Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 7: Superstars to Bench and Sleepers to Replace Them
You cannot be afraid to make a bold move in order to win your fantasy football league. This sometimes means benching a stud in favor of a player who will have a bigger week.
Every week there are players who seemingly come out of nowhere to post the biggest stats of the day. Although this does not mean you should have started Thad Lewis over Peyton Manning, it would have worked out in Week 6.
The key is finding those sleepers before they go off on the field. It also helps to have the confidence to take a legitimate starter out of your lineup when the matchup dictates.
Here are some stars you should feel comfortable keeping on your bench in Week 7 with some lesser-known players to replace them.
Sit: Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kaepernick actually posted his best game since Week 1 in a win over the Arizona Cardinals. However, he still continues to prove that he is not a good fantasy quarterback just yet.
Sunday was only the second time he has thrown for over 200 yards, and he has not topped 20 rushing yards in the last four games. Even his scores are limited as the 49ers like to run the ball near the goal line, currently ranking second in the NFL in rushing touchdowns.
Against an underrated Tennessee Titans defense—which has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season—Kaepernick should remain on your bench.
Start: Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Although Mike Glennon was unable to get the Buccaneers their first win of the season, the rookie looked good in the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He passed for 273 yards with two touchdowns and clearly found a connection with No. 1 target Vincent Jackson.
Additionally, the coaching staff showed plenty of faith in the youngster by allowing him to rack up exactly 43 pass attempts in each of his first two starts.
He will face the Atlanta Falcons defense that allowed three touchdowns to Geno Smith in Atlanta's last game. Win or lose, Glennon should be able to post big numbers to help your fantasy team.
Sit: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
There is no denying that Maurice Jones-Drew is coming off his best start of the season, totaling 73 rushing yards on 21 carries with a touchdown. However, it is hard to imagine this continuing.
The veteran running back has struggled behind a poor offensive line, and this has held him to only 2.9 yards per carry this season. He also will not get too many more scoring opportunities on a team that struggles to move the football consistently.
Meanwhile, his Week 7 opponent is the San Diego Chargers, who just held Trent Richardson to only 40 rushing yards. They also have not allowed a touchdown to an opposing running back all season (although a pair of quarterbacks have rushing touchdowns).
Last week was a gift for anyone who had Jones-Drew in the lineup, but you should not expect it to continue.
Start: Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants
Not only did Brandon Jacobs play as well as he has all season on Thursday, but his entire offensive line did as well. It created big holes for the veteran, and he ran hard for 106 yards and two touchdowns against the Chicago Bears.
Although he will not put up these numbers every week, there is reason to believe this type of effort will continue for the near future. Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reports that while David Wilson's neck injury is not season-ending, he is still likely to miss at least three weeks.
This will give Jacobs an opportunity to continue doing damage as the starting running back, beginning with a favorable matchup against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7.
Sit: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Just like MJD, Larry Fitzgerald is coming off his best performance of the season in Week 6. Despite entering the game with a hamstring injury, he finished with six catches for 117 receiving yards and a touchdown.
However, 75 of those yards came on one play when a mistake by the San Francisco 49ers secondary allowed him to run for the end zone. It is unlikely the Seattle Seahawks defense makes a similar error.
Fitzgerald will be forced to go against Richard Sherman, who has been shutting down receivers all season. These teams also play on Thursday, giving the Cardinals a short week to prepare for the difficult matchup.
Carson Palmer is likely to struggle against the tough defense, and if he gets the ball to anyone, it will probably have to go to the other side of the field.
Start: Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Although the rookie receiver is hardly a sleeper after posting back-to-back great performances, there are still plenty of people who consider this a fluke. Do not be one of those people.
Keenan Allen was considered by many to be one of the top receivers in the 2013 draft, although he fell to the Chargers in the third round. Still, he has loads of talent and has become Philip Rivers' go-to target in the past two weeks, totaling over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown in each.
Injuries have given Allen the opportunity to shine on a pass-happy team, and he is taking advantage of it. If he is available in your league, pick him up and start him right away against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week.
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