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Halloween is almost here, and there are going to be a lot of scary Fantasy lineups in Week 7 due to all the injuries and six teams on a bye. Just look at the star players who could be out for this week:

  • Quarterback: Justin Fields (thumb), Joe Burrow (bye), C.J. Stroud (bye) and Dak Prescott (bye)
  • Running back: Christian McCaffrey (oblique), David Montgomery (ribs), Kyren Williams (ankle), Tony Pollard (bye), Breece Hall (bye), Derrick Henry (bye), Joe Mixon (bye) and Miles Sanders (bye)
  • Wide receiver: Deebo Samuel (shoulder), CeeDee Lamb (bye), Ja'Marr Chase (bye), Tee Higgins (bye), Adam Thielen (bye), Garrett Wilson (bye), Nico Collins (bye), Nathaniel Dell (bye) and DeAndre Hopkins (bye)

You're probably feeling lucky this week if you have guys like Sam Howell, Elijah Mitchell, Zach Evans, Wan'Dale Robinson, Rashid Shaheed and Michael Mayer in your lineup. Actually, if you had that team it might win a few matchups based on the rest of your Fantasy league.

As always, we'll do our best to lead you in the right direction to get a win in Week 7. It might not be pretty, but given all the injuries and teams on a bye, you'll take a victory any way you can get it.

Start of the Week
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CLE Cleveland • #34
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ IND CLE -2.5 O/U 40
OPP VS RB
25th
PROJ PTS
12.3
RB RNK
15th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
270
REC
12
REYDS
84
TD
3
FPTS/G
13.1

In a week where backups are having to step up in a major way due to injuries and six teams on a bye, it's fitting that Jerome Ford is in a great spot to help Fantasy managers. He should have a big game against the Colts in Week 7.

Ford stepped in as the starter for the Browns after one of the first major NFL injuries this season when Nick Chubb (knee) went down in Week 2. Ford had some good moments in some brutal matchups against Tennessee (19.1 PPR points), Baltimore (9.5 PPR points) and San Francisco (11.1 PPR points), and he should do well against Indianapolis on the road.

The Colts just lost one of their best run stuffers in nose tackle Grover Stewart to a six-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. With Stewart, Indianapolis has still allowed some big games to Travis Etienne twice, Kyren Williams and Tyjae Spears, as all three running backs scored at least 16.9 PPR points in each meeting with the Colts.

We'll see how Indianapolis adjusts with Stewart out, but Ford should continue to lead the Browns backfield, even while sharing with Kareem Hunt. In Week 6 against the 49ers, Hunt did well with 12 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown, along with three catches for 24 yards on three targets.

But Ford also played well with 17 carries for 84 yards and two catches for 7 yards on two targets. In the fourth quarter, Ford ripped off runs of 13, 14 and 22 yards to set up two field goals, including the game-winner.

Ford still played the majority of snaps compared to Hunt (38-28), and Hunt didn't practice Wednesday with a thigh injury, which is something to monitor. Deshaun Watson (shoulder) also didn't practice Wednesday, but hopefully he can return to help this Browns offense.

With or without Watson, the Browns should ride Ford in this matchup. The Colts are down a big piece of their defense, and Ford is ready to help Fantasy managers in a big way for Week 7.

