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Sitting a high-draft pick or someone who should be an automatic starter is never an easy decision, but there are times when it’s the best thing for our rosters. We’re all in this to score maximum points and walk away with the championship, right?
I’m certainly not saying to bench all of these guys this week, but each one is in a situation to underperform expectations in Week 7, so start them at your own risk.
DK Metcalf vs. Saints
While most of you are rolling your eyes right now and I get it, Metcalf’s QB situation makes him more of a WR2 than the WR1 we’re accustomed to. In the first full game with Geno Smith as the starter, Metcalf posted a mediocre line of 6-58-0 on seven targets, which was WR36 on the week in half-PPR points.
With six teams watching this week’s slate from home and a myriad of injuries around the league it will be tough to not roll with Metcalf this week, but expectations should be tempered until Russell Wilson’s return.
Joe Burrow @ Ravens
The second-year QB has tossed at least two touchdown passes in every game this season which seems like a reason to not fade him in Week 7. However, the Ravens are playing tough against the position through six weeks, limiting Justin Herbert to just 11 fantasy points last week, and only allowing an average of 17.8 to collective QBs so far in 2021.
Burrow has yet to find the end zone via his legs which was part of his appeal as a mobile QB, and this week could be difficult to cross the goal line for the first time in 2021. The Ravens have yet to allow a QB rushing score and have only given up 10.5 rushing yards per tilt to QBs this season. I know we’re down Herbert, Josh Allen, Dak Prescott, Kirk Cousins, Trevor Lawrence, and Big Ben, but if you can go with another QB this week it may behoove your fantasy squad.
DeAndre Hopkins vs. Texans
Benching Hopkins is most likely not in the cards for most of you, but we need to at least lower our expectations heading into Week 7, despite it being a revenge game for the WR. The Cardinal has been touchdown dependent thus far in 2021, as he’s yet to reach 100 receiving yards in a game and is averaging a measly 4.3 receptions per tilt.
Houston has only yielded three total touchdowns to WRs through six games, which is not great for Hopkins’ outlook on Sunday. The volume just isn’t there in Arizona’s offense to count on Nuk on a weekly basis, and with this difficult matchup, WR1 numbers will be a tall order.
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Devontae Booker vs. Panthers
We chase volume in the fantasy world but sometimes it just isn’t enough. Booker is the clear lead back with Saquon Barkley on the shelf, but he’s been pretty ineffective when given opportunity. In the past two weeks, the 29-year old has turned 28 carries into just 83 yards, for a brutal 3.0 yards per carry. Booker did score a pair of touchdowns in Week 5, but was shut out last week against the Rams.
The Panthers have only allowed two rushing touchdowns through six games and have surrendered the fewest fantasy points to opposing backfields this season ( 13.6 half-PPR). If you have the luxury of two other RBs to start this week, Booker is someone to highly consider leaving on your bench.
Broncos Running Backs @ Browns
We have a two-for-one tempering as this backfield is pretty much a 50/50 split between veteran Melvin Gordon and rookie Javonte Williams. The Denver duo is cannibalizing themselves into low-end RB2 production for Gordon, and RB4 output from Williams through six contests.
They head to Cleveland on a short week, to face a Browns rushing defense that is only allowing 15.1 half-PPR points to opposing backfields, the second-lowest in the NFL. This unit has also only given up two total rushing touchdowns to RBs this season, which does not bode well for this tandem. I know RB bodies are tough to come by this week, but if you can sit both Broncos, it could be for the best.