Week Seven Who to Start and Who to Sit
Before I get to my Week Seven selections, let’s check last week’s picks for accuracy.
Good Starts from Week Six:
Ray Rice, RB (BAL): Had a great all-around game, finding the end zone twice on 194 total yards of offense.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB (PIT): Big Ben passed for 417 yards with two touchdowns.
Dwayne Bowe, WR (KC): Although he didn’t find the end zone, Bowe went over 100-yards receiving for the first time this season.
Bad Starts from Week Six:
Jeremy Maclin, WR (PHI): Maclin was totally non-existent in the Eagles’ offense, finishing with one reception for six yards.
Sammy Morris, RB (NE): Morris didn’t play, after being hyped-up as the Patriots number one option for Week Six.
Good Sits from Week Six:
Jason Campbell, QB (WAS): Campbell was benched for the second-half in the Redskins loss last week, after playing horrible in the first-half.
Percy Harvin, WR (MIN): Harvin couldn’t find the end zone once again, making it four straight games without a touchdown.
Bad Sits from Week Six:
LaDainian Tomlinson, RB (SD): He didn’t find the end zone, but did rack up 100 total yards.
Here is my Week Seven list of who to start and who to sit:
New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Start: Laurence Maroney, RB (NE)
Explanation: I know it’s tough to start a Patriots running back, but it looks as if Maroney will be the primary rusher if Sammy Morris can’t play. The Buccaneers rush defense is horrible, so look for Maroney to have a good day on the ground if he gets the majority of the carries.
Sit: Carnell Williams, RB (TB)
Explanation: I’m not saying Williams is exactly a bad play this week, but the Patriots could get a huge lead early, taking away carries from him.
Indianapolis Colts at St. Louis Rams
Start: Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie, WR’s (IND)
Explanation: The Colts passing game is on a role, and the matchup is great. Both of these guys should be able to find the end zone.
Sit: Donnie Avery, WR (STL)
Explanation: Avery is banged up coming into this week’s matchup, and has yet to practice as of Wednesday. If he does play, he won’t be 100 percent.
Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers
Start: Hines Ward, WR (PIT)
Explanation: Ward is off to a great fantasy season, leading the Steelers receiving core in almost every category. The Vikings pass defense was exposed last week, so look for the Steelers to attack through the air often and early.
Sit: Brett Favre, QB (MIN)
Explanation: This is the best defense the Vikings have played thus far in 2009. The pass rush may give Favre some problems, leading to possible bad decisions and rushed throws. If you have a better option, be cautious and go that way.
San Diego Chargers Kansas City Chiefs
Start: LaDainian Tomlinson, RB (SD)
Explanation: Tomlinson had a solid game last week following a bye week. He has a good track record against the Chiefs, so should be a solid start this week.
Sit: Larry Johnson, RB (KC)
Explanation: The Chargers were able to stop the run well last week, and the Chiefs haven’t been able to run the ball well, so a back week is expected for Johnson.
San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans
Start: Frank Gore, RB (SF)
Explanation: Gore will be returning to the 49ers backfield this week and couldn’t have asked for a better matchup. The Texans run defense has underachieved thus far, so Gore should get plenty of carries.
Sit: Steve Slaton, RB (HOU)
Explanation: The 49ers pass defense is vulnerable, so the Texans will utilize their great passing game, which will lead to a decrease in carries for Slaton. Also, Chris Brown has been getting the goal line carries, taking away potential touchdowns from Slaton.
Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns
Start: Jermichael Finley, TE (GB)
Explanation: Finley is becoming a go-to target for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. His matchup is good as the Browns have issues in the secondary.
Sit: Mohamed Massaquoi, WR (CLE)
Explanation: Not the best matchup for Massaquoi this week, as he will be guarded by solid veteran cornerbacks. Even though he is the number one receiver on the Browns, I don’t think he is worth starting.
New York Jets at Oakland Raiders
Start: Justin Fargas, RB (OAK)
Explanation: It looks as if Fargas will receive the bulk of the carries for the Raiders this week. Though the matchup isn’t great, he should get enough carries to make him viable.
Sit: Braylon Edwards, WR (NYJ)
Explanation: This is a horrible matchup for Edwards, as the Raiders continue to shutdown passing games each week. Go with a different receiver if possible.
Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers
Start: Jonathan Stewart, RB (CAR)
Explanation: Stewart has been playing well as of late, and the Bills having been giving rushing yards in chunks. Look for the Panthers to hit the Bills with a heavy dosage of DeAngelo Williams and Stewart on Sunday.
Sit: Lee Evans, WR (BUF)
Explanation: Not a good matchup here for Evans, who is coming off of a good fantasy week last week. The Panthers secondary one of the best in the league and should shut down the Bills’ passing game.
Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals
Start: Andre Caldwell, WR (CIN)
Explanation: Caldwell is becoming the go-to target for quarterback Carson Palmer behind receiver Chad Ochocinco. The Bears defense will shut down the run, so look for the Bengals to be passing often and early.
Sit: Matt Forte, RB (CHI)
Explanation: The Bengals defense is stingy against the run this year, and Forte hasn’t been that productive as of late.
New Orleans Saints at Miami Dolphins
Start: Saints Defense/Special Teams
Explanation: This is a great matchup for the Saints defense as long as the offense produces early. If up early, the secondary should be able to make big plays as the Dolphins go to their passing game.
Sit: Ricky Williams, RB (MIA)
Explanation: Has been playing well as of late, but the Saints should get up early, which will take away carries from Williams.
Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys
Start: Miles Austin, WR (DAL)
Explanation: Austin is now the number two receiver in a great passing offense. Look for Tony Romo to look his way often against a sub-par secondary.
Sit: Falcons, Defense/Special Teams
Explanation: The Cowboys are coming off of a bye week and will be firing on all cylinders. The Bears were able to pass on the Falcons secondary, which leads me to believe the Cowboys will attack the weak secondary as well.
Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants
Start: Ahmad Bradshaw, RB (NYG)
Explanation: Bradshaw has been receiving a steady dosage of playing time, making him a must-start each week. His ability as a receiver out of the backfield makes him a viable option against a defense that gives up a lot of receiving yards to running backs.
Sit: Anquan Boldin, WR (ARI)
Explanation: His status is unknown for this week’s game, and will most likely be a game time decision. Play it safe and go with a different receiver, unless his status is revealed before the first round of games on Sunday.
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
Start: Donovan McNabb, QB (PHI)
Explanation: Coming off of a bad week, McNabb should bounce back and put up decent numbers against a good secondary. In the past whenever McNabb had a bad game, he usually followed it with a good game, so let’s hope for the best.
Sit: Clinton Portis, RB (WAS)
Explanation: The Eagles defense has been great against the run as of late, and the Redskins will have a new play-caller this week. Don’t expect much from him this week.
Key Fantasy Players on Bye Weeks in Week Seven:
Denver Broncos: Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter, Kyle Orton, Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal
Detroit Lions: Kevin Smith, Calvin Johnson
Tennessee Titans: Chris Johnson, LenDale White, Justin Gage, Kenny Britt, Nate Washington
Seattle Seahawks: Julius Jones, Matt Hasselbeck, Nate Burleson, T.J. Housmandzadeh, John Carlson
Jacksonville Jaguars: Maurice Jones-Drew, David Garrard, Mike Sims-Walker, Mercedes Lewis
Baltimore Ravens: Ray Rice, Willis McGahee, Joe Flacco, Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Todd Heap
Check back next week as I assist you in your fantasy lineup decisions!
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