Just like the NFL season, fantasy football season is really starting to heat up. With the playoffs for most fantasy leagues starting in Week 13, Week 7 marks the start of the second-half of the season. As fantasy owners prep for their final playoff push, finding the right fantasy matchup becomes increasingly important. Here is a look at five players that have favorable fantasy matchups in Week 7.
Justin Forsett, Running Back, Baltimore Ravens
Forsett and the Ravens are hosting the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7. The Falcons have given up an average of 140.2 yards and two rushing touchdowns per game in 2014. Forsett has been outstanding running the ball for the Ravens this season averaging 6.4 yards per carry, meaning this matchup has all of the makings of a huge day on the ground for the Ravens’ back. Additionally, in Week 6, the Falcons allowed Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte to catch 10 passes for 77 yards. Prior to 2014, Forsett was known more for his skills as a receiver than as a runner. Even if the Falcons are able slow him down on the ground, Forsett could easily burn them as a receiver as well.
Giovani Bernard, Running Back, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are traveling to Indianapolis to take on the Colts in Week 7. With A.J. Green likely missing his second-straight game due to injury this week, the Bengals will surely be emphasizing their running game. The Colts have been solid against the run giving up 107.5 yards per game and allowing seven touchdowns in 2014, but the circumstances should allow the explosive Bernard to get more touches than he normally would with Green in the lineup. The Bengals will also be looking to keep MVP-candidate Andrew Luck off the field, and the best way to do that would be to run the ball and win the time of possession battle.
Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers is a must-start fantasy football quarterback, regardless of who the Packers are playing from week-to-week. However, his matchup against the Carolina Panthers in Week 7 has the potential to be a huge day for the Super Bowl XLV MVP. In 2014, the Panthers have allowed quarterbacks to complete 69.1% of their passes for an average of 252 yards per game with 12 total touchdown passes (2 per game). The Packers have been rolling offensively as of late, and the Panthers have yet to face an offense with the firepower that Green Bay brings to the table.
Martellus Bennett, Tight End, Chicago Bears
Bennett has emerged as a serious receiving threat in Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman’s offense having caught 36 passes for 364 yards and four touchdowns so far in 2014. The Bears are hosting the Dolphins at Soldier Field in Week 7, a place where Bennett has been at his best in 2014 averaging 8.5 catches and 102 yards receiving per home game. The Dolphins defense has allowed tight ends to catch an average of 4.8 passes for 44.4 yards per game in 2014, number that Bennett should easily eclipse. While Miami has been strong defensively in 2014, Bennett gives Jay Cutler and the Bears an exploitable mismatch in Week 7.
Antonio Brown, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers
Like Rodgers, Brown, is a must-start on all fantasy teams when healthy. He has been outstanding thus far in 2014 averaging nearly 7 receptions, 105 yards, and a touchdown catch per game, and the Steelers are hosting a Houston Texans team in Week 7 that has given up an average of 25 completions, 272 yards, and nearly two touchdown receptions per game in 2014. Brown is the clear-cut, number one option in the Steelers’ passing attack and should again be targeted 10+ times in their Week 7 Monday Night Football game against the Texans.