As your perfect and beautiful Houston Texans relax during a well earned bye week, let’s turn our attention to fantasy football. In Week Seven, we see a bit of a break as far as playmakers on bye, with only two teams sitting out this week. But injuries have still ravaged the league (and the waiver wire), so setting your lineup moving forward could prove a big challenge. Houston boasts several big-time starters, including Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Lamar Miller, Will Fuller and the defense, to name a few. Their bye alone will likely have an impact on your roster, so let’s look at options to start and sit.
Bye weeks: Detroit, Houston.
Dak Prescott (QB - DAL) vs SF
With Watson unavailable on his bye week, Prescott reclaims his title as the most productive quarterback in Texas (it’s honestly so surreal that this is true). Prescott has played lights out the past few weeks, throwing for roughly 200-300 yards and 2-3 scores per matchup. He’ll be fantastic this weekend against the struggling 49ers so start him with confidence.
Jarvis Landry (WR - MIA) vs NYJ
Juice has been excellent over the last two weeks with teammate DeVante Parker sidelined with an injury. Landry has racked up over 100 yards and two touchdowns over the last two weeks, putting up about 14 points in each matchup (PPR format). He should have another big game this weekend against the Jets.
Adrian Peterson (RB - ARI) vs LAR
If any other running back had just come off his first week on a new team and his first week of fantasy relevancy, I’d say you need to wait and make sure it’s not a fluke. But this is AP, and he’s not a fluke. The Cardinals are a totally different team with a running game and Peterson is a totally different running back in Arizona. I expect them to continue that winning combination as long as its working, so start Peterson if you have him.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE - NYJ) vs MIA
While Seferian-Jenkins is a touchdown dependent fantasy option for the most part, he’s been a key piece of the Jets’ offense this season, racking up 121 yards and two touchdowns on 18 receptions over the last three games. He’s a good option at a thin position (and he’s only owned in 70% of leagues, meaning he could be available on your waiver if you play in a shallow league).
Derek Carr (QB - OAK) vs
Like Amari Cooper (listed below), Carr has taken a huge step down in fantasy production this season. The Raiders’ quarterback has been dealing with injury issues and other limiting factors, but he still hasn’t had a solid game (for fantasy owners at least) since Week Two. As Carr and Cooper continue to struggle, you can probably find better options to start, at least until these two get back on track.
Amari Cooper (WR - OAK) vs
Cooper has honestly just broken my heart this season. I kept him in our BRB dynasty league that we all play in (along with Julio Jones, who is also killing me, but that’s another story), and he has been a straight up liability. Cooper might get back to fantasy stardom when Derek Carr is fully healthy, but he should be on your bench until them.
Joe Mixon (RB - CIN) vs PIT
It’s really upsetting how closely this ‘sit’ list mirrors my starting lineup. Mixon was supposed to be huge this season - a dynamic running back threat who slipped from the first round because of his off-field mistakes and would take over a hefty workload with the Bengals. Instead, he’s found the end zone once and eclipsed 50 yards only twice, scoring fewer than five fantasy points in three of his five performances so far. Until the Bengals find a way to get Mixon going, he’s not worth the risk. Especially against a Steelers defense that has been tough against the run.
Jordan Reed (TE - WAS) vs PHI
Oh look, another of my players on the ‘sit’ list. Reed has been downright awful all year. He has yet to find the end zone or eclipse the 50 yard mark, and he’s not even in the Top 30 at his position currently. Find a better option until Reed can get things clicking again.
Alright, fantasy owners, what are your predictions for the week? What matchups are you looking to exploit or avoid? Who are you starting, sitting or deciding between? Feel free to discuss any and all things fantasy football in the comments section below.