The Week 7 fantasy football landscape is clearing up heading into the weekend, as players are emerging as more formidable options than others.
While some decisions are figuring as easy ones, there are plenty of tough calls to make between your bench players and guys in the starting lineup. We’ve got you covered.
Let’s take a look at who you should be starting and who to keep resting on your bench in this week’s Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em.
Start: RB Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Ever since returning from a concussion that kept him sidelined a few weeks, rookie Eddie Lacy has carried the ball in the last two games more (46) than any NFL rusher.
He’s also enjoyed success in both outings. He notched 99 yards on the ground against Detroit and 120 over Baltimore. Who rushes for 120 yards against the Ravens?
But it’s the matchup that makes Lacy a must-start in any fantasy league. The Packers host the Browns, who have given up more rushing TDs (eight) than any other team.
Sit: RB Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Chris Johnson has been the definition of mediocrity in fantasy this season.
The artist formerly known as CJ2K has evolved into CJ-3-yards-per-carry with an average of 3.1—last among rushers with more than 100 carries on the season. He had an anemic 12 carries for 33 yards last week vs. Seattle.
Oh, and did I mention he’s failed to score a rushing TD (one receiving) this year?
He also is going up against the San Francisco defense, which hasn’t been its usual self but undoubtedly boasts one of the league’s most hard-hitting, physical defenses.
Start: WR Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Pierre Garcon is always a prime candidate for the deep ball, but the Redskins’ pass offense has used him more to move the chains than ever as of late.
That will only help when Washington faces the Chicago Bears in Week 7, a team that surprisingly ranks 23rd in pass defense thus far.
Garcon has notched at least 11 targets in four of his five games this season, and that should only continue against a club that has endured some uncharacteristic struggles in the secondary.
Sit: WR Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills
Coming off an injury, Johnson has been a non-factor in fantasy ever since the first few weeks of the season. He caught just three passes for 18 yards in his last two appearances combined.
Meanwhile, the Bills are facing a Miami Dolphins team that is coming off a bye week and hasn’t let up a touchdown to a receiver all season long.
The matchup doesn’t set up well at all for Johnson, especially if he’s still hampered from injury and isn’t going at 100 percent. Unless you’re desperate, this should be a sit.
Start: WR Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
It goes without saying that Julian Edelman‘s fantasy value skyrockets whenever Danny Amendola is ruled out. Cue ESPN’s Mike Reiss:
On Patriots injury report, TE Rob Gronkowski is listed as questionable. WR Danny Amendola, DT Tommy Kelly, RB Leon Washington ruled out.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 18, 2013
In his early-season replacement role for the injured Amendola, Edelman caught two touchdowns and amassed 319 yards in his first four games. His impact has been much less felt in recent weeks, but that should change with Amendola out.
With the Pats facing the Jets, it may ring up an old memory for Edelman, who had a 56-yard touchdown the last time these two sides faced off.
Sit: WR Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
Which player is the most obvious sit?
Which player is the most obvious sit?
After being targeted 17 times and catching 13 balls in his 49ers debut, big things were expected of Anquan Boldin. That hasn’t quite come to fruition.
Since the opener, he’s averaged just over six targets per game. He’s also coming off two straight dud performances—21 yards against Houston, 28 yards against Arizona.
Don’t expect much different against the Titans on Sunday. They’ve been surprisingly impressive against the pass, having only let up two passing touchdowns all season. And if Alterraun Verner (four picks) covers him, game over.