Five key roster suggestions for Week 7 of the fantasy football season.
Start: Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants running back, vs. Minnesota Vikings
Brandon Jacobs may not be a long-term fix for those who need serious help at the running back position. But with David Wilson out for three weeks, Jacobs should make the most out of his time at the Giants’ starter. Last week, the veteran put on a throwback performance as the featured back, running for 106 yards with two touchdowns on 22 carries against a depleted Chicago Bears defensive line.
This week, Jacobs should have another productive week in a favorable matchup against a Minnesota Vikings defense ranked 31st in yards allowed and 30th in points allowed.
Sit: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver, vs. Seattle Seahawks
Larry Fitzgerald broke out of an early-season slump last week against the San Francisco 49ers, catching six passes for 117 yards. But while it may look like Fitzgerald is poised to return to fantasy relevance, owners should still beware headed to Week 7.
Fitzgerald is still not 100 percent healthy, made clear when he was a game-time call last week. Now, the Cardinals play their second game in five days on Thursday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks. Adding to the heavy workload? Fitzgerald will be lining up against Richard Sherman, one of the main reasons the Seahawks have the second-best pass defense in the NFL. It’s always hard to keep a big name player on the bench, but Fitzgerald may just be average Thursday night.
Start: Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears quarterback, at Washington Redskins
Like Phillip Rivers, Jay Cutler has resurrected his NFL career in 2013. Under head coach Marc Trestman, Cutler has completed 65 percent of his passes this year; a mark that, if it stands, would be a career high.
Cutler’s Week 7 opponent, the Washington Redskins, are ranked 24th against the pass, allowing 271 yards per game. As a team, Washington has just three interceptions this year. Cutler should have the opportunity to exploit the Redskins pass defense and get the ball to his wide receiver tandem of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
Sit: Garrett Graham, Houston Texans tight end, at Kansas City Chiefs
When news of Owen Daniel’s injury reached fantasy owners, there was a scramble in many leagues to grab his replacement, Garrett Graham, off waiver wires. But now, with the quarterback situation in disarray, the value of any Texans wide receiver not named Andre Johnson has plummeted.
In addition to the uncertainty of who will throw the ball for the Texans, Houston faces a stout pass defense in the Kansas City Chiefs this week. Kansas City is allowing just 180 yards passing per game, and the defense has 10 picks in 6 games. This week has the looks of an ugly one for Houston, and Graham should stay on your bench for the time being.
Start: Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers wide receiver, at Jacksonville Jaguars
Forget the San Diego Chargers’ opponent this week. Keenan Allen proved in a big Monday Night game that he is the new go-to target for red-hot quarterback Phillip Rivers in the Chargers’ banged up offensive unit. In the last three games, Allen has racked up 20 receptions on 27 targets for a total of 302 yards and two touchdowns. The recent uptick in targets — Rivers threw Allen the ball 12 times in Week 6 — points toward a developing trust between Allen and his quarterback. And those that picked up Allen on the waiver wire this week should benefit.
Now, remember the San Diego Chargers’ opponent this week: The Jacksonville Jaguars.