Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em – Week 7 2023
Another week, and another round of injuries and bye weeks. Rosters are beginning to look slim as we approach week 7, which means start and sit decisions become even more important. Here are a few options for the upcoming game week.
Quarterback – Start ‘Em
Sam Howell (@ NYG)
Howell continued to produce solid fantasy numbers in week 6 with a multi-touchdown performance against the Falcons. The former fifth-round pick threw at his lowest rate last week, attempting just 23 passes, resulting in 151 yards from his 14 completions. He did, however, throw three touchdowns. This week he has another good matchup in division rivals, the New York Giants. Given the pass-heavy approach we’ve previously seen, he presents a good streaming option this week.
Brock Purdy (vs MIN)
One player potentially in line for a bounce back performance is Brock Purdy. Purdy produced his worst fantasy outing as a starter on Sunday, throwing for just 125 yards, one touchdown, and one interception from 27 attempts against an impressive Browns defence. This week he faces the opposite end of the spectrum – the Minnesota Vikings. Against a Vikings team allowing the tenth-most points on average to quarterbacks this season, Purdy is in a perfect position to return to form.
Quarterback – Sit ‘Em
Kirk Cousins (vs SF)
Without superstar Justin Jefferson, Cousins threw for just 181 yards against the Bears on Sunday, resulting in his worst fantast outing of the season. Things are not looking any better this coming week as Minnesota welcomes the 49ers. San Francisco continues to be one of the worst matchups for quarterbacks this season, allowing the third-fewest points on average to the position, per FantasyData. Cousins is tough to trust this week.
Russell Wilson (vs GB)
The Russell Wilson ride has certainly been better than last year (it couldn’t have been much worse to be fair), yet serious concerns remain. The veteran threw for just 95 yards against the Chiefs, throwing one touchdown and two interceptions in the process. He now faces the Green Bay Packers, who have allowed the tenth-fewest average points to quarterbacks, and ninth-fewest passing yards per game this season. Wilson will be a fringe streaming candidate some weeks this season, this is not one of them.
Running Back – Start ‘Em
Jerome Ford (@ IND)
Ford performed admirably against a tough 49ers defence on Sunday, amassing 84 yards on the ground from 17 attempts with a further seven yards through the air from two receptions. He has now reached double-digit PPR points in three of his five games. His schedule now opens up, including this week’s matchup against the Colts, a team which has allowed the tenth-most points to running backs this season, and the second-most rushing touchdowns with nine.
Jaleel McLaughlin (vs GB)
Undrafted rookie Jaleel McLaughlin has been incredibly efficient with his limited touches. McLaughlin ranks third in breakaway percentage amongst backs with at least 20 rushing attempts, per PFF – only behind Achane and Hall. Meanwhile, Green Bay remains one of the worst run defence in the league – continuing their tradition of recent years. The Packers have generously allowed just over 143 rushing yards per game this year, fifth-most in the league. If you’re in need of a flex play, you could do worse than McLaughlin.
Running Back – Sit ‘Em
Najee Harris (@ LAR)
The former first round pick has been suggested as a sit in this column previously, and will likely be mentioned again in the coming weeks. Harris’ usage has fallen from previous years and efficiency remains lacking, with the emergence of Jaylen Warren. It is another tough matchup for Harris this week as they face the Rams, a team which has allowed the eighth fewest points to running backs this season, per FantasyData.
Zack Moss (vs CLE)
After an impressive four week stretch of games, Zack Moss’ rushing output took a dip in week 6 as he rushed just seven times for 21 yards. His fantasy production was saved by a touchdown and impressive usage in the pass game. Facing the imposing Cleveland Browns this week, however, means he may be better served on your bench. The Browns have allowed an average of just 79 rushing yards per game this season, fourth fewest in the NFL.
Wide Receiver – Start ‘Em
Christian Watson (@ DEN)
After the missing the first three games with injury, Watson has provided fantasy managers with two double-digit PPR performances. This included showing his big-play potential against the Raiders with three catches for 91 yards. He now faces the worst defence this year by DVOA in Denver. The Broncos have allowed over 1600 passing yards, equating to 268 per game – the third-highest average in the league. The team has also allowed the highest net yarder per attempt and most passing touchdowns, giving Watson a great opportunity for a monster game.
Rashee Rice (vs LAC)
Is the question of which Chiefs wide receiver will step to be the number one beginning to be answered? Rookie Rashee Rice has hit double-digit PPR points in four of his six games so far, hitting his highest yardage last week. Rice reeled in all four of his targets for 72 yards against the Broncos, and will hopefully be in line to see even more targets as the season progresses. He could be set to continue this good form against the Chargers, who have allowed the second-most points on average to wide receivers, and the most passing yards per game so far this year. With injuries and bye-weeks aplenty this week, Rice presents a solid flex option.
Wide Receiver – Sit ‘Em
Jerry Jeudy (vs GB)
Jeudy recorded his worst fantasy performance of the year so far against the Chiefs in week 6, with three receptions from five targets for just 14 yards. The Broncos now face the Packers, a team which has allowed the fifth-fewest points on average to wide receivers, according to FantasyData. With rumours of a trade swirling, he is difficult to trust. He’s a worth having on your bench in case a move materialises, but he remains a risky start whilst he is a member of the Broncos.
KJ Osborn (vs SF)
As mentioned earlier when discussing Kirk Cousins, it appears it is going to be difficult to trust this Vikings passing attack this coming week against the 49ers. In his first game without Justin Jefferson, Osborn saw a modest five targets, resulting in four catches for 48 yards. While Osborn will likely continue to possess a solid floor, his upside remains in question.
Tight End – Start ‘Em
Luke Musgrave (@ DEN)
The athletic rookie has hit the ground running and has immediately seen good usage in the young Packers passing attack. Prior to the bye Musgrave saw seven targets against the Raiders, reeling in six for 34 yards. The Broncos provide Musgrave managers with an enticing matchup. Facing a Denver team which has allowed the most points to tight ends this season, he may be in line for another good performance.
Michael Mayer (@ CHI)
Another rookie Tight End – what a world we’re living in. Second round selection Mayer has emerged over the last two weeks after a particularly quiet start. He saw two targets across his first four games, and has now seen nine over the last two. Last week Mayer accumulated 75 yards from his five receptions on six targets. Mayer is a good streaming option this week as he faces a Bears team which has allowed the seventh-most points on average to tight ends.
Tight End – S1it ‘Em
David Njoku (@ IND)
Njoku had another quiet week on Sunday, recording just 24 receiving yards from his three catches. As a result, he has now scored more than 6 PPR points just once this season, failing to breach the 30 yard mark in three of his five games. With continued uncertainty at the quarterback position in Cleveland, Njoku remains a sit candidate again this week.
Hunter Henry (vs BUF)
After a fantastic start to the season, Hunter Henry’s production has fallen off a cliff in recent weeks. After reaching the 50 receiving yard mark in three of his first four games, Henry has hit a grand total of seven yards over his last two games. Usage has also fallen, with just five targets over that period. With a matchup against a tough Bills defence looming, there will be better options available.