START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Quarterbacks
QBs to Start
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LAR L.A. Rams • #9
Age: 36 • Experience: 15 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PIT LAR -3 O/U 44
OPP VS QB
9th
PROJ PTS
18
QB RNK
13th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1677
RUYDS
51
TD
6
INT
5
FPTS/G
16.3
Stafford didn't have a big game in Week 6 against Arizona as the Start of the Week with just 15.2 Fantasy points, but he was let down by Puka Nacua and Tyler Higbee dropping touchdown passes. I expect him to rebound in Week 7 at home against the Steelers, who have allowed three of five quarterbacks this season (Brock Purdy, Jimmy Garoppolo and C.J. Stroud) to score at least 20.6 Fantasy points. With Kyren Williams (ankle) out, the Rams should rely even more on Matthew Stafford, and he should have the chance for a quality outing -- as long as receivers hold onto the ball in the end zone.
DET Detroit • #16
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BAL BAL -3 O/U 42
OPP VS QB
3rd
PROJ PTS
16
QB RNK
10th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1618
RUYDS
15
TD
13
INT
3
FPTS/G
23
It might be time to trust Goff on the road after his performance in Week 6 at Tampa Bay with 353 passing yards and two touchdowns for 26.4 Fantasy points. He's now scored at least 20.0 Fantasy points in four of his past five games, and Week 6 was his first game with his entire receiving corps intact now that Amon-Ra St. Brown is healthy and Jameson Williams is off suspension. We'll see how he fares against the Ravens on the road, and Baltimore is No. 2 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. However, the Ravens have faced C.J. Stroud in his first NFL game, a gimpy Joe Burrow, Gardner Minshew, Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Kenny Pickett and the combination of Ryan Tannehill and Malik Willis. This will be Baltimore's toughest test, and Goff should carry the offense with David Montgomery (ribs) out. I like Goff as a low-end No. 1 quarterback in all leagues.
GB Green Bay • #10
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DEN GB -1 O/U 45
OPP VS QB
32nd
PROJ PTS
19.1
QB RNK
8th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1083
RUYDS
109
TD
10
INT
6
FPTS/G
21.2
There was a lot to hate about Love's performance in Week 5 at Las Vegas when he passed for just 182 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions for a season-low 4.9 Fantasy points. Hopefully the bye in Week 6 will get Love back on track, and he scored at least 26.3 Fantasy points in his first three games this season. I hope Aaron Jones (hamstring) can return this week to give Love another weapon in the passing game, and this is a dream matchup against the Broncos. Denver is No. 1 in most Fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks at 25.5 points per game, and Love should be considered a top-10 Fantasy quarterback in this matchup on the road.
WAS Washington • #14
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG WAS -2 O/U 39
OPP VS QB
21st
PROJ PTS
18.4
QB RNK
7th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1500
RUYDS
104
TD
10
INT
6
FPTS/G
19.7
Howell has scored at least 21.6 Fantasy points in four of his past five games, including three in a row, and three of the past five quarterbacks against the Giants have scored at least 20.9 Fantasy points, including Joshua Dobbs in Week 2, Brock Purdy in Week 3 and Tua Tagovailoa in Week 5. I like Howell as a top-10 Fantasy quarterback in Week 7, and I hope he takes advantage of this matchup on the road. Howell was my favorite quarterback to add off the waiver wire this week, and you should feel comfortable putting him right into your starting lineup, if needed, in all formats.
Sleepers (Start/Sit)
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SEA Seattle • #7
Age: 33 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI SEA -7.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS QB
29th
PROJ PTS
22
QB RNK
14th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1169
RUYDS
42
TD
5
INT
3
FPTS/G
15.6
Smith had a rough game at Cincinnati in Week 6 with 323 passing yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions, along with 20 rushing yards. His 10.9 Fantasy points were a season-low, but hopefully he can rebound this week against Arizona. It's a beautiful matchup since the Cardinals are No. 5 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, and three quarterbacks in the past five games have scored at least 23.2 points. The only concern I have with Smith is Seattle can run all over the Cardinals if they want with Kenneth Walker III since Arizona is also No. 3 in most Fantasy points allowed to running backs. But given the matchup at home, I like Smith as a low-end starter in all leagues.
SF San Francisco • #13
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIN SF -7 O/U 44
OPP VS QB
24th
PROJ PTS
18.7
QB RNK
11th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1396
RUYDS
31
TD
12
INT
1
FPTS/G
21.2
We'll be waiting to see the injury report for the 49ers this week to determine if Christian McCaffrey (ankle), Deebo Samuel (shoulder) and Trent Williams (ankle) can play Monday night at Minnesota, and their status will impact Purdy. With all three healthy, I like Purdy as a top-10 Fantasy quarterback, but he's still a low-end starter no matter what given his overall level of play this season and the matchup. The Vikings allow an average of 20.6 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and only Bryce Young in Week 4 and the Bears in Week 6 when Justin Fields (thumb) was injured failed to score at least 20 Fantasy points against this defense. Purdy only scored 9.7 Fantasy points at Cleveland in Week 6, but I expect him to rebound Monday in Minnesota.
NO New Orleans • #4
Age: 32 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC NO -1 O/U 40
OPP VS QB
25th
PROJ PTS
15.3
QB RNK
16th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1299
RUYDS
7
TD
5
INT
3
FPTS/G
12.5
Carr's upcoming schedule is awesome with games against Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Chicago and Minnesota in the next four weeks, and I hope he can take advantage of these defenses, starting Thursday against the Jaguars. Jacksonville has allowed four of six quarterbacks this season to score at least 22.4 Fantasy points. And in the past two games against Josh Allen and Gardner Minshew, the Jaguars have allowed 681 passing yards to those two quarterbacks. Carr just passed for 353 yards, one touchdown and one interception at Houston in Week 6, and he's scored at least 18.3 Fantasy points in each of his past two games against the Patriots and Texans, which is his best two-game stretch of the season. He's hopefully getting hot at the right time.
