The NFL season is flying by. It feels like Week 1 was just yesterday, but we’re already at Week 7. This week is a bye-pocalypse, with the Bills, Eagles, Vikings and Rams all taking the week off. These four teams have some of the top players at their respective positions, so you might be distraught about who to start in your lineups this week. Week 7 Fantasy Football
Lucky for you, I’m here to help. Here are my Week 7 fantasy football starts and sits:
On one side of East Rutherford, I like the idea of starting their quarterback. We watched the Jaguars struggle against Matt Ryan, and they struggled to get a pass rush going. The Jacksonville defense also looked vulnerable in the secondary, giving up almost 400 yards and three touchdowns to Matt Ryan. Jones has shown his ability to use his legs, and I think this matchup allows him to have a solid game. Daniel Jones might be worth taking a chance on if you’re looking for a streaming option.
On the other side of East Rutherford, the Jets head to Denver to take on the Broncos. New York has been impressive this season, but Wilson is primarily a game manager in this offense. He only threw 18 times in Week Six, and it’s clear that the Jets are going to run the ball until they can’t (as they should with Breece Hall). Denver has a solid defense, but even if the Jets are forced to throw it, Pat Surtain could cause them some trouble. This should be a low-scoring bout, so I’d avoid starting Wilson in Week 7.
Obviously, nobody expected Chris Carson to retire, Rashaad Penny to get hurt, and a slew of other events that allowed Kenneth Walker to take over the Seattle backfield. But if you ended up with Walker on your fantasy roster, congratulations! Walker’s going to be a great option from here on out. He’s being used in both facets of the offense (run game and pass game) and has been productive. The rookie was just shy of 100 rushing yards last week, and it should be expected for him to be utilized heavily in Seattle’s game plan again this week. Start Kenneth Walker.
It was nice while it lasted, Antonio Gibson fantasy owners. Brian Robinson is back, and he’s the lead back in Washington. Robinson out-carried Gibson 17-5, so it’s clear Gibson is taking a backseat. Robinson takes the run plays, and J.D. McKissic takes the pass plays. The Packers haven’t been able to stop the run, but Gibson most likely won’t get the volume to produce. He’s going to the bench in Week 7.
Wide Receiver Week 7 Fantasy Football
Fine, I’ll take the bait. I’m all in on starting DeAndre Hopkins in Week 7. Sure, it’s his first game coming off the suspension, but it isn’t like he’s coming off an injury. Hopkins has been ready to go, just waiting in the wings. With the unfortunate injury to Hollywood Brown, Hopkins immediately comes in as the Cardinals, without a doubt, WR1. The Saints give up the fifth most points to the position, and Kyler Murray has to throw to somebody. Don’t forget how talented Hopkins is. Don’t be afraid. Start DeAndre Hopkins in Week 7.
Darnell Mooney had a solid game against Washington. With seven catches for 68 yards, he arguably had his best game of the season. Unfortunately, this productivity won’t be consistent. The Bears clearly don’t believe in Justin Fields and only let him throw because of how bad/injured Washington’s secondary had been. The Patriots rank 12th against wide receivers, and I don’t expect Chicago to score too many points. The consistency isn’t there for me to be willing to start Darnell Mooney in Week 7.
Tight End Week 7 Fantasy Football
This is more of a “revenge game” start. Hayden Hurst faces his old team, and it’s certainly a tough week with byes. If you have Dawson Knox, Dallas Goedert, Irv Smith Jr or Tyler Higbee as your starting tight end, Hurst might be a valuable streaming option. The Falcons don’t have a good defense, and the Bengals should throw all over them. I expect Hurst to get some of those targets from Burrow, and he might even find the end zone. If you need a fill-in, Hurst could be your guy.
Remember when Tyler Conklin was TE3? Me too. Since Zach Wilson returned, Conklin hasn’t been favored in the Jets’ offense. The targets haven’t been there, but it’s mostly because Joe Flacco isn’t playing quarterback and throwing the ball 50+ times. It’s better for the Jets offense that this isn’t happening, but it’s worse for fantasy managers of Jets pass catchers. Conklin isn’t getting the volume, so he isn’t worth starting this week.