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

Running Backs

Doug Martin TB VS. NO

Show me how to Dougie, aww yeah shortie, show me how to Dougie. That’s right, Doug Martin sits among the top running backs this week as primed for a bust-out performance. The Bucs rookie tailback has been consistent and reliable thus far this season. He has certainly cured what ailed Mr. Fumblruski – in LeGarrette “I’ll punch you in the face” Blount. He’s also very much a dynamic powerhouse who can beat you in the passing game as in the ground game too. It’s too early to give such accolades but if he continues to improve this kid has LaDanian Tomlinson type burst and size. Going up against the Saints Sunday has proven to be a recipe for fantasy success as NO is surrending a league worst 173 yards per game this season via the run. Start!

Darren McFadden OAK VS. JAC

Run DMC as they call McFaddalicious in the Bay area is due for an offensive explosion. He’s been plodding his way through the first 5 weeks then finally found some success last week in Atlanta. His 27 carries and touchdown are indicative of good health and the Jaguars defense hasn’t intimidated any opponents to date thus far and has given up the 3rd most points to running backs this season. Expect a continuation of that success with some silver and black TD romps this weekend. Run DMC headlines the crew for the “Bullet-Proof Tiger” pick of the week with at least 100 yards combined running and receiving and at least 1 TD. Perhaps 2 if you’re lucky.


Eli Manning NYG VS. WAS

Eli “I’ve got more SuperBowls than Peyton” Manning laid the smack to the 49ers last weekend. Although his fantasy numbers were expectedly low going against such a staunch D, he was very effective and did what Alex Smith couldn’t, avoid turnovers. So Eli is riding a high going back to the Meadowlands this weekend as they host the suddenly explosive Redskins offense. I see shootout written all over this one. Eli’s got back Hakeem Nicks as another weapon to accompany Victor Cruz on the outside and with Bradshaw banging between the tackles the opportunities promise to be plenty in the red zone for Eli to capitalize. The Skins did beat the Giants twice last season, I’m guessing Eli hasn’t forgotten so he’ll be eager to put up points and get some payback. Call me crazy my dolla dolla bills are on the rookie out of Baylor.

Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF VS. TEN

Smart kids, freaking smart kids, what can you say? Why do I like to torture myself by making him a start this week or do I think it’s high time that Buffalo busts out in a big way? These two questions have absolutely no logical answers and either does the erratic offensive and defensive play of this team. I’m feeling shoot-out here as well against a Titans team that was every bit up to the challenge last week and surprised many with a victory against the Steelers. Fitzpatrick has a good matchup against the 29th ranked passing defense in the NFL and fantasy is all about the matchups. So I got Fitzpatrick starting this week over some otherwise more reliable options, how do you like them Apples smart kids?

Wide Receivers

Hakeem Nicks NYG VS. WAS

The pick to click at wide receiver this week is Nicks. He’s looking stronger coming back from his knee injury and against a secondary that’s been torched thus far it looks like he could be fully integrated back into the offense with a TD to show for it. I’m tossing up “Panty-Dropping” pick this week to Nicks as he’ll be the lesser focused weapon for the Redskins D with Cruz on the opposite side. It should be at least 70 yards and a touchdown spike in his immediate future this weekend if the burgundy and gold can so gladly oblige.

Denarius Moore OAK VS. JAC

Give me more…no,no,no give me Moore!! Moore for the win this week in Oakland as they host the struggling Gabbert and Co in what might not be considered a sexy game. For unofficial purposes it wouldn’t surprise me if this contest was blacked out in some areas. However, I expect Denarius to show up this week as he has emerged, much like he did late last season as the big time target for Carson Palmer. His 100 plus yard receiving performance with a TD last week was about average for him last season down the stretch. I see the targets and expect more of the same this week.

Tight Ends

Jason Witten DAL VS. CAR

I am absolutely smitten with Witten this week. He’s got the matchup of fantasy dreams in a Panthers team that is struggling to find its identity on both offense and defense. In addition, he’s seen 21 targets in the last two weeks and that is expected to expand with RB Demarco Murray sidelined this week. He’s a Romo favorite inside the red zone as well so there is definitely plenty of upside to get excited about this week. The Cowboys will be more desperate than Jimmy Johnson in an Extenze commercial to enhance his sexual prowess. Witten should pay big dividends to owners this weekend, no need for artificial enhancement here.

Owen Daniels HOU VS. BAL

Mr. Consistency it’s a pleasure to introduce you to the depleted Baltimore Ravens secondary this Sunday. One of Schaub’s more reliable and favorite targets takes the field against a banged up and patch-work crew that lost Webb and Lewis for the season last week. These injuries will help alleviate some pressure off Schaub as he tries to rebound from the beat down the Packers handed them on Sunday night. Daniels is getting at least 5 targets a week and I expect that if Foster can do what he’s been doing all season there will be some red zone looks coming his way too. It’s time to OD on Owen Daniels this week.


Minnesota Vikings MIN VS. AZ

The Vikings weren’t able to contain the likes of RGIII last week in the nation’s capital but they look like a sure fire start this week against John Skelton’s led Arizona Cardinals crew at home in Minneapolis. Minnesota can really get after the QB and I expect that Skelton could very well be getting ex-rays after the game to determine the skeleton injuries he’s likely to suffer from this purple-people eating crew. It looks like a mismatch on paper and I expect there to be a different team defensive strategy to lock up the non-factor run game of the Cardinals and put the clamps on Fitzgerald and company too. Double digits for Vikings Defense this week, book it!