Welcome back, Fantasy nerds, it is that time again to start setting your lineups for the week, and I'm here to help with the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 7 Start-Sit article.
The Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are all on bye this week, so make sure to pull your guys from those teams from your lineup.
This is one of the toughest weeks of fantasy football with a bunch of stud players not available to play due to byes this week. If you are under .500 heading into Week 7, this week is a must-win for your team!
In the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 7 start-sit article, I will be giving you a start and a sit at each position.
In addition, I'll be here every week trying to help by giving you a few deeper guys to start, and a few guys who the consensus believes should be in your lineup that week but whom I can't entirely agree with.
Now let's help you win your pivotal matchup this week!
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2021 Fantasy Football Week 7 Start-Sit
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Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (ECR QB13)
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The Dolphins are coming off of their most disappointing game of the season, losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on a last-second field goal.
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was able to come back from a three-week absence after fracturing his ribs in the first quarter of game two.
Tua had a very solid fantasy day in his return, he was 33-37 for 329 two touchdowns, and one interception for 22.4 fantasy points.
All that volume is not something you normally see from a dolphins offense, but their inability to run the ball and their defense being bad and injured has forced them to have to throw the ball more than they'd like to.
The Dolphins' defense may get better as the season goes on as they get healthy. However, I don't believe the run game is ever going to become solid, just because the Dolphins offensive line is so poor. Look for Tua to have solid volume as long as he is healthy.
The Matchup - Atlanta Falcons
The Dolphins welcome the Atlanta Falcons to Miami in a must-win for the Dolphins. Lucky for the Dolphins Atlanta hasn't looked all that sharp to start the season.
The Falcons have allowed three top 12 finishes to quarterbacks out of five weeks this season. I expect Tua to have a solid week back at home against the Falcons. If you have Josh Allen on bye this week, Tagovailoa is a solid replacement for Week 7.
J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington Football Team (ECR RB25)
In the other three games, McKissic scored under five fantasy points, which could absolutely just kill your lineup for the week.
With fellow running back Antonio Gibson battling a hairline fracture to his shin, McKissic saw a ton of work last week.
He carried the ball eight times for 45 yards, and also caught eight of his 10 targets for 65 yards.
McKissic also saw a season-high in snaps with 36, with Gibson only seeing 27.
With this huge bye week on the horizon, I'm not sure how you can leave McKissic on your bench, especially in full PPR formats with his pass-catching floor.
The Matchup - Green Bay Packers
Washington is traveling to Green Bay to take on the Packers. The Packers should be leading this game early and often, which means a positive game script for McKissic to flourish.
The Packers are in the middle of the pack in fantasy points per game to opposing running backs giving up 18.5 fantasy points per game.
They have also allowed the third-most receiving touchdowns to running backs as well, so that bodes well for McKissic. McKissic should be a solid RB2 in all PPR formats this week, with a bunch of players on bye this week.
Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears (ECR WR27)
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The Bears' offense as a whole has been absolutely miserable this year outside of the running game the past few weeks.
To the point where I'm thinking for the rest of the season id rather have Mooney over Allen Robinson, which you would never think that coming into the season.
In weeks four through six with Justin Fields at the helm Mooney hasn't seen a game with under five targets and is averaging 66 yards per game.
Mooneys 26% target share is also 11th in the league according to playerprofiler.com. This Bears offense is desperate for some explosion on this offense, and Mooney is one of the guys to be able to do that, and it may just come this week.
The Matchup - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bears are flying down to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers. Let's be real here, the likelihood of the Bears winning this game is slim to none.
The last few weeks with Fields at quarterback the Bears have done everything they could to establish the run, and it has worked and kept them in games.
This week however that isn't going to be an option. Teams just aren't able to run the ball on the Buccaneers' defense. But teams are able to throw on them with how banged up their secondary is.
The Bucs have allowed the 10th most yards in the NFL to wide receivers, and the fourth most receptions to wide receivers. Mooney is a solid WR3 option in this matchup, so throw him in your lineup and feel comfortable with it.
Zach Ertz, TE, Arizona Cardinals (ECR TE12)
Moving to the Cardinals Ertz is now a TE1 every week in my eyes moving forward.
Before Maxx Williams went down with a season-ending knee injury, Kyler was targeting him quite a bit even though Williams is known as a blocking tight end.
In Weeks 3-5 Williams saw 15 targets while catching all of them and finding the endzone once.
