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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fine or Pine, Week 7

By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)

Another week of fantasy football is upon us and the margin  for error is becoming slimmer with each passing week. Every week becomes more important for fantasy owners to choose the right players to trot out on Sundays and maximize their fantasy points. After all, the playoffs could come down to most points scored and fantasy owners will surely want the most points in their lineups and not sitting on their bench. Which players to choose is the million dollar question. It isn't always easy choosing the best players for any given week. That's where The Fantasy Sports Brain comes in. Read on for who to start and who to sit.

Quarterback

Fine- Brian Hoyer- Cleveland Browns- Suddenly, the quarterback situation in Cleveland doesn't look so dire as Brian Hoyer has managed to keep his starting job through the first seven weeks of the season. He's averaging over 18 fantasy points per game and facing the Jaguars defense this week will help Hoyer's cause that much more. The Jacksonville defense bleeds fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks at a rate of 21 fantasy points per game. That's fifth worst in fantasy football which should translate to a productive week for fantasy owners that started Brian Hoyer.

Pine- Teddy Bridgewater- Minnesota Vikings- The Buffalo Bills defense has been pretty tough on opposing signal callers by allowing just over 18 fantasy points per week. It will also help the Bills defense that the Louisville rookie is averaging just over 15 fantasy points per game and has not found the end zone yet but has managed three interceptions in the three games he's played.

Wide Receiver

Fine- Andre Holmes- Oakland Raiders- Holmes has been the key to Derek Carr's success as of late as he's seen 29 targets and caught 15 of them for 269 yards and three scores. Holmes has posted double digit fantasy points his last two games and is averaging over 11 fantasy points per week. Holmes' week seven matchup becomes even better when fantasy owners realize that the Cardinals defense is allowing the second most fantasy points per week to the wide receiver position at a whopping 46.3 fantasy points per game. That is worst among defenses in fantasy football in 2014.

Pine- Keenan Allen- San Diego Chargers- Until the second year receiver can show he can produce consistently on a weekly basis, fantasy owners may have to consider other options. Allen is averaging just under five fantasy points per game and has under 30 fantasy points on the season. His matchup isn't going to do him any favors this week when he faces the Chiefs defense who happens to be one of the better defenses when it comes to shutting down opposing wide outs.

Running Backs

Fine- Justin Forsett- Baltimore Ravens- The week seven matchup is just too good to pass up for Forsett owners seeing how the Atlanta defense is giving up the most fantasy points on a weekly basis to the opposing running back. In PPR formats, Justin Forsett is averaging almost 12 fantasy points per week making him a must start at the running back position in week seven.

Pine- Zac Stacy- St. Louis Rams- Even though the Seahawks defense is allowing 20 fantasy points per week to opposing tail backs, it's been a little difficult to trust Zac Stacy so far through the first six weeks of the season. Stacy is averaging just over eight fantasy points per game and is now losing snaps to Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason as of last week. He hasn't posted double digit fantasy points since his week three matchup versus Dallas. He's fallen a long way from what he gave fantasy owners last season.

Tight End

Fine- Dwayne Allen- Indianapolis Colts- The Bengals allow the most tight end points on a weekly basis with 21. Add to that the fact that Allen has four touchdowns through six games and is averaging over eight fantasy points per game and  fantasy owners have themselves a starting tight end in week seven. Allen has posted three double digit fantasy points game so far this season out of the six the Colts have played.

Pine- Owen Daniels- Baltimore Ravens- For as bad as the Atlanta defense has been so far in 2014, they do play the opposing tight end pretty well. The Falcons are allowing the second least amount of fantasy points to opposing tight ends and Owen Daniels is averaging under six fantasy points per game and you have yourself a tight end that needs to be riding the pine in week seven.

D/ST

Fine- Seattle Seahawks- Regardless of the fact that the Seattle defense is not as dominant as they were last season, they are still averaging 11.5 fantasy points per week and face a Rams team that has yet to identify itself on offense.

Pine- Carolina Panthers- The Panthers defense is another defense that has taken a step back since last season as they are only averaging 4.7 fantasy points per game and face the highest scoring fantasy quarterback in Aaron Rodgers at over 26 fantasy points per game.