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Week 7 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em

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Disclaimer ... Before you start reading, understand that we are not in the business of stating the obvious and wasting your time (or ours), so you won't be reading here why you need to start Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson or any other top-tier players. We're here to help you evaluate players you might be on the fence about.

I'm starting Tebow over ...
Philip Rivers, SD at NYJ
Matt Ryan, ATL at DET
Josh Freeman, TB vs. CHI
Jay Cutler, CHI at TB
Matt Schaub, HOU at TEN

Tim Tebow has been a polarizing player his entire career since he went to the University of Florida. You either love him or just want him to go away.

But thanks to Kyle Orton's struggles and Denver falling to 1-4, the Broncos are giving Tebow the chance to start in Week 7 at Miami, and it's a perfect situation for him to succeed. We expect him to be a standout Fantasy quarterback, and he should be considered a starting option, especially with Tom Brady, Michael Vick, Eli Manning and Ryan Fitzpatrick on a bye.

Prior to the season, the Dolphins decided to honor the 2008 national champion Gators in Week 7 with the Broncos in town. It made sense with Tebow coming to Miami, but no one expected him to be the starter. He should have plenty of support come Sunday afternoon in the opposition's stadium.

He also has good memories of playing in the home of the Dolphins since he beat Oklahoma there in 2008, and he should have another memorable performance in this matchup. The Dolphins, at 0-5, are already playing for last place and the right to draft Andrew Luck, and they are struggling to stop opposing quarterbacks.

Brady, Matt Schaub, Colt McCoy and Mark Sanchez have all scored multiple touchdowns against the Dolphins, and every quarterback to face them this season has reached at least 18 Fantasy points. Last week, Sanchez had 201 passing yards and a touchdown and also scored a rushing touchdown for 20 Fantasy points, and Tebow is easily capable of replicating that performance.

He had at least 24 Fantasy points in all three of his starts in 2010, and he had 18 Fantasy points in the half he played against San Diego in Week 5. He takes a hit losing Brandon Lloyd from his receiving corps after he was traded to St. Louis, but Tebow is able to produce with his rushing as much as his passing.

He averaged 66 rushing yards as a starter last season, and he has a rushing touchdown in the four games where he's played at least a half. The Dolphins also have allowed six touchdowns inside the 5 yard line (three rushing and three passing), so Tebow should have success in the red zone.

Tebow had two weeks to prepare for this matchup with Denver coming off a bye, and we expect him to perform at a high level. Even if you want him to fail, you can still consider him a starting Fantasy option.

Full Disclosure from Week 6
Start of the Week
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Shonn Greene, RB, Jets 11 7 85 No. 23
Recommended starts that made us look good
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons 20 18 68 No. 7
Anquan Boldin, WR, Ravens 8 13 75 No. 5
Cedric Benson, RB, Bengals 15 11 88 No. 11
A.J. Green, WR, Bengals 12 11 93 No. 9
Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots 12 10 70 No. 3
Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions 10 10 64 No. 4
Recommended starts that made us look bad
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Eli Manning, QB, Giants 22 11 66 No. 20
James Starks, RB, Packers 10 5 59 No. 25
Pierre Garcon, WR, Colts 10 3 86 No. 57
Ryan Torain, RB, Redskins 10 2 67 No. 42
Victor Cruz, WR, Giants 10 1 85 No. 69
Recommended sits that made us look good
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Alex Smith, QB, 49ers 15 7 16 No. 23
Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts 7 5 73 No. 41
Mike Williams, WR, Bucs 7 5 70 No. 42
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers 7 4 53 No. 30
Delone Carter, RB, Colts 8 4 32 No. 26
Santana Moss, WR, Redskins 7 3 61 No. 58
Owen Daniels, TE, Texans 8 1 76 No. 28
Scott Chandler, TE, Bills 6 0 18 No. 31
Rex Grossman, QB, Redskins 16 Minus-3 10 No. 29
Recommended sits that made us look bad
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers 7 20 72 No. 5
Jay Cutler, QB, Bears 14 20 23 No. 5
Jacoby Jones, WR, Texans 4 13 8 No. 6
Jahvid Best, RB, Lions 9 10 83 No. 14
Dallas Clark, TE, Colts 6 9 36 No. 7

Quarterback

Start 'Em

Week 7 sleeper QBs
Matt Moore, MIA vs. DEN
Curtis Painter, IND at NO
Christian Ponder, MIN vs. GB

Matt Cassel (at OAK): It's a tough week for quarterbacks with the guys on bye and some tough matchups for other elite options, so it's time to consider Cassel as a starter. He has played well of late and has a favorable matchup this week against the Raiders. Cassel has at least 17 Fantasy points in his past three games with seven touchdowns and one interception over that span. In his last trip to Oakland last year, Cassel had 19 Fantasy points, and the Raiders have allowed at least 19 Fantasy points to the past five quarterbacks they have faced. (Started in 10 percent of leagues in Week 5)
Colt McCoy (vs. SEA): Like Cassel, McCoy qualifies as a solid bye-week replacement based on his recent play and the matchup. McCoy has at least 18 Fantasy points in four of five starts -- including three games in a row -- and the Seahawks have allowed three quarterbacks to reach at least 17 Fantasy points this season. McCoy doesn't have a great receiving corps, but if Peyton Hillis (hamstring) is out as expected then he could be forced to carry Cleveland's offense. Seattle losing cornerback Marcus Trufant (back) for the season further impacts an already suspect secondary. (Started in 18 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Ben Roethlisberger (at ARI): Roethlisberger is becoming a frustrating Fantasy quarterback since he has just one game with more than 17 Fantasy points, but at some point he is going to show some consistent play. This is another week with a favorable matchup against the Cardinals, who have allowed multiple touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in three of five games. The Steelers should be able to run against the Cardinals, which bodes well for Rashard Mendenhall, but Roethlisberger should also find success and is worth starting in all leagues. (Started in 70 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Joe Flacco (at JAC): The Jaguars have not been as bad in pass defense as in recent years, but quarterbacks have still had decent Fantasy production against them this season. Cam Newton in the rain in Week 3 and Roethlisberger last week are the only two quarterbacks who failed to reach at least 17 Fantasy points against Jacksonville, and Flacco is capable of reaching that total this week. Flacco only has two games with more than 14 Fantasy points, but the matchup suggests he should do well and makes him a capable bye-week replacement. (Started in 40 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Josh Freeman (vs. CHI): We hope the Freeman from Week 4 (25 Fantasy points against the Colts) and Week 6 (24 points against the Saints) went to London this week and not the Freeman from Week 5 (three points at the 49ers). When Freeman has been asked to throw the ball this year he has been productive, as evidenced by the fact that he has at least 16 Fantasy points in the three games he has attempted 35-plus passes. The Bears have allowed multiple touchdowns against four quarterbacks this season and four have reached at least 18 Fantasy points. We'll give Freeman another chance as a starting option based on his performance against the Saints last week and hope it carries over across the pond. (Started in 35 percent of leagues in Week 6)

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Sit 'Em

Carson Palmer (vs. KC): It's exciting that Palmer is already going to start for the Raiders after he was traded to Oakland on Tuesday, but let's be patient before calling him a starting Fantasy option. He hasn't thrown a pass in an NFL game since January and will have had three practices with his new team. This is a favorable matchup for him against the Chiefs, but it's also a favorable matchup for Darren McFadden. Look for the Raiders to rely on their running game and give Palmer some time before starting him in all formats. (Not started yet this season)
Matt Hasselbeck (vs. HOU): The Texans have done a nice job this season in pass defense with only Drew Brees scoring more than 17 Fantasy points. Last week, the Texans held Flacco to 14 points, and it was their first game without standout linebacker Mario Williams (pectoral). Hasselbeck has four games with at least 18 points, but this should be the week where the Titans rely on Chris Johnson to carry their offense. Johnson should be ready to play like the running back we expect coming off a bye, and the Titans won't need Hasselbeck as their star on offense. (Started in 24 percent of leagues in Week 5)
Matt Schaub (at TEN): The last time an injured quarterback faced the Titans was in Week 5 when Roethlisberger had a foot problem but still had five touchdowns. Schaub comes into this matchup with an injured hip, which limited him in practice Wednesday, but I'm concerned about Schaub without a healthy Andre Johnson (hamstring). He played well two weeks ago at home against Oakland with 24 Fantasy points, but he struggled last week at Baltimore with 14 points. I expect plenty of Arian Foster in this matchup against the Titans, and I would consider Schaub more of a No. 2 Fantasy passer this week. (Started in 53 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Kevin Kolb (vs. PIT): The biggest fear with Kolb prior to the season was that he could be a product of Philadelphia coach Andy Reid's system. The two quarterbacks who have left Reid for starting jobs elsewhere -- A.J. Feeley and Donovan McNabb -- have struggled, and Kolb could be next on the list. His Fantasy production has been on a steady decline since Week 1 from 22 points to four in Week 5. In his previous two games against the Giants and Minnesota, Kolb has combined for zero touchdowns, three interceptions and two fumbles. The Steelers present a tough challenge even with Kolb at home and coming off a bye, and we would bench Kolb in most formats. (Started in 30 percent of leagues in Week 5)
Mark Sanchez (vs. SD): Sanchez has been one of the best surprises of the season with at least 17 Fantasy points in five of six starts, and he has four total touchdowns and no interceptions in his past two games against New England and Miami. This week, Sanchez has a tough matchup against the Chargers, who have allowed three passing touchdowns with four interceptions in their past three games. The last time Sanchez faced the Chargers was in the playoffs following his rookie year in 2009, and he had just 100 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception. He's much improved since then, but he should be considered just a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback this week. (Started in 31 percent of leagues in Week 6)

