As fantasy football owners look to Week 7, some of the matchups on the schedule are ones to take advantage of. There are four teams on bye, but fantasy owners should still have plenty of options from the players on their roster/bench.
When deciding who to start or who to sit, sometimes it is a difficult decision because this may have been a player that you drafted early. Or maybe it’s someone that had a good game and you’re hoping for a repeat. Perhaps it is someone that is ready to have a good game. Either way, trust your gut, look at the matchups and put your best lineup forward.
Teams on bye: Carolina, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay
START These Running Backs
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans vs. Los Angeles Chargers
At the beginning of the Steelers/Chargers game in Week 6, it seemed that James Conner could do whatever he wanted. The Chargers' defense did not have a way to stop him. Their secondary is much better than their run defense, and that bodes well for Henry in Week 7. With the exception of the Miami (and really, the Dolphins should be left out), a running back has scored a touchdown against the Chargers each game so far this season. Henry hasn’t looked great, but he’s an RB2 this week.
Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers
Fresh off a bye week, Jacobs faces the Packers. Their run defense is one of the softest in the league, allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to the position. A running back has scored at least one touchdown against them in every game so far this year. Jacobs ran hard against a good Bears defense in Week 5 and is a borderline RB1 in this matchup this week.
SIT These Running Backs
Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers vs. Oakland Raiders
After his four-touchdown performance against the Cowboys, Jones followed up with a fumble and a dropped touchdown pass. He was essentially benched for Jamaal Williams, who looked good. Both running backs are healthy (Williams had missed the Week 5 game) and this has the makings of either a timeshare or a hot-hand situation. The Packers face the Raiders, who have only allowed one 100-yard rusher this season. Jones is an RB2.
Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers at Tennessee Titans
It’s not clear if Gordon is not completely back to football shape or if the Chargers' offensive line is just not very good, but since he’s been back he has 49 rushing yards. In two games. He’s added seven receptions for 37 yards, but again, that’s over two games. The Chargers face the Titans, who have not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season. Gordon is still splitting the work with Austin Ekeler, and even though the team has said he’ll get more touches, he’s hard to trust as more than an RB2.
START These Wide Receivers
Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles give up the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and that’s who Gallup faces in Week 7. With Amari Cooper injured and likely out for Week 7, it will be Gallup who takes on the No. 1 role for the Cowboys. In desperate need of a win, the Cowboys are going to come out strong. This is Gallup’s turn to shine. He has two 100-yard games and one touchdown this year. He’s a WR2 and should add to that touchdown total in Week 7.
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams at Atlanta Falcons
The Rams offense as a whole looked terrible in Week 6. However, they have a get-right game against the Falcons. Atlanta's defense has been brutal (remember Will Fuller and the 200-plus yards and three touchdowns?) and the Falcons are coming off a rough loss. The Rams have been slumping as well, but this should be a good opportunity for Kupp to find success. He’s a WR2.
SIT These Wide Receivers
Robby Anderson, New York Jets vs. New England Patriots (Mon.)
Yes, Sam Darnold helped the Jets offense. Yes, Anderson looked good on the 92-yard touchdown in Week 6. However, the Jets face the Patriots in Week 7. While these two teams always play each other tough, it does not mean this will be a good showing for Anderson. In fact, Darnold typically prefers to target Jamison Crowder. When faced with the Pats pass rush, he’s more likely going to look to send a short pass Crowder’s way than look to Anderson for a big play. He’s a WR4.
Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints
Mike Evans. D.J. Chark Jr. Dede Westbrook. These are the wide receivers that have faced the Saints in the past two weeks. Sure, there was Chris Godwin and his solid game, but there was also Evans with the goose egg. The key factor is Marshon Lattimore. He’s been playing the role of lockdown corner this year, and Robinson may be matched up with him in Week 7. It’s not clear who the quarterback for the Bears will be, but it shouldn’t matter. Robinson is a WR3.
— 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.