2010 NFL Fantasy Football: Week 7 Start’em, Sit’em

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It can be tough to make a decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy football season based on favorable and/or tough match-ups.

TotalProSports.com 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: Matt Cassel vs. JAC – It is tough to start Matt Cassel over most quarterbacks in fantasy football, but with the Jacksonville Jaguars visiting the Chiefs on Sunday, there may be good things ahead for those who take such a risk.  Cassel put up an impressive 200 yards and three touchdowns last week against a poor Texans secondary and the Jags are not much better, having allowed a league-high 14 touchdowns against through the air thus far this season (tied with those very same Texans).  Look for Cassel to find the end zone a few times in this game, but enjoy it now because we don’t expect much more from him after this weekend.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Kyle Orton vs. OAK, Jay Cutler vs. WSH, Matt Hasselbeck vs. ARI

Sit’em: Chad Henne vs. PIT – Henne has had himself a pretty solid season and he has had a rather hot had lately, recording at least 300 yards in two of his last three games and throwing for two touchdowns in each of those three contests, but the Steelers defense should be able to slow him down in week 7.  Pittsburgh has allowed quite a bit of yards through the air thus far this season (233 yards against per game), but they have only given up three passing touchdowns, and as any fantasy owner will tell you, getting into the end zone is what counts the most.  We wouldn’t be surprised if the Steelers prevent Henne from doing just that this weekend, so you would be best advised to look elsewhere for a starting quarterback.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Donovan McNabb vs. CHI, Sam Bradford vs. STL, Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. BAL

Running Backs

Start’em: Knowshon Moreno vs. OAK – The Broncos tend to lean heavily on their passing game these days, but they should be able to get the run going on Sunday when they take on the Raiders.  Oakland has allowed a disappointing 150 yards against per game on the ground.  If Orton can open up the run through the passing game, that should create plenty of holes for Moreno to expose.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: Michael Bush vs. DEN, Jamaal Charles vs. JAC, Thomas Jones vs. JAC

Sit’em: Ronnie Brown vs. PIT – There are a few good reasons to sit Ronnie Brown this weekend.  The first is the fact that he will be up against the league’s best run defense.  The Steelers have allowed only 64 yards against per game and two total touchdowns on the ground thus far this season.  The second reason is Ronnie himself.  Brown has struggled to produce in 2010 and it appears as though he may be losing more and more of his carries to Ricky Williams with each passing week.  We advise you stay away from Brown this weekend, and possibly for a few weeks after that until he turns things around.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Fred Jackson vs. BAL, Beanie Wells vs. SEA, Brandon Jackson vs. MIN

Wide Receivers

Start’em: Brandon Lloyd vs. OAK – It may seem a little odd to pick a receiver that will be facing off against Nnamdi Asomugha, but there are a few good reasons to trust Lloyd this weekend.  First off, there is always the chance that he may not be lining up against the Raiders shut-down man in the secondary, and if that is the case, he should be able to put up a huge game against a Raiders team that has allowed 12 touchdowns through the air thus far.  But even if he is up against Asomugha all day, Orton will not be afraid to test him, just like he did last week against the likes of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie.  He may throw an interception, or two, doing so, but he should also connect with Lloyd for a few big plays down field as well.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Anquan Boldin vs. BUF, Dwayne Bowe vs. JAC, Robert Meachem vs. CLE

Sit’em: Michael Crabtree vs. CAR – Crabtree had a decent performance last weekend recording four receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown, but it has otherwise been a fairly silent season for the 49ers sophomore.  He should have another one of his quiet Sundays this weekend when his 49ers taken on the Panthers and their 5th ranked pass defense.  Look for Mike Singletary to run the ball early and often in this one, limiting Crabtree’s opportunities just enough to make him a risky start in week 7.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: Santana Moss vs. CHI, Kenny Brit vs. PHI, Mike Sims-Walker vs. KC

Tight Ends

Start’em: Heath Miller vs. MIA – Miller seemed to be an afterthought for the first five weeks of the NFL season, but in week six he found the end zone thanks to the return of Ben Roethlisberger.  Look for him to continue finding the end zone against a Miami Dolphins team that has struggled against opposing tight ends this season.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Tony Gonzalez vs. CIN, Aaron Hernandez vs. SD, Tony Moeaki vs. JAC

Sit’em: Visanthe Shiancoe vs. GB – Shiancoe is a tough guy to sit, but it appears as though the acquisition of Moss has taken away from his value in a big way.  In his last three games, Shiancoe has only three receptions for 35 yards and no touchdowns.  If you have other options, we suggest you use them until the Vikings tight end finds his game again.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Greg Olsen vs. WSH, Brent Celek vs. TEN, Chris Cooley vs. CHI


Start’em: Matt Prater vs. OAK – The Raiders defense is not the worst in the league, but it is certainly not the best.  The Broncos should be able to move the ball all day and that should help set up plenty of field goal opportunities for Prater.

Sit’em: Dan Carpenter vs. MIA – He had a big performance last weekend against the Packers, but don’t expect the same from Carpenter this weekend against a Steelers defense that has not surrendered many opportunities to opposing kickers.


Start’em: Saints vs. CLE – Colt McCoy fared pretty well in his first NFL start against the Steelers, but now that the Saints have had the opportunity to watch some film on him, look for them to force him into several mistakes in his second start.

Sit’em: Cowboys vs. NYG – The Cowboys defense has struggled thus far this season and things wont get any easier with the Giants set to pay them a visit on Monday night.  Maybe it is just me, but it seems like every time these two teams play each other in a prime time game, we are treated to a shootout.

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