Week 7 Start/Sit October 18, 2012  |  Mike Braude



QB: Andrew Luck vs. CLE – I recommended Andrew Luck as a sit last week because the Jets stood as a very difficult matchup problem. Luck has locked onto Reggie Wayne also to a fault, which presents a problem against the Jets because Antonio Cromartie is playing at arguably the highest level of any cornerback in the NFL. This week Luck draws a much easier matchup against the Browns, who are giving up 294.2 passing yards per game, good for third most to opposing quarterbacks. The Browns are allowing 27.2 points per game and have already allowed 15 passing touchdowns in just six games. Start Luck with confidence this week.

RB: Trent Richardson at IND – On the other side of the spectrum, Trent Richardson also has a glorious matchup against the Colts leaky run defense. Assuming he’s healthy, Richardson will get the bulk of the workload against a defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. If that isn’t enough for you, remember that the Colts last week allowed Shonn Greene to run for 161 yards and three touchdowns against them. If Greene can do that, the sky is the limit for T-Rich.

C.J. Spiller vs. TEN – Despite doubting Spiller the last few weeks, I’m all aboard for his matchup against Tennessee. Running for an absurd 7.6 yards per carry (YPC), compared to Fred Jackson’s 2.9, the difference between the two each carry is 4.7 – exactly what Matt Forte averages per carry. The Titans are giving up 129.5 rushing yards per game and Spiller has shown he can perform at a high level on limited touches. He must be in fantasy lineups this week.

Stevan Ridley vs. NYJ – Despite his lackluster performance last week, there are plenty of reasons for optimism when it comes to Stevan Ridley this week. Brandon Bolden was held out of practice Thursday and is looking questionable at best to play against the Jets. As Rotoworld’s Evan Silva points out, the Jets have consistently shown a tendency to drop 7-8 defenders into coverage against Tom Brady – fearing the Patriots lethal passing attack. Last year that led to the Patriots taking advantage of the Jets lack of size and running down their throats, which helped Green-Ellis have a big game. This year it will be Ridley having the big game. Start him with confidence against a defense that is giving up the fifth most yards to opposing running backs.

Felix Jones at CAR – Although he didn’t start the season off on the right note, with a failed conditioning test, Felix Jones is a must-start this week. Filling in for a banged up DeMarco Murray, Jones will face off against Carolina’s porous run defense. Jones will likely serve as the Cowboys every down back; don’t forget he caught 48 balls two years ago. Looking more explosive last week than he has in a while, Jones needs to be locked into fantasy lineups.

WR: Hakeem Nicks vs. WAS – After missing three games with a bad ankle and swelling in his knee, Nicks underwhelmed in his return against the 49ers. Still, the encouraging sign is that he came out of the game healthy – no one is concerned about what Nicks can do when healthy because we know his playmaking ability is through the roof. Even more encouraging is that fact that Nicks participated in his first Wednesday practice of the season and followed that by practicing again on Thursday. Facing Washington’s 32nd ranked pass defense this week, you won’t want to leave Nicks on your bench.

Torrey Smith at HOU – Despite underwhelming the past two weeks with just five catches for 62 yards; Torrey Smith must be started in Week 7 against the Texans. Usually owners are concerned with starting top wide receivers against the Texans because of cornerback Jonathan Joseph. Joseph, however, has been hampered by a groin injury and struggled the past two weeks, including giving up one of the biggest games of the season to Jordy Nelson last week on Sunday Night Football. This week, Joseph will be a game-time decision and isn’t much of a concern for Smith owners. With Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb’s injuries, the Ravens will likely be forced to pass early and often. Get Smith in your lineup.

Kenny Britt at BUF – Coming off a productive performance against the Steelers, Kenny Britt said after Wednesday’s practice, “Today was one of my best practices since I’ve been back.” We know Britt has elite playmaking ability and looks to be close to 100 percent. Facing the Bills’ 29th ranked pass defense, he looks primed for a breakout game.

Mike Williams vs. NO – The presence of Vincent Jackson has allowed Mike Williams to compile eight catches for 228 yards and a touchdown over the last weeks. Williams is drawing single coverage and has the ability to exploit it. This week, he draws the Saints defense, who have provided wide receivers with many big plays this season. Expect Josh Freeman to air it out relentlessly, I’d feel good about starting Williams.

TE: Scott Chandler vs. TEN – I’m not a big fan of Scott Chandler but only Martellus Bennett has a better matchup this weekend and I’m not suggesting him because he’s still dinged up. The Titans have shown a tendency to give up big plays in the secondary and Michael Griffin has struggled mightily in coverage this season. If you’re looking for tight end to spot start, Chandler is your guy.