QBs to Sit
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JAC Jacksonville • #16
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NO NO -1 O/U 40
OPP VS QB
8th
PROJ PTS
14.1
QB RNK
12th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1439
RUYDS
147
TD
7
INT
3
FPTS/G
17
Lawrence is expected to play Thursday night despite the knee injury he sustained in Week 6 against the Colts, but he might not fare well at New Orleans on a short week, especially if he's at less than 100 percent. The Saints are No. 6 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, and only Jordan Love and Baker Mayfield have scored more than 18.2 Fantasy points against New Orleans this year. The Saints have allowed seven passing touchdowns compared to eight interceptions, and Lawrence only has one game this season with more than 18.7 Fantasy points, which was in Week 1. I would only start Lawrence in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues in Week 7.
DEN Denver • #3
Age: 35 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs GB GB -1 O/U 45
OPP VS QB
5th
PROJ PTS
17.2
QB RNK
15th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1305
RUYDS
150
TD
12
INT
4
FPTS/G
21.2
I thought Wilson would struggle at Kansas City in Week 6, and he had his worst game of the season with 8.9 Fantasy points. We'll see if he can rebound this week against the Packers, but it's not an easy matchup. Green Bay is No. 9 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, and only Desmond Ridder in Week 2 scored more than 16.5 Fantasy points against the Packers, including matchups with Justin Fields and Jared Goff. Wilson is only worth starting in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues.
TB Tampa Bay • #6
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL TB -2.5 O/U 38
OPP VS QB
22nd
PROJ PTS
18.4
QB RNK
17th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1088
RUYDS
67
TD
7
INT
3
FPTS/G
17.6
I started the week with some moderate interest in Mayfield, but that's probably because of all the quarterbacks we're missing in Week 7 due to injuries or the bye. He scored 6.8 Fantasy points in Week 6 against Detroit, and he could have another down game in Week 7 against Atlanta. The Falcons allow an average of 19.2 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, but their two worst outings happened when Jordan Love in Week 2 and Sam Howell in Week 6 had matching stat lines of 151 passing yards and three touchdowns. Mayfield will likely need his third multi-touchdown game of the season to finish with a quality stat line this week, and I would only start him in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues.
Bust Alert (Start/Sit)
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MIN Minnesota • #8
Age: 35 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF SF -7 O/U 44
OPP VS QB
4th
PROJ PTS
16.1
QB RNK
9th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1679
RUYDS
17
TD
14
INT
4
FPTS/G
22.8
I don't think we know what to expect yet from Cousins without Justin Jefferson (hamstring) since the Vikings didn't need Jefferson to beat the Bears 19-13 in Week 6. Cousins attempted just 31 passes at Chicago and scored only 10.7 Fantasy points, which is his lowest total this season. But he's now scored fewer than 14 Fantasy points in two of his past three games, and he could have another down outing against the 49ers in Week 7. Joshua Dobbs in Week 4 is the lone quarterback with more than 15.9 Fantasy points against San Francisco. And the 49ers have more interceptions (10) than touchdowns allowed to quarterbacks (five) in 2023. I still consider Cousins a strong starter in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues, but this should be a rough outing for him against the 49ers.
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Running Backs
RBs to Start
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WAS Washington • #8
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG WAS -2 O/U 39.5
OPP VS RB
27th
PROJ PTS
13.5
RB RNK
13th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
302
REC
11
REYDS
113
TD
5
FPTS/G
14.1
Robinson was one of my candidates for Start of the Week, and I hope he takes advantage of this matchup with the Giants in Week 7. Six running backs this season (Tony Pollard, James Conner, Christian McCaffrey, Kenneth Walker III, Raheem Mostert and De'Von Achane) have scored at least 13.9 PPR points against the Giants, and Robinson has scored at least 13.1 PPR points in four of six games this year. Robinson scored 13.1 PPR points at the Giants last season in Week 13 and averaged 12.4 PPR points in two meetings with the Giants in 2022.
NE New England • #38
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF BUF -8.5 O/U 41
OPP VS RB
24th
PROJ PTS
11.4
RB RNK
14th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
234
REC
17
REYDS
111
TD
2
FPTS/G
10.6
Stevenson had his best game of the season in Week 6 at Las Vegas with 18 PPR points, and I loved seeing him get five catches for 24 yards on six targets. It was his best production in the passing game since Week 1, and I hope that's a sign of things to come. He also scored his second rushing touchdown of the season against the Raiders. He averaged 13.5 PPR points in two games against the Bills in 2022, and Buffalo has allowed a running back to score at least 13.8 PPR points in three games in a row (De'Von Achane, Travis Etienne and Saquon Barkley).
DET Detroit • #26
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BAL BAL -3 O/U 42
OPP VS RB
16th
PROJ PTS
11.7
RB RNK
12th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
179
REC
14
REYDS
70
TD
0
FPTS/G
9.7
It will take a little faith to trust Gibbs in Week 7 since he's coming back from a two-game absence due to a hamstring injury, especially against the Ravens on the road. But with David Montgomery (ribs) out, I expect Gibbs to get plenty of work and be a useful No. 2 running back in all leagues. He'll share with Craig Reynolds, but when Montgomery was out in Week 3 against Atlanta, Gibbs had 17 carries for 80 yards and one catch for 2 yards on two targets. Baltimore's run defense is tough, but three running backs have scored at least 13.5 PPR points against the Ravens in the past five games (Joe Mixon, Zack Moss and Derrick Henry). I'm starting Gibbs as a No. 2 running back in all leagues.
