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Week 7 Start Em, Sit Em

Having trouble deciding who to start or sit this week? No need to stress it, Armando has put together this week's starts and sits.

Dilip Vishwanat

Armando Marsal

Fantasy Writer

Teams on bye: Eagles and Buccaneers


Start Em

Colin Kaepernick, SF at DEN - The Niners head to Denver to take on the Broncos in Week 7. Some of Kaepernick's better games have been on the road this season. In fact, he's thrown six touchdowns and zero interceptions in three road games this season. The Broncos have allowed quarterbacks to throw for two touchdowns in three of their five games. They also allow 17 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Kaepernick is coming off his best performance of this year. He should carry that momentum over against the Broncos. It's very likely that the 49ers will be trailing, which means Kaepernick has to throw. Make sure to activate him in your lineups this week.

Other Starts

Tom Brady, NE vs. NYJ

Jay Cutler, CHI vs. MIA

Carson Palmer, ARI at OAK

Philip Rivers, SD vs. KC

Sleeper Alert: Joe Flacco, BAL vs. ATL

Sit Em

Matt Ryan, ATL at BAL - So much for being great at home. Last week, Ryan had a good matchup and was playing in the Georgia Dome. However, he had a disappointing 271 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception. This week, he heads to Baltimore to take on the Ravens who have been relatively good against the pass. In six games, the Ravens defense has allowed just six touchdowns. Of those six, only two of them were in games at Baltimore. Ryan has been very streaky this season. He has three games where he has thrown for three touchdowns, but also has three games where he's thrown for just one touchdown and at least one interception. His road games touchdown to interception ratio is 85 to 54. If you can afford to sit him, don't second guess yourself and do it.

Other Sits

Kirk Cousins, WAS vs. TEN

Austin Davis, STL vs. SEA

Alex Smith, KC at SD

Andy Dalton, CIN at IND

Bust Alert: Matthew Stafford, DET vs. NO

Running Backs

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Justin Forsett - He has been one of this season's waiver wire steals. Forsett was probably drafted in 0-10% of most fantasy leagues this season. Since Week 1, he has scored 10 or more fantasy points in PPR formats. He has rushed for 408 yards and three touchdowns this season, and has 23 catches for 118 yards. This week's matchup is running back friendly as he takes on the Falcons. Atlanta is the worst run defense in the NFL. They are giving up 27.5 fantasy points per game and have surrendered 11 touchdowns to opposing running backs. In addition, they give up 141.3 rushing yards per game. There's no reason not to have him start this week.

Other Starts

Ben Tate, CLE at JAC

Lamar Miller, MIA at CHI

Branden Oliver, SD vs. KC

Joique Bell, DET vs. NO

Sleeper alert: Shane Vereen, NE vs. NYJ

Sit Em

Zac Stacy, STL vs. SEA- Much like Morris, Stacy has struggled the last two weeks. The concern here is that the team is considering taking a running back by committee approach moving forward. Not to mention the brutal matchup he has this week against the Seahawks. The only back that has rushed for over 100 yards against the Seahawks this season has been the NFL's leading rusher DeMarco Murray. They have only allowed two rushing touchdowns this season and are allowing just 82.2 rushing yards per game. Stacy has rushed for 59 yards combined in the last two games and hasn't rushed for more than 71 yards in a game this season. What kept Stacy fantasy relevant last season was his volume, but that's something that not easy to come by now a days in St Louis.

Other Sits

Darren McFadden, OAK vs. ARI

C.J. Spiller, BUF vs. MIN

Steven Jackson, ATL at BAL

Matt Asiata, MIN at BUF

Bust Alert:  Pierre Thomas, NO at DET

Wide Receivers

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Michael Floyd, ARI at OAK - Floyd owners should be happy that Carson Palmer is back. After a promising first week, Floyd had two below average games in the following three weeks, while Palmer was out nursing a shoulder injury. In Week 6, Palmer returned and Floyd finally scored his first touchdown of the season. The Raiders have been solid against receivers allowing just 17.8 fantasy points and four touchdowns through five games. However, last week they gave up two touchdowns to receivers against the Chargers. Bruce Arians runs a pass heavy offense and the aerial attack will likely be successful this week. So long as Palmer is in action, Floyd should continue to be productive.

Other Starts

DeSean Jackson, WAS vs. TEN

Emmanuel Sanders, DEN vs. SF

Randall Cobb, GB vs. CAR

Steve Smith, BAL vs. ATL

Sleeper Alert: Percy Harvin, SEA at STL

Sit Em

Roddy White, ATL at BAL - Roddy has struggled in the past two weeks against favorable matchups. He hasn't score more than 7 fantasy points in PPR formats in the month of October. The Ravens haven't been welcoming to receivers at home this season. In three home games, the Ravens have allowed just two touchdowns. In three road games this season, White had 11 catches for 141 yards and one touchdown. That touchdown came against the Vikings defense that has surrendered seven touchdowns to receivers this season. White has yet to catch more than five passes in a game this year and was only targeted four times last week. He should eventually turn it around, but I wouldn't bet on that happening this week.

Other Sits

Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN at BUF

Eric Decker, NYJ at NE

Brian Quick, STL vs. SEA

James Jones, OAK vs. ARI

Bust Alert: Mohamed Sanu, CIN at IND

Tight Ends

Start Em

Jordan Cameron, CLE at JAC

Travis Kelce, KC at SD

Martellus Bennett, CHI vs. MIA

Sit Em

Jared Cook, STL vs. SEA

Coby Fleener, IND vs. CIN

Eric Ebron, DET vs. NO


Start Em

New England Patriots vs. New York Jets

Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams

Sit Em

San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos

Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts