NFL Week 7 Start ‘Em and Sit’ Em
In another edition of our weekly picks for under-the-radar guys you should start in your standard or daily fantasy leagues, we feature a few guys who came into the season with big expectations, started out of the gates slowly, but could be excellent starts for your team(s) this weekend.
Quarterback: Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens — If you’re one of those fantasy football players who relies on starting Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, or Ben Roethlisberger each week, you’re going to be in a pinch this weekend as all three of their respective teams are on a bye week. If you’re looking for a sneaky addition to your roster, who could pay off well in a spot start, look no further than Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens. Flacco has thrown at least one touchdown pass in five of Baltimore’s six games this year, and through for 277 or more yards in four of six games. New Orleans’ secondary has been terrible this year, so there’s a good chance Flacco has a big game this weekend.
Running Back: Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts – Entering the season, Marlon Mack was a solid mid-round pick in most fantasy football drafts, as he was presumed to be the leader in the running-back-by-committee approach by his Indianapolis Colts. But after dealing with lingering injuries early in the season, Mack was all but forgotten in the minds of fantasy players, and even started to get dropped in many leagues in favor of teammate Nyheim Hines. But last Sunday, after finally appearing healthy, Mack had 89 yards rushing on just 12 carries, and he’s in line to receive the lion’s share of work again this Sunday against Buffalo. The Bills’ defense is actually in the bottom 10 in the NFL in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs, so Mack is a really sneaky play here.
Wide Receiver: Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers – A lot of fantasy analysts believed San Francisco 49ers’ wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was in line for an even bigger breakout year this year, especially given his rapport with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. But Goodwin suffered a leg injury in San Francisco’s season opener, and Garoppolo obviously went down with a season-ending ACL injury a few games later. But Goodwin re-emerge in a big way on Monday evening against Green Bay, catching four passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Goodwin has a chance to burn a Rams’ secondary that’s been torched themselves due to injuries this season. Expect offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to take a few shots deep with Goodwin, to help open up some running lanes underneath.
Tight End: David Njoku, Cleveland Browns — It’s no secret that, with the NFL’s worst passing defense (in yards per game), you should probably start any pass catcher going against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That’s very much the case when it comes to tight ends, as the Buccaneers give up the third-most points to opposing tight ends in the NFL. In fact, in each of the last three games, opposing tight ends have found the end zone when playing Tampa Bay. David Njoku is now second on the Cleveland Browns in targets, after recording 23 targets in each of the past two weeks. He could have a very productive outing against Tampa.