Start 'Em and Sit 'Em - Week 7 (2017)

By Stephen Kurucz, October 19, 2017
Carlos Hyde San Francisco 49Ers


Matt Ryan, QB (Atlanta Falcons)

Matt Ryan is coming off his worst two fantasy performances of the year where he scored 8.50 and 11.90 points against the Bills and Dolphins, respectively. The Falcons face their 3rd AFC East opponent in as many weeks when they play the Patriots on Sunday night, and Ryan should be in store for a huge night. The Patriots still have not fixed their defense and are giving up a league-high 24.20 fantasy points to the position per week. With Ryan having only thrown more than 1 touchdown in only a single game this season, look for that to change against the Pats who have given up a league-high 14 touchdowns so far through 6 games.

Carlos Hyde, RB (San Francisco 49ers)

Carlos Hyde was going to get cut, then traded; whatever the case may be, Hyde was on the field for 78 percent of the San Francisco 49ers offensive plays, ran for 2 touchdowns on 13 carries and led the team in receptions. It appears Hyde’s job is safe for now, and since he’s the starter against the Cowboys this week, he’s a must-start. The Cowboys are giving up an average of 26.30 fantasy points to running backs per week, which is the 7th most of any defense. Additionally, the Cowboys have given up 31 receptions and 2 touchdowns through the air to running backs. While Hyde may not receive a ton of carries due to game script, he will be featured in the passing game and has a great chance to post RB1 numbers this week.

Demaryius Thomas, WR (Denver Broncos)

Last year Demaryius Thomas’ stats against the Chargers were less than ideal: in two games he averaged 57 yards receiving and did not record a touchdown. This should change this week as Thomas will be the main target with Emmanuel Sanders sidelined this week. In addition, the Chargers are giving up 36.40 fantasy points on average to wide receivers, including 9 receiving touchdowns which is tied for second in the league.

George Kittle, TE (San Francisco 49ers)

A great streaming option at the tight end position this week is George Kittle who now finds himself reunited with his college QB at Iowa in C.J. Beathard. Kittle was targeted 8 times total and was able to haul in 4 catches for 46 yards, including a 4th and long target when the game was on the line. Kittle already has the trust of his rookie QB and this week faces the Cowboys who give up an average of 11.50 fantasy points to the position. With the 49ers likely playing catch up (Cowboys opened at 5.5 point favorites) Kittle will have ample opportunity to be the recipient of a few end zone targets on Sunday.

Jason Myers, K (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Jason Myers has not impressed in recent weeks and hasn’t made a field goal 50+ this year, however this week he has a great matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts defense has given up an average of 12.20 fantasy points to kickers through 6 games, including 4 games of double-digit fantasy points. The 2 games where the kickers did not have 10+ points, there were 4 and 5 extra points made by Cleveland and Seattle respectively. The Jaguars will be able to drive down the field with ease and set up Myers if the offense does stall.

New Orleans Saints, DEF

With a beat-up Packers offensive line and a quarterback playing in his 6th career regular-season game, the New Orleans Saints Defense is a great streaming option for the week. Quarterback Brett Hundley took a beating last week, getting sacked 4 times and throwing 3 interceptions against the Vikings defense. The Saints are a week removed from scoring a whopping 32.00 fantasy points against the Lions but have secretly been good for the past few weeks, where in Weeks 3 and 4, they scored 15.00 and 14.00 fantasy points against the Panthers and Dolphins respectively.


Jameis Winston, QB (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

If Jameis Winston is able to suit up against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, he should not be started with any confidence. Besides there being a high probability of re-injuring his shoulder, the Bills defense has been stellar so far, only allowing 2 touchdown passes all season. The Bills are also allowing an average of only 10.10 fantasy points to the position and have shown they have been able to get to the QB and force turnovers, as evidenced by their 12 sacks and 8 interceptions this season.

Alex Collins, RB (Baltimore Ravens)

While Alex Collins was able to rush for 74 yards on 15 carries (season-high), he has not been used in the passing game (0 receptions on 2 targets) and has not found the end zone yet this year. This week he plays against the Vikings who allow only 15.70 fantasy points on average to RBs, the second-lowest in the league. The Vikings have allowed only 1 rushing touchdown through 6 weeks, and an average rushing yards against of 71.80. If Baltimore gets behind early in this game, Collins may not see the field much as Buck Allen will be featured as the pass-catching back.

T.Y. Hilton, WR (Indianapolis Colts)

T.Y. Hilton’s high-scoring fantasy weeks have been against teams with subpar cornerbacks (Browns and 49er’s) while he has been shut down against some teams with great cornerbacks (Rams, Arizona, Seattle and Tennessee). This week Hilton squares off against the best cornerback duo in the league when the Colts play the Jaguars - Hilton could be in for a long day as the Jags are allowing the 4th fewest points to wide receivers, and have only allowed 1 touchdown reception, which occurred in Week 1. While Hilton will most likely have to be started due to bye weeks, owners should temper their expectation for how well Hilton will produce.

Jason Witten, TE (Dallas Cowboys)

The San Francisco 49’ers defense is allowing the least amount of fantasy points to tight end per week (6.63). The defense is also limited opposing tight ends to an average of 3.5 receptions, 34.83 yards, and hasn’t allowed a touchdown to the position. Jason Witten looked great before the bye week where he saw a team-high in targets and scored 12.10 fantasy points, but with the 49ers allowing the second-most points to RBs this season (29.80) Dallas should have no problem controlling the game on the ground, limiting Witten’s chances to reproduce last week’s stats.

Brandon McManus, K (Denver Broncos)

With back-to-back double-digit performances before the bye in Week 5, Brandon McManus was looking like a solid play heading into the Sunday night matchup against the New York Giants, where the Broncos were a 13.5-point favorite. McManus disappointed in a major way, kicking 1 out of 3 field goals (1 miss from 35 yards out and 1 was blocked from 53 yards out) and an extra point for a lousy 2.00 fantasy points. With McManus only converting 61.54% (8 of 13) of field goals this year, owners should look elsewhere for a kicker not only this week but for the rest of the season.     

Arizona Cardinals, DEF

For the second time in 2 weeks, the Arizona Cardinals Defense are a sit for this week until their defense starts showing improvement. The Cardinals followed up their -1.00 fantasy points last week with another poor performance, scoring 2.00 fantasy points against the Saints. The Cards play the Los Angeles Rams this week who are leading the league with 28.9 points scored per game. In addition, the Cardinals defense is giving up an average of 19.50 fantasy points (5th most)  is why they are a definite sit this week.  


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