Fantasy Football Week 7

Matt Lichtenstadter ('12)/Eastside Staff and Matt Lichtenstadter ('12)/Eastside Staff

Did you have a good week 6? I didn’t. Both of my fantasy teams lost, and so did my real time. I had a bad weekend, but that’s what my picks are for, and they were pretty decent. I wonder if I can get better luck from my fantasy and real teams, if I sacrifice my picks. No, because that would sacrifice my integrity.

Byes: DET, NYJ, HOU, IND

Who to Start:

QB Kyle Orton (DEN) vs. OAK: Boy has he been a major surprise this year. He is one of the NFL’s leading passers, and he gets assisted by the fact he’s facing Oakland, who has allowed the last 4 QB’s they have faced to throw 2 TD’s a game.

RB Peyton Hillis (CLE) vs. NO: He’s now the feature back in Cleveland, and with their QB carousel spinning furiously, expect him to see a lot of action. He’s facing the Saints, who give up an average of 18 fantasy points a game to opposing backs this year, which gives him an advantage.

WR Dwayne Bowe (KC) vs. JAX: He has fixes his drop issues after a great game against Houston, and his success should continue, as he is facing the Jaguars pass D, which is 28th in the NFL against the pass.

WR Terrell Owens (CIN) vs. ATL: He has become the best fantasy wide out in the Queen City, and has become more than reliable as an every week fantasy starter. He should have more success against an Atlanta secondary that will be without its best corner, Dunta Robinson.

TE Todd Heap (BAL) vs. BUF: Despite the fact that Buffalo is coming off a bye, he should still have a big game for 2 reasons: one, the Bills have given up the most TD’s to Tight Ends this year, and 2 , Baltimore needs to take out its frustrations from last week on someone.

DEF Kansas City vs. JAX: The Jags may be down to a street QB starting this week. Despite the fact that the Chiefs D struggled last week that was against Houston, they should have a field day on Sunday.

Who to Sit:

QB Kevin Kolb (PHI) vs. TEN: He had a great game against Atlanta last Sunday, but he likely won’t against the Titans who lead the NFL in sacks, and normally shut down opposing QB’s.

RB Fred Jackson (BUF) vs. BAL: Despite the fact that his value went up after Marshawn Lynch was traded, he should be avoided this week because he is facing Baltimore’s D.

WR Michael Crabtree (SF) vs. CAR: Be weary of starting him this week. Despite Carolina’s 0-5 record, they are great at home defending the pass, just ask Todd Collins.

WR Mike Sims-Walker (JAX) vs. KC: He could be without his 2 top QB’s, and his fantasy numbers were already very low this year. Don’t expect numbers out of him this Sunday.

TE Greg Olsen (CHI) vs. WSH: He has done nothing, and I do mean that literally in his last 2 starts. He seems to be falling off in use in Mike Martz’s system. Avoid.

DEF San Diego vs. NE: They have played very well in their 2 home games, but that was against Arizona, and Jacksonville. New England played pretty well against a great Baltimore D, so this matchup is not good for owners.

3 Super Sleepers for Week 7:

RB Chris Ivory (NO) vs. CLE: The pride of Tiffin College (what?), he has been a great replacement for the injured Pierre Thomas. If Thomas is out, Ivory is a great start against a pretty bad Cleveland run D.

WR Patrick Crayton (SD) vs. NE: The Chargers are down to their last 2 wideouts, due to injuries to Malcolm Floyd and Legedu Naanee. So, Crayton, who had 117 yards last week, should see the majority of pass targets, with Antonio Gates also a bit shaken up.

DEF Denver vs. OAK: Oakland thought that they would be getting Jim Plunkett with Jason Campbell. They got more JaMarcus Russell. The offense has been a complete disaster, and that should mean good things for the Denver D.

Good Luck in Week 7!