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NFL Fantasy Football sits and starts for Week 7

Who you should sit and start in Week 7 of the fantasy football season.

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It is Week 7 of the NFL season, and the fantasy playoffs are inching closer and closer.

The first seven weeks probably flew by for those of you dominating your leagues, but some probably can’t wait for it to be over. Don’t be too down, though, upset season is coming, and you can contribute to making your friends and family feeling as bad as you do by knocking them out of playoff contention.

NFL Bye Week: Steelers, Seahawks, Raiders and Packers

Must starts

  • Joe Mixon (Bengals RB): This isn’t a homer pick. In fact, I usually like to save my Bengals predictions fantasy wise for their fantasy outlook against their opponent that week. However, Mixon has the second-best matchup a running back can have this week as he faces the Chiefs that have allowed 29 points to opposing running backs this season, according to Fantasy Pros.
  • John Brown (Ravens WR): The Ravens receiving production is hard to predict as Brown had 14 targets two weeks ago, and last week he only had two catches. It still feels like he should have a big game, as he is the team’s best deep threat against a Saints defense that has given up the most points to opposing receivers in the NFL.

Favorable Matchups

  • Phillip Lindsay (Broncos RB): Royce Freeman out carried Lindsay for the first time last week, but Lindsay still easily outgained him. It is likely that both will have fantasy relevance against the Cardinals defense that has been the weakest to opposing running backs this season, but the fact Denver is still trying to split this backfield up hurts the ceiling for both players.
  • Jarvis Landry (Browns WR): It has been a weird season for the Browns. They finally got a couple of wins, and Baker Mayfield is starting. However, his receivers have had serious issues with drops. Landry is probably the best option of their crop of receivers facing a Bucs defense that can’t help but get continually torched.

Good but not great

  • Kenyan Drake (Dolphins RB): The Dolphins haven’t used Drake too much this season. Well, at east as much as his fantasy owners would like. In PPR leagues he has been fantastic, and that should continue this week against the Lions who have given up 25.9 points a game to opposing running backs. Drake would be higher, but sharing touches with Frank Gore really hurts his overall value.
  • Corey Davis (Titans WR): Davis is the leading receiver for the Titans, and they are going up against the Chargers defense that has given up just over 30 points per game to opposing receivers. I still wouldn’t suggest Davis as anything higher than a second wide receiver this week. I’d feel great about him as a flex though.

Temper expectations

  • Alvin Kamara (Saints RB): Well it was fun having a Kamara led backfield while it lasted. In Mark Ingram’s return from suspension, he rushed the ball 16 times for 53 yards and two touchdowns. Kamara, meanwhile, only got nine total touches. Kamara will still have fantasy relevance, but you could probably sit him against the Ravens this week.
  • DeAndre Hopkins (Texans WR): Hopkins will be facing Jalen Ramsey this week. The Cowboys had a surprising field day against this defense, but I’m leaning towards that being a little bit of a fluke. Hopkins should still be in your lineup, but don’t expect him to carry you to a win this week.
  • Dalvin Cook (Vikings RB): Cook was a limited participant in the Vikings’ practice last week and was inactive against the Cardinals. However, he’s been a full participant this week, which means he should end up playing. He hasn’t inspired much confidence from fantasy owners this season, but he is set to go up against the Jets, who have allowed over 20 points per game to opposing running backs over the last five weeks, 11th-most in the NFL.

Quarterbacks stream

  • Baker Mayfield (Browns QB): I know the receivers have been letting him down this season, but he has one of the best matchups of any quarterback who is likely available on the waiver wire.
  • Joe Flacco (Ravens QB): The Ravens will be playing the Saints who have been pretty soft against opposing quarterbacks. Flacco may not be as available as Mayfield, but he could be in line for a bigger game.

Defense Stream

  • Colts defense against Buffalo: Keeping the tradition alive. Odds are someone may have scooped up the Colts defense because on paper they have quite a few matchups in a row against bad offenses, but I’m not as high on playing them week to week given they are the Colts defense.This week though, there aren’t many better options available on the waiver wire.
  • Falcons defense against Giants: The Falcons will be home against the Giants who haven’t looked great this season. The offensive line isn’t protecting Eli Manning at all. The only bright spot is Saquon Barkley is the real deal. Still, the Falcons could get their hands on a few turnovers.

Tight end stream

  • C.J. Uzomah (Bengals TE): Uzomah is my only streamer for this week. He is the only guy on the waiver wire who is going to be getting as many targets as Uzomah will the rest of the season. That being said, Uzomah isn’t going to be a great option to play weekly, but given the state of the position, he could be your best option going forward due to volume alone.