It’s week 7 and the fantasy world just keeps churning along. There are a number of injuries which leads to a number of questions on who to play and who not to play.
Jahvid Best is likely to be out this week after suffering his 4th career concussion, any idea that the Lions will run him this week with the new concussion rules in the NFL is all smoke and mirrors. Maurice Morris is the guy to run if you are in need, with Keiland Williams possibly vulturing a touchdown.
Antonio Gates will play this week, he should be a tentative start if your in need, but could come up big if he feels well once he’s out there.
Carson Palmer looks like he will start this week after being traded to the Raiders, fantasy owners should sit on this one either way. Palmer hasn’t played all year and has yet to acclimate himself to his new surroundings.
Let’s look at week 7 start’ems.
Tony Romo – Garrett saved Romo from some scrutiny last week, and Romo now has a prime opportunity to gain back some confidence against a poor Rams secondary.
Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben has always been an up and down fantasy QB and he is best played during good match up situations. This is one of them.
Tim Tebow – You may not like him as a player, but in terms of fantasy, Tebow somehow just produces. He will also be having a homecoming of sorts when he returns to Miami, where Tebow may have more fans than the Dolphins in the stadium. It can’t be ignored that he is a duel threat to score and move the ball down the field. It’s a good week to roll the dice on him.
Others I like: Cam Newton – Cam was held down last week by Atlanta, the good news is that his 3 picks weren’t all him. He gets the Redskins this week and remains a must start. Matt Cassel – The Chiefs seem to be getting their act together on offense, particularly Matt Cassel. They face a suspect Oakland secondary.
Daniel Thomas – His stats won’t show it, but Thomas’ return last week against the Jets went well. He is fantasy worthy this week as gets the Broncos at home. Reggie Bush got his share of carries last week with 10, but suffered a groin injury. Bush will play, but shouldn’t eat into Thomas’ carries as much this week.
Ryan Mathews – Mathews scared a lot of owners before the BYE week unable to finish the game against Denver with a leg injury. He was surprisingly not on the injury report this week. The Jets have been struggling with the run, especially those with speed. With Philip Rivers and the Chargers passing game limping a bit, the burden will be on Mathews to shine this week.
Jackie Battle – After a surprising increase in carries before the BYE week, Battle ran for 119 yards against the Colts and will get another good match up against the Raiders who have given up 113 yards on average on the ground. The Chiefs resurgence on offense will also be a boon for Battle going in.
DeMarco Murray – With Felix Jones down, the Cowboys ran the ball predominantly with Murray, rather than Tashard Choice. Jason Garrett says he will rotate between the two backs this week, but in all likelihood Murray will get the most touches. Murray is a superior back to Choice with top end speed, good hands, and most importantly he is a better blocker than Choice. With some shuffling around on the O-line this week, Murray’s blocking is what will make him the back most often on the field.
Others I like: Ryan Torain – Last week was a bit of an aberration, and the job is still Torain’s to lose. He gets Carolina’s 31st ranked run defense. Mark Ingram – In a backfield where Darren Sproles is running wild, Ingram has slowly been producing. I wouldn’t bank on a ton of yards, but Ingram should be a good bet to score this week.
Mike Wallace – Despite hamstring issues this week Wallace is looking like a go this week against Arizona. He’s a must start every week and has a great match up against a porous Cardinals D, so if your wavering on him because of his injury don’t. Roll with him.
Brandon Marshall – He has had another game where he dropped a touchdown, it’s maddening for owners I know, so don’t lose faith in him. Matt Moore targeted him 13 times and this trend won’t slow down this week. Marshall will get his opportunities despite who is covering him and he won’t continue to drop every touchdown pass thrown his way.
Greg Little – After being promoted to a starter Little had 12 targets and hauled in 6 for 72 yards. It’s important to note that McCoy threw to him while in the red zone. This trend should continue as Little looks to be the WR to own in Cleveland and could be a sneaky start in PPR leagues.
Others I like: Miles Austin – He is Romo’s favorite target and the Boys draw the Rams at home. Brandon Lloyd – His arrival to St. Louis should go off without a hitch as he is reunited with Josh McDaniels’ system that he should fit right into. The issue will be if Sam Bradford plays or not.
Jimmy Graham – He is a must start every week, and he is proving to be the teams best receiver. Graham could break the record for most consecutive 100 yard games by a tight end, and the Saints will want to get him that record.
Jermichael Finely – Finley had his break out game early in his career against the Vikings, and he is due this week after being phased out over past few weeks. The Vikings have also struggled when facing teams that use their tight ends.
Brandon Pettigrew – He is quickly becoming a favorite target for Matthew Stafford in the red zone. His big body gives him an advantage even against an Atlanta defense that has been strong against opposing tight ends.
Others I like: Owen Daniels – Daniels was shut down by one of the few defenses in the league that is still playing well. With Andre Johnson out though, Daniels should bounce back this week and will continue to be the main target for Matt Schaub. Tony Gonzalez – Julio Jones may come back this week, but even if he does he will be limited and Gonzo should garner some targets as a result.
John Kasay – The Saints should have their fair share of scoring opportunities, and in turn so should Kasay.
Billy Cundiff – Cundiff was a solid 5 for 5 last week and should be good for his average of 2 attempts a game this week against a rebuilding Jaguars team.
Others I like: Nick Novak – The Chargers can still move the ball, but the Jets tighten up in the red zone. Novak should get plenty of opportunities. Dan Bailey – His match up against the Rams is a good one and he could end up being the number 1 fantasy kicker by the end of the season.
Dallas – The Dallas defense held it’s own against New England and will now get a Rams team that may be without Sam Bradford. Good match up.
New Orleans – The Colts have gotten better with Painter, but are still a far cry from a strong offense, plus they the Saints at home.
Others I like: Green Bay – They will get rookie Christian Ponder in his first start, tasty match up. Baltimore – They are looking like the best defense in the league and like the Packers will get a rookie QB.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.