Week 7 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Bengals vs Ravens

Fantasy football picks for the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens Week 7 matchup, including Ja'Marr Chase, Mark Andrews and Tyler Boyd.
Fantasy football picks for the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens Week 7 matchup, including Ja'Marr Chase, Mark Andrews and Tyler Boyd. / Dylan Buell/GettyImages

An enticing AFC North battle is set to take place in Week 7 as the red-hot Baltimore Ravens host the Cincinnati Bengals. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Ravens slated as strong 6-point home favorites in a game that is full of playmakers on both sides of the football.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 7 AFC North clash.

Ja'Marr Chase Fantasy

Start Ja'Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase has quickly turned into a must-start player in fantasy football. The rookie currently leads Cincinnati in targets (41), receiving yards (553) and touchdowns (5). More importantly, Chase has become a legitimate deep threat and is averaging an insane 20.5 yards per reception. Look for the 21-year-old that currently ranks as the WR5 in PPR scoring to keep his momentum going with another big game.

Mark Andrews Fantasy

Start Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens: Fantasy managers had a right to worry after Mark Andrews ranked as the TE9 in PPR scoring through the first four weeks. He was being drafted as a top-5 TE in many leagues. However, the stud has finally started living up the hype. Andrews has hauled in 16 of his 19 targets for 215 yards and 3 touchdowns over the last two weeks. It is clear that quarterback Lamar Jackson wants to keep him involved in the passing attack moving forward. Keep in mind that Andrews scored a touchdown against the Bengals last season. He has a great shot to finish atop the position this week.

Tyler Boyd Fantasy

Sit Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: There are just too many mouths to feed in Cincinnati and it has caused wide receiver Tyler Boyd to take a back seat in this offense. Boyd has turned 8 targets into 5 receptions for just 31 yards over the last two weeks. The sixth-year pro tied a season-low snap rate in Week 6 (62%) and hasn't seen a red zone target since Week 4. Boyd isn't seeing enough volume to overcome a matchup against a Ravens' defense that is giving up the fifth-fewest PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs. He is merely a depth player right now to keep stashed on the bench.

Rashod Bateman Fantasy

Sit Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens: It was a solid NFL debut for rookie wide receiver Rashod Bateman in Week 6. The 2021 first-round pick racked up 29 yards on 4 receptions (6 targets) while playing in 65% of the offensive snaps. He is an intriguing add from the waiver wire, but should not be inserted into the starting lineup just yet. The Ravens are expected to have veteran Sammy Watkins available to play on Sunday, which pushes Bateman down in the pecking order. The Bengals have also been sneakily good on defense this season and have posted Football Outsiders' eighth-best pass-defense DVOA rating in the NFL. Bateman has little upside this week on a proven run-heavy offense.

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