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Quick Grades Week 7 (Fantasy Football Start or Sit Advice)

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Oct 18, 2019

Dalvin Cook may be the best running back again in Week 7

Happy Friday everyone! Thursday night’s football game is behind us and while we wait on the news about Patrick Mahomes, it is time to look ahead to the full slate of games and make start/sit decisions. This article is for those of you who would love to sit down and read a detailed start/sit article for 90 minutes but just can’t carve out the time at this stage in your life. Instead, I’ll give you all the information without any of the words. Here is how it works: it’s quick-hitting advice with an overall grade and start/sit recommendation for every fantasy-relevant player based on four simple criteria: Matchup, expected volume, fantasy ability and surrounding talent.

Unsurprisingly, the Vikings passing game got going last week because of a perfect matchup versus Philly

Expected Volume
If Jared Goff continues to throw 44 pass attempts per game, he will rack up fantasy points even without efficiency

Fantasy Ability
Tom Brady is a superior real-life quarterback to Lamar Jackson, but QBs who can run are a fantasy cheat code

Surrounding Talent
It certainly doesn’t hurt Jameis Winston to have Chris Godwin and Mike Evans to throw to

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The grades listed below range from 1 to 25 with overall grades made to mimic a school grade (1-100 with letter grades). The four grades will not add up to the overall grade since each position weights the four criteria differently. For instance, volume is king for running backs, but matchups are much more important for quarterbacks. The start/sit recommendations are for 12-team half-PPR, 1-QB leagues. Slight adjustments would be made for moderate rules changes. Additionally, I’ll name a start of the week, stream of the week and fade of the week at each position. Obviously the #1 player from each player is the top start so rather, start of the week refers to a player you wouldn’t always start. Stream of the week is a player you can typically pick up off the waivers if you are desperate for a fill-in so don’t be surprised if they are down at the bottom of a table since most useful players are already rostered. Fade of the week is the opposite of start of the week, as it is a player you would typically start, but shouldn’t this week because of matchup or game script. Because the tables are a screenshot of an excel table, I’ve added a quick search/find list at the bottom of the article in case you are looking for one or two immediate answers. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Twitter @BobbyFantasyPro.

Quick Link to view the entire spreadsheet and search for players quickly at this link.

Running Backs

    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
    • Start of the Week: Devin Singletary (remember, this is a player you wouldn’t always feel comfortable starting, not the best player)
    • Stream of the Week: Ito Smith (remember, this doesn’t mean he is a great start, it means he is the best of what is available on waivers)
    • Fade of the Week: Adrian Peterson
  • Break in the chart is between RB30/RB31

Wide Receivers

    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
    • Start of the Week: John Brown
    • Stream of the Week: Allen Lazard (remember, this doesn’t mean he is a great start, it means he is the best of what is available on waivers)
    • Fade of the Week: Robby Anderson
  • Break in the chart is between WR36/WR37


    • Please refer to the FantasyPros homepage for updates on game-time decisions Sunday morning
    • Start of the Week: Josh Allen
    • Stream of the Week: Gardner Minshew
    • Fade of the Week: Carson Wentz

