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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 7

Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 7

Consider yourself blessed if your fantasy team hasn't been struck by the injury bug this season.

I mean, there really hasn't been any running away from it.

We'll do our best to navigate you through this tough stretch.

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Let's get right into the Week 7 Start/Sit and as always, Liam Neeson has a message for you:

START

Blake Bortles, QB, JAX (vs. OAK) - You like high scoring? This is your game. Bortles has been a model of inconsistency this season, but if the Jaguars have any chance of coming away with a victory, they're going to need their young quarterback to go score-for-score with Derek Carr. That shouldn't be a problem as the Raiders are allowing the sixth-most fantasy points (19.5) to opposing quarterbacks. (Scott Krinch)

Hunter Henry, TE, SD (@ ATL) - It's time to stop pigeonholing Henry as a tight end. Henry, a future star in the making, is a matchup problem for most NFL linebackers. His rare combination of size and speed, in addition to his crisp route running, has already vaulted him into a Top 4 fantasy tight end. Despite the presence of Antonio Gates back in the Chargers lineup, Henry is coming off his best career game in Week 6. Henry is a must-start, even in your flex, against a Falcons defense which is allowing a whopping 15.3 points (6 more than league average) to opposing tight ends. (Krinch)

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, TB (@ SF) - The NFL is a "next man up league" and the veteran Rodgers is taking full advantage of that. After injuries to starter Doug Martin (no timetable) and backup Charles Sims (IR), Rodgers is now the lead back in Tampa with only Peyton Barber to fend off for carries. In his first game having given a full workload, Rodgers rushed for 101 yards on 30 carries and hauled in five passes for 28 yards. San Francisco presents a juicy matchup for Rodgers to continue to prove his worth as the 49ers have allowed five-straight 100-yard-plus rushers and 9 rushing touchdowns in the last four weeks. (Krinch)

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SIT

Matt Forte, RB, NYJ (vs. BAL) - This is becoming a trend with the Jets veteran running back. After a monster Week 2 (three touchdowns), Forte has had four games of 7, 4, 6 and 1.5 fantasy points. Forte's carries have plummeted (9 last week), while Bilal Powell is starting to see an increased role in New York's offense. Forte needs to be kept on the bench against a Ravens defense which hasn't allowed a rushing touchdown since Week 2. If you're a Forte owner, trade him ASAP while some people still may value the name and past history. (Krinch)

Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI (vs. MIN) - Fantasy is a what have you done for me lately business and Matthews has done diddly poo. Since a monster showing in the Eagles' season-opening victory, Matthews hasn't surpassed 7 points in standard leagues since that game. Matthews, who is also dealing with knee tendinitis, is a bad play this week as he'll be lined up against the No. 1 defense in the NFL and one that has only allowed two receiving touchdowns in 2016. (Krinch)

Carson Palmer, QB, ARI (vs. SEA) - Nobody could have seen this coming, right? Palmer is currently the No. 26 ranked fantasy quarterback and is struggling to find any sort of rhythm under center this season. Palmer is a prime candidate for a bench spot this week with the Seahawks coming to town. Outside of Matt Ryan's performance in Week 6 (20 points), Seattle has allowed a combined 23 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. (Krinch)

D Rose is training at the Bulls' practice facility

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D Rose is training at the Bulls' practice facility

Don't get too excited, Bulls fans, but Derrick Rose is playing basketball in Chicago in a Bulls facility.

The former NBA MVP was spotted training at the Advocate Center, the Bulls' practice facility in Chicago.

Rose just finished a partial season with the Minnesota Timberwolves (a.k.a. the TimberBulls), playing under former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, and seemed to regain some of his former glory by averaging 14.2 points per game in five playoff games off the bench. He is now an unrestricted free agent.

Could this mean he is going to return to Chicago for another stint with the Bulls? Probably not.

Rose is, of course, a native Chicagoan and the Advocate Center opened in time for Rose's last two years with the Bulls. Both the city and the facility are familiar to Rose, which makes it an ideal place to train in the offseason. That surely won't stop hardcore Rose fans in Chicago from wishing it into an omen.

All the best moments from the Cubs-Marlins benches clearing incident

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All the best moments from the Cubs-Marlins benches clearing incident

The Cubs and Marlins delivered a benches clearing incident Tuesday night at Wrigley Field but instead of tempers boiling over, a ticklefight ensued a few feet from home plate.

Lewis Brinson lined a hard single to right field off Cubs pitcher Rob Zastryzny in the fourth inning. Ben Zobrist came up firing with an absolute beauty of a throw to home plate to nab Derek Dietrich trying to score:

Some things to focus on:

First off, what a throw from a guy that's about to turn 37 later this month and has played a lot more second base than outfield since joining the Cubs.

Secondly, it was interesting and amusing to see the bullpen doors open and both teams come sprinting out from under the bleachers to join the foray. A couple years ago, a benches clearing incident would've just resulted in each team's bullpen coming from a couple hundred feet down the foul line.

Willson Contreras was MOVING out of the Cubs dugout, looking like he was ready to hand out some serious punishment to protect his fellow catcher.

But instead of an actual fist fight, however, we got some comedy gold, like Bryzzo teaming up to play-fight with former teammate Starlin Castro.

First there was Kris Bryant tickling Castro:

Shortly after that moment, Anthony Rizzo jokingly pushed Castro from behind and the two players laughed it off:

Javy Baez loved it all:

Nobody was ejected and the coaches and umpires were able to quickly gain control of the situation, which couldn't have been that difficult when opposing players are out there tickling each other and laughing.