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So, Peyton Manning got dropped for Blake Bortles in the “So-Called” Fantasy Experts staff league this week. Yes, you read that right.

With the Broncos on a bye it might just be time to cut bait on players like Manning, C.J. Anderson, and Owen Daniels.

It turns out the best Fantasy asset this team is providing is their defense. Hold on to them, but as the experts are now doing, don’t let big names fool you into holding one player when a better one is available.

That even includes a newly proficient Blake Bortles over a duck throwing Peyton Manning. Don’t look now but Bortles is the fourth ranked QB in standard scoring!

After trying to wrap your mind around the new world in which Blake Bortles is worth a roster spot over Peyton Manning, let’s take a look at the Week 7 Start-Sit column.

Week 7 Start-Sit

 

Quarterback

Start ‘Em

Drew Brees at Indianapolis Colts

With the shoulder injury behind him, Brees has put up 300-plus yards in each of his last three games. While the TDs haven’t been there, it is encouraging to see that this offense is once again moving through Brees and his arm. In a low scoring week, Vegas believes this game has the highest point total at 52 and it stands to reason since both of the defenses here stink. Look for Brees to add another total north of 300 yards and  a couple touchdowns this week too.

Ryan Fitzpatrick at New England Patriots

If you do dump Manning this week, here’s someone to stream for a week and go from there. Fitzpatrick is still holding things together in New York and actually had his best game of the season last week throwing for two scores as well as running one in. His implosion generally happens once the weather cools down, but he might still put up some Fantasy points this week against the Patriots. If New England is able to move the ball against a tough Jets defense, Fitzpatrick will have to air it out through the second half, and that seems to be when he pads his stats with scrambles as well. The Pats are the 25th ranked defense against QBs in Fantasy points allowed so it makes sense that Fitzmagic lasts at least one more week before fizzling out.

Honorable Mention

Philip Rivers vs. Oakland Raiders

Rivers gets to face an Oakland defense allowing 299 yards a game through the air this week. They have also let up two passing TDs each week with the exception of last week. However, he needs to be downgraded somewhat if both Antonio Gates and Keenan Allen are unable to go this week. Maybe picking up Bortles was not such a bad idea. He’s a Top Five QB right now and has thrown for over 1,600 yards and 13 TDs. He also gets a Bills pass defense that is struggling to contain throwers.

Sit ‘Em

 

Eli Manning vs. Dallas Cowboys

Well the Eli we used to know came to dinner last week. After throwing two interceptions in his first five games he got picked off twice by the Eagles in Week 6. He also threw for under 200 yards for the second time this year. Philadelphia showed other teams that by getting pressure on Manning and jumping short patterns, the Giants offense can be hampered significantly. Expect the Cowboys to shoot defenders at Manning often and as Greg Hardy eloquently said, “Hit him in the mouth.” After some early season success Eli’s stats are now correcting back to career norms and I expect more of that this week.      

Running Back

 

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Todd Gurley vs. Cleveland Browns

It doesn’t get much better than this. The Browns are allowing a league worst 149.8 yards per game on the ground so far. After reeling off 146 and 159 yards in his first two full games, Gurley looks like the real deal. This looks like a dream matchup on paper and should be fun for Gurley owners to watch. Is it possible for him to top 200 in this tilt?

 

Latavius Murray at San Diego Chargers

Yes, he’s dealing with a shoulder issue. Yes, he’s been benched in the second half of his last two games. However, the Raiders will be coming off their bye after focusing on their run game and face the Chargers. San Diego is allowing the third most Fantasy points to running backs and over 132 yards on the ground. If Oakland figured out their rushing attack during their bye, they are going to want to use it to keep the ball out of Philip Rivers’ hands and control this game.

Honorable Mention

 

LeSean McCoy at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars may be allowing just 3.71 YPC, but they have had blowups against them of 174 yards with two scores (Buccaneers) and 123 with four TDs (Patriots). The Bills will be working McCoy heavily in this game and volume may lead to another 100-plus yard game. The Giants run D has dropped off over the last couple weeks and I really want to recommend Christine Michael, but just can’t knowing that the Cowboys might still go with a committee to all of our dismay. If you start him, beware of this scenario.  

