The Patriots snuck by the Jets on Thursday Night Football to get the ball rolling on Week 7. Let’s get right to Brad’s picks for the week in his Players to Start in Week 7 column.
Reminder for those of you that are new to this column – I am making recommendations on players to start for week 7 that are started in less than 1/3 of standard ESPN leagues. Use these to round out your starting rosters – but don’t dig too deep here and start any of these guys over your star players!
Brian Hoyer, Cleveland (9% started)
Anytime you can run a quarterback who is facing Jacksonville out for that particular week – I’m in! The Jags are ranked 28th against opposing QB’s in terms of fantasy points allowed – and Hoyer is a very steady double digit point option at the position. I like him to have another solid week – posting high teens in the point column, and I would be comfortable starting him at QB if I was in a bit of a bind. As a result, he is my recommendation as a quarterback to start in week 7.
Joique Bell, Detroit (32.8% started)
Joique got off to a little bit of a slow start last week, but finished with 74 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown on the ground. Now, keep in mind that Reggie Bush is expected to be back in week 7, however – don’t let that sway you from using Bell against the Saints in Week 7. I like him to have a very solid day on the ground, and hit the double digit marks in points. As a result, he is a strong choice at RB to start in Week 7.
Isaiah Crowell (16.9% started)
Sure, Crowell is the backup on the Browns, but like I mentioned above – they are playing the Jags this week. Crowell has averaged 5.4 yards a pop so far this year on the ground and chipped in with 4 TD’s so far year to date. While I am not thrilled about many of the options available for this segment this week – I do like the chances that Crowell will be able to find paydirt. As a result, he is my second choice at RB to start in Week 7.
Sammy Watkins (23.8% started)
Watkins was quieted last week on his trip to Revis island – and I expect him to rebound this week as a solid play when Buffalo faces off against the Minnesota Vikings. He is the most targeted weapon for the Bills offense (I do use the term ‘weapon’ loosely when talking about the Bills), and I think Watkins could very easily find the endzone on Sunday.
Terrance Williams (22.6% started)
Williams is the 11th ranked WR in standard formats. Sure – he is very TD dependent, but as someone who has had a very solid start to the year in 2014 – he deserves to be started in a LOT more leagues. This week the Cowboys look to keep things going against the Giants as they host New York. I like Williams as a very solid WR2 – and as a result, he is one of my picks as a WR to start in Week 7.
Dwayne Allen (17.3% started)
Allen has really come on this year – building great chemistry with Andrew Luck. He has scored four touchdowns and this week he faces off against the Bengals, who have allowed the most points to TE’s year to date in fantasy football. I like Allen a lot this week, as much as a mid TE 1. He is a very strong play as a TE to start in Week 7.
Cleveland D/ST (21% started)
Playing against the lowly Jags makes the Cleveland defence very attractive as a plug and play option this week. At only 21% started, I am shocked the number is this low. The Browns are a very easy choice as a defence to stream in Week 7.
Have any sleepers that you are using in your Week 7 fantasy football lineup? Do you have any start/sit questions that you want to ask! Let us know if you do – we are always happy to help out….
Here is to a great Week 7 for everyone – except your opponent.