Archive for Start or Sit

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Kelvin Benjamin, Jimmy Graham, Bishop Sankey & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 6 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:

 

Bishop Sankey – Running Back – Tennessee Titans
Shonn Greene will be out for the second consecutive week (he’s officially listed as “doubtful), leaving Sankey to operate as the team’s lead back once again.  Last week he was the only running back to have more than two carries, picking up 18 rushes for 61 yards.  Of course a lot of his production came courtesy of one 22 yard rush, so it was hardly an impressive performance.

Dexter McCluster could see an increased role and the Redskins have been among the best rushing defenses in the league (they are allowing just 3.9 yards per carry tied for ninth fewest).  It’s certainly not a favorable situation despite Greene’s absence. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 7: Matt Ryan, Jerrick McKinnon, Ruben Randle & 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 – Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at Denver
It hasn’t been a big season for Kaepernick, but he showed what he can do when needed this past Monday night (343 yards, 3 TD). Throw in his ability to make plays with his legs (40.3 rushing yards per game) and it’s an added benefit that can’t be ignored. While Denver’s defense has been good this season, this game has the makings of a high scoring affair and Kaepernick should be right in the middle of it. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Bishop Sankey, Joique Bell, Ronnie Hillman & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 6 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:

 

Storm Johnson – Running Back – Jacksonville Jaguars
Johnson has been gaining a lot of hype in recent days, with expectations that he could get his chance to operate as the lead back. Toby Gerhart is out, but it’s not a given that it’s Johnson that emerges.

The team also has Jordan Todman and Denard Robinson who will factor into the mix, just as they have when Gerhart has been active. Could Johnson see an increased role? Absolutely, but it’s hardly a given that he not only assumes all of Gerhart’s touches (he’s averaging just over 11 per game). Just keep on mind what NFL.com said about him prior to the draft: Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 6: Cam Newton, Zac Stacy, Percy Harvin & 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 – Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
Would anyone have predicted this? It’s certainly hard not to be on the Eli Manning bandwagon right now, as he continues to play well and finally has rookie Odell Beckham Jr. on the field (and he looked like a potential difference maker last week). Over the past three weeks (all Giants wins) he has 8 TD vs. 1 INT and has 2+ TD in four straight games. Couple that with an Eagles defense that is allowing the second most points per game to opposing quarterbacks, including 13 TD vs. 3 INT, and Manning should be entrenched in most lineups this week. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Arian Foster, Reggie Bush, Ben Tate & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 5 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:

 

Reggie Bush – Detroit Lions – Running Back
It’s not a great matchup against the Bills, who have allowed 244 rushing yards and 0 TD to opposing running backs this season. That said, with Joique Bell expected to miss the game Bush’s workload should increase considerably. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 5: Cam Newton, Sammy Watkins, Rashad Jennings & 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 – Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Jacksonville
The Jaguars are simply a team fantasy owners should exploit whenever possible. They are currently allowing the most points to opposing quarterbacks, having yielded 1,377 yards, 11 TD and 1 INT (well ahead of the second worst, the New York Jets, who also should be exploited with Philip Rivers this week). Roethlisberger has thrown 5 TD over his past two games, completing over 72% of his passes in each of those games. Couple the way he’s been playing with the matchup and he should be in store for a big day. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Doug Martin, Arian Foster, T.Y. Hilton & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 4 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
Listed as probable on the injury report, expectations are that Martin will be back in the lineup against the Steelers.  While Pittsburgh has given up just the 18th most points to opposing running backs, they’ve actually allowed the sixth most yards (360).  They simply haven’t allowed many TD to date (two total), though that could change in a hurry.

With Bobby Rainey struggling last week, including losing a pair of fumbles (he’s lost three on the season), it’s easy to imagine Martin stepping right into lead back duties.  Given the matchup, that’s a very good thing.  While his struggles earlier in the season keep him from RB1 status, he should be considered a very good play as a RB2 in all formats. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 4: Colin Kaepernick, Joique Bell, Jordan Matthews & 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 – Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Philadelphia
Kaepernick has thrown 4 TD vs. 3 INT and has yet to score a TD with his legs, so why does he get the nod as a start? He’s facing an Eagles defense that has allowed the second most points to opposing quarterbacks (behind only the Jacksonville Jaguars). Surprisingly he’s performed better on the road than at home, but it’s hardly enough to sway anyone against using him. The matchup with Philadelphia has the potential to be a shootout, so get him locked into your lineup unless you also own of the truly elite option. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Jamaal Charles, Arian Foster, Michael Crabtree & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 3 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:

 

Jamaal Charles – Running Back – Kansas City Chiefs
If Charles has a “true” high ankle sprain is up for debate, or he’s simply the quickest healer known to man. The bottom line is that he’s practiced this week, even if on a limited basis, and that has thrown all plans to use Kniles Davis into serious question.  While Charles is hardly a lock to play, there at least appears to be a shot as he’s listed as questionable on the injury report and is considered a true game time decision. Read more

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