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Week 7’s Toughest Start/Sit Decisions: Terry McLaurin, Austin Ekeler, Calvin Ridley

Oct 18, 2019

Every week fantasy football owners are confronted with difficult lineup questions. Who should you start, and who should you sit? That’s what many are left asking, often with little help. It’s good you landed here, as we can help each week using our Who Should I Start tool. Simply type in several players that you are deciding between per position or for your flex and we will let you know who the experts would start and who they would sit.

Here’s a look at the toughest start and sit decisions of the week along with our expert’s advice.

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Start Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL) or Matt Ryan (QB – ATL)?
82% of Experts Would Start Jackson

Jackson
Jackson erupted against the Bengals, posting 236 passing yards and 152 (!) rushing yards. He’s probably the biggest steal of fantasy drafts so far, and you know to start him if you have him.

Ryan
As bad as the Falcons have been, Matt Ryan continues to put up big numbers. Rams acquiring Jalen Ramsey helps them a bit, but it’s still a matchup that Ryan can take advantage of at home. He remains a top QB option every week, as he plays from behind in nearly every game.

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Start Matt Breida (RB – SF) or Tevin Coleman (RB – SF)?
91% of Experts Would Start Coleman

Coleman
Coleman has been great in his two games back from an ankle injury, finding the end zone in both. He should be in for another good performance Sunday, with the 49ers likely to lean on him with the lead over Washington.

Breida
Breida is the 1B to Tevin Coleman’s 1A. With the 49ers expected to have another easy win, the Niners are likely to lean on the run, which favors Coleman more, but there’s always a chance Breida breaks one.

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Start Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC) or James White (RB – LAC)?
90% of Experts Would Start Ekeler

Ekeler
Melvin Gordon ruined everything. Ekeler had no less than 16 touches in any game while Melvin Gordon was out, but Week 6 saw Ekeler only record eight touches. Maybe the Chargers will realize that Ekeler deserves more of a share of the work, but he’s fading into FLEX territory as it stands today.

White
White has almost twice as many receptions (31) as rushing attempts (16). His receiving usage gives him a very high floor, but he doesn’t offer the rushing or touchdown upside that would make him a stud. He’s a great fill-in RB2 or a very solid FLEX.

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Start Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS) or Michael Gallup (WR – DAL)?
98% of Experts Would Start Gallup

McLaurin
With Keenum back under center, McLaurin was once again highly productive. Sure, the Dolphins were missing their best cornerback Xavien Howard, but it was going to be a plus-matchup regardless. Now onto the 49ers, who run a zone-heavy scheme, which means McLaurin will line up across from Emmanuel Moseley, the second-year cornerback who’s stepped in for Ahkello Witherspoon the last two weeks and done a solid job. Despite playing against the Browns and Rams receivers, he’s allowed just 4-of-7 passing for 28 yards in coverage the last two weeks. Again, he’s zone-heavy, so they’ll be relying on pressure up front, or McLaurin should find soft spots in the coverage. McLaurin needs to be started given his role in the offense as someone who’s weighted opportunity ranks third-best in the NFL, just behind Michael Thomas and Keenan Allen. Based on the weeks he’s played, he’s seeing 51 percent of the Redskins air yards, which is the biggest share in the NFL (closest player is Michael Thomas at 44 percent). Consider McLaurin a low-end WR2 in a tough matchup but one who should remain in your lineup.

Gallup
Gallup struggled with drops last week against the Jets. This week, he sees a get-right matchup with one of the worst secondaries in the league. Gallup has WR1 upside this week whether Cooper plays or not.

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Start Brandin Cooks (WR – LAR) or Calvin Ridley (WR – ATL)?
93% of Experts Would Start Cooks

Cooks
This game is shaping up to be a good one for Cooks, as Atlanta has been unable to get pressure on the QB. He is a low-end WR1 this week.

Ridley
With Ramsey likely to match up with Julio Jones, Ridley could find more than his typical targets against a struggling secondary this week.

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Start T.J. Hockenson (TE – DET) or Jimmy Graham (TE – GB)?
67% of Experts Would Start Hockenson

Hockenson
Hockenson hasn’t been much of anything since his Week 1 explosion. He did drop a touchdown last week, but it feel like he is solely touchdown-dependent from here on out. However you value Jimmy Graham or Eric Ebron, Hockenson is on par with them.

Graham
Along with losing nearly all athleticism, Graham has now been dropping passes. He’s still one of Rodgers’ go-to options in the red zone, but his upside is clearly limited. He is a TE2 with upside but loses even more value with Sternberger back.

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