Week 7 Fantasy Football Start Em Sit Em: Shocking Players You Must Bench

Alessandro MiglioFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2012

Week 7 Fantasy Football Start Em Sit Em: Shocking Players You Must Bench

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    Always start your studs. That is an important mantra when it comes to fantasy football. If you get too cute, you are liable to get burned.

    But there is a fine line between the studs and pretenders. Faux studs are guys who you may have drafted highly or expected to perform well, but don't live up to the hype every week. Big names highlight these pretenders. Who are some you should sit this week?

Tony Romo

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    This may not come as a huge shock to some, but Romo is coming off a good game and faces a defense that has not performed well in recent seasons.

    Upon closer investigation, though, Carolina's defense is not all that bad. The Panthers are in the middle of the pack allowing 249.6 passing yards and 1.4 passing touchdowns per game. Romo has not been terribly consistent throughout his career, and he is on the road this week.

    Considering Romo's penchant for laying eggs on the road, this might be a better week to use a comparable alternative if you have one.

Marshawn Lynch

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    The San Francisco 49ers showed some chinks in their armor on defense last week, particularly on the ground against Ahmad Bradshaw and the New York Giants. They uncharacteristically allowed 100-plus rushing yards and a touchdown to Bradshaw as the Giants brought the whooping stick to Candlestick. 

    That is not likely going to make Lynch's week very good.

    The last thing the Seattle running back needed was to face an angry San Francisco defense. Lynch did manage to score a touchdown on them last season after the 49ers had shut out all comers through 14 games, but this is going to be a tough night for the Seattle offense.

Steve Smith

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    Smith has fallen far from expectations this season, largely due to being shut out of the end zone to this point.

    It might be tough for him to get his groove going this week. The Cowboys are allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing receivers, who have scored just three touchdowns against them in five games.

    Morris Claiborne and Michael Jenkins are dinged up for the Cowboys, but they should be good to go against the Panthers. That is bad news for Steve Smith, especially if Dallas rattles Cam Newton early. Smith is not a terrible flex option, but look elsewhere for a reliable starter this weekend.

Jimmy Graham

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    Jimmy Graham is no pretender, yes.

    The truth is that Graham is a must-start on a weekly basis because of the sheer number of targets he gets. When fully healthy, the talented tight end is simply a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, one that Drew Brees likes to expose.

    He is not fully healthy, however.

    Graham rolled his ankle a couple of weeks ago, and he is listed as questionable for this weekend. The word around the league is that he will play, but how effective will he be on that ankle? He was able to rest it during the bye, but it might be tough for him to play, let alone have a good game.

    #Saints TE Jimmy Graham didn't practice at all Wednesday, so he seems very questionable for this week. But we'll know more Thurs-Fri.

    — Mike Triplett (@TripTP) October 17, 2012

    The choice might be made for you if he winds up being out this week, but the signs are not encouraging for Graham's output if he plays this weekend.

Frank Gore

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    Gore had a down week against a New York Giants team that embarrassed his team last week. His prospects are grim this week.

    The Seahawks are a tough defense, but they are particularly stingy when it comes to giving fantasy points to opposing running backs. They currently lead the league, allowing a paltry 7.8 standard points per game this season.

    Gore is certainly capable of running well on any given Sunday, but he has his work cut out for him this week. Kendall Hunter's increasing role in that offense will also take a bite out of Gore's output on a weekly basis.

    If you have two other comparable running backs, weigh your options before you put Gore in against the 'Hawks.

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