NFL Fantasy Football Week 7: Best Bets

Jon RiceContributor IOctober 20, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings runs a pattern on offense against Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 29-20. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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If you read my article last week and followed my advice, chances are you won. My predictions for Ryan Torain,Matt Schaub,Jeremy Maclin and not starting the Chiefs Defense were spot on. Let's see if I can match it this week. Remember, go with your gut instinct if you completely disagree with me. Nobody knows YOUR team better than you, or at least that's the way it should be.

Bengals @ Falcons

The Falcons looked pitiful against the Eagles, it got so bad that Atlanta pulled Michael Turner and gave Jason Snelling a few chances. Don't expect the same this week, Atlanta was embarrassed and will come out to prove themselves this week. Matt Ryan will be a good play like he is every week.

The Bengals are an underachieving bunch that have not been able to put it together, Terrell Owens has come up big the last few weeks and should continue his resurgence against the Falcons, I expect a lot of offense from the Falcons side, so make sure and have Roddy White in your lineup.

No-Brainers: Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Roddy White

Steelers @ Dolphins

No questions about the Steelers here, with the return of Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh's offense looked completely different.

The Pittsburgh Defense is still the best in the NFL and should always be in your lineup, no matter who they play. Rashard Mendenhall will benefit from having Roethlisberger back the most. Defenses can no longer load up eight in the box because now they have to worry about the threat of the passing game.

Chad Henne is going to have a rough day as I expect the Steelers to be in the backfield all game long. Brandon Marshall will rack up the yards but don't expect him to get in the end zone, if your in a performance league he'll be a good play, but if your league is centered around TDs, then there are better options this week. Also, Heath Miller is a great play at TE.

No-Brainers: Rashard Mendenhall,Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Defense

Bills @ Ravens

Not much to say here, Ravens will win by as much as they want to. If you have Joe Flacco, Anquan Boldin or Ray Rice start them, you'll have no regrets.

No-Brainers: Ray Rice, Baltimore Defense

Jaguars @ Chiefs

Kansas City suffered a heart breaker last Sunday against the Texans. Dwayne Bowe came up big and surprisingly so did Matt Cassel. Although, it will take more than one game for me to tell you to start Cassel. Jamal Charles is continuing to wow fantasy owners, this week he finds the end zone, and maybe more than one occasion.

The Jags are a hopeless team, until they find a better coach and QB. Maurice Jones-Drew and Mercedes Lewis are the only Jaguar players that you should have on your roster.

No-Brainers: Maurice Jones-Drew, Mercedes Lewis

Browns @ Saints

The Browns are a totally different team then they were a year ago, Mangini is taking them in the right direction, when you have a franchise that has been bad for years and years, it takes a few seasons to get the bad out of the locker room. With that being said, Cleveland doesn't stand a chance against the Saints.

The Saints Defense is playing lights out and have come close to pitching back to back shutouts. They won't get a shutout, but should get lots of turnovers with rookie Colt McCoy behind center, they'll be a strong play along with saints RB Chris Ivory who torched the Bucs defense for 158 yards.

Lance Moore should be in your lineup if you need a bye week filler or if you're in desperation mode at WR. Peyton Hillis is going to be ran like a race horse, he should find the end zone, but no more than once.

No-Brainers: Drew Brees, Marques Colston (one more week of no TDs and Colston will be removed from the No Brainers list).

Redskins @ Bears

Chicago has gotten back to being Chicago. Mike Martz system doesn't seem to fit the Bears offensive personnel. Matt Forte will have a big game against Washington, but the Redskins defense is going to eat Jay Cutler for lunch.

It's looking like Chris Cooley will play, he's a top ten tight end and should be in your starting lineup on a weekly basis. The same can be said for Donovan McNabb and really the entire offense. If you got Ryan Torain or Santana Moss start them, they both have great potential to come up big this week, especially Torain.

No-Brainers: Matt Forte, Chris Cooley

49ers @ Panthers

I guess I have to say something about this one, considering it involves Michael Crabtree who has finally shown up the last couple of weeks. The Panthers are just awful, and have a chance of going 0-16.

Poor DeAngelo Williams' fantasy stock is dropping vastly due to a rookie QB and no Steve Smith. Since Williams is in a contract year, a lot of people were expecting great things from him. If he doesn't put big numbers on the board this week, it's time to look elsewhere. Alex Smith will be a good bye week filler this week.

No-Brainers: Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, DeAngelo Williams (last chance)

Rams @ Buccaneers

Sam Bradford has spunk! If you're in desperation mode, he really isn't a bad play. Expect Kellen Winslow and rookie WR Mike Williams to come up big this week. They're really the only offense Tampa has.

No-Brainers: Steven Jackson

Eagles @ Titans

Vince Young is listed as day to day and if he plays he needs to be in your lineup. With DeSean Jackson not playing this week, Jeremy Maclin will continue to put up monster numbers with the help of Kevin Kolb. As long as Kolb is under center Brent Celek has a chance to be a top-10 TE.

Kenny Britt
and Nate Washington continue to be the one-two punch for this titan passing game. Also, eagles RB LeSean McCoy will be huge in the passing game, start him.

No-Brainers: Chris Johnson, Brent Celek

Cardinals @ Seahawks

Seattle has a good chance to win that division, they will dominate the game from start to finish. Justin Forsette and Marshawn Lynch will have a repeat performance from last week, and don't hesitate to start Matt Hasselbeck if you're hurting at QB.

No-Brainers: Larry Fitzgerald

Patriots @ Chargers

Norv Turner is in the hot seat in San Diego. A loss against Oakland and last weeks loss to St. Louis have the Chargers as the laughing stock of the NFL. The Patriots acquisition of Deion Branch came through and will continue to come through. Monitor Antonio Gates throughout the week, his injury doesn't appear to be serious, and Malcom Floyd will not play.

No-Brainers: Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Phillip Rivers, Antonio Gates

Raiders @ Broncos

No-Brainers: Zach Miller, Kyle Orton, Brandon Lloyd

Vikings @ Packers

The Packers are making a lot of NFL analyst look like fools. Greg Jennings finally lived up to his hype last week, and likely due to the absence of Jermichael Finley. With Finley out the rest of the year, Jennings will continue to produce. If you have flex positions in your fantasy league then Percy Harvin is the answer to all your questions.

Even if you don't have flex positions, Harvin is an exceptional No. 2.  Is it even logical to not start Brett Favre against the team that is the sole reason he went to the Vikes?

No-Brainers: Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Randy Moss, Adrian Peterson

Cowboys @ Giants

Even though people are saying Dallas season is over, you can't deny their fantasy numbers. If Dallas wasn't in a must win situation last week, then this week they are. Marion Barber is now a 3rd-and-short back and has lost nearly all fantasy value.

The Cowboys are finding out how to use Felix Jones more and more each week. Roy Williams is a strong No. 2 receiver both for the Cowboys and for your fantasy team, he's almost a guaranteed TD week to week. The Giants are playing sound football, and will have to play good defense if they want to win this game. Look for Eli manning to connect with Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks for TDs.

No-Brainers: Tony Romo, Miles Austin, Jason Witten, Eli Manning