DEN Denver • #33
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs GB GB -1 O/U 45
OPP VS RB
23rd
PROJ PTS
10.7
RB RNK
25th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
190
REC
11
REYDS
51
TD
0
FPTS/G
7.4
I'm curious to see how the Broncos use Williams, Jaleel McLaughlin and Samaje Perine in Week 7 against the Packers, but Perine is dealing with a leg injury and might not play. If Perine is out then that makes it easier to lean on Williams and McLaughlin as Fantasy options, and I like Williams better given his expected role. He should lead the Broncos in touches, and he had 10 carries for 52 yards in Week 6 at Kansas City after missing one game with a hip injury. McLaughlin will likely be a change-of-pace option, and this is a great matchup against the Packers, who have allowed four running backs in five games to score at least 17.5 PPR points (Roschon Johnson, Bijan Robinson, David Montgomery and Josh Jacobs). I view Williams as a No. 2 running back in all leagues, and McLaughlin is a flex as a sleeper.
Sleepers (Start/Sit)
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SF San Francisco • #25
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIN SF -6.5 O/U 44
OPP VS RB
8th
PROJ PTS
9.1
RB RNK
16th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
49
REC
3
REYDS
2
TD
0
FPTS/G
2.8
We'll be watching the 49ers practice reports closely on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to see if Christian McCaffrey (oblique) can play Monday night at Minnesota. If he's out, expect a tandem of Mitchell and Jordan Mason, and Mitchell will likely get the majority of touches. It's not an easy matchup against the Vikings, who are No. 6 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. But if Mitchell is going to get the bulk of the touches, I'd view him as a No. 2 Fantasy running back in all leagues. He has 11 games in his career with at least 13 total touches, and he's averaging 14.6 PPR points over that span. One of those games was Week 12 against Minnesota in 2021 when he scored a career-high 27.8 PPR points. Also, keep an eye on Deebo Samuel (shoulder), and if he's out along with McCaffrey, then Mitchell could be in line for a big game. As for Mason, consider him a flex if McCaffrey is out.
PIT Pittsburgh • #30
Age: 25 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAR LAR -3 O/U 44
OPP VS RB
9th
PROJ PTS
11.3
RB RNK
24th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
124
REC
21
REYDS
166
TD
0
FPTS/G
10
It would be fantastic if the Steelers came off their bye in Week 6 and made Warren the featured running back ahead of Najee Harris, but that's not likely to happen. Still, even in tandem with Harris, Warren has led the Steelers backfield in PPR points in every game this season. He's scored at least 10.9 PPR points in three of his past four games, and if he reaches that total again he'll likely be a borderline top 20 running back this week given the landscape of the position. The Rams have allowed three running backs in their past five games to score at least 14.0 PPR points (Christian McCaffrey, Joe Mixon and D'Andre Swift), and if a Steelers running back is going to approach that total it's more likely to be Warren than Harris.
RBs to Sit
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PIT Pittsburgh • #22
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAR LAR -3 O/U 44
OPP VS RB
9th
PROJ PTS
10.2
RB RNK
29th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
247
REC
5
REYDS
37
TD
0
FPTS/G
6.7
Harris has yet to score a touchdown this season. He has one game with more than 6.5 PPR points, and that happened in Week 4 when he had one catch for a career-long 32 yards. He's also caught just five passes for 37 yards on nine targets this year. Maybe things change for him after the bye in Week 6, or we could see Jaylen Warren start to take on more work. And remember, Warren has led the Steelers backfield in PPR points in every game this season. The matchup isn't bad for Harris since the Rams have allowed three running backs in their past five games to score at least 14.0 PPR points (Christian McCaffrey, Joe Mixon and D'Andre Swift). But I just can't trust Harris as anything more than a flex after what I've seen from him so far this season.
TB Tampa Bay • #1
Age: 25 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL TB -2.5 O/U 38
OPP VS RB
4th
PROJ PTS
10.1
RB RNK
26th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
232
REC
16
REYDS
98
TD
1
FPTS/G
10.6
White has been among the bigger disappointments for me this season, and he just had a season-low 38 total yards in Week 6 against Detroit. He started to lose touches to Ke'Shawn Vaughn against the Lions, and we'll see if that's a sign of things to come. White has scored just 7.2 PPR points in three of five games this season, and he only has one touchdown. This week, White has another tough matchup against the Falcons, who are No. 3 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. Only three running backs have scored at least 10.9 PPR points against Atlanta this year, and the Falcons have yet to allow a rushing touchdown to a running back.
BAL Baltimore • #43
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET BAL -3 O/U 42
OPP VS RB
1st
PROJ PTS
6.9
RB RNK
28th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
150
REC
10
REYDS
25
TD
3
FPTS/G
8.7
I'd stay away from both Baltimore running backs this week with Hill and Gus Edwards headed into a difficult matchup against Detroit. The Lions are No. 1 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs, and Detroit has yet to allow more than 43 rushing yards to any running back or a touchdown to the position. At best, you can use Hill or Edwards as a flex option, with Hill slightly better given his role in the passing game. He has two games this year with at least 12.5 PPR points, while Edwards has been held to 6.9 PPR points or fewer in four games in a row.
Bust Alert (Start/Sit)
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IND Indianapolis • #21
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CLE CLE -3 O/U 39.5
OPP VS RB
2nd
PROJ PTS
9.3
RB RNK
19th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
466
REC
14
REYDS
110
TD
5
FPTS/G
20.7
