Fantasy Starts For Week 7
We are fast approaching the midway point of the fantasy season and hopefully, your fantasy teams are looking pretty good right now. If not, it’s time to crank it up again with some lineup changes to help you get that win for Week 7 and get your team back on track. If you’re looking at 1-5 or 0-6, needless to say, it’s an uphill battle. But don’t get discouraged just yet. Here are some players that you may want to get in your lineups for Week 7. Keep in mind that in Week 7, the Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and Los Angeles Rams are on byes so those players will be unavailable for fantasy this week.
Geno Smith vs. Los Angles Chargers
Smith had a subpar performance against the division rival Arizona Cardinals in Week 6, putting up just 12.7 fantasy points on the day. Smith gets a chance to bounce back against a Chargers defense that has allowed 11 passing touchdowns on the season heading into Week 7. Smith overs a bit of rushing upside too, averaging nearly 5 y/a. He had 48 rushing yards on six attempts vs. AZ in Week 6.
Tua Tagovailoa vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Now you might be a little nervous throwing Tua back out there after all of the concussion stuff that’s happened to him this season but he has been cleared to play and will have Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle out there as well. Tua gets a vulnerable Steelers defense that’s allowing the third most passing yards this season. The Steelers’ defense has allowed 12 passing touchdowns to quarterbacks as well.
Jacoby Brissett vs. Baltimore Ravens
Desperate times call for desperate measures. While Brissett may not have you head over heels if you have to play him this week, at the very least considering if you have to make a move off of a Kirk Cousins or Jalen Hurts for the week (I mean you could just start Daniel Jones…), the matchup does give Brissett an opportunity to do some numbers. The Ravens are allowing nearly 268 yards per game and are allowing the third-most fantasy points per game.
Ezekiel Elliott vs. Detriot Lions
It’s been a minute since you could confidently put Elliott’s name in a “Start” section but with Dak Prescott back from his thumb injury and the Lions’ vulnerable run defense, Elliott is in a prime position to have a solid game in Week 7. The Lions are allowing the most rushing yardage to opposing running backs in the NFL at 167.7 yards per game, allowing 5.5 y/a to running backs. The Lions’ defense is also giving up nearly 29 fantasy points per game to the position as well.
Kenneth Walker vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Walker is the new running back in town for the Seattle Seahawks and so far he has not disappointed. Walker is averaging nearly 17 fantasy points per game since replacing Rashaad Penny and now gets the Chargers who are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs. The Chargers are also allowing 5.6 y/a to running backs. In Week 6, the Chargers gave up 66 yards to Latavius Murray who averaged 4.4 y/a in his first game with the Broncos.
James Robinson vs. New York Giants
Robinson needs to have a dominant game this week as the splits between him and Travis Etienne become even closer with the latter putting up solid numbers with fewer touches. Despite that, James Robinson is in a great spot to rebound this week against a Giants defense allowing the fifth-most rushing yards per game (144.8). If there is one positive to point out for fantasy managers, it’s that Robinson is seeing more work in the RedZone, getting 17 carries under the 20 as opposed to Etienne’s eight.
Jaylen Waddle vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Waddle has been cooking so far this season. Waddle is averaging 8.2 targets per game and gets his number-one quarterback back this week. Waddle is averaging 16.1 fantasy points per game and will look to keep it going against a Steelers defense that’s the most fantasy points to wide receivers so far this season.
Tee Higgins vs. Atlanta Falcons
Higgins looks to bounce back from last week’s 10.7 fantasy point performance against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7. Higgins has been pretty good so far this season, averaging 13.4 fantasy points per game so far. He had a tremendous game in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins where he dropped 24 fantasy points before missing Week 5 with an ankle injury. The Falcons are giving up 179.5 yards a game to wide receivers and have surrendered eight touchdowns.
George Pickens vs. Miami Dolphins
This might be a longshot but Kenny Pickett is expected to be back in the saddle this week after being knocked out of Week 6’s game with a concussion. Pickens is averaging 7.3 targets over his last three games and gets a Miami Dolphins defense that is vulnerable to the big play, giving up the 10th most air yards on the season. Miami is also giving up 37 fantasy points per game to wide receivers, the ninth-most in fantasy.
Gerald Everett vs. Seattle Seahawks
Everett has been steady for fantasy managers so far this season. He’s averaging 5.3 targets per game over his last three games and ranks fifth in targets among tight ends heading into Week 7. Keenan Allen may opt to return after the Chargers’ Week 8 bye week, which would allow Everett more opportunities to put up fantasy points. Wide receiver Josh Palmer has also been ruled out with a concussion this week, so the Chargers could be without two of their top wide receivers. The Seahawks are giving up the most fantasy points to tight ends heading into Week 7 at 24 fantasy points per game on average.
Cade Otton vs. Carolina Panthers
With Cameron Brate (neck) ruled OUT for Week 7, rookie tight end Cade Otton will get the start for Week 7. The last time Otton was able to get the start, he played 94% of the snaps and finished with 43 yards on six receptions on seven targets. The Carolina Panthers have played the tight end position pretty well, giving up the eighth-fewest fantasy points to the position so far this season but the Bucs rank fifth in pass attempts on the year so there should be plenty of opportunity for Otton to put up some numbers this week.