Sit ‘Em

 

Ameer Abdullah vs. Minnesota Vikings

It seems like Abdullah should be taking over the duties on the ground for the Lions. However, his ball security issues and lack of production are frustrating and might even be threatening his chances of seizing the job. He’s scored just twice on the season and has games with 9, 16, and 23 yards rushing. This is not going to do it for your team. The Vikings have an improving defense and are allowing the sixth fewest points per game to running backs. If you have another option, go with it until Abdullah proves he deserves to start on your Fantasy team.

Charcandrick West / Knile Davis vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Chiefs running game is going to take a couple weeks to find its identity post Jamaal Charles. West had a late fumble last week, but had about twice as many snaps as Davis. Things should solidify themselves at some point, but until then it’s nice to watch for developments while these guys are on your bench. This weekend they get the Steelers who have yet to allow a rushing touchdown. All the more reason to keep them out of your starting lineup until you have confidence in week to week workloads.      

Wide Receiver

 

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Larry Fitzgerald vs. Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore is ranked second to last in the league for Fantasy points allowed to receivers. They’ve allowed nine scores to wideouts through six games and Larry has six TDs on the season. Arizona’s execution on offense has to be one of the best stories so far in Fantasy Football this season. Considering the matchup, this looks like one of those scenarios with an unstoppable object hitting a very movable wall. Some experts may even rank the resurgent Cardinal as the No. 1 overall receiver for this week.

Mike Evans at Washington Redskins

After getting the bye week to heal up, Evans and his hamstring should be ready to go against Washington. They’ve allowed eight TDs to wide receivers so far and Evans is elite when healthy, even with Jameis Winston throwing the ball. Can you imagine what Evans would have done if he had just an average QB in his first year and change?

Honorable Mention

Fire up your Colts and Saints receivers this week in what looks to be a possible shoot out with two bad defenses. After big expectations, the Bills passing defense has not been as good as advertised. They rank 23rd in passing yards allowed and 27th in Fantasy points to wide receivers. Whichever Jaguar receiver plays is worth a start against this team.

Sit ‘Em

Kendall Wright vs. Atlanta Falcons

With Marcus Mariota likely missing Sunday’s game, Wright and his already borderline starter status get more concerning. While he’s had two nice games, he’s put in three terrible ones around them. If Zach Mettenberger gets the nod this week, plan for another clunker as the controlled passing game is not Mettenberger’s strong suit.

Steve Smith Sr.  at Arizona Cardinals

The veteran Ravens receiver has had some big games so far this year. However, he did this last year then ran out of gas about half way through the season. We are getting to that point again this year. In fact, this is a great time to sell high. Arizona is allowing just 224 yards in the air per game and has a good, young secondary. Smith may pull out a couple tricks but the growing talent in Arizona should limit his upside.

Tight End

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Julius Thomas vs. Buffalo Bills

Thomas hit his stride last week with seven catches for 78 yards and a TD. When healthy, he’s going to be a big part of the Jaguars offense, particularly in the red zone. Expect another 7-10 targets this week against a Bills defense that is susceptible against the position.

Sit ‘Em

Zach Ertz at Carolina Panthers

The best game Ertz has put up so far this season is five catches for 60 yards and he has exactly zero scores this year. He may have all kinds of talent, but the Eagles have not figured out how to take advantage of it for our Fantasy Football teams yet. He should not be trusted against a Panthers defense that ranks seventh versus tight ends in Fantasy points allowed.

 

D/ST

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St. Louis Rams vs. Cleveland Browns

The Rams have cranked up their defense a notch and have seven turnovers in their last three games. Cleveland is not a powerhouse by any means on offense and should be good for a couple more picks or fumbles for the Rams D.

Washington Redskins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

While Washington is a disaster on offense, their defense is actually not bad and has been a Top 10 unit so far. Tampa Bay comes to town this week with a rookie QB ready to give the Redskins a chance or two at a pick six.

Sit ‘Em

New York Jets at New England Patriots

The Jets travel to New England this week to take on an offense that appears unstoppable right now. While most weeks you can plug and play this defense, this is a week to sit them if possible.

Best of luck with your fantasy football teams this week! Hopefully our Week 7 Start-Sit column helps guide you to victory. Make sure to check out our plethora of other fantasy football articles including waiver wire advice, weekly rankings, daily talk, and other life changing information right here!

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