Week 7 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Antonio Gates and 5 Receivers You Should Sit

Thomas ChristianContributor IIIOctober 21, 2011

Week 7 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Antonio Gates and 5 Receivers You Should Sit

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    There will be many good plays this week, as Miles Austin and the Cowboys go up against the Rams—a team that allowed Aaron Rodgers to shred them apart for three first half touchdown passes.

    Elsewhere, the Jets run defense has not been good as of late, but there is no question about the Jets linebackers and secondary, as they are both incredibly talented units with players such as Bart Scott, Darrelle Revis and Eric Smith.

    Unfortunately for Antonio Gates, he will be facing this confident Jets' pass defense on Sunday afternoon.

    Here are the five receivers—including Antonio Gates—who you should be sitting this week.

Vincent Jackson

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    For fantasy owners expecting a big week from Vincent Jackson... forget about it.

    The Jets have been struggling as of late, but it has been on the ground, where the Jets struggle as they have allowed 100-plus rushing yards over the past three games.

    The same cannot be said about their pass defense, which ranks fifth in the NFL, with arguably the best cornerback tandem in Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis.

    Brandon Marshall did put up 109 receiving yards against the Jets last week, but 46 of those came on a misplay by the Jets secondary. I wouldn't expect many of those.

    It will be a very physical matchup between Revis and Jackson, but based on his track record, you have to like Revis in this dual.

Percy Harvin

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    Percy Harvin talent is there. He is one of the most talented young wide receivers in the NFL, but the Vikings have been criticized for not getting the ball into Harvin's hands more this season.

    The Vikings want Harvin to score anyway he can, and even play him as the team's primary kickoff returner. Unfortunately for him and the Vikings, he has not made a splash in the special teams game since Week 1.

    Part of it could be playing time, the other part could be the quarterback situation, but Harvin has not been making an impact as a receiver. He has zero touchdowns on the season and is slated to be going up against a determined and skilled Packers secondary, with Christian Ponder at the helm.

    For those that are not familiar, this going to be Christian Ponder's first start in the NFL and it's against the defending Super Bowl champions.

    This is not a favorable matchup for the Vikings, Ponder or Harvin.

Santonio Holmes

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    Last week, I was a big advocate of placing Santonio Holmes in your lineups. I thought he was finally poised to hit the 100-yard mark for the first time this season, but he didn't. He had a solid night as he had 63 yards receiving and a touchdown, but you still expect him to breakout sometime this season, as he was talked about as a solid No. 2 option in fantasy lineups.

    If you're one of those owners expecting a breakout game from Holmes, it will come, just not on Sunday. Mark Sanchez has not been completing passes at a high percentage and not matter the amount of targets, that 56 percent completion does not help Holmes.

    On top of the quarterback struggles, Holmes will be facing off against the second ranked pass defense in the NFL. This pass defense features Antoine Cason, veteran CB Quentin Jammer and one of the better safeties in the league in Eric Weddle.

    Between the struggles of Sanchez and the Chargers very good pass defense, sit Holmes and wait for him to break out another week.

Antonio Gates

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    Antonio Gates has been out since a Week 1 win against Minnesota with a foot injury. He is set to return this week against the Jets, despite a limited week of practice. The Chargers sat him out of practice on Thursday to see how the foot would react.

    Well, lets first see how that foot will react on the field against a very good set of linebackers and safeties to help.

    You better believe these 250-pound linebackers will be ready to get after Rivers and the safeties will be ready to help out the linebackers on Antonio Gates with one of the best cornerbacks in the league, capable of taking out Vincent Jackson by himself.

    Coming off an injury and being keyed on by the safeties because of the Jets capabilities at cornerback, I don't think this will be a favorable game for Antonio Gates, statistically.

Reggie Wayne

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    At this point in the season, with Curtis Painter at quarterback, Reggie Wayne has become a risky player each week.

    For a receiver that was a top three or four round pick in most leagues, many expected a typical season of 80 to 90 receptions and at least six receiving touchdowns.

    He is not on pace for either and has not seen the end zone, since Painter has been at quarterback. The Saints are very average in their secondary, but so is Tampa Bay and Kansas City.

    Gregg Williams has no problem dialing up blitzes with his defense, and with Painter's troubles of completing passes at a high percentage, it could get worse if his line is not capable of picking up the blitzes.

    No matter the matchup, Wayne is becoming a riskier and riskier player each week if he is not able to find the end zone with Curtis Painter under center.