Week 7 WR Start’em, Sit’em: Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Strategy


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If you are in doubt about some players in a tough spot this week, or players that haven’t produced yet this season, you have come to the perfect spot. We dive into a few names to start in borderline matchups, and also talk about players to fade. You can also check out our rankings area to see where players on your team rank and their projections heading into Week 7. Be sure to check out the rest of our weekly fantasy football content.

Start Em

Michael Gallup Vs. Philadelphia

Regardless of Amari Cooper’s status for this game, we want to make sure most wide receivers against the Eagles are in your lineups. Michael Gallup is one this week. He has played four healthy weeks, and his targets have been 7, 14, 8, and 7. He is averaging 96.7 yards per game, and this is a fantastic matchup against Philly. The Eagles have allowed an 82-1214-11 line to wide receivers this season, and that equals out to the most PPR points per game.

John Brown Vs. Miami

John Brown has been solid this season, and has 5, 11, 5, 8, and 10 targets over the five weeks the Bills have played. He is averaging 78 receiving yards a game, and despite the one touchdown, he has been a viable WR3 option most weeks. The Dolphins are allowing the 9th most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts this season. They also rank dead last against the pass in general. Just a friendly reminder to get Brown into your lineups.

Bengals WRs Vs. Jacksonville

The Bengals wideouts are in play this week after it was a disappointing week for Tyler Boyd. AJ Green is listed as questionable, but still more on the doubtful side. Both Auden Tate and Boyd are must starts this week. Jacksonville just traded Jalen Ramsey, and this pass defense was already league average through the first six weeks. Both these wideouts get a bump given the volume is high, as the Bengals average 41 pass attempts per game, and not many targets are going elsewhere.

Calvin Ridley Vs. Los Angeles

In what should be a back and forth shootout affair, Calvin Ridley is a strong start this week. The 20th ranked defense got a bump trading for Jalen Ramsey, but Aqib Talib is on IR for the next few weeks. It is also not a given that Ramsey suits up this week, which is likely the case. Ridley has seen 6+ targets in five of six games. He is also continuing to crush in the touchdown department, with four touchdowns already on the year.

Dede Westbrook @ Cincinnati

It was a disappointing week for Dede Westbrook against New Orleans. Overall Jacksonville has faced some tough secondaries. The Bengals rank 30th against the pass this season, and I like both Jags wideouts again. Gardner Minshew has clearly shown enough to give hope to these names on a week-to-week basis. The big Westbrook game is coming soon.

Sit Em

Mike Williams @ Tennessee

For a wideout that was going to rely on touchdowns, having zero touchdowns is not ideal. Mike Williams has 30 targets over the last three games, and the production has been average on those 30 targets. Hunter Henry is back, and overall this is an offense with a lot of mouths to feed. Tennessee has been stout against wideouts in terms of fantasy points allowed, allowing just 31 PPR points per game. They are also ranked in the top half against the pass.

Terry McLaurin Vs. San Francisco

It pains me to do this, but Terry McLaurin is in another tough matchup. I will be looking for better options, as the number one ranked pass defense is not one to pick on. San Francisco is allowing the 5th fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. When you are the lone option in the passing game, that can be a bad thing sometimes, like this week. With San Francisco likely controlling the game on the ground, McLaurin is a tough start.

Tyrell Williams  @ Green Bay

Tyrell Williams has a touchdown in four straight games, and if he didn’t have touchdowns to his name, his fantasy production would be bottom third. He is averaging just 54 receiving yards per game, and has been held under 50 receiving yards in three straight games. He gets a top five secondary, and desperately relies on the touchdown. The Packers have allowed just four so far this season to wide receivers.

Jets WRs Vs. New England

Sam Darnold is a bump to these wideouts, but the Patriots rolling into town is not a good matchup. Jamsion Crowder and Robby Anderson both went off last week, but it is tough to chase that feeling. New England has allowed 26.8 PPR points per game to opposing wideouts this season, and rank as the second best pass defense in the league right now behind San Francisco. Look for better options.

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