Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sit’em column, which takes a look at unfavorable matchups and how they might impact lineup decisions for your fantasy football roster. Let’s take a look at some players that you may want to consider benching for Week 7. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.


Andy Dalton CIN VS. DET

This TCU alumnus and candidate for “if our team only had a consistent QB,” has a move it or prove it game this weekend against the Lions. The Lions have had games in which they step up like last week and against the Bears where they can create pressure and knock around the other team’s quarterback. Dalton can be rattled, forcing him to deliver the ball early and make mistakes. I don’t trust him enough to rely on a fantasy worth performance this week.

Nick Foles PHI VS. DAL

Foles looked like a second coming of Rocky the way Philly used and abused the Buccaneers last weekend. Those were the Bucs, these are the Cowboys. As much as I despise Dallas they are probably the team to beat in the NFC East this year. The body of work from Foles is too small to put confidence in a repeat effort from last week in him. If you’re a Vick owner you can do better than Foles this week.

Wide Receivers

Cecil ShortsJAC VS. SD

Shorts saw an abundance of targets the first 4 weeks of the season with a suspended Justin Blackmon on the sidelines. Shorts is still a factor for the Jaguars offense, but especially since he’ll be coming off an injury to the upper body that he suffered early in last week’s game it would be better to rest him this week. The Chargers defense isn’t exactly stingy to opposing team’s wide receivers, but it’s not a worthy risk to put Shorts in your lineup so wait a week.

DeAndre Hopkins HOU VS. KC

With all the drama in Houston surrounding the handling of Schaub’s injury and the Texan fans it’s tough to believe that the Texans won’t fall apart at some point. Kansas City remains undefeated and with a staunch defense it’s not a wise option to roll out Hopkins with a backup QB at the helm. This rookie has shown flashes of brilliance but it’ll take some time to see an expanded role and with a veteran running back I suspect the ground is where the focus will be come Sunday.

Running Backs

Trent Richardson IND VS. DEN

Easily one of the most disappointing fantasy picks from this year’s draft. He’s suffered a sophomore slump and is being outplayed by Donald Brown, when Donald receives his 5 to 10 touches per game. As a consequence the Indy offense has been stagnant at times like last Monday’s effort in San Diego. This week the Bronco’s #1 ranked rush defense will be the opponent and I expect another pedestrian effort from the #3 draft pick from last season. Not such a strong recipe for fantasy success this week.

Maurice Jones-Drew JAC VS. SD

Jones-Drew showed off the abilities to be elusive last weekend against Denver. This week it’s San Diego and I expect that’ll change a bit. The Chargers should force the Jags to beat them via the air and stack the box most of the time. Jones-Drew would benefit from having a team of more than JV athletes on offense, but until the team can put up more than a morale victory in a 3 TD defeat there should be caution in deploying this Jags running back consistently.

Tight Ends

Julius Thomas DEN VS. IND

Julius has been a beast this season. However, the Colts have yet to yield a touchdown to any opposing team’s tight end this season. This is not mere co-incidence in this case and I expect Thomas to be used in blocking situations the more involved Moreno gets into the offense. Coach Fox loves a power running game and I can see more blocking schemes for Thomas this week as a result.

Brandon Myers NYG VS. MIN

Myers has been a fantasy disappointment up until now this season. OK, the Giants as a team have been a huge disappointment this season. Monday night should prove to be a chance for Manning to right the ship against a mediocre Vikings team. There are better options at tight end than Myers at this point, so don’t let Manning’s problems in the passing game hurt your tight end’s productivity this week.


San Diego Chargers SD VS. JAC

The Chargers appear on paper to have a dream matchup against the winless Jaguars. However, San Diego is not a top caliber defensive unit and the Jaguars have proven with Blackmon inserted back into the huddle to have some bite. This game has a better chance to be high scoring than a field goal contest. While 10 points is probably where he’ll project, I see 5 as his most realistic potential. Do better this week.