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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.