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Kremenjas: NFL Week 7 fantasy football start ’em or sit ’em

Oct 4, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) drops back to pass during the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The kickoff to Week 7 is approaching — we begin with the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants on Thursday Night Football. It’s time for us to set our fantasy football lineups with the best and most accurate potential projections at our disposal.

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The following collection of players should be started or faded this week based on usage rates, matchups and updated injury statuses.

QUARTERBACKS

START: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Stafford appears to be having a down season, ranking outside of the top 20 in quarterback scoring on a per-game basis (21st). With that being said, Stafford still has some of the more exciting usage in the league, as his average depth of target (aDOT) still ranks eighth among all quarterbacks (9.5), suggesting his eyes are remaining downfield looking for big plays.

That is ideal, particularly this week against the Atlanta Falcons, who allow the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks — by a wide margin. The Falcons have given up an average of three passing TDs per game and Dak Prescott‘s three rushing touchdowns to boot. This is the perfect opportunity for Stafford to revert to the downfield attaching style we saw in 2019. 

START: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Roethlisberger’s 23rd-ranked point-total (90.8) may appear to indicate a down season, but Big Ben actually ranks 17th in points per dropback (0.52) among all quarterbacks — he’s just simply not throwing as much as he has in the past.

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