Week 7 of the 2020 NFL season doesn't seem to be bringing as many COVID complications as we've seen recently, but we're met with some more bye weeks and some tricky spots for fantasy football.
The Duel is here to help you make sense of these situations with some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Week 7 fantasy football.
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 7 Quarterbacks
Start Justin Herbert (LAC vs JAX): Justin Herbert has been absolutely cooking, throwing 7 touchdowns and 1 interception in his last two games. He may cool off eventually, but that's not likely to happen against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags rank dead-last in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metric, and they've allowed the NFL's eighth-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs.
Sit Carson Wentz (PHI vs NYG): Playing at home against the New York Giants may seem like a favorable spot for Carson Wentz, but he still doesn't offer much fantasy value. He's yet to throw for more than 270 yards or 2 touchdowns in any game this season, and 4 rushing touchdowns in the last 5 games have propped up his value. The Giants' defense has quietly been pretty solid (17th in DVOA), and they've held opposing QBs to just 13.8 fantasy points per game.
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 7 Running Backs
Jerick McKinnon (SF at NE): It's a little worrying that Jerick McKinnon was sharing work with Jamycal Hasty after Raheem Mostert went down last week. McKinnon will still be the San Francisco 49ers' RB1 with Mostert sidelined in Week 7 though. McKinnon saw 14 carries in each of his two starts with Mostert out in Weeks 3 and 4, also adding 4 and 8 targets in those two games. Even if his volume comes in at the lower end of that range (around 18 opportunities), that's more than enough to make him a solid option, especially in PPR leagues.
Sit Le'Veon Bell (KC at DEN): Le'Veon Bell could eventually make a big impact for the Kansas City Chiefs, but fantasy managers should take a wait-and-see approach. Reports are that he's not been signed to take over as the lead back, and it still hasn't even been confirmed that he will be active this week. You're going to want to wait for some evidence that Bell will play a significant role before rolling the dice on him as a fantasy starter.
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 7 Wide Receivers
Start Tee Higgins (CIN vs CLE): Tee Higgins has clearly emerged as one of Joe Burrow's favorite receivers. Higgins has at least 6 targets in each of his last five games, including 8 in each of the last two. It shouldn't be too tough to turn that workload into production against a Browns D that ranks 19th in pass defense DVOA.
Sit Christian Kirk (ARI vs SEA): Christian Kirk had a massive game in Week 6, but he's still not seeing nearly enough volume to be a reliable fantasy starter. His 3 targets against the Dallas Cowboys were actually a season-low, and he's only topped 5 targets (or 3 receptions) once in five outings this year.