Week 7 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Las Vegas Raiders
Week 7 features a highly anticipated Sunday Night Football matchup as Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head to Las Vegas to take on Derek Carr and the Raiders. While this matchup may have a lot of importance in the NFL standings, there are playmakers all over the field that make it one to watch for fantasy football reasons as well.
If you need some fantasy help in this one, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 7 showdown.
Who Should I Start Fantasy Football
Start Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jones has been a surprising breakout player over the past three games as he has become the clear-cut starter in Tampa Bay with backup running back Leonard Fournette injured. Jones has rushed for 100-plus yards in each of the past three games and is averaging a career-high 4.9 yards per carry this season. The Raiders rank No. 22 in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game (126.8) and Jones' added ability to catch the ball out of the backfield makes him a great start in fantasy football this week.
Start Darren Waller, TE, Las Vegas Raiders: Despite the tough matchup this week, it's almost certain that quarterback Derek Carr will find one way or another to get Darren Waller the ball on offense. Waller has logged at least 5 receptions in four of his five games this season and has posted two performances of 88-plus receiving yards. At this point in the season, Waller has proven that he may just be a matchup-proof starter in fantasy football. Plug Waller into your starting lineup and forget about it. He should be targeted a bunch on Sunday.
Sit Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gronkowski had his first productive offensive game in Week 6 as he caught 5 of 8 targets for 78 yards and scored a touchdown as well. This performance prompted some people to believe that the old Gronk has returned, but it is way too soon to make that assumption. Gronkowski has only hit 50 receiving yards twice this season and is used more to block for quarterback Tom Brady than running routes. Gronkowski may have turned a corner offensively, but he needs to prove he can do it every week before you should feel comfortable starting him.
Sit Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders: Derek Carr has quietly been an efficient quarterback in fantasy football this year as he has tossed at least 2 touchdowns in four of his five games this season and has only thrown one interception. However, Carr draws a brutal matchup this week as he takes on one of the best defenses in the NFL. The Buccaneers No. 6 in the NFL is passing yards allowed per game (217.7) and just shut down the great Aaron Rodgers last week. Carr is a great option to stream at quarterback most weeks, but this is not one of them.
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