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

Jason Schandl
Los Angeles Rams v Seattle Seahawks
Los Angeles Rams v Seattle Seahawks / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

Bye weeks keep rolling on, and once again we have four teams (the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers) getting a week off.

Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 7 2019

That can force your hand with some tough fantasy football lineup decisions, but having limited options makes it especially important that you get it right in the spots you do have to decide on in Week 7.

Who to Start in Fantasy Football

If you need some help with your Week 7 lineup, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em, Week 7 Quarterbacks

Start Jared Goff (LAR at ATL): Jared Goff is a terrific play against the Atlanta Falcons despite last week's terrible outing. His Week 6 struggles came against a San Francisco 49ers' team that ranks first in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings. In Week 7, Goff's up against the 31st-ranked Falcons, who are also allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs this season.

Sit Kirk Cousins (MIN at DET): Kirk Cousins' fantasy value has seen a resurgence in the last two weeks, finishing as fantasy football's QB9 in Week 5 and QB6 in Week 6. His matchup gets much tougher this week though, as the Detroit Lions have only allowed middling fantasy numbers to QBs while ranking 10th in pass defense DVOA. The Lions have been much more susceptible against the run (17th), and it would be no surprise to see the Minnesota Vikings go back to their run-heavy approach from earlier in the year.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 7 Running Backs

Start Royce Freeman (DEN vs KC): The Denver Broncos' commitment to featuring their backfield has kept them offering two fantasy-viable RBs most weeks. Playing behind Phillip Lindsay, Royce Freeman has still seen at least 15 opportunities in three of his last five games, averaging 15.3 (11 carries and 4.3 targets) per game on the year. The Kansas City Chiefs have also been soft against the run, giving up top-10 fantasy numbers to RBs.

Sit Jordan Howard (PHI at DAL): Jordan Howard has proven himself to be fairly touchdown dependent so far this season. His lack of work in the passing game (six receptions in six games in 2019) and low-ceiling rushing volume (over 13 carries in a single game only once) has seen him score only a combined 16 PPR points across the three games in which he has failed to find the end zone. The Dallas Cowboys' defense is nothing special, but Howard offers a worryingly low floor with his middling workload.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 7 Wide Receivers

Start John Brown (BUF vs MIA): Going after the Miami Dolphins will rarely steer you in the wrong direction. Miami has given up both the most points and yards per game this season, and the Dolphins are predictably giving up top-10 fantasy numbers to opposing wideouts as well. John Brown has not seen fewer than five targets in a game this season (averaging 7.8 per), and the deep threat offers massive upside in this spot. Brown ranks 23rd among wideouts in our Week 7 PPR fantasy football rankings.

Sit Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB vs OAK): Despite the Green Bay Packers being without Davante Adams for the last two weeks, Marquez Valdes-Scantling has only seen six targets, catching just three for 66 yards. His matchup does get easier this week, but he seems to be struggling when defenses don't have to shift their focus to Adams on the other side of the field, and he also appeared to get banged up last week, playing only 77 percent of the Packers' offensive snaps.

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