Week 7 Fantasy: To Play or Not to Play

Week 7 of the fantasy football season is upon us, and more teams have reached the bye week.

Those teams include the Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, and Indianapolis Colts. Therefore, make sure players from those teams aren’t in your starting lineup this week.

And now, onto the list.


Quarterbacks To Play

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  • Kyler Murray: Don’t look now, but Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is the highest scoring player in fantasy football. He’s the leading rusher among quarterbacks, and has the most rushing touchdowns at the position. This week, Murray has the opportunity to further increase his lead, as the Cardinals host the division rival Seattle Seahawks; who give up the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Murray needs to be started every week in fantasy, but especially this week.
  • Matt Ryan: After a rocky three week stretch, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan exploded last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings; throwing for 371 yards and four touchdowns. And to top it all off, this week Ryan is blessed with another quality match-up, as the Falcons host the Detroit Lions; who give up the 10th-most points to quarterbacks in fantasy football. With Julio Jones healthy, and looking like the Julio Jones of old, Matt Ryan will have another dominant afternoon on Sunday. Start Matt Ryan.
  • Matthew Stafford: To say Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been a disappointment this season is an understatement. Through six weeks, Stafford is the 25th highest scoring quarterback in fantasy football; with only one week where he scored more than 20 points. However, this week he has an opportunity to turn his season around, as the Lions travel to the ATL to face the Atlanta Falcons; who give up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. If Stafford doesn’t take advantage of this glorious match-up this week, I’m out on him this season. Start Matthew Stafford.
  • Josh Allen: After a dominant first month of the season, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has come back down to earth a bit. For the past two weeks, he’s the 13th highest scoring quarterback in fantasy football; trailing the likes of Ben Roethlisberger, Gardner Minshew and Kirk Cousins. However, this stretch is an aberration, and he will bounce back. I say his bounce back starts this week against the woeful New York Jets; who Allen has had success playing against in the past. Start Josh Allen.
  • Sleepers: Teddy Bridgewater, Justin Herbert

Quarterbacks Not To Play

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  • Jared Goff: Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff has been one of the bigger surprises this fantasy football season. For the past four weeks, he’s been a top-10 quarterback. However, he’ll struggle to be a top-10 quarterback this week, as the Rams host the Chicago Bears; who give up the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Explore better options than Jared Goff this week.
  • Ryan Tannehill: In Tannehill we trust? Surprisingly, Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill is a top-10 quarterback in fantasy football this season. Gone undrafted in many fantasy leagues this year, Tannehill has had multiple four touchdown performances. However, this week he’ll struggle to throw for half of that, as the Titans host the Pittsburgh Steelers; who give up the fifth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Leave Tannehill on the bench this week.
  • Drew Brees: I believe we’re witnessing the end of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees‘ career as an NFL quarterback. Through six games, Brees is QB22 in fantasy football, and lacks the same zip on the ball he once had. This feels similar to Peyton Manning in 2015. Furthermore, Brees has a difficult match-up Sunday, as the Saints host the division rival Carolina Panthers; who give up the fourth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. With both Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders out on Sunday, don’t start Drew Brees.
  • Derek Carr: Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been hot and cold this season. But with three performances where he scored over 20 points this season, Carr looks considerably better than he’s looked in recent years. However, this week he’ll have a tough time reaching double-digit fantasy points, as the Raiders host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; who have given up the third-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. In spite of the extra motivation to help coach Jon Gruden beat his old team, Derek Carr will struggle to put up points this week. Sit Derek Carr.
  • Lowered Expectations: Russell Wilson

Running Backs To Play

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  • David Johnson: Just when I thought Houston Texans running back David Johnson was having a return to form with his new team, he goes back to being mediocre. Currently RB21 in fantasy football, Johnson is leaving a lot to be desired for his fantasy owners. However, Johnson has an excellent match-up this week, as the Texans host the Green Bay Packers; who give up the most fantasy points to running backs this season. To that point, expect a top-10 performance this week from David Johnson.
  • Ronald Jones II: Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II is having a great season so far. Currently a top-8 running back in fantasy football, Jones is proving the fantasy football writers who thought he could be a bell cow for the Bucs right. Furthermore, this week Jones has a great match-up on Sunday, as the Bucs travel west to take on the Las Vegas Raiders; who give up the second-most fantasy points to running backs this season. With Jones receiving the most carries in every game except one this season, start him every week.
  • Todd Gurley: Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley is enjoying a resurgent season after a down year in 2019. To this point, he’s RB9 in fantasy football, and has a better yards-per-carry average than he did a season ago. Furthermore, Gurley has an advantageous match-up this week, as the Falcons host the Detroit Lions; who give up the sixth-most fantasy points to running backs this season. With the Falcons’ passing attack clicking, expect a lighter box for Gurley to run through, and a big day running the ball.
  • Antonio Gibson: A sleeper coming into the season, Washington Football Team‘s Antonio Gibson is panning out for those fantasy owners who drafted him. This season, he’s RB23 in fantasy football; outscoring Jonathan Taylor, and Kenyan Drake over the past four weeks. This week, Gibson has a great match-up in store, as the Football Team play host to the division rival Dallas Cowboys; who have given up the second-most rushing yards to running backs this season. With little consistency from the Football Team’s quarterbacks, expect a heavy dose of Gibson on Sunday.
  • Sleepers: Joshua Kelley, Devin Singletary

