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Texans-Steelers to decide Week 7 fantasy matchups


From Sammy Watkins' huge day (122 yards, two touchdowns) to Russell Wilson putting up over 400 yards of offense (313 passing, 106 rushing), it's been a heck of a week for fantasy owners. By now you're probably somewhere between setting your team up for a playoff run, or trying to complete a trade that could help you climb the standings for a chance at glory. After the Monday night game between the Steelers and the Texans, Week 7 will be in the books and if you're sitting on Arian Foster, Le'Veon Bell or Antionio Brown, you probably like your chances of avoiding a Monday Nightmare. Here's what you can expect from some of the fantasy-relevant players in the Week 7 finale.


Arian Foster, RB

Foster had the second-most rushing touchdowns (five) in the league and third-most rushing yards (513) through Week 6 -- even with a missed a game due to a hamstring injury. It's not a question of starting or sitting him, but its more about how much can he produce against the Steelers defense that's allowing 111.2 rushing yards per game. Foster posted 109 rushing yards and two scores on 20 carries last week against the Colts and is poised for another big game on Monday night.

Andre Johnson, WR

Johnson snapped a 12-game streak without a touchdown last week against the Colts and caught seven balls for 99 yards and a score. It was his first double-digit fantasy point game of the season in standard scoring leagues, but the veteran has brought additional value to PPR formats as he has five or more receptions in five of six games this season. The volume is there, it's just the lack of scoring that has really hindered his production. Pittsburgh has allowed just four touchdowns to opposing wideouts this season, so it's not likely Johnson finds the end zone again Monday night.

DeAndre Hopkins, WR

Hopkins is always a deep-ball threat in Houston's aerial attack and has been able to produce three touchdowns and 366 yards this season. Two of his scores have come on 76- and 35-yard plays, but he's only totaled 100-plus yards once this year. Still, he remains starting material across the board in fantasy leagues, and although he had a down week against the Colts with just one catch for 12 yards, he should bounce back in a big way against the Steelers.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB

If facial hair counted towards fantasy points, Fitzpatrick would definitely be atop the ranks. But since beards don't count, he's not a viable starting fantasy quarterback. Here are some stats (none of which help his cause) to satiate those of you in extremely deep or two-quarterback leagues. In his last four games, Fitzpatrick has thrown three touchdowns and six interceptions and in his three career starts against Pittsburgh, he doesn't have a win. Not that wins count in fantasy, though.


Le'Veon Bell, RB

Bell has put up consistent fantasy production for his owners all year, but only has one touchdown on the season. Still, without scoring, he's managed double-digit fantasy points in all six games on yardage totals alone, posting over 100 yards from scrimmage every week. He ranks in the top five in terms of total fantasy points among running backs heading into Week 7 with 793 total yards and his one score. Bell will look to keep his hot season rolling against a Texans offense that surrendered two touchdowns to Colts' running backs last week.

Antonio Brown, WR

Through six games, Brown stood as the top-scoring wideout in all of fantasy football (94.38 points) and was second to only Jordy Nelson for most receiving yards in the NFL (629). He has five receiving touchdowns on the season and is the only player in the league to have 80-plus receiving yards in all six of his games -- his worst outing was Week 5 when he finished with 84 yards. Lock him into your starting lineup against the Texans for a nice icing on the cake to your Week 7 fantasy matchup. And don't forget that T.Y. Hilton just torched Houston for 223 yards and a score last week. #KABOOM?

Ben Roethlisberger, QB

Roethlisberger hasn't been a great fantasy quarterback recently, throwing just two touchdown passes in his last two games -- one of which was against Jacksonville. The Steelers are in need of a win on Monday night, so hopefully Big Ben comes out firing. He historically plays well in Monday night games, but with his inconsistency of late though, it's hard to endorse Roethlisberger as a fantasy starter.

Heath Miller, TE

The veteran tight end has only had one game this season worth a fantasy mention when he had 10 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown in Week 4. Besides that, he hasn't done much. Hopefully you took a shot with a better tight end this week than Miller.

Markus Wheaton, WR

Wheaton started the season on a lot of sleeper lists, and after a Week 1 performance of six catches for 97 yards, it looked like he might be a great value pick. But he's fallen off since and in the Steelers last two games combined has collected just five catches for 50 yards. Wheaton is pretty much off the fantasy radar, and even if he has a respectable outing Monday night, it's hard to trust him until he puts up more consistent numbers.

Matt Franciscovich is an associate fantasy editor at Follow him on Twitter @m_franciscovich.