Tacklin' Fantasy: Week 7 outlook

Tacklin' Fantasy: Week 7 outlook
October 16, 2013, 11:45 am
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Through six weeks, 49ers running back Frank Gore is fifth in the NFL with 477 rushing yards. (AP)

In his 10-year career, Larry Fitzgerald has 794 receptions for 10,818 yards and 81 touchdowns. (USATSI)

Editor's note: Welcome to the weekly installment of "Tacklin' Fantasy," our recap of the news and trends you need to keep top of mind for fantasy dominance

49er to start: Frank Gore, RB

49ers running back Frank Gore is about as consistent a fantasy running back as there is, averaging 17 carries and 79.5 yards per game. Although Gore hasn’t had a big impact in the passing game -- zero receptions since Week 3 -- look for that to change against the 49ers' Week 7 opponent, the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have given up at least five receptions to running backs in each of the past three weeks. Expect Mr. Gore to continue to be his usual productive self this week.

Raider to start:

The Raiders are on a bye this week; nobody should be starting on your team.

49er to sit: Anquan Boldin, WR

In the past two weeks, Anquan Boldin has been held to 21 and 28 yards, respectively. Look for that trend to continue in Week 7, as the 49ers play the Tennessee Titans, who allow 223.8 passing yards per game (10th in the league) and hold No. 1 wide receivers to a measly 6.7 targets and 34.9 yards per game.

Raider to sit:


NFL Week 7 trend: Waiver wire running backs

Zac Stacy -- In both of his final two years at Vanderbilt University, Zac Stacy rushed for over 1100 yards, something no other player in the SEC accomplished. As the St. Louis Rams' fifth-round pick, expectations weren’t high, but Stacy started the past two weeks, and was effective with 32 carries for 157 yards. At this point in the fantasy season, no full-time starting running backs should be on waivers; Stacy should now be owned in all fantasy leagues.

Joseph Randle -- Cowboys starter Demarco Murray suffered an MCL knee sprain in Week 6 and could be out multiple weeks. In steps undrafted rookie Joseph Randle to take over for Dallas. In relief last week, against the Washington Redskins, Randle rushed for 17 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown. He should be owned and started, especially if Murray is out for any extended period of time.

Chris Ogbonnaya -- As the Cleveland Browns starting fullback and passing down rusher, Ogbonnaya caught seven of his 12 targets last week including a touchdown. With an average of 2.8 yards per carry, starting running back Willis McGahee isn’t getting it done. This week, Cleveland plays the Green Bay Packers, with all signs pointing to a high-scoring game. Ogbonnaya should continue to see targets, making him valuable in PPR-leagues.

Buy-low candidate: Jacoby Jones, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Before suffering an injured knee and other off-field issues, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones was primed for a breakout year. Returning from a four-game absence, Jones had two receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown last week. He should continue to see increased targets and production as the Ravens No. 2 wide receiver going forward.

Sell-high candidate: Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is having a typical Ryan season -- second in the NFL with 329.8 passing yards per game, 69.3 completion percentage and 10:3 touchdown to interception ratio. Injuries to receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White along with running back Steven Jackson have ravaged Atlanta's offense. As a result, Ryan doesn’t have the necessary targets to throw to in the upcoming weeks. The Falcons play Darrelle Revis and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7.

Star to sit: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is leading the Arizona Cardinals in receptions, yards and touchdowns. He is also coming off a season-high 117 receiving yards against the 49ers. The downside? Fitzgerald is still not 100 percent with a hamstring injury. More importantly, in Week 7 he'll face Richard Sherman and the Seahawks, who take pride in eliminating big, physical wide receivers on a weekly basis. When the 49ers faced Seattle in Week 2, Anquan Boldin hauled in just one catch for seven yards. Don’t expect much from Fitzgerald.

Update: In Thursday's loss vs. Seattle, Fitzgerald managed just two receptions for 17 yards.

No-namer to start: Jarrett Boykin, WR, Green Bay Packers

Green Bay is fourth in the NFL with 309.4 passing yards per game this season, but with receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones injured, new No. 2 wideout Jarrett Boykin will play a more prominent role in the air attack. (Jones is officially listed as questionable, but is not expected to play.) Facing the Browns this weekend, all-world cornerback Joe Haden will presumably shadow Packers' No. 1 receiver Jordy Nelson, forcing Aaron Rodgers to look elsewhere. Look for Boykin to reap the benefits this week.


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