Fantasy Football Week 7 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Trust James Conner

Fantasy football expert Nate Hamilton shares his top starts and sits for Week 7 of the 2021 NFL season. Take a look at the players you should be high or low on this week.
Nate Hamilton
Sat, October 23, 10:30 PM EDT

Fantasy Football Week 7 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Trust James Conner 

Start and sit decisions each week in fantasy football is a challenging thing to balance. Which players you start versus who you leave on the bench will often come back to bite you.

In this weekly Start/Sit article, I’ll aim to guide you in making those difficult decisions. Each week of football presents a whole new list of opportunities for players you may not think about starting. The same goes for higher-profile players. It may not always be sunshine and rainbows for your “every week” starters. There will be weeks that force you to make the tough choice to bench a great player.

My goal is to provide you with enough information to help you make roster decisions that you will feel confident about and have it work out for you each week.

If you have any questions for Nate, follow him on Twitter at @DomiNateFF!

Fantasy Football Week 7 Starts

Quarterback

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (vs. Kansas City Chiefs)

You may feel hesitant to start Ryan Tannehill this week, and I can’t blame you. He’s thrown multiple touchdown passes just once this season and has the best running back in the league to hand off to.

That said, the Kansas City Chiefs is not the type of offense you can avoid throwing against. They have given up the 2nd most fantasy points to quarterbacks, and Tannehill will have to throw the ball if he wants to keep up with Patrick Mahomes.

Ryan Tannehill can be effective through the air when he has to be. He will certainly have to this week against the Chiefs.

Additional Week 7 QB Starts:

  • Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (@ Las Vegas Raiders)
  • Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (vs Atlanta Falcons)

Running Back

James Conner, Arizona Cardinals (vs Houston Texans)

Options are slim this week, but James Conner appears to be in line for another productive game. He’s had double-digit carries in all but 1 game this season and has scored 5 touchdowns in the last 4 weeks.

The Cardinals should get off to an early lead against the Houston Texans. This will allow the Cardinals to preserve Kyler Murray and hand the ball off. Conner had 16 carries for 71 yards last week. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him reach his season-high in rush attempts against a defense who has given up the 13th most fantasy points to running backs.

Additional Week 7 RB Starts:

  • Mike Davis, Atlanta Falcons (@ Miami Dolphins)
  • Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers (@ New York Giants)

Wide Receiver

Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs (@ Tennessee Titans)

Tyreek Hill has been dealing with a quad injury which hasn’t slowed his fantasy production down, but has given more opportunities to Mecole Hardman.

Hardman has totaled 13 catches on 17 targets for 138 receiving yards in his last 2 games. He is getting more involved in this offense and has his best matchup of the season this week.

The Tennessee Titans have given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers this year. The Chiefs will want to be cautious with the usage of Tyreek Hill if they can help it. I anticipate Mecole Hardman to see a healthy target share this week.

Additional Week 7 WR Starts:

  • Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins (vs. Atlanta Falcons)
  • Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders, (vs. Philadelphia Eagles)

Tight End

Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington Football Team, (@ Green Bay Packers)

Ricky Seals-Jones has played well in Logan Thomas’ absence. He has 9 receptions on 15 targets for 99 yards and a touchdown in his last 2 weeks. He has the 2nd most targets on the team in that span. Only Terry McLaurin has more targets (19) since Week 5.

At the tight end position, you don’t need much to get a top-5 performance. Given Seals-Jones’ target numbers, he should do well against the Green Bay Packers. I expect Taylor Heinicke to continue to heavily target RSJ, especially this week against the high-scoring Packers.

Additional Week TE 7 Starts:

  • Hunter Henry, New England Patriots (vs. New York Jets)

Fantasy Football Week 7 Sits

Quarterback

Daniel Jones, New York Giants (vs. Carolina Panthers)

Daniel Jones was looking like a decent fantasy option to begin the season. Recently, however, he’s not looking very good.

He’s thrown zero touchdowns and 3 interceptions in the last 2 weeks and has a difficult matchup. The Carolina Panthers have held opposing quarterbacks under 200 passing yards in 3 of the last 4 games.

They are coming off of their worst performance, allowing Kirk Cousins to throw for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns. Unfortunately for Daniel Jones, the Panthers are going to take it out on him and the Giants this week.

Additional Week 7 QB Sits:

  • Mac Jones, New England Patriots (vs. New York Jets)
  • Taylor Heinicke, Washington Football Team (@ Green Bay Packers)

Running Back

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles (@ Las Vegas Raiders)

Every time I feature Miles Sanders as a sit or potential bust, it reminds me of how wrong I was on my expectations for him this season. He’s just not been involved as much as I thought he would be. He has single-digit rush attempts in 3 of the last 4 games and only ran 11 times in Week 5.

Offensive Coordinator Shane Steichen is finally saying that they need to get Sanders going. I’ll believe it when I see it, as he is the guy that could have gotten Sanders going already if he really wanted to.

Miles Sanders has not run the ball more than 13 times or rushed over 56 yards since Week 1. The Raiders are middle of the pack against running backs, but that will be enough to hold Sanders to another disappointing fantasy performance.

Additional Week 7 RB Sits:

  • Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs (@ Tennessee Titans)
  • Michael Carter, New York Jets (@ New England Patriots)

Wide Receiver

Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears (@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

It’s no secret that Allen Robinson has been disappointing fantasy managers this season. He’s catching passes from a rookie quarterback and needs time to build some chemistry before becoming his elite self.

Robinson has eclipsed 40 receiving yards just twice and has just 1 touchdown this season. His highest receiving-yard game was in Week 4. He had just 3 catches for 63 yards. If it weren’t for his lone touchdown in Week 2, Allen Robinson would not have a single double-digit fantasy point game this year.

The Buccaneers front seven will put heavy pressure on Justin Fields, which will result in rushed passes. Until Robinson and Fields get on the same page, it’s best to avoid starting Robinson in your fantasy lineups.

Additional Week 7 WR Sits:

  • DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles (@ Los Vegas Raiders)
  • Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts (@ San Francisco 49ers)

Tight End

Gerald Everett, Seattle Seahawks (@ New Orleans Saints)

Gerald Everett has not been able to get anything going this season. He’s caught more than 2 passes in just 1 game in 2021. He missed weeks 4 and 5 due to COVID and returned last week with just 2 receptions.

It’s not all his fault, though. He is now getting targets from Geno Smith instead of Russell Wilson. This has negatively impacted all Seahawks receiving options, with the exception of DK. Metcalf.

The New Orleans Saints have allowed the 10th fewest fantasy points to the tight end position. I understand the Week 7 byes are leaving many of us in tough positions, but this is not the week to lean on Gerald Everett.

Additional Week 7 TE Sits:

  • Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers (vs. Washington Football Team)
  • Jonnu Smith, New England Patriots (vs. New York Jets)
Nate Hamilton
@DomiNateFF
Nate Hamilton has produced high-quality content for some of the top fantasy football sites including FantasyPros, The Fantasy Footballers, The Game Day, and now OddsChecker! He is a co-author of Amazon's #1 Best Selling "The Fantasy Football Black Book" with Joe Pisapia. He lives on Twitter: @DomiNateFF
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