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Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 7: Dak Prescott and Other QB/TE/DST Fantasy Advice

Dak is back and if you have him on your fantasy team you may was well start him.
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With fantasy managers missing Josh Allen, Jalen Hurts, Matthew Stafford, and Kirk Cousins, it may be tough finding a quarterback to start this week. Hopefully, you have another on your roster and don’t have to turn to the waiver wire, but be sure that you are starting someone who first, is starting for their team, and second, has a good matchup. While it sounds silly, there are a few teams that have yet to name a starting quarterback (Saints) and some with injured quarterbacks that you need to make sure end up playing.

Week 7 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Teams on bye: Buffalo, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, Philadelphia


Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit Lions

Typically this would be seen as a no-brainer, but Prescott has been out for the past five weeks with a thumb injury. He played in Week 1 this season and has missed the rest. His original timeline after undergoing surgery was that he would miss 6-8 weeks but it looks like he'll be back in Week 7. Prescott looked good in Week 1, although it is hard to tell how he will return from the injury (both the thumb) and how much rust he'll show. Prescott just had a pin and plate surgically implanted into his thumb, but if he’s cleared to play, fantasy managers should start him, especially in an appealing matchup like this.


Russell Wilson, QB, Denver Broncos vs. New York Jets

Wilson is now dealing with a hamstring injury, a shoulder injury, and he's simply playing poorly. The Wilson that fantasy managers drafted (and likely the Broncos traded for) has not shown up yet. Whether it is age or injury or something else is unknown, but it is hard to trust him at all. He’s not running the ball (he hasn’t rushed for more than 29 yards yet) and he is not throwing it like he used to. He has one game with more than 275 yards (Week 1) and only five touchdowns in six games. He faces the upstart Jets in Week 7, who have been stingy against QBs (ask Aaron Rodgers), which isn’t going to help Wilson (or the Broncos) either.

Editor's note: Wilson was ruled out by the Broncos on Saturday because of a hamstring injury after this article was initially published. Brett Rypien will start in Wilson's place.

Related: Start/Sit Fantasy Advice for RB/WR in Week 7


Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins (SNF)

Freiermuth missed last week with a concussion, but he has been cleared to return for Week 7. His season has been disappointing so far (sort of like the Steelers' offense as a whole), but hopefully a matchup with the Dolphins can cure that. Miami has allowed three tight ends to score so far, including Minnesota's Irv Smith Jr. last Sunday. Freiermuth would benefit if Kenny Pickett also is cleared from concussion protocol and given the start, but his status may not be known until this weekend.


Hayden Hurst, TE, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Atlanta Falcons

Hurst faces his old team, the Falcons in a revenge game this week, but that shouldn’t be a reason to start him. Tee Higgins seems to be improving health-wise, and if he's back out there that will mean fewer targets for Hurst. Even with Higgins out and banged up, Hurst hasn't been able to take advantage. He had a touchdown catch in Weeks 4 and 5, but touchdowns are fluky. It’s tempting to start Hurst, especially because Atlanta is giving up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, but try to resist the urge.

START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)

Green Bay Packers at Washington Commanders

The Packers will be facing Taylor Heinicke and not Carson Wentz on Sunday, which actually may not be that much of a downgrade. But Heinicke has yet to play a snap this season and Wentz isn't the only key piece to Washington's offense that's banged up right now. Both tight ends are hurting, as is rookie wide receiver Jahan Dotson. The running games may dominate this one but expect Green Bay's defense to bounce back with a much better performance than last week, which doesn't bode well for Henicike and company.

SIT This Defense/Special Teams (DST)

San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

The 49ers' defense has been solid this year, but on Sunday the Chiefs will be in town. Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce are tearing it up, and any opposing DST is going to have a tough time stopping this offense. Last week against the struggling Atlanta Falcons, the 49ers DST didn’t do much of anything (two sacks, 22 PA). Expect an even tougher challenge against Kansas City.

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.