I hope this is the week we see more from Jonathan Taylor and less from Moss, and Taylor played 23 more snaps in Week 6 against Jacksonville after making his return to action in Week 5 against Tennessee with just 10 plays. Conversely, Moss played 14 fewer snaps against the Jaguars, but he still had seven carries for 21 yards and a touchdown and six catches for 38 yards on seven targets. I still like Moss better than Taylor this week, but at some point soon the Colts are going to unleash Taylor, leaving Moss with reduced production. This is also a brutal matchup against the Browns, who have allowed just two total touchdowns to running backs this year. Only three running backs have scored at least 10.3 PPR points against Cleveland (Joe Mixon, Jaylen Warren and Christian McCaffrey) in 2023.
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Wide Receivers
WRS to Start
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BAL Baltimore • #4
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET BAL -3 O/U 42
OPP VS WR
23rd
PROJ PTS
12.9
WR RNK
17th
YTD Stats
REC
35
TAR
48
REYDS
367
TD
1
FPTS/G
13.3
Flowers continues to blossom as the No. 1 receiver for the Ravens, and he has consecutive games with at least 12.3 PPR points. He scored his first NFL touchdown in London in Week 6 against Tennessee, and I expect him to have another productive outing in Week 7 against the Lions at home. Detroit has allowed six receivers in the past five games to score at least 13.2 PPR points, and Flowers has at least eight targets in four of six outings this season. He should be considered a high-end No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues.
WAS Washington • #17
Age: 28 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG WAS -2.5 O/U 39
OPP VS WR
22nd
PROJ PTS
11.3
WR RNK
25th
YTD Stats
REC
31
TAR
42
REYDS
342
TD
1
FPTS/G
11.9
McLaurin loves facing the Giants. In his past five meetings with the Giants, McLaurin has scored at least 13.0 PPR points in each outing, including four games with at least six catches, three games with at least 105 receiving yards and three games with a touchdown. Let's hope that history continues in Week 7, and McLaurin is coming off a solid game at Atlanta in Week 6 with six catches for 81 yards on 11 targets. He's now scored at least 14.1 PPR points in three of his past five games -- all on the road -- and I like McLaurin as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues. I also like Curtis Samuel as a sleeper in Week 7, and he has scored at least 14.2 PPR points in three games in a row. The Giants have allowed seven receivers to score at least 11.7 PPR points this season.
ATL Atlanta • #5
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ TB TB -2.5 O/U 38
OPP VS WR
14th
PROJ PTS
11.1
WR RNK
26th
YTD Stats
REC
26
TAR
42
REYDS
329
TD
2
FPTS/G
12
London might be having the breakout season we were hoping for based on his production over the past five games. During that span, he scored at least 14.7 PPR points three times, including two in a row, and he scored at least 11.8 PPR points in every game this season where he had at least seven targets, which has happened in each of the past three contests. We'll see if Desmond Ridder continues to feature London to this level (he's averaging 9.3 targets in each of his past three games), and this is a good matchup for him at Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have allowed eight receivers to score at least 12.6 PPR points this season, and London had six catches for 120 yards on eight targets against Tampa Bay in Week 18 last year.
ARI Arizona • #2
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SEA SEA -7.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS WR
27th
PROJ PTS
13.2
WR RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
REC
29
TAR
53
REYDS
334
TD
3
FPTS/G
13.9
Brown had a down game in Week 6 at the Rams with just four catches for 34 yards, but he had 11 targets. That's now four times in his past five games with at least 10 targets, and the Cardinals are giving him every chance to succeed on a weekly basis. He's typically rewarded them and Fantasy managers with at least 16.1 PPR points in four of six games this season, and he has a great matchup in Week 7 at Seattle. The Seahawks are No. 1 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, and nine receivers have scored at least 13.7 PPR points against Seattle this year. Michael Wilson can also be considered a sleeper as a No. 3 receiver in this matchup, and the Cardinals might get a nice surprise this week if Kyler Murray (knee) is able to play.
SEA Seattle • #16
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI SEA -7.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS WR
29th
PROJ PTS
13.1
WR RNK
30th
YTD Stats
REC
23
TAR
35
REYDS
251
TD
2
FPTS/G
12.4
Lockett had a great game in Week 6 at Cincinnati with six catches for 94 yards on eight targets, but that's just the second time this season he's scored more than 9.4 PPR points. He should stay hot against the Cardinals this week, and he has a great history against Arizona. Lockett has scored at least 15.5 PPR points in four of his past five games against the Cardinals, with four touchdowns over that span. Arizona is No. 7 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, and six receivers have scored at least 14.0 PPR points against the Cardinals this year. This should be a big week for DK Metcalf and Lockett in this matchup.
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GB Green Bay • #9
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DEN GB -1 O/U 45
OPP VS WR
19th
PROJ PTS
12.4
WR RNK
27th
YTD Stats
REC
5
TAR
11
REYDS
116
TD
1
FPTS/G
11.3
The last time we saw Watson in Week 5 at Las Vegas he showed off his play-making ability with three catches for 91 yards on seven targets, including a 77-yard reception. I'm hoping he can build off that performance after the bye at Denver this week. The Broncos have allowed every opposing receiver who has led his team in targets except one this season (Garrett Wilson in Week 5) to score a touchdown or gain at least 100 receiving yards, including Jakobi Meyers, Terry McLaurin, Tyreek Hill, D.J. Moore and Kadarius Toney. In total, six receivers have scored at least 12.9 PPR points against Denver this year, and I like Watson as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues. I also like Romeo Doubs as a high-end No. 3 receiver.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #17
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS WAS -2.5 O/U 39
OPP VS WR
31st
PROJ PTS
8.5
WR RNK
39th
YTD Stats
REC
22
TAR
25
REYDS
141
TD
0
FPTS/G
9.2
