Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 7
Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 7

This article is part of our Start vs. Sit series.

Welcome to the Week 7 edition of Start vs. Sit. We have a loaded slate with marquee ranked matchups across the landscape, highlighted by the Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma and the Florida-LSU matchup in Death Valley. Penn State-Iowa, Alabama-Texas A&M and Michigan State-Wisconsin also bear mentioning as excellent matchups between quality teams. Let's run through each conference and pick out the toughest start-sit decisions for the Week 7 action. 

AAC

START

Marquez Stevenson, WR, Houston vs. Cincinnati

D'Eriq King sitting out takes a lot of the juice out of the Houston offense. Clayton Tune is a significant drop-off at quarterback, but there's still reason to buy into Stevenson. 

Stevenson saw nine targets in his first game with Tune as the starter, reeling in seven for 64 yards. Meanwhile, no other Cougar receiver saw more than two targets. Stevenson figures to dominate the target share the rest of the way, so even if his efficiency takes a dip sans King, he'll still see enough looks to post starter-worthy production. That applies this week, even with Cincinnati posing a tough challenge with its 30th-ranked defense.

SIT

Anthony Russo, QB, Temple vs. Memphis

Cincinnati is rightly drawing most of the AAC headlines after a resounding win over UCF, but Memphis may be the best team in the conference. The Tigers rank 10th in S&P+, thanks in large part to a suffocating secondary that allows just 146.2 passing yards per game and holding opponents to a mere 45.9 completion

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John McKechnie
John is the 2016 FSWA College Writer of the Year winner. He is a Maryland native and graduate of the University of Georgia. He's been writing for RotoWire since early 2014.
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