What’s going on everyone, and welcome back to another edition of “Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em!” Were approaching Week 7 of the NFL season, and have some terrific games on the slate, especially in the primetime spots tomorrow and on Monday night.

Let’s get to it!

*Note* – My Week 7 Rankings can be found here, and be sure to check out Rudy’s projections for this week here!

*Note* – I won’t be including the “studs” in any of my “Start” columns. You should always start Aaron Rodgers, Todd Gurley, or Antonio Brown!

Quarterbacks

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Kirk Cousins (@ NYJ)

Cousins has had a great start to the 2018 NFL season, ranking as the 5th-best QB in fantasy. He’ll get a good matchup this week on the road in New York against a Jets secondary that has allowed, on average, 2 passing TD’s a game, as well as 25 fantasy points per game to opposing QB’s over the past four weeks. No need to go away from Kirk tomorrow afternoon.

Andy Dalton (@ KC)

Despite how great the Chiefs offense is, their defense is still one of the weakest units in the NFL, and is the sole reason why Patrick Mahomes needs to put up 40 points a game in order to stay competitive. After a painful last-second loss to the Steelers last week, Dalton should come into Arrowhead guns-blazin’, and should be able to put up some serious fantasy numbers on Sunday night.

Carson Wentz (vs. CAR)

Alright, well after the past two weeks, and the fact that he’s been officially removed from the practice report, all signs are pointing to the fact that Carson Wentz, is in fact, back. It’s as good matchup as any for the Philly QB, as not only does Carolina give up close to 280 yards and 2 TD’s a game to opposing QB’s, in their matchup last season, Wentz put up 222 yards and 3 TD’s. If you got him, start him.

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Philip Rivers (vs. TEN)

While Rivers has been playing some really good real-life football, he’s not exactly been setting the world on fire in fantasy, finishing as the 12th-best fantasy QB in the past few weeks. There is some downside to his Week 7 matchup as he’ll be traveling to London to play a Titans defense that hasn’t looked all-wordly, but still only allows 16.8 fantasy points per game to opposing QB’s in the past four weeks, thanks to some impressive CB play. There are better options than Rivers tomorrow.

Deshaun Watson (@ JAC)

I don’t think we can rely on Watson for big-time fantasy production most weeks, and I would expect less than that tomorrow afternoon as he’ll be on the road in Jacksonville. While the Jags defense looked pretty bad last week against the Cowboys, I would expect them to regress back to their normal, elite status, and shut down this Houston offense.

Dak Prescott (@ WAS)

While Prescott had a career game last week against Jacksonville, I don’t think that is a sign of things to come for the young gunner. He’ll be on the road in Washington, where he’s likely to struggle due to the matchup, and the fact that Prescott as a whole, doesn’t fare to well away from home. He isn’t a consistent fantasy option just yet.

Running Backs

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Joe Mixon (@ KC)

Kansas City continues to struggle against the run, allowing close to 5.7 yards per carry and 36 fantasy points per game over the last four weeks. Mixon is in a prime spot, and should be locked into lineups. I would expect a Top 3 fantasy day from the young running back.

Tarik Cohen (vs. NE)

Cohen got nearly 47% of the snaps last week against Miami in a game that turned into a back-and-forth shootout. He’ll face off against a Patriots defense that is allowing close to 7 catches a game to opposing RB’s, so Cohen brings in some serious PPR appeal. Even if this game isn’t a shootout like it was last week, Cohen should still be productive in this matchup.

Kerryon Johnson (@ MIA)

In the past four weeks, the Dolphins have allowed close to 4.4 yards per carry, as well as 4 rushing TD’s against opposing running backs these past four weeks. Johnson will get a ton of work tomorrow as Theo Riddick will likely be out for this matchup, so lock in Johnson and forget about it.

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Alex Collins (vs. NO)

While it’s fantastic that he received a 19-carry workload last week against Tennesse, Collins’ matchup can’t get any tougher this week against a Saints defense that ranks 1st in run defense DVOA, only allowing 2.4 yards per carry over the past two weeks. If you have any better options, I don’t think Collins is in for a good time tomorrow.

Jordan Howard (vs. NE)

While Howard isn’t the worst starting option in the world, he’s clearly starting to trend downwards in terms of usage rate and snap counts, only posting a 53% snap rate last week against Miami. There is some downside to this matchup for him if it turns into a shootout, or the Bears play from behind, both scenarios leading to more production from Tarik Cohen.

