Archive for Start or Sit

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 3: Tom Brady, Reggie Bush, Sammy Watkins & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

 

Quarterback
Start – Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at New York Jets
While there are still some lingering questions regarding the health of Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, there should be no doubt about having Cutler active in your lineup this week. Sure he “only” threw for 176 yards in Week 2, but also had 4 TD and already has six for the season (as well as 515 yards). Plus the Jets are abysmal at stopping the pass, as they have allowed the second most points to opposing QB this season (just behind the Saints). Their secondary is questionable, at best, and Cutler should be able to tear them apart this week as long as his offensive line holds up. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Alshon Jeffery, Doug Martin, Matt Asiata & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 2 I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit? Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:

 

Doug Martin – Running Back – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
He’s listed as questionable, but according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times (click here for the article):

“Martin practiced last week and, although he is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, is expected back in the lineup against the St. Louis Rams. The Bucs would also like to have his good name and reputation restored as well.”

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 2: Zac Stacy, Cordarrelle Patterson, Tony Romo & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

 

Quarterbacks
Start – Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at San Diego
While the rushing attack could remain the focus, Wilson and the passing game showed a bit of upside themselves in Week 1. While he only picked up 191 yards, Wilson was efficient (19-for-28), threw 2 TD and also rushed the ball 7 times for 29 yards.  With a healthy Percy Harvin in the mix, Wilson has the potential to be more dynamic than ever before.  The matchup is promising, as the Chargers allowed 294 passing yards in Week 1 (9th most in the league) as well as 2 TD. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Andre Ellington, Cam Newton, Zac Stacy & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 1 I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit? Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:

 

Cam Newton – Quarterback – Carolina Panthers
Updated as of 12:15 PM EST:

In other words, he’s officially unusable today.  Find a reliable alternative, because he’s impossible to trust given a late start time.  If you have a viable option playing in the early games, don’t shy away from using them. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 1 (2014): Ben Tate, T.Y. Hilton, Bernard Pierce & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

 

Quarterbacks
Start – Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle
What? We have to say to start Rodgers? Any time a quarterback steps into Seattle you have to wonder if you are going to be better off leaving your starter on the bench. That said this is Rodgers and it’s hard to argue against starting him even in a tough matchup. You drafted him as your stud QB, as your anchor, and there’s a better chance that you are ultimately disappointed that you left him on your bench as opposed to him completely stinking up the joint.  Last season his worst game was 244 passing yards and he also has the ability to score a touchdown with his legs. Yes there’s risk, but unless you are loaded you simply can’t have him on your bench. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Eddie Lacy, Ryan Mathews, Randall Cobb & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 17 I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit? Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:

 

Eddie Lacy – Running Back – Green Bay Packers
Tyler Dunne (via Twitter) is reporting that:

“Lacy says ankle sprain still hurts. Feels about the same it has. Adds he’ll ‘try to get as close to 100 (percent) as possible.’”

While Lacy is fully expected to play, it sounds like he’s going to be a huge risk.  Still, with the playoffs on the line and a very favorable matchup in his sights (the Bears’ are allowing a league worst 161.5 rushing yards per game and 21 rushing TD) Lacey is a must play option.  In his first meeting with the Bears he had 22 carries for 150 yards and a TD.

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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Ryan Tannehill, Jordan Todman, Larry Fitzgerald & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 16 (for most teams anyways) I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit? Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:

 

Ryan Tannehill – Quarterback – Miami Dolphins
There has been a lot of love for Tannehill over the past few weeks, and for good reason. However, before you lock him in for your championship game today consider these stats from ESPN’s Matthew Berry:

“So, this stat you probably know. No quarterback has been sacked more than Tannehill this season. This stat you might not: When under duress, Tannehill has completed only 38 percent of his passes. And I bet this one takes you by surprise: The Bills lead the league in sack rate (sacks per opponent dropbacks) this season. In fact, over the past five weeks, only the Seahawks have allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Bills.”

Also keep in mind that in their first matchup Tannehill managed to go just 19-for-37 with 194 yards and 2 INT (though he did throw 3 TD). It’s been a great run, but this isn’t the matchup to try and exploit.

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 16: Jordan Todman, Rueben Randle & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

A format Start/Sit column doesn’t make as much sense this week, given how few fantasy owners are going to be competing. Instead, lets highlight some recent news from around the league and see where there could be players worth using:

 

Ben Tate placed on IR
Tate has been playing with four broken ribs for some time, but there have been reports that he broke a fifth rib and that ultimately ended his season. Dennis Johnson should get the start and, with Tate being a free agent at seasons’s end, he certainly has motivation to produce. Denver’s defense has struggled against opposing running backs (644 total yards and 6 TD over the past four weeks), but there’s always the threat of Houston going down big early and needing to go pass heavy. In other words, Johnson should be considered a much better play in PPR formats this week, but could have value regardless of the format as he will see the bulk of the backfield touches.

Verdict – Dennis Johnson – Start ‘Em as potential FLEX, but there’s some risk

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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush, Jay Cutler & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 15 (for most teams anyways) I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit? Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:

 

Adrian Peterson/Toby Gerhart – Minnesota Vikings – Running Back
According to Adam Schefter (via Twitter) this morning):

“#Vikings are expected to be without star RB Adrian Peterson (foot) today, as well as without backup Toby Gerhart (hamstring), per source”

The Vikings play at 1:00 PM EST, so we’ll have definitive word early in the day.  That said, fantasy owners need to scramble and find a viable alternative immediately.  The only other running backs on the roster are Matt Asiata and Joe Banyard (just promoted from the practice squad), meaning neither are very trustworthy options.

If you had to gamble on one it would be Asiata, but fantasy owners would be better served to look elsewhere.

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 15 (2013): Colin Kaepernick, Chris Johnson, Roddy White & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

 

Quarterback
Start – Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – at Minnesota
Would anyone have expected Foles to emerge as a must start option this season? He finally threw his first interception of the year in Week 14, leaving him with 20 TD vs. 1 INT. While he has thrown for under 250 yards each of the past two weeks (including 179 through inclement weather last week), he clearly has been playing like one of the elite.

Now, factor in the matchup. The Vikings are just behind the Cowboys in points allowed to opposing QB, including a league leading 28 TD passes and the third most yards (3,850). The Eagles have shown a willingness to throw the ball, even with LeSean McCoy, and there’s no reason to think Foles won’t rip them to shreds.

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