Oct 18, 2012
Welcome to Week 7 of the 2012 NFL season and the fourth week of byes. Six teams are off this week including Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Atlanta, San Diego, and Philadelphia. Off the table are players like LeSean McCoy, Peyton Manning, Jamaal Charles, Brian Hartline, Julio Jones, and Antonio Gates.
Here are our “Fantasy Football Start ‘Ems” for Week 7 of the 2012 season. As a reminder, everyone knows to start elite players like Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, and LeSean McCoy, so when we compile our list we make sure to focus on serviceable players that will benefit from a favorable matchup.
TIGHT ENDS–START ’EM
Scott Chandler (Buffalo Bills) vs. Tennessee Titans
The Bills have not been sharp on offense but this matchup is too good to let it slide. The Titans are still giving up an average of eight receptions and over 80 yards receiving to tight ends. Even though Ryan Fitzpatrick has shrunken his field of vision to Stevie Johnson, Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller in the last two games, this is a ripe opportunity for Chandler to get back in the business of pulling in red zone targets since the Bills will have plenty of chances to punch it in.
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POTENTIAL TE SLEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Lance Kendricks (St. Louis Rams) vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 5 was a telling week for the Rams, as fantasy owners looked to see who would fill the absence of Danny Amendola who will be out for at least a month, and that might be the best thing for the rest of the Rams’ offense, allowing it to grow beyond Steven Jackson and Amendola. Chris Givens and Brandon Gibson got the most looks and Kendricks caught four passes for 60 yards as the third option for Sam Bradford. Green Bay has been somewhat generous towards tight ends in PPR leagues, allowing five receptions and over 50 yards receiving a game. So if you’re still shuffling your tight end position, Kendricks could satisfy that need for the week.