Week 6 was a hit-or-miss for our bloggers. One of them had a great week of starts and sits, while the other missed on almost every pick.
While none of A-Mac’s starts in Week 6 registered double-digit points, GOAT got a 22-point game from Chief back Spencer Ware and another 300-yard passing game from Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer. GOAT also nailed his “Sit Ems'” with Matt Forte and Tyrell Williams registering a combined three fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. Meanwhile, we believe A-Mac will never doubt Ezekiel Elliot again, as the rookie got 16 standard scoring points despite not scoring a touchdown last week.
Thankfully for A-Mac, Elliot and the Cowboys join the Panthers as the two teams on a bye for Week 7. However, there is no bye week for GOAT and A-Mac, so here are their start ’em and sit ’em’s for Week 7!
GOATs Week 7 Start Ems’
James White, RB, New England Patriots (ESPN 60.% owned): White’s fantasy numbers have significantly improved since Brady’s return. His Week 6 numbers are the best so far thanks to a couple of receiving touchdowns against the Bengals. Given that the Steelers pass defense is ranked similarly to the Bengals, in the bottom third of the league, and that they allowed Jay Ajayi to rush for 204 yards, this should be a favorable fantasy matchup for White.
Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (ESPN 99.9% owned): Robinson has come back to Earth compared to last year’s production. He is currently ranked 31st among wide receivers and had his worst week of the season against Chicago, going for only 49 yards receiving last week, Look for him to bounce back to WR1 level production against the Oakland Raiders’ bottom five pass defense.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Fransisco 49ers (ESPN 10.4% owned): After three off-season surgeries and losing the starting job to Blaine Gabbert to start the season, Kaepernick is back at the helm of the 49ers offense. Overall, the 49ers are a mess, but Kaepernick protected the ball and bolstered his fantasy production by rushing for 66 yards. Facing a soft Tampa Bay defense could provide an opportunity to breakout.
A-Mac’s Week 7 Start Ems’
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ESPN 31.3% owned): With Bucs workhorse Doug Martin missing his second straight game, Rodgers is expected to start again for Tampa Bay. Last start, Rodgers ran the ball 30 times for 101 yards against the 11th ranked Carolina rush defense. This week Rodgers may get the same amount of touches against the dead-last 49er rush defense that was just shredded by Lesean McCoy and the rest of the Bills for 228 rushing yards and for touchdowns.
Ty Montgomery, WR, Green Bay Packers (ESPN 14.7% owned): With the recent injury to the ever disappointing Eddie Lacy, the Green Bay backfield is in disarray. Knile Davis, who was just acquired in a trade from Kansas City, is currently the only healthy tailback on the Packer roster. While Montgomery is already filling in at the third receiver with Davante Adams ailing from a concussion, it’s been reported that he will also get some looks in the backfield on Thursday night. Not every week you can play a running back and a slot receiver at the same time.
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins (ESPN 24.9% owned): With Jordan Reed sidelined with a concussion last week, Davis stepped in and went for 50 yards receiving and a touchdown. If Reed missed this week, Davis gets a premier match up against the Detroit Lions, who have allowed seven touchdowns to tight ends already this year.
GOAT’s Week 7 Sit Ems’
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins (ESPN 69.7% owned): Ajayi went wild last week rushing for 204 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers. I expect him to come crashing back to Earth against a Bills defense that has performed way above expectations over the last four weeks. If you just scooped him off the waiver wire, it might not be a good idea to start him until next week.
Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints (ESPN 98.5% owned): Cooks has yet to face a good secondary this season and has already had two terrible weeks. His first contest against a top ten defense doesn’t look like a good recipe for success. As the clear WR1 for Brees, he will draw plenty of extra attention.
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals (ESPN 85.2% owned): Palmer was underwhelming in a match up against the Jets’ worst pass defense in the NFL. He also left the game in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury. With Seattle coming to town, his injury, and the fact that he hasn’t posted a decent fantasy outing since Week 2, keep Palmer on the bench.
A-Mac’s Week 7 Sit Ems’
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (ESPN 99.3% owned): When it comes to average fantasy points scores per game, Brees is second only behind Matt Ryan with 22.6 points a game in standard scoring leagues. Brees is a much better quarterback at home than on the road, averaging 29 points in three home games compared to just 13 points in two road games. Brees and the Saints are on the road this week in Kansas City where the Chiefs have allowed just one passing touchdown all season.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN 99.9% owned): The Steelers suffered a huge blow last week with Ben Roethlisberger tearing his MCL and getting surgery to repair it. With backup Landry Jones leading the passing attack against the Patriots, look for New England to focus solely on Bell this week. The Patriots run defense has been stingy as of late, not allowing a touchdown to running backs in the last four weeks.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans (ESPN 99.9% owned): Poor DeAndre Hopkins. While his quarterback from last year, Brian Hoyer, has thrown for over 300 yards the last four weeks, Hopkins and Brock Osweiler have yet to click. In Osweilers return to Denver, Hopkins and the Texans face the Denver defense that has allowed double digit points to receiving corps just once in the last five weeks.