Fantasy football week 7: Start’em and sit’em
We are just about a third of the way through an NFL season that has been full of surprises. Four undefeated teams remain, but behind them they playoff races is still wide open.
Here are our picks for who you should start on your fantasy team going into week seven:
Start: Philip Rivers, QB San Diego
Rivers is having yet another statistically strong season for the Chargers. Through six games, the veteran quarterback has thrown 12 touchdown passes and has completed 70 percent of his passing attempts. Rivers’s favorite and most trusted target, Antonio Gates, returned from a suspension last week, which will only help the Chargers passing attack moving forward. Rivers should have a big day this week against the leaky Raiders secondary.
Start: Frank Gore, RB Indianapolis
Gore has gotten off to a slow start in 2015, but over the last couple of weeks, his production has increased. He averaged a very strong 6.0 yards per rush against a tough Patriots defense in his last outing. The Colts will play New Orleans and their 30th ranked rush defense on Sunday. The Saints are giving up 138.2 yards per game to opposing running backs, so Gore should be able to carry his momentum over from last week.
Start: Eric Decker, WR New York Jets
The Jets’ passing game has been surprisingly strong this season, and Decker has been a big reason why. The former Bronco has caught a touchdown pass in each game he has played in so far this season. The Jets play the Patriots this week and will likely have to throw the ball early and often to keep up with New England’s high powered attack. The Patriots’ biggest weakness is their secondary, and Decker should be able to use his size and physicality to get open down field.
Sit: Alex Smith, QB Kansas City
Kansas City was supposed to challenge for a playoff spot this season, but at 1-5 those hopes are rapidly fading. The Chiefs’ best player, running back Jamaal Charles, tore his ACL and is done for the season. Now that opposing defenses no longer have to worry about containing the all-pro running back, they can focus on shutting down Smith and the Chiefs’ already lackluster passing attack.
Sit: Andre Ellington, RB Arizona
Ellington came into this season as the premiere back in Arizona, but injuries and the emergence of teammates David and Chris Johnson have turned the Cardinals’ rushing attack into a job by committee. All three players saw time last week against Pittsburgh, and although combined they were effective, individually none of the three was a solid fantasy performer. Arizona faces a stout Baltimore rush defense on Monday night, which should further limit Ellington’s production.
Sit: Kendall Wright, WR Tennessee
Kendall Wright has not lived up to the high expectations placed on him before this season, and things could get worse if starting quarterback Marcus Mariota proves too injured to play on Sunday. Wright only has 20 receptions and two touchdowns so far this season, and if backup quarterback Zach Mettenberger gets the starting nod this week, it is unlikely Wright will have an opportunity to add to those totals.
Will Rivers be able to transform his strong stats into more wins for the Chargers? Is
Kansas City’s offense dangerous enough to pull out any more victories now that
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