Week 7 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Jacksonville Jaguars vs Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Herbert fantasy outlook makes him a great Week 7 start.
Justin Herbert fantasy outlook makes him a great Week 7 start. / Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Week 7 brings us a matchup between two sub-.500 teams with a pair exciting young quarterbacks, as Gardner Minshew's Jacksonville Jaguars take on Justin Herbert's Los Angeles Chargers. Los Angeles is a 7.5-point home favorite in this one, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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

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Start DJ Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Keelan Cole (143 yards) is the Jaguars receiver coming off a breakout game, but that could've easily been DJ Chark. He saw 14 targets (catching 7 for 45 yards) last week, and he would've had a much bigger game had Minshew not air mailed some wide-open balls. Minshew is throwing an on-target pass on 78.3% of his throws (No. 11 in the NFL), however, so don't expect him to miss many easy ones. Finally back to full health, Chark's status as the alpha in this passing game is still secure.

Start Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert has been a revelation since taking over for the injured Tyrod Taylor. He's fantasy's QB8 on a per-game basis, putting up at least 22.0 in three of his four starts on the year. He even put up 23.0 against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense that just throughly dominated Aaron Rodgers. Facing the league's worst pass defense in Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics, there's no reason to think Herbert will slow down now.

Sit Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: As mentioned above, Cole is coming off a monster outing. But this passing game probably isn't dynamic enough to support two reliable fantasy WRs, though Minshew has been more-or-less solid in 2020. Cole had been held under 60 receiving yards in every other game this season, and he's best viewed as a TD-dependent WR4. Don't overreact to what he did last week.

Sit Joshua Kelley, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: Joshua Kelley looked poised to take over this backfield once Austin Ekeler went down, but Justin Jackson's emergence has thrown a wrench into that. In Kelley's lone game as the starter, he was held to 11 attempts for 29 yards. Jackson, meanwhile, torched the Saints for 15 carries and 71 rushing yards, adding another 23 on 5 catches. Kelley could return some value if Los Angeles needs to nurse a big lead by pounding the rock, but you don't want to be relying on a 1-4 team to go up big – even as 7.5-point favorites. Plus, there's definitely a chance Jackson has passed him on the depth chart. It might be best to take a wait-and-see approach to see how the touches in this backfield shake out.

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