Bust alert: Matt Ryan (at DET): I want to like Ryan this week. He had one of his better performances last week against Carolina with 18 Fantasy points, but he hasn't thrown the ball with confidence, which likely has to do with his struggling offensive line. Ryan has just one game with multiple touchdown passes this season and none since Week 2. The Lions have only allowed Tony Romo to pass for multiple touchdowns against them, and they should be able to pressure Ryan in this matchup with 14 sacks on the year. It would help Ryan if Julio Jones (hamstring) is able to return this week, but we consider Ryan more of a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback even if Jones plays. (Started in 68 percent of leagues in Week 6)

Running back

Start 'Em

Week 7 sleeper RBs
Montario Hardesty, CLE vs. SEA
Earnest Graham, TB vs. CHI
Maurice Morris, DET vs. ATL
Ryan Torain, WAS at CAR
LaDainian Tomlinson, NYJ vs. SD

DeMarco Murray (vs. STL): Murray has the chance to start for the Cowboys this week with Felix Jones (ankle) hurt, and this is a great matchup for the rookie from Oklahoma. The Rams are last in the NFL in run defense at 162 yards per game allowed, and four running backs have reached double digits in Fantasy points against them this year. Tashard Choice will likely remain a factor in the backfield this week, but Murray definitely has more upside and is worth starting as a bye-week replacement. (Started in 1 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Jackie Battle (at OAK): Battle's last game should be a sign of things to come when he had 19 carries for 119 yards and two catches for 21 yards at the Colts in Week 5, and he has another favorable matchup this week against the Raiders. Oakland has allowed five touchdowns to opposing running backs and five have reached double digits in Fantasy points. Four of the five running backs who have had double digits in touches against the Raiders this year have reached double digits in Fantasy points, and the Chiefs plan to give Battle about 20 touches. He will lose carries to Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster, but it's clear the Chiefs want to feature Battle coming off their bye. This is a good opportunity to trust Battle if you need a starting option this week. (Started in 1 percent of leagues in Week 5)
Willis McGahee (at MIA): Tebow might be the hot commodity for the Broncos coming into Week 7, but Denver's best offensive weapon this year has been McGahee. He has four games in a row with double digits in Fantasy points, and he has a homecoming this week against the Dolphins. The former Miami Central High School and University of Miami standout should keep up his current success against the Dolphins, who have allowed three running backs to reach double digits in Fantasy points. McGahee has had more than 100 rushing yards against two of the Top 6 run defenses this year (Cincinnati and Green Bay), and he should be started in all leagues in this matchup. (Started in 61 percent of leagues in Week 5)
Marshawn Lynch (at CLE): We had high expectations for Lynch prior to the season, and he's played well in his past three games with an average of 11 Fantasy points. He only has three games with double digits in carries, but we hope coming off the bye that the Seahawks will give him increased touches. This is a good matchup for him against the Browns, who have allowed double digits in Fantasy points to four running backs this season in five games. In three career meetings with the Browns, all with the Bills, Lynch has at least eight Fantasy points in each matchup. (Started in 32 percent of leagues in Week 5)
Mark Ingram (vs. IND): We considered using Ingram as the Start of the Week but his lack of carries on a weekly basis made him too risky for that honor. Still, we expect him to play well in this matchup against the Colts. Indianapolis has allowed six touchdowns to opposing running backs and five have reached double digits in Fantasy points. Ingram has a touchdown in each of his past two games and three touchdowns in his past four outings. The problem is he has just one game with double digits in carries over that span, but we can see the Saints giving Ingram a heavy workload this week, especially in the fourth quarter if they build a big lead. He should perform at a high level with an increased workload in this matchup. (Started in 55 percent of leagues in Week 6)

