The NFL closes out its Week 7 slate with an exciting Monday Night Fooball matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Saints slated as 4.5-point road favorites in a contest that is sure to have fantasy implications.
If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 7 MNF clash.
Marquez Callaway Fantasy
Start Marquez Callaway, WR, New Orleans Saints: Wide receiver Marquez Callaway is the beneficiary of a Saints WR depth chart struggling with injuries. No. 2 wideout Deonte Harris has been ruled out for Week 7, leaving the pass-catching responsibilities almost solely in Callaway's hands. Michael Thomas is also eligible to return from the IR shortly, but will not suit up in Week 7. Callaway is fresh off a Week 5 contest in which he turned 8 targets into 4 receptions and 2 touchdowns. Seattle ranks 24th in Football Outsiders' pass-defense DVOA metric and allows the ninth-most PPR points to opposing wide receivers, meaning this is a great matchup for Callaway. He'll see a lot of action and is worth a start because of the volume.
Alex Collins, Rashaad Penny Fantasy
Start Alex Collins or Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks: The running back situation for Seattle is a little touch-and-go. Alex Collins dominated in Week 6 when No. 1 running back Chris Carson landed on IR. Unfortunately, he's now dealing with his own injuries. Collins was limited in Saturday's practice and his game-time status remains up in the air. Seattle should see Rashaad Penny activated off the IR this week, however his fantasy performance will depend on Collins' status. It also must be noted that Geno Smith now runs the offense at quarterback with Russell Wilson out for the foreseeable future. Seattle leaned on the running game in Week 6, rushing the ball 47% of the time. The New Orleans rush-defense is formidable, but it's clear they want to rely on the running game until Wilson returns under center.
Jameis Winston Fantasy
Sit Jameis Winston, QB, New Orleans Saints: Seattle's poor rush defense is the main factor working against Jameis Winston in fantasy this week. The defense isn't great, by either metric, but is one of the worst against the ground game. Seattle gives up the fourth-most PPR points to opposing running backs this season. That's recipe for an Alvin Kamara-heavy week and the four-time Pro Bowler is poised for a big fantasy performance in Week 7. Winston is fresh off his heaviest use of the season in Week 5, where he threw a season-high 30 times. Despite the volume, Winston only completed 50% of his passes and threw for less than 300 yards. There have been better options at fantasy QB this year and that trend continues on Monday.
Tyler Lockett Fantasy
Sit Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Tyler Lockett's first game with Geno Smith under center was pretty much a disaster. The deep-threat managed only 2 receptions despite 7 targets for a measly 35 receiving yards. Lockett's 12.4 yard average depth of target (ADOT) proves he's a mid-to-long game passing threat and that's exactly how he puts up solid fantasy performances. That may be a great formula with Russell Wilson under center, but we're not sure how that stacks up with Smith yet. Seattle will likely turn to the ground game again in Week 7 and it's better to wait-and-see on Lockett and Smith's WR-QB connection before thrusting him into the starting lineup.
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