Start and Sit for Week 7

Now that the bye week gauntlet is in full swing, tough decisions need to be made to bring home that win so we can inch closer to hoisting up that title at the end of the season. This week, Leo Grandio (@smooth1074) and Matt Miles (@DirtyAirFC) look at who are some options to start or sit for Week 7. Remember that you are starting your fantasy studs if they are healthy. We will focus on giving fantasy managers an edge on who to ride with or on who should ride the pine for the week. Without further ado here are some options to Start and Sit for Week 7. 

Starters at Quarterback

Jordan Love, QB Packers

The last time we saw Jordan Love before last week’s bye, Love was throwing three interceptions on Monday Night Football and sinking the Packers' hopes of getting the win on prime time. Now that he has had two weeks to shake that off Love returns to action with a juicy matchup versus the Broncos. The Broncos have been lit up like a Christmas Tree this year by opposing quarterbacks and they have allowed them to score over 21 fantasy points per contest. With so many teams on bye and Denver allowing the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, Love should be inserted back in those lineups if you need him. -Leo Grandio



Sam Howell, QB Commanders

Did you know that Sam Howell is only one of nine starting quarterbacks who have thrown for 1,500 yards through Week 6? Yes, he takes a lot of sacks, but the match-up this week against the Giants after a three Touchdowns, 151-yard performance against the Falcons is ripe for a streaming option in a bye-apocalypse. Dial up the Commanders' signal caller with confidence this week if you're missing your quarterback this week. - Matt Miles



Sitters at Quarterback

Kirk Cousins, QB Vikings

So this is what life is without Justin Jefferson in the lineup. Kirk Cousins has failed to throw for over 200 yards in two of the last three games. With Jefferson out of the offense last week, Cousins could only muster up 10.98 fantasy points against the Bears, who are allowing the four-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Unfortunately, Cousins will be facing a pissed-off San Francisco 49ers team who just suffered their first loss of the season to the Browns. The 49ers Defense is allowing just 11.6 fantasy points to quarterbacks this year, so you may want to sit Captain Kirk this week and start someone else if you can. -Leo Grandio



Gardner Minshew, QB Colts

It's tough sitting any quarterback options this week, but Minshew Mania might have to be put on hold for another week. Gardner Minshew faces the Browns Defense, who just held Brock Purdy to a pedestrian 125 yard, one touchdown, and one interception performance.  Minshew's low completion rate and three interceptions last week could be replicated against the best pass defense in the league.  Start Gardner Minshew at your own risk. - Matt Miles


Starters at Running Back

Brian Robinson, RB Commanders

Although Brian Robinson has averaged just 28.7 yards rushing per game over the last contest, Robinson will have a chance to be very productive for fantasy managers in Week 7. Even with that low rushing total he still produced over 13 PPR fantasy points in two of the three weeks. This week Robinson will face the Giants who are allowing the seventh most fantasy points to running backs this season. Additionally, the Commanders could build a big lead early on and Robinson will have more attempts to kill the clock in the second half. Robinson should produce low-end RB2 numbers in Week 7. - Leo Grandio


Rhamondre Stevenson, RB Patriots

It could be said that we are going on a limb a bit to say that Rhamondre Stevenson is a must start this week, but aside from some necessity, there was a glimmer of hope in a tough season thus far for Stevenson.  He is fourth in routes run, sees 100% of the goal line work and finally hit pay-dirt with a touchdown. Yes, Buffalo is 13th in fantasy points allowed to running backs, however the role Stevenson has is elite. Look for another solid RB2 performance this week. - Matt Miles




Sitters at Running Back

Najee Harris, RB Steelers

Can anyone trust Najee Harris in their starting lineup right now? I for sure don’t! Harris has only produced one double-digit PPR fantasy point game, which was when rushed for a season-high 71 yards. Harris has not even sniffed the endzone this season and currently sits with a goose egg in the touchdown column. Couple that with the fact that he will face the Rams who have allowed just two touchdowns to running backs this season, making this a recipe for a disaster. I don’t even mention the fact of how many touches Jaylen Warren is getting these days. Sit Mr. Harris if you can and wait for another day to utilize him. - Leo Grandio



Jonathan Taylor, RB Colts

Hat tip to Chris Harris of the Harris Football Podcast for his term "You can't legislate usage."  Jonathan Taylor might be following the Breece Hall script of being eased into action.  Colts coach Shane Steichen also has a hot back in Zach Moss, and seems to be riding the "hot hand" so to speak. Last week, snaps were nearly evenly split.  Enter the Cleveland Browns, who are 25th in fantasy points allowed to running backs.  You've had weeks you had to sit Taylor, and Weeks 7 might be another week to do so. - Matt Miles


Starters at Wide Receiver

Wan’Dale Robinson, WR Giants

That’s right I said Wan’Dale Freaking Robinson. Since returning to the lineup in Week 3 Mr. Robinson has seen his snap count and target share continue to rise as the season has progressed. Last week against a tough Bills defense and Tyrod Taylor behind center, Robinson brought in all eight of his targets for 62 yards. That my friend is 14.20 PPR fantasy points which is pretty damn straight for me. Now for Week 7, there are reports that Daniel Jones might return from his neck injury this week. Robinson is one of Jones’s go-to targets. Frankly, whether it's Jones or Taylor under center versus the Commanders this week. Robinson should be involved in the offense and produce at the very least WR3 numbers for fantasy managers this week. - Leo Grandio