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Sit 'Em

James Starks (at MIN): I keep waiting for Starks to come through with a quality performance, but he's been a disappointment each of the past two weeks with a combined 10 Fantasy points. He's just not getting enough touches to be successful, and sharing time with Ryan Grant has become a burden. Neither running back is worth starting in the majority of leagues even with a decent matchup against the Vikings. Starks should only be considered a flex option in most formats until he takes control of this backfield over Grant. (Started in 59 percent of leagues in Week 6)
DeAngelo Williams (vs. WAS): Williams had 12 carries last week at Atlanta, which matched his season high, and he finished with just 44 yards. He's just too difficult to trust. He doesn't work at the goal line and he doesn't catch passes with just eight receptions on the season. Jonathan Stewart has more upside, and he's worth using as a sleeper this week against the Redskins. The Redskins have allowed a running back to reach double digits in Fantasy points in each game this year, and Stewart is the better bet to keep that streak alive over Williams. He should only be started as a flex option in deeper formats. (Started in 53 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Tim Hightower (at CAR): This is a great matchup for the Redskins since the Panthers have allowed 10 touchdowns to opposing running backs and six have reached double digits in Fantasy points. But as we told you last week, it's too difficult to trust Hightower right now with how coach Mike Shanahan is treating his running backs. We consider Ryan Torain a sleeper because he's the best bet for carries, but Hightower didn't play last week even though he was considered the starter prior to the game. With his situation unknown due to a lingering shoulder injury, keep him reserved in all leagues even with the favorable matchup. (Started in 29 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Michael Bush (vs. KC): This could be the week where Bush gets back in the end zone, but if he doesn't score he's basically useless to Fantasy owners, which has been proven the past two games. Bush had just two Fantasy points combined against Houston and Cleveland with 37 rushing yards in those outings. His best rushing total on the year is 30 yards in Week 1 at Denver and unless McFadden gets hurt, it will be hard to trust Bush as a starter in most formats. The Chiefs have allowed six rushing touchdowns to running backs this year, but Bush is just too risky to use in the majority of standard leagues. (Started in 20 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Delone Carter (at NO): It was tough for Carter in Week 6 at Cincinnati when he had 14 carries for 45 yards and was outplayed by Donald Brown, who had eight carries for 35 yards and a touchdown. This could be another tough week for Carter against the Saints. New Orleans has allowed more than 100 rushing yards each of the past two weeks against Williams and Earnest Graham, but the Saints have only given up one rushing touchdown to a running back since Week 1. Carter could lose more touches to Brown, who is running with more authority, and he remains a risky starter in most formats. (Started in 32 percent of leagues in Week 6)

Bust alert: Maurice Jones-Drew (vs. BAL): It's hard to bench Jones-Drew in the majority of leagues, especially with so many quality options on a bye, but this is a difficult matchup for him. The Ravens remain among the best run defenses in the NFL and they have limited Mendenhall, Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson and Shonn Greene to six Fantasy points or less in each matchup. Arian Foster had nine Fantasy points against Baltimore last week, but he needed six catches for 52 yards to reach that total. Jones-Drew has at least eight Fantasy points in every game this season, but he's not being used in the passing game with just nine catches for 75 yards on the year. If you can afford to bench Jones-Drew this week it might be the right move if you have better options with more favorable matchups. (Started in 94 percent of leagues in Week 6)

Wide receiver

Start 'Em

Week 7 sleeper WRs
Steve Breaston, KC at OAK
Percy Harvin, MIN vs. GB
Darrius Heyward-Bey, OAK vs. KC
Eric Decker, DEN at MIA
Nate Burleson, DET vs. ATL

