Week 7 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Last Minute Advice to Set Your Roster
You've checked all the stats, the weather reports and rankings from every website and you still can't decide if you should start Steve Breaston, Robert Meachem, James Jones or Montario Hardesty.
These are the hard choices—not the Arian Fosters or the Matthew Staffords.
Give me the next five minutes of your time, and I'll answer these more difficult decisions.
Steve Breaston Will Pay Dividends This Week
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There are two things that you need to know about this match up. First, the Raiders can't defend against the pass. They rank 28th in the league giving up over 280 yards a game. The Chiefs won't have a hard time moving the ball through the air.
Second, the Raiders are not going to start a quarterback. Well, if you consider Kyle Boller a quarterback, then they are starting a quarterback. I don't.
The Raiders will most likely set a record for three-and-outs. McFadden can't do that much against stacked boxes. Just like last week.
So without a quarterback, and without a pass defense, Breaston should put up solid numbers for your fantasy team.
Don't Go Reachin' for Meachem
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New Orleans head coach Sean Payton will be sitting down when he coaches this week. If you own wide receiver Robert Meachem, he should be sitting on your bench too.
Quarterback Drew Brees is completing an average of 30 passes per game this year. The vast majority of those passes are going to Marques Colston, Darren Sproles and of course, the top tight end in the business, Jimmy Graham.
There's not much left over for Meachem.
In fact, Meachem is averaging just over three catches per game, and only had one catch last week against Tampa Bay.
Like the title of this slide advises: don't go reachin' for Meachem.
James Jones Will Leave You Jonesing for Points
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It's true. Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones has scored a touchdown in the previous three games. It's a fluke that will come to rest in Week 7.
Opposing defenses have focused on stopping the physical freak Jermichael Finley and the supporting cast has paid off. This week, the Pack faces Minnesota and their Cover-2 defense.
The way to beat the Cover-2 is down the middle with a receiver like Finley. Jones and the outside receivers won't fare too well in this contest—although you never want to count a talent like Greg Jennings out.
Jones had one reception last week. Luckily, it went for a touchdown. Luckily.
On Sunday, the luck will run out. Don't be stuck holding the Jones bag. Sit him.
Montario Hardesty Is Finding It Hard to Catch
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If you look closely at the picture to the left you can see that Cleveland running back Montario Hardesty is not looking at the ball as he's catching it.
Apparently he had the same problem in Friday's practice. Head coach Pat Shurmur horse-collared Hardesty off the field after the running back dropped a pass.
Shurmur said succinctly, "He dropped the ball, and we don't want him to drop the ball."
Suffice it to say that Hardesty doesn't have Shurmur's trust. Hardesty won't play on third downs, and one wrong move, and he could be benched. Especially if new addition Chris Ogbonnaya has a good showing.
In football, both real and fantasy, you gotta keep your eye on the ball. Don't drop the ball. Sit Hardesty.