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Fantasy Football Week 7 Start Em & Sit Em: Justin Herberts the Start of the Week – CBS Sports

October 25, 2020

I have two father-son Fantasy Football leagues with my older boys, who are 8 and 6. My 2-year-old isn’t quite ready for the competition yet, but he might be soon based on his interest level in watching football.

The 6-year-old is having a great season so far in a 14-team league. We’re 4-2 with the most points, and our team might have fared better if we played Matt Ryan over Ben Roethlisberger in Week 6. We had a tough loss to one of his best friends, but hopefully we can rebound this week.

The 8-year-old has managed our team to a 3-3 start in a 12-team league, but it’s been a struggle. We made some questionable decisions with our roster and lineup early in the season, but hopefully we’re headed in the right direction with a two-game winning streak.

I wanted to mention these teams for a reason because it’s some of the most fun I’ve had playing Fantasy Football for over 20 years. We’re seven weeks into the season, and many of you are consumed with making the right lineup decisions and might get upset when a player disappoints you. But hopefully you’re still having fun.

So even if your Fantasy team has been a struggle this year, maybe make a trade to shake things up. Try something different. Or just send a text or email to one of your friends and talk some trash. Make a wacky bet. You might lose, but who cares? 

The season can get long, and we sometimes forget that Fantasy Football is a game you play mostly with your friends. Enjoy it. And obviously it’s not bad if you win as well. 

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All the buzz this week has been about a rookie quarterback, but I’m not talking about Tua Tagovalioa taking over in Miami. We’ll get more into that in Week 8 when the Dolphins come off their bye, and Tagovailoa makes his first NFL start against the Rams.

This is about Justin Herbert. He’s been great as the starter for the Chargers, and he should have another big week against the Jaguars. This is the week where he’ll get his first NFL win. 

While he’s started 0-4 against the Chiefs, Panthers, Buccaneers and Saints, he’s been awesome as a Fantasy quarterback. He’s scored at least 23 Fantasy points in three of those outings, and he’s averaging 299 passing yards a game. He should be great against Jacksonville coming off a bye.

Keenan Allen should be fine after leaving Week 5 with back spasms, and Herbert should connect with Allen, Mike Williams and Hunter Henry for plenty of production. The Jaguars have been abused by quarterbacks for most of this year, as Ryan Tannehill in Week 2, Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 3 and Deshaun Watson in Week 5 all had multiple touchdowns against this defense. Watson, Philip Rivers (Week 1) and Joe Burrow (Week 4) also had at least 300 passing yards.

My only fear with Herbert is the Chargers run game gets going and the Jaguars offense doesn’t show up, leaving him with minimal attempts since he’s averaged 35 passes a game. But I still trust Herbert as a must-start Fantasy quarterback this week, and he’s ranked No. 7 behind only Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray, Josh Allen, Watson, Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers.

It might be too soon to put him in that class of Fantasy quarterbacks, but his first four starts have been impressive. And now he gets a great matchup at home against the Jaguars to keep showcasing his skills. He should be the talk of the rookie quarterbacks this week.

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Bills (at NYJ): The Jets continue to be the punching bag for opposing DSTs, and the Dolphins had a shutout in Week 6 with three sacks and an interception. We’ll see if Sam Darnold (shoulder) can return to action this week, but it won’t matter for the Bills DST. In Week 1, Buffalo held the Jets to 17 points with three sacks, one interception and a fumble recovery.                  

  • Eagles (vs. NYG): Daniel Jones has an interception in all but one game, and he’s been sacked 17 times on the season.
  • Washington (vs. DAL): The Cowboys offensive line is a mess, and Andy Dalton already threw two interceptions in his first start last week against Arizona.
  • Chargers (vs. JAC): The Jaguars have scored 16 points or fewer in three of their past four games, and Gardner Minshew has been sacked at least three times in four games this year.

Titans (vs. PIT): The Steelers have scored at least 26 points in every game this season, and Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked just eight times on the year. He also has one interception in six games. This should be a bad week for the Titans DST, even at home.

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