Fantasy Football 2013: Week 7 Start-Sit
Start 'Em/Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football Week 7
October 17, 2013
It’s a fantasy football Thursday, which means it’s time once again for our Start-Sit recommendations for the upcoming games. In this Week 7 edition, we’ve got our usual batch of under-the-radar values and think-twice starters, so let’s get right to it by taking a closer look at each player.
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Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Foles seems to be everyone’s pick this week for a potential breakout star and/or fantasy replacement for Drew Brees’ bye. He’s certainly got the credentials coming in: In Week 6, he blasted Tampa Bay for 296 yards and four touchdowns (one rushing), and he’ll get a soft landing at home against Dallas this week. Against that ugly pass D, Foles should thrive.
Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: The more we see out of Woodhead this season, the more we like about his role in San Diego. He’s been a multi-dimensional beast, posting 18 carries and 14 receptions over the past two weeks. This weekend, Woodhead and the gang will be facing the hapless Jaguars, who are probably already thinking about what they’re going to do this off-season. He makes a great bye-week plug-in.
Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets: Those in deeper leagues who are in need of TE help with Jimmy Graham gone could do a lot worse than Cumberland. He’s the man now that veteran Kellen Winslow is suspended, posting a team-high 59 yards last week against the Steelers. Cumberland may be able to find some room over the middle on Sunday, as the Patriots’ Jerod Mayo is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. Expect a lot of short, safe throws his way.
Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: Ryan has certainly had to deal with his share of injury adversity this season. Not only has starting RB Steven Jackson been shelved and WR Roddy White been dealing with a nagging hamstring injury, but he also lost his No. 1 receiver in Julio Jones. He’s now got no one to throw to, save for veteran TE Tony Gonzalez. That doesn’t exactly bode well for Ryan’s fantasy prospects against a mid-level Bucs pass defense.
Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts: We’ve been trying to avoid making this call for the past couple of weeks, but it doesn’t look like it can be avoided any longer. Despite Richardson’s top-10 fantasy draft stock, and his presence on a competent offense, he’s just not paying the dividends he should be. Richardson posted a meager 40 rush yards against a vulnerable Chargers defense and has just two catches in the last four weeks. That doesn’t say much for his potential involvement in what’s bound to be a pass-heavy shootout against the visiting Broncos. Got another option? Use it this week.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins: Garcon has been posting some pretty decent numbers over the past few weeks, but this game has “red flag” written all over it. The ‘Skins will be hosting the Bears, and Chicago has been able to shut down the vast majority of noteworthy receivers they’ve faced this season. Even if elite Bears CB Charles Tillman is inactive once again, we’re not expecting too much out of Garcon this week.
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