collegiate career and is UCLA’s career leader in total offensive yardage and TD passes. The Saints pass defense looks better than they have in the past — but look closer and you’ll see the full story. Against what remains of Cam Newton and Jay Cutler the Saints defense has looked elite allowing only 11 total fantasy points between the two QBs. But in their other 3 games? Yeesh. 3 TDs and 25 fantasy points to Sam Bradford, 3 TDs and 29 fantasy points to da god Tom Brady and 3 TDs and 14 fantasy points to Matthew Stafford. They haven’t yet faced a dual-threat QB like Hundley this season so it’ll be interesting to see how they try to contain his legs, but I could see Hundley surprising a few people and having a solid 15+ point game in this one with maybe a pair of TD passes, 1 INT and even a rushing TD for good measure.

Sit:

Jameis Winston, TB, 23.9%: If you’re flirting with the idea of starting Winston let me block you right here — don’t. He’s expected to start, but you should also expect him to be limited. Not only that — but he’s up against a Bills defense that have only allowed 2 passing TDs all season and therefore, the second-fewest fantasy points to QBs. There aren’t a lot of good sit opinions this week — a lot of your starting QBs have solid matchups and should perform well. And while guys like Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning and Andy Dalton all have sittable matchups — you shouldn’t even have them on your team at this point unfortunately.

 

Running Backs

Start:

Joe Mixon, CIN, 37.3%: I predicted Kareem Hunt would run for over 200 yards against the Steelers in week 6 due to their piss-poor run defense and top-5 pass defense. Hunt didn’t — and neither will Mixon — but the same rules apply here. Dalton and his receivers will be limited by the Steelers which should allow Mixon to run wild, brother!

James White, NE, 19.9%: If you listened to the Razzblitz podcast this week you’ll hear that they are just as confused as the rest of us as to who might be the leading RB scorer for the Patriots week to week. This week I’m thinking it’ll be James White. The Falcons have allowed 8.31 yards per reception to opposing RBs and White is clearly the pass-catching threat out of the Patriots backfield. He has 42 targets compared to their next highest RB with 7.

Marlon Mack, IND, 3.1%: This is the last call on Mack. By week 8 he’ll be the lead RB in Indianapolis. Last week Mack had 5 less rushing attempts than RB1 Frank Gore, but had 43 more yards and a TD. The Jaguars have been pretty solid at stopping opposing passing attacks, but have allowed the second-most rushing yards.

Sit:

DeMarco Murray, TEN, 72.0%: DePolo! I’ve been down on Murray all season due to the presence of Derrick Henry, but in week 7 with a lingering hamstring injury and against a surprisingly tough Browns defense that has allowed the 9th fewest rushing yards — I’m even lower on him. Not much more to say here. This isn’t the RB you’re looking for. 

Doug Martin, TB, 66.1%: Not counting a 135 yard rushing game allowed by the Bills in week 4, they are allowing only 63 rushing yards per game. I think the Bucs are going to struggle to get the ball moving much in this one especially if Winston is ineffective.

Javorious Allen/Alex Collins, BAL: Not only is there a timeshare that Buck Allen was the leader of in week 5 only to see Alex Collins overtake him in week 6, but the Vikings have allowed the 8th fewest rushing yards and 4th fewest receiving yards to opposing RBs so far. Don’t flex on ‘em.

 

Wide Receivers

Start:

Terrelle Pryor, WSH, 40.4%: This is the game we’ve all been waiting for. The Kirk Cousins/Terrelle Pryor breakout game. Some said it was going to be week 6 against the 49ers, but I know better. It’s going to be week 7! Maybe. Against this Eagles secondary allowing over 196 yards per game to opposing wide receivers? Could be!

Mohamed Sanu, ATL, 9.6%: All the whores and politicians will look up and shout. “But Kerry! You recommended we add Taylor Gabriel in your Tuesday Waiver Wired article!” And I’ll whisper, “No.” And then they’ll look around at each other and say “Wait, what? Yes you did.” And then I’ll whisper again “They’re facing the Patriots.” And they’ll say “Oh…okay. Cool I guess, thanks.”

Robert Woods, LAR, 6.4%: I was going to quote Robert Frost here, but didn’t want to be called racist. So instead, just give me the guy who has the most receptions, receiving yards and targets over the past 3 weeks in LA. Woods seems to have developed a great rapport with Jared Goff and I think their best friendship will be cemented with 70+ receiving yards and a TD against the Cardinals who have allowed 42 fantasy points to wide receivers in each of their last 2 games. Cooper Kupp and Sammy Watkins are also solid flex options, but I felt like it was too vague to just say “Rams wide receivers.”

Sit:

TY Hilton, IND, 76.8%: Poor little TY TY. He deserves better. No Luck again and a Jaguars defense that is holding opposing QBs to the fewest fantasy points on the year means possibly another 1 catch game for Hilton.

Adam Thielen, MIN, 62.3%: Despite his hot start, Thielen is going to be utterly alone in his week 7 showdown with the Ravens. His tag team partner Stefon Diggs has already been ruled out and the Ravens will only need to worry about Thielen hurting them in the secondary. The Ravens have got to be feeling themselves after holding the Bears wide receivers to only 2 receptions for 36 yards and have been 4th best at containing opposing WRs. Expect Thielen to ask Sam Bradford to DM him some tips on how to get injured so he doesn’t have to keep getting shut out all game.

 

Tight Ends

Start:

Austin Hooper, ATL, 21.3%: I prematurely blew my wad by recommending you add Hooper in my Tuesday Waiver Wired article — but I’m going to double down and say his name again! HOOPER! This is going to be a fantastic shoot out between Matt Ryan and Tom Brady and Hooper should haul in one of Ryan’s 5 TD passes.

