RotoExperts Fantasy Football Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em — Week 7 Edition
Jay Cutler (Bears): Cutler is playing well, averaging 271.2 passing yards per game along with 12 TDs and six INTs. He has at least two passing TDs in every game except one. The Redskins are vulnerable against the pass, having allowed 10 passing TDs in five games.
Nick Foles (Eagles): All signs point to Foles starting again in place of the injured Michael Vick. Foles had 296 passing yards with three TDs and rushed for a TD against a Tampa Bay defense that had played very well before last week. The matchup is excellent for Foles, as the Cowboys have allowed the most Fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Andrew Luck (Colts): There’s already a lot of frustration among Luck’s owners after a disappointing performance Monday night against the Chargers. Luck didn’t throw a TD and he was the victim of several dropped passes. There is an inclination to bench him, but act like you have convenient amnesia and forget Week 6. The Colts will have to pass in order to keep up with the Broncos.
Sam Bradford (Rams): Although it doesn’t seem that Bradford is playing well, he has passed for 13 TDs with three TDs last week against the Texans. It won’t be as easy this week against the Panthers, who have allowed the fewest Fantasy points to quarterbacks. The Panthers have allowed just four passing TDs in five games.
Joe Flacco (Ravens): Flacco passed for 342 yards and two TDs last week, but it is difficult to trust this offense with a lack of weapons and a poor offensive line. The Steelers have allowed the fewest Fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Alex Smith (Chiefs): The offense is conservative and Smith hasn’t thrown a TD the last two games. While the Texans are struggling, Smith is not someone to rely on. Oddly, the Texans rank first against the pass, but have allowed 10 passing TDs.
DeAngelo Williams (Panthers): Williams has yet to score a TD, but has been steady in terms of yardage and touches. He is averaging 78.8 rushing yards per game. He has 11 receptions, including five last week. The Rams have allowed the second-most Fantasy points to running backs.
Eddie Lacy (Packers): Lacy is running well and getting a big workload. He has 24 touches in two consecutive weeks with 99 rushing yards in Week 5 and 120 rushing yards last week. The TDs will come. The Browns have allowed eight rushing TDs.
Danny Woodhead (Chargers): Woodhead is close to a must-start in PPR leagues. He has 36 catches for 267 yards in six games with three receiving TDs and 143 rushing yards. Woodhead has at least five receptions in five consecutive games. The Jaguars have allowed the sixth-most Fantasy points to running backs. Even with Ryan Mathews on the field, Woodhead produces.
Rashard Mendenhall (Cardinals): It is clear Andre Ellington is a better runner than Mendenhall, but the two continue to split snaps. Mendenhall has not topped 43 rushing yards in the last four weeks and with the Seahawks on Thursday night, don’t expect that trend to be broken.
Willis McGahee (Browns): McGahee needs a huge workload in order to be a productive Fantasy player. He didn’t get it last week with just 11 touches. When that happens, he will disappoint. The Packers rank third against the run and Chris Ogbonnaya returned last week and was heavily involved as the passing back.
Chris Johnson (Titans): It’s difficult to have any faith in Johnson until we see a good game. Over the last three games, Johnson has 37 carries for 71 yards in tough matchups. The 49ers aren’t as daunting against the run as they have been in the past, but they are still solid.
Keenan Allen (Chargers): Allen is legit and will continue to shine. Philip Rivers has developed a good rapport with him and he’s the No. 1 option in the Chargers offense. Allen has hauled in 20 of 27 targets the last three weeks, resulting in 302 yards and two TDs. The Jaguars have allowed 14 passing TDs.
Rueben Randle (Giants): Randle has nine receptions for 171 yards and three TDs the last two games. He has 18 targets in that span and the Vikings have allowed the fourth-most Fantasy points to wide receivers.
T.Y. Hilton (Colts): Hilton has been the definition of feast or famine. He has four games of 45 receiving yards or less and two games of 124 receiving yards or more. The Broncos have allowed the third-most Fantasy points to wide receivers and this is a week to use him.
Steve Johnson (Bills): Johnson has been bothered by injuries and sat out last week. He is likely to play against the Dolphins and willsee a lot of cornerback Brent Grimes, and with questions at quarterback, look at other options if possible.
Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs): Some might see the Texans being susceptible after allowing three passing TDs to a struggling Rams offense last week. Bowe is not involved in the offense enough and is struggling to get open.
DeAndre Hopkins (Texans): Casey Keenum gets the start at quarterback for the Texans against the Chiefs this week. The Chiefs have allowed five passing TDs and intercepted 10 passes.
Kyle Rudolph (Vikings): Rudolph had 11 targets last week, catching nine passes for 97 yards with a TD. He is not used consistently, but the Vikings would be wise to exploit a good matchup against the Giants, who have allowed the fifth-most Fantasy points to tight ends.
Charles Clay (Dolphins): Clay may not have the name recognition of other tight ends, but he is a reliable option and a part of the Dolphins passing game on a weekly basis. He has at least six targets in all five games and at least 10 points in PPR formats in four of five games.
Jared Cook (Rams): Cook is not involved in the offense enough to count on him. The Rams spread the ball around and it’s hurting Cook, who has not topped 45 receiving yards or scored a TD in five consecutive games.
Tyler Eifert (Bengals): Eifert has the talent and may become more involved in the offense at some point, but with Jermaine Gresham still getting targets, Eifert can’t be counted on. He has 39 receiving yards or less in three of the last four games.
Alex Henery (Eagles): The Eagles have scored 67 points the last two games and there will be more points scored against the Cowboys.
Randy Bullock (Texans): Bullock has disappointed and the Texans offense will have a tough time with the Chiefs.
Carolina Panthers: The Panthers are third in total defense and the Rams are a great matchup.
Indianapolis Colts: The Colts have been a surprising successful Fantasy defense, but against the Broncos they need to be avoided.
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