Week 7’s Toughest Start/Sit Decisions: D’Andre Swift, Juju Smith-Schuster, Justin Jackson
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.
Start Ryan Tannehill (QB – TEN) or Drew Brees (QB – NO)?
62% of Experts Would Start Tannehill
Right now, it’s hard to find a QB who is playing better over the past few weeks than Tannehill. The Steelers are generally a pretty stingy defense, but with the way Tannehill has looked recently, it would be very hard to bench him. Plug him into your lineup as a low-end QB1.
Brees was solid for fantasy in his last outing and he should have MT back on the field for this matchup. The Saints could lean heavily on their run game in this one, which limits Brees’ ceiling. He should be viewed as a mid-range QB2 this week.
Start D’Andre Swift (RB – DET) or Devin Singletary (RB – BUF)?
67% of Experts Would Start Swift
The Lions came out this past week with a clear plan to get Swift more involved in this offense. His talent was on full display and he put up a dominant fantasy performance. The question now becomes, will he receive the same amount of work in a game that the Lions aren’t playing with a huge lead? Swift should still be heavily involved in this offense in the future, but it’s going to be hard to trust him as anything more than a high-end RB3 until we see him start to take over the majority of the touches. As long as AP is still on the roster, it’s unlikely that that ever happens.
Right now, it’s difficult to trust any of the Bills RBs after what we’ve seen from this offense over the past couple of weeks. While it’s a good matchup, and the Bills should be running the clock out fairly early on, it’s hard to trust Singletary as anything more than a high-end RB3 this week.
Start Justin Jackson (RB – LAC) or Darrell Henderson (RB – LAR)?
51% of Experts Would Start Jackson
Jackson seemed to take over this backfield against New Orleans, but we can’t be sure that that was just specific to that game. With that being said, it’s worth rolling the dice on Jackson’s projected workload in this matchup against the Jaguars. The Jags are currently the 5th easiest matchup for opposing RBs and Jackson should bring a safe floor with his work in the receiving game. You can fire up Jackson as a solid RB2 with upside in this matchup.
Henderson continues to see the majority of the work in this backfield. He’s looked fantastic with his opportunity and I expect McVay to stick with him as the primary back yet again this week. With Akers being a non-factor in this offense, Henderson can be rolled out as a safe RB2 every week with upside.
Start Chase Claypool (WR – PIT) or D.J. Moore (WR – CAR)?
61% of Experts Would Start Claypool
Claypool has been dominant the past few weeks and he’s consistently finding the end zone. However, there are serious questions about what his role in this offense will look like with Johnson back on the field. Claypool comes with ridiculous upside, but it’s going to be impossible to trust him as anything more than a FLEX play this week. He can absolutely go off, but he’s almost certainly going to see his snaps decrease with Johnson back in the lineup. That makes him a bit more of a risky play, which bumps him down the rankings a bit.
Moore continues to become more of a part of this offense and he was able to command 11 targets with Samuel out of the lineup last week. In this matchup, Moore’s a fine high-end WR3 play with upside.
Start Juju Smith-Schuster (WR – PIT) or Mike Williams (WR – LAC)?
51% of Experts Would Start Smith-Schuster
Juju has been a disappointment the past few games with the emergence of Claypool beside him, but this is too good of a matchup to not plug Smith-Schuster into your lineup as a high-end WR3 with upside.
Williams carries a ton of question marks heading into this contest because we simply don’t know what his involvement in the offense is going to be with Herbert behind center and Allen on the field. Williams’ skillset matches up with Herbert’s perfectly, so I’m optimistic that these two can hook up on some big plays deep downfield, but it’s far from a sure thing. For this game, Williams should be viewed as a low-end WR3 with incredible upside.
Start Noah Fant (TE – DEN) or Darren Fells (TE – HOU)?
51% of Experts Would Start Fant
It seems the Broncos are expecting Fant back this week, though we’ll need to pay attention throughout the week to ensure he’s on track to suit up. Despite the Broncos passing game not living up to expectations, Fant has played quite well this year. His fantasy finishes are 3, 9, 14, and 14 (left the game early). He’s a TE1 in fantasy football with that consistency. The Chiefs have been a mediocre matchup for tight ends, as they’ve allowed a slightly below average 6.54 yards per target despite playing against Darren Waller, Hunter Henry, and Mark Andrews in three of their games. Waller and Henry were both still able to post respectable numbers and finish inside the top-12 tight ends, though they did both see at least seven targets, a number Fant has failed to reach in 3-of-4 games, and will be coming off a high-ankle sprain (if he plays at all). But again, he’s been consistent in fantasy and has at least five targets in each game, so he’s still on the TE1 radar, though he’s in the lower portion of that conversation with the injury risk.
I wish we could get just one of Fells or Jordan Akins active on game day each week, as they’ve combined to receive a 17.0 percent target share, but when you start dividing that up, it becomes a mess. Akins has missed the last two weeks with a concussion though he has practiced in a limited capacity. He should be expected back soon, but if he remains out, Fells gets a big jump in the rankings, as he did the last two weeks. Due to the limited plays their opponents have, the Packers have faced just 27 tight end targets through five games, or 5.4 per game. They’ve been below average on those targets, allowing a massive 10.0 yards per target, which ranks as the second-most in the NFL, but they’ve allowed just one touchdown, so when you factor in the limited targets, it drops them in the fantasy points allowed category. Rob Gronkowski was the first tight end to finish better than TE12 against them, but he also saw eight targets a number we know neither of these tight ends is getting if they’re both in the lineup. If Akins is active, he’s the preferred option, but not a great TE2 option. If Akins is out again, Fells would become a middling TE2 option with some touchdown upside in a game that’s projected for a lot of points.