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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Fantasy Football Week 7: Quarterbacks - Sleepers, Fades, Matchups, DFS Bargains

The Packers and Aaron Rodgers are poised to light up the Football Team pass defense this week.

Start ‘Em, Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the best and worst matchups based on a PPR scoring system in fantasy football. This column will not cover the elite players in the NFL like Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Davante Adams, or Travis Kelce. Instead, I'll look at the players you have the most questions about to help you set the most effective starting lineup possible. For all of your final fantasy lineup decisions, be sure to check out my weekly player rankings which will be updated daily throughout the 2021 NFL season.

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Week 7 Start ‘Em: Quarterbacks

Start of the Week

Aaron Rodgers vs. Football Team (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Rodgers hasn’t been nearly as productive this season compared to 2020, as he’s failed to hit the 20-point mark in three of his first six games. Still, he’s a must-start when the Packers host the Football Team this weekend. Their defense has allowed five different quarterbacks to score 22-plus points this season, including four who have scored more than 25 fantasy points.

Week 7 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em


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Matthew Stafford vs. Lions (4:05 p.m. ET, Fox): Stafford has been phenomenal in his first five games with the Rams, throwing 16 touchdown passes with just four picks. He’ll be a top-10 fantasy option this week in a revenge game against the Lions, who have given up 19-plus fantasy points to three quarterbacks in their last five games. With six teams on a bye, Stafford should be active in most fantasy football leagues.

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Ryan Tannehill vs. Chiefs (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Tannehill has been a disappointment this season, ranking 20th in fantasy points among quarterbacks. Still, this week’s game against the Chiefs makes him a viable starter during “bye-mageddon.” This season, Kansas City has allowed four quarterbacks to score 28-plus fantasy points, including three who have put up over 30 points. That makes Tannehill an attractive option.

Derek Carr vs. Eagles (4:05 p.m. ET, Fox): Carr put up a strong effort last week, scoring 21.5 points in a win over the Broncos. He has now scored 20-plus points in four of his six games on the season, and a matchup against the Eagles makes him a nice option this week. Their defense has allowed 19-plus fantasy points to three quarterbacks in their last four games, and that trio combined for 10 touchdowns.

Matt Ryan at Dolphins (1 p.m. ET, Fox): You know the old saying, “desperate times call for desperate measures?” Well, Ryan should be considered a viable starting option this week with six teams on a bye. He’s put up 21-plus fantasy points in two straight games, and a contest against the Dolphins makes him a nice streamer. Their defense has allowed 13 touchdown passes and the eighth-most points to enemy signal-callers.

More Starts

  • Sam Darnold at Giants (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
  • Tua Tagovailoa vs. Falcons (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
  • Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Colts (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)

DFS Bargains

  • Derek Carr vs. Eagles ($6,000)
  • Matt Ryan at Dolphins ($5,700)
  • Tua Tagovailoa vs. Falcons ($5,500)

Week 7 Sit ‘Em: Quarterbacks

Sit of the Week

Daniel Jones vs. Panthers (1 p.m. ET, Fox): After a great start to the season, Jones has dealt with injuries to both himself and several of his offensive teammates in the last two weeks. He'll be a difficult sell this week, as the G-Men host the Panthers at MetLife Stadium. Their defense has given it up to quarterbacks like Kirk Cousins, Dak Prescott, and Jalen Hurts, but Jones isn't on that level, and his offense is a total mess.

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Carson Wentz at 49ers (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC): Wentz has thrown for multiple touchdowns in three straight games, but he's scored more than 18 fantasy points in just one of them.  That won't get it done. This week he faces the 49ers, who have held two of the last three opposing signal-callers to fewer than 20 points. Those two signal-callers were Aaron Rodgers (19 points) and Kyler Murray (13.7 points). I'd sit Wentz this week.

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Taylor Heinicke at Packers (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Heinicke has gone into the tank over the last two weeks, scoring a combined 19.2 fantasy points. He had averaged more than that in his previous three games. Next up is a date with the Packers, who have been tough on quarterbacks. In fact, they haven’t allowed a signal-caller to score more than 18.4 fantasy points in their last five games. Put Heinicke on the bench this week.

Justin Fields at Buccaneers (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS): Fields has locked in the starting job in Chicago, but he’s simply not a startable asset in fantasy leagues. He scored 13.3 points last week, and that’s the most he’s produced in a single game in four starts. So while the Buccaneers defense has been bad against quarterbacks, Fields hasn’t done enough as a passer to warrant consideration as a starter in traditional fantasy formats.

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Jared Goff at Rams (4:05 p.m. ET, Fox): With injuries galore and six teams on a bye, you have to stick with your top options at quarterback in most cases. So while sitting Goff is obvious in traditional leagues, I’d also beware him in multi-quarterback leagues. He does have the revenge game narrative against a Rams team that jettisoned him in the offseason, but Goff has looked terrible in recent weeks, and the matchup is awful.

More Sits

  • Joe Burrow at Ravens (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
  • Mac Jones vs. Jets (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
  • Geno Smith vs. Saints (Mon. 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)

DFS Fades

  • Joe Burrow at Ravens ($6,200)
  • Daniel Jones vs. Panthers ($5,400)
  • Justin Fields at Buccaneers ($5,300)

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