Week 7 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Falcons vs Dolphins
By Larry Rupp
Two teams in desperate needs of a win meet head-to-head in Week 7 as the Atlanta Falcons travel to take on the Miami Dolphins. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Falcons slated as small 2.5-point favorites in a game that is expected to go down to the wire.
If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 7 clash.
Calvin Ridley Fantasy
Start Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Fantasy managers rostering Calvin Ridley should have no hesitation inserting him back into the lineup this week. The fourth-year pro missed Atlanta's Week 5 game against the New York Jets, but has since re-joined the team and is on track to play this Sunday. Ridley leads the Falcons in targets (42) and receptions (27) and ranked as the WR22 through the first four weeks of play. Miami has been susceptible to dynamic wideouts and is giving up the third-most PPR fantasy points to the position this season. Ridley returns as quarterback Matt Ryan's go-to target, which makes him a must-start player moving forward.
Jaylen Waddle Fantasy
Start Jaylen Waddle, WR, Miami Dolphins: The return of starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa worked wonders for wide receiver Jaylen Waddle last week. The rookie hauled in 10 of his team-high 13 targets for a season-high 70 yards and 2 touchdowns. With No. 1 WR DeVante Parker still dealing with a hamstring injury, don't be surprised if Waddle is peppered with targets again in Week 7. The first-round pick now faces a Falcons defense that has posted the third-worst pass defense DVOA rating this season. The Dolphins should lean on the passing game and that bodes well for Waddle in fantasy football. He has WR2 upside on Sunday.
Matt Ryan Fantasy
Sit Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: This is a great matchup for every Atlanta player, which makes it tough to find someone worth sitting. However, quarterback Matt Ryan has not given fantasy managers any reason to trust him yet. He has thrown for over 300 yards just once this season and currently ranks as the QB24 in fantasy scoring. Keep in mind that the 14th-year pro is also averaging a career-low 9.4 yards per completion. Ryan's inability to toss the ball deep down the field limits his upside and makes him nothing more than a QB2 to have waiting in the wings on the bench.
Myles Gaskin Fantasy
Sit Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins: It has not been the season many fantasy managers were expecting from Miami running back Myles Gaskin. The third-year pro has seen double-digit carries only once this season despite averaging a career-high 4.5 yards per rush attempt. His early fumble in Week 6 caused him to play in just 36% of the offensive snaps. It's clear that head coach Brian Flores is not against the idea of riding the hot hand n the backfield, which leaves Gaskin with little upside. Atlanta is only giving up 108.2 rushing yards per game in 2021, which ranks as the 12th-lowest mark in the NFL. The risk of Gaskin putting up another dud is too high to start him this week.
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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.