Reggie Wayne (at NO): Maybe going home is just what Wayne needs to help break out of his recent funk, and we're expecting the New Orleans native to play well this week. Even though Wayne has totaled just 25 Fantasy points in his past five games, he's still involved in the passing game with 43 targets over that span. He's just not connecting with Curtis Painter, who has favored Pierre Garcon -- also a must-start receiver this week. But this is a good matchup to trust Wayne since the Saints have allowed eight touchdowns to opposing receivers and five have reached double digits in Fantasy points. (Started in 73 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Greg Little (vs. SEA): We had Little as a sleeper in Week 6 and he played well against the Raiders with seven Fantasy points. He almost scored a touchdown except he must have tripped on some grass before finding the end zone. In any event, Little now has 12 catches for 127 yards in his past two games and should continue to improve with more playing time. The best part about his performance against Oakland was that he had 12 targets. Seattle has allowed four touchdowns to opposing receivers and five have reached double digits in Fantasy points. Losing Trufant is a difficult blow to the secondary. (Started in 16 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Nate Washington (vs. HOU): As we pointed out last week with Anquan Boldin, the Texans have struggled with No. 1 receivers. They have allowed double digits in Fantasy points to Wayne in Week 1, Brandon Marshall in Week 2, Lance Moore in Week 3 (Marques Colston was out with a broken collarbone), Darrius Heyward-Bey in Week 4 and Boldin last week. Washington has at least six Fantasy points in each game this season and he has a touchdown in each meeting against the Texans at home the past two years. If Hasselbeck is going to have any success this week it will be from throwing the ball to Washington. (Started in 47 percent of leagues in Week 5)
Brandon Marshall (vs. DEN): Marshall had an interesting game at the Jets in Week 6. He didn't get ejected despite his pregame rant, and he finished with six catches for 109 yards. He also dropped at least three potential touchdowns and stepped out of bounds on a 46-yard reception when there was no defender between him and the end zone. The best part of his performance, which was his first start with quarterback Matt Moore, was that he had 13 targets. If that continues then Marshall should finish the season playing on a high note, and we like him this week in a matchup with his former team. The Broncos have allowed eight touchdowns to opposing receivers and seven have reached double digits in Fantasy points. (Started in 60 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Sidney Rice (at CLE): Rice should play well in this matchup with the Browns not having standout cornerback Joe Haden (knee) again this week. Heyward-Bey was able to catch six passes for 82 yards against Cleveland last week with Haden out, and Rice has double digits in Fantasy points in two of his past three games. He might have Charlie Whitehurst as his quarterback this week with Tarvaris Jackson (chest) out, but Rice should finish Week 7 as at least a No. 2 Fantasy receiver. (Started in 63 percent of leagues in Week 5)

Sit 'Em

Plaxico Burress (vs. SD): Burress has been a disappointment the past three weeks with just eight Fantasy points on seven catches for 91 yards and no touchdowns. He has 21 targets over that span, but he and Sanchez just aren't connecting. The Chargers also present a tough matchup this week since they have allowed just two receivers to score touchdowns and two to reach double digits in Fantasy points. Burress should be reserved in most formats until he starts to play on a more consistent level. (Started in 53 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Mike Williams (vs. CHI): We keep waiting for Williams to play like the receiver we saw last season, but he's still stuck in a rut. He hasn't scored since Week 1, and he's now getting outplayed by Arrelious Benn and Preston Parker. The Bears have been hurt by big-play receivers this year like Devery Henderson, Steve Smith, Greg Jennings and Calvin Johnson, but Williams doesn't have much down-field ability right now. He should only be considered a No. 3 Fantasy option in leagues that start three receivers. (Started in 70 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Lance Moore (vs. IND): Moore has become a non-factor for the Saints with the emergence of Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles, and now that Colston is back to 100 percent, Moore is the No. 4 option in the passing game at best. In his past three games, Moore has 12 Fantasy points with 10 catches for 126 yards and no touchdowns. Now, if you're hoping for Moore to play well, he did have nine catches for 88 yards and a touchdown in his last home game in Week 3 against Houston. And the Colts have allowed eight touchdowns to opposing receivers and seven to reach double digits in Fantasy points. But Colston is the only Saints receiver to start this week along with Graham. Leave Moore, Robert Meachem and Henderson on the bench. (Started in 43 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Devin Hester (at TB): Hester played well last week against the Vikings with five catches for 91 yards and a touchdown, and he has 10 catches the past two weeks. But don't buy Hester as a starting Fantasy option in the majority of leagues just yet. He's averaging only four targets a game the past four weeks, and the Bucs have only allowed three receivers to score on them this season. Hester is worth using in leagues where you get points for special teams based on his return prowess, but keep him reserved in most standard formats. (Started in 4 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Jacoby Jones (at TEN): Jones had a great performance against the Ravens in Week 6 with four catches for 76 yards and a touchdown, but he's too inconsistent to trust, even with Johnson sidelined. The week before against the Raiders, Jones finished with one catch for 9 yards despite 11 targets. The Titans have allowed just two receivers to reach double digits in Fantasy points, and both happened in the same game in Week 5 against the Steelers with Hines Ward and Mike Wallace. We'll find out if Jones gets into a fight with cornerback Cortland Finnegan like Johnson did last year, but we expect Tennessee's secondary to win the battle with Jones in this matchup. (Started in 8 percent of leagues in Week 6)

