Fantasy Football 2014: Week 7 Start/Sit
Who to Start and Who to Sit in Fantasy Football Week 7
It’s Thursday, and not only does that mean the official start of the NFL’s Week 7 action, but it’s also time for our weekly dose of Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em. In this latest installment, we’ve got the usual roundup of fringe players, and we’re making the tough calls one way or another. Here’s a closer look.
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Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Mr. Romo, you have our apologies. We’ve been down on him in the last couple of weeks and he’s responded with solid fantasy games against intimidating competition. Last week, he marched into Seattle and promptly tossed 250 yards, two touchdowns and no picks. Furthermore, he's got a great running game behind him. This week, he’ll get the Giants at home and should throw multiple scores once again. (Just make sure his ribs are okay.)
Brandon LaFell, WR, New England Patriots: LaFell had a great game in Week 6, but there’s really only one reason he should be locked into your lineup this evening, and that’s the matchup. He’ll be facing the lowly Jets, who have dropped their last five games and lost top CB Dee Milliner to an injury last week. There’s simply no way they’ll be able to stop the New England passing attack.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Although the Vikings coaching staff has done some hemming and hawing this week as far as making McKinnon the official starter, it’s obvious that he’s impressed everyone. He posted 82 total yards against a tough Detroit defense in Week 6, and seemed to be the preferred back over Matt Asiata.
McKinnon gets another tough matchup against the Bills this week, but should post solid numbers.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: If you’re using Smith as a stopgap or a streamer (or even a starter), you might want to rethink things this week. After two straight weeks of three touchdowns and no picks, he faded against the 49ers, tossing just 158 yards, one TD and one interception. Smith will face a pretty good San Diego D this week, and his inconsistency should have you looking elsewhere.
Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints: If you’ve been suffering through Colston’s inconsistencies all season and are fed up, now seems like a good time to show him the bench. He’ll be facing off against the Lions, who will make stopping him a top priority.
Colston may get a decent amount of targets this week (and so will a lot of other receivers, most likely), but we see him staying contained.
Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts: You may be basking in the glow of Richardson’s double-digit fantasy performance against Houston last week, but it’s not worth overreacting over. Sure, he scored and got 17 rushing attempts, but also averaged just 2.4 yards per carry. Ahmad Bradshaw is still the Colts’ main rusher and is doing more with less. If Richardson doesn’t sniff the end zone again, he won’t be worth it in fantasy.
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