Some thoughts on who to start and who to sit in Week 7…
There is a lot of hate out there these days for Eli Manning and company among the NY Giants. But it’s time to put that hate to rest – a least for a week – as the Giants host Minnesota on Monday night. The Vikings have been weak against the pass and mediocre against the run this season. And their quarterback picture doesn’t give anyone confidence that the Vikings will be able to hang-on to the ball all that much. Big game for Eli, who is a low-end QB1 with upside this week (and a nice night for Brandon Jacobs – a high-end RB2 in Week 7 – if he is healthy enough to play).
Another winner this week should be QB Nick Foles. He faces a beatable Dallas defense at home. He has performed well in the absence of Michael Vick, and possesses some great upside going into this game. The only drawback is that he is not a proven commodity. So be careful not to put too much stock into him. He is a QB2 this week with some upside and a bit of risk.
There are some good plays at wide receiver this week. Keenan Allen has come on as a favorite target of Philip Rivers (and may no longer hold sleeper status at this point). He should be considered a WR2 with great upside against Jacksonville in Week 7. Cowboys WR Terrance Williams continues to impress while Miles Austin nurses a hamstring injury. Williams is a high-end WR3 this week, but has a lot of upside against the Eagles. And among more well-known names, Mike Wallace and Josh Gordon should both be started this week as WR1.
Mike Wallace isn’t the only Dolphin that should be started this week at home against Buffalo. Lamar Miller should have a nice game. He is an RB2 with upside this week. Also consider starting TE Charles Clay in this game. He should be used as a low-end TE1 in Week 7.
Other players I love this weekend: Tony Romo (low-end QB1), Cam Newton (QB1), Bilal Powell (high-end RB2), Harry Douglas (low-end WR2 with upside), Jordy Nelson (solid WR2 with upside), and Jarrett Boykin (high-risk, high-reward WR3). Also, the Atlanta DEF/ST has sleeper written all over it this weekend at home against Tampa Bay.
On the flip side, avoid Geno Smith this week against the Patriots. Aqib Talib may not be on the field, but the Bill Belichick is sure to complicate life for the rookie. WR Anquan Boldin faces a tough matchup in CB Alterraun Verner at Tennessee. Boldin is only a flex play at best this Sunday. Also, you may want to lower expectations for Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush against the Bengals. You don’t have to bench them, but consider Stafford a low-end QB2 and Bush an RB2, at best, in this matchup.
Fantasy owners should be careful about starting anyone on the Houston Texans lineup. Their offense will be led by a new QB on the road against a stiff Kansas City defense. You almost have to start Arian Foster on principle. But he should do alright (and should see lots of opportunities whenever the Texans have the ball). He is still an RB1 this week. But WR Andre Johnson is no better than a low-end WR2. And TE Garrett Graham merits only low-end TE2 status in Week 7.
QB Brandon Weeden should be avoided at Green Bay. So should QB Jake Locker, who faces the 49ers today. And consider sitting anyone on the St. Louis Rams roster. Their matchup at Carolina is not favorable in any way, shape, or form.
Finally, a quick note about New England TE Rob Gronkowski. After having been out the first 6 weeks of the season, he might finally hit the field today. Normally, I would suggest giving a player in that situation a week or two to get his feet under him before starting him on fantasy rosters. But all reports indicate he has been fantastic in practice, and overdue in his return. He may not be 100% in his first game, but he might be ready to produce some good numbers. So if Gronk plays today, his owners should start him as a low-end TE1 with potential upside.