Fantasy Football Week 7 Advice: Sit/Start Projections

We provide a rundown of the top fantasy football projections for week seven at all six major positions. We will follow up with position-by-position breakdowns including a look at some possible sleepers at each position. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams and follow @sbnationfantasy.

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Fantasy Football Week 7 Advice: Sit/Start Projections For WRs

Week seven of the 2011 NFL season is upon us and while we don't have a whole lot of great football matchups today, fantasy football remains in our life to get us through another Sunday. With six teams on bye this week (Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, NY Giants, Philadelphia, San Francisco), the lineup decisions get a little more difficult.

The wide receiver position will be without some talented players this week, including the likes of Desean Jackson, Wes Welker, Stevie Johnson, AJ Green, and Hakeem Nicks. It won't decimate most teams, but it does leave some folks in a pickle with their week seven starting lineup.

You know to start guys like Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings and Mike Wallace (even with his hamstring injury). You seek out fantasy wisdom to make the tougher calls in your lineup. Below we have posted thirty top projections at wide receiver courtesy of numberFire.com. As you scroll through the list, there are some intriguing options for fantasy football.

Sleepers

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas is a solid option as a flex or even possible WR2 option if you are really short on receivers. Julio Jones is doubtful and not expected to play against the Lions, which means Douglas stays in the starting lineup opposite Roddy White. While White is likely to get most of the targets, the Lions will likely roll their defense over to keep White from burning them. Douglas was the Falcons leading receiver last week and will look to build on that performance.

Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon remains a decent option even with Curtis Painter as his QB. The Colts are heading into New Orleans and while they could get blown, look for them to be in a position to throw the ball quite frequently. Garcon should benefit.

Broncos receiver Eric Decker is another solid sleeper now that he is the leading guy in Denver. The Broncos traded away Brandon Lloyd this past week, which could be good and bad for Decker. On the one hand he is the number one receiver (sorry Eddie Royal) and will likely get a decent amount of targets. On the other hand, he gets to deal with the opposition's number one cornerback, and he has a scrambling QB in Tim Tebow that could result in more runs than normal.

If you need to get real deep down the line, Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline is a deeper option. He doesn't exactly have a stable quarterback in Matt Moore, but if you are desperate, give Hartline some run at your flex position.

Here are the top 30 wide receiver projections for today. You can view all the projections at numberFire.com. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow us on twitter@sbnationfantasy.

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Fantasy Football Week 7 Advice: Sit/Start Projections For QBs

Week seven of the 2011 NFL season gets underway in a few hours which means it is time to make some hard decisions about who you will start this week in fantasy football. The week seven byes feature a host of talented players on the sideline, making it all the more difficult. This bye week includes Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, NY Giants, Philadelphia and San Francisco. That puts Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Brady, Eli Manning and Michael Vick on the sideline. Some folks might mix in Andy Dalton and Alex Smith, but those two are no more than bye week fill-ins for most people.

It should surprise nobody that Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees top the list of quarterbacks this week. Guys like Matthew Stafford, Tony Romo and Cam Newton all remain solid plays as well. Ben Roethlisberger has an enticing matchup as he gets the abysmal Arizona Cardinals defense.

Sleepers

You know about all the usual suspects at the QB position. Given this week's bye absences, you are likely looking for the sleeper QB options. Washington Redskins QB John Beck is not what I'd call a good QB, but if you are short a QB and looking for a deep sleeper, Beck could be interesting against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers can't stop anybody right now, which could give Beck some upside.

Colt McCoy has some sleeper value as well. The Browns QB hosts a Seattle Seahawks pass defense that is not quite abysmal, but is a long way from good. I wouldn't expect monster numbers from McCoy, but he could get enough pass attempts to overcome his low yards per attempt total.

Just to round out the mess of awful quarterbacks, Miami Dolphins QB Matt Moore gets a nice little matchup against the Denver Broncos. Neither team is any good, but Moore could get some decent numbers against a poor Broncos team.

Here are the top 15 quarterback projections for today. You can view all the projections at numberFire.com. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow us on twitter@sbnationfantasy and feel free to fire off sit/start questions.

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Fantasy Football Week 7 Advice: Sit/Start Projections For Defense/Special Teams

The NFL reaches week seven of the 2011 season, which means we are deep into the "dog days" of the season. The sit/start options are getting more and more important, particularly given the bye weeks. Week seven byes include Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, NY Giants, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

As teams deal with byes, it is not quite as simple as the kicker position where you can generally waive most kickers and find a new one moving forward. Some kickers are a little better than others, but there are significantly fewer moving parts at kicker as compared to team defense/special teams. You will likely want to keep some of the top five or six defenses, and then consider your mix and match options further down your roster.

When looking at defense/special teams (DST), you have to factor in things like how many points they will allow, how aggressive they are in forcing turnovers and the potential for return touchdowns from their special teams unit. I generally focus on the scoring and turnovers aspect because return touchdowns are just about impossible to predict.