QB: Matthew Stafford at CHI – I’ve finally completely lost my trust in the Lions offense, except for Megatron, of course. Stafford has looked awful so far this season, failing to do anything in the first half of games and averaging a pathetic 6.8 yards per attempt. I can’t advise owners to start him until we start seeing some improvements. Against Chicago’s third-ranked defense, I’d try to bench Stafford if you have another solid option available.

RB: Frank Gore vs. SEA – Most owners don’t have the luxury to sit Frank Gore this week but if you do, it’s certainly an option worth considering – especially in PPR leagues. Gore will face the Seahawks second-best rush defense that is allowing a measly 70.0 yards per game. No rusher has topped 55 yards against them, including the likes of DeMarco Murray, Stevan Ridley, and Steven Jackson. This immovable force of a defense caps Gore’s upside.

Steven Jackson vs. GB – Still yet to score a touchdown this season, Steven Jackson isn’t having the season that owners were hoping for. Now Jackson’s value is in serious danger with Daryl Richardson splitting carries with him – and considering Richardson is averaging 5.2 yards per carry, it doesn’t look like it’s ending any time soon. Sit S-Jax if you have other viable options this week.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. PIT – With a matchup against the Steelers on deck, I’d leave the Law Firm on your bench. He’s a lackluster talent that is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry this season. If he had a capable backup, like Bernard Scott was, I’d suggest that he’s going to lose his job soon. While he isn’t on the bench in real football, Green-Ellis should still be on fake football benches.

WR: Sidney Rice at SF – Despite having played well over the past two weeks, I would still hate to start Sidney Rice against the 49ers. Although he’s Russell Wilson’s best bet for production, there won’t be a lot of points scored in Thursday’s matchup. Averaging just 46.7 receiving yards per game, Rice shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups against the 49ers’ No.1 ranked defense.

Nate Burleson at CHI – Although he’s scored in two of his last four games, I wouldn’t be starting Nate Burleson against the Bears defense. The Bears have allowed just 14.2 points per game and I’m not expecting Matthew Stafford to get back on track this week. There are much better options than Burleson this week.

Andre Roberts at MIN – Despite his hot start, Andre Roberts can’t be trusted with John Skelton in the lineup. I wasn’t sold on Roberts even when Kevin Kolb was healthy but his injury solidifies Roberts as a sit this week. Coming off a two catch 18-yard performance against the Bills, I wouldn’t feel comfortable starting Roberts against a much better Vikings defense.

TE: Fred Davis at NYG – Yet to top 100 yards and without a touchdown this season, I’m not a big fan of Fred Davis right now. Many tight ends rely on red-zone touchdowns for fantasy value but Davis isn’t going to get many of those because of RGIII’s running ability and Alfred Morris’ effectiveness as a goal-line back. Since the Redskins are a very run heavy team, there aren’t that many receiving yards to go around either. Find someone else to rely on as your tight end this week.


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55 Responses

  1. Doug says:

    Its 2 running backs, 2 wide recievers, tight end, and a wr/te flex. I have been starting foster and ridley most.

  2. doug says:

    in a 14 team .5ppr league, would you trade fjax for ahernandez? i have foster, ridley, fjax, tate, and jennings at rb and tamme and gresham at te

  3. Oleg Molotkovskiy says:

    Hey Mike im an inexperiance Fantasy football player this is only my second season playing and i have huge match up this week and my season is on the line depending on this Monday night game. I’m Currantly down by 22pts with still have Forte, Brandon Marshall and a TE to play. my opponent has Jay Cutler to play. My tight end option is either Kellen Davis or Branden Pettigrew. I know the easy choice seems to be Pettigrew but the lions have got torched by a TE twice (20pts both times) this season, and starting kellen Davis could limit jay cutler. Also bears have a great defense. Whats your opinion and who should i start?

    • Mike Braude says:

      It’s an interesting thought but I’d stick with Pettigrew. Davis just isn’t a big enough part of the Bears offense to rely on him over Pettigrew. The Bears offense runs through Forte and Marshall, leaving little for Davis. Pettigrew on the other hand, is 2nd in targets on the Lions. For those reasons, I’d go with Pettigrew.

  4. Underway says:

    PPR league Eli or RGIII for the start… tough decision.

  5. Hunter says:

    Brandon Gibson or Donnie Avery?

  6. Rai says:

    sit one, Wayne, harvin, nicks or colston?

  7. Adam says:

    Also in a 10 team +1 PPR, I have too many good choices for 2 FLEX spots…

    James Jones @ STL, Felix Jones @ CAR, Lance Moore @ TB, Brandon Gibson vs GB, and William Powell @ MIN. Which 2 would you pick?

    Also, Owen Daniels vs BAL or Greg Olsen vs DAL at TE?


    • Mike Braude says:

      Gotta play Felix as your first guy, then it’s a coin-flip between Lance Moore and James Jones. I prefer Moore because Graham is out but Jones can always have a good week with Rodgers throwing to him.

