Minnesota Vikings Fantasy Start/Sit: Week 7 vs. Detroit Lions

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Stefon Diggs and Dalvin Cook
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Stefon Diggs and Dalvin Cook /
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(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /

Vikings to sit in Week 7:

Kirk Cousins – QB

We all saw what Kirk Cousins has done during these past two weeks. He’s torched the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles’ secondaries. But the Lions are not that type of secondary.

They’re going to wear you down by playing sticky man-to-man coverage and Cousins is going to have to make pinpoint accuracy throws. Can he do it? Yes. But the consistency in which he’s done so this year has been annoying. So for this week, keep him on your bench.

Stefon Diggs – WR

Oofta, what a game for Stefon Diggs last week?! 167 yards and three touchdowns in a matchup is very impressive. It’s some other stats that make you nervous going into this week though.

First, he was targeted a whopping 11 times and he caught just six of them. Not all of those misses are on him. Most of those are because of overthrows by Cousins. He also gets Darius Slay to matchup with him man-to-man on Sunday.

Can Diggs put some of his elite route running moves to work? Absolutely. But with the combo of Cousins throwing to him and Slay covering him, Diggs could be in for a long day.

Lions to sit in Week 7:

Matthew Stafford – QB

The Vikings’ defense has allowed an average of just over 16 points a game to quarterbacks this season. That stat alone should be enough to keep Matthew Stafford out of your fantasy lineups this week.

Minnesota has also allowed just under 219 passing yards a game as well. They’ve also sacked the quarterback 17 times and have six interceptions. Their passing defense is for real and it has defensive backs who can lock down wide receivers and linebackers that can lock down tight ends and running backs.

Kerryon Johnson – RB

Kerryon Johnson is one of the better backs in the NFL, especially when you can get him out in space. The only problem is, the Lions keep pounding him up the middle, refusing to use him to his strength.

They won’t be able to run up the middle this week against a tough Vikings run defense, which has allowed just 91.5 rushing yards per game on average this year. The other crazy stat for Minnesota is that they’ve allowed just one rushing touchdown this season, so don’t expect Johnson to have a big game this week.

Kenny Golladay – WR

Can you guess who is the opposite of a Viking killer? It’s Kenny Golladay. He has played Minnesota three times in his young career and he has been absolutely dreadful. He’s been targeted a whopping 23 times, but he has caught just 11 of them for only 165 yards and zero touchdowns.

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That’s an average of catching 3.67 of his 7.67 targets for 55 yards and zero touchdowns, which in PPR formats is just over nine fantasy points. If that’s the case, you might want to look elsewhere for a startable wide receiver this week.