Joshua Palmer, WR Chargers

You know who isn't on a bye this week? The San Diego Chargers.  You know who should be your WR2 this week? Josh Palmer.  His day would have been 51 yards longer with a touchdown if not for penalties against Dallas in Week 6. Palmer is usually Justin Herbert's first or second look and he's been getting open in coverage. On volume alone, Palmer likely makes a solid WR2 rest of season. - Matt Miles


Sitters at Wide Receiver

Jerry Jeudy, WR Broncos

What happened to the hype that Jerry Jeudy was getting during training camp that he was going to flourish in the Sean Payton offense? Well, we’re all still waiting for that to happen. It appears that the better wide receiver this season has been Courtland Sutton but honestly, this offense hasn’t blossomed like many thought it would. Jeudy will also face a tough Packers pass defense that is allowing the second-fewest receiving yards to wide receivers this season. Look elsewhere for another option at receiver for Week 7. - Leo Grandio



Terry McLaurin, WR Commanders

Yet another player that was receiving tons of hype on a Commanders team that was new and improved was Terry McLaurin. Despite the chatter of the Giants being a "plus match-up," The Giants are actually pretty good against the pass, ranked 14th in fantasy points allowed to WRs.  It's likely because the Giants are so bad against the run. In another "plus match-up"in Week 5 against Chicago, Scary Terry frightened your score with four catches for 49 yards. I would wager another frightful week for Scary Terry in Week 7. - Matt Miles


Starters at Tight End

Michael Mayer, TE Raiders

Queue in that Michael Myers Halloween music, because Michael Mayers is starting to kill it on the football field. After being non-existent for the first four weeks of the season, Mayers has been targeted nine times over the last two weeks. The Raiders are finally using the talented rookie to their benefit. In Week 6 the tight end totaled five receptions for 75 yards on six targets. With so many tight ends out this week due to byes, Mayer should be started if needed and might be an excellent streamer. - Leo Grandio


Taysom Hill, TE Saints

Ok, stop laughing and hear me out. What if I told you the Saints actually lined up Taysom Hill as a tight end and he actually performed pretty well? In Week 6, Taysom Hill had seven catches for 49 yards. Hill also gets goal line touches and sometimes passes out of the wild cat.  Honestly, you can do a lot worse at this position. - Matt Miles


Sitters at Tight End

Zach Ertz, TE Cardinals

We may have started seeing the changing of the guard in Arizona. Zach Ertz has had a phenomenal career but it looks like Trey McBride is ready to take the next step. Over the last four games, Ertz has produced over 25 receiving yards just once. In Week 6, Mcbride finally had a higher snap count than Ertz (44-35) in the offense for the first time this season. With Ertz also facing a tough Seattle defense this week, you should look elsewhere for some to start at tight end this week. - Leo Grandio

Sam LaPorta, TE Lions

You're likely not sitting Sam LaPorta, but maybe there's something to the calf strain issue he's working through.  Last week, LaPorta came back to earth with a four catches, 36 yards game.  LaPorta is back on the injury report again this week, and Detroit travels to Baltimore, where the Ravens Defense has allowed the fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season. - Matt Miles 


Starters at Defense

Cleveland Browns Defense

Any defense that can stop the mighty San Francisco 49ers offense should garner everyone's attention. I know that Christian McCaffrey and Deebo Samuels being injured probably helped the Cleveland Browns Defense get the win but the Browns defense was still tough and physical enough to go toe to toe with them. In Week 7 the Browns Defense get Gardner Minshew and the Colts to come on down. Minshew had some turnover issues last week, which should continue this week against the Browns. Browns must be started in all league formats. - Leo Grandio


Las Vegas Raiders Defense

The Las Vegas Raider Defense faces Chicago this week, with a decimated offense. It's looking like Justin Fields and Roschon Johnson will both be out for Week 7.  Jimmy Garoppolo is trending out, and Vegas has the total points on this game at 41. Look for the Raiders to have a good showing as a streaming option this week. - Leo Grandio



Sitters at Defense

Baltimore Ravens Defense

The Baltimore Ravens' Defense has been really solid for the most part this year. What makes them a sit for me in Week 7, is the fact that they will be facing a surging Detroit Lions team. There’s been only one defense that had double-digit fantasy points against the Lions this season so far, and that was the Seahawks back in Week 2. Every other opposing defense has scored four or fewer fantasy points in 2023. If you have an opportunity to start another defense besides the Ravens Defense, I strongly think you should consider it. - Leo Grandio


Philadelphia Eagles Defense

Shootout. Track Meet. Two of the heaviest hitting offenses are going to face off on Kelly Green day at the Linc. With a Vegas total of 51.5, lets put the Eagles Defense (and the Dolphins Defense, for that matter) on the shelf for Week 7. - Leo Grandio


If you have any start or sit questions feel free to reach out to us at @smooth1074 (Leo Grandio), @DirtyAirFC (Matt Mile), or @FCFantasySports.

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