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Six teams are on bye in Week 7. We break down the fantasy implications.
It's hard to believe we're already at Week 7 of the regular season. If your fantasy team hasn't come around at this point, time is running out for you to turn your fate around.
The Falcons, Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, Eagles and Dolphins are all off. That's a lot of fantasy talent out of the picture. With those six teams on a bye in this week, you're probably searching for any answers you can find. Let's take a look at who you should start in your lineup, and who needs to grab a spot on the bench in Week 7.
Andrew Luck, quarterback - Don't let Luck's dismal Week 6 performance deter you from starting him this time around. He'll be playing at Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 7 and he's only thrown two picks in three games there. It's no surprise the rookie thrives in a friendly atmosphere, but his opponent, the Browns, also struggle against the pass. Even with Joe Haden back, Cleveland gave up 381 yards and three touchdowns through the air last week. Start Luck in your lineup.
Doug Martin, running back - The Saints absolutely hemorrhage yards to opposing runners. They're allowing an unbelievably bad 172.8 yards rushing yards per game through five games. Martin may be in for his best game as a pro. LeGarrette Blount's garbage time stats last week shouldn't scare you away. Martin is the main man in Tampa's backfield, and it might be possible for both backs to finish with solid fantasy days in Week 7.
Kenny Britt, wide receiver - Britt struggled last week with drops, but he was still targeted 11 times and finished with a touchdown. This week, he faces a Buffalo defense that has given up 11 touchdowns total to opposing wide receivers. The Bills can't stop anyone, so we can expect multiple Titans to come away with big numbers. Britt will benefit against this poor secondary and plenty of looks from Matt Hasselbeck.
Martellus Bennett, tight end - The past few weeks haven't been pretty for Bennett. He's caught just five passes in his last three games after starting the season out on a torrid pace. Washington may be the cure to his woes, though. The Redskins have allowed a touchdown to an opposing tight end in every game but Week 4 against the Bucs, and seriously, who could give up a touchdown to Dallas Clark right now? If there was ever a matchup made for Bennett to end his fantasy drought, this is it.
Packers defense/special teams - St. Louis only averages 18.3 points per game. Green Bay by no means has a dominant defense, but they have the tools to provide a decent fill-in for your lineup this week. The Packers gave up only 17 points to the Texans on the road this past Sunday. If you need a spot in Week 7, take a hard look at Green Bay's D/ST.
Matthew Stafford, quarterback - You probably have a hard time ever sitting Stafford, but look at what he's up against here. The Bears have given up only four passing touchdowns all season. Last year at Chicago, Stafford threw four interceptions and just one score. He also hasn't finished with multiple touchdowns in any game this year. It's understandable if you're set on starting him, but beware of his matchup. If you have another option at quarterback, look into it.
William Powell, running back - The good news? Powell is emerging as the Cardinals best runner available at this point. The bad news? He's facing the Vikings defense, a unit thriving against opposing runners so far in 2012. Minnesota gave up its first touchdown to a running back last week while holding Alfred Morris to just 47 yards rushing. Powell will likely lead his backfield in carries, but that won't matter this week.
Brandon Lloyd, wide receiver - Darrelle Revis is out? No problem for the Jets. They'll just put Antonio Cromartie on their opponent's top receiver. New York hasn't allowed a passing touchdown since Week 2, and with Cromartie likely matching up with Lloyd this week, we should expect Tom Brady to find one of his other 20 offensive weapons to target. Don't expect a lot out of Lloyd.
Fred Davis, tight end - Davis hasn't found the end zone in 2012. The Giants haven't allowed a tight end to score in 2012. Do you really want to bet on him this week? Robert Griffin III seemed like he was starting to target his No. 1 tight end after the first few weeks, but Davis still isn't making much of an impact for his owners. Let's not risk it this week. Stay away from him against New York.
Ravens defense/special teams - Formerly a dominant force against any offense, the Ravens defense isn't quite cutting it these days. Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb are both out for the season now, making matters much worse. Going on the road to face the Texans won't make matters easier, even with their recent struggles against the Packers defense. It would be wise to invest in another D/ST at this point in the season.