Thursday, October 22, 2015

Start 'em if you got 'em - Week 7

Adam Stoczynski
Bitter Chicago sports fan, wagering enthusiast, self-proclaimed sports expert
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It’s already week 7 of the 2015 NFL season. By now, we all know what we have and there is no more time to mess around. So let’s just get right into it… Let’s get a W.

Start ‘em if you got ‘em


Matthew Stafford vs MIN – Now, don’t expect him to put up over 400 yards again, but after the benching in week, he bounced back in a huge way vs the Bears last week. I think he continues to keep it going vs a beatable Minnesota defense. Calvin Johnson finally looked good last week, and Stafford should “get his” once again.

Drew Brees @ IND – That’s now 3 games in a row with at least 300 yards passing for Brees. He still is not quite as sharp as he needs to be, but he faces a struggling Indianapolis defense that is giving up nearly 290 yards per game through the air. Guys like Hasselbeck, Bortles, and Fitzpatrick have all gashed the Colts recently, I say Brees does the same thing. Start him with confidence.

Running Back

Doug Martin @ WAS – Washington has been a scary matchup for opposing running backs, but the last few weeks they’ve given up monster games to Ivory and Freeman to the tune of a total of 199 yards and 2 touchdowns. Martin has a similar skill-set as these two, and I expect him to have another good game for his third in a row.

Danny Woodhead vs OAK – Last week with Gordon taking a back seat, Oliver became the feature back. Woodhead’s role is not going to change as far as becoming an inside rusher, but I do see him being on the field a lot more this week. Gordon has fell out of favor and is also banged up, and Oliver is another guy. Woodhead should catch around 7 balls and get on the field a little more this week. All of that, plus he has a good matchup vs Oakland.

Wide Receiver

Michael Crabtree @ SD – Word on the street is Crabtree is going to continue to grow his role in the Raider offense. The targets have been there, but he has not scored since week 2. San Diego has actually been pretty good vs the pass, but off the bye Crabtree should be involved in the game plan. You can trust him this week as a bye week fill in with a ton of good receivers from Chicago, Denver, Cincinnati, and Green Bay taking the week off.

Mike Evans @ WAS – To be honest this is more of a hunch play than anything else. Coming off the bye the Bucs and Winston have to realize they need to get Evans involved in order to win games. The 13 receptions on the season are really unacceptable. Washington is middle of the road as far as passing defense goes, so the matchup is a fine one. I think this is a game Evans and Winston can really build on, if not, I’m giving up hope on him as far as bouncing back in his sophomore season.

Tight End

Jordan Reed vs TB – Stud. If he was dropped in your league, go grab him and start him until he gets hurt again. He’s had at least 5 catches in every game, including the one he left early in. He says he is ready to go, so I’m throwing him back in my lineup this week. He’s due to score his first TD since week one.


Carolina vs PHI – The Panthers head back home for the first time since week 3. That place will be rocking on Sunday night, and so will the defense. They are really rolling now and Philadelphia is still not too sharp. They should be a top fantasy defense this week.

Sit ‘em and quit ‘em


Sam Bradford @ CAR – See Carolina defense. I think the Eagles will have a tough go on the road in Carolina. As far as for Bradford, he will see Josh Norman roaming the field, and the pressure up front will be a lot to handle. Bradford has been less than impressive lately and just threw 3 interceptions on Monday night.

Colin Kaepernick vs SEA – Kaep is coming off back-to-back good games vs NYG and BAL. I just don’t think he can string 3 good games in a row together. Seattle is also in dire need of a win here, Kaepernick will be pressured all night. I know he’s been hot, but I would quit while I’m ahead, even if you are desperate with Rodgers, Manning, and Dalton on bye. Seattle has not been the Legion of Boom of old, but still only giving up 220 yard per game through the air.

Running Back

                LeGarrette Blount vs NYJ – If you missed out on his big week last week, you have to move on. Don’t chase these points. Last week was a Blount week, this one looks like a Lewis week to me. The jets are the best team in the league vs the run, so I don’t see LeGarrette ramming into the line of scrimmage over and over again for one yard runs. Stay away this week, and just wait until his next good matchup.

                Charcandrick West vs PIT – I understand you are all pumped up you were able to score West off of waivers, and he should be good moving forward. However, I would stay away this week vs the Steelers. Pittsburgh is giving up around 90 yards per game on the ground, and has only given up one rushing touchdown. Kansas City is really struggling, and there may be trailing in this one. Find a different option here.

Wide Receiver

                Jordan Matthews @ CAR – See Carolina defense and Sam Bradford. Last week was his best game since week two. This “best game since week two,” consisted of 59 yards and 6 catches. He is really struggling and so is their passing game as a whole. I’m not betting on the Eagles to fly on the road vs one of the best teams in the league. Until Matthews starts proving something, he is not a must start. I’d sit him this week if you can find a better option.

                Leaonard Hankerson @ TEN – He’s gone 5 for 50 yards the last two weeks combined, and that was with a banged up Julio Jones struggling to run around. On 10 days rest, I expect Julio to be back to normal with a monster game, with less targets to go around. The Tennessee secondary is very strong, and Hankerson may not get many opportunities. Look for the Titans to play the Falcons very tough this week. Roddy White also saw an uptick in targets last week. Hankerson is not a fantasy starter this week.

Tight End

Crockett Gillmore @ ARI – Arizona is the best team in the league vs the tight end and he’s only really had one good game. He’s only had one game with more than 3 receptions, and he is still coming back from his injury. I’m not buying the Crockett Gillmore stock quite yet, especially because he is still splitting time at the position. He’s not someone I’m streaming at tight end this week.


                Minnesota @ DET – Detroit looked pretty good last week and Minnesota isn’t really getting to the quarterback, with only 10 sacks on the year. With Minnesota on the road, there are better options this week if you are streaming a defense. In fact, Detroit vs Minnesota might even be better.  

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