The IDP Guys’ NFL Week 7 Start/Sit List: Offense

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Find success this weekend with the NFL Week 7 Start/Sit list for the offensive side of the ball!

We are now a third of the way through the season as the seventh week of NFL action begins. Week 7 is a unique week for the NFL because it represents the bye-week apocalypse with six teams that have the week off. The six teams on bye are as follows: Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, and Pittsburgh Steelers. Here’s some help making your start/sit Week 7 offense decisions!

The injuries continued to pile up in Week 6 and now with six teams on bye, Week 7 may be ugly. It will be a week to start your healthy studs or seek out the players who will have the highest chance of offensive opportunities despite having an ambiguous opportunity or quality of opportunities.

It is best to embrace the challenge and have some fun solving the puzzle of lineup optimization, but first here is a review of the concepts of what should be considered when setting your lineups.

The “Trust, If You Must, and Bust” System:

Trust” = Strong start, a player who should be started in all formats!

If You Must” = Weak start, a player who is good enough to be a starter, but faces a tough matchup or holds an unclear opportunity in a good offense. Some caution should be used while the risk is recognized, as this is often league format dependent.

If you play in a shallow league, I would lean towards benching this player if you have a decent replacement option. In a deep league, I would lean towards starting, since the options may be more scarce. Either way, expectations should be managed.

Bust” = Keep on your bench, at least for now. These players should be avoided since stronger options at the relative position should be considered first. These are players who fit into one of the following categories:

  1. A player in a tough matchup or currently holds ambiguous weekly opportunities in the offense.
  2. A strong bench stash for season-long purposes but currently in a “wait and see” period. Wait and see if their role expands for starter caliber consideration. For example, this type of player may be a strong backup RB behind a stud in an elite offense or could be in line for a big workload if the starter misses time.
  3. Currently lacking a clear offensive opportunity in either a projected good or bad offense
  4. Is too volatile on a week-to-week basis. There is no need to play boom or bust type players if you can help it.

Weekly Start/Sit Decision Reminders

Be sure to always be mindful of weekly injury reports and gameday inactive announcements as this could pivot a weak starter into a strong starter!

Be sure to always leave the FLEX spot(s) free of Thursday night players!

 Thursday Night Football

Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns
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Trust –  Courtland Sutton WR, Noah Fant TE

If You MustMelvin Gordon RB, Javonte Williams RB, Tim Patrick WR, Teddy Bridgewater QB


TrustOdell Beckham Jr. WR (if active)

If You MustD’Ernest Johnson RB, Case Keenum QB , Donovan People-Jones WR

BustDemetric Felton RB, Rashard Higgins WR, Austin Hooper TE, David Njoku TE


Sunday Early Afternoon Slate

Washington Football Team at Green Bay Packers
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Football Team

TrustAntonio Gibson RB (if active), Terry McLaurin WR, Ricky Seals-Jones TE

If You MustTaylor Heinicke QB, J.D. McKissic RB (“Trust” potential if Gibson is inactive)


TrustAaron Rodgers QB, Davante Adams WR, Aaron Jones RB

If You MustAJ Dillon RB, Robert Tonyan TE

Bust –  Allen Lazard WR


Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans
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TrustPatrick Mahomes QB, Tyreek Hill WR, Travis Kelce TE, Darrel Williams RB

If You MustMecole Hardman WR

Bust Jerick McKinnon RB, Josh Gordon WR


TrustDerrick Henry RB, A.J. Brown WR

If You MustRyan Tannehill QB, Julio Jones WR (if active)

Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins
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TrustCalvin Ridley WR, Kyle Pitts TE, Matt Ryan QB, Mike Davis RB, Cordarrelle Patterson RB


TrustMike Gesicki TE, Myles Gaskin RB, Tua Tagovailoa QB, Jaylen Waddle WR


New York Jets at New England Patriots
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TrustCorey Davis WR

If You MustMichael Carter RB, Jamison Crowder WR

BustZach Wilson QB, Tevin Coleman RB, Ty Johnson RB


TrustDamien Harris RB, Hunter Henry TE

If You MustJakobi Meyers WR, Jonnu Smith TE, Mac Jones QB


Carolina Panthers at New York Giants
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Trust –  D.J. Moore WR, Sam Darnold QB  Chuba Hubbard RB

If You MustRobby Anderson WR


TrustSterling Shepard WR

If You MustDevontae Booker RB,  Daniel Jones QB, Evan Engram TE


Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens
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TrustJoe Burrow QB,  Ja’Marr Chase WR, Tyler Boyd WR, Tee Higgins WR, Joe Mixon RB

If You Must –  C.J. Uzomah TE

BustSamaje Perine RB (if active), Chris Evans RB


TrustLamar Jackson QBMark Andrews TE, Marquise Brown WR

If You MustDevonta Freeman RB

BustTy’Son Williams RB, Rashod Bateman WR

Sunday Mid Afternoon Slate

Detroit Lions at Los Angeles Rams
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TrustD’Andre Swift RB, T.J. Hockenson TE

If You MustJamaal Williams RB, Jared Goff QB, Amon-Ra St. Brown WR


Trust –  Matthew Stafford QB, Cooper Kupp, WR, Darrell Henderson RB, Robert Woods WR, Tyler Higbee TE

If You Must –  Sony Michel RB


Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders
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TrustJalen Hurts QB, DeVonta Smith WR, Dallas Goedert TE (if active)

If You MustMiles Sanders RB, Kenneth Gainwell RB

BustJalen Reagor WR, Quez Watkins WR


TrustDarren Waller TE, Josh Jacobs RBDerek Carr QB, Henry Ruggs WR

If You MustKenyan Drake RB, Hunter Renfrow WR

Bust Bryan Edwards WR


Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals
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If You MustBrandin Cooks WR

BustDavid Johnson RB, Phillip Lindsay RB, Mark Ingram RB, Davis Mills QB, Nico Collins WR


TrustKyler Murray QB, DeAndre Hopkins WR, Chase Edmonds RB, James Conner RBZach Ertz TE

If You MustChristian Kirk WR, Rondale Moore WR, A.J. Green WR

Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Trust –  Allen Robinson WR, Darnell Mooney WR, Khalil Herbert RB

If You MustJustin Fields QB, Cole Kmet TE


Trust – Tom Brady QB, Mike Evans WR, Chris Godwin WR, Leonard Fournette RB

Bust Ronald Jones RB


Sunday Night Football

Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers
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TrustJonathan Taylor RB, Michael Pittman WR

If You MustCarson Wentz QB, T.Y. Hilton WR

BustNyheim Hines RB, Zach Pascal WR, Mo Alie-Cox TE


Trust –  Deebo Samuel WR

If You MustElijah Mitchell RB, Jimmy Garoppolo QB (if active), Brandon Aiyuk WR, Trey Lance QB (if Garoppolo inactive)

Bust – Trey Sermon RB

Monday Night Football

New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks
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TrustAlvin Kamara RB

If You MustJameis Winston QB, Marquez Callaway WR


Trust –  D.K. Metcalf WR, Tyler Lockett WR, Alex Collins RB (if active)

If You MustDeeJay Dallas RB (if Collins is inactive)

BustGeno Smith QB, Gerald Everett TE

Good luck and enjoy the games!

Thank you for reading my NFL Week 7 Start/Sit list for offensive players! You can find more of my work on my IDP Guys Author Page. Feel free to reach out anytime on Twitter at @FantasyLadder for any fantasy football-related advice, questions, or discussion so you can climb the ladder of fantasy football success with me
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