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Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 7: D'Andre Swift and Other RB/WR Fantasy Advice

After a breakout performance, Swift should be a viable fantasy option again this week

Fantasy owners are always dealing with challenges: whether it is bye weeks, injuries or postponed games, it's not easy to be an owner (or commissioner). Owners need to be sure that they have the best starting lineup possible each week. It is the time of year to look at your roster and cut players that you haven't started yet. There are multiple players on this week's start/sit that likely were not drafted. Sometimes, fantasy owners have an attachment to a player (but I drafted Zach Ertz in the fourth round!). It's time to cut bait on players that are just sitting on the bench. Check out your waiver wire to see if there are better options.

 

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

 

Teams on bye: Baltimore, Indianapolis, Miami, Minnesota

 

START These RBs

 

D'Andre Swift, Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons

Fantasy owners have been waiting all season for the Lions to release Swift. It finally happened in Week 6. He had 14 carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Prior to Week 6, he had totaled 12 carries for 42 yards. Hopefully the team has seen what they have in Swift and will reduce Adrian Peterson's workload. The matchup against the Falcons is a good one, and Swift should please fantasy owners again.

 

Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Austin Ekeler is still out and doesn't appear to be returning soon. Jackson took over in Week 5 when Ekeler missed the game and he had 71 rushing yards and five receptions for 23 yards. It seems that the Chargers will continue to use Jackson more than Joshua Kelley. Jackson is actually still available in about half of Yahoo! leagues, and should be picked up and started this week in a good matchup against the Jaguars.

 

SIT These RBs

 

Mike Davis, Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

Davis was a great waiver wire add once Christian McCaffrey went down, but his value is fading. In Week 6, Davis wasn't used in the passing game, recording only two receptions for three yards. This is where his fantasy value truly has been. He did save his day with a rushing touchdown, but Week 7 will be difficult as well. The Panthers face the Saints, who have a tougher rushing defense than pass defense. While the matchup isn't as tough as Chicago was in Week 6, Davis isn't a great start this week (and McCaffrey should be back sooner rather than later).

 

Le'Veon Bell, Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos

Bell was signed to the Chiefs and needed to pass several COVID-19 tests before he was eligible to practice and play with the team. As such, he did not play in Week 6, but should be given the go-ahead for Week 7. This isn't a lot of time for him to learn the playbook and be integrated into the offense. With Clyde Edwards-Helaire running for 161 yards in Week 6, the Chiefs don't necessarily have to force Bell into the game plan. It's not clear if he will be active this week (or they'll save him for a "revenge" game against the Jets in Week 8) but he shouldn't be started in fantasy leagues if active.

 

START These WRs

 

Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns

The Bengals play the Browns, who have fared better against the run than the pass this season. They are allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Higgins has stepped up to be the best wide receiver on the Bengals to start in fantasy leagues. He had six receptions for 125 yards in Week 6 and has had at least 60 receiving yards or a touchdown in each of the last four games. Higgins is available in just under half of Yahoo! leagues and is worth grabbing to start as a low WR2 this week.

 

DJ Chark Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers

Chark was banged up in Week 6 and still managed to catch seven passes for 45 yards. The bigger story behind that number was the fact that he had 14 targets. Gardner Minshew will continue to pepper Chark with targets, regardless of the matchup, and as he gets healthier, that's a great thing for fantasy owners. The Jaguars face the Chargers, which is a great matchup for wide receivers. Minshew and Chark should connect plenty in Week 7.

 

SIT These WRs

 

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans

In the past three weeks, Smith-Schuster hasn't had more than five targets. He hasn't had more than four receptions or 45 yards. He scored a touchdown in Week 3, but hasn't found the end zone since. With the emergence of Chase Claypool, JuJu has taken a backseat. Diontae Johnson may return this week, and James Washington has also taken targets away from Smith-Schuster. One of these weeks, he'll have a big game, but at this point, it's hard to predict where it will be. Whether this is the game plan or just other team's defenses taking out the Steelers "No.1" receiver, it's hard to tell, but there are others on this roster that have a higher upside.

 

Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals

Landry is clearly not completely healthy and it is showing. A one-time PPR monster, Landry hasn't had more than five receptions in a game this season. He's had more than 50 receiving yards twice and hasn't found the end zone yet. The Browns face the Bengals, who have allowed an opposing wide receiver to score a touchdown in each game since Week 1 so far this season. However, odds are that the touchdown goes to Odell Beckham, Jr. (or Kareem Hunt or Austin Hooper), not Landry.

 

— 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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