Here is the Week 7: Start/Bench advice. The Saints and Raiders are on bye. Weeks 8 & 9 are heavy bye weeks with six teams off each week. Be sure to add a viable bye week replacement this week, if possible. Check the upcoming schedules for your end of the roster players and be sure to bring those hard roster questions to the forums. Always start your studs.
Robert Griffin looks healthier each week. He added 77 yards on the ground in Week 6 and is a QB1 against the Bears.
Nick Foles will start against the Cowboys, who are the best fantasy matchup for quarterbacks.
Mike Glennon has a good matchup against the Falcons. The Falcons are 27th against the pass and have allowed at least two passing touchdowns in each game. How desperate are you?
Josh Freeman is worth a pick up for a spot start against the Giantsand their 31st ranked pass defense, they have also allowed multiple passing touchdowns in each game.
Eddie Lacy averages 4.4 ypc and is a RB2 play this week against the Browns, ranked 20th versus the running back position. He should see more work with Cobb and Jones hobbled.
Stevan Ridley is back on the RB2 radar. He has a tough matchup this week against the Jetsbut games against the Dolphins, Steelers, Broncos, Texans, Browns and the Dolphins again will help you through bye weeks and beyond. He led the RBs in snaps last week
Joseph Randle could take over starting duties while DeMarco Murray heals from a sprained MCL. He’s a risky low-end RB2/flex option this week in standard leagues, but worth the add on a short term basis if you need help. HIs next two contests versus Lions and Vikings re even better.
DeAngelo Williams has a plus matchup against the Rams. Try to trade him this week or next as Mike Tolbert vultured a TD in Week 6 and may continue to.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis is a potential flex this week against the Lions, ranked 20th against running backs in fantasy.
Josh Gordon is a weekly WR2 as the top target in the Brown’s passing game.
Terrance Williams/Miles Austin split WR2 duties last week. Against a high powered offense like the Eagles they have flex value.
Harry Douglas has an opportunity to establish himself as a WR3. He’s worth the add and a start in larger ppr leagues.
T.Y. Hilton should see plenty of action against the Broncos, ranked 30th against wide receivers in fantasy.
Percy Harvin was a suggested pick up last week. If you waited on that, this week HC Pete Carroll told reporters that Harvin’s return is just around the corner. Do it if you can, he’ll be a WR2/3 each week.
Austin Collie is worth a speculative deep dynasty add, just because Danny Amendola can’t stay healthy and Tom Brady is his quarterback. As he learns the playbook he’ll be out there more.
Heath Miller haslow end TE1 value against a Ravens defense ranked versus the tight end.
Kyle Rudolph showed what he can do when targeted last week (9/97/1). He is on the low-end TE1 radar with a matchup against the Giants 27th ranked defense versus the tight end.
Heath Miller is a TE1 against the Ravens 24th ranked defense versus tight ends.
Jeff Cumberland acts as Geno Smith’s safety valve. Against the Patriots he’ll have low-end TE1 value.
Jordan Reed has a plus matchup against the Bears (16th versus the position).
Tim Wright had his second productive game against the Eagles last week and is worth a look as a TE2 in redraft leagues. The practice reps he got with Mike Glennon is showing. His long term value is related to Mike Williams health.
Bilal Powell hasn’t exceeded 14 carries in the last three games. He could be a flex against the Patriots banged up defense
Ray Rice is averaging only 2.7 ypc and fantasy owners with a better option might want to employ a better option if they have one. The matchup is there this week, but can you afford another single digit performance?
Rashard Mendenhall is only a low end flex, Ellington is a better option going forward.
Chris Johnson continues to face a brutal schedule as he faces the 49ers tough run defense. If someone has dropped him, add him. After his Week 8 bye he has a good schedule through Week 13 but for one game.
Anquan Boldin squares off against the Titans. He might be worth a flyer as a flexbut you can’t depend on his targets.
Tavon Austin played 23 snaps in Week 5 and 3 snaps in Week 6. With the Rams employing more two tight end sets his redraft value is minimal until he sees more work.
Steve Johnson is a risky start as he faces the Dolphins (5th versus the position).
Larry Fitzgerald faces a tough task against the Seahawks (8th versus the position) defense and the duo of Richard Sherman/Brandon Browner.
Greg Olsen is showing the effects of a foot injury, which has slowed him Against the Rams (5th versus the position) defense he is a risky start.
Charles Clay faces the Bills (2nd versus the position) and is unlikely to exceed 40 yards. The Bills have allowed no more than 46 receiving yards the past four games.
Brent Celek has only four targets the past two games.
Julius Thomas isn’t someone you’ll sit, but the Colts (7th versus the position) have yet to surrender a touchdown to the position.
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