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Week 6 provided many players the right to fight for a playoff spot still, but Week 7 is likely the week that will determine your fate heading to the postseason. Here are some options to start/sit this week:
Eli Manning (vs. Minnesota): Sure, the New York Giants are 0-6, but the Vikings have one of the worst passing defense in the league. This Manning brother will finally face a team where he can just throw it down field to his wideouts early and often without worrying about getting picked off.
Ryan Mathews (vs. Jacksonville): Mathews carried the ball for 102 yards in last week’s matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. This week, the worst team team against the run is the Jaguars. Mathews is definitely going to get a lot of yardage in this one. Danny Woodhead is a good start too.
Mike Wallace (vs. Buffalo): After the bye week, the Miami Dolphins will look to get back in the win column. Wallace is a huge deep threat and the Bills do not have a quality secondary. Expect Ryan Tannehill to target the wide receiver over 10 times in this outing.
Jermichael Finley (vs. Cleveland): With Randall Cobb and James Jones (most likely) out for this game, expect Finley to get a ton of targets from Aaron Rodgers. Maybe even a score or two.
Caleb Sturgis (vs. Buffalo): Sturgis has missed just one kick this season and already has three field goals of 50 or more yards. With a lot of field movement from the Dolphins, the kicker should have a solid outing.
Baltimore DEF (vs. Pittsburgh): The Steelers are ranked 327th in points and the offense will not get any better against a tough Ravens defense. Sure, its not what it was the past several seasons, but it can get the job done against the terrible Pittsburgh offense.
Sam Bradford (vs. Carolina): Bradford has put up double digits in all of his starts this season, but don’t expect a terrific outing from the QB this week. The Panthers defense has played well of late and will put pressure on St. Louis all game long.
Stevan Ridley (vs. New York Jets): The Jets have not allowed more than 75 yards to a single rusher this season. Ridley may be coming off a great 96 yard, two touchdown performance against the New Orleans Saints, but it will be a long day at the Meadowlands for the running back.
Dwayne Bowe (vs. Houston): Houston’s defense has allowed 131 yards through the air this season and Alex Smith has not really been able to get the ball to Bowe that often in 2013. Look for Jamaal Charles to once again own the show.
Garrett Graham (vs. Kansas City): The Houston tight end has not really stepped up in place of Owen Daniels. With only two catches and 25 yards last week, look for Graham to put up about the same numbers with a backup QB in the mix.
Randy Bullock (vs. Kansas City): The Texans kicker will have to faceoff against a tough KC defense. Plus, with TJ Yates or any other young QB behind the snaps, the ball won’t move that much down the field.
Bengals DEF (vs. Detroit): Matthew Stafford should be able to throw on the Bengals defense. The only problem is that Calvin Johnson needs to play more for him to be fully effective.