Fantasy Football 2019: Start or sit for Week 7

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Fantasy football is never easy and that’s even truer halfway through the season when teams separate themselves. Make the right start or sit calls for Week 7.

If you thought the first six weeks of fantasy football were eas,y then you’re in for a real treat with four more teams on a bye in Week 7 and some key injuries piling up in the middle of October. In the true fantasy football spirit of Halloween, you might be trying to piece together Frankenstein’s roster.

Have no fear, fellow fantasy football owners. This week’s start and sit for Week 7 is here to help make the tough decisions easier. This is based on ESPN Fantasy non-PPR, standard scoring.

Let’s start with the most important position, the quarterbacks.


Start: Jimmy Garoppollo, SF (vs. WAS)

Garoppolo has quietly had a very nice season while leading the 49ers to a 5-0 record on the year. Limiting his turnovers and making the most of his red-zone trips has been his bread and butter. He is currently ranked as QB24 in fantasy.

But given his matchup with the Washington Redskins, who came within a missed two-point conversion of losing to the 0-5 Dolphins, I’m confident he can have a good game and be the perfect streaming option if you have Baker Mayfield or Jameis Winston out on bye weeks.

Jimmy G has had at least four carries in 4-of-5 games this season and even had a rushing touchdown last week. Washington’s defense is ranked in the bottom eight in total defense and have been extremely fantasy-friendly.

With Garoppolo riding high after a huge division win on the road and the Redskins coming off a close call with arguably the worst team in the NFL, this is a recipe for a great game for Jimmy G. Your only worry of him getting below his projected 15 points is if the Niners blow them out and rely on the run to churn out the clock.

Sit: Sam Darnold, NYJ (vs. NE)

Darnold came back with a vengeance after missing four weeks with mononucleosis as he threw for 338 yards and two scores on his way to 19.6 fantasy points. Unfortunately, the big bad New England Patriots come to town and, in only his second start back and against the immaculate defense the Patriots boast, I would look elsewhere in all fantasy formats.

No fantasy quarterback has managed over 10 points against them and no team has scored more than 14 points against them all year. Plus, with 10 days rest and under the lights of Monday Night Football, in addition to Darnold just coming back from illness, I’d leave him on your bench this week as I anticipate he gets below his projected 11.7 points.

Some good Week 7 fill-ins: Matthew Stafford, DET (vs. MIN); Jared Goff, LAR (vs. ATL); Jacoby Brissett, IND (vs. HOU).