Week 7 Sit ‘Em & Start ‘Em for the 2012-2013 Fantasy Football season by Koopafantasy.
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(TB) Josh Freeman vs. (NO) – Freeman is coming off a three-touchdown game, and has a great chance at another this coming weekend when the Buccs play host to the Saints. The Saints are one of the best matchups for fantasy players of all kinds and should provide Freeman with another chance at 20+ fantasy points.
(TEN) Matt Hasselbeck vs. (BUF) – Hasselbeck will be starting for the Titans for the third straight week, and while he is no spring chicken, he is still a veteran going into a great matchup against the Bills. Britt has looked better over the last few weeks and could help Hasselbeck have a good game. I am not expecting the kind of stats Freeman can put up against the Saints, but you could end up with 200-250 yards and a pair of TDs.
(DAL) Felix Jones vs. (CAR) – Jones is the pickup and play of the week for week seven, with Demarco Murray most likely out due to injury. Right now it only looks as though Jones gets this one start, but who knows with Demarco. Jones has been around a while and has struggled more often than not, but against Carolina, Felix has an amazing matchup, and he did just put up 90 yards against the Ravens without having the start.
(CLE) Montario Hardesty vs. (IND) – Hardesty is another RB who could benefit this coming week from an injury to the usual starter. Trent Richardson could be out for week seven, and should at the very least be limited in his role. Hardesty had 56 yards and a TD after Richardson went out in week six, showing fantasy owners what he might be capable of with a full workload, the matchup against the Colts also helps; their run defense is much worse than their secondary.
(TB) Mike Williams vs. (NO) – I was considering putting Williams on my Start ‘em list last week and now know I should have since he had a bunch of yards and a TD. This week against the Saints, Williams has the potential for an even better game. The Saints secondary has struggled all season long and should be more focused on Vincent Jackson.
(NYJ) Stephen Hill vs. (NE) – With Santonio out Hill is the top WR for the Jets despite seeing less targets than Jeremy Kerley. He only saw three targets last week, but caught all three, including a 5-yard TD. The Jets will likely be playing from behind against the Patriots, meaning Sanchez will have to throw the ball. I don’t think much of Sanchez, but still think Hill could have a good game as the Jets try to play keep up.
(STL) Brandon Gibson vs. (GB) – The Rams can surprise people at times, and luckily get to play the Packers at home, but I still think they get stomped in this one. Rodgers looked elite last week against the Texans and should be able to keep it going despite the Rams strong secondary. Sam Bradford could also be playing keep up with Rodgers, meaning there will be chances for guys like Brandon Gibson to cash in with a big game once again.
(TEN) Jared Cook vs. (BUF) – Cook has only gone over 50 yards in three of the Titans six games this season, and has only caught two touchdowns in the process, but he could cash in for his third this weekend against the Bills. The Titans are coming off a big win over the Steelers and could make it two in a row vs. the Bills. Tight ends have not been putting up big numbers this year, but Cook has a chance for a double-digit game in week seven.
(HOU) Matt Schaub vs. (BAL) – The Ravens defense took some big hits in week six, so you would think that Schaub might get a boost going against them, but I think it will be Arian Foster who reaps the benefits in week seven. Foster was still able to run for two TDs against the Packers, and should be able to run rampant on the struggling Ravens defense that was gashed by both Demarco Murray and Felix Jones last week. The Texans and Ravens have arguably, the two best RBs in the league, we should see a lot of them.
(MIN) Christian Ponder vs. (ARI) – Ponder helped fantasy owners cash in last week, but it took 52 pass attempts to do so. I don’t see Ponder even getting close to 52 attempts against the Cardinals, he should be closer to the 35 attempts he’s had in three of his six starts this season, likely closer to 30.
(SEA) Marshawn Lynch vs. (SF) – Lynch was able to overcome the odds in 2011, and become the first RB to rush for more than 100 yard and a TD against the 49’ers, but this time around the Seahawks have a better passing game, and the ‘49ers are coming off a big loss, and playing at home. All in all, to me this adds up to a rough game for Lynch, who will likely be in 60-80 yard range after 60 minutes.
(DET) Mikel Leshoure vs. (CHI) – After a rough 26-yard game against the Vikings, Leshoure was better against the Eagles, averaging 4.7 yards per carry on his 15 carries against the Eagles. He looks like he is going to pay off for owners who stashed him away or picked him up in time, but on the road against the Bears? Pass.
(TB) LaGarrette Blount vs. (NO) – Blount had a good game last week, but did most of it in the 4th quarter, against the Saints things should be a bit tougher for the Buccs, forcing them to throw the ball more and stick with Doug Martin. The Saints give up yards, so if Blount gets carries early he could have a decent game, but I think Martin is the only Buccs RB I start this week.
(NE) Brandon Lloyd vs. (NYJ) – Lloyd certainly has the talent to have a good game against a Jets team that is minus Darrelle Revis, but might not have the opportunity to do so, as the Jets are struggling to stop the run also. The Patriots have seen big games from Stevan Ridley already this year, as well as backup Brandon Bolden, and flashes from Shane Vereen. The Patriots might try to run up the score in a divisional game against a Jets team that is 3-3 just like the Patriots, but I think the odds are we see lots of the Patriot’s running backs this week.
(CAR) Steve Smith vs. (DAL) – I had considered putting Cam Newton on this list, due to the bad matchup against the Cowboys, the top ranked defiance against the pass, but decided against it since he is also capable of using his legs, and is just too dangerous to sit with all these bye weeks. Instead, I have gone with Steve Smith, who is going to have a tough time reaching double-digit points since he hasn’t racked 100 yards since week two and still doesn’t have a TD.
(OAK) Denarius Moore vs. (JAX) – The odds were against him, Moore became one of few WRs this season to score a TD against the Falcons, and will be in tough again in week seven to scorer another one. The Jaguars are routinely subject to being run all over, and with Darren McFadden next on the block, I don’t think Palmer and his WRs will be needed for much.