Week 7 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Texans vs Cardinals

Isaiah De Los Santos
Fantasy football picks for the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals Week 7 matchup, including James Conner, A.J. Green and Brandin Cooks.
Fantasy football picks for the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals Week 7 matchup, including James Conner, A.J. Green and Brandin Cooks. / Christian Petersen/GettyImages

The Week 7 NFL slate includes a matchup between the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals. FanDuel Sportsbook has Arizona as massive 17.5-point favorites in a game that could get out of hand quickly.

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

Brandin Cooks Fantasy

Start Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans: Brandin Cooks rebounded with 9 catches (on 13 targets) for 89 yards in Week 6. Cooks continues to be the top passing option for this lacking offense, racking up team highs in targets (57), receptions (40) and yards (481) by a wide margin. His healthy 9.5 targets per game gives the veteran a safe fantasy floor each week and has propelled him to WR17 in PPR scoring so far. He'll be leaned upon in a game where the Texans are expected to play catch-up.

James Conner Fantasy

Start James Conner, RB, Arizona Cardinals: James Conner set a season high with 71 rushing yards on 16 attempts in Week 6. He didn't find the endzone, but he had totaled 5 touchdowns in the three previous games as the Cardinals' preferred rushing option. Conner (13.2 rushing attempts per game) has the clear edge over Chase Edmonds (8.8 attempts) in the ground game, and he now draws a Texans defense in the top half of the league for PPR points given up to RBs this season. Arizona could abandon the air attack early as 17.5-point favorites, signaling what could be a busy day for Conner on the ground.

Mark Ingram, David Johnson, Phillip Lindsay Fantasy

Sit Houston Texans RBs: Houston's committee of Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay and David Johnson is an even bigger avoid on Sunday than they are most weeks. Game script will be a huge factor impacting these RBs, as Arizona's offense could get out to a big early lead and force the Texans to abandon the ground game. Johnson is the only real receiving threat among this trio with 18 targets so far, but his average of just 2.3 receptions per game isn't enough to make him fantasy-relevant in PPR formats. Starting any of these players, even in "bye-mageddon", is asking for disappointment.

A.J. Green Fantasy

Sit A.J. Green, WR, Arizona Cardinals: A.J. Green is off to a surprising start to the year as WR35 in PPR scoring, but he's not in position to keep it up in Week 7. Green has depended on big plays to boost his numbers this year with an average of 16.2 yards per reception. Despite being second on the team in targets (32), he's fourth in receptions (21). That makes Green more of a boom-or-bust play given his struggles with hauling the ball in. The Cardinals also might not need to air the ball out much in what could be a blowout. Opposing WRs are scoring the fourth-fewest PPR points per game against Houston given their lopsided games so far. It's hard to see Green thriving in this matchup behind DeAndre Hopkins.

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Isaiah De Los Santos is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Isaiah De Los Santos also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username zayyy05328. 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.