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Changing the Call: Week 7

It’s week 7 and it’s time to once again change the call! @tyler_grez has got the picks to set you up for success this week.

Hey Nerds! The DynastyNerds writers are here to provide you with weekly starts and sits. We will be making our recommendations based on weekly consensus PPR rankings from FantasyPros. Here is our squad and the position groups they will be covering to help you each week. Follow us, friend us, tweet us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Week 6 Review 

Start Cam Newton

Cam Newton got his rushing work in a game that saw only 30 total points put on the board. That reason alone will continue to make Newton worthy of weekly QB1 discussions moving forward. Newton finished as the 11th best quarterback on the week after coming into it as the 15th.

Start Ryan Fitzpatrick

Call this one a push; the difference between a top 10 finish for Fitzpatrick and his QB15 finish was the two interceptions. Overall, he had a good week even though the game script was never really in his favor. 

Sit Deshaun Watson

Well, this is probably the last time you’ll see me put Deshaun Watson on this list. After a below-average start to the season, Watson appears to have turned himself and this offense around under new management. Watson finished as the QB1 for the week in an absolutely stellar back and forth game with the Titans.

Sit Tom Brady

I predicted the game would not fall Brady’s way, and it definitely did not. However, it wasn’t for the reason I brought up. The Packers offense had a horrendous second quarter that set the tone for the entire game. The Bucs fed Ronald Jones and just iced this game away. Brady came into the week at the 11th projected QB and finished it as the 19th.

Sit Teddy Bridgewater

I do love Teddy Bridgewater. He seems to have a really good handle on this Panthers offense. However, the Bears defense is no joke, and this was an easily predictable sit situation. He still finished as QB24 on the week but came into it ranked 19th.

Current sit/start record: 13-10-5

Start

Teddy Bridgewater

AP Photo/Brian Westerhold
Opponent: New Orleans Saints
Over/Under: 51
FantasyPros rank: 18

Bridgewater is going to have better weeks, and this should be one of them. A week after facing a stingy Bears defense, Bridgewater draws a Saints defense that has been giving up a lot of points. The one thing the Saints do well is stop the run. The Panthers should still be able to pass. I like the matchups of D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson against this Saints secondary, and Bridgewater should be the biggest benefactor of that. I’m taking the over in this game as I expect the Saints to be able to score as well, and I like Bridgewater to be a border-line QB1 play this week.

Baker Mayfield

Credit: AP Photo/Ron Schwane
Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals
Over/Under: 50.5
FantasyPros rank: 24

I’m taking the over in this game, and I like there to be a lot of points on both sides of the ball. Cleveland should be able to establish the run in this one, and they’re at their best when they can run play action. I like the matchups of Austin Hooper, Odell Beckham, and Jarvis Landry as well. Someone has got to throw the ball, right? The biggest question mark is Mayfield’s health, and that will be something to monitor as the week goes on. I certainly don’t believe that there are 23 better options this week than Mayfield, and I fully expect him to outperform this position.

Drew Lock

Credit: Sports Illustrated
Opponent: Kansas City Chiefs
Over/Under: 46
FantasyPros rank: 27

Simply put, Denver is playing Kansas City. The argument here might be a little thin, but Kansas City will be able to put up points on this beaten-up Broncos defensive group. The Denver offense will be forced to try and play catch up. The offense has been better with Lock under center, and they will be returning the dynamic duo of Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon to help the young quarterback. His favorite target, tight end Noah Fant also appears to be on a timetable to return this week. Lock’s performance last week does match his stat line, which could be playing into why he’s the 27th best option coming into the week. However, I think he beats that with ease this week.

Sit

Ben Roethlisberger

(LA Times)
Opponent: Tennessee Titans
Over/Under: 50.5
FantasyPros Rank: 10

Call this one a fundamental disagreement with Las Vegas. Betting sites are placing this game at an over/under of 50.5 points. I will be taking the under and not thinking twice. Both of these defenses are talented and successful units. I expect the Titans to get after Roethlisberger and do a good job of containing the running game. The most likely thing that Pittsburgh will continue to do is get budding star rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool involved in creative ways. That could be the saving grace for Roethlisberger. This game will be a fight-for-every-yard type of game and could be one of the bigger defensive battles we’ve seen yet this year.

Ryan Tannehill

Credit: Bleacher Report
Opponent: Pittsburgh Steelers
Over/Under: 50.5
FantasyPros rank: 14

Going for the two for one here. I don’t expect either of these sides to score many points. This contest could very easily turn into a “who won the time of possession” meeting. Tennessee is going to lean on Derrick Henry to grind this game out. This game very well could come down to who has the last possession, but overall the two teams match up very well. The Titans won a nail-biter last week after Deshaun Watson decided to put his team on his back, but I don’t believe they will let that happen again. 

Thank you for once again tuning in to my sit/start calls for the quarterback position. You can find all of my work on my Twitter profile, @tyler_grez. I also post weekly rankings for Game On Wisconsin, host the Game on Fantasy podcast and co-host the Sunday editions of the Packaday podcast. Be sure to join the #nerdherd to get access to some of the best dynasty analysis on the internet.

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