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

Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 7: Matthew Stafford

Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 7: Matthew Stafford

It's hard to believe that for fantasy owners, the regular season is half over at this point (assuming playoffs start in Week 14). This is the point of the season where you need to really look at your roster and drop the guys that you drafted in August that just haven't panned out. Clear out someone that you've had on your bench for six weeks. There are plenty of options on the waiver wire, and some of them are likely better starters than what has been taking up space on your bench.

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

Teams on bye: Baltimore, Indianapolis, Miami, Minnesota


Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills at New York Jets

The past couple of weeks have been disappointing for Allen's fantasy owners. In Week 6, he only threw for 122 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. You could blame the rain, but it didn't seem to affect Patrick Mahomes. In Week 5, Allen threw for 263 yards, two touchdowns and two picks. While that wasn't a bad performance, it wasn't the four-touchdown games that he was having earlier in the season. Week 7 brings the New York Jets. The Jets are not a good football team and Allen should be able to have a nice bounce-back game. He may not have John Brown, but he's connected enough with Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley that fantasy owners should not be concerned about Allen.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons

The Lions face the Falcons, who have been a great matchup for opposing quarterbacks all season. In six games, only one quarterback did not score multiple touchdowns – Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky has since been benched (and his replacement, Nick Foles led a Bears rally in that game with two TD passes), and Stafford is a better quarterback than Trubisky (duh) in the first place. Sunday's game has "shootout" written all over it and Stafford really hasn't had one of those games yet this season. The Week 2 contest with Green Bay seemed like it could have been and Stafford threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns. The ability is still there – he just needs a good game script and this could be the week.

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Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots

Garoppolo, after being benched in Week 5, had a solid performance in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams. He threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns. It's possible that the ankle injury that had sidelined him did hold him back a bit in Week 5 and so he was healthier this past Sunday. Either way, Week 7 poses a much tougher matchup. The Patriots are a good defense and after losing to the Broncos last week, they are going to be eager to bounce back. Garoppolo lost Raheem Mostert (again), and look for the Patriots to take George Kittle out of the equation. All signs point to Jimmy G struggling this week.

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears (Mon.)

Goff's play has been very up and down this season. In Week 6 against the San Francisco 49ers, he threw for 198 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He has 10 TD passes and four interceptions on the season, but he also has two rushing touchdowns. Unfortunately for him, he faces the Bears in Week 7. The Bears have not allowed a rushing touchdown to a quarterback, nor have they allowed a quarterback to throw for more than one touchdown. It's a tough matchup, which does not bode well for Goff.

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Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders (SNF)

It was only a matter of time before the Tom Brady/Rob Gronkowski connection was back. Gronk retired last year and was clearly out of football shape. It seems that by midway through the season, he's back (which, sadly means it's about time for him to get injured again). While he's healthy, Gronk is a viable starter in fantasy leagues, especially with four teams on bye. In Week 6, he had five receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown on eight targets. He had six targets in Week 5, so Brady is definitely looking for him. Gronk is a big body in the red zone that Brady trusts. Gone are the days of 100-plus yards and multiple touchdowns, but Brady will look for him and Gronk is a tight end that has a real chance of getting a touchdown each week. The Bucs face the Raiders in Week 7, who, before their bye, gave up a huge game to Travis Kelce.

Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Henry has been fairly quiet this season, with 22 receptions for 268 yards and a touchdown in five games. The yards look good, but in the past two games, he had 39 and 23 yards respectively. His first touchdown came in Week 5 (the team had a bye in Week 6). The Chargers face the Jaguars in Week 7, who have allowed tight ends to score touchdowns in four of the past six games. Henry is going to have a big game, and it certainly might happen this week.

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Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans

After scoring three touchdowns in Week 4, the Packers had a bye in Week 5 and Tonyan was an afterthought in Week 6. However, Aaron Rodgers did not have a good game at all, so it's hard to blame the pass catchers entirely for those low numbers. Tonyan had four targets and he caught three of them for 25 yards. Now dealing with an ankle injury, Tonyan faces the Texans in Week 7. The Texans have only allowed two tight ends to score a touchdown this season. Davante Adams is back in the lineup also, and he will likely be Rodgers' favorite target. Tonyan owners should have sold high after Week 4.

Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys

It seemed like Thomas was going to be a solid tight end option this season after seeing 24 targets in the first three games. However, he's seen half that amount in the last three games. He had 94 receiving yards and a touchdown in the first three weeks and 54 yards and a touchdown in the last three. While the matchup against the Cowboys is a good one, it's hard to trust him at this point. Perhaps it was the quarterback change, perhaps it was a change in game scheme, but Thomas is only a desperation option.

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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Chargers are coming off a bye, which usually is a good thing for teams. They are at home, so they don't have to fly east to face the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags don't put up a lot of points (three games with more than 25, three games with 16 or fewer) and Gardner Minshew has been sacked four times in three separate games. The Chargers are a decent streaming DST option for Week 7.

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San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots

The 49ers DST has had some good weeks (especially against the New York Giants) and some rough weeks (Week 5 against Miami). This would be another week that San Francisco should be on fantasy benches. The 49ers face the New Patriots. Fresh off a loss, Cam Newton and company are going to look to score early and often. While he is certainly is capable of turning the ball over, this is not the time to gamble on the 49ers DST.

— 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.