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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 7: 49ers-Seahawks to consider on TNF

The San Francisco 49ers face the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7. We break down the fantasy football options you should start and sit for this game.

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Welcome back for Week 7 of the 2015 NFL season. The San Francisco 49ers are kicking off Week 7, hosting the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football. There are some upside plays this week, but this matchup has the strong potential of being a fantasy blackhole. Well, it could make for a solid defensive day, but offensive fantasy performances could prove problematic.

There are some intriguing fantasy options for the 49ers, but they are risky options. The offense has two strong performances under their belt, although they did come against a pair of bad defenses. The 49ers are currently in a position where they do not have any clear must-starts, but they do have some fill-in options.


Start 'em: None - The 49ers could very well spring an upset in this game, but the 49ers offense does not have a strong track record against the Seahawks defense. Phil Dawson is tempting, but a potential 16-10 loss, or 13-10 does not make for a whole lot of offensive options.

Maybe start 'em: RB Carlos Hyde, WR Anquan Boldin, K Phil Dawson, 49ers D/ST - The 49ers are options you'd roll the dice on primarily if you are dealing with injuries or bye week concerns. Other than that, you'd really be rolling the dice on most of these players. The 49ers best chance to win this game will require Hyde getting physical against this Seahawks defense. He's not a definite start, but is a good flex option, and a potential spot-start with injuries or bye issues ... Boldin is the safest of the receiver options at this point. Torrey Smith is an upside guy, but he seems pretty boom or bust at this point ... Dawson is intriguing if you think the 49ers can spring the upset. I could see something like a 19-17 win if the 49ers get the upset. If it happens, Phil Dawson will likely be busy ... The 49ers D/ST is coming off a couple poor games, but there is some intriguing upside against the Seahawks. Seattle's offense has been inconsistent, thanks in large part to an awful offensive line. If the 49ers defense is ever going to get sacks, it will be against this line. Add in that they could be due for some fumble recoveries, and maybe they get a little something.

Sit 'em: TE Vernon Davis, RB Reggie Bush, WR Torrey Smith - This might be Davis' last real chance to show something this season. There are plenty of games left, but the Seahawks have struggled against tight ends. He's not worth starting, but maybe he shows some life ... Bush is expected back, and will have a role on offense. The problem is he has yet to last a full game in his 49ers career, so I would not expect much else yet ... Smith has two big games, in Week 2 and Week 6. He is essentially boom-or-bust right now for the 49ers.


Start 'em: QB Russell Wilson, RB Marshawn Lynch, TE Jimmy Graham, K Steven Hauschka, Seahawks D/ST - Wilson and the Seahawks offense are all over the place, but the Seahawks QB has quietly put together a nice little run this season, with at least one touchdown and 200+ passing yards every week, and some decent rushing totals ... Lynch made his way back from injury last week and decent, low key effort. A second game back should open the door to improved performance from Lynch ... Graham is coming off his best game with the Seahawks, catching eight passes for 140 yards. It remains to be seen if he'll find consistency, but you need to start him at this point ... Hauschka is a must-start. He and Dawson are tough calls, but even still, you play Hauschka every week ... The 49ers offensive line and Colin Kaepernick's pocket awareness at times opens the door for a decent amount of sacks. The Seahawks D/ST has solid success against Kap, so it is a solid play this week.

Sit 'em: RB Fred Jackson, RB Thomas Rawls, Seahawks WRs -