Tight Ends

Search, Find and Player Cards

Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL): 100, A+, Must Start
Leonard Fournette (RB – JAC): 100, A+, Must Start
Cooper Kupp (WR – LAR): 100, A+, Must Start
Zach Ertz (TE – PHI): 100, A+, Must Start
DeAndre Hopkins (WR – HOU): 99, A+, Must Start
Kyler Murray (QB – ARI): 98, A+, Must Start
Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN): 97, A+, Must Start
Deshaun Watson (QB – HOU): 97, A+, Must Start
Michael Thomas (WR – NO): 97, A+, Must Start
Matt Ryan (QB – ATL): 96, A+, Must Start
Austin Hooper (TE – ATL): 95, A, Must Start
Julio Jones (WR – ATL): 95, A, Must Start
George Kittle (TE – SF): 94, A, Must Start
Ezekiel Elliott (RB – DAL): 93, A, Must Start
Saquon Barkley (RB – NYG): 92, A-, Must Start
Keenan Allen (WR – LAC): 92, A-, Must Start
Chris Carson (RB – SEA): 91, A-, Must Start
T.Y. Hilton (WR – IND): 90, A-, Must Start
Larry Fitzgerald (WR – ARI): 90, A-, Must Start
Russell Wilson (QB – SEA): 90, A-, Strong Start
Evan Engram (TE – NYG): 89, A-, Must Start
Tyler Lockett (WR – SEA): 89, B+, Must Start
Mark Andrews (TE – BAL): 88, B+, Must Start
Josh Allen (QB – BUF): 88, B+, Should Start
Julian Edelman (WR – NE): 88, B+, Must Start
Jared Goff (QB – LAR): 87, B+, Should Start
Michael Gallup (WR – DAL): 87, B+, Must Start
Tyler Boyd (WR – CIN): 87, B+, Must Start
Brandin Cooks (WR – LAR): 86, B+, Must Start
D.J. Chark (WR – JAC): 86, B+, Must Start
Robert Woods (WR – LAR): 86, B+, Must Start
Adam Thielen (WR – MIN): 85, B, Must Start
David Johnson (RB – ARI): 85, B, Strong Start
Le’Veon Bell (RB – NYJ): 85, B, Strong Start
Devonta Freeman (RB – ATL): 84, B, Strong Start
Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB): 84, B, Should Start
Josh Jacobs (RB – OAK): 83, B, Strong Start
Gardner Minshew (QB – JAC): 82, B-, Could Start
Hunter Henry (TE – LAC): 82, B-, Strong Start
Derrick Henry (RB – TEN): 82, B-, Should Start
Dak Prescott (QB – DAL): 82, B-, Could Start
Marlon Mack (RB – IND): 82, B-, Should Start
Calvin Ridley (WR – ATL): 81, B-, Strong Start
Kenny Golladay (WR – DET): 81, B-, Strong Start
Will Fuller (WR – HOU): 81, B-, Strong Start
Tom Brady (QB – NE): 81, B-, Could Start
Amari Cooper (WR – DAL): 81, B-, Strong Start
Darren Waller (TE – OAK): 81, B-, Strong Start
Carson Wentz (QB – PHI): 81, B-, Could Start
Alvin Kamara (RB – NO): 81, B-, Should Start
Golden Tate (WR – NYG): 80, B-, Strong Start
Jacoby Brissett (QB – IND): 80, B-, Could Start
Stefon Diggs (WR – MIN): 80, B-, Strong Start
Allen Robinson (WR – CHI): 80, B-, Strong Start
Kerryon Johnson (RB – DET): 79, B-, Should Start
Daniel Jones (QB – NYG): 79, B-, Could Start
Sony Michel (RB – NE): 79, B-, Should Start
Melvin Gordon (RB – LAC): 79, B-, Should Start
Alshon Jeffery (WR – PHI): 79, C+, Should Start
Joe Mixon (RB – CIN): 79, C+, Could Start
Tevin Coleman (RB – SF): 78, C+, Could Start
Matt Breida (RB – SF): 78, C+, Could Start
Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS): 78, C+, Should Start
John Brown (WR – BUF): 78, C+, Should Start
Mike Williams (WR – LAC): 77, C+, Should Start
Mark Ingram (RB – BAL): 77, C+, Could Start
Jimmy Graham (TE – GB): 77, C+, Strong Start
Aaron Jones (RB – GB): 76, C+, Could Start
Todd Gurley (RB – LAR): 76, C+, Could Start
James White (RB – NE): 75, C, Could Start
Latavius Murray (RB – NO): 75, C, Could Start
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR – GB): 75, C, Could Start
Davante Adams (WR – GB): 74, C, Could Start
D.K. Metcalf (WR – SEA): 74, C, Could Start
Dante Pettis (WR – SF): 74, C, Could Start
Devin Singletary (RB – BUF): 73, C, Could Start
Delanie Walker (TE – TEN): 73, C, Should Start
Frank Gore (RB – BUF): 73, C, Could Start
Gerald Everett (TE – LAR): 73, C, Should Start
Mohamed Sanu (WR – ATL): 73, C, Could Start
Carlos Hyde (RB – HOU): 73, C, Could Start
Marvin Jones (WR – DET): 73, C, Could Start
Philip Rivers (QB – LAC): 73, C, Shouldn’t Start
Jordan Howard (RB – PHI): 73, C-, Could Start
Dallas Goedert (TE – PHI): 72, C-, Could Start
Auden Tate (WR – CIN): 72, C-, Could Start
Allen Lazard (WR – GB): 72, C-, Could Start
Andy Dalton (QB – CIN): 72, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Dawson Knox (TE – BUF): 72, C-, Could Start
Cole Beasley (WR – BUF): 71, C-, Could Start
David Montgomery (RB – CHI): 71, C-, Could Start
Jamison Crowder (WR – NYJ): 71, C-, Could Start
Jakobi Meyers (WR – NE): 70, C-, Could Start
Josh Gordon (WR – NE): 70, C-, Could Start
