Podcastic Start/ Sit Week 7
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QB: Justin Herbert
Herbert has been quite a surprise to most. He put up 23 fantasy points 2 games ago against a very tough Tampa Bay defense following that up with a 29 point performance against the Saints! This was in just 4 point per passing touchdown leagues. He now faces a weak Jaguars defense that allows the 10th most fantasy points per game to QBs (20.7). Look for Herbert to have another solid outing and feel comfortable streaming him this week!
QB: Teddy Bridgewater (vs. New Orleans), FantasyPros ECR QB17
I originally had Andy Dalton here but I can’t pass up the narrative of Bridgewater going back to New Orleans and outdueling Brees. Prior to (predictably) struggling against Chicago last week, Bridgewater had consecutive top-12 finishes in weeks 5 and 6. The Saints have been a pass defense to target in fantasy, allowing the 4th most fantasy points to QBs, including 11 passing TDs in the last three games.
QB: Justin Herbert
At home, coming off his bye, against Minshew Mania and a Jags D that’s given up over 30 points in 5 straight games. Herbert’s averaging almost 300 yards a game passing and is coming off a 4 TD 0 interception game. If only he’d grow a mustache and start wearing jorts, he’d be more hyped.
RB: Ronald Jones
Just wow. Ronald Jones has performed even better than I expected. Coming off back to back to back 100 yard rushing outing, do not expect him to slow down this week! The Raiders allow the 3rd most fantasy points per game to running backs and Rojo is an easy start here!
RB: Joshua Kelley (vs. Jacksonville) FantasyPros ECR RB37
The Kelley bandwagon broke down in week three and is still sitting by the side of the road. And while most people left and crowded onto Justin Jackson, I’ve refused to give up on Kelley. The Chargers are one of the more talented 1-4 teams you’ll find, with two of those losses coming in OT and the other two by seven points or less. We haven’t had a chance to see what they’d do with a lead for much of the game. But they should have a chance this week vs. Jacksonville, who have spent the third most time trailing this year (only the WFT and Jets are worse). Kelley could be a workhorse this week, with a chance at 20+ carries and at least one TD.
RB: Antonio Gibson
Gibson and J.D. McKissic have flip flopped snap counts the last few games but Gibson has gotten double digit touches in every game. Gibson is also slightly TD dependent but the Cowboys D has given up 10 rushing TDs and gives up the 2nd most rushing yards a game. Gibson also has 13 catches in the last 3 games so against the Cowboys, I’m rolling out Gibson.
WR: Brandin Cooks/ Will Fuller
Houston has been on fire since the release of head coach/ GM Bill O'Brien. Brandin Cooks is cooking to the tone of 21 targets 17 receptions for 229 yards and 2 TDs in the last two games. And Will Fuller's stat line is alot "fuller" than before grabbing 10 of 19 targets for 182 yards and 2 TDs in the past two games. Even in a tough matchup against the Packers, I would feel comfortable starting either of them as my WR 2/3.
WR: Tee Higgins (vs. Cleveland) FantasyPros ECR WR29
Higgins broke out last week against a solid Colts defense with 6 receptions for 125 yards. That was his second top thirteen finish in the last four weeks. Higgins is getting targets (7+ in the last four weeks) and air yards (90+ in the last four weeks). Now he gets a Browns defense allowing the fourth most yards to WRs. He’s set up for a potentially huge week.
WR: DJ Moore
Coming off 2 double digit fantasy games in a row, Moore may finally be picking up the pace in Carolina. Saints have given up 15 touchdown passes and give up 30 points a game. All receiving options look good against the Saints but I like Moore in what could be a high scoring affair.
TE: Evan Engram
Engram has struggled a bit this year but gets a very juicy matchip against the Eagles who give up 12.1 points per game to the position. Engram is still very much an explosive playmaker, and the Giants will need him to step up to get this offense on the right course.
TE: Noah Fant (vs. Kansas City) FantasyPros ECR TE16
Even though he’s currently questionable, I’m assuming Fant plays after he was a game time decision last week. Fant started the year off strong with Drew Lock at QB, with 10 receptions, 138 yards and two touchdowns in the first two weeks. The Chiefs have had mixed results with tight ends this year, allowing a season-high 83 yards to Hunter Henry in week two and then holding Mark Andrews to 22 yards in week three. I think Darren Waller’s line in week five (5 receptions, 48 yards, 1 touchdown) is within reach for Fant.
