Week 7 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Analyzing Key Fantasy Football Lineup Choices

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2013

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 13: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers October 13, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Eagles won 31 - 20. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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One of the most frustrating things about fantasy football is making the wrong lineup choice and proceeding to watch a player on your bench post a monster score. Of course, it's even worse if that decision costs a team the week.

These tough calls are only going to become more important in the coming weeks. Playoff positions are up for grabs and a couple of wise choices can put a team on the path to a championship. So no stone should be left unturned, especially by teams that got off to slow starts.

Let's check out where some fringe fantasy starters should fall for Week 7, followed by a breakdown of some of the most difficult choices fantasy owners face this week.


Start 'Em or Sit 'Em?

Week 7 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em
PositionStart 'EmSit 'Em
QBNick Foles (PHI)Andy Dalton (CIN)
RBDanny Woodhead (SD)Le'Veon Bell (PIT)
WRJustin Blackmon (JAC)Nate Washington (TEN)
TECoby Fleener (IND)Garrett Graham (HOU)
KRyan Succop (KC)Greg Zuerlein (STL)
DBaltimore RavensCincinnati Bengals
Fantasy Week 7

Analysis of Difficult Choices

Start: Nick Foles (Philadelphia Eagles)

Given the depth at quarterback this season, fantasy owners are probably hesitant to switch to an unproven option like Foles, even though he's off to a red-hot start since taking the reins of the Philadelphia offense from Michael Vick.

Foles has attempted 61 passes over four games, a majority of which came in the last two. His results have been outstanding. He sports a completion rate a shade over 67 percent while throwing six touchdowns and no interceptions.

That doesn't mean he should suddenly be started over Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers. But for fantasy owners that don't have a top-tier starter or are missing Drew Brees due to his bye, Foles should put together another strong showing against a shaky Dallas Cowboys secondary in Week 7.


Start: Danny Woodhead (San Diego Chargers)

Ryan Mathews finally put together a 100-yard performance leading the San Diego rushing attack, which might scare some fantasy owners away from Woodhead. In reality, his work in the ground game is only a small slice of his value to begin with.

Over the past four weeks, the versatile back has racked up more than 210 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He's quickly developing into the favorite check-down option for Philip Rivers, especially in third-down situations.

Furthermore, Woodhead still received nine carries last week as Mathews was having his best outing of the season. So he's going to get touches in every facet of the game and should be able to turn those opportunities into a good fantasy game against a lackluster Jacksonville Jaguars defense.


Sit: Nate Washington (Tennessee Titans)

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 02:  Nate Washington #85 of the Tennessee Titans fumbles the ball after being hit by Quintin Demps #27 of the Houston Texans during the game at LP Field on December 2, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Imag
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Washington is a prototypical boom-or-bust option. He's tallied 48 fantasy points through six games, a reasonable total good enough to put him in the starting conversation. But 35 of those 48 points came in consecutive weeks. In the other four games, he's averaging barely over three points.

Those type of players are the most difficult to deal with for fantasy owners. It's tough to leave him on the bench because another huge game could be coming. At the same time, it's hard to rely on him because he provides so little in his off games.

After catching just one pass last week against a tough Seattle Seahawks secondary, the task doesn't get any easier for Washington in Week 7. The Titans face a San Francisco 49ers defense that ranks sixth against the pass. Leave the the streaky wideout on the bench this week.