Fantasy Football Week 7: Start’em / Sit’em

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Last week: 15-15-3, Season: 116-65-28 (64%)

Fantasy Football Week 6 Picks Recap: 

Weeks 4 & 5 were my two best in my three years writing this column (77% accuracy!) and I got a little cocky about it in my last post. Of course I came back to earth in week 7, with my 2nd worst batch of picks ever. Sorry about that!

My start’em picks (14-4) were actually pretty darn good, but my sit’em choices were so awful (1-11-3) that it ended up a wash. My best start’em picks were Chris Ivory (+17), Alshon Jeffrey (+15), Greg Olsen (+15) and Gary Barnidge (+13). I did miss badly on Sam Bradford (-7), Peyton Manning (-6) who just doesn’t look like the same guy anymore, Charcandrick West (-6), and Shane Vereen (-6).

There isn’t anything nice to say about my sit’em picks, though I do want to thank Ameer Abdullah (-3) for fumbling his way to the bench and making at least one of my picks look smart. Of my 14 misses (!) the worst were Matt Stafford (+18), Philip Rivers (+13), Jonathan Stewart (+12), and Steve Smith Sr (+12), who I am officially never doubting again.

Fantasy Football Week 7 Picks:

Note: Only players started in less than 75% of Yahoo leagues will be eligible for the start’em category. The purpose of this column is advice on players that might not be every week starters. I’ll usually list at least one “Deep Sleeper” pick for players started in less than 10% of Yahoo leagues who I think are under-projected.

If you have questions about specific players, hit me up on Twitter or in the comment section and I will get back to you before this weekends games. Good luck in your fantasy match-ups this week and go Bears!



Carson Palmer, BAL (65%, 20) – The Ravens might have the worst secondary in the league and Palmer should be able to pick them apart this week and put up a big fantasy line.

Cam Newton, PHI (48%, 18) – Has a tough match-up this week against an Eagles squad in the top 10 in fantasy points allowed to QBs, but for the season Newton is averaging over 20 fantasy points per game and is coming off an even tougher match-up (@SEA) where he played pretty well. I was anti-Cam last year, but he is earning my trust back this season.

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Ryan Tannehill, HOU (30%, 18) – The Phins looked like a much better team after their bye week and the Texans secondary has been awful so far. There are a lot of weapons at Tannehill’s disposal and this could be a breakout game for the struggling QB.

Blake Bortles, BUF (28%, 18) – One of the biggest fantasy surprises this year and has a favorable match-up against a Bills defense that has been pretty easy to throw on this season. Bortles has put up over 20 fantasy points in three straight games and I think he will again this week.