Starts of the Week: Week 7



It’s Week 7, and that means 'BYE-POCALYPSE' has arrived! Let’s see how we can deal with a number of powerful fantasy offenses being on bye. Not gonna lie, it's brutal out there.

Quarterbacks


Start of the Week:

Ryan Tannehill (TEN) After starting the season with four tough QB matchups, Tannehill now gets a sweet run, with five straight games against defenses in the easy half of the NFL for QBs. Kansas City and Indianapolis are particularly generous matchups over the next two weeks, so if you’re in bye trouble or have been struggling streaming, Tannehill is a guy you can lock in until his Week 12 bye.


Stream of the Week:

Daniel Jones (NYG) With only two touchdowns in the last four weeks, Danny Dimes seems like an obvious fade. But with his pass catchers getting healthier and a Panthers defense you want to attack through the air up next, he’s a viable option for the desperate. After three easy early season matchups, the Carolina secondary has been found out, conceding 10 touchdowns to quarterbacks over the last three weeks.



Running Backs


Start of the Week:

Damien Harris (NE) Last week, Harris got himself out of Bill Belichick’s doghouse by putting up an excellent performance. Harris rushed 18 times for 101-yards plus a score. In Week 7’s contest, Harris will be at home facing a Jets team allowing the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. The Jets also are allowing the highest percentage of opponents’ TDs on the ground. Harris has seven carries inside the 5-yard line while the rest of the team has two, and I expect 100-yards and a touchdown from the New England RB.


Co-start of the Week:

James Conner (ARI) The Cardinals are 17.5-point favorites versus Houston. Chase Edmonds is not 100-percent, and he will not see all the work. Arizona can win this game, even without having to feed Edmonds. Conner currently has eight carries inside the 5-yard line, tied with Derrick Henry. There is touchdown upside for Conner in this matchup.


Fade of the Week:

Khalil Herbert & Damien Williams (CHI) There are so many reasons to fade this backfield, but here are two. One, we don’t know who will be getting the work and how it will be split. Two, they face the brutal Buccaneers run defense. Sit them!



Wide Receivers


Start of the Week:

Deebo Samuel (SF) Samuel will be coming off a bye, looking to put up great fantasy numbers. On the season, Samuel sees a 36-percent target share. In Week 7, Samuel faces a Colts team that allows the highest pass success rate in the NFL. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will be back under center, and the 49ers QB enjoys getting the ball in Samuel’s hands. George Kittle will miss this contest, adding to the appeal of starting Samuel this week.


Stream of the Week:

Jaylen Waddle (MIA) Waddle-Waddle is becoming very close to an every-week starter, but for now, he’s available in enough leagues that I’m putting him here. If you have him, start him. If you don’t, pick him up.


Fade of the Week:

Tee Higgins (CIN) I don’t feel confident about starting the Bengals WR2 with so many weapons in this offense and Ja’Marr Chase the clear top gun. The Ravens aren’t an easy matchup either, so I’d avoid Higgins if you somehow can.



Tight Ends


Start of the Week:

Dallas Goedert (PHI) Finally with Zach Ertz out of town, Dallas Goedert is an every-week starter. It’s that simple.


Fade of the Week:

Mo Alie-Cox (IND) He ran nine routes last week and isn’t even the clear starter. He also plays against the toughest matchup in the NFL for tight ends, the 49ers (they’ve allowed less than eight fantasy points to tight ends this season, total!) Why is this a thing? I truly don’t know, but please don’t be a part of it.



Week 8 Stashes

'Pick up & bench, if you have an available roster spot'


Rashaad Penny (RB - SEA) Penny finally returns from IR and is apparently good to go! If Alex Collins is healthy, I wouldn’t be starting Penny, but he may get the lead role in the future plus, if Collins is out this week, he’s a clear RB2. Stash him and see.


Laviska Shenault (WR - JAC) After a down start to the season, Shenault is getting dropped in a surprising amount of leagues due to his bye week. With DJ Chark out for the season, Shenault is a great upside stash.


Backup Running Backs

Welcome to what is apparently my weekly section on backup running backs, as if people somehow haven’t learned! Have you noticed how 9 of the top 24 in this week’s running back rankings were backups to start the season? Yeah, it’s not hard to see where I’m going with this. Backups are very valuable. Here’s a sizeable list of runners that may be available on waivers, especially with people dropping them for bye week replacements: Alexander Mattison, Tony Pollard, AJ Dillon, Kenneth Gainwell, Sony Michel, Jamaal Williams, Ronald Jones, Rhamondre Stevenson, Jeremy McNichols, Marlon Mack.


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Players to Sell High On


Darrel Williams (RB - KC) After a top-10 performance, the hype around the Chiefs backup is unlikely to be this high again. I don’t even know if people would be this excited about Clyde Edwards-Helaire if he were healthy! Williams is a temporary starter, so if you can get someone more permanent and don’t desperately need a win the next two weeks, now’s the time to sell.


Leonard Fournette (RB - TB)

Lenny has had a great two weeks, and it may continue, but I doubt his value will be quite this high moving forward. He’s more of a mid-range RB2, so if you can get an RB1 for him, take it.