Fantasy Football Starts and Sits for Week 7

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Week 7 of the Fantasy Football season is here and there is plenty of injuries and bye weeks to make this hard for us all. With the Bills, Rams, Vikings, and Eagles on their bye week that leaves plenty of rosters in flux. Three top 10 quarterbacks on bye and the top three fantasy wide receivers on their bye week many are having the same issues searching for replacements. This week will be spent searching for waiver wire gems to pick up for this week’s fantasy slate.

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Fantasy Football Starts and Sits for Week 7

Quarterback Starts: Dak Prescott and Jimmy Garoppolo

Dak Prescott is set to make his return this Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Prescott broke his thumb in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Over the past few weeks, Prescott has started throwing and is planning to have a full week of practice.

Prescott will see a Detroit Lions defense that is bottom ten in adjusted sack rate and adjusted yards per carry. The Cowboys offense should be able to do as they please in this matchup. This matchup is also one Prescott has flourished in, in three career games against the Lions, he is averaging over 300 yards per game and has eight touchdowns with zero turnovers.

Jimmy Garoppolo is a solid bye-week fill-in. In the last two games, Garoppolo has thrown for at least 250 yards and two touchdowns, that’s a decent floor for what is essentially a streaming candidate.

He will also play a Chiefs offense that struggles to consistently rush the passer and with the 49ers projected to be trailing he should have a good amount of pass volume this week.

Quarterback Sits: Russell Wilson and Jared Goff

Russell Wilson is still adapting to the team change in Denver. He has struggled all season, sitting at QB17 on the year behind names like Geno Smith and Daniel Jones. Wilson is untrustworthy and droppable at this point, on Monday against the Chargers Wilson had 15 yards in the second half and overtime. Wilson has a good matchup this week against the New York Jets but I just can’t trust the Bronco’s offense at this point. Plus, his new hamstring injury isn’t going to help anything.

The book on Jared Goff is that whenever he is clean in the pocket he is a really good quarterback. His issue this week is that he will see a Cowboys defense that is number one in the NFL in adjusted sack rate. Goff will get some weapons back this week in D’andre Swift and Amon-Ra St Brown. That will help but there are better streaming options this week than Jared Goff in a rough matchup.

Running Back Starts: Josh Jacobs and D’Andre Swift

Josh Jacobs is starting to become the main focus for the Las Vegas Raiders offense, he entered the season with uncertainty but is starting to get going. Weeks 1-3 he averaged 14 carries and was RB29, his last two games he is averaging 24 carries and is RB2. It remains to be seen if this will continue but Jacobs has a tasty matchup here in Week 7. The Houston Texans are dead last in open field yards allowed and bottom 10 in receiving yards allowed to running backs. The Raiders are expected to lead this game so Jacobs should continue to see carries throughout the game. Running backs that have seen at least 18 touches against the Texans average over 28 PPR points per game.

D’Andre Swift was a breakout running back this season and has been that when healthy. He returns this week from an injury that had him sidelined for the last two games. He has a matchup this week against the Dallas Cowboys, most would assume this is a difficult matchup but the Cowboys have had issues stopping the run all season. On a per-carry basis, the Cowboy’s run defense has been bad but they haven’t had many teams attempt to run on them. Three running backs have had at least 15 touches against the Cowboys those running backs average over 17 PPR points per game.

Running Back Sits: Clyde Edwards-Helaire and James Robinson

Clyde Edwards-Helaire has scored a lot of touchdowns this season on very few touches which makes him a boom-or-bust fantasy option each week. Deciding when and when not to play him is hard because you never know when he will find the endzone. In games where he scores he averages 19.9 PPR points per game in games where he doesn’t score he averages 6.4 PPR points per game. This week he has a tough matchup against a 49ers defense that has given up just three running back touchdowns this season. The Chiefs are expected to lead in this game but Edwards-Helaire splits carries so you can’t assume he will get most of the work in the running or passing game.

James Robinson has gotten off to a fast start this season but he has slowed down in recent weeks. The Jaguars as a team got off to a good start and now they are struggling. Robinson’s production to start the season was dependent on long runs. In weeks 1 and 2 Robinson had runs of 50 and 37 yards. If you take those runs out Robinson is averaging just three yards per touch on the season. Over the past three weeks Robinson is playing just 43% of the snaps, he is sharing more with Travis Etienne making him a touchdown-needy running back option at this point.

Wide Receiver Starts: Alec Pierce and Chris Godwin

Alec Pierce was mostly an unknown entering the season but Matt Ryan is using him in recent weeks. Pierce has been one of the best rookie wide receivers at this point in the season.

In his last three games, Pierce is averaging over seven targets and 54 yards per game. In Week 4, Pierce had an 80-yard game on six targets against the Tennessee Titans. Pierce will see that same Titans defense here in Week 7. The Titans are dead last in the NFL in receiving yards allowed to number two receivers with over 80 yards per game. Michael Pittman Jr. had just 31 yards on 6 targets in week 4 against the Titans. With the teams on bye, Pierce is a good fill-in full-time starter this week.

Chris Godwin is finally back to 100% after ACL recovery. The Buccaneers offense has struggled to score but that hasn’t stopped Godwin from being a consistent target-getter.


Godwin is averaging over nine targets and six catches per game in his last three games, leading the Buccaneers in both categories. The Carolina Panthers are bottom five in yards allowed to number two receivers.

Wide Receiver Sits: Jerry Jeudy and Darnell Mooney

The Broncos offense has been ineffective for most of this season, Jerry Jeudy has been a boom-or-bust-fantasy option for most of his career. This season he has been mainly a bust, Jeudy is averaging 17 yards per catch this season but only averages three catches per game. Low catches plus a bad passing offense is a bad fantasy combination. Courtland Sutton leads the Broncos in every receiving category and is obviously Russell Wilson’s favorite option. It also doesn’t help that the New York Jets are top 10 in targets allowed to number two receivers.

Darnell Mooney is averaging just 38 yards per game on five targets per game. The Chicago Bears are a historically low pass offense when it comes to attempt yards and success rate. The Chicago Bears are bottom five in net yards and points per drive so far this season. The Bears opponent this week, the New England Patriots, are top 10 in points allowed per drive so far this season. That screams a low scoring low pass attempt game from both teams. Passing yards will be minimal in this week 7 matchup.

Tight End Starts: Gerald Everett and Mo Alie-C0x

Gerald Everett has been a factor in fantasy football so far this season. This is mainly due to the hamstring injury Keenan Allen sustained in Week 1. Allen’s status for this week is up in the air but as long as he is out Everett should be in a lineup every week. Everett is fourth on the Chargers in targets averaging six per game. Everett is also second on the Chargers in targets and has two red zone touchdowns. Gerald Everett has a great matchup this week against a Seattle Seahawks defense that has been bad against tight ends. The Seahawks defense has given up six receiving touchdowns to tight ends so far this season.

Mo Alie-Cox is nothing more than a bye-week replacement, he only has 15 targets on the season. 81% of Cox’s fantasy points came in Week 4 against the Tennessee Titans, who he will play again this week. He has four red zone targets on the season which gives him decent touchdown potential in this matchup.

Tight End Sit: TJ Hockensen

TJ Hockensen is averaging just 27 yards per game in games where D’Andre Swift and Amon-Ra St Brown play. He had a blowup game in week 4 against the Seattle Seahawks but take that game away and he is averaging 7 PPR points per game on the season.

It doesn’t help that he will face a Cowboys defense this week that has been fantastic against the tight end position so far this year. In week 6 the Cowboys held Goedert to 22 yards on five targets. On the season tight ends are getting just 37 yards per game against the Cowboys.