Start/Sip Pourcast - Week 7 - Are You Sportin’ A Chubb?
Sadly, I have no Chubb, right now. I wish I had a Chubb, I’d be sporting it every week. Those who have a Chubb are undoubtedly waving him around, proudly. Dicks.
Injuries abounding, 2018 studs floundering, new talent emerging… the 2019 fantasy season is really taking shape after the first 6 weeks, and I’ve said it till I’m blue in my Chubbless face… you’d better have drafted for depth at the offensive skill positions. The tight end spot is paper thin, and it’s getting worse. If you’ve played the waiver wire with finesse, you may have set yourself up for this eventuality, but otherwise you may be in dire straights. If that last statement describes you, negotiate trades now, not tomorrow, not next week… NOW. Just think, the right trade offer might just get you a Chubb, right in your face (err… lineup). But, remember, always trade from a position of strength. Desperate traders get hosed. Find your opponents who are hurting at positions where you have a surplus, and exploit those weaknesses to fill in the holes in your roster. Beyond that, I’m not even going to say anything about preparing for your bye weeks. If you haven’t done that, by now, just quit. Walk away, go play with your Chubb, and hope for the best. Let’s talk start/sit picks for week 7!
Frank Gore (RB - BUF) vs MIA
My first start for week 7 is the old man who gets no respect. It doesn’t matter how many times he comes through for his team, Frank Gore is the most under appreciated player in the NFL. He always seems to get it done, and everyone still shits on him. In five games this season he’s finished as an RB1 twice, and an RB2 once. Overall, he’s been a low-end RB2, and that’s how you should be playing him. If he’s your lead back, you’re probably not going to win your fantasy league. Pappy Gore isn’t hanging up his cleats any time soon, and he’s got a dream matchup against the abysmal Miami defense. Devin Singletary may produce, as well, but I’m tilting the scales toward Mr. Reliable, Frank Fucking Gore.
Leonard Fournette (RB - JAX) @ CIN
If Leonard Fournette gets any increase in touches per week, he’s going to have to change his name to Leonard Fivenette. He’s the first skill position player I can remember having in every league (I traded for him in one). Jacksonville doesn’t have much else going for them, besides a mustache and a variation on a popular children’s song (D.J. Chark doo doo doodoo doo doo), and Leo is it when it comes to moving the chains. Fire him up against a hapless Bengals run defense.
Michael Gallup (WR - DAL) vs PHI
Amari Cooper is battling a serious quad issue (he only made it through three snaps in week 6). But, whether he plays or not, I’m still firing up Michael, this week. Gallup has been one of the top WR2s in the NFL, and he’s averaged 6 receptions on 9 targets for 97 yards and 0.25 touchdowns in the four games he’s played. It’s reminiscent of the days of yesteryear with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, back when Green Bay was really good. Michael is über talented and a solid fantasy option, most weeks. This time, he draws the Eagles, whose bottom rung secondary is so bad they should call it a “tertiary” (that’s a math joke).
Adrian Peterson (RB - WAS) vs SF
Yes, last week he was one of my starts, and he had the best week of his season. Hell, last year, he was in a three-way tie for missed tackles forced on the ground, along with Derrick Henry and Chris Carson (both age 25). Not bad for a 34 year-old. This week, he’s a sit, and he will have one of the worst days of his season. San Francisco has the number three fantasy defense, far behind New England and just behind Carolina. They have murdered opposing running backs across the board, including Nick Chubb, James Conner, and Joe Mixon.
Jack Doyle & Eric Ebron (TEs - IND) vs HOU
If the Texans’ defense is really good at one thing, it’s stopping tight ends. Incidentally, the Texans’ defense is really only good at one thing. Doyle and Ebron are caught in the middle of a very fantasy-unfriendly, Andrew Luckless 50/50 usage split. At the thinnest position in fantasy football, they’re still not a good option for this week seven tilt. Consider grabbing a Gerald Everett (LAR) or a Dawson Knox (BUF) or a Darren Fells (HOU) off the waiver wire, instead.