Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill continues to roll, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins continues to reel and Tampa Bay’s defense continues to wreak havoc.
Here’s my best bets for Week 7:
DETROIT AT ATLANTA
Obvious starters: Kenny Golladay (DET), T.J. Hockenson (DET), Matthew Stafford (DET), Julio Jones (ATL), Calvin Ridley (ATL), Todd Gurley (ATL), Matt Ryan (ATL).
Who to start: Rookie running back D’Andre Swift (DET) deserves RB2/flex consideration because he’s involved in the passing game — at least four targets in four of five games — which could be lucrative against such a poor defense.
Who to sit: Marvin Jones (DET) has three receptions (seven targets) for 17 yards the past two games and hasn’t scored since Week 2 against the Packers — he’s definitely droppable if he is unproductive with this premium matchup. Adrian Peterson (DET) is touchdown-dependent everywhere except deeper standard leagues. This is a bad matchup for Hayden Hurst (ATL) against a defense that has only allowed 11 receptions for 104 yards to tight ends in five games.
Sleeper: Russell Gage (ATL) is a solid flex flier in deeper PPR formats against a beatable secondary who tends to give up high volume to receivers.
CLEVELAND AT CINCINNATI
Obvious starters: Kareem Hunt (CLE), Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE), Austin Hooper (CLE), Joe Mixon (CIN), Tyler Boyd (CIN).
Who to start: The Browns D/ST is a solid streaming option against an offensive line hemorrhaging sacks. A.J. Green (CIN) deserves streaming consideration after finally breaking out — eight receptions (11 targets) for 96 yards — against a defense like the Colts. Rookie receiver Tee Higgins (CIN) has WR3/flex value with decent volume (at least six targets in five straight games), including red zone work.
Who to sit: The ceiling is too low for us to trust Baker Mayfield (CLE) at this point, even though he looked sharp in the first matchup with the Bengals. You can’t trust rookie quarterback Joe Burrow (CIN) yet, but he’s close. Change-of-pace back Giovani Bernard (CIN) becomes a sneaky flex flier if Mixon is limited or sidelined with a foot injury.
Sleeper: The volume has been inconsistent for Jarvis Landry (CLE), but I’m thinking he’s a solid flex option against a team who struggles to cover slot receivers like him.
PITTSBURGH AT TENNESSEE
Obvious starters: James Conner (PIT), Steelers D/ST, Ben Roethlisberger (PIT), Derrick Henry (TEN), A.J. Brown (TEN), Jonnu Smith (TEN), Ryan Tannehill (TEN).
Who to start: JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT), rookie Chase Claypool (PIT) and Diontae Johnson (PIT) are all solid flex plays with upside against a secondary susceptible to giving up big plays. James Washington (PIT) is a solid flex flier in the deepest PPR formats with at least three receptions or a touchdown in every game this season. Adam Humphries (TEN) has flex value in deeper PPR formats with at least four receptions, 41 yards or a touchdown in all four games he’s played this season.
Who to sit: Let’s give Corey Davis (TEN) — recently activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list — a game before you trust him in fantasy. Despite having a breakout performance against the Texans, tight end Anthony Firkser (TEN) can’t be trusted with such a difficult matchup if Smith is limited or sidelined with an ankle sprain.
Sleeper: This matchup pairs Eric Ebron (PIT) with a defense that has allowed a touchdown to a tight end in four of five games.
CAROLINA AT NEW ORLEANS
Obvious starters: Mike Davis (CAR), D.J. Moore (CAR), Robby Anderson (CAR), Alvin Kamara (NO).
Who to start: Teddy Bridgewater (CAR) faces a defense that has allowed at least three touchdown passes in four straight games. You’re starting Michael Thomas (NO) if he’s available to you. The ceiling is much lower for Drew Brees (NO) these days, but the floor remains in a safe place. Jared Cook (NO) has had at least five receptions, 80 yards or a touchdown in three of four games. Emmanuel Sanders (NO) has flex value (there’s WR2 upside if Thomas remains sidelined) with at least six receptions, 93 yards or a touchdown in four of five games.
Who to sit: Curtis Samuel (CAR) is still nursing a sore knee. Latavius Murray (NO) remains touchdown-dependent.
Sleeper: Ian Thomas (CAR) is a streaming flier against a defense that has allowed at least one touchdown to tight ends in every game this season.
