Week 7 Where to Put em

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm ET

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Where to Put 'em is the Fantasy Football Nerd's look at the best and worst match ups for Week 7. Decisions are based upon the FFN rankings and match up analysis. Given the known conditions, these match ups are the ones to watch and/or avoid.

Put 'em In The Game: Ben Roethlisberger
If you drafted Roethlisberger and stashed him away on your bench, you were probably quite happy with last week's performance. We're expecting that happiness to continue this week against the Dolphins who are a very middle-of-the-road pass defense giving up 217 yards per game through the air and at least 1 score.
Put 'em In The Game: Joe Flacco
Flacco did well last week throwing for 285 yards and 2 scores against the Pats. It shouldn't be surprising to see him post similar numbers or better against the Bills who allow an average of 19 points to opposing QB's according to FleaFlicker.
Put 'em In The Game: Brett Favre
Sexting scandal and tendonitis aside, this is a game that should have Favre pumped up to play. He's coming home to Lambeau to face the Packers on Sunday night with the nation watching. Last year, Favre threw for over 500 yards and 7 scores without an interception when playing the Pack. He'll come ready to play on Sunday.
Put 'em In The Game: Knowshon Moreno
Moreno's return last week was less than stellar but we're anticipating a solid stat line this week when he goes up against the Raiders who allow nearly 150 yards on the ground each week. Moreno's backups have not been very productive and a good ground game is exactly what Denver lacks right now. Moreno should have a good game against the league's 30th-ranked rush defense.
Put 'em In The Game: Jamaal Charles
The Chiefs have increased Charles' role each week. He could very well see 18 carries and half a dozen receptions this week against a very vulnerable Jaguars defense. Just like Chris Johnson did last week, it would not be surprising to see Charles rip off a huge run for a score.
Put 'em In The Game: Jeremy Maclin
After the hit that DeSean Jackson took last week, Maclin has moved up the ranks to the #1 spot in Philly. He's had a pretty nice season so far and has a great rapport with Kevin Kolb. Kolb has targeted him well in the past and we're expecting even more targets with Jackson missing this week.
Put 'em In The Game: Johnny Knox
Knox finally lived up to some of his hype last week as he pulled down 5 receptions for 120 yards. Cutler's back, Knox's healthy, and Washington gives up nearly 300 yards through the air. It is certainly reasonable to expect another solid week from Knox.
Put 'em In The Game: Heath Miller
With Roethlisberger back in the mix, Miller finally saw the end zone. The Dolphins rank 23rd in the league in points given up to opposing TE's (7+ points). If you need a bye week filler or if your starting TE is out for the season (we are going to miss you Dallas Clark), Miller makes for a nice pickup this week.
Put 'em In The Game: Todd Heap
Heap is currently the 17th-best fantasy TE which isn't saying much. He had a decent week last week hauling in 3 receptions for 49 yards and a score. He is a match up player and this is a fantastic match up. The Buffalo Bills rank dead last in points given up to opposing TE's. If you're looking for a bye-week replacement, Heap could be your guy.
Put 'em On The Bench: Donovan McNabb
Donovan McNabb has not been very consistent this year in the new offense. He faces the Bears who are 5th in the league in fantasy points given to opposing QB's according to FleaFlicker. On paper, this is a bad match up for McNabb, so if you have a safer play, play it.
Put 'em On The Bench: Chad Henne
Chad Henne has been a pretty solid fantasy QB lately, but this week he faces the Steelers who are 3rd in the league in points given up to opposing QB's. Troy Polamalu and company will be blitzing and blanketing the Miami receivers which will make Henne's day awfully tough.
Put 'em On The Bench: Ronnie Brown
Chris Johnson had 34 yards. Peyton Hillis rushed for 41 yards. Ray Rice got 20 yards. Cadillac Williams and Earnest Graham each had 13 yards. No matter how you try to slice it, Ronnie Brown is going to have a tough day against the Steelers who are 2nd in the league allowing just 93 yards on the ground.
Put 'em On The Bench: Brandon Jackson
Take away the 1 big run from Jackson two weeks ago and he hasn't rushed for more than 63 yards in a game all season. There's little reason to think that he'll have his way with the Vikings' front line on Sunday night in what should be a shoot out. Keep him on your bench.
Put 'em On The Bench: Deion Branch
We were wrong on Branch last week and we admit it, but he'll be hard pressed to repeat last week's numbers against a Chargers defense that ranks 2nd in the league in yards allowed and 2nd in the league in points given up to opposing WR's.
Put 'em On The Bench: Lee Evans
Evans had a good game just before the bye week where he had 16.7 points (21.7 ppr). He scored more fantasy points in that one game than he did in the previous 4 combined. His good game came at the expense of the hapless Jacksonville secondary. The Ravens secondary is not Jacksonville and Evans is going to have a tough day.
Put 'em On The Bench: Visanthe Shiancoe
Shiancoe was a great fantasy TE last year and started out well in 2010. Unfortunately, he has steadily declined since Week 3. He turned up a big doughnut last week against Dallas (not even 1 target). At this point, it's tough to recommend starting Shiancoe.
Put 'em On The Bench: Jeremy Shockey
Take away the big game in Week 3 against Atlanta and Shockey has been an average to lower-average tight end this year. He saw just 3 receptions against Arizona and just 2 receptions last week against the Bucs. Shockey faces the Browns this week who allow an average of 49 yards to TE's and are 10th in the league in points allowed to those TE's.

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