2011 Fantasy Football: Week 7 Start 'Em for All Positions

Zach GreubelCorrespondent IIOctober 18, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys prepares to throw against the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Start 'Em QB

Tony Romo vs. STL—The Rams will be the unfortunate group to take the punishment for the Cowboys' woes this season. Romo should light it up through the air against one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL


Tim Tebow @ MIA—Lucky for Tebow, he gets his first start this season against the 0-6 Dolphins, whose defense has given up an average of 284 passing yards per game and 10 passing touchdowns as well as 106 rushing yards a game.


Josh Freeman vs. CHI—It may not seem like it but the Bears haven't been very good against the pass this season. They're one of the worst pass defenses so far. Freeman is coming off a stellar outing against the Saints in Week 6 and should maintain that success at home this week.


Start 'Em RB

Rashard Mendenhall @ ARI—Mendenhall shook off the rust in Week 6 and looks primed for another strong performance against an Arizona defense that has allowed the most rushing touchdowns in the NFL this season. 

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 02:  Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball against the Miami Dolphins at Qualcomm Stadium  on October 2, 2011 in San Diego, California.    The Chargers won 26-16.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Ima
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Ryan Mathews @ NYJ—The Jets have been uncharacteristically porous against the run this season and Mathews is having a coming out campaign of sorts. The Jets have arguably the best secondary in the league, so the Chargers will be looking to Mathews early and often in Week 7.


Jackie Battle @ OAK—Battle had over 20 touches before Kansas City's bye week. It wouldn't be surprising to see that same number of opportunities against a mediocre Raiders defense in Week 7.


Start 'Em WR

Miles Austin vs. STL—Austin reasserted himself as Romo's favorite target against the Patriots last week. And, as previously mentioned, the Rams have been less than impressive against the pass this season.


Dwayne Bowe @ OAK—The Raiders have given up the most receiving touchdowns in the league so far this season. Bowe is the only receiving threat the Chiefs have. Look for him to tally 100+ yards and at least one score in Oakland.


Greg Little vs. SEA—Little saw a season-high 12 targets in Week 6 after being put in the starting lineup. With his talent, he could go off any week, especially against a mediocre Seattle passing defense. 

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 16:  Greg Little #15 of the Cleveland Browns dives but comes up one yard short of the endzone against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter of an NFL football game at O.co Coliseum on October 16, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Ph
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Start 'Em TE

Jimmy Graham vs. IND—This should be the last week Graham is included in "Start 'Em" because he's a must start each week now, especially against the Colts.


Brandon Pettigrew vs. ATL—It has become evident that Pettigrew is Matthew Stafford's second favorite option in Detroit's passing game. The Falcons have given up an average of 293 passing yards per game this season and Pettigrew is no stranger to the end zone.


Dallas Clark @ NO—Obviously, Clark hasn't produced much this season, but quarterback Curtis Painter is starting to look his way more often and the Saints have allowed 12 touchdowns through the air this season.


Start 'Em DEF

Cowboys vs. Rams—Even with the addition of wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, the St. Louis offense isn't going to transform in one week. 


Ravens @ JAC—This might be somewhat of an obvious choice, but there are limitations with the six teams with a bye week.