Sit Geno Smith this week
By: Matt Gruber
Week seven is upon us and it is time for the weekly starts and sits. This is the seventh installment of the 17-piece series aimed to help you make the roster decisions to give you an edge over your opponent. Let’s jump into it and win some championships.
Start: Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans
I know Ryan Tannehill has not given us much confidence to start him this year, however, I believe this week is different. At home, going up against the Kansas City Chiefs, it doesn’t get much better than this. The Chiefs are bottom three in the league against the pass and I expect the Titans will need to throw it a lot to keep up in this game. I’m starting Tannehill without hesitation.
Honorable Mentions: Matt Ryan @ MIA, Jameis Winston @ SEA, Sam Darnold @ NYG
Sit: Geno Smith – Seattle Seahawks
In what was a promising quarter and a half in week five, Geno Smith came back down to earth in week six. Scoring just 10 fantasy points, it won’t get much easier for Smith in week seven. Going up against the number two ranked pass defense in the New Orleans Saints, I am looking elsewhere for a streaming option this week.
Honorable Mentions: Jared Goff @ LAR, Joe Burrow @ BAL, Daniel Jones vs. CAR
Start: Chuba Hubbard – Carolina Panthers
Chuba Hubbard has strung together back-to-back productive weeks. Rushing the ball 16 times for 61 yards and a score in week six, I expect Hubbard to handle the bulk of the running back touches again this week. He has been a nice fill-in for the injured Christian McCaffrey and he has a juicy matchup against the New York Giants in week seven. Plug him into your lineup and don’t think twice.
Honorable Mentions: Cordarrelle Patterson @ MIA, James Conner vs. HOU, Damien Harris vs. NYJ
Sit: Khalil Herbert – Chicago Bears
Khalil Herbert got the job done last week when he was called upon to be the bell cow in absence of David Montgomery and Damien Williams. Rushing for 97 yards and a touchdown on 19 touches, many fantasy managers were left smiling. This week, however, he will remain on my bench. Playing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that have only allowed one rushing touchdown to opposing running backs all season, Herbert makes me nervous this week.
Honorable Mentions: Elijah Mitchell vs. IND, Devontae Booker vs. CAR, Alex Collins vs. NO
Start: Brandin Cooks – Houston Texans
After back-to-back disappointing weeks, Brandin Cooks turned things around in week six. Putting up 89 yards and nine catches on a massive 13 targets, I expect him to remain hot in week seven. Going up against the Arizona Cardinals that just allowed 36 fantasy points to wide receivers last week, Cooks is in line for another big game. Start him confidently this week.
Honorable Mentions: Chris Godwin vs. CHI, Jaylen Waddle vs. ATL, Darnell Mooney @ TB
Sit: Tee Higgins – Cincinnati Bengals
In his two weeks back from injury, Tee Higgins has let fantasy managers down. Recording eight catches for just 76 yards in his last two games combined, I have no choice but to leave him on the bench this week. He faces a Baltimore Ravens defense that has been solid against the pass. For Higgins to be of any use, we are hoping for a touchdown. I prefer a player with a higher floor in my lineup.
Honorable Mentions: Robert Woods vs. DET, Hunter Renfrow vs. PHI, Julio Jones vs. KC
Start: Kyle Pitts – Atlanta Falcons
Kyle Pitts finally had his breakout game in week five. Going off for nine catches, 119 yards, and a touchdown, I expect the Atlanta Falcons to shift their game plan to revolve around this young star in the making. Fresh off the bye, Pitts will face the Miami Dolphins who have been susceptible against the pass. I am starting him this week and not thinking twice.
Honorable Mentions: Mike Gesicki vs. ATL, Dallas Goedert @ LV, Tyler Higbee vs. DET
Sit: Jonnu Smith – New England Patriots
In what continues to be a disappointing season from Jonnu Smith, I am looking at other players to throw into the tight end slot this week. Smith has given us no reason to believe that things will turn around. Recording just one catch for nine yards in week six, Smith is just not start-worthy.
Honorable Mentions: Gerald Everett vs. NO, Mo Alie-Cox @ SF, Robert Tonyan vs. WSH
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