Time to Shine or Ride the Pine: Week 7 Start or Sit

Its week 7 and hopefully we bring you to fantasy heaven, with our Week 7 start or sit players.

Week 6 has passed like a horrible dream where all six of my starts played against me on the same team . Kenyan Drake fumbled his chance at a game winning touchdown, Ronald Jones was relegated back to the bench, and Derek Carr actually cried on the field! Here are the rest of my predictions from last week:

Running backs who will shine

Dion Lewis (Ten vs LAC (London) 9:30am est)

Dion is finally playing more than the plodding Derrick Henry. Heading into a week 7 game vs a high-powered Chargers team, the Titans will want to utilize their most elusive back. Much like the Ravens, LA will put heavy pressure on Mariota and force him into short throws. These throws will be game planned towards Lewis as screens or angle routes and expect him to be like Carl and speed past Chargers defenders.

Prediction: 8 car 34 yards 1 td, 6 rec 41 yards: 16.5 pts

Marlon Mack (Buf@Ind 1pm est)

Mack was back last week and like a Marlon, he wasn’t reeled in easily. He totaled 12 carries for 89 yards and had a reception for 4 yards. The Colts fell behind big late, forcing them to turn to the hurry up and passing down specialist Hines. This week Indy plays Buffalo and possibly Nathan Peterman who we all know is, let’s just say NOT GOOD! Mack should see a healthy workload in what, should be a comfortable victory.

Prediction: 19 car 94 yards 1 td, 3 rec 16 yards: 18.5 pts

Ito Smith (NYG@ATL 8:15pm MNF)

Tevin Coleman was supposed to take over an every down role for the Falcons when Devonta Freeman got injured. That has not happened, and Ito Smith has surpassed Coleman as the more trusted runner near the goal line. Smith is the 6 most difficult back to tackle for a defender up close thus far this season. He should see his fair share of red zone and goal line carries this week where his skills are needed as Coleman is one of the least effective in the same stat.

Prediction: 13 car 40 yards 1 td, 2 rec 10 yards: 12 pts

RBs with a splinter

Wendell Smallwood (Car@Phi 1pm est)

Wendell is going to swindle many out of victories this week. He has received the majority of carries in games that Ajayi has missed but Corey Clement was still the preferred red zone and passing game back last week. Although offensive coordinator refused to name either the starter, Clement has long been the most versatile back. I expect Smallwood to be to take on a smaller role this week and the Eagles backfield to be an even time share.

Prediction: 14 car 53 yards, 2 rec 11 yards: 7.4 pts

LeSean McCoy (Buf@Ind 1pm est)

Shade your eyes from McCoy this week against at the Colts. Indianapolis has performed admirably well against the run and will not be afraid of the Bills air attack. McCoy has been ceding some duties to Chris Ivory and this week could see him facing an eight-man box for the entirety of the game. Always an injury risk and playing a game that could get ugly, don’t expect LeSean to do any dancing on Sunday.

Prediction: 13 car 47 yards, 4 rec 25 yards: 9.2 pts

Adrian Peterson (Dal@Wash 4:25pm est)

All Day was used as such last week with Chris Thompson missing the game. Thompson is on track to return this week against the Dallas Cowboys in a game which could be low scoring. Dallas will likely load the box when Peterson is in the game and force Alex Smith to beat them with his mediocre wide outs. Adrian will find running room difficult and if Thompson returns, he’ll also lose a substantial amount of work.

Prediction: 16 car 68 yards, 1 rec 7 yards: 8 pts

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Wide Receivers/TE in the spotlight

Antonio Callaway (Cle@TB 1pm est)

Callaway has disappointed as of late with a total of 12 receptions, 105 yards since week 3 after 81 yards and a td in his first full game against New Orleans. Last week against a tough Chargers team, he was second on the team with 10 targets, so the opportunity is still there. This week, Antonio goes up against the second worst pass defense in the NFL who are susceptible to the deep ball. With Jarvis Landry and David Njoku attracting attention I expect Callaway to have the best game of his career.

Prediction: 5 rec 92 yards 1 td: 17.7 pts

George Kittle (LAR@SF 4:25pm est)

Kittle is not little and will not cower to the mighty LA Rams. San Francisco is going to be throwing a lot this week against the Rams and with how quick Beathard will be under pressure, I expect Kittle to see possibly double-digit targets. Kittle’s size will make him an appealing target for C.J. and if the 49ers reach the red zone he’ll be the primary target.

Prediction: 7 rec 55 yards 1 td: 15 pts

CJ Uzomah (Cin@KC SNF 8:20pm est)

CJ was thrust into a major role the last two weeks with injuries to the Tyler’s and has delivered. He is playing almost every down and is was third in targets last week. His role behind Green and Boyd will produce consistent numbers and this week may be his best game. Facing an abysmal Chiefs defense will provide plenty of opportunities for Uzomah to find the end zone.

Prediction: 7 rec 60 yards 1 td: 15.5 pts

Splinter Time

Christian Kirk (Den@Ari TNF 8:20pm est)

The Cardinals have improved since Josh Rosen took over as quarterback, but they’re still struggling to move the ball consistently. Christian Kirk has received more looks than Fitz since Rosen took over but this week he’s facing a Broncos D who will put heavy pressure on the rookie qb. Rosen will have little time to throw downfield towards Kirk and instead must lean on Larry Legend and David Johnson for easier gains.

Prediction: 4 rec 44 yards: 6.4 pts

Albert Wilson (Det@Mia 1pm est)

Definitely not “Fat” Albert Wilson exploded last week for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns. 118 yards and both tds came in a wild 4th quarter where the Bears and Dolphins refused to tackle anyone. With little to no possibility of repeating last weeks performance consider Wilson fool’s gold this week.

Prediction: 5 rec 51 yards: 7.6 pts

Tre’Quan Smith (NO@Bal 4:05 pm est)

Now in the history books as the man who caught Drew Brees’ record breaking pass, Tre’Quan is also now on fantasy minds. The preseason standout had failed to find much success before scoring two long tds vs the Skins. Drew Brees will try for his customary deep shots this week but finding success against Baltimore will be a daunting task. The Ravens hold the NFL’s 2 best pass D and will surely try and prevent New Orleans from capitalizing on any big plays. Smith more likely be faded out of the Saints game plan in what could be a run heavy attack this week.

Prediction: 1 rush 14 yards, 2 rec 32 yards: 5.6 pts

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