Marlon Mack (vs. BUF)

Over the past couple of weeks, the Bills defense has come to play! In the past four weeks, the Bills have allowed only 19 fantasy points per game to opposing RB’s, ranking 7th in rush defense DVOA. While Mack will get his work like he did last week, I’m not sure if he’ll be able to do with a lot of it.

Wide Receivers

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Alshon Jeffery (vs. CAR)

It was a great showing from Alshon last week on Thursday Night, catching 8 of 12 total targets against the Giants. It’s a great matchup against the Panthers this week, a secondary unit that has allowed close to 40 fantasy points a game to opposing WR’s. Lock and load!

Golden Tate (@ MIA)

Out of all the 1v1 matchups for the Lions receivers, Tate has the best of the bunch. With Jones and Golladay likely dealing with Xavien Howard, Tate should thrive in the slot for Detroit, and carries a huge upside and floor.

Robert Woods (@ SF)

Not only did he put up a 6/108 line against the Niners last year, but with Cooper Kupp missing this game, Woods should continue to get a bunch of targets in this plus matchup.

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Corey Davis (vs. LAC)

Not only is it bad he only caught one out of four targets last week, it’s not going to get any better for Davis as he’ll likely get a good dose of Casey Hayward in London.

Will Fuller (@ JAC)

He only got three targets last week, which certainly isn’t anything to brag about, and this matchup isn’t going to get any easier for him as he’ll face off against a potent Jags secondary at home.

Tight Ends

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David Njoku (@ TB)

It was a great week for Njoku last Sunday, as he caught 7 balls and found his way into the endzone against the Chargers. It’s a great matchup for Njoku this go-around, as the Bucs are one of the worst defenses against opposing TE’s, giving up close to 21 fantasy points a game to opposing tight ends. Lock and load!

C.J. Uzomah (@ KC)

Caught 6 of 7 targets last week as he’s stepping up in the wake of Tyler Eifert’s injury, and it’s a good matchup for Uzomah, as this Chiefs defense gives up close to 16 fantasy points per game to opposing Tight Ends.

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Greg Olsen (@ PHI)

It’s a good sign that Olsen got a good amount of targets last week in his first game back from injury, but I don’t think we necessarily have to start him this week against a tough Philly secondary that has only allowed 6 fantasy points per game to opposing TE’s.

George Kittle (vs. LAR)

While Kittle continues to rack in the targets, and doesn’t necessarily need to be benched due to positional scarcity, be aware that it’s a tough matchup for him, as the Rams only have allowed just 8 fantasy points per game to TE’s in the past four weeks.

Kickers and D/ST

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Dan Bailey (@NYJ)

He’s been on fire lately, and deserves to be in our lineups again.

Detroit Lions (@ MIA)

The Lions are a sleeper option this week on the road in Miami against a Brock Osweiler-led Dolphins offense that is bound to regress against a solid secondary.

Sit ‘Em

Caleb Sturgis (vs. TEN)

He’s injured and iffy to play, and I don’t think we can start him even if he does suit up.

Atlanta Falcons (vs. NYG)

While it could be a good matchup against a struggling offense and O-Line, but their own unit has their own problems, so I can’t give them my full confidence.

Alright guys, that is all my time for today. Good luck to everyone in Week 7, and I’ll be back on Wednesday for my Week 8 Rankings! As always, if you have a question or comment, don’t hesitate to leave one below!

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  1. Patrick says:
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    Have Joe Mixon locked in as one of my
    RB, who would you start with him if you had to pick 1 in a ppr league: Ingram, white, kerryon, or chubb

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Patrick: Ingram

  2. Brian says:
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    Ppr. Hyde trade porked me. Now I have to choose between cja and Josh Adams, or gamble hyde gets a snap or 2.

    Whatcha think?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Brian: Hyde isn’t playing, so I’d go with CJA

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Brian: now THAT’s a 20 teamer, respect the ugly choices having to be made.

  3. buster moon says:
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    Drop Lynch and add either Richards or Gore?

    • The Harrow says:
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      @buster moon: probably richard first, OAK already plays from behind nearly every game, grudening in full effect, now with skittles out they’re probabl more often behind; don’t know if i’d drop skittles here though, if in trouble or don’t have depth maybe.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @buster moon: Gore because this Raiders O-Line is pretty messy

  4. Neves says:
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    Edelman, Funchess, Shepard, and Ridley
    please pick 2 for me.

