Fantasy Football Week 7 Sit Ems

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 23, 2009

MIAMI - OCTOBER 12:  Running back Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins scores a touchdown against the New York Jets fans prior to their game at Land Shark Stadium on October 12, 2009 in Miami, Florida. Miami defeated New York 31-27.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Week after week fantasy football owners make the wrong decisions on who to start and who to sit. It can be one of the most frustrating things in fantasy football. Your bench puts up 89 points, and your starters put up 39 points. It’s happened to everyone, so while it’s completely frustrating, you’re not the only one who is dealing with these problems from time to time.

With that being said it’s now time to pay attention to our Fantasy Football Week Seven Sit ‘Ems advice so you can make the right decisions on who to place on your bench this week. 


Kurt Warner (Arizona Cardinals) @ New York Giants

As we mentioned in our Week Seven Start ‘Em article, the Arizona Cardinals struggles have been well monitored when they fly back to the East Coast. Kurt Warner unfortunately has to face the still top-rated New York Giants pass defense (to still be No. 1 after allowing Drew Brees to throw for 369 yards and 4 TDs is impressive) .

While we agree the Giants feasted on cupcake opponents the first five weeks of the season we fully expect them to regroup on their home turf and put together a solid defensive game to make up for the embarrassing loss in Week Six.

Warner has been a solid fantasy quarterback in 2009, but to expect anything over 250 yards and two scores would be wishful thinking. And even if he reaches those totals you have to assume he will be good for a few turnovers, which will hinder his final fantasy football point totals. Start at your own risk.

Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) vs. Atlanta

It seems like every other week we have Tony Romo in our Start or Sit article. It’s hard to know how the Cowboys are going to come out the gates after their bye week, but the Atlanta Falcons proved that they are one of the best in the NFC after two strong wins against the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears on back to back weeks.

To say the Falcons did a great job at containing the pass against Chicago would not be fair, as quarterback Jay Cutler had 300 passing yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, but they have only given up five passing TDs through their first five games in 2009.

Romo’s magical game in Week Five with Miles Austin (250 yards, 2 TDs) figures to be a long shot this week, so don’t be surprised if the Cowboys signal caller is held in check playing in front of the home crowd in the palace that Jerry Jones built.

Potential Bust Pick: Matt Schaub (Houston Texans) vs. San Francisco

Before you call us crazy for even listing Schaub on a Sit ‘Em article read on. We understand that Schaub has cemented himself in the top five to seven for fantasy football quarterback purposes, but after the whooping that the 49ers took against Atlanta Falcons in Week Five, expect the 49ers defense to try and right the ship.

Coming off of their bye week, and having two weeks to prepare for a high-powered Houston Texans offense, it seems evident that Mike Singletary will attempt to light a fire under his defense for playing so poorly, and they may force Schaub into making some bad passes.

The 49ers have only allowed six passing touchdowns through five games, so even though Schaub’s 14 TDs eclipse that mark, expecting another 350 yard, 4 TD output is probably not in the cards. You probably don’t have the guts to bench Schaub, and we don’t suggest you do it unless you have a top option (Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers ) to replace him, with but don’t say we didn’t tell you so if he doesn’t meet his lofty expectations.


Ahmad Bradshaw (New York Giants) vs. Arizona

The Arizona Cardinals rank first in the NFL in rushing defense, allowing less than 60 yards per game and only 2.8 yards per carry.

Bradshaw has been dynamite the past two weekends going for 28 fantasy points in Week Five and 10 fantasy points in Week Six but this matchup doesn’t bode well for the playmaker.

Even with Brandon Jacobs struggling and Bradshaw continuing to cut into his workload you can expect the Giants to try and lay it on the Cardinals with a heavy dose of passing. After all, the Cardinals rank toward the bottom in the league against the pass and allow more than 250 passing yards per game on defense.

Bradshaw could still be used as a flex option, but don’t expect him to find ample room to run against a Cardinals defense that has shut down the ground game of big named running backs like Frank Gore, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Steve Slaton thus far.

Matt Forte (Chicago Bears) @ Cincinnati

Oh, how a top-five fantasy football pick has fallen. He has been unimpressive through his five weeks thus far in 2009, only posting one above average game against the lowly Detroit Lions.

Cincinnati is ranked 11th in the NFL against the rush allowing just 96.8 yards per game and only three rushing touchdowns through six games. While some may think Forte is due to have another breakout game, we expect Jay Cutler to try and throw over the 28th ranked Cincinnati Bengals pass defense.

Forte may still be seeing the bulk of the carries, but he has not produced like a top pick (or a top-60 pick) and until he starts doing some damage in the red zone, you will have to rely on strictly yardage points.

