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2017 Fantasy Football Week 7 Start-Sit


Well, the big news from Week 6 was Aaron Rodgers‘ injury. This not only affects owners of Rodgers, but Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and all other Packers. Many of these players may have been key starters for your Fantasy teams, and now faced with tough lineup decisions, owners may not know what to do. So, like always, to help you out, here is the 2017 Fantasy Football Week 7 Start-Sit preview.

You can also use the Start-Sit tool and check out our Week 7 Rankings.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 7 Start-Sit


Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons vs New England Patriots

Matt Ryan has certainly regressed from his MVP season a year ago. He has now posted 17 or fewer Fantasy points in every game this season. He has failed to throw for multiple touchdowns in all but one game and has turned the ball over in three of five games. The Falcons have now suffered back to back losses to… Buffalo and Miami.

Up next is a Super Bowl revenge match against the Patriots who have given up the most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Falcons should come out angry and look to pile on the points to redeem their epic Super Bowl loss. Matt Ryan should be a quality start for Sunday Night Football.

Start of the Week: Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams

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Adrian Peterson came out angry in Week 6 to prove all the doubters wrong. It appears as if he is not washed up, yet. He torched a solid Tampa Bay run defense for 134 yards on 5.2 yards per carry and two touchdowns. He certainly made Fantasy owners and Peterson truthers happy with his 25 standard Fantasy point outing.

Up next he gets the Los Angeles Rams who allow the most Fantasy points to opposing running backs. The Rams have allowed nine total touchdowns to running backs and Peterson will look to add to that total. Late career revival or not, Adrian Peterson will look to continue his success with the Cardinals in an exploitable matchup against the Rams in London. Start Peterson with confidence.

*(Update: Ezekiel Elliott eligible to play in Week 7) Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys vs San Francisco 49ers

What is going on in the Dallas backfield? Ezekiel Elliott was finally suspended…So we think. Alfred Morris has been the back-up running back for the Cowboys through six weeks, but that doesn’t mean anything. Morris’s style is different than McFadden’s’ style. McFadden’s play is similar to Zeke’s, which may have been why Morris has served as the back-up change of pace back. Nonetheless, the expectation is that McFadden will get the start, but whoever gets the start in Dallas is worthy of Fantasy consideration, and this situation is worth monitoring closely.

The Cowboys go up against the 49ers who allow the second most Fantasy points to opposing running backs. They also allow a ton of production to be earned by pass catching running backs, allowing 440 receiving yards and three touchdowns on the year to running backs through the air. Darren McFadden is a solid pass catching back, and certainly better than Morris. If Zeke’s suspension is upheld for this week 7 match-up, start McFadden. However, monitor this situation and if Morris is announce the starter, Morris would be they Cowboy’s running back worth starting.

*With the news that Elliott will be available to play in Week 7, he is a top-5 start at the running back position!

Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks vs New York Giants

Graham has been solid the past three weeks posting seven, six, and nine standard Fantasy points respectively. Two of those games were games in which he has 60 or more receiving yards, always something you like to see out of a tight end.

Up next, is a match-up against the Giants who allow the most Fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Graham is one of the safer starts in Week 7 for the shallow tight end position.


Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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Dalton has been better since the change at Offensive Coordinator in Week 3. Dalton has averaged over 18 Fantasy points since week three. However, he has been inconsistent.

Now Dalton goes up against one of the stingiest pass defenses in the NFL. The Steelers has allowed the second fewest Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, allowing less than 10 PPG to the position. Dalton may be able to connect on a big play with AJ Green, but don’t expect much in the form of production from Dalton and bench him with confidence.

Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers vs Denver Broncos

Gordon has been excellent in Fantasy this year, minus his Week 4 game. However, he wasn’t efficient in Week 1 against the Broncos. He was only able to gain 54 rushing yards on 18 carries.

How now goes up against the Broncos again. The Broncos allow the least amount of Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Gordon will be touchdown dependent in a tough match-up and should be considered to be placed on the bench the way the Broncos have bottled up star running backs this year.

Baltimore Running Backs, RB, Baltimore Ravens vs Minnesota Vikings

This backfield has turned out to be a committee between Alex Collins and Javorius Allen. Allen has carried the ball ten or more times in four of six games this year while Collins has carried the ball ten or more times twice. Collins has been the more efficient runner and Allen has been more effective in the passing game.

The headache of who is going to dominate touches is enough of a reason to sit this backfield in Week 7. Even more of a reason is the tough matchup against the Vikings and their stellar defense. The Vikings allow the second-fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Avoid this backfield in Week 7.

Sit of the Week: TY Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Jaguars pass defense is for real. They have shut down the pass this year and have allowed the second-fewest Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

The Jags now go up against a Colts team that will likely be without Andrew Luck yet again. TY Hilton has been boom or bust so far this year with Jacoby Brissett as his quarterback. Hilton has four games with four or fewer non-PPR Fantasy points and two with over 17. Expect the Jaguars to shut down Hilton and the rest of the Colts’ passing attack and sit Hilton in Week 7.

Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys vs San Francisco 49ers

After starting the year off hot with 11 and 15 non-PPR Fantasy points, Witten has cooled off scoring zero, zero, and four Fantasy points over the past three games.

Now Witten goes up against the best defense against opposing tight ends. In a tough match-up you are better off streaming a tight end this week. Sit Witten in Week 7.

Check out the rest of our 2017 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers.

About Alex Hamrick

Alex is an avid fantasy football enthusiast and writer for Fantasy Six Pack. With a background in quantitative methods and analysis, Alex enjoys using statistics and data analytics to develop detailed fantasy football analysis. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @AlexBHamrick

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