Bust alert: Vincent Jackson (at NYJ): You're not sitting Jackson in the majority of leagues, but he's not a lock to start in all formats. Something just feels off with Jackson, which is likely due to his hamstring problem. On top of that, Jackson has a difficult matchup against Darrelle Revis, and if he shadows Jackson as expected he could struggle to be a Top 24 Fantasy receiver. The last time Jackson faced Revis was in the playoffs following the 2009 season, and Jackson had a standout performance with seven catches for 111 yards. But the Jets have only allowed one receiver to score a touchdown through the air since Week 1, and Revis did a great job against Marshall on Monday night (his 46-yard reception came on broken coverage from Antonio Cromartie). Revis will focus to take away Jackson, and he will see increased attention if Antonio Gates (foot) is out also. If you can afford to sit Jackson this week then keep him reserved for another receiver with a better matchup. (Started in 98 percent of leagues in Week 5)

Tight end

Start 'Em

Week 7 sleeper TEs
Ed Dickson, BAL at JAC
Benjamin Watson, CLE vs. SEA
Lance Kendricks, STL at DAL

Kellen Winslow (vs. CHI): The only reason to start Winslow this week is the matchup because otherwise he has been pretty pedestrian all season. But the Bears have allowed five touchdowns to opposing tight ends and five have at least seven Fantasy points this season. Winslow has yet to score a touchdown this year, and he has just two games with more than 50 receiving yards. But if there's a week to use him, especially with Vernon Davis, Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski and Jermaine Gresham on a bye, this is it. (Started in 41 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Dallas Clark (at NO): Even though Clark had his best game of the season in Week 6 at Cincinnati with six catches for 53 yards and a touchdown, it was still marred by a lost fumble. But at least that performance is something to build off of and he has a decent matchup this week against the Saints, who have allowed four touchdowns to opposing tight ends and four to reach at least seven Fantasy points. As we said with Winslow, there is a lot of talent missing at tight end this week, and Clark can hopefully carry the momentum from his performance against the Bengals into his matchup at New Orleans. (Started in 36 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Fred Davis (at CAR): We're still confident in Davis even with the quarterback switch from Rex Grossman to John Beck. Davis played well against the Eagles in Week 6 with six catches for 95 yards and he should be ready to play like a No. 1 Fantasy option again. Chris Cooley (hand) is out, which will take away any competition for playing time. And Davis was again featured in the offense against the Eagles with a season-high 11 targets. He faces Carolina in Week 7, which has allowed just two tight ends to reach double digits in Fantasy points, but Davis is still be worth using as a starting option in the majority of leagues. (Started in 24 percent of leagues in Week 6)