  8. Adam says:

    .5 PPR…..I need to start 3 of these guys

    Steven Jackson vs GB, Alex Green @ STL, Brandon Gibson vs GB, Spiller vs TEN, and Vick Ballard vs CLE. I assume Spiller will be 1 of your choices, but who else?

  9. C says:

    Powell or Blount. Need one Ppr league.

  10. Robert says:

    Hasselbeck or Fitzpatrick? I’m also starting Britt and my opponent is starting Fred Jackson…not that it really matters, I know.

  11. iluvff says:

    Need 3, nonppr: t smith, James Jones, s Johnson, sjax

  12. Brandon says:

    Rank please for this week: Antonio Brown, Britt, Denarius

  13. Manuel says:

    I have Christian Ponder to start over Stafford this week, is he a viable option? He and Stafford have had similar points weekly but I fear this week will be worse for Stafford than anything we have come to see ruin our teams every week

  14. LakerSteve says:

    Hey Mike, 1pt PPR – I need a #2 RB this week (Murray hurt, McCoy bye). I’ve got LeShoure, AGreen, and DRichardson on my roster, but obviously I don’t love any of them. I just read Bradshaw may be out or limited for NY. Should I go with one of my guys or maybe drop DRich for Andre Brown or perhaps Dwyer? Thanks in advance.

  15. BHowe says:

    Defensive worries. Banged up Baltimore D, or Oakland at home to Gabbert?

    Also, Dennis Pitta or Jared Cook?

    I won’t trouble you with my Cedric Peerman vs Montario Hardesty dilemma. Yes, my league is that deep and my team that bad!

    Cheers Mike!

  16. Oleg Molotkovskiy says:

    Hey Mike i’m currantly 1-5 in a 12 man and need to probably be 7-5 or 6-6 to win my division(very weak division).I have a pretty good to my but bad luck. Help me out.
    QB: Big Ben and Phillip Rivers
    Rb: Alfred Morris, Matt Forte, Fred Jackson, and Demarco
    Wr: Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones, Kendall Wright, Pierre Garcon and Chris Givens.
    Te:Fred Davis and Brandon Pettigrew.
    I feel i really need to upgrade my TE who is the top guy the rest of the year to try to get and who should i give up for him?

  17. Robert says:

    With Celek on a bye, looking at starting Finley. Even with his “potential” and being in a elite offense, I’m considering dropping Finley for Brandon Myers this week. Dumb move?

    • Mike Braude says:

      I’m very discouraged by Finley and wouldn’t feel comfortable starting him with other solid options but I would still play him over Myers. Sadly you should probably just stick with Finley this week.

  18. Don says:

    If Bradshaw doesn’t play who is my best flex option; David Wilson, denarius Moore or Vick Ballard?

  19. Dan says:

    Which 2 WRs to pick? I have Torrey smith, antonio brown and denarius Moore to choose from. It’s PPR. Thanks!

  20. stumanji says:

    Pick 1: Mendenhall (Questionable for Sunday 8:20 game!), Ballard, J-Stew, or M. Bush.

    Pick 2: M. Wallace, Antonio Brown, Britt.

    Thanks, Mike!

  21. Glenn says:

    Need 2 RBs, 2 WRs and FLEX from these: Alfred Morris, Ridley, Martin, V Jackson, Colston and James Jones. It’s a 1 pt PPR.

    Also need 1 QB, .5 per completion. Stafford, Flacco or Carson Palmer.

    Thank You!

  22. Andre says:

    What was that about sitting Gore? Have to admit, I started SEA DST and was surprised to see those big holes the SF o-line created for him.

    • Mike Braude says:

      They did a good job of getting in space by creating running lanes. Really impressed by the SF o-line, haven’t seen anyone run on the Seahawks defense like that. Harbaugh does a great job with creative plays to help Gore and Hunter find space – it really paid off tonight.

  23. PhilB says:

    Start either Kenny Britt or Josh Gordon?

  24. Phil says:

    Pick 1 WR: Gibson, Gordon, Hixon
    Pick 2 RBs: Ballard, A.Green, BJGE
    Based on the answers to first two..PIck 1 Flex: Gibson, Gordon, Hixon, Ballard, A.Green, BJGE
    Thanks man.

  25. mt says:

    Offered Calvin, cam, ridley for DMC , bowe, ponder,garçon… thoughts?

  26. Jeff says:

    Pick 3 WR. AJ, Fitzgerald, Nicks, Wallace, V-Jax. Thanks.

    • Mike Braude says:

      Wow you got some talent at WR. Definitely a tough call, I think you need to make some trades! I’d go Fitzgerald, V-Jax, Wallace. You couldn’t go wrong with any of those studs though.

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