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Week 7 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football

Max Staley
Cordarrelle Patterson is one of our top starts for Week 7.
Cordarrelle Patterson is one of our top starts for Week 7. / Clive Rose/GettyImages
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Whether you're off to a hot start to your fantasy football season or you're already looking at an uphill battle for a playoff spot, your season is still alive in Week 7. That makes every fantasy football start and sit decision crucial.

With that in mind, here are The Duel's Week 7 start 'em, sit 'em picks for fantasy football.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 7 Quarterbacks

Start Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams (vs DET): Matthew Stafford is going to light it up against his former team. The Detroit Lions are Football Outsiders' eighth-worst pass defense by DVOA, surrendering the 13th-most passing yards in the league. Stafford has been fantasy's QB8 thus far, and he should have no trouble making his old team look silly.

Sit Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (vs KC): Ryan Tannehill just hasn't been getting it done. He's only scored more than 14 fantasy points twice in six games this season, ranking as fantasy's QB20 on the year. While a date with the Kansas City Chiefs' terrible defense may seem like a great bounce-back spot, the matchup may not be quite as good as it seems. For one, the Chiefs' run defense is absolutely atrocious. KC owns the league's second-worst run defense DVOA. The Chiefs are also dead-last (by a wide margin) in both ProFootballFocus' run defense grade and ESPN's run stop win rate. If the Titans have any shot of staying in this one, they're going to turn to Derrick Henry, not Ryan Tannehill.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 7 Running Backs

Start Cordarrelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons (at MIA): Fantasy's RB3 and WR5 (on a per-game basis) is back in action after a Week 6 bye. After five strong games, it's safe to say he isn't a fluke. Atlanta's jack of all trades has put up at least 16.2 points in four of his five appearances. There's no reason to expect he'll slow down in Week 7. The once-imposing Miami Dolphins defense has given up top-four PPR production to both RBs and WRs. Patterson should have little trouble finding success on the ground and through the air.

Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears (at TB): Khalil Herbert showed out last week, but don't expect a repeat performance. Even with a whopping six teams on bye, it's hard to view Herbert as anything more than an RB4. For one, the primary reason he blew up last week was Damien Williams' absence. Williams should be back this week, leaving Herbert with a much smaller role. Plus, he'll have to contend with Tampa Bay, who have the fifth-best run defense by DVOA and surrender bottom-10 production to opposing RBs.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 7 Wide Receivers

Start Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins (vs ATL): Tua Tagovailoa is back under center for, and that seems to mean good things for Jaylen Waddle's fantasy value. Two of his three best performances of the year have come in Tagovailoa's only healthy games of the season. Waddle recorded 16.1 points in Week 1 and 29.0 in Week 6, turning 9.5 targets into 7.0 receptions for 65.5 with 3 touchdowns in that span. Now Waddle gets to face off with the league's third-worst pass defense by DVOA. He should be in for a nice outing on Sunday.

Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans (at ARI): Davis Mills has been terrible against good pass defenses. He's faced two top-10 pass defenses by DVOA (Buffalo, Carolina) and is averaging 127.5 passing yards per game with 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions in that span. Brandin Cooks has somehow managed to be solid across those two, accounting for 62.3% of Mills' yards in that time. That's absolutely unsustainable. With Mills set to face the league's second-best pass defense by DVOA, Mills likely won't do enough through the air to make Cooks worth a start.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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.

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