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Week 7 Fantasy Football Wide Receivers: Start/Sit

Week 6 saw plenty of exciting matchups, surprises and things to look forward to. We finally saw the highly anticipated debut of Tua for the Miami Dolphins at the end of the Jets game. Tua went to the 15 yard line after the game in honor of the injury he suffered during his college days to show that people can show endurance and power through the pain to return to playing. This past weekend also featured the return of Andy Dalton in the starting quarterback role after the horrific injury to Dak Prescott in the previous week. This weekend we will see more exciting matchups and hopefully the return of Michael Thomas from his injury in week 1 which will impact how you should set your fantasy lineups for this week. In this article, we’ll break down the players you should start in your lineup and the players you should sit. We intentionally exclude players such as Tyreek Hill and Deandre Hopkins who should be in your starting lineup every week if active.

Wide Receivers to Start:

Stefon Diggs – Stefon Diggs has quietly been a consistent wide receiver for your fantasy team. Diggs has managed over 10 fantasy points per game this season and is someone you can rely on to keep producing these numbers. Diggs has a good floor and a high ceiling which we’re just hoping we’ll see from the Pro Bowl receiver again. Diggs has had one monster breakout performance this season in week 2 against the division rival Miami Dolphins where we saw Diggs put up over 150 yards and a touchdown. Diggs has put up 100 yard games in 3 out of the 6 games this season and we think against the worst team in the NFL in the New York Jets that we can either expect another 100 yard game or potentially Diggs’ first game with multiple scores. Diggs was a wonderful addition to the Buffalo Bills who currently sit atop the AFC East and will look to bounce back from back to back losses to good teams in the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs by showing the New York Jets that the Bills are Super Bowl Contenders. Diggs and Allen connection will be strong in this game and we also have fellow wideout Cole Beasley as a sleeper in this game and running back Devin Singletary as a trendy start to have a bounce back game himself. 

Kenny Golladay – This is a dream matchup for Matt Stafford and the receiving crew for the Detroit Lions. We have Stafford listed as a trendy start in our Quarterback edition of Start/Sit and we have to also add Kenny Golladay as a must start into the mix as well. The Atlanta Falcons defense has allowed the 6th most fantasy points to wide receivers in most PPR leagues. Atlanta has been surprisingly better against the run but to wide receivers they are awful. Atlanta also hasn’t had the opportunity to face off against the run too often as every matchup is an absolute shootout with each team going shot for shot. This game seems to be right in line with what we’ve seen from Atlanta Falcons all season as both defenses are on the lower end in the league. Kenny Golladay will see plenty of targets and Stafford will look to his #1 guy to get in the end zone in this high scoring matchup. We love Golladay in this matchup!

Terry McLaurin – Terry McLaurin has been one of the lone bright spots for the woeful Washington Football Team. McLaurin has managed a 28% target share which is 4th in the NFL this season and has put up solid fantasy numbers for someone at the flex this season. McLaurin isn’t going to be a WR1 this season, but if you need someone at the flex or a WR2 has a bye, McLaurin is your go-to guy for this. In this week in particular, McLaurin has high WR2 value and low-end WR1 value as he faces off against a dreadful Dallas Cowboys defense. The Cowboys defense has allowed one of the most points to wide receivers this season. Surprisingly enough, they held Pro Bowl wideout Deandre Hopkins out of the end zone last week, but the Cardinals found other ways to score and win the game. Washington does not have as good of a quarterback situation as the Cardinals do which sets McLaurin back a little bit, but with the easy matchup against the Cowboys, we see plenty of value in McLaurin for your team this week. 

Wide Receivers to Sit:

Julian Edelman – The days of seeing Edelman as a top-tier wide receiver are over. With Tom Brady out of the picture, Cam Newton has not targeted Julian Edelman nearly as much as Tom Brady did with his go to guy. Newton is a boom or bust quarterback where every play needs to be a big gain whether it’s on the ground or looking to go deep or getting nothing. This was a very different playstyle than Tom Brady who would be perfectly okay throwing the ball to the outside to guys like Julian Edelman for a nice 3-5 yard pickup per down. With this offensive scheme, Edelman was able to get several broken tackles and pick up big yards after catch as well as rack up plenty of receptions which made him a beast in PPR leagues. Edelman has not managed to find the endzone yet this season and I think a lot of the blame for that has to go on the lack of talent from his quarterback. Edelman is not a reliable wide receiver to start moving forward unless he has a good matchup against teams such as the New York Jets which can allow a 5th string wide receiver to look like a star.

Cooper Kupp – The Rams and Bears face off in a week 7 matchup of two of the best teams in the NFC. The Rams enter this game 4-2 and the Bears sit at 5-1. With both teams what has carried them to their astounding records has been their defensive mindset. The Bears defense will be a tough test for any Rams offensive player this week. The Bears have allowed only one touchdown this season to a wide receiver and only 100 yards once to a receiver this entire season. These numbers do not sound promising for a wide receiver who has averaged less than 10 fantasy points per game since week 2. Kupp has not looked good recently and with Robert Woods being the #1 guy in LA, we don’t know the type of production that we could truly see for Kupp against a defense as good as Chicago’s. 

JuJu Smith-Schuster – JuJu leads the Pittsburgh Steelers wideouts in both receptions and targets this season but that hasn’t necessarily translated into yardage and scores. JuJu has been outshined by fellow wideouts Diontae Johnson and rookie Chase Claypool in recent weeks. JuJu will still most likely be the most targeted wide receiver for the Steelers on the season but Ben Roethlisberger has looked for JuJu in shorter plays while looking to Chase Claypool in redzone scenarios and with the deep ball. With JuJu being seen as a more reliable option for Big Ben, he still has some fantasy relevance but in terms of explosiveness of plays and lack of targets in key redzone opportunities, we’d rather have Claypool in our starting lineups for the time being.

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