Sit 'Em

Jared Cook (vs. HOU): Cook should continue to improve as the season goes on, and he's coming off his two best games of the year with six catches for 159 yards and a touchdown against Cleveland and Pittsburgh. But this could be a tough matchup for him based on how Houston has done against tight ends this season. The Texans have only allowed one tight end to score against them or reach double digits in Fantasy points, and that was Graham, who has abused everyone. Otherwise the Texans have limited Clark, Heath Miller, Kevin Boss and Ed Dickson to nine catches for 74 yards. (Started in 20 percent of leagues in Week 5)
Heath Miller (at ARI): We gave Miller a chance to be a starter last week against Jacksonville in a great matchup and he let us down with four catches for 27 yards. The problem with Miller is you never know when he's going to succeed. He has another quality matchup this week against the Cardinals, who have allowed two touchdowns to opposing tight ends and three to reach at least seven Fantasy points, but Miller will likely disappoint you again. He only has one touchdown on the year and two games with at least seven Fantasy points. (Started in 16 percent of leagues in Week 6)
Kevin Boss (vs. KC): Boss had his best game of the season in terms of Fantasy points in Week 6 against Cleveland with nine, but that total is misleading. He had one catch for 35 yards and a touchdown, but it came on a fake field goal off a pass from punter Shane Lechler. Boss should improve as the year goes on now that Palmer is the starting quarterback in Oakland, but the two will have to develop a rapport first. Let that play out before using Boss as a starter in the majority of leagues. (Started in 3 percent of leagues in Week 6)

Bust alert: Dustin Keller (vs. SD): Keller is starting to disappoint us again like he did last year, and he's becoming a risky Fantasy option. As a refresher from last season, Keller got off to a hot start through the first four games before disappearing once Santonio Holmes returned from a suspension. This year, Keller was solid through the first three games with at least eight Fantasy points a week and two touchdowns. Since then, however, Keller has a combined six Fantasy points in three games with five catches for 70 yards over that span. He also has just seven targets the past two games after seeing at least six through the first four. We expect Keller to bounce back and play at a high level, but he's a risky Fantasy option this week even against the Chargers, who have allowed four touchdowns to opposing tight ends and three to reach at least nine Fantasy points. (Started in 57 percent of leagues in Week 6)

Defense/Special teams

Start 'Em

Week 7 sleeper DSTs
Raiders vs. KC
Chargers at NYJ
Titans vs. HOU

Cowboys (vs. STL): The Cowboys did a good job coming off their bye in Week 5 because their best Fantasy outing of the season was Week 6 at New England with 15 points. They should post another quality stat line this week against the Rams at home, especially if Sam Bradford (ankle) is out. Dallas leads the NFL in run defense and should make things difficult for Steven Jackson, and the Cowboys should be able to reach at least 15 Fantasy points for the second time this year based on the matchup. (Started in 14 percent of leagues in Week 6)

Sit 'Em

Vikings (vs. GB): The Vikings had an opportunity to help Fantasy owners in Week 6 with a good matchup at Chicago, and they were a complete letdown with just three Fantasy points. This week they have the difficult assignment of trying to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, and no defense has been able to do that this season. Green Bay enters Sunday sporting the No. 3 passing attack in the league, averaging over 325 yards per contest, and Rodgers should have his way with this secondary. The Vikings were a trendy bye-week replacement in Week 6, but it's safe for all owners to drop them based on their matchup in Week 7. (Started in 36 percent of leagues in Week 6)

Kicker

Start 'Em

Week 7 sleeper Ks
Dan Carpenter, MIA vs. DEN
Phil Dawson, CLE vs. SEA
Adam Vinatieri, IND at NO

Rob Bironas (vs. HOU): The Texans have done a nice job of keeping teams out of the end zone with only nine touchdowns allowed in six games, but they have allowed the most field goal attempts with 17. In their past two games against Oakland and Baltimore, Sebastian Janikowski and Billy Cundiff have combined for nine field goals, and three kickers have made multiple field goals against Houston. Bironas has five field goals in two home games this season, and he has made seven field goals on the season. He should be a useful bye-week replacement this week, and he has two games with multiple field goals against the Texans in their past five meetings. (Started in 35 percent of leagues in Week 5)

Sit 'Em

Nick Folk (vs. SD): Folk has been quiet of late with only three field goals in his past four games. After recording double digits in Fantasy points in consecutive games to start the season, Folk has just 20 points over the past four weeks combined. The Chargers have allowed multiple field goals to two kickers this season in Stephen Gostkowski and Dan Carpenter, but the Jets just aren't giving Carpenter enough opportunities to be successful. He should be considered a risky bye-week replacement based on his recent lack of activity. (Started in 40 percent of leagues in Week 6)

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The Seahawks are a 12-point home favorite against St. Louis.


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Alexander had 15 total tackles in 2013 with one sack.


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