As of Wednesday afternoon, we still don't know if Daniel Jones (neck) or Tyrod Taylor will start at quarterback for the Giants in Week 7 against Washington. Whoever it is will hopefully help Robinson build off his performance in Week 6 against the Bills when he had eight catches for 62 yards on eight targets. That came from Taylor, but the Giants should continue to feature Robinson, who is worth using as a No. 3 PPR receiver against Washington. The Commanders have allowed seven receivers to score at least 14.8 PPR points this year, and Robinson will hopefully continue to show he's all the way back from last year's torn ACL.
KC Kansas City • #4
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC KC -5.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
26th
PROJ PTS
9.3
WR RNK
42nd
YTD Stats
REC
21
TAR
28
REYDS
245
TD
2
FPTS/G
9.6
I hope the addition of Mecole Hardman doesn't ruin the upside for Rice, who is starting to emerge as the best receiver for the Chiefs. He comes into Week 7 against the Chargers having scored at least 11.2 PPR points in each of his past two games, and he could be a sneaky No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues in this matchup. The Chargers are No. 2 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, and nine receivers have scored at least 11.2 PPR points against Los Angeles this year.
NO New Orleans • #22
Age: 25 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC NO -1 O/U 40
OPP VS WR
24th
PROJ PTS
8.2
WR RNK
44th
YTD Stats
REC
16
TAR
27
REYDS
298
TD
2
FPTS/G
9.8
The Jaguars like to give up big plays, and Shaheed likes to make big plays. In Week 6 at Houston, Shaheed had a 34-yard touchdown and another 51-yard reception. Now, those were the only two catches for Shaheed against the Texans, but he did have six targets. With Derek Carr's shoulder healed, Shaheed is once again a major threat, and this is a good defense to challenge down the field since Jacksonville is allowing the fourth-most completions of 20-plus air yards. Chris Olave is a great start on Thursday night, but Shaheed is also worth a look as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in deeper formats.
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DEN Denver • #14
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs GB GB -1 O/U 45
OPP VS WR
2nd
PROJ PTS
10.3
WR RNK
32nd
YTD Stats
REC
25
TAR
37
REYDS
275
TD
4
FPTS/G
12.1
Sutton has been the best receiver for the Broncos this season, and he comes into Week 7 against Green Bay with at least 11.6 PPR points in all but one game. He also has a touchdown in four of six outings, but I don't love this matchup for him. The Packers are No. 7 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, and Jaire Alexander could make things uncomfortable for Sutton this week. With Alexander healthy, Green Bay has already held D.J. Moore to 4.5 PPR points in Week 1 and Davante Adams to 8.5 PPR points in Week 5. I would only consider starting Sutton and Jerry Jeudy as No. 3 Fantasy receivers in the majority of leagues for Week 7.
PIT Pittsburgh • #14
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAR LAR -3 O/U 44
OPP VS WR
5th
PROJ PTS
13.7
WR RNK
28th
YTD Stats
REC
22
TAR
40
REYDS
393
TD
2
FPTS/G
15
We'll see how Pickens does now that Diontae Johnson (hamstring) is expected to return in Week 7 against the Rams. Pickens has done well with Johnson out, scoring at least 11.5 PPR points in three of four games after Johnson was injured in Week 1. But Johnson, if healthy, should return as the target leader for the Steelers, and Pickens has averaged 8.3 targets per game in Johnson's absence. This is also a tough matchup in Week 7 against the Rams, who are No. 4 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. The Rams have only allowed one touchdown to an opposing receiver all season. Pickens should only be started in three-receiver leagues in Week 7.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #5
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -5.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
9th
PROJ PTS
10.2
WR RNK
33rd
YTD Stats
REC
15
TAR
28
REYDS
220
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.2
In two games without Mike Williams (ACL), Palmer has been good with seven catches for 137 yards on 15 targets against the Raiders and Cowboys. But he hasn't been great, and I don't want to trust him in this matchup against the Chiefs. Kansas City is No. 9 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, and I'm not expecting Palmer to have his breakout game at Arrowhead Stadium. Keenan Allen should be fine despite the tough defense, but Palmer is only worth using in deep, three-receiver leagues in Week 7.
MIN Minnesota • #17
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF SF -7 O/U 44
OPP VS WR
17th
PROJ PTS
10.5
WR RNK
40th
YTD Stats
REC
17
TAR
31
REYDS
214
TD
2
FPTS/G
8.4
In Minnesota's first game without Justin Jefferson (hamstring) in Week 6 at Chicago, Osborn didn't do much with four catches for 48 yards on five targets. Granted, Kirk Cousins only threw 31 times in a 19-13 win against the Bears, but we needed to see more from Osborn before saying he's a must-start receiver, even in three-receiver leagues. This week, it's easy to fade Osborn on Monday night against San Francisco. The 49ers aren't the most imposing secondary, and I still like Jordan Addison as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues. But San Francisco has allowed just three touchdowns to opposing receivers this year, and Osborn will likely need a touchdown to have a productive Fantasy outing in Week 7.
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IND Indianapolis • #11
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CLE CLE -2.5 O/U 40
OPP VS WR
1st
PROJ PTS
12.1
WR RNK
12th
YTD Stats
REC
40
TAR
60
REYDS
406
TD
1
FPTS/G
14.8
It's hard to bench Pittman in PPR since he scored at least 13.6 PPR points in four of six games this season, and he scored at least 16.7 PPR points in two starts with Gardner Minshew. But Pittman could struggle in Week 7 against Cleveland, and the Browns are No. 1 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. Cleveland has allowed just one touchdown to an opposing receiver all season, and George Pickens (22.7 PPR points in Week 2) and Brandon Aiyuk (11.6 PPR points in Week 6) are the only receivers with double digits in scoring against this defense, including matchups with Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, DeAndre Hopkins and Zay Flowers. Pittman is a low-end starter in all PPR leagues at best and a risky option in non-PPR leagues since he has just one touchdown this season.
