NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Advice: Rankings, Sleepers, and Start 'Em Sit 'Em

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

It’s a big week in the NFL, after which at most only two undefeated teams will remain. That’s because the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans are going head-to-head in a battle between 5-0 teams. The primetime games on Sunday and Monday nights also have plenty to offer, as Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden goes up against his former franchise—the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—in the former and the latter also features two teams that are over .500 (the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams).

On the fantasy football front, we are suddenly drawing near to the halfway point of the 2020 campaign and with every week it becomes more and more important for owners to pick up wins in their playoff push.

Let’s take a look at the best players at each position heading into the Week 7 matchups, as well as potential sleepers and players you should either start or sit.

Positional rankings

Quarterbacks

1. Patrick Mahomes, KC (@ DEN)
2. Russell Wilson, SEA (@ ARI)
3. Kyler Murray, ARI (vs. SEA)
4. Josh Allen, BUF (@ NYJ)
5. Aaron Rodgers, GB (@ HOU)

Running Backs

1. Alvin Kamara, NO (vs. CAR)
2. Derrick Henry, TEN (vs. PIT)
3. Aaron Jones, GB (@ HOU)
4. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL (@ WAS)
5. James Conner, PIT (@ TEN)

Receivers

1. Davante Adams, GB (@ HOU)
2. DeAndre Hopkins, ARI (vs. SEA)
3. DK Metcalf, SEA (@ ARI)
4. Julio Jones, ATL (vs. DET)
5. Kenny Golladay, DET (@ ATL)

Tight Ends

Travis Kelce playing for the Chiefs in the AFC divisional round

1. Travis Kelce, KC (@ DEN)
2. George Kittle, SF (@ NE)
3. Darren Waller, LV (vs. TB)
4. Hunter Henry, LAC (vs. JAX)
5. TJ Hockenson, DET (@ ATL)

Kickers

1. Harrison Butker, KC (@ DEN)
2. Wil Lutz, NO (vs. CAR)
3. Randy Bullock, CIN (vs. CLE)
4. Younghoe Koo, ATL (vs. DET)
5. Daniel Carlson, LV (vs. TB)

Defense

1. Bills (@ NYJ)
2. Rams (vs. CHI)
3. 49ers (@ NE)
4. Chiefs (@ DEN)
5. Eagles (vs. NYG)

Sleepers

Christian Kirk, WR, ARI (vs. SEA) – The Seahawks are dead last in the NFL by a country mile in total defense—and the same goes for passing defense. There will be more than enough wealth to go around for the Cardinals, and Kirk has scored three TDs in the past three games (two last week).

Boston Scott, RB, PHI (vs. NYG) – Miles Sanders is out with a knee injury, so Scott will be Philadelphia’s primary running back against the Giants on Thursday Night Football. The Eagles figure to be playing from ahead throughout this contest, so Scott will get plenty of work.

Robert Tonyan, TE, GB (@ HOU) – Houston is giving up 245.5 passing yards per game and has been torched by 13 touchdowns through the air. Aaron Rodgers should have a bounce-back performance and Tonyan (16 catches in the past three weeks) could be one of the beneficiaries.

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

Matt Ryan, QB, ATL (vs. DET) – Ryan was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after passing for 371 yards and four touchdowns during Atlanta’s first win over Minnesota. He now faces a rather generous Detroit defense. Oh yeah; start Matthew Stafford against the Falcons, as well.

D’Andre Swift, RB, DET (@ ATL) – Heck, start everyone on offense in this Atlanta-Detroit game. Swift is coming off by far his best game as a professional, going for 116 yards and two touchdowns against Jacksonville last weekend. He also has 16 receptions through five games.

Robby Anderson, WR, CAR (@ NO) – The Saints are in the bottom half of the league in passing defense at 237.2 yards per game allowed and they have already surrendered 15 TDs through the air (second-most). Anderson has racked up 566 yards through six games.

Sit ‘Em

Ryan Tannehill, QB, TEN (vs. PIT) – The Steelers, who are eighth in the NFL in passing defense, are going to be a big test for Tennessee in just about every department. Derrick Henry went wild last week (what’s new?) and will be tasked with controlling the clock in this showdown.

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David Montgomery, RB, CHI (@ LAR) – Aaron Donald and the Rams boast an impressive defense, which is giving up just 109.0 rushing yards per contest and has yielded only five touchdowns on the ground. Montgomery has gone four straight games without gaining more than 58 yards.

Amari Cooper, WR, DAL (@ WAS) – The Football Team’s run defense has been bad, but it is second in the league in passing defense at 207.0 yards per game allowed. In other words, expect Ezekiel Elliott to shoulder the load for Dallas on Sunday. Cooper has surpassed 100 yards just once this year.

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