Fantasy Football: Week 7 Start’em & Sit’em

Eli ManningTotal Pro Sports – It can be tough to make the decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy season based on favorable or tough match-ups.

TPS is here to help you make such decisions with our weekly Start’em & Sit’em post where we will break down each position and give you some players you may want to consider starting, and some you might be better off sitting.


Start’em: Eli Manning vs. ARI – Eli Manning and the New York Giants were frustrated by the New Orleans Saints last week, and will be looking to bounce back this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.  The Cards rank 31st against the pass and have allowed nine passing touchdowns against in five games this season.  They were much improved last week holding the Seahawks to only three points, but Eli will be hungry to do what his brother did in week three and light up the Cards’ secondary.  Expect him to do just that.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Philip Rivers vs.KC, Matt Ryan vs. DAL, Matt Cassel vs. SD

Sit’em: Mark Sanchez vs. OAK – After getting off to a solid start (4 touchdowns, 2 interceptions in his first three games) Mark Sanchez has struggles throwing only 1 TD and 5 INTs in his last three.  Teams appear to have solved him and after Oaklands impressive performance shutting out Donovan McNabb last week, they should be able to have similar success against the Jets’ rookie quarterback.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Jamarcus Russell vs. NYJ, Chad Henne vs. NO, Carson Palmer vs.CHI

Running Backs

Start’em: Ryan Grant vs. CLE – Through five games, Ryan Grant has given his owners some decent production, averaging just over 10 fantasy points per game in standard leagues.  Not overly impressive numbers, but not all that disappointing either.  This week he should find himself above that average against a Browns team that is ranked 30th against the run, allowing 1.5 touchdowns on the ground per game.  Add to that the fact that several defensive players (including DT Shaun Rogers) have been overcome by a flu bug this week and the end result could be a big stat line for Grant.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: Thomas Jones vs. OAK, Donald Brown vs. IND, Ladanian Tomlinson vs. KC

Sit’em: Brandon Jacobs vs. ARI – Many people have been talking about the lack of production coming from Brandon Jacobs thus far in 2009.  That likely will not change after week 7 when the Giants host the Cardinals.  Arizona bolsters the league’s top rush defense allowing only 59.6 YPG against and two touchdowns through five games.  The Giants will be able to move the ball, as they usually do, but expect most of the stats to be beside Eli’s name, rather than Jacobs in this one.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Rashard Mendenhall vs. MIN, Pierre Thomas vs. MIA, Matt Forte vs. CIN

Wide Receivers

Wes Welker vs. TB – He was our start’em at wide receiver last week and he certainly performed up to expectations against a weak Titans pass defense with 10 receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns.  Now his Pats will travel to London, England, looking to put on an equally impressive show against another weak passing defense.  The Bucs allow under 200 YPG against through the air, but have given up 13 touchdowns thus far (third most in the league).  With Brady looking more and more comfortable each week, Welker should once again put up a strong stat line across the Atlantic.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Pierre Garcon vs. STL, Dwayne Bowe vs. SD, Mario Manningham vs. ARI

Terrel Owens vs. CAR – Until the Buffalo Bills find a quarterback that can get the ball to their receivers, we will continue to suggest benching Terrel Owens if you have other options.  Owens has had a disappointing year thus far and thuis week he will be up against a Panthers defense that ranks second in the league against the pass.  Don’t expect this to be T.O.’s breakout week.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: Steve Smith vs. BUF, Braylon Edwards vs. OAK, Antonio Bryant vs. NE

Tight Ends

Start’em: Heath Miller vs. MIN – Heath Miller has been an impressive story for fantasy owners thus far this season and has scored at least one touchdown in each of his last three games.  This week he plays the Vikings, who have allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends this season.  Miller should be able to keep his streak going.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Jermichael Finley vs.CLE, Greg Olsen vs. CIN, Dallas Clark vs. STL

Sit’em: Dustin Keller vs. OAK – Mark Sanchez has struggled as of late and that may force the Jets coaching staff to call more running plays against the Raiders.  Keller has already been quite, and we don’t expect that to change this week.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Kevin Boss vs. ARI, Anthony Fassano vs. NO, Kellen Winslow vs. NE


Start’em: Nate Kaeding vs. KC – Although the Chargers have struggled, their offense has continued to move the ball and put points on the board.  Kaeding should continue to produce against a weak Chiefs defense

Sit’em: Rian Lindell vs. CAR – Buffalo’s offense has not been great and they should struggle to move the ball once again against Carolina.


Start’em: Colts vs. STL – The Colts pass rush is a good one and once they get up, Freeney and company will be able to pin their ears back and get at the quarterback.

Sit’em: Cardinals vs. NYG – The Cards pass defense has not been all that impressive and Eli Manning does not turn the ball over often.

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