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2011 Fantasy Football Week 7 Start’Em Sit’Em

Dave B’s Fantasy Matchups – Start and Sit Week 7

With the NFL Fantasy football into the bye weeks now we encourage you to be checking out our FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEKLY ARTICLES for all your rankings and analysis for the upcoming week.


The third round of byes takes place this week – who to start in place of the Studs from Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, NY Giants, Philadelphia and San Francisco is a huge concern.

Below is a breakdown of every game this weekend and who could start for your Fantasy squad in each contest.

Enjoy Dave B’s Fantasy Matchups – Start and Sit Week 7 and by all means, leave a message!

Seattle at Cleveland 1:00 PM

You will have to check the practice reports to see if Tavaris Jackson will start for Seattle but for now I am assuming that Charlie Whitehurst gets the nod – bench! Marshawn Lynch could be productive against Cleveland’s bad run defense and I like Doug Baldwin in PPR leagues. You may start Sidney Rice but temper your expectations. For Cleveland the running game is a disaster so Colt McCoy could be an OK desperate bye-week fill-in. Everyone else is extremely risky and unpredictable. Ben Watson may be an OK Tight End play.

Atlanta at Detroit 1:00 PM

Matt Ryan has been underwhelming to say the least this season. He may be OK this week in a total shootout. Michael Turner is a start along with Tony Gonzalez. Roddy White will have a bounce back week – don’t worry! For Detroit, Matt Stafford is automatic along with Megatron. Brandon Pettigrew has been solid and deserves a start while I can’t figure out who will have the better game between Titus Young and Nate Burleson – both may be OK flex players this week.

Houston at Tennessee 1:00 PM

Houston certainly isn’t the Fantasy bonanza that one would think. Still, during a bye week, Matt Schaub and Arian Foster have to be in lineups. Kevin Walter and Owen Daniels will also be good. Jacoby Jones scares me although he may be a good flex for a gambling man! Tennessee is back from their bye and I expect Matt Hasselbeck to pick up where he left off – start along with Nate Washington and Jared Cook. I also like Chris Johnson this week to break out of his funk and to dominate – Start!

Denver at Miami 1:00 PM

Tebow time! Start him this week against a terrible Miami team – his rushing totals alone should get you adequate Fantasy points. Everyone else on the Broncos is scary! Eric Decker may be the best option. Brandon Marshall is the only Dolphin worth using – Daniel Thomas could be used as a RB2 or flex in a pinch.

San Diego at NY Jets 1:00 PM

I think the Jets slow the Chargers down this week. Still, you have to start Philip Rivers, Vincent Jackson and even Malcolm Floyd as a deep sleeper. Ryan Matthews will be good and is a definite start and if Antonio Gates starts (IF!!!), he could be a good play. The Jets are an offensive disaster – I am not sure who to suggest. Maybe Santonio Holmes?

Chicago at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM

Matt Forte is as automatic as they come in Fantasy circles. Devin Hester and Jay Cutler are simply desperation plays only. For Tampa Bay, you have to love Earnest Graham after last week – he should be good. Josh Freeman is a fringe starter and all of the pass catchers are in the flex/WR3 territory – that means Mike Williams, Preston Parker and maybe Arrelious Benn. Kellen Winslow is an OK Tight End start this week. [ad-8469823]

Washington at Carolina 1:00 PM

I am staying away from Washington players this week except for Fred Davis. The passing game and the running game are all in total flux. For Carolina Cam Newton is a start along with Steve Smith. Greg Olsen is a good start this week as well – if he is injured, Jeremy Shockey becomes a good start. As for the running backs, I may start DeAngelo if desperate and would look at Jonathan Stewart as a flex in PPR leagues only. They aren’t all that exciting however!

Kansas City at Oakland 4:05 PM

Matt Cassel gets sleeper start status from me this week – I think he’ll be OK. Saying that, Dwayne Bowe is a great play and Steve Breaston should be good as well. I am not sold on the KC running game at all! The Raiders will need a few weeks to get back on the rails after losing Jason Campbell. The only trustworthy Raider is Darren McFadden – period!

Pittsburgh at Arizona 4:05 PM

Big Ben is a good start this week along with Mike Wallace and Rashard Mendenhall. Antonio Brown, Hines Ward and Emmanuel Sanders are all far too risky for my liking! It is safe once again to start the Pittsburgh defense! Arizona is in tough against Pittsburgh’s improving defense. Beanie Wells and Larry Fitzgerald are the only two Cardinals I trust this week.

St. Louis at Dallas 4:15 PM

Sam Bradford may be OUT this week – check back. Because of that and because of the new additions, I am inclined to stay away from the Rams passing game all together. Steven Jackson is the only Ram that I would consider. For Dallas, Tony Romo WILL BE good this week – start along with Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten. DeMarco Murray may be an OK flex in the running game – everyone else is banged up and Murray should see a ton of touches.

Green Bay at Minnesota 4:15 PM

Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley are unbenchable. The trick is who to start between James Jones and Jordy Nelson – I like Nelson to build off a good game last week. I am still hesitant to recommend the running game but Green bay’s defense will be incredible this week! For Minnesota, Adrian Peterson is the only Viking to consider – period!

Indianapolis at New Orleans 8:20 PM

Believe it or not, the Colts should score some points in this game. Curtis Painter could be a sneaky start. Pierre Garcon, and Reggie Wayne are both decent WR2s and I think this is the week that Dallas Clark shows us why he was the #1 or #2 Tight End taken in most Fantasy drafts. For the Saints, it’s all systems go. That means that Drew Brees, Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles (in PPR leagues), Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston have to be in lineups. I can’t figure out the WR2 position on the Saints but if I had to rank them, they would go Meachem, Moore then Henderson.

Baltimore at Jacksonville 8:30 PM

Are you ready for the Ray Rice show? He will be the star on Monday night with Anquan Boldin and Joe Flacco being OK starts. Ed Dickson may be a decent bye-week fill-in as well. Maurice Jones-Drew is the only dependable Jaguar this week although Mike Thomas has been OK in PPR formats.

Byes: Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, NY Giants, Philadelphia, San Francisco




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