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Tight End
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ATL Atlanta • #8
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ TB TB -2.5 O/U 38
OPP VS TE
10th
PROJ PTS
8.6
TE RNK
9th
YTD Stats
REC
22
TAR
38
REYDS
251
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.9
Pitts is rolling right now, and you should start him in all leagues while he's hot. He's scored at least 14.3 PPR points in each of his past two games against Houston and Washington with 11 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown on 17 targets, and hopefully Desmond Ridder continues to feature Pitts with 8.5 targets per game. Tampa Bay has done well against tight ends so far this season, but I'm ignoring that while Pitts is getting this much attention from Ridder. He's a must-start Fantasy tight end for Week 7. Jonnu Smith is also worth using in deeper leagues since he's scored at least 10.7 PPR points in three games in a row.
CHI Chicago • #85
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LV LV -3 O/U 37.5
OPP VS TE
19th
PROJ PTS
8.5
TE RNK
10th
YTD Stats
REC
25
TAR
32
REYDS
240
TD
3
FPTS/G
11.2
I'm going to stick with Kmet this week even with Justin Fields (thumb) not expected to play. Tyson Bagent will hopefully continue to lean on Kmet, who scored at least 15.2 PPR points in the two games prior to Fields getting hurt against Minnesota in Week 6. Kmet struggled against the Vikings with two catches for 9 yards on three targets, but this is a good matchup against the Raiders. Las Vegas has allowed five tight ends to score at least 8.4 PPR points this season.
GB Green Bay • #88
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DEN GB -1 O/U 45
OPP VS TE
32nd
PROJ PTS
8.4
TE RNK
11th
YTD Stats
REC
18
TAR
23
REYDS
159
TD
0
FPTS/G
6.8
We'll see how the Packers look when everyone is healthy now that Aaron Jones, Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed and Musgrave will be on the field together for the first time this season in Week 7 at Denver. Even with all the mouths to feed, I still like Musgrave as a No. 1 Fantasy tight end for this week. The last time we saw Musgrave was in Week 5 at Las Vegas, and he had six catches for 34 yards on seven targets. He now has at least seven targets and six catches in his past two healthy games (he left Week 4 against Detroit with a concussion), and this week he gets to face the Broncos, who allow the most Fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
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LV Las Vegas • #87
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CHI LV -3 O/U 37.5
OPP VS TE
25th
PROJ PTS
6.9
TE RNK
15th
YTD Stats
REC
8
TAR
11
REYDS
116
TD
0
FPTS/G
3.6
Mayer is coming off a big game in Week 6 against New England with five catches for 75 yards on six targets, and this could be the start of something big for the rookie tight end. I expect the former Notre Dame product to do well in Week 7 against the Bears. Chicago has allowed five tight ends to score at least 8.0 PPR points this season, including Logan Thomas and T.J. Hockenson in each of the past two weeks. Mayer is worth starting as a low-end No. 1 option in Week 7.
WAS Washington • #82
Age: 32 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG WAS -2.5 O/U 39
OPP VS TE
14th
PROJ PTS
7.7
TE RNK
13th
YTD Stats
REC
19
TAR
26
REYDS
185
TD
2
FPTS/G
9.5
Thomas was a disappointment in Week 6 at Atlanta with one catch for 2 yards on one target, but I expect him to rebound in Week 7 at the Giants. Prior to Week 6, Thomas had scored at least 10.2 PPR points in two of his previous three games, and he had nine catches for 77 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets against the Bears in Week 5. The Giants have allowed four tight ends to score at least 8.3 PPR points this season, and Thomas is worth using as a low-end starter in all leagues.
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LAR L.A. Rams • #89
Age: 31 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PIT LAR -3 O/U 44
OPP VS TE
4th
PROJ PTS
8.7
TE RNK
22nd
YTD Stats
REC
20
TAR
32
REYDS
234
TD
0
FPTS/G
7.2
Higbee dropped a touchdown in Week 6 against Arizona, and he now has two down games since Cooper Kupp returned to action in Week 5. Against the Eagles in Week 5 and Cardinals in Week 6, Higbee has combined for four catches for 38 yards and no touchdowns on just six targets. This week, he's facing a Steelers defense that has allowed just one touchdown to an opposing tight end, and Higbee is not worth starting in most formats.
NE New England • #85
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF BUF -8.5 O/U 41
OPP VS TE
7th
PROJ PTS
6.5
TE RNK
18th
YTD Stats
REC
18
TAR
28
REYDS
183
TD
2
FPTS/G
8.1
Henry is dealing with an ankle injury, and he missed practice Wednesday. Hopefully he can play, but I wouldn't start him against Buffalo. Henry's last two games have been awful with one catch for 7 yards on five targets against the Saints and Raiders, and he's also gone four games in a row without finding the end zone. Mac Jones is struggling, along with the entire Patriots offense, and it's hard to justify starting Henry against the Bills, who are No. 4 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #7
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -5.5 O/U 48
OPP VS TE
15th
PROJ PTS
7.3
TE RNK
16th
YTD Stats
REC
16
TAR
19
REYDS
123
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.9
Everett scored a touchdown in Week 6 against Dallas, and he has at least 9.0 PPR points in two of his past three games since Mike Williams (ACL) got hurt. But I'm not counting on Everett to play well in Week 7 against the Chiefs. Kansas City has allowed just one tight end to score a touchdown this season, and Everett will likely need to score a touchdown to have a quality Fantasy outing this week.
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DET Detroit • #86
Age: 33 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SEA SEA -7.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS TE
3rd
PROJ PTS
8.5
TE RNK
17th
YTD Stats
REC
24
TAR
39
REYDS
168
TD
1
FPTS/G
7.8
Ertz scored a touchdown in Week 5 against Cincinnati, but he's struggled for the past two games against the Bengals and Rams with just four catches for 32 yards on nine targets. He has a brutal matchup at Seattle in Week 7 since the Seahawks have yet to allow a tight end to score a touchdown and just Sam LaPorta in Week 2 to score more than 7.9 PPR points.
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DST
DST to Start

