Start or Sit - Week 7

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Welcome to Week 7 of the fantasy football season.

Today we'll give you the names of some players we think you should start, and those who you should sit.

Like I tell you every week, you probably won't find your stud players on this list. Guys like Adrian Peterson, Drew Brees and LaDanian Tomlinson should always be started, regardless of who they're playing so it's a waste of time to even mention them.

If you have any questions about your lineup, send me an email at

and between Ricky and myself, we'll do the best we can to help you out.

Otherwise, good luck this weekend.


Must starts: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning , Tony Romo, Drew Brees


Ben Roethlisberger - Steelers vs. Bengals - Coming off a desperately needed bye week, 'Big Ben' should be ready to do work against a soft Bengals defense.

Throw in the fact that Fast Willie Parker has a bum wheel (how many times have you heard that joke?) and know that Ben will be money come Sunday.

Matt Schaub - Texans vs. Lions - This Houston offense is heating up and it's being ignited by a healthy and accurate Matt Schaub.

That game against the Dolphins last week was insane to watch, but what you should have taken away from it is that when the Texans need to, this offense is capable of putting up ridiculous numbers.

Jake Delhomme - Panthers vs. Saints - He was absolutely brutal last week against the Bucs, but should find the road much easier to travel this week against the Saints.

Jay Cutler - Broncos vs. Patriots - After starting out the season as hot as the sun, Cutler and his compatriot Brandon Marshall have fallen back to earth. But the time is right this weekend for them to bounce back, facing an aging New England defense that can't get off of the field due to poor quarterback play.


Chad Pennington - Dolphins vs. Ravens - If you were sitting on Pennington hoping that he would be the perfect bye week fill in, I'm sorry to tell you that it's going to be a bust.

I love the Wildcat offense and I think a lot of credit has to go to Pennington for using it so effectively. But the Ravens defense is just too physical and will put a dent in to this impressive run of wins against playoff caliber teams.

J.T. O'Sullivan - 49ers vs. Giants - If he walks away from this game without an injury I'll be stunned.

Kyle Orton - Bears vs. Vikings - I understand your excitement about the K.O. Kid's play as of late, but please use caution when deciding to insert him into your lineup this weekend.

The Vikes' defense is a tough unit and in this heated NFC North rivalry, I expect there to be some big hits and turnovers on Sunday.

Running Backs

Must starts: LaDanian Tomlinson, Adrian Peterson (Min), Joseph Addai, Brian Westbrook, Steven Jackson, Frank Gore


Chris Johnson - Titans vs. Chiefs - This kid has been special all season and as he comes off the bye to face the worst rushing defense in football, he's about to blow up.

Marion Barber - Cowboys vs. Rams - No matter who's playing at quarterback this weekend for the 'Boys, the running game is going to be the focal point of the offense.

You're going to see a heavy, heavy dose of Marion Barber this weekend.

Brandon Jacobs - Giants vs. 49ers - He drops his shoulder better than any back in the league and delivers hits that make highlight films around the league. After being embarrassed by the Browns on Monday night, this team is anxious to dole out some serious punishment and Jacobs will be the one making the delivery.

Reggie Bush - Saints vs. Panthers - He's been doing it all for this Saints team, scoring in so many different ways and making defenses shake their head in disbelief.

The Panthers defense is only getting by this year on name recognition, but this is not the same unit it used to be.


Matt Forte - Bears vs. Vikings - The Bears will probably win this game, but Forte is going to have his worst day of the year against a Vikings defense that ranks fourth against the run.

Julius Jones - Seahawks vs. Bucs - This Seattle team has been decimated by injuries from Day 1 and are still trying to get healthy. Now it's Seneca Wallace's turn under center and a defense like the Bucs is not who you'd like to make your debut against.

Willis McGahee - Ravens vs. Dolphins - Every week it's the same story with him. He barely practices during the week, shows up on Sunday to play only to get hurt by halftime and sit out for the remainder of the contest.

The Dolphins defensive strength is their ability to stop the run (89.2 yds per game), meaning Willis is riding the pine.

Wide Receivers

Must starts: Randy Moss,, Terrel Owens, Braylon Edwards, Larry Fitzgerald, Reggie Wayne, Plaxico Burress, Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall


Andre Johnson - Texans vs. Lions - I cannot wait to see Johnson torch this Lions defense. Hopefully you've got the Schaub-Johnson combo working because it's going to be a big day for them in Houston.

Hines Ward - Steelers vs. Bengals - He's the toughest receiver in football and will have his way against a soft Bengals secondary.

Braylon Edwards - Browns vs. Redskins - Out of nowhere he returns to 2007 form with a gem of a performance against the Giants on Monday night.

The Redskins secondary is average and Edwards should find some room to work as long as Derek Anderson can deliver him the ball.


Roy Williams - Cowboys vs. Rams - Come on people, be patient.

It's only his first week. His time will come.

Dwayne Bowe - Chiefs vs. Titans - This Titans defense is just too good. You've also got to remember that Larry Johnson has been suspended for this game, the Titans are coming off a bye, and Brodie Croyle is starting for the Chiefs.

I don't want to be anywhere near this team on Sunday.

Marvin Harrison - Colts vs. Packers - He had a ridiculous, two touchdown day against the Ravens last week making you want to believe again.

Well, I don't. Not two weeks in a row anyway.

Tight Ends

Must starts: Antonio Gates, Chris Cooley, Kellen Winslow Jr., Jason Witten


Tony Gonzalez - Chiefs vs. Titans - After not being traded at the deadline, Mr. Gonzalez should have something to prove. Also, Brodie Croyle is going to be running for his life against this ferocious defense and will look to Gonzalez as his safety valve.

Yardage won't be huge, but a TD should be in the picture.


Jeremy Shockey - Saints vs. Panthers - All signs point to him being good to go this weekend, but that doesn't mean you should start him.

Give Shockey a week to get back into the flow of this offense before inserting him into your lineup.

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