*Editors Note: Before the start of each week, we’ll go over how the previous week’s selections fared.
Week 6 Review:
Top QB: Ben Roethlisberger – finished outside top 25 (left game with injury)
QB Sit: Kirk Cousins – finished 15th
QB Sleeper: Marcus Mariota – finished 4th
Top RB: Lamar Miller – finished 4th
RB Sit: Theo Riddick – finished outside top 25
RB Sleeper: Christine Michael – finished 8th
Top WR: Antonio Brown – finished outside top 25
WR Sit: DeSean Jackson – finished outside top 25
WR Sleeper: Jeremy Maclin – finished outside top 25
Top TE: Delanie Walker – finished outside top 25
TE Sit: Antonio Gates – finished outside top 25
TE Sleeper: Jimmy Graham – finished 10th
Top D/ST: Carolina – finished outside top 25
D/ST Sit: NY Jets – finished outside top 25
D/ST Sleeper: New England Patriots – finished 15th
Week 7 Predictions
Top QB: Matt Ryan – With 19+ points in five games this season for Matt Ryan, the Falcons come into a game against the Chargers, who give up 17.83 points per game to quarterbacks (11th in the league). Although it isn’t as good as Philip Rivers’ matchup against the Falcons, who surrenders 21.57 points per game (2nd in the league), Ryan has thrown six touchdowns in just two home games this season.
QB Sit: Sam Bradford – A risky sit this week as Bradford could thrive with revenge on his mind, but he faces an Eagles team that has held QBs (including Ben Roethlisberger) to a combined 16 fantasy points over the last two home games. Bradford is a serious huge boom or bust this week, as it’s too risky and there are better options out there.
QB Sleeper: Matthew Stafford – Although there are great secondary matchups this week such as Andy Dalton vs Cleveland, or Kirk Cousins vs Detroit, or Marcus Mariota vs the Colts, I’ll go with Stafford in Week 7. Although the Redskins ranked 23rd in the league in points allowed to the position, they have played Eli Manning, who has looked lost at times, and two rookie QBs. The fact of the matter is that on the other side, the Lions give up the most fantasy points to QBs, the ball could be thrown all over the place in this game, and I like Stafford’s weapons more.
Top RB: DeMarco Murray – Coming into Week 7 against Indy, a team who’ve given up 25.6 points per game to backs this season. Last week the Colts looked absolutely futile against Lamar Miller and although some people would put Miller in an elite category above Murray, there is no reason why DeMarco can’t finish in the top 3 this week with the great volume he is going to get yet again.
RB Sit: Frank Gore – Averaging just 14.8 points per game to running backs this season are Gore’s counterpart the Titans, and although Gore has been a nice surprise given his age, starting him with absolute confidence this week may not be the best idea. Gore has scored 10+ points in four of his last five games, a pace that can’t go on much longer.
RB Sleeper: New England Patriots Running Backs – I never though I’d see the day where I nominate such a crowded backfield as a sleeper option, but New England’s backs have seemed to finally gain specific individual roles. With Tom Brady back, the PPR value of James White has not only stayed afloat, but has jumped up. Also, LeGarrette Blount who yes, has seen his snap percentage decrease, faces a Steelers defense who was torched by Jay Ajayi last week for 204 yards. Pittsburgh ranks sixth in the NFL in points given up to the position.
Top WR: Julio Jones – Since I’m rolling with Matt Ryan this week, I’ll double down on the Falcons as if Ryan is going to have the projected success. There’s not much to be said here. Ryan depends on Jones’ impact skills weekly. Add that, to a Falcons’ offense which appears to be turning the corner into that formidable force once again.
WR Sit: Stefon Diggs – Impressing greatly early in the year, Diggs returns this week after a groin injury. Fantasy fans should probably wait a week to see if he can get back to normal as a matchup against the Eagles certainly isn’t ideal. A defense that has allowed just two touchdowns and 19.56 PPG (4th fewest) to opposing wideouts this season.
WR Sleeper: Allen Robinson – By no means is Robinson a “sleeper” by definition this week, but look for Bortles’ top option to do very well in Week 7. Oakland gives up the fifth most points to QBs and the second most points to WRs, in what should be a shootout. Robinson will be given every chance this week to shine.
Top TE: Delanie Walker – Call me crazy, but I am going to go back to Delanie this week. Walker turned out to be a huge bust last week, but sitting him against the Colts would be just plain wrong. With a minimum of seven catches in three straight games against Indy, an average of 6.5 catches overall have happened over his last six meetings against them. Indianapolis has allowed over 24 points to the position in their last two games.
TE Sit: Coby Fleener – Sure, you could chase the points, or you could be a fantasy genius in managing Fleener. Going off in Week 6 for two touchdowns and 19.6 fantasy points against an ailing Panthers’ defense is different than what he’s going up against in Kansas City’s D. The Chiefs have given up just one touchdown and only 4.4 PPG to opposing tight ends this season.
TE Sleeper: Zach Miller – Playing in TNF this week, Zach Miller remains the third most targeted tight end in all of football. There’s no reason to bench Miller this week, as there aren’t many more options, nor is there a ton of amazing matchups out there. Green Bay has given up nine fantasy points to TE’s this season, and Miller has a great chance to maybe even double that number with a solid game.
Top D/ST: Baltimore Ravens – The Jets give up the most points in the league to the position, and with Geno Smith announced as the starter, the Ravens should eat him up. Maybe it’s a bad thing Fitzpatrick isn’t starting as he leads the league in interceptions, however Geno Smith cannot be much better. Yes, the Ravens are a streaming option, but no reason why they can’t come out on top.
D/ST Sit: Pittsburgh Steelers – This was an attractive option this year for owners, however the Steelers defense was horrible in Week 6. An upcoming matchup against Tom Terrific and the Pats makes this unit a terrible option this Sunday. With Brady back from suspension, the opposition’s defense has recorded a combined four fantasy points.
D/ST Sleeper: Buffalo Bills – The Dolphins offense put up a good game against the Steelers defense, but the Bills are a different story. Opposing defenses are still averaging almost nine PPG against Tannehill and the Phins, and Buffalo has scored more fantasy points than all but one team so far this year. Being a division matchup, in what is projected to be a low scoring game, taking a D/ST from a defensive battle only seems right.