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

Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) reacts after scoring a touchdown with offensive tackle D.J. Humphries (74) during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Coduto-USA TODAY Sports

With bye weeks upon us, secondary and tertiary starting options are going to begin entering fantasy football starting lineups as the season grinds on. Riskier plays can be rewarded for those who aren't afraid to move on from underperforming players. Trust your instincts — coupled with solid PFF metrics, of course.


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So let's get to it: the Week 7 edition of fantasy football start ’em or sit ’em.

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QB SAM DARNOLD, CAROLINA PANTHERS

After starting the season hot, Darnold has taken a downturn in the last two weeks. Despite throwing the ball 78 times in those games, he accumulated just 384 total passing yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. While Darnold’s passing grade on the season has settled down at 63.0, we’ve seen upside out of him in weaker matchups.

Enter the New York Giants, who have allowed seven passing touchdowns over the last two weeks (to Dak Prescott and Matthew Stafford). They still haven't seen a quarterback who runs as much as Darnold. We all know about his five rushing touchdowns, but he has rushed for at least 10 yards in each of his last four games.

RB JAMES CONNER, ARIZONA CARDINALS

Conner is quietly having a decent season. He currently sits as the RB18 thanks to a couple multi-touchdown games, and odds are those won’t just suddenly stop.

Even with the touchdowns and short-yardage role, Conner has not overperformed expectation — he has actually scored 0.8 fantasy points per game less than expected. There is meat left on the bone for Conner.

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He draws a plus matchup against a Houston Texans defense that has yielded the eighth-most fantasy points to running backs. Conner is an easy RB2 consideration during the bye-pocalypse,

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