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Fantasy Football: Week 7 Starts and Sits

10.22.11 at 12:28 pm ET
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Welcome to the Week 7 starts and sits. We’ve isolated some options that we like and some that we don’t like for the upcoming week’s games. If you need deeper analysis, please feel free to join us at Rotobahn.com, and check out our comprehensive lineup rankings. If you want information on late-breaking injury information on game day, follow us on twitter. Just follow the link on our home page.

QUARTERBACKS

Starts

Joe Flacco @ Jaguars

In the Monday night matchup, we like Flacco to go to the air and take advantage of Jacksonville on the back end. His receivers are getting better even though Lee Evans has been stuck in park. He’s a QB1 this week.

Matt Hasselbeck vs Texans

He’s been playing at a high level and this is a week they will need to play aggressively. We like Hasselbeck to be a startable asset this week. Use him if you need him.

Tim Tebow @ Dolphins

Yeah, there’s some risk, but we love the upside and he’ll give you enough foot points as a base to make him well worth the risk. In a down week due to all the bye losses, we think he’s actually a pretty good play. He’s our 10th ranked quarterback in this sort of homecoming start.

Sits

Curtis Painter @ Saints

He could do well in garbage time, but we worry about how he’ll do versus the Saints’ pressure. We think he struggles more than normal.

John Beck @ Panthers

The matchup is pretty solid, but no way do we trust him. We are very interested to see how he plays, but we’d keep him out of fantasy lineups if possible.

Kyle Boller vs Chiefs

It looks like he’ll be the guy for one week and we strongly encourage you to not play him in anything outside of a two-QB league.

RUNNING BACKS

Starts

Ryan Mathews @ Jets

We like the way he matches up against the Jets, and Mathews got his bye week at just the right time. He’s fresh and he practiced all week. The Chargers’ lead back has the speed to get outside, which is key when attacking New York.

Willis McGahee @ Dolphins

Willis will want to do well in his old college haunt and we love the way he’s been running the ball overall. The Dolphins seem poised to stop very little right now, so we like McGahee’s chances of posting solid numbers. Keep him in lineups in all formats.

DeMarco Murray vs Rams

Murray is a very talented player and we expect that to be on display in his first NFL start. He’s worth a play as a RB2 in any format if you need him. We also love the matchup with a struggling Rams defense.

Sits

DeAngelo Williams vs Redskins

We don’t like him much in this matchup and we’d roll with Jonathan Stewart if we had both backs rostered.

Delone Carter @ Saints

Joe Addai practiced on Friday, so we would avoid all the Colts’ backs this weekend as it could end up as a 3-headed committee.

Donald Brown @ Saints

As I said with Carter, it looks like a potentially ugly backfield this week. We know it’s tempting to get Brown in there after he played pretty well, but only do so if you lack other reasonable options and are in a deep format.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Starts

Nate Washington vs Texans

Nate has handled some tough matchups and the Texans give up plenty of yardage, so he is a player to get in your lineup as a solid WR2 in week seven.

Jordy Nelson @ Vikings

He is very likely to make a few big plays and score. We have him ranked as a solid WR2 in week seven.

Greg Little vs Seahawks

He is the Browns’ number one now and we expect good things on a weekly basis. Get him in your lineup this week.

Sits

Jacoby Jones @ Titans

It’s a tough matchup and he pulled-up in Friday’s practice with a groin. He is playable, but we’d call him more of a flex option in deep leagues than a WR3.

Robert Meachem vs Colts

He’s faded a bit and wasn’t targeted much last week. In that we like the Saints to get ahead, we worry that Meachem will not get it done unless he gets it done early. Meachem is just a flex option this week. Use with caution.

TIGHT ENDS

Starts

Brandon Pettigrew vs Falcons

He’s being targeted like a WR1 and is now a weekly starter in most formats. As teams continue to overreact to Calvin Johnson, things get easier and easier for Pettigrew.

Fred Davis @ Panthers

With Chris Cooley deemed out, Davis is a lock to be a featured player in the Washington attack. He has a chance to eclipse the 100-yard mark for the second time this year. He’s a TE1 in week seven.

Jared Cook vs Texans

He’s been a bit inconsistent, but we like his upside this week in a game in which we see the Titans throwing a lot. It’s also a solid match on its face. Cook is a borderline number one option this week.

Sits

Visanthe Shiancoe vs Packers

They are starting to play the younger Kyle Rudolph, and Shiancoe is just not getting it done. Perhaps the switch to Christian Ponder at quarterback will help, but we’d hold off on betting on it.

Anthony Fasano vs Broncos

He’s really disappeared, and that off-and-on connection with Henne may have turned to just an off connection with Moore. We’d keep him down for now.

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