Fantasy Football: Week Seven Staff Must Start, Must Sit and Sleeper Picks

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Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) points to his head during the game against the Denver Broncos at AT

J.T. McGrath:

Must Start Player: Dez Bryant (WR) Dallas Cowboys/Desean Jackson (WR) Philadelphia Eagles

Two for the price of one here.  If you’ve got one or the other, start him.  If you’ve got both, start them both.  If you’ve got neither, well, I’m sorry to hear that.  On one hand, you’ve got Dez Bryant playing against an Eagles’ defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to wide receivers.  On the flip-side, there’s D-Jax, who currently stands alone as the number one fantasy receiver in standard leagues…and he’s playing at home.  Plus, it’s not like Dallas has been stingy against opposing receivers – they rank 19th in passing defense.

Must Sit: Patriots’ Running Backs

I could play the easy card here and go with Dwayne Bowe against the Texans’ staunch pass defense or MJD against the Chargers’ run D (both have tough match-ups), but New England backs are also a tough play this week.  It’s not that I don’t like Stevan Ridley.  I love him.  Dude got me 22 fantasy points last weekend (finally!) and I relished each and every one of those points.  It’s the fact that the Jets are allowing the second fewest points to backs this season and Ridley just has not run well against them throughout his short career (3.3 yards/carry).  Now you could go ahead and start him anyway, or any other Pats’ back for that matter (darts, anyone?), but don’t say you weren’t warned.  I personally do have to start him this week, but I’d rather have other options.  You just never know what Belichick’s game plan will be from one week to the next.  Here’s hoping I’m wrong, cause I would gladly take another monster game from Ridley.

Sleeper Pick: Chargers’ D/ST

I HATE to have to recommend a defense, rather than a player, but the Chargers kept Andrew Luck in check last weekend and they play Jacksonville this week.  That’s all you need to know.