Dede Westbrook (WR – JAC): 70, C-, Could Start
Miles Sanders (RB – PHI): 70, C-, Could Start
Christian Kirk (WR – ARI): 70, C-, Could Start
Kirk Cousins (QB – MIN): 70, C-, Shouldn’t Start
Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC): 70, C-, Could Start
Jamaal Williams (RB – GB): 69, C-, Could Start
Marquise Brown (WR – BAL): 69, C-, Could Start
Corey Davis (WR – TEN): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Matthew Stafford (QB – DET): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Geronimo Allison (WR – GB): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Nelson Agholor (WR – PHI): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Mitch Trubisky (QB – CHI): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
T.J. Hockenson (TE – DET): 68, D+, Could Start
Malcolm Brown (RB – LAR): 68, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Jason Witten (TE – DAL): 68, D+, Could Start
A.J. Green (WR – CIN): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Keke Coutee (WR – HOU): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Eric Ebron (TE – IND): 67, D+, Could Start
Darius Slayton (WR – NYG): 67, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Marquise Goodwin (WR – SF): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Kenyan Drake (RB – MIA): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Robby Anderson (WR – NYJ): 66, D+, Shouldn’t Start
Jake Kumerow (WR – GB): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Jordan Akins (TE – HOU): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Sterling Shepard (WR – NYG): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Darren Fells (TE – HOU): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Adam Humphries (WR – TEN): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Preston Williams (WR – MIA): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF): 65, D, Crazy Start
KeeSean Johnson (WR – ARI): 65, D, Shouldn’t Start
Alexander Mattison (RB – MIN): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Adrian Peterson (RB – WAS): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Deebo Samuel (WR – SF): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Phillip Dorsett (WR – NE): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Jared Cook (TE – NO): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Duke Johnson (RB – HOU): 64, D, Shouldn’t Start
Tarik Cohen (RB – CHI): 63, D, Shouldn’t Start
Ito Smith (RB – ATL): 63, D-, Crazy Start
A.J. Brown (WR – TEN): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Nyheim Hines (RB – IND): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Tavon Austin (WR – DAL): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Dion Lewis (RB – TEN): 62, D-, Crazy Start
Jack Doyle (TE – IND): 61, D-, Crazy Start
Raheem Mostert (RB – SF): 61, D-, Crazy Start
Danny Amendola (WR – DET): 61, D-, Crazy Start
Rex Burkhead (RB – NE): 61, D-, Crazy Start
Tyrell Williams (WR – OAK): 61, D-, Crazy Start
Mark Walton (RB – MIA): 60, D-, Crazy Start
Willie Snead (WR – BAL): 60, D-, Crazy Start
Kenny Stills (WR – HOU): 60, D-, Crazy Start
DeSean Jackson (WR – PHI): 60, D-, Crazy Start
Demaryius Thomas (WR – NYJ): 60, D-, Crazy Start
Trey Burton (TE – CHI): 60, D-, Crazy Start
Gus Edwards (RB – BAL): 59, D-, Crazy Start
Giovani Bernard (RB – CIN): 59, F, Crazy Start
Alex Erickson (WR – CIN): 59, F, Crazy Start
Tony Pollard (RB – DAL): 58, F, Crazy Start
Devante Parker (WR – MIA): 58, F, Crazy Start
Chris Conley (WR – JAC): 58, F, Crazy Start
Trey Quinn (WR – WAS): 57, F, Crazy Start
Chase Edmonds (RB – ARI): 57, F, Crazy Start
Taylor Gabriel (WR – CHI): 57, F, Crazy Start
Tyler Higbee (TE – LAR): 57, F, Crazy Start
Wayne Gallman (RB – NYG): 56, F, Crazy Start
Darrell Henderson (RB – LAR): 55, F, Crazy Start
Paul Richardson (WR – WAS): 55, F, Crazy Start
Ted Ginn (WR – NO): 53, F, Crazy Start
Chris Herndon IV (TE – NYJ): 53, F, Crazy Start
Tyler Eifert (TE – CIN): 52, F, Crazy Start
Chris Thompson (RB – WAS): 52, F, Crazy Start
Derek Carr (QB – OAK): 51, F, Crazy Start
Teddy Bridgewater (QB – NO): 51, F, Crazy Start
Albert Wilson (WR – MIA): 50, F, Crazy Start
Vernon Davis (TE – WAS): 49, F, Crazy Start
Sam Darnold (QB – NYJ): 48, F, Crazy Start
Ryan Tannehill (QB – TEN): 40, F, Crazy Start
Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB – MIA): 39, F, Crazy Start
Case Keenum (QB – WAS): 36, F, Crazy Start

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