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Week 7 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Chiefs vs Titans

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Kansas City Chiefs vs Tennessee Titans Week 7 matchup, including Mecole Hardman, Ryan Tannehill and Julio Jones.
Fantasy football picks for the Kansas City Chiefs vs Tennessee Titans Week 7 matchup, including Mecole Hardman, Ryan Tannehill and Julio Jones. / Mitchell Leff/GettyImages

The Kansas City Chiefs got back in the win column in Week 6 and will aim to keep momentum going against the Tennessee Titans in Week 7 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Chiefs slated as 5.5-point favorites in a game that is full of big name fantasy football stars.

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

Mecole Hardman Fantasy

Start Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Wide receiver Mecole Hardman has cemented himself as quarterback Patrick Mahomes' No. 3 option in a dangerous passing attack. The young wideout has seen 17 targets over the last two weeks and turned them into 13 reception for 138 yards. Hardman draws a great matchup in Week 7 going up against a subpar Titans' secondary that is giving up the most PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs. Tennessee has also allowed 10 touchdowns to the position, which is tied for the highest total in the NFL. Hardman should have no trouble getting open on Sunday and is a decent FLEX option this week.

Ryan Tannehill Fantasy

Start Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans: Yes, Ryan Tannehill has not been super reliable this season from a fantasy football perspective. He currently ranks as the QB19, but he has a great shot to bounce back in Week 7. The Chiefs' defense has simply been horrible this season and is allowing the fifth-most total yards per game (410.5). Kansas City has also posted the second-worst pass defense DVOA rating and is giving up the second-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. This is the best opportunity Tannehill is going to have for a big performance. It's worth the risk to start him this week.

Jerick McKinnon Fantasy

Sit Jerick McKinnon, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: A lot of people expected pass-catching back Jerick McKinnon to take on a bigger role when starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire went down with an injury. That just wasn't the case in Week 6, though. McKinnon saw 3 carries and 4 targets but played in only 28% of the offensive snaps. He was not on the field for early down plays and now faces a Titans' defense that has been stout against players like him. In fact, Tennessee has given up just 192 receiving yards to opposing RBs, which ranks as the sixth-lowest mark in the NFL. While McKinnon is a good stash to have on the bench, that is it for right now.

Julio Jones Fantasy

Sit Julio Jones, WR, Tennessee Titans: It's been an up-and-down start to wide receiver Julio Jones' first year with the Tennessee Titans. He has missed two games due to a lingering hamstring injury and has yet to score a touchdown this season (2 red zone targets). The Chiefs may seem like a favorable matchup, but they have defended opposing WRs well. Kansas City is giving up the 10th-fewest PPR fantasy points to the position. Jones has yet to build a true chemistry with Tannehill and it would be smart to keep him on the bench until that happens. Plus, he's no sure thing to play after leaving last night's game with yet another hamstring issue.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.