Running Backs Not To Play

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  • Kenyan Drake: Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake has been disappointing this season. However, last week his owner’s patience with him paid off; as he finished as the second-highest scoring running back in fantasy football last week. That being said, he won’t be the second-highest scoring running back in fantasy football this week. With a match-up looming against the Seattle Seahawks, who are a top-10 defense against fantasy running backs this season, keep Drake on the bench.
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has had a very good start to the season. To this point, he’s just outside the top-10 running backs with points scored. However, he has a difficult match-up in store Sunday, as the Chiefs host the division rival Denver Broncos; who give up the third-fewest fantasy points to running backs this season. With the Chiefs signing Leveon Bell last week, this backfield is becoming crowded. Avoid CEH this week, and perhaps avoid him going forward.
  • Josh Jacobs: Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs has had a solid start to the season so far. Currently RB12 in fantasy football this season, Jacobs is rewarding those who drafted him early in their leagues. This week however, he has a difficult match-up in store, as the Raiders host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; who give up just under 2.8 yards-per-carry this season. With right tackle Trent Brown out this week due to Covid-19, temper your expectations for Jacobs this week.
  • Darrell Henderson: Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson has played okay so far this season. Despite a crowded backfield, Henderson leads the Rams backfield in rushing by a wide margin. However, Henderson and the rest of those backs will have a tough time Monday, as the Rams host the Chicago Bears; who give up the ninth-fewest fantasy points to running backs this season. With this game featuring two defenses who will be hard to score on, keep Henderson on your bench if possible.
  • Lowered Expectations: Derrick Henry

Pass Catchers To Play

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  • Tyler Boyd: Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd has had a solid start to the season. He leads the Bengals in receiving yards, targets, and catches; and is WR17 in fantasy football this season. However, Boyd has a fantastic match-up this week, as the Bengals travel north to face the in-state rival Cleveland Browns; who give up the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. With Denzel Ward likely locking up AJ Green for much of the afternoon, start Tyler Boyd.
  • Chase Claypool: Coming seemingly out of nowhere, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool is the highest scoring receiver in fantasy football over the past two weeks. With monster games against the Philadelphia Eagles, and Cleveland Browns, Claypool is positioning himself to be the Steelers number 1 receiver. Moreover, Claypool has another superb match-up this week, as the Steelers travel to Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans; who give up the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. In conclusion, start Claypool this week.
  • TJ Hockenson: This season, Detroit Lions tight end TJ Hockenson has been solid, but unspectacular this season. For instance, he has yet to register a break out game this season; scoring no more than 16 points in a game this season, and scoring that much once. However, Hockenson has a great match-up on Sunday, as the Lions travel to face the Atlanta Falcons; who give up the second-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. In short, start TJ Hockenson with confidence this week.
  • AJ Brown: Since returning from injury, Tennessee Titans wide receiver AJ Brown is a top-5 wide receiver in fantasy football this season. With a match-up looming against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are a bottom-10 defense at stopping opposing wide receivers, Brown is sure to have a monster game. In short, start AJ Brown.
  • Sleepers: Laviska Shenault, Dalton Schultz, Ian Thomas

Pass Catchers Not To Play

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  • Allen Robinson: Through six weeks of play, Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson has been a top-10 wide receiver in fantasy football. In spite of the shaky quarterback play from Mitchell Trubisky, and Nick Foles, Robinson has produced for fantasy owners. However, he’ll have a tough time being successful this week, as the Bears travel west to take on the Los Angeles Rams; who give up the second-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season. In summary, temper your expectations for Allen Robinson; as he’ll likely be shadowed by Jalen Ramsey through most of the game.
  • Robert Woods: Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods has been great so far this season. Currently WR13 in fantasy football, Woods is showing out as the best receiver on the team. However, this week he’ll struggle to produce against a Chicago Bears defense who give up the third-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. To sum it all up, temper your expectations for Robert Woods this week.
  • Jerry Jeudy: Due to the injury suffered by Courtland Sutton earlier this season, Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy is inserted as the number one wide receiver for the Denver Broncos. In addition, the instability at quarterback, along with a case of the drops, have caused Jeudy to have a less than stellar start to his rookie season. And unfortunately, it won’t get any easier this week, as the Broncos face the division rival Kansas City Chiefs; who give up the fifth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season. In short, bench Jeudy.
  • Hayden Hurst: As unstable as the tight end position has been in fantasy football this season, Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst has been solid. Through six weeks of play, Hurst is a top-10 tight end in fantasy football. However, Hurst will have his work cut out for him this week, as the Falcons host the Detroit Lions; who give up the second-fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season. In conclusion, temper your expectations for Hayden Hurst.
  • Lowered Expectations: George Kittle, Amari Cooper, Jonnu Smith

Defenses To Play

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  • Buffalo Bills: They play the New York Jets this week, who are more offensive to watch than an episode of Saturday Night Live because it’s that awful. Start the Buffalo Bills.
  • Kansas City Chiefs: The Kansas City Chiefs play the Denver Broncos this week, who give up the third-most points to defenses in fantasy football. Start the Chiefs defense.
  • Sleepers: Washington Football Team, Cleveland Browns

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