    Watkins or Clement as a Flex?
    Thanks

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Neves: Clement, and then Edelman and Funchess

  5. Ron says:
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    Trade offer in a standard league. Do the deal or pass?

    Give: Chubb and Crabtree
    Get: Coleman and JuJu

    My other RB are David Johnson, Howard, Mack, Carson and Miller (Need to drop 1 as well for a legal roster – Carson or Miller???)

    My other WR are M. Thomas, D. Adams, Golladay, Baldwin, D. Thomas

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Ron: While Chubb has some good value now, I still think getting JuJu in this trade is too good of an opportunity to pass up

  6. Velocity_X says:
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    Week 7 DST: Keep rolling with Ravens and hope for the best, or chance it with the Colts against Buffalo?

    I have a chance to pick up either Doug Martin or Jalen Richard – it’s a .5 PPR, and while I’d like to hope Martin could succeed with the touches he’ll get, maybe Richard would actually be a safer play?

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Velocity_X: everybody i’ve seen around here before has said richard for PPR (half i’d guess makes it closer though) over hamster.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Velocity_X: Richard, first and foremost, and then as your DST, I’d go with Baltimore because you don’t want to drop a high-scoring fantasy D/ST just because of one bad matchup

  7. Nick says:
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    Hey Zach, in a 10 team standard would you drop any of these bench warmers for Duke Johnson; D Thomas, Eckler {don’t own Gordon but it seems he has standalone value now}, Gabriel {I have A Rob & just scooped Gabriel in case A Rob cannot go this weekend} or Ito Smith {I’m starting Coleman at RB2 with freeman on my IR}…

    Just for perspective on my RB depth, I start McCaffrey & Coleman weekly and curently have Cohen in at flex so that is not my strongest position. I’d say QB/WR are the strengths with Mahomes (Big Ben on bench) & then Cooks, Golladay, A Rob starting this week while A Brown is on bye

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Nick: I would keep your roster as it is now

      • Nick says:
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        @Zach: thanks bud, you do a thankless job, just want you to know I appreciate a second opinion whenever I comment

        • Nick says:
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          @Nick: one other question Zach, I saw you suggested holding Baltimore over picking up Colts this week to another commenter. In a 10teamer, I did just the opposite, because Ravens have 3 bad matchups (Saints, @CAR, PIT) plus a bye incoming. Do you think with my shallow league plus 4 weeks of clogging my bench, that’s still the wrong move?

          • Zach

            Zach says:
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            @Nick: In that case, if you think you can get a better option in Free Agency over Baltimore, pull that trigger.

  8. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and 6,000 for you to go bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    12 teamer PPR with return yards worth same as scrimmage. a guy who probably already had the worst RB’s in the league lost skittles, and i have richard. he came to me first due to that, but he’s also willing to move thielen (maybe, but expensive) or lockett (has more value than any other league here). right when i begged for RB luck i got it 3 times in a matter of less than 2 weeks on barber (dropped and not waivered by anybody), coleman (freeman out for way longer, he’s turning into football tulowitzki), and chubb today.
    QB wentz
    RB (2) barkley, coleman, chubb, barber, royce, richard
    WR (2) k.allen, shepard (but benched now with engram back), jeffery, sanu, ratley, cobb
    TE (1) RSJ
    1 flex
    IR (1) doyle

    trade possibles, tried k.allen + richard for thielen, he came back with
    1. theilen for my k.allen + coleman
    also, might be able to do this:
    2. lockett for richard
    obviously i’d not do both, it’d lower my RB depth too much, plus i simply couldn’t use all of: lockett/thielen/jeffery/sanu/cobb/ratley/shepard anyway

    somebody is going to be dropped for wentz’s bye week here coming up (cobb/ratley spot probably)

    beep, boop, no duplicate doop bop

  9. Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins) says:
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    ok, is that being funny here saying “don’t start ATL D” against ANYBODY, this isn’t quite as funny as that one writer around here filling up her quotas per week saying things like “IR guy X should be dropped” in an add/drop column (as if it’s possible that somebody 1. plays fantasy football, 2.shows up here to read news/advice about that, and 3. doesn’t read their own player news on their own team page that would indicate that a guy is on IR, including the player blurbs that would indicate a player is out all year); and this is done almost every week by that writer.

