Week 7 Start 'EM Sit' EM
We're in the mid-season game now! Week 7 is upon us and this week could be the turning point for some of our fantasy teams. I'm in a bunch of leagues myself and while most of them are doing well or at least over 500, not all of my leagues hit the ground running. And if you're like me, you're probably hoping a new week fresh off a loss or a building win streak will present another chance to turn the tide or keep the momentum going. Heading into Week 7 and the bye week taking key players off the board, here's some options that could help fantasy managers out in this week's Start' EM Sit' EM column.
Week 7 Start' EM
Brock Purdy vs. MIN (38.6% Start)
Brock Purdy and the 49ers were rolling heading into last week's game against the Cleveland Browns. But the Browns were not in the mood to just roll over even without starting quarterback Deshaun Watson out with a shoulder injury. Purdy was held to just 125 passing yards and just one touchdown while also throwing an interception as the cherry on top. Purdy finished as the QB25 for Week 6 but will get a chance to bounce back against the Vikings 10th worst fantasy defense against the pass.
Deshaun Watson vs. IND (15.8% Start)
Watson missed the last two games with a shoulder injury in his throwing arm but it's being speculated that he may return in Week 7 against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts present an opportunity for Watson to put up good numbers against a vulnerable Colts pass defense that's giving up the sixth-most passing yards per game. Watson currently sits tied with Brock Purdy as the QB11 on the season at 17.8 PPG. A strong showing after dealing with the shoulder issue could put fantasy managers in a better spot with all the injuries going around.
Javonte Williams vs. GB (23.3% Start)
Williams looked good in his first game back from injury against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. Williams rushed for 52 yards on 10 carries (5.2 y/a) and saw more carries than stunning rookie running back Jaleel Mclaughlin. Javonte Williams gets the Green Bay Packers in Week 7 who are allowing 4.3 y/a and have given up the ninth-most touchdowns to opposing running backs. The Packers are also top 5 in fantasy points allowed to enemy running backs.
Brian Robinson vs. NYG (42 5% Start)
I've probably said this before about Brian Robinson but he's been a solid fantasy player this season. Robinson has seen work as a rusher and a passer this season which has allowed him to produce even against tougher opponents. Robinson has five total touchdowns heading into Week 7 and looks to keep it going against the New York Giants. The Giants have given up nine touchdowns so far this season, tied for second-most in the league. The Giants are also giving up the second-most rushing yards at 147 yards per game.
Amari Cooper vs. IND (46.2% Start)
If you sat Amari Cooper last week either because of the matchup or the fact that Deshaun Watson wasn't playing, it's understandable. I did the same thing. But even if Watson doesn't play this week, PJ Walker showed that he's more than willing to get Cooper the ball should Walker get another start. Cooper finished with nearly 15 fantasy points against the 49ers and saw eight targets in the game. Cooper faces off against the Indianapolis Colts defense that's already given up 80 receptions on 120 targets to wide receivers and 168 receding yards per game to the position.
Christian Watson vs. DEN (19.2% Start)
We haven't gotten much from Christian Watson this season due to the fact that he's been dealing with injuries to start the season. But Watson still is the number one receiver for the Packers and should continue to see his work ramp up as he continues to connect with Jordan Love. The Broncos defense has been one of the worst units in football this season as they are tied for third in touchdowns allowed to wide receivers. This could be the game that gets Watson back on track as his health and snaps improve.
Michael Mayer vs. CHI (2.3% Start)
Mayer has been more involved as of late as opposing defenses look to keep the ball away from stud wide receiver Davante Adams's hands. Against the New England Patriots, Mayer finished with 12.5 fantasy points and had an 83% catch rate for the game on six targets. Mayer needs to be involved in the offense going forward and against Chicago's seventh ranked offense against tight ends in points allowed, Mayer could be on deck for another good game.
Kirk Cousins vs. SF (52.2% Start)
In his first game without star wide receiver Justin Jefferson, Cousins didn't look like his normal self. Cousins piled up just 8.7 fantasy point performance against a very weak Chicago Bears defense. Now he gets a San Francisco 49ers defense fresh off its first loss of the season and ready to bounce back? Yeah, you might want to go elsewhere than Kirk Cousins. The 49ers come in to Week 7 as the third-best fantasy defense against the quarterback position.
Gus Edwards vs. DET (19.9% Start)
The Ravens run game has been trying since JK Dobbins went down in the beginning of the season but it's been underwhelming for fantasy managers. Gus Edwards is averaging just 6.8 FPPG this season and will get a tough Detroit Lions defense that's been all over the running back position this year. The Lions defense is allowing the second-fewest yards per game to the running back position heading into Week 7.
Courtland Sutton vs. GB (32.3% Start)
Courtland Sutton should be better than what he's been showing this year but for whatever reason has not been producing like he should. Sutton is averaging 12.1 FPPG which isn't horrible, but that puts him outside the top 25 among the wide receiver positions. The Packers head into the game with the seventh-best fantasy defense against the wide receiver position, allowing 28 FPPG.
Sam LaPorta vs. BAL (70.4% Start)
I can't say enough good things about this rookie right end but he might be in for a bumpy ride this week against the Baltimore Ravens. LaPorta is the second best tight end for fantasy football facing off against a Ravens defense allowing the fewest fantasy points to the position to date. The proverbial unstoppable force versus the immovable object fits this game.
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