What a wild week for fantasy football owners, huh friends? The return of Carson Palmer, the voided trade of Ronnie Brown to the Lions, which many thought would be a great pick-up, more injuries, and more new faces preparing to get their chance to play. Sometimes it takes a full week just to try and read up, let alone set your lineup, and that’s where I come in, to try and help you with some advice going into your week.
So putting aside what was a very rough week for me personally, I bring you the Start/Sit round up for week 7. Lots of bye weeks will make things challenging for owners, but isn’t that half the fun? Who doesn’t like looking like a true “guru” with the ability to put together a nice make-shift line-up? So here it is friends, sit back and relax, read and enjoy and as always good luck in week 7!
Matt Hasselbeck, Titans vs Texans: First place is on the line here, and Hasselbeck knows a few things about big games. The once tough looking Texans defense is now just mediocre (without Mario Williams), and Hasselbeck has been finding success this season, so this can be a real good chance to use him as a bye week filler, or a good start.
Drew Brees, Saints vs Colts: With his WR’s back and healthy, Brees should be ready for a big week against a weak Colts defense. Yes Indy can bring some decent pass rush, but Brees at home is always a good play, especially in a game that is certain to be a big score day for the Saints.
Mark Sanchez, Jets vs Chargers: Just not getting it done to trust with your line-up. The Chargers defense has done a decent job this season, and the Jets are doing lots of talking about working the ground game more. Sanchez is always tough to trust, but this one really has me uneasy.
Matt Ryan, Falcons at Lions: Ryan just is not what I thought he would be this season, and his WR’s are banged up. The Lions have a good front 4, and a decent secondary, so it is hard to imagine Ryan going nuts. The Falcons do run well, and they should keep it up to stay successful.
Jay Cutler, Bears at Buccaneers: The fact that Cutler had a good week last week makes me not like him here. Tampa at home is a much better team than on the road, and they have good corners that should be able to outplay the inexperienced Bears WR group.
Ray Rice, Ravens at Jaguars: Ray Rice has had a much improved fantasy season over last year where at times he seemed light. The Jags play decent pass defense at home, but will struggle to keep the game close with a rookie QB facing the Ravens defense. Expect lots of ground and pound from Rice and the Ravens this week.
Jackie Battle, Chiefs at Raiders: Given the chance, Battle showed that he can rack up some yards. Matt Cassell and the Chiefs offense is showing signs of life, and if Battle can keep up the flashes he has shown, they can be an all-around better club. The Raiders run defense may be a good start.
Arian Foster, Texans at Titans: Foster has spoken about his disappointment in his performance, and says he is ready for this week. It is a big showdown for first in the division, and with Andre Johnson still out the Texans may have to count on Foster more to pull this one out. Last season he also added 15 catches against the Titans in the 2 meetings.
Lions RB vs Falcons: Jahvid Best is injured, Ronnie Brown did not get traded here after all, and now it is on Maurice Morris. Morris is a decent back, but it is fair to say that the Lions will stick to what they do best ( no pund intended ) and that is throw the ball. The Falcons defense is not a real stingy one, but i’m not sold on any possible back up here.
Beanie Wells, Cardinals vs Steelers: Wells has had some good weeks this season and has been a decent surprise to owners, but this is not the week to get cute. Of course if you need him, maybe you have to lay him out there, but I wouldn’t expect all that much.
Peyton Hillis, Browns vs Seahawks: I am not all that scared of the Seahawks defense, but Hillis just is not bringing it lately. He’s been sick and banged up, and now Hardesty is getting more looks. Hillis has been a disappointment this season, so even if he is healthy, you may want to wait and see if he can shake the funk. He is 50/50 anyway, so play it safe.
Miles Austin, Cowboys vs Rams: It may be very obvious, but it is just so good I couldn’t resist. Austin looked active last week against the Patriots and appears ready to exploit this week secondary. The Cowboys need a win badly here, and the Rams should pay for it dearly.
Brandon Marshall, Dolphins vs Broncos: Last week he had over 100 yards, and just missed a TD. QB Matt Moore seems to have better feet than Chad Henne, so he can stretch a play if needed, which can help Marshall buy a few seconds to get open, plus the Broncos are no threat at all on defense.
Marques Colston, Saints vs Colts: It looked last week like he is very much back and healthy. The Colts defense, much like everything Colts has been poor this year, and the Saints are ready to get back home and pump it up. Colston should have a real big week, given that TE Jimmy Graham is working with a bad ankle.
Raiders WRs vs Chiefs: The issue here is not so much which one to trust, but can we trust the QB play of Kyle Boller? When Carson Palmer takes over at QB we may think different, but I think the Raiders will do loads of running this week.
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals vs Steelers: Kevin Kolb is not the big time QB the Cardinals had hoped for. Fitz is a great WR but he deserves better than what he is being given. The Steelers defense is an active bunch, and not so much on Larry, but I think Kolb will be running for his life here.
Sidney Rice, Seahawks at Browns: Rice showed some flashes the last 2 weeks, but the Browns have a decent secondary. Seattle on the road is much different than they are at home, so I expect more running than passing. The Browns are in the lower ranking of run defenses.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys: The rookie RB should benefit from the injury to Felix Jones, and the poor play of Tashard Choice. Murray is a good back with some skill, and I expect that Dallas will lean on him more than Choice while Jones is down.
Carson Palmer, QB, Raiders: A trade deadline big deal puts Palmer back in the NFL with Oakland. The Raiders have a good running game and speed at WR where a veteran QB like Palmer can be successful. Of course some would like to wait and see what he can do, but don’t be one of them, get him now and take a chance, what do you have to lose?
Maurice Morris, RB, Lions: Someone has to run the ball here, so keep an eye on Morris. He is a bigger back with decent hands, so he can make a nice plug in play.
So here is the scoop for week 7. It is time to start making your move owners, before the season passes you by. Good luck this week everyone!
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