Week 7 QB Start, Sit: Quarterback Fantasy Football Strategy

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Having two quarterbacks is a luxury, but it also means you have a decision to make. Due to the position’s high fantasy production, that decision could determine if you come away with a victory or a loss in week 7. After looking at matchups, recent performances, and other factors such as the health of the quarterback’s offense, I can help make that heart wrenching decision for you. Here are my 5 quarterbacks you should start, and 5 I’d keep on my bench.

Start’em

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams

Opponent: Atlanta Falcons
After totaling just 78 yards in week 6, Goff is primed to rebound against Atlanta. The Falcons are the 6th worst team against the pass, allowing 271.2 yards per game. The last time Goff played a defense ranked bottom 10 in pass defense, he threw for over 500 yards. While Goff has largely disappointed this season, there is no reason to believe he cannot put together a stellar fantasy performance in week 7. He has the weapons, the talent, and most importantly the matchup.

Daniel Jones, New York Giants

Opponent: Cardinals
The young rookie quarterback has taken his lumps in his past 2 contests. Although not something you want to hear, he did have to face 2 of the most elite defenses in the NFL. Jones should return to showing the fantasy promise he exercised against Tampa Bay in his NFL debut. The G-Men’s quarterback has a mouth watering matchup against the Cardinals defense. Arizona is the 3rd worst team in the league against the pass, giving up an average of 281.2 yards a game. The Cards’ have yet to hold a team under 20 points, and I believe that trend can continue with Daniel Jones in week 7. Depending on your quarterback situation, I’d start Jones.

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

Opponent: Dolphins
Similar to Jones, Buffalo’s young quarterback has an amazing fantasy matchup this weekend. Josh Allen gets to face off against the worst team in the NFL, the Miami Dolphins. Allen should have no issue carving up the Dolphins, who’s defense allows an average passer rating of 131 to opposing quarterbacks. Additionally, The Dolphins are offensively challenged, so Allen should have more than enough opportunities to produce for your fantasy team. I’d feel good about starting Allen in week 7.

Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts

Opponent: Texans
The Colts’ quarterback should shine against Houston in week 7. The Texans have allowed the 10th most points to quarterbacks this season. With T.Y. Hilton fully recovered from his injury coming off a bye, Brissett will have his favorite target to torch Houston’s secondary. If your quarterback is on a bye, Brissett can fill in and produce big in week 7.

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

Opponent: Redskins
Jimmy G has an excellent matchup against the Redskins. The Niners quarterback has been a game-manager for most of the season, but that should change against a Washington secondary that has allowed the 3rd most passing touchdowns in the league. Garoppolo also has the benefit of playing with arguably the best defense in the league, so the young quarterback should have ample opportunity to put up big numbers. I like Garoppolo this weekend, I’d start him against Washington.

Sit’em

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

Opponent: Packers
Oakland’s quarterback just went scoreless in his last game. Although his last game was against Chicago’s defense, Green Bay’s defense is no slouch. Additionally, Carr has lacked big fantasy potential all season. He has only thrown deep on just 4.1% of his attempts, which ranks him last among all quarterbacks. Carr only has recorded 6 touchdowns this season, I’d stay away from him until we can see more production.

Sam Darnold, New York Jets

Opponent: Patriots
Sam Darnold returned from illness with a superb performance against the Cowboys. The Jets who looked lifeless without Darnold, put up 24 points and came away with a victory in week 6. While Darnold was impressive with over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns last week, he has a very poor matchup in week 7. The Patriots rank the best or close to the best in essentially every category on defense. While they haven’t been tested with a great offense yet, I wouldn’t peg the Jets as that caliber of offense either. Without a true No. 1 receiver, Darnold is set up for a bad fantasy week.

Teddy Bridgewater, New Orleans Saints

Opponent: Bears
The Saints’ fill-in quarterback has played admirable in Drew brees’ absence. While this is true, Teddy Bridgewater has the odds stacked against him this weekend. Not only does he face one of the elite defenses in the league, he is without his star running back Alvin Kamara. The injury to Kamara will put a lot of pressure on Bridgewater to make plays against a stout Chicago defense. Chicago has allowed just as many touchdown passes as they have interceptions on the season. Bridgewater will be facing enough pressure from the likes of Kahlil Mack, he is likely to struggle in week 7.

Case Keenum, Washington Redskins

Opponent: 49ers
Probably the easiest call on the list, Keenum should not be looked at this weekend against the Niners. San Francisco just held Goff and that offense which is loaded with talent to just 78 yards passing. What will they do to Washington’s offense? The Redskins were in a dog fight against the Dolphins last week, as they struggled to muster up 17 points. One of the worst offenses in the league has to face the best defense against the pass. The Niners allow just 150 yards through the air per game, and have recorded more interceptions than passing touchdowns allowed. Stay away from Keenum, and any other Washington player for that matter in week 7.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Opponent: Vikings
Detroit’s veteran quarterback failed to produce a touchdown against Green Bay in week 6. The defense is only getting more difficult in week 7, as Stafford is playing the Vikings. Minnesota allows just 310 yards of total offense, which ranks 5th best in the league. Additionally, the Vikings rank 7th against the pass. Stafford will have his hands full this weekend, there are better options on the waiver wire.

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