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Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 7

Cordarrelle Patterson

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 7

Football is in full swing as we now approach week six. That means another week for fantasy football and to look at the best (and worst matchups). With that, let’s dive in and look at the players to start and sit for this weekend.

Recapping last week

Unfortunately, it was not a good week for our picks. Trevor Lawrence did have a top-15 week while Taylor Heinicke finished outside the top-24 and Ryan Tannehill finished just inside the top-20. Myles Gaskin was a complete bust with seven touches for 14 scoreless yards, Javonte Williams had a top-30 game but Josh Jacobs had a top-20 outing himself. Kadarius Toney was on his way to a big game before leaving due to injury, Jakobi Meyers finished inside the top-36 but Courtland Sutton had a top-10 week. We did well on our TE picks with Ricky Seals-Jones having a top-8 game, Hunter Henry finishing inside the top-12, and Robert Tonyan once again being a bust with two catches and 10 scoreless yards. With that, we are on to week 7!

Teams on bye: Bills, Cowboys, Jaguars, Chargers, Vikings, Steelers


Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 7 QB’s

Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 11

Matt Ryan

Falcons vs. Dolphins

ESPN Starting Percentage: 1.5%

Fresh off a bye and his best performance of the season in week five, Ryan now gets a Dolphins’ defense that has struggled all season and has given up an average of 32 points per game over their last five. Miami has also been generous to opposing quarterbacks with five straight games of 300+ yards and/or at least two passing touchdowns to starters in each of their last five games as well. They were also just shredded for 411 yards and five touchdowns to Tom Brady in week five as well. Ryan has performed well over his last three games with an average of 289 passing yards and 2.67 passing touchdowns over the last three games. He will have Kyle Pitts, Cordarelle Patterson (more on him below), presumably Calvin Ridley at his disposal after missing week five’s game. With how many teams are on bye this week, Ryan has top-12 upside.

Sam Darnold

Panthers vs. Giants

ESPN Starting Percentage: 14.6%

After two straight 25+ fantasy point performances in weeks three and four, Darnold has struggled as of late in his last two games. His highest passing total amongst either game is 207 yards and he only has two passing touchdowns and zero rushing touchdowns during that time compared to four interceptions. His rushing production, however, is encouraging as he had a season-high 48 rushing yards in week six. He now faces a Giants’ defense that has given up 82 points over the last two games and allowed both Dak Prescott and Matthew Stafford to throw for at least 250 yards and three passing touchdowns. Darnold has a “get-right” matchup against a weak opponent and he still has solid playmakers in D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, Chuba Hubbard, and Terrance Marshall to rely upon. Darnold has top-15 upside with a solid floor due to his rushing potential.

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Taylor Heinicke

Football Team vs. Packers

ESPN Starting Percentage: 32.2%

In what should’ve been a prime “smash” spot for Heinicke, he put up a measly 182 passing yards with one touchdown and interception each and NO rushing yards. Heinicke’s rushing ability (he had rushed for 20+ yards in each of the three games prior) is what gives him a usually high floor and made him such an appealing choice. But his struggles as a passer can’t be hidden behind his ability to run the ball. He faces a Packers’ defense that has held opposing quarterbacks to less than 250 yards and only one touchdown in two of their last three matchups. With how the Packers’ offense has been playing, Washington should be forced to keep passing to keep pace and when we saw them do that in week six, Heinicke struggled. He’ll be a low-end QB2 at best in week seven.

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 7 RB’s

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Cordarrelle Patterson

Falcons vs. Dolphins

ESPN Starting Percentage: 1.7%

Like his quarterback, Patterson is coming off a bye week after playing extremely well over the last few games especially. Despite being a running back, he has at least five catches and 50 yards receiving in three straight games. He also is coming off a season-high with 14 carries and tied his season-high with 54 yards in week five. He is a heavily featured part of the offense and nothing indicates that will be changing. With his position versatility, he has become that much more valuable to those who have him in fantasy football. He faces a porous Dolphins’ run defense that has given up at least 100+ yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in four straight games to an opposing running back. Overall, they are giving up the second-most fantasy points per game to running backs this season. He’ll be a top 18-20 option at worst.

Damien Harris

Patriots vs. Jets

ESPN Starting Percentage: 12.5%

Despite his lack of receiving work and the number of injuries he’s fought through recently, Harris has played well in the fantasy football world. He is coming off his best game of the season with 101 rushing yards and a touchdown on 18 carries against a surprisingly capable Cowboys’ defense. He has at least 14 carries in each of his last two games. While he only has eight receptions through six games, the fact that their passing offense has to at least keep defenses in check is giving Harris running room to work with. He now faces a Jets’ defense that he ran for 62 yards and a touchdown against in week two. The Jets have given up six rushing touchdowns over their last four games and have given up eight 12+ half-PPR performances to opposing running backs in their first five games. Harris is a top-20 option in a bye-riddled week seven.

