One observation regarding fantasywide receivers as we enter Week 7 – Antonio Brown is really good. He continues to separate himself from his peers thanks to a combination of volume and ability. He’s constantly the No. 1 target for defenses to take away; yet he still goes out and produces.
He’s recorded double-digit fantasy points in four of six games and even with a tough matchup in Week 7 against Cincinnati, he still has to be considered one of the safest and best bets among WRs.
You don’t need me to tell you to start Brown, but as for other WRs (and tight ends) in Week 7? Here’s your Week 7 start’ em, sit’ em suggestions.
Good Calls for Week 6...
Start Golden Tate (15.6 fantasy points) – Tate was having a huge game and it could have been even bigger if he wasn’t injured in the second half against the Saints.
Sit Tyreek Hill (2.5 FP) – Hill is too dependent on the big play to put up solid fantasy points and since he’s nursing a hamstring injury and now a concussion, he’s too risky.
Start Evan Engram (14.2 FP) – Engram is easily the Giants No. 1 receiving threat and he proved it against a tough Broncos defense with 82 yards and one touchdown.
Bad Calls for Week 6...
Start Chris Hogan (1.9 FP) – It was just an off game for Hogan, he was targeted a season low four times and caught one ball for 19 yards.
Teams on bye: Detroit, Houston
START THESE WRs...
Jordy Nelson, GB (vs. NO)
You might be thinking about benching Nelson this week because he no longer has Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball, but he has the capability to create space, and Brett Hundley still targeted him eight times, producing five catches for 50 yards after the Rodgers left the game. Nelson’s value takes a dip, but the Saints still give up plenty of fantasy points to opposing WRs.
Jarvis Landry, MIA (vs. NYJ)
If DeVante Parker can’t go again in Week 7, Landry will be Jay Cutler’s primary target once again. Last week Landry enjoyed a juicy 42.4 percent of the targets, turning 14 of them into eight catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. He can do that again against the Jets. Most of his value comes in PPR leagues, but he’s pretty dependable.
Adam Thielen, MIN (vs. BAL)
The status of Stefon Diggs still isn't clear, but if Diggs doesn't play, Thielen gets a major boost after getting 13 targets last week. Thielen has been targeted the most even with Diggs on the field, making him a solid play, even against a Ravens defense allowing 15.7 FPPG to WRs.
MIGHT BE WORTH THE RISK...
Eric Decker, TEN (at CLE)
Welcome back to the NFL Eric Decker. He finally showed some life in Week 6, just in time for a nice matchup against the Browns. Decker was targeted nine times against the hapless Indianapolis secondary. This was after getting six targets in Week 5. Expect him to hover more toward that nine mark in this matchup against a Cleveland team allowing 7.9 yards per pass attempt, the fifth worst in the NFL. Decker has solid value as a WR3 and could creep into the WR2 discussion.
SIT THESE WRs...
T.Y. Hilton, IND (vs. JAC)
As long as Andrew Luck is out, Hilton continues to be a situational play. Specifically, he’s only good at home against mediocre secondaries. Considering they’re at home, against the Jaguars (who have given up the fourth-fewest fantasy points to WRs this year), and Jacoby Brisset is still under center, it might be worth it to bench Hilton and just roll out a Jeremy Kerley or Ted Ginn or Devin Funchess.
Sammy Watkins, LAR (vs. ARI, London)
You drafted Watkins to be a big part of your fantasy team, not catch one pass on four targets for a measly 11 yards like he did last week. Watkins and Jared Goff just aren’t on the same page, and things don’t get any easier this week as Watkins will be matched up against one of the league’s elite shutdown corners, Patrick Peterson.
Terrelle Pryor, WAS (at PHI, Mon.)
Hopefully, you didn’t fall for all the Pryor as a top-10 fantasy WR heading into draft season. Pryor has only one touchdown on the season and is averaging a measly 41.8 yards per game. The Eagles’ secondary is getting better. In Philadelphia’s last two games the opposition's top wideout has combined to score 15 fantasy points and no touchdowns. Pryor managed just 6.6 points against this defense, which wasn’t anywhere near completely healthy in the secondary, in Week 1.
YOU’VE BEEN WARNED...
Alshon Jeffrey, PHI (vs. WAS, Mon.)
Jeffrey gets a tough matchup on Monday, against a Redskins team currently giving up the second-fewest points to wide receivers. Jeffrey caught just three passes on seven targets for 38 yards in their Week 1 showdown. Jeffrey will be in for another tough game, especially if Josh Norman returns from a fractured rib. Do not expect too much from Jeffrey in Week 7.
START THESE TEs...
Jimmy Graham, SEA (at NYG)
Coming out of his bye, Graham is due to have a great game against the Giants. They are giving up the most fantasy points to tight ends in standard leagues. Last season, coming off his bye, Graham caught six passes for 89 yards. Graham has historically been at his best in October, with six of his eight top games in terms of yards in his career coming in that month.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ (at MIA)
Let’s roll him out again! If it weren’t for a weird call by the refs, Jenkins would’ve had two touchdowns last week against the Patriots. Josh McCown is surprisingly serviceable and Jenkins has clearly found a role in this offense, seeing 19 targets over the last two weeks. Miami has a bottom-five defense in terms of points allowed to opposing tight ends.
Cameron Brate, TB (at BUF)
Even without Jameis Winston in the game, Brate continued to put up solid totals. He finished the day with a 6/76/1 line, and tied for top target share with Mike Evans at 19 percent (8 targets). Brate is becoming an every-week thing.
MIGHT BE WORTH THE RISK...
George Kittle, SF (vs. DAL)
Over the past two games Kittle has seen 17 targets. You might think that might change this week with rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard starting, but keep in mind that Beathard and Kittle were teammates together for four years at Iowa, so they have built-in chemistry. Plus, rookie QBs always like to use their tight end as a safety valve, so Kittle could have a decent fantasy day this week.
SIT THESE TEs...
Coby Fleener, NO (at GB)
The Packers have done quite well this season in limiting tight ends, giving up the second-fewest fantasy points to the position. With how good this defense has been at stopping tight ends, Drew Brees will likely look elsewhere when throwing, limiting Fleener’s potential in Week 7.
Martellus Bennett, GB (vs. NO)
Bennett is the starting tight end on the fantasy all-disappointment team for 2017. So far this season he ranks just 28th in points among tight ends while scoring fewer than six points in all six of his games in standard formats. Things might start to turn around if Brett Hundley looks to Bennett as a security blanket, but don’t depend on it. There are far better options out there right now on the waiver wire (see my Might Be Worth The Risk pick above).
Julius Thomas, MIA (vs. NYJ)
That whole “Thomas is going to be great like he was when he was a Bronco because he is reuniting with Adam Gase” thing appears to be garbage. In his first five games, Thomas has a total of 108 yards and zero touchdowns. Thomas is too risky of a play, and if he’s still on your roster, he should be cut.
YOU’VE BEEN WARNED...
Hunter Henry, LAC (vs. DEN)
In these dark days of TE plays, we go to Henry, who ran in more than 70 percent of the routes against Oakland. Normally, he’s a worthy starting option, but his output will have peaks and valleys. Against Denver, it could very likely be a deep valley. In Week 1 against the Broncos Henry didn’t even see a target. Don’t play with fire.
— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.