Our Week 7 sit ’em features regular fantasy starters who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of their opponent. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 7 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Quarterbacks

Eli Manning NYG @ DAL

Eli Manning has seen better days than last Sunday, but unfortunately he’s going up against another red-hot division rival in Dallas. Dallas should not be considered elite enough to scare a fantasy player from starting the opposing quarterback. However, one should take into account what they did to the Seahawks last weekend. Whether that was freakish, we’ll soon find out. The fact is, Eli has lost his top weapon for the season in Victor Cruz. He’ll be trying with an undermanned unit to keep it competitive, which I can see resulting in interceptions. Pass on him this week.

Carson Palmer AZ VS OAK

Carson Palmer has looked like the quarterback from years past with the Bengals at moments this season. His Cardinals are airing it out more, which has meant gold for fantasy owners. I’m taking caution for those owners who plan to sit their stud Quarterback this week in lieu of Palmer’s recent success. The Raiders are not as bad statistically as one might think and Palmer is not Drew Brees, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. If you’ve got more proven options then start them, not Palmer just because the matchup looks juicy.

Running Backs

Storm Johnson JAX VS CLE

In the absence of Toby Gerhart, Storm Johnson put up a garbage touchdown and minuscule yards per carry. Those are essentially Gerhart numbers, if we’re looking at his production this season. So for owners who think Johnson is going to take over their league by Storm, think again. Until Jacksonville can put together a game, in which they don’t look completely overmatched and have to play from behind, then it’s safe to sit the Storm.

Frank Gore SF @ DEN

Something isn’t right about Frank Gore this year. I don’t know what it is, but I think it’s his consistency. He’s normally good for at least 10 to 20 points per game and everyone knows the Niners want to establish the run badly. Denver has been one of the top fantasy defenses this season and they’ll be geared up at home to stop what the Niners are trying to do in the running game. Kaepernick will have to beat them with his arm if they want to outlast Manning’s Broncos. Sit Gore this week.

Wide Receivers

James Jones OAK VS AZ

There’s a new man in Oakland taking away the spotlight from James and his name is Andre Holmes. While these two players names rhyme, that will be on the only thing that will be similar about their stat line Sunday. Jones is athletic enough to get open, but I suspect Patrick Patterson to be draped over him all game. Carr is smart enough to steer clear of that veteran CB, so no love for Jones this week.

Justin Hunter

The Titans are an enigma, especially when Jake Locker is not under center. They looked terrible against Jacksonville last weekend and who knows what it’s going to look like this week. Washington is playing terrible football and allowing opposing offenses to go fantasy bananas on them. I suspect it’ll be Kendall Hunter and Bishop Sankey who’ll have the bigger games and Hunter to get lost in the shuffle this Sunday at FedEx.

Tight Ends

Eric Ebron DET VS NO

Ebron appears to be a slow learner of the Lions offense. They need him to pick up the pace dramatically so that they can compete with a less than 100% Calvin Johnson running routes too. Stafford could use an outlet that can motor and jump like Lebron but the two look like they’re on different planets right now. He’ll be someone to look at later in the season, but for now grab the pine and have Ebron sit.

Owen Daniels BAL VS ATL

As a huge proponent of Kubiak’s tight end in the Raven’s offense, it’s difficult to say sit Daniels this week. If your options are slim at the tight end position then it might be wise to start him. However, it appears Flacco is trying to spread the love back around to Torrey Smith and of course Steve Smith Sr in this pass happy offense. Atlanta gives up yardage galore and they’ll be opportunities for Daniels, but I don’t foresee any TDs this week, so he’s a sit in my book for Week 7.

Defense

Buffalo Bills BUF VS MIN

The Bills have a very enticing matchup for fantasy owners this week. But not so fast my friends. If anyone started the Bills defense last weekend, then they probably racked up negative fantasy points for you. While Minnesota’s team and offense is a work in progress, I expect Bridgewater to be elusive enough to escape a blitzing Bills defense and beat them a few times to make this game interesting. As Chris Berman would say, “Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills.” Well, let them keep circling this week because they’re not starting on my team.