QB: Jared Goff
Jared Goff has looked solid this year but faces his toughest test to date, the Chicago Bears defense. Don't expect a high scoring affair here, more of a grind it out type of game. The Bears only give up 12.5 fantasy points per game to QBs and I don't expect Goff to light it up this week. Look for a better option.
QB: Cam Newton (vs. San Francisco) FantasyPros ECR QB11
I had to go down to #11 in ECR before I found a QB that I didn’t like this week. Other than the week 5 beatdown by Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins, the 49ers have been solid vs. the pass, holding four teams under 200 yards. Newton will have to duplicate Kyler Murray’s success on the ground in week one vs. SF (91 yards and a TD) to be a QB1 this week.
QB: Derick Carr
Carr is quietly having himself a great year with 11 TDs 1interception, leads the league with a 73.1% completion rate, and just beat the defending champion Chiefs. Tampa Bay’s D though leads the league in yards allowed and just completely shut down Aaron Rodgers. In a prime time Sunday night game, I’m sitting Carr against a hot Bucs D.
RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Clyde has a very tough matchup against the Denver Broncos run defense. He also now has to share a backfield with Le'veon Bell. He should be the lead back but Bell will command touches. This is not Pitt Lev Bell but he is probably not Jets Lev Bell either. You probably still have to start CEH, but definitely temper expectations here.
RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (vs. Denver) FantasyPros ECR RB9
After seeing most people down on CEH after the Le’Veon Bell signing, he’s again sitting inside the ECR top 10 after rushing for 161 yards vs. Buffalo. But even assuming Bell sits out again this week, CEH has a very difficult matchup against Denver. The Broncos have allowed the fewest fantasy points to RBs (which includes just one total TD).
RB: Joe Mixon
Mixon had a slow start to the year and now is dealing with a foot injury. Cleveland has a top 5 rushing D and held Mixon to 46 rushing yards and no TDs in their first meeting. At the least hobbled this week, I’m sitting Mixon.
WR: Michael Gallup
The Dallas offense is not the same without Dak at the helm. Dalton will not be able to support all three WR. Gallup may be the odd man out. They face the Washington Football team who surprisingly have one of the better defenses vs WRs. I would keep Gallup on my bench until we see Dalton show he can still be a competent QB.
WR: Robert Woods (vs. Chicago) FantasyPros ECR WR10
I’m not sure what Woods has done to have a consensus top 10 ranking this week. His season high in receptions is six and, outside of week one, hasn’t gone over 80 yards receiving in a game. Ironically, after going through most of last year without a TD, his scoring this year has been boosted by TDs (three in the last four weeks). But the Bears are very tough vs. WRs, allowing only one TD this year (every other team has allowed at least three).
WR: Amari Cooper
Cooper is coming off a good game against the Cardinals but his touchdown was in garbage time after the game was put away. The Cowboys offense takes a significant hit with Dalton at QB and now play a surprisingly good Washington D. Washington is 2nd in pass yards allowed and have only given up 3 TDs to WRs all year. This is a tough sit but don’t be surprised if Cooper struggles.
TE: Richard Rodgers
I should not even have to write this, but I know alot of people think that the starting TE for the Eagles is a valuable fantasy asset. It is more the fact of how good Goedert and Ertz have been and how injured the WR position has been. Expect Fulgham to get the bulk of the targets this week and Rodgers to maybe get a handful. Only start him in extremely deep leagues especially due to the fact that the NY Giants D only give up 5.4 points per game to the TE position.
TE: Darren Waller (vs. Tampa Bay) FantasyPros ECR TE3
Let’s be honest, if you have Waller, you’re playing him. So this is more of a heads up to keep expectations in check. Tampa Bay has been a tough defense this year, and that includes against TEs (12th fewest points allowed). This includes holding Noah Fant and Hunter Henry to under 50 yards each and only allowing 25 yards last week to Big Bobby T (aka Robert Tonyan).