Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top Spot Starts for Sunday's Action
In the last-minute scramble to set your fantasy lineup, there are always plenty of dilemmas and nail-biting decisions to make. On Sunday, there are several players, one for each key position, that are top options for a spot start.
Here is a list of the best plug-in options in Week 7's action.
QB Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
As inconsistent as Freeman has been this season, he is well worth a play at home against New Orleans.
No team gives up more yards per game than the Saints, which should allow the Bucs to establish a running game early on. Both Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams provide Freeman with formidable vertical threats down the field.
Considering Saints QB Drew Brees is almost certainly going to throw over 30 points on the board, Tampa Bay needs a big game from Freeman to pull to .500 in front of the home crowd.
The matchup couldn't be more favorable for a quarterback who is a borderline fantasy play at best most weeks. If there were ever a week to take a flier on Freeman—particularly if you're desperate at quarterback—the time is now.
RB Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers
DeMarco Murray is likely out of the lineup with a foot sprain, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. Watkins reported that Murray missed practice for a second straight day on Thursday, which means a vast increase in the workload for Jones.
The 2008 first-round pick ran for 92 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown in the loss to Baltimore last week. Carolina comes off of a bye, but they give up over 127 yards on the ground per game.
With the Cowboys desperately trying to maintain pace in the NFC East and avoid another disappointing season, the game plan should focus on setting the tone and exploiting the weaker aspect of the Panther defense.
That should translate to a huge day for Jones, who also provides quarterback Tony Romo with an outlet in the passing game. Romo hasn't had the best protection in 2012, and the Cowboys could utilize Jones more as a receiver to alleviate the heat on their QB.
WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts
Two consecutive weeks of explosive production should lead to another big game for the rookie second-round supplemental draft pick.
Gordon is clearly the Browns' biggest, most consistent down-field option. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, wide receiver Greg Little dealt with the flu on Thursday, and now it is unclear what his status will be for the Colts game.
With the rest of the receiving corps in doubt and continued improvement in his preparation, Gordon should continue to establish himself as one of the fastest-rising receivers in the NFL.
TE Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans
If the Bills are to truly take the next step this season, they must take advantage of being tied atop the AFC East after six games and take care of a mediocre team at home.
The Titan defense gives up 292 passing yards per game, which should lead to a big day for Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. As a result, Chandler should get into the end zone at least once.
At 6'7", 260 pounds, Chandler is a huge target who will be extremely valuable in the red zone. Buffalo has two starter-caliber running backs in Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, but the opposition will have them as the main focus.
That should open up opportunities for Chandler down the seam, as it did in Week 4 against the New England Patriots. Chandler took advantage of one-on-one matchups against DBs and linebackers that day to score two touchdowns.
Something similar is likely to happen on Sunday in Ralph Wilson Stadium, especially if Titans middle linebacker Colin McCarthy still isn't there to anchor the front seven.
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