Ronnie Brown (Miami Dolphins) vs. New Orleans

Brown has been one of the most consistent fantasy football producers in 2009, posting three games of 20-plus fantasy points. We believe if Drew Brees can come out and play like he did against a better New York Giants pass defense in Week Six, then the Miami Dolphins will have to revert to the pass sooner than later and start relying on the arm of QB Chad Henne.

The Dolphins have controlled the clock well in 2009, but they haven’t faced the best offensive team in the NFL yet. With the Dolphins down early, the fifth-ranked Saints rush defense should halt most of their progress on the ground forcing Brown to have to gain some fantasy points through the air. Quick Note: The Saints are the only team in the NFL to not allow a rush of more than 20 yards this season.


Jerricho Cotchery (New York Jets) @ Oakland

When healthy, Cotchery has built a solid rapport with quarterback Mark Sanchez and this is something that fantasy football owners were hoping they could rely on throughout 2009. Through three weeks, it seemed like Cotchery had developed into the star wide out that the Jets were hoping, but since then he has only posted seven fantasy points in the past three weeks. We understand he was hurt in Week Six, but that is just all the more reason to sit him down for this Week Seven matchup.

The Raiders are right in the middle of the pack when it comes to defending the pass, so there is some opportunity, but Cotchery is likely to be a game-time decision and with this being the late game you might be forced to make your decision hours prior. Despite a decent matchup it might be best to stay away from Cotchery until he puts together a few solid showings and his health is no longer an issue.

Plus, expect a lot of Thomas Jones and Leon Washington pounding the ground in this game.

Mohammed Massaquoi (Cleveland Browns) vs. Green Bay

After such a promising Week Four where he led all wide receivers with 148 receiving yards, he hasn’t exactly come to fruition since. Although he had a solid Week Six going for 83 receiving yards, quarterback Derek Anderson has been bad and highly inconsistent, and his struggles make it tough having to rely on starting Massaquoi.

The one thing Massaquoi has going for him is that he receives a healthy amount of targets on a weekly basis and that the Green Bay Packers secondary has allowed nine touchdowns in five games, but they have also picked off 10 passes, which obviously doesn’t suit Anderson well to be successful in this Week Seven matchup.

Massaquoi has some upside because he is the only target in Cleveland, but the as mentioned downside that comes with this matchup is tough to overlook.

Antonio Bryant (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) vs. New England

In what might be a rainy matchup in England (not the New one) , quarterback Josh Johnson could find it hard to throw against a New England Patriots defense that is fresh off a Week Six shutout victory over the Tennessee Titans.

The Patriots have only allowed just 180 passing yards per game and seven TDs through six games, and like we said are just coming off a 59-0 shutout that made the Titans look like a middle-of-the-road NCAA school. Bryant has been average all season, but he should definitely not be started until he gains fantasy consistency (his highest fantasy point output is 10 points in Week Four). 


Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles) @ Washington

As bad as the Washington Redskins have been (They lost to the Detroit Lions. Just a reminder) , their pass defense has been the only thing holding them together. They’ve allowed less than 170 passing yards per game and only five passing touchdowns through six weeks in 2009.

Brent Celek has been a huge sleeper pick in 2009, and has been a top-five tight end thus far. We think he may be able to post average receiving numbers, but don’t expect him to find the end zone in Week Seven versus the Redskins on Monday Night Football.


Robbie Gould (Chicago Bears) @ Cincinnati

Picking a kicker to have a below-average game isn’t easy because so much of their success relies on if the offense stalls in the red zone or not.

The Cincinnati Bengals have done a fine job defending the kicking position so far this season, as kickers have averaged slightly less than six fantasy football points per week. In Weeks Three and Four, they allowed eight points each (which is their high for the season), so it doesn’t seem like the Bengals will be giving up the huge week of 12-14 points.

The weather doesn’t seem to be much of an issue in Cincinnati, but Gould, who has only missed one kick, doesn’t get the most opportunities on what could be a high-powered offense.


Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST vs. Minnesota

It’s been a disappointment that the Steelers have not been the stellar defensive unit that fantasy football owners invest in during their drafts this past August. In fact, by passing more and abandoning the run, their whole team mentality has changed in the Mike Tomlin regime.

Outside of the first two games the Steelers offense has scored over 20 points in every game while allowing over 20 points in three of their past four games. They still have the talent to be a top-five fantasy defense (especially with the return of Troy Polamalu ), but this is a tough matchup for them against a high powered Minnesota Vikings offense.

Facing a 6-0 Vikings team, the Steelers could have some trouble shutting down star running back Adrian Peterson and living legend Brett Favre. The Vikings are a strong offensive team, and they don’t turn the ball over (+8 TO differential) , which is where the money is for a fantasy defense. Start the Steelers D/ST if need be, but don’t be surprised if they score you single digit fantasy points.





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