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Devontae Booker

Giants vs. Panthers

ESPN Starting Percentage: 62.0%

Stepping up in the wake of Saquon Barkley’s ankle injury, Booker has played decently given the expectations. He has 19 touches, 58 scrimmage yards, and two touchdowns in week five. He actually played more efficiently in week six with 69 scrimmage yards on 16 touches but no touchdowns. So it’s clear he is the lead running back with Barkley out. But after facing a tough Rams’ defense, Booker and the Giants have the Panthers to contend with. Carolina has only given up two touchdowns from scrimmage to opposing running backs and they were to star players Ezekiel Elliott (143 total yards, one touchdown) and Dalvin Cook (143 total yards, one touchdown). Other than that, they’ve given up zero touchdowns and have only allowed two other running backs to go for 50+ scrimmage yards. Booker has a tough matchup and has been inefficient like the rest of the Giants’ offense. He’ll be a top-30 option at best.

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 7 WR’s

Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 11

Darnell Mooney

Bears vs. Buccaneers

ESPN Starting Percentage: 8.5%

While the Bears’ offense hasn’t been playing that well as of late, Mooney has been seeing plenty of work. He has 20 targets over his last three games and has two 12+ half PPR performances during that time. He has had at least a 25% target share in each of those games, including a 32% target share in week six. He is seeing plenty of targets from Justin Fields and now the Bears face the Buccaneers, not only one of the best teams in the league but a team that has been devastated by injuries in their secondary. While the Bears’ passing offense has left a lot to be desired, they will be forced to pass plenty against Tampa Bay and that should have Mooney seeing plenty of work once again. The Buccaneers have given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season, giving Mooney a big opportunity to have another solid game. He has top-24 upside in week seven.

Sterling Shepard

Giants vs. Panthers

ESPN Starting Percentage: 17.7%

While the Panthers are an opposing opponent for running backs, they have been a little more generous as of late to wide receivers. Over the last three games, they have given up four receiving touchdowns and 75+ yards receiving to three different wide receivers. Shepard returned from a hamstring injury and immediately resumed his role as a target hog in the Giants’ offense. He had 14 targets and finished with 10 receptions for 76 yards. With Kadarius Toney going down early with an injury and Kenny Golladay plus Darius Slayton not playing, Shepard was operating as the first choice for Daniel Jones. Toney is a huge question mark after aggravating an ankle injury and Golladay and Slayton’s statuses are still up in the air as well. Regardless, Shepard is in for another 10+ targets against a defense showing some cracks in their secondary.

Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 11

Tee Higgins

Bengals vs. Ravens

ESPN Starting Percentage: 39.2%

In the two games since he came back from injury, Higgins has disappointed with eight receptions and 76 scoreless yards on 13 targets. He had the third-most snaps in week six (41) behind Ja’Marr Chase (61) and Tyler Boyd (45). Higgins has clearly been outshined by Chase and is the number three target at best in their passing offense behind Chase and Joe Mixon. He now faces a Ravens defense that just shut down the high-powered Chargers’ offense to the tune of nine receptions and 100 scoreless yards amongst their wide receivers. Baltimore has given up one touchdown to an opposing wide receiver since week two and has given up 75+ receiving yards only twice this season to wide receivers. The Bengals may be forced to pass more in this game but Higgins can’t be trusted as more than a mid-tier WR3 at best.

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 7 TE’s

Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 11

Hunter Henry

Patriots vs. Jets

ESPN Starting Percentage: 33.5%

While Henry finished with his lowest amount of targets in a game this past weekend (two), he caught both of them for 25 yards and scored a touchdown in his third straight game. Over his last three games, Henry has 13 receptions, 132 yards, and three touchdowns on 15 targets. He has become Mac Jones’ favorite red-zone target and Jones’ play has actually picked up as of late. He now faces a Jets’ defense that just got demolished by Kyle Pitts and Hayden Hurst to the tune of 13 receptions, 159 yards, and two touchdowns combined in week five. Henry’s touchdown upside makes him a top-10 play on a week that sees both Dalton Schultz and Dawson Knox both out on a bye.

Dallas Goedert

Eagles vs. Raiders

ESPN Starting Percentage: 17.3%

The writing was on the wall the moment the Eagles traded away Zach Ertz to the Cardinals. Goedert did miss week six’s game due to COVID-19 but assuming he is back for this game, he’ll be an every-down starter moving forward. After seeing 19 targets through the first five weeks, Goedert’s floor should be starting at five every week. He also faces a Raiders’ defense that has been getting beat up by tight ends. They’ve given up four touchdowns to opposing tight ends in the last three weeks and just gave up nine receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown to Noah Fant this past weekend. Goedert has top six-to-eight upside every week moving forward and could push for top five in a matchup like this.

Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 11

Jonnu Smith

Patriots vs. Jets

ESPN Starting Percentage: 23.9%

While Henry’s role has grown with the Patriots, Smith’s has been diminishing over the last two weeks. After having at least five targets in each of the first four games, he has seen only two in both of his last two. He’s converted them into three receptions for 36 scoreless yards. Smith has become more relegated to blocking than anything while Henry has established himself as the top receiving option at tight end. I wouldn’t normally have to put someone like Smith on here but he is still being started in almost a quarter of ESPN fantasy leagues. He’s a bench stash at best until he sees more passes his way.

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