    – i guess it’s technically possible somebody would think to 1. own ATL D, and/or 2. think to start them at all (probably in 20 team leagues where around 4 total D’s are in FA at any given time, i’m in one like that and that’s the ONLY place i’d ever think to play ATL’s D), not on par with the same suspension of belief needed to think somebody’d show up here to read columns and not be aware of their own players being out all year. ATL isn’t the worst D in the league, just the 2nd worst (TB).

  10. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and 6,000 for you to go bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    half PPR (but rushing yards worth more than receiving, 10 rush per point, 15 receiving per point) which 2 out of these IF melgor doesn’t play: lat murray (cook out), ekeler, c.thompson. it would seem thompson is going to have TONS of targets. this is easy ekeler sits if melgor plays of course. good news here is melgor plays early (those early london games you like so much, i would too if i ever once liked having to get up earlier in morning when i’m not being paid, which i’ll never once do, i’m a late night guy, not wanting to be up early)

  11. friar says:
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    I usually aim to start the lineup each week that maximizes my expected points, but this week I think I’m very likely to lose (my opponent has a better record, higher projected points, and his lineup just looks better to me), so I’m wondering if I should instead try for a lineup that optimizes for variance instead of expected value, which might maximize my chances of winning. Specifically, our two teams have a lot of players in the Colts/Bills game and I’m considering playing Luck over Jameis, under the theory that I’m probably going to lose unless everything breaks my way, and IF everything breaks my way, then that means the Colts have blown out the Bills (scoring lots of TDs, not FGs) and in that scenario, Luck would be a better play than Winston.

    What do you think? Am I overthinking this? I expect Jameis is likely to have a better day, but I’m just not sure it’ll be enough to carry me to victory (but maybe the mismatch isn’t as extreme as I think?). Our lineups (0.5) ppr are below – I’ve starred the players in the Colts/Bills game:

    My lineup:
    QB: Winston (or *Luck*)
    RB: Michel, Ingram
    WR: Hopkins, Jefferey
    TE: *Ebron*
    Flex: Edelman
    D/ST: *Colts*
    K: Butker

    My opponent:
    QB: Ryan
    RB: Gurley, Coleman
    WR: Thielen, Boyd
    TE: Kelce
    Flex: Breida
    D/ST: *Bills*
    K: *Vinatieri*

  12. Jeffrey Gilden says:
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    Hey Zach –

    With Gronk out I’ll need to pick up a tight end. Leaning toward Hooper. But I’ll have to drop someone. I have it down to Marquise Goodwin and Chris Godwin (My other WRs are Landry, Golladay, Boyd, Hilton, and Marvin Jones). Who would you cut?

    I have Gronk in another league, so I’ll have to cut there too. I have Lockett on my bye this week, and also Ronald Jones. One of those?

    Finally, who would start this week between Josh Gordon and Taylor Gabriel? I’m leaning Gordon with so many Pats out.

    Thanks,
    Jeff

  13. Oliver says:
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    Who do I start in my standard, non-PPR league:

    1. AP, Crowell, or Jordan Howard
    2. John Brown, DeSean Jackson, or Sammy Watkins
    3. Austin Hooper or Trey Burton

    Do you like Detroit’s DST over Buffalo’s against Indy? Osweiler’s Dolphins put up 31 points on Chicago’s DST last week.

    Thank you!

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Oliver: Howard, Brown, Burton. And while it’s close, I’d rather have Buffalo. Their unit is coming to play!

  14. DiRO says:
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    Half point PPR start White or Gordon in my flex?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      White

  15. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    michel out, i had richard till somebody dropped baldwin, so i nabbed him. but i have too many WR’s to use here and if michel is hurt i’ll need another RB far more than WR.
    12 team half PPR
    QB RW3, flacco (this week)
    RB (2) gurley, mixon, michel, clement
    WR (2) landry, hilton, jeffery, allison, baldwin, kupp,
    TE (1) rudolph
    1 flex
    IR (1) doyle
    so i’ll have flacco to drop shortly anyway, but should i drop a WR (and which) to try to get 2 of: barber (just dropped, again), richard,hines, mostart, gore, m.davis,ivory
    i really shouldn’t have dropped mack a bit ago here, got clement when doing so. will also set up a post to try to trade one of i’d guess allison/baldwin for a RB.
    no need to hit this one here MB, i’m spreading this around.

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