Below you will find our Week 7 Start Bench Advice for the 2013 fantasy football season. Who should you start entering Week 7? Who should you sit? If you have start ‘em and sit ‘em dilemmas not mentioned below, be sure to post a comment at the end of the article; I, or one of our awesome DraftCalc moderators, will try and hit you back with an answer!
Also, don’t forget to check out our Week 7 Projections.
Let’s get to it!
- Andrew Luck, TY Hilton, Reggie Wayne vs. DEN
Andrew Luck, TY Hilton, Reggie Wayne vs. DEN
Andrew Luck, TY Hilton and Reggie Wayne should bounce-back in a major way in Week 7, as Denver is ranked dead-last in the league against the pass. Denver might be 2nd in the league against the run (which isn’t good for Trent Richardson in Week 7), but they surrender 338 passing yards and almost 2 passing TDs per-game. Then mix in the fact that Denver is fully capable of outscoring their opponents by quite a bit come the third quarter, you have yourself a recipe for tons of 3rd- and 4th-quarter passing (for the Colts). While anything can happen, proven by the way this fantasy season has gone for RB1s, Luck should be golden for 300 and 2-3.
- Robert Griffin III vs. CHI
Robert Griffin III vs. CHI
A lot of people don’t like Robert Griffin III right now, and while it’s understandable that slower-than-expected starts can often create major long-term doubt, I think many could overlook RG3 down the stretch here in Weeks 7-16. First off, he looked healthy in Week 6 — that bye week did him some good! And, on that topic, if you don’t own RG3 but want to, he is bye-free from here on out! It’s a small thing, but important, especially if you can buy-low. RG3 didn’t throw for a touchdown in Week 6, and he had a pick, but he ran well (77 rushing yards), which was encouraging, and his match-up is great this week against the Bears (who rank in the bottom four against the pass). This game is also at home, something that will surely benefit the passer. Is there risk attached to RG3? Sure, he wouldn’t be in the sleeper start section if there wasn’t risk… people are in major ‘doubt mode’, and many RG3 owners are talking about throwing much lesser fantasy options into their line-ups heading into Week 7. Again, it’s understandable, and sure there is some risk that RG3 needs even a few more games to get back to his old self… I have a good feeling about this match-up in Week 7, though, so unless you have an even bigger QB name on your roster, don’t sit RG3 this week for a borderline top 10 passer. Just don’t. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if the guy dropped 280-300 passing, 50+ rushing and 2-3 total scores. The Bears score a lot, and given Washington is middle-of-the-league against both the rush and the pass, I think this game is a high-scoring battle!
- Nick Foles vs. DAL
Nick Foles vs. DAL
This game is in Philly, the Cowboys rank in the bottom three in the league against the pass, and Nick Foles just dropped 296 yards and 4TDs filling in for Michael Vick last week… any questions? In fact, in roughly 1.5 games, Foles has 6TDs and 0INTs. Dallas surrenders over 300 and 2TDs per-game through the air – Foles is a strong bet for at least that this week! Not that you’d be expecting otherwise, but expect huge games this week out of both DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy.
- Knowshon Moreno at IND
Knowshon Moreno at IND
After last week’s 3TD performance, it’s tough imagining anyone sitting Knowshon Moreno heading into this match-up (as Indy is 31st against the run)… that said, most that own Moreno picked him up off waivers, or drafted him very, very late, so there are likely two much bigger names sitting in front of him on paper/your roster. So, with that said, don’t sit a big-time rusher for Moreno, but bring your dilemma to our forums if you feel it’s a dilemma… and don’t hesitate to run Moreno out onto the field in Week 7 as your flex option. Moreno should be good for 100 total yards and a score in this one. He could have a much bigger day than that, too.
- Giovani Bernard at DET
Giovani Bernard at DET
Again, like with Knowshon Moreno above, it’s hard to initially imagine many benching Giovani Bernard entering Week 7 (after he just dropped 100 total yards and a score against the Bills), but teams that own players like Bernard and Moreno were most likely built to have those guys as RB3s… so, dilemmas are now emerging. Well, like said above, bring your dilemmas to the forums, but know that Gio is a good bet fro 100 total yards and a score against the Lions this week, as the Lions are in the bottom five against the run and bottom 10 against the pass. Since Gio makes his living in both arenas, this is a great overall match-up for the explosive and speedy runner.
- Lamar Miller vs. BUF
Lamar Miller vs. BUF
This is the match-up fantasy owners have been waiting for, at least that’s what logic suggests, and with running backs this year, logic doesn’t always pay. Buffalo ranks 28th against the run through Week 6, and given that the Bills are also in the bottom 10 against the pass, something tells me that Miami will be able to run in this one. With the Bills enduring quarterback injuries, and given that this game is in Miami, I’m hopeful that Miller will finally see some heavy 3rd- and 4th-quarter touches in this one… 100 and a touch on the ground sounds past due for the runner! There are safer options, know that, but now is the time to buy-low if you believe in the guy.
- Chris Givens at CAR
Chris Givens at CAR
I know, many of you are considering cutting Chris Givens, so starting him is not even in your thought process right now… well, don’t sit a big name for the struggling receiver, as this is the “sleeper starts” section… however, if you’re juggling WR3s, or need a high-risk/high-reward flex play this week, consider giving Givens another look. He dropped what was to be an 80-yard touchdown last week… had he caught that, we’d be talking about his 3 receptions for exactly 100 yards and 1TD. It is what it is, though, and we could play that “if he caught this pass” game all day long with a long list of players, but my point is it’s not like he isn’t still the Rams’ deep-threat… and it’s not like Sam Bradford isn’t putting up strong fantasy stats, because he is. Let’s get one thing clear… Givens is a second-year player, and sometimes it takes receivers three season (sometimes four) to explode. Could I be a year early? Sure. I’m not suggesting that I am yet, but my point here is that if Givens continues to struggle, dynasty owners can’t give up on him, and non-dynasty owners should be buying low… he could explode next year if not this year — Ok, so all that said, I still think he is ready to shine this year… so, here is to 4-5 receptions and 80 yards and a score!
- Andy Dalton at DET
Andy Dalton at DET
Not that I’m advising anyone to sit a big name passer for Andy Dalton this week, he could have a solid outing against the Lions, who rank 26th against the pass. If anything, this is great news for AJ Green and Giovani Bernard owners this week, as both could see near 100 total yards and a great shot at a touchdown.
Our Week 7 Player Projections are sortable, so that you can list only running backs, quarterbacks, wide receivers or tight ends individually. Or, you can list all positions at once. We also have a PPR and non-PPR sorting option. Your line-up decisions just got a whole lot easier!