As we approach the midway portion of the fantasy football schedule, starts and sits are going to become harder and harder.
With several injuries and bye weeks to contend with, the start and sit decisions you make become that much more important. So, chew on these options this week.
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Andrew Luck: Indianapolis Colts
You know Luck will be amped to play against his Hall-of-Fame predecessor Peyton Manning on Sunday night against the Broncos. He’ll want to show Colts’ fans and the nation alike that he is a darn good quarterback too.
This game has the makings of a shootout and, as you probably know, Denver’s secondary is prone to giving up big plays. The Broncos are giving up on average 337.7 passing yards per game. The Broncos usually big build big leads and force teams to throw and this contest should be no different. Expect to see Luck’s best effort in this affair.
DeAngelo Williams: Carolina Panthers
Williams has been a criminally underrated running back option this year.
Thus far, he has rushed for over 85 yards in three out his five games and has a solid 394 rushing yards on the year. Yeah, Williams has no touchdowns, but that could change this week when the Panthers host the Rams.
The Rams have been gashed on the ground this year and have allowed six scores on the ground while giving up 130.5 rushing yards per game (30th in the NFL). Look for Williams to excel in this matchup.
Lamar Miller: Miami Dolphins
If there ever was a time where Miller’s season can get a boost and help the Dolphins’ stagnant run game in the process, this might be the week.
The Bills (the Dolphins’ Week 7 opponent) are susceptible to the run, yielding 124.2 rushing yards per game (28th in the NFL). With Ryan Tannehill still not a true passing threat, the Dolphins will need to rely on their run to win games and this is a winnable game. Expect Miller to get a lot of carries in this matchup and be a solid No.2 RB to roll with.
Keenan Allen: San Diego Chargers
With two excellent outings in a row, it’s time we start labeling Allen as trusted start week in and week out.
In his last two games, Allen has hauled in 15 catches (on a whopping 21 targets) for 222 receiving yards and two touchdowns. And now Allen will be facing a hopeless Jags’ squad that is allowing a league-leading (tied with two other teams) 14 touchdowns via the air. With the Chargers not a run-oriented team, expect Phil Rivers to win this game in the air and that makes Allen a must-start this week—and perhaps for the rest of the season for that matter.
Hakeem Nicks/Rueben Randle: New York Giants
When you throw in fantasy stalwart Victor Cruz, all Giants’ receivers are worth a start this week.
You see, the Giants are desperate for a win and they can get it done with their vertical attack this week when they face off against a terrible pass defense in the Vikings. The Vikings are 28th in the NFL in passing yards allowed (308 passing yards per game) and have given up 13 touchdowns (tied for third in the league) through the air.
With Brandon Jacobs and the recently signed Peyton Hillis old and beat up and the running game not expected to hold up, expect Eli Manning (also a sleeper start this week) to throw and throw some more in this game.
Jermichael Finley: Green Bay Packers
With Green Bay missing Randall Cobb and perhaps James Jones, expect Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to lean on Finley more this week.
After a concussion scare, Finley has been getting going lately and is coming off game last week vs. the Ravens in which he racked up 75 yards receiving. So, if Rodgers wants to get the passing game going, expect him to target Finley a lot.
Colin Kaepernick: San Francisco 49ers
Kaepernick has really not lit it up since his 412-yard/four touchdown effort against the Packers in Week 1. Since then, Kaepernick’s best effort was last week when he threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns against the Cardinals. But in between those games (weeks 2-5) he has passed for less than 200 yards and in two of those games he failed to throw for a touchdown.
Kaepernick is playing more of a game-manager role for the 49ers (much like his predecessor Alex Smith) this year and it has limited his potential. Eventually he’ll bust loose, but this week in Tennessee may be a tough assignment considering the Titans are only allowing 223.8 passing yards per game (10th in the league). Expect the 49ers to rely on the run once again.
Trent Richardson: Indianapolis Colts
Ever since his trade to the Colts, Richardson has been largely ineffective, rushing for just 191 yards and two touchdowns on 61 carries.
With the game between the Colts and Broncos destined to be a shootout, expect the Colts to abandon the run pretty early and thus making Richardson an afterthought. Not to mention, the Broncos are strong against the run, limiting teams to league-best 69.8 rushing yards per game.
Willis McGahee: Cleveland Browns
Coming off a sub-par effort in which he only ran for 37 yards on 10 carries in a game (vs. Detroit) that the Browns had to throw in, McGahee was underutilized. Expect more of the same this week.
This week the Browns play at Green Bay and if the Packers do one thing well on defense, it is limiting the run. Thus far on the season, the Packers allow just 78.2 rushing yards per game (third in the NFL). Expect the Packers to jump out early and for the Browns to play catch up while using their pass-catching running back Chris Ogbonnaya more in this contest.
Anquan Boldin: San Francisco 49ers
Boldin is in a bit of a rut of late, having just 49 (how’s that for symmetry?) yards receiving on just five receptions in his last two games.
With Kaepernick not doing much of late and him also being a recommended sit because of the Titans’ solid pass defense, well then, Boldin shouldn’t be much of a factor in this affair as well.
Andre Johnson: Houston Texans
With Case Keenum under center in this week’s game against the Chiefs, Johnson may have a hard time getting on the same page with his rookie quarterback.
Not just that, but Kansas City has been great at containing the pass, allowing teams to just 190.3 passing yards per game. And if Brandon Flowers is healthy enough to play, expect him to shadow Johnson. Either way, expect the Chiefs to dare Keenum to beat them with his secondary receivers.
Greg Olsen: Carolina Panthers
The Rams (the Panthers Week 7 opponent) have done well stifling opposing tight ends, having limited the likes of Jason Witten, Vernon Davis and Tony Gonzalez this season. That doesn’t bode well for Olsen to have a good day. Besides, he is coming off an awful outing against the Vikings, only recording two catches for 19 yards.
Olsen will be fine in due time, but this week he may be in for a struggle.
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