Week 7 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Larry Fitzgerald and 5 Stars You Can Sit

Ricky FrechCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2011

Week 7 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Larry Fitzgerald and 5 Stars You Can Sit

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    After six weeks of NFL football we've seen some players establish themselves as fantasy stars, while others are clearly trending towards the bust category.

    Week 7 will be an important week for most fantasy teams because it's a bye week, and that means some of your key players might not be playing this week.

    That means you're going to have to go to your second tier players and maybe even hit the waiver wire, but there's some stars you should avoid starting this week.

    Which ones are they? Read on to find out.

6) Larry Fitzgerald

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    Larry Fitzgerald is one of the best receiver in the league and has been for some time. That said, the Kevin Kolb experiment hasn't quite gone to plan in Arizona.That lack of a solid quarterback has driven Fitzgerald's fantasy value to the ground.

    The receiver still has had a few bright spots, but with only two touchdowns in five games, he hasn't been the stud many were hoping he'd be.

    Add to that the fact that his team is facing the always tough Pittsburgh Steelers this week and you have a player you should leave on your bench.

5) Percy Harvin

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    Last week against the Chicago Bears, Percy Harvin saw an increase in his workload and it looked like he might finally be turning the corner to making this season a good one fantasy wise.

    Then, Minnesota Vikings coach Larry Frazier announced that rookie quarterback Christian Ponder would be taking over the starting duties for veteran Donovan McNabb.

    With that news, you can pretty much move Harvin to the bench for the rest of the year as long as your third receiver doesn't get hurt. Harvin finally looked like he might become a solid fantasy option last week, but now that Ponder is running the show, it's tough to see him making any kind of impact for the rest of season.

4) Sidney Rice

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    Sidney Rice has only played in three games this season and, while his fantasy numbers aren't great, they've been very solid. However, the team still doesn't know if Tavraris Jackson or Charlie Whitehurst will be playing under center this weekend.

    When you're not sure who's going to be throwing your receiver the ball on Sunday, that means it's usually safe to sit them.

    That said, the situation for Rice only gets worse this week. The Seattle Seahawks are going up against the Cleveland Browns, who boast the fourth best passing defense in the game. It's going to be tough for Rice to get any touches this week, especially if Joe Haden makes his comeback.

3) Maurice Jones-Drew

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    Maurice Jones-Drew is quietly having a great year with one of the worst offenses in the NFL. MJD currently has 572 yards rushing, good for third in the league, and a 4.8 yards per carry average along with two touchdowns. Most weeks he would be an automatic start, no questions asked.

    This isn't most week however. The Jacksonville Jaguars are going up against a very stout Baltimore Ravens defense. The Ravens are only giving up 76.6 yards rushing per game and have yet to allow a single back to have more than 75 yards rushing against them.

    Considering the Jones-Drew doesn't have a solid passing attack to keep the Ravens from stacking the box even more to slow him down, it's a safe bet that MJD is going to have a very tough time against this defense.

    Start him if you must, but sit him if you can.

2) Brandon Lloyd

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    Later on in this season I would be starting Brandon Lloyd every week of the season. However, this week I would steer clear of him while he adjusts to his new team.

    The St. Louis Rams made a big pick up and caught Lloyd from the Broncos before the trading deadline to try and give Sam Bradford a reliable target downfield. I think Lloyd will become that guy in time, but this week I would give him a pass.

    Look for him to come on as we near the fantasy playoffs and start him then when he and Bradford have gotten into a rhythm. 

1) Steven Jackson

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    Steven Jackson had a big game last week against the Green Bay Packers and looks to be back on track after an injury sidelined him earlier this year. You would think that starting him would be a no brainer and that he certainly wouldn't be No. 1 on this list.

    However, you have to look at the team he's facing this week. The Dallas Cowboys are the best team in the NFL at stopping the run and are only giving up 69.6 yards per game.

    Add to that the fact that St. Louis will likely be playing from behind and forced to air it out, and you have a week were Steven Jackson is a star you should definitely leave on your bench.