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

Goff should be able to bounce back against a generous Falcons defense

When fantasy owners are looking at their lineups for Week 7, they may be faced with some tough decisions. The quarterback and tight end landscape is brutal between injuries (and that doesn't even count Patrick Mahomes, at least not for this week) and bye weeks. It's often hard to find someone decent to start. Tight end Will Dissly is out for the season, which left his fantasy owners scrambling to find a replacement. Hopefully, the waiver wire was good to you, and you make solid start/sit decisions this week.

 

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

 

Teams on bye: Carolina, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay

 

START These Quarterbacks

 

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins

Allen faces the Dolphins in Week 7, and fantasy owners know what that means: fantasy points! The Dolphins have allowed all opposing quarterbacks to throw for at least two touchdowns this season. All opposing quarterbacks also have posted at least 245 yards with the exception of Case Keenum in Week 6. For Allen, throwing out the New England game, he has at least a touchdown and 200 yards in each game. He should have a solid week against the hapless Dolphins.

 

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams at Atlanta Falcons

Yes, Goff put up a stinker in Week 6, but San Francisco's defense is legit. They allow the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Meanwhile, the Rams face the Falcons in Week 7. Atlanta is on the other end of the spectrum, allowing quarterbacks over the past five weeks to throw for at least 225 yards. In every game this season, all opposing quarterbacks have at least two touchdowns as well. This is a get-right game for Goff, so fantasy owners should forget about last week for now, and take advantage of what should be a high scoring matchup.

 

SIT These Quarterbacks

 

Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers at Tennessee Titans

Rivers does have four games with 300 or more yards, but he only has nine touchdowns in six games. He also has six interceptions in that span. The offensive line has been brutal and has harmed this offense as a whole. The Chargers face the Titans, and even though this team has been struggling as well, the defense has been pretty solid throughout the season (fifth in the NFL with 15.3 ppg allowed). Rivers is fine in a two-QB league, but if he's your only quarterback, it may be a rough week.

 

Sam Darnold, New York Jets vs. New England Patriots (Mon.)

It should go without saying that quarterbacks facing the Patriots may struggle. Daniel Jones, in Week 6, is the first quarterback to throw for a touchdown against New England. Besides Ben Roethlisberger in Week 1, no quarterback has even thrown for 200 yards against the Patriots. Each quarterback also has at least one interception. The Pats' defense is no joke. Sit Darnold if you can.

 

START This Tight End

 

Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks

With Marquise Brown banged up and potentially out, Andrews will likely pick up more work. In Week 6, Brown was out and Andrews had six receptions for 99 yards. He started the year with two 100-yard games and a touchdown in each. While fantasy owners are likely going to start Andrews anyway, this has the potential to be a great week for him. The Ravens face the Seahawks, who allow the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends. Fire up Andrews with confidence.

 

SIT This Tight End

 

Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins vs. San Francisco 49ers

Davis missed the past two weeks with a concussion, but he was able to return to limited practice this week. While he is not cleared yet, this does point him in the right direction to play on Sunday. The Redskins certainly could use him, but that should not be a reason to start him. The matchup against the 49ers is not a good one, and besides the touchdown in Week 1, he hasn't done anything all season. Keep him on your bench for another week.

 

START This DST

 

New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears

Obviously, the Buffalo Bills DST (vs. Miami) should be started, but for those that are looking for a DST that isn't so clear cut, try the Saints. They have a sack in five of the six games they've played so far and they take on the Bears this week. Even though the Bears are coming of a bye week, they still aren't a team that is going to put up a lot of points. Regardless of who is at quarterback for the Bears, expect the Saints to get to him and this DST to have a decent outing.

 

SIT This DST

 

Los Angeles Rams at Atlanta Falcons

Early in the season, the Rams were a popular DST pick. They have an interception in each game this year and a sack in all but one game. However, they are a West Coast team travelling east to Atlanta for a 1 p.m. ET game. That's tough for any team, but the Falcons typically play better at home. The Rams will likely get to Matt Ryan at least once, but the fact that this has the potential to be a high-scoring game should be enough to shy away from both DSTs.

 

— 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.

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