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The Fantasy Life: Week 7 Thursday start/sit

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Some players are must starts (Aaron Rodgers, Alvin Kamara, and Rob Gronkowski, to name a few), but here we work to give you value and over-performers, depending on what type of fantasy format you are playing. At this point we are breaking up start/sit for Thursday and Sunday/Monday games. We apologize to those who must have complete lineups in by Thursday’s game.

Matt Phillips is a multiple fantasy football champion, and co-host of the podcast “Pigskin Dynasty: Your Podcast for All Things Fantasy Football”. You can find him on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Podbean, and other podcast mediums. He also has live episodes on Facebook every Sunday morning at 9:00 am EST.


RB David Johnson, Cardinals

If you’re like me you are regretting drafting David Johnson. But you have to start him, right? (I’ve benched him twice already.)

Cheer up! The Broncos have given up 500 yards rushing in the last two games. Johnson has found the end zone in the last three games, and at this point he is the only major weapon on this team. Be confident the Cardinals are going to feed him tonigh.

I think he easily finds the end zone in this game. Possibly the first quarter. That’s my bold projection right there.

Projection: 85 yards rushing , 4 receptions for 52 yards and 2 rushing touchdown

RB Phillip Lindsay, Broncos

As much as it angers me Freeman isn’t getting the ball as much as he should be (a workhorse type back), you have to give Lindsay props. His story is pretty amazing, and he is out touching Freeman. He is going up against the 31st rank rush defense and could easily have a breakout.

Projection: 80 yards rushing, 2 receptions for 15 yards and 1 rushing touchdown.

WR Christian Kirk, Cardinals

Kirk has been the better receiver fantasy wise this season for the Cardinals. He has recorded at least 77 receiving yards in three of the last four games, and is going up against a defense that has let a receiver gain at least 109 yards over the last two games.

With Fitzgerald not 100 percent, he should get the majority of looks from Rosen. He’s good enough to be at worst a W2.

Projection: 5 receptions for 104 yards and 1 touchdown

WR Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos

He has been a PPR stud and Case’s number one guy. While this matchup screams ground attack, when the Broncos do throw the ball I expect Sanders to get the looks. Look for Sanders to be a solid W3 this week. Due to how I expect the Broncos to gameplan he just won’t get the opportunities to exceed 100 yards.

Projection: 6 receptions for 52 yards and 1 touchdown

TE Ricky Seals-Jones, Cardinals

The last two games he has be getting at least six targets, and I believe that trend will continue win this game as Rosen seems to be very comfortable throwing to the tight end position. On the season Seals is the third most targeted subject in the passing game, and only five behind Fitzgerald.

I’m going above Matt’s head here, moving his yards from 52 to 73. Still not a solid start, but he’s a worthy pull from your bench to get you into double digits.

Projection: 5 receptions for 73 yards

K Brandon McManus, Broncos

He hasn’t missed a kick yet this season and he should see plenty of opportunities as I expect the Broncos to move the ball quite easily. Start him with no worries.

Projection: 2 for 2 on field goals and 3 for 3 on extra points

Denver Broncos Defense

I’m more comfortable facing the Cardinals offense then I am facing the Broncos offense. That being said, the Broncos are my defense to start tonight. Going up against a rookie quarterback, I feel they may load up the box and prevent David Johnson from doing damage. They will fail, but the sacks and turnovers compensate for the points.

Projection: 24 points allowed, 2 sacks, and 3 total turnovers.


QB Case Keenum, Broncos

He hasn’t been the quarterback that the organization and he fans have hoped for but he did get 300 yards and multiple touchdowns last week against the Rams, That said, I’m sitting him due to the matchup. As noted I expect the Broncos to be run heavy. They also have only given up 6 passing touchdown this years which is tied for second.

Projection: 285 yards passing, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception

QB Josh Rosen, Cardinals

Rosen has been having a tough time, and rightfully so. He is a rookie on a team with a slew of weaknesses. This is making it tough for him to transition into a NFL quarterback. He has thrown just 2 touchdowns in the last four starts, he goes up against a defense that has held quarterbacks to one or fewer passing touchdowns in four of the last five games.

Projection: 210 yards passing, 1 touchdown and 1 interception

RB Royce Freeman, Broncos

I believe he gets in the end zone this week, but it’s a goal line effort. He isn’t getting used enough for me to be comfortable starting him.

Projection 10 carries for 25 yards one touchdown

WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

A fantasy stud last year, Fitzgerald’s turning into a dud this year. He hasn’t reach 40 yards receiving since week one, and he is still shaken up with a hamstring injury. Until I see improvement and targets going his way, I’m sitting Fitzgerald

Projection: 6 receptions for 35 yards

WR Demaryius Thomas, Broncos

Like my co host said on our show, Thomas is on his way out. Keenum hearts Sanders. The reason most likely stems from his playing time with Diggs and Thielan in Minnesota as Sanders is the same type of receiver. He saw four targets last week which was his season low, but did get a touchdown. With the target rate being so low, he is simply a touchdown or bust.

Projection: 4 receptions for 45 yards

WR Courtland Sutton, Broncos

The reason I’m sitting Sutton is primarily the same reason I’m sitting Thomas: He is not getting the targets to justify starting in the PBR, and he’s more of a touchdown or bust candidate. He is a sit this week!

Projection: 3 receptions for 45 yards

TE Jeff Heuerman, Broncos

He is not getting enough targets to justify starting. He may get that small touchdown but that’s about it. He’s more used as another blocker instead of an receiving asset.

He gets the looks but not the flowers. Get it?

Projection: 3 receptions for 21 yards

K Phil Dawson, Cardinals

Dawson has only made to feel goals over the past six games. Simply enough the Arizona Cardinals offense has it been great they have been inconsistent and not giving him any of opportunities to kick. He is a very weak fantasy option for the kicker position

Projection: 1 for 1 on field goals and 3 for 3 extra points

Cardinals Defense

I believe the Broncos offense is a lot better than the Cardinals defense, I believe they run the ball quite effectively and open up the play action game for Keenum. Cardinals are must sit for me this week.

Projection: 28 points allowed, 2 sacks, and 1 interception