The Start’em Six
Derrick Henry (TEN) at Browns- Henry bulldozed his way to 130 plus yards on 19 carries against the Colts this past Monday night. Granted, much of Henry’s yardage came on one play near the end of the game, but the volume is growing considerably. Word around the Titans staff is Henry will be involved in the game plan a lot more. In Week 7, Henry will get a terrific opportunity to build upon last game’s numbers versus the Browns, a team the Titans should easily gain a big lead against early in the game.
Buffalo Bills D/ST vs. Buccaneers- The Bills have had one of the most consistent defenses all season. With the Buccaneers coming to Buffalo and Jameis Winston questionable to play while nursing an injury, The Bills will have ample opportunities to create turnovers in Week 7.
Tevin Coleman (ATL) at Patriots- Coleman’s a pretty good flex most weeks, but especially in this upcoming matchup versus the Patriots’ bottom of the barrel defense. Coleman moves into the RB2 category with high upside in Week 7.
Jared Goff (LAR) vs. Cardinals- Goff has fallen off his high horse from earlier in the season and looks like bench fodder. However, he’s faced two of the toughest pass defenses in his last two match-ups. The Cardinals are a bottom 10 team against the pass, so Week 7 will be a potential bounce back game for Goff. Goff’s also a great DFS play after two sub-par performances.
George Kittle (SF) vs. Cowboys- Kittle has seen a significant uptick in targets in the last few games, and now with C.J. Beathard at QB, his value could increase even more. Both Beathard and Kittle went to Iowa together, a big buying point going around Fantasy circles right now. Even without the Iowa connection, Kittle’s volume and ability should allow him to be high floor TE in Fantasy almost every week. A match-up against the Cowboys’ weak secondary doesn’t hurt his prospects either.
Alvin Kamara (NO) at Packers- I’ll continue to stick with Kamara as a must-start if he stays in the fringe, or until he loses his value. This week against a Rodgers-less Packers team bodes well for Kamara’s volume because the Saints could easily blow them out early. He has the talent, so if his workload volume remains or grows, Kamara will be a strong flex option in most leagues.
The Sit’em Six
T.Y. Hilton (IND) vs. Jaguars- Hilton has outdone himself without Luck as his QB in 2017 thus far. Normally, I’d say let Hilton rock in your lineup, but if there’s one team in this league you don’t want to play against as a WR, it’s the Jaguars and their dominating secondary. Jacoby Brissett hasn’t been a bad replacement for Luck, but even with his solid play of late, I wouldn’t touch the Colts’ pass attack in Week 7.
Andy Dalton (CIN) at Steelers- Dalton’s been very good overall over the last few weeks and he’s a solid backup QB in most Fantasy leagues. However, the Steelers are a Top 10 team against the pass, leaving Dalton outside of the QB1 conversation. Don’t start Dalton in Week 7 if you have a better or similar option; come back to me next week, when the Bengals play Colts, and he’ll surely be in my “Start’em Six.”
Adam Thielen (Min) vs. Ravens- Thielen performed on par with his expectations last week with Diggs on the shelf. Once again, it looks like Diggs will not play in Week 7, but the match-up is a lot tougher for the Vikings’ offense. The Ravens have held down top WRs all season and the Vikings could easily control the game by running the ball. This is a week you’ll want McKinnon and nothing more from the Vikings offense.
Matt Forte (NYJ) at Dolphins- Forte came back from injury in Week 6 and did well for those in PPR leagues. However, versus the Dolphins’ Top 5 run defense, he’ll be hard pressed to give you those same numbers, especially if the Dolphins keep the game close. Forte’s a fringe player as it is, so go elsewhere if you have the option.
Cameron Brate (TB) at Bills- Like most TEs, Brate is very dependent on TD production. The Bills’ defense is the most consistent unit of the year so far, especially in limiting TE production. With all the weapons on the Bucs offense and Winston nursing a shoulder injury, Brate has a low floor going into Week 7. If Winston doesn’t play, even the ceiling for Brate isn’t worth the risk. Look for a better streaming option like George Kittle this week.
Buck Allen (Bal) at Vikings- Hey, I’m high on Allen just as much as the next guy, but he’s a fringe flex play in PPR leagues for me. This week, he’s facing a stingy Vikings defense that doesn’t allow much through the air to RBs, making Buck a risky play. If Buck carried the full workload at RB for Baltimore, I’d be more inclined to start him. However, Buck loses carries to Alex Collins and his volume varies greatly from week to week depending on the situation. The Ravens will go with the hot hand, and the only sure thing is that Buck Allen is the pass-catching back. Both the floor and ceiling for Allen are too low to insert him into lineups for Week 7; it’s likely there are better options on your bench.