BUFFALO AT N.Y. JETS
Obvious starters: Josh Allen (BUF), Stefon Diggs (BUF), Bills D/ST, Jamison Crowder (NYJ).
Who to start: Consistent double-digit usage and a premium matchup keeps Devin Singletary (BUF) in the RB2/flex conversation. Cole Beasley (BUF) has at least four receptions, 53 yards or a touchdown in every game this season. Frank Gore (NYJ) remains a flex option in deeper standard leagues with at least 14 touches in four of five games.
Who to sit: John Brown (BUF) only has four receptions over his past three games while playing through a knee injury. Rookie running back Zack Moss (BUF) remains touchdown-dependent.
Sleeper: Chris Herndon (NYJ) faces a defense that has allowed five touchdowns to tight ends in the last three games.
DALLAS AT WASHINGTON
Obvious starters: Ezekiel Elliott (DAL), Amari Cooper (DAL), Terry McLaurin (WAS).
Who to start: Rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb (DAL) maintains WR3/flex value despite the sad state of affairs in Big D with at least five receptions in every game this season (and double-digit targets the last two weeks). Even a bad Cowboys D/ST deserves streaming consideration against a Kyle Allen-led offense. Antonio Gibson (WAS) has RB2/flex upside against a defense that has allowed five touchdowns to running backs in the last three games. The Football Team D/ST faces an offense that has committed at least three turnovers in four of five games. J.D. McKissic (WAS) deserves flex consideration in deeper PPR formats with at least six receptions in three straight games.
Who to sit: Despite the big-play ability of Michael Gallup (DAL), it’s hard to trust him against a pass defense that has only allowed single-digit receptions to receivers in four of six games. This is a bad matchup to trust Andy Dalton (DAL). Logan Thomas (WAS) deserves higher volume, but he remains touchdown-dependent at this point.
Sleeper: Dalton Schultz (DAL) has at least four receptions in four of five games and the Football Team’s one blind spot in against the pass is tight ends.
GREEN BAY AT HOUSTON
Obvious starters: Davante Adams (GB), Aaron Jones (GB), Aaron Rodgers (GB), Deshaun Watson (HOU), David Johnson (HOU), Will Fuller (HOU).
Who to start: Robert Tonyan (GB) is a solid option at tight end against a defense that just got torched by Anthony Firkser. Something clicked with Brandin Cooks (HOU) after Bill O’Brien was fired — he has 17 receptions (21 targets), 229 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games. Randall Cobb (HOU) has flex potential in deeper PPR formats with at least five receptions or a touchdown in four of five games.
Who to sit: Jamaal Williams (GB) usage is too inconsistent to trust him at this point. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB) only has 11 receptions and zero touchdowns in the last four games despite a solid 24 targets.
Sleeper: Darren Fells (HOU) has eight receptions, 142 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games if you need a flier at tight end.
SEATTLE AT ARIZONA
Obvious starters: Russell Wilson (SEA), Chris Carson (SEA), DK Metcalf (SEA), Tyler Lockett (SEA), DeAndre Hopkins (ARI), Kyler Murray (ARI), Kenyan Drake (ARI).
Who to start: Christian Kirk (ARI) has WR3/flex upside with a premium matchup and at least 57 yards or a touchdown in his last four games.
Who to sit: I’m fading both the Seahawks D/ST and Cardinals D/ST in what should be a high-scoring affair. Greg Olsen (SEA) and Will Dissly (SEA) could cannibalize each others fantasy value in this one. Chase Edmonds (ARI) only has flex potential in the deepest PPR formats.
Sleeper: Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) is due to contribute and faces a defense that has allowed multiple touchdowns to receivers in three of five games.
KANSAS CITY AT DENVER
Obvious starters: Patrick Mahomes (KC), Travis Kelce (KC), Tyreek Hill (KC), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC), Melvin Gordon (DEN).
Who to start: The ball-hawking Chiefs D/ST is a premium streaming option against a Broncos offense that has committed multiple turnovers in four straight games. You’re starting Noah Fant (DEN) if his ankle allows him to play. Rookie receiver Jerry Jeudy (DEN) is a solid flex flier considering a potentially pass-heavy game script.