Browns (at IND)

The Browns defense has been dominant all season, and Cleveland shut down the 49ers in Week 6, holding San Francisco to just 17 points. The Browns have now held four of five opponents to 17 points or less, and Gardner Minshew just had three interceptions at Jacksonville in Week 6. Minshew has also been sacked eight times in the two games he started this season.

Sleepers
  • Seahawks (vs. ARI)
  • Commanders (at NYG)
  • Raiders (vs. CHI)
DST to Sit

Dolphins (at PHI)

The Dolphins defense was a letdown in Week 6 against Carolina with no turnovers and 21 points allowed. Miami did have four sacks, but more was expected against Bryce Young. This week, you can move on from the Dolphins DST with a matchup against the Eagles. Even though Jalen Hurts is coming off a three-interception game against the Jets, I expect him to rebound in this matchup at home. In two home games this season, the Eagles have scored 34 points in each outing.

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KICKERS
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SEA Seattle • #5
Age: 32 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI SEA -7.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS K
28th
PROJ PTS
8.9
K RNK
3rd
In two home games this season, Myers has made 7 of 8 field goals and three PATs. He should do well at home again in Week 7 against the Cardinals, who have allowed three of the past four opposing kickers to each score at least 10 Fantasy points in Brandon Aubrey in Week 3, Evan McPherson in Week 5 and Brett Maher in Week 6.
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LAR L.A. Rams • #8
Age: 34 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PIT LAR -3 O/U 44
OPP VS K
10th
PROJ PTS
7
K RNK
5th
NO New Orleans • #19
Age: 25 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC NO -1 O/U 40
OPP VS K
5th
PROJ PTS
6.6
K RNK
13th
PIT Pittsburgh • #9
Age: 32 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAR LAR -3 O/U 44
OPP VS K
26th
PROJ PTS
6.6
K RNK
10th
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LAC L.A. Chargers • #11
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -5.5 O/U 48
OPP VS K
2nd
PROJ PTS
6.2
K RNK
11th
Dicker hasn't been a good Fantasy kicker since Week 2. In his past three games against Minnesota, Las Vegas and Dallas, Dicker has two field goals on three attempts and nine PATs. He's combined for just 15 Fantasy points over that span. This week, he's going into Kansas City, and the Chiefs have not allowed a kicker to score more than nine Fantasy points this season.