If Williams was able to put up those numbers in this offense I cant wait to see what Ertz will do starting this week.
The Matchup - Houston Texans
The matchup against the Houston Texans is a great one for the Cardinals' offense. The Texans defense has given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends at 11.7 fantasy points per game.
Defensive coordinator Lovie Smith likes to run the cover two defense which leaves the middle of the field wide open for opposing tight ends.
With Ertz being the new guy in town I can absolutely see Kyler Murray wanting to get Ertz acclimated to the offense with a touchdown this week.
Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders ( ECR QB10)
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Nobody was sure what the offense was going to look like last week with Jon Gruden no longer being the play-caller. But it actually looked very good, Carr threw for 341 yards and threw two touchdowns in a tough matchup against the Denver Broncos.
It was a bounce-back week for Carr who started out the season on fire leading the league in passing yards through the first three weeks of the season.
But it was a different story during weeks four and five. Carr barely crossed the 200-yard mark and scored fifteen and eight fantasy points in those weeks, and killed your fantasy teams for the week.
I have a feeling that he's going to regress more to the guy that we saw in weeks four and five than in weeks one through three.
The Matchup - Philadelphia Eagles
Derek Carr and the Raiders are at home against a Philadelphia Eagles pass defense that plays a lot of zone, that has been very solid this season.
The Eagles have allowed the eighth fewest yards to opposing quarterbacks in the NFL and are middle of the road for fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks as well.
With the Eagles having a game of tape on the Raider offense under new play-caller Greg Olson I expect the Raiders offense to struggle a bit. I would rather start Tua Tagovailoa instead of Derek Carr this week.
Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals (ECR RB15)
Edmonds caught at least four passes in all of those four games and also saw double-digit rushing attempts in three of those four games.
That resulted in Edmonds having double-digit fantasy points in all of those games.
However the last two games, Edmonds has been dealing with a shoulder injury that has seemed to limit his workload. In the last two games, Edmonds has only seen 10 carries combined the last two games and eight total targets resulting in scoring 2.9 and 6.5 fantasy points in half-point PPR formats.
That could be the result of the injury taking a toll or the fact that the game-script just favored more towards James Conner. But whatever it is, it is starting to scare me.
The Matchup - Houston Texans
With the way, the running back position is with injuries, and by weeks right now it's going to be hard to sit Edmonds down especially in this solid matchup vs the struggling Texans defense.
The Texans have given up the eighth-most fantasy points to running backs this season. The thing that scares me about Edmonds is that he could get game-scripted out if Arizona blows Houston out.
The Cardinals may also want to rest that shoulder, with the Cardinals not having a bye week until Week 12.
Corey Davis, WR, New York Jets (ECR WR28)
Davis scored 21 and 19 fantasy points in two of those games. Unfrotuneltey in the other three games Davis struggled to get going and scored 6 or fewer fantasy points each of those games.
Davis is no longer the only mouth to feed either with Jamison Crowder returning from injury for the last few games.
In my eyes, Corey Davis is a matchup-dependent WR3 just because of the offense that he's in, and in this matchup, I do not want to start him.
The Matchup - New England Patriots
This is going to be the second time the New York Jets and New England Patriots have matched up against one another this season. The first game did not play well for Corey Davis, Zach Wilson, or the Jets offense.
The Jets lost to the Pats 25-6 and their offense got completely shut down along with Davis and Wilson. They intercepted Wilson four times and Davis only had eight receiving yards.
We have seen time and time again the Bill Belichick likes to take away an offense's best player and that's what happened to Davis Week 2. I am out on Davis this week after what happened in Week 2.
Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams (ECR TE9)
Behind the likes of Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods who command such high target volume because of how talented they are, Higbee will struggle to score double-digit fantasy points unless he scores a touchdown as we saw in weeks three and five.
Higbee is currently TE13 on the season which is disappointing with how bad the position is and how high-powered the offense is.
The Matchup - Detroit Lions
The Matchup for the Rams is a solid one for the offense as they take on the Detroit Lions in a Matthew Stafford revenge game. I expect this game not to be close and for Stafford to have a solid day. But Higbee may not be a part of it.
The Lions don't do a lot well on the defensive side, but they do, do well covering the tight end position. The Lions allow the ninth fewest fantasy points to the position this season, while just getting torched by the Wideouts on the outside. I would sit Higbee for the likes of Ricky Seals-Jones this week.
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