Week 7 Fantasy Football Advice
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 23:10
Start ‘em: Justin Blackmon (vs. San Diego). This game, believe it or not, could be a shootout. The Jaguars are coming off a gutsy, morale victory-type performance against the Broncos. Their next matchup is a San Diego defense that has allowed the 7th – most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Since coming back from suspension Blackmon has been a monster. He has been on the field for 95.5 percent of the offensive snaps that the Jaguars have played since his return. With Cecil Shorts in doubt for Week 7, Blackmon will be a ball magnet when the Jaguars decide to pass, which should be often, as they will be playing behind for most of the game. This San Diego team can put up points, which should mean a ton of opportunities for Blackmon. The Jaguars may be one of the worst teams in the league, but Blackmon is a stud and a must-start against the Chargers this week.
Sit ‘em: Larry Fitzgerald (vs. Seattle). Fitzgerald was also featured on last week’s “sit ‘em” portion of our weekly advice column. If there was ever a match-up that screamed sit a No. 1 receiver, it’s this one. Seattle’s Secondary is far and wide the best secondary in the NFL. Simply put, Richard Sherman is the best shutdown corner in the NFL. Sherman has put himself next to Darrelle Revis in any argument for the leagues best all around corner. This will be a tough matchup for Fitzgerald, as he will most likely be shadowed by Sherman all game long. If he manages to escape Sherman and line up against Seattle’s second corner, Brandon Browner, it will still be a tough task as Browner is a physical corner who is listed at 6-foot 3. To make matters worse, this game is being played on Thursday night this week. A short week against the league’s best secondary is simply a disaster waiting to happen. Fitzgerald is an elite receiver, but without a top quarter back to throw him the ball, a matchup against Seattle should be avoided at all costs. Sit Fitzgerald this week.
Waiver Wire Pickup: Joseph Randle (at Philadelphia). This one is obvious. Demarco Murray is expected to miss the next 3-5 games with a left knee injury. The Cowboys have showed that they have a high-powered offense that can compete with anyone. Randle will be the starting running back for Week 7 and beyond until Murray comes back. Whether Randle is a capable NFL running back or not he will still have a ton of fantasy value in the Cowboys offense. There will be many opportunities not only on the ground, but also in the passing game for Randle to make a difference in fantasy line-ups. It is expected that Randle will also receive goalline carries, which should be plenty in this offense. Randle could be a fantasy starter up until Murray returns, as he has very favorable matchups in the upcoming weeks, which include: Philadelphia, Detroit, Minnesota, New Orleans and the New York Giants. Pick Randle up if he is still available, and do not be afraid to start him.