Who to sit: It’s hard to trust Le’Veon Bell (KC) if he plays until we see how Andy Reid is going to utilize him. Sammy Watkins (KC) appears to be still bothered by a hamstring injury. Mecole Hardman (KC) remains a boom-or-bust option. Let’s see how Phillip Lindsay (DEN) is utilized in comparison with a healthy Gordon before you slot him into a flex spot.
Sleeper: Tim Patrick (DEN) has at least four receptions or a touchdown in four of five games.
SAN FRANCISCO AT NEW ENGLAND
Obvious starters: George Kittle (SF), Cam Newton (NE), Patriots D/ST.
Who to start: Jerick McKinnon (SF) is a premium flex option in most PPR formats with Raheem Mostert sidelined. Deebo Samuel (SF) has flex potential against a Patriots secondary that has surprisingly allowed seven touchdowns to receivers in the last four games. Rookie playmaker Brandon Aiyuk (SF) is a solid flex flier with a touchdown in three of four games. Decent volume should help Julian Edelman (NE) maintain his flex value. James White (NE) maintains his flex value in PPR with 18 receptions in three games played this season.
Who to sit: I’m fading a depleted 49ers D/ST traveling to the east coast. Bill Belichick knows Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) as well as anyone — a scary thought if you’re forced to start him this week. This is a bad matchup to trust Damien Harris (NE) after the dud he had against Denver. N’Keal Harry (NE) only has five receptions in the last three games.
Sleeper: Rookie running back JaMycal Hasty (SF) is my Lottery Ticket of the Week (trademark pending).
JACKSONVILLE AT L.A. CHARGERS
Obvious starters: James Robinson (JAC), D.J. Chark Jr. (JAC), Keenan Allen (LAC), Hunter Henry (LAC).
Who to start: Gardner Minshew (JAC) deserves streaming consideration with multiple touchdowns in five of six games this season. Keelan Cole (JAC) has at least four receptions or a touchdown in every game this season. Monitor Justin Jackson (LAC) and his knee injury before you use him as a flex with this premium matchup. Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert (LAC) deserves streaming consideration with seven touchdown passes in his past two games.
Who to sit: Mike Williams (LAC) is a boom-or-bust option until further notice (or unless Allen is sidelined).
Sleeper(s): Rookie playmaker Laviska Shenault Jr. (JAC) deserves flex consideration in most PPR formats with at least double-digit fantasy points scored in four of six games this season. Rookie running back Joshua Kelley (LAC) deserves flex consideration if Jackson is limited or sidelined against a defense that has allowed seven touchdowns to his position in six games this season.
TAMPA BAY AT LAS VEGAS
Obvious starters: Mike Evans (TB), Chris Godwin (TB), Ronald Jones (TB), Tom Brady (TB), Buccaneers D/ST, Josh Jacobs (LV), Darren Waller (LV).
Who to start: Rob Gronkowski (TB) is a solid streaming option with at least six targets in three of four games.
Who to sit: It’s hard to trust Leonard Fournette (TB) even as a low-end flex option with the way Jones is playing. You’re not starting Derek Carr (LV) after what the Buccaneers defense did to Aaron Rodgers last week. Nelson Agholor (LV) looks like a touchdown-dependent option at this point. Inconsistent volume makes Hunter Renfrow (LV) difficult to trust with three-or-fewer targets in three of five games.
Sleeper: Rookie receiver Henry Ruggs (LV) is a game-changer when he’s healthy, even against a difficult defense.
CHICAGO AT L.A. RAMS
Obvious starters: Allen Robinson (CHI), David Montgomery (CHI), Bears D/ST, Jimmy Graham (CHI), Robert Woods (LAR), Cooper Kupp (LAR), Rams D/ST.
Who to start: Darrell Henderson (LAR) has 92 total yards or at least one touchdown in four of five games.
Who to sit: Anthony Miller (CHI) only has 10 receptions for 52 yards in the last three games. Nick Foles (CHI) faces a pass defense that has allowed one-or-fewer touchdown passes in four of six games. Tyler Higbee (LAR) only has 12 targets in four games since scoring three touchdowns against Philadelphia. Malcolm Brown (LAR) remains touchdown-dependent. It’s hard to trust Jared Goff (LAR) against a pass defense that has allowed one-or-fewer touchdown passes in every game this season. You can’t trust rookie running back Cam Akers (LAR) after he only saw a single snap against San Francisco.
Sleeper: Rookie Cole Kmet (CHI) is a streaming flier against a defense who has shown it is capable of being beat by tight ends.