For this particular week, either Denver or Miami could be an interesting option. This is a battle of bad football teams. I would argue Denver is the better option as I think they are going to come into Miami and take care of business. The Dolphins are absolutely brutal and you might as well take advantage of their opposition.

Here are the top 15 defense projections for today. You can view all the projections at numberFire.com. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow us on twitter@sbnationfantasy.

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Fantasy Football Week 7 Advice: Sit/Start Projections For Kickers

As week seven of the 2011 NFL season gets going on Sunday, most fantasy football leagues are passing through the halfway point of their regular season. While the skill positions are where fantasy owners focus in, the kicker position can be a big gainer if you have the right kicker. One such kicker is big-legged Sebastian Janikowski. However, he is on the shelf this week as he suffered a hamstring injury and is out through at least the Oakland Raiders bye week.

For this week, bye weeks are not a huge deal for the kicking position. The bye week includes Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, NY Giants, Philadelphia and San Francisco. That does include solid kickers like Stephen Gostkowski, David Akers and Rian Lindell. Those three are playing as well as anybody and might be worth holding onto if possible. You don't want to take a zero at any position this week, so if you have to waive one of them, so be it.

For this bye week, if you are looking for a decent kicking option, your best bet is to go with the kickers from teams that have high over/under totals. For those wondering what that means,the over/under is total combined points oddsmakers expect two teams to score. You can view some over/under totals at Odds Shark. Some of the higher over/unders include New Orleans-Indianapolis and Green Bay-Minnesota.

Here are the top 15 kicker projections for today. You can view all the projections at numberFire.com. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow us on twitter@sbnationfantasy.

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Fantasy Football Week 7 Advice: Sit/Start Projections For TEs

Week seven of the 2011 NFL season kicks off in six hours and there are some significant bye weeks to deal with in regards to tight ends. This week Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, NY Giants, Philadelphia and San Francisco are all on bye. This means no Vernon Davis, Brent Celek, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez or Jake Ballard.

As you prepare for your week seven matchups, there are some interesting sleeper tight ends that are either sitting on your bench, or potentially sitting on the waiver wire. If you need a one and done type of player, here are some guys to consider.

Sleepers

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller has struggled this season in fantasy terms because the Steelers have had to keep him back to help in pass protection. This has led to Miller ending up on the waiver wire in many leagues. The last few weeks the Steelers have gotten their offensive line healthy and Miller has some intriguing matchups in front of him. This week against the Arizona Cardinals is as enticing a matchup as you might find in week seven.

Ravens tight end Ed Dickson is another guy who faces a solid matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Dickson has 18 catches on the season and could get a few more on Monday Night Football.

Here are the top 15 tight end projections for today. You can view all the projections at numberFire.com. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow us on twitter@sbnationfantasy.

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Fantasy Football Week 7 Advice: Sit/Start Projections For RBs

Week seven of the 2011 NFL season gets going in six hours, which means fantasy football owners are likely scrambling for some last minute lineup suggestions. As the halfway point of the fantasy football season comes and goes for most leagues, we are reaching the point where every win will send people climbing and every loss sends teams plummeting in the standings.

Week seven is the third bye week with Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, NY Giants, Philadelphia and San Francisco all on the sidelines. This is a tough week for running back absences with guys like Fred Jackson, Cedric Benson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Frank Gore, LeSean McCoy and BenJarvus Green-Ellis all sitting out. This will impact as many as half the teams in a given league.

Sleepers

It is a given that guys like Darren McFadden, Ray Rice and Matt Forte are going to be in starting lineups every Sunday, regardless of the matchup. The question is which sleepers will help you get through the tough running back bye week.

Marshawn Lynch is not exactly a sleeper in the bigger picture given his starting status with the Seattle Seahawks, but he could be in line for a solid performance against Cleveland. The Browns are at home but Seattle has a good shot at springing the modest road upset. If they can take an early lead, we could see a whole lot of Marshawn Lynch.

Maurice Morris is the guy to start in Detroit with Jahvid Best on the shelf with a concussion. He was one of the bigger pickups this week due to the injury and with the Lions unsure when Best will return, he could be a decent option over the next few weeks.

In Dallas, DeMarco Murray is getting the start for the Cowboys, but it sounds like Tashard Choice could get enough carries to be a worthwhile flex option if you are short a man. He is not fantastic, but if you need a body, consider Choice.

Here are the top 15 running back projections for today. You can view all the projections at numberFire.com. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow us on twitter @sbnationfantasy.

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Fantasy Football Week 7 Advice: Sit/Start Projections Across The NFL

We provide a rundown of the top fantasy football projections for week seven at all six major positions. We will follow up with position-by-position breakdowns including a look at some possible sleepers at each position. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams and follow @sbnationfantasy.

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