Jonnu Smith, TEN, 0.3%: Consider this one a solid maybe, kinda, sorta start. Delanie Walker is nursing a calf injury and didn’t practice on Friday so Jonnu could be the next man up. If he’s up then he gets a Browns defense that have allowed the second-most fantasy points to TEs.

Sit:

Cameron Brate, TB, 55.2%: Are you sensing the trend here? I’m low on the Bucs for this week against a tough Bills defense. Brate has scored a TD in each of his last 4 games and that trend might continue — but it might be along with 15-20 yards. Adjust accordingly.

 

Defense/Special Teams

Start:

LA Rams vs. ARI, 43.4%: The Rams Defense has scored the 4th most fantasy points this season and are tied-for second in sacks and the Cardinals offensive line is tied-for second in sacks allowed.

Sit:

There are no sits this week! The Broncos get a moderately tough matchup against the Chargers but they’re the Broncos. They’ll be fine. The Ravens are facing a depleted Vikings team that could struggle to throw the ball.

 

Kickers

Start:

Dan Bailey, DAL, 48.0%: Coming off a bye Bailey might’ve been dropped in your league. If so, POUNCE like a tiger and grab Bailey who is facing a 49er team that has allowed opposing kickers to go 17 for 17 in field goals against them.

Sit:

Ryan Succop, TEN, 76.3%: Kicker roulette! The Browns have allowed the second-least field goals because teams are too busy scoring TDs against them (as marked by them allowing the second-most extra points!) So Succop might have a safe extra point floor — but he might not get a field goal attempt.

 

  1. Noam Levenson says:
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    Great post! Thanks

    A few questions for you:
    PPR League —
    Brate or Rudolph at TE?

    Thielen or Kupp at WR?

    Thompson, White, or Mack at Flex?

    Thank you!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Noam Levenson:
      Rudolph
      Kupp
      Thompson

  2. captain Morgan says:
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    Morning double K!

    .5 PPR which WR are you adding for a stream start: Sanu at NE, Taylor Gabriel at NE, Bennie fowler at chargers (no sanders), Beasley at SF, or lastly the rookie mike Williams vs Broncos. I’m basically looking for Keenan Allen insurance he injured his shoulder in practice Thor week I know it’s home but not a fan of WRs facing the Denver secondary especially if Allen isn’t 100% so that’s why I’m looking for WRs who play at the 4pm slot or SNF, there aren’t options available for MNF; doctson, Pryor, crowder, agholor, Alshon are all owned

    Thanks man!!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @captain Morgan:
      I’m feeling Sanu of those first guys.

  3. Big League choo says:
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    10 team standard with bonuses for 100rush/rec

    I’m 2-4, 6/10 teams make playoffs and I’m a game out with the lowest points for which is the tiebreak.

    My howard/diggs/Coleman for Elliott/Blount/john brown

    My Howard/diggs for his Elliott/john brown

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Big League choo: I like your side better. howard should have a healthy amount of touches every week

  4. William Hung says:
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    Are you sure your stats on Mack’s week 6 are accurate? Mack only had 2 rushing attempts, I know cause I had him on my bench…

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @William Hung: Whoops! i was looking at week 5.

      • William Hung says:
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        @Kerry Klug: you still high on Mack? It’s too random and too much of a guessing game. Talked to Matt and he favors Rawls’ situation over him

  5. Damien says:
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    Thanks for the advice Kerry!
    What do think here – Melvin Gordon at Denver or Adrian Peterson in London week 7? already played Hunt Thursday.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Damien: i’m actually feeling adrian out of those 2. easier defense and melvin’s injury makes me nervous…
      I had adrian peterson as a sit last week because i thought they’d ease him into the playbook…but he is ready to roll.

  6. Bobby says:
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    Hey there man!

    What to make of Melvin Gordon’s injury? It sounds as if it’s minor & he’ll play but since it’s shoulder I’m worried about him with fumbles or how bad is the injury will it be one big hit to shoulder & he’s done for the day? I know friggin darkwa ran wild on the Broncos last week.

    Week 1 at Denver he had 18.5 points in my .5 PPR league, one receiving TD. No rushing TD week 1 & he did have 18 att for 54 yards.

    I could bench Gordon & put AP at RB slot , my other RB already went on Thursday & was Kareem hunt. Then thinking of Rawls at the flex he gets Giants D, or go with Smallwood who’s questionable but looks good to play on MNF

    Here’s what opposing RBs have done to Giants D as of late

    Week 6 CJ Anderson bad game: 9 att for 17 yards. Only 2 fantasy points

    Week 5 Gordon good game: 20 att for 105 yds & also 6 rec for 58 yds & 2 receiving TDs: 38 fantasy points

    Week 4 jaquizz Rodgers solid game: 16 att for 83 yds, and also 2 rec for 25 yds. Came away with 14 fantasy points

    Week 3 philly: Smallwood: 12 att for 71 yds , 1 rec for 9 yds. Came away with 9.5 fantasy points.
    Blount: 12 att for 67 yds & 1 Rushing TD came away with 14 fantasy points

    Gracias

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Bobby: I’m riding or dying with Gordon this week. Honestly, probably more likely dying, but what can you do? Start your studs.

      If you look at the comment above though — I’d start AP over Gordon if you got him.

  7. Chud says:
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    Good stuff Kerry!

    Better RB (ppr) for remainder of the year: Henry or Mixon? I own Henry but was offered Mixon for him.

    Also, better stash RB: Mack, Breida, or Procise?

    Thanks!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Chud:
      Henry and Mixon for me.

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