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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Latavius Murray, Corey Clement, Josh Gordon & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 2′s Sunday action 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:

 

Josh Gordon – New England Patriots – Wide Receiver
Listed as questionable, there are a lot of factors working against using Gordon this week:

  1. In his first week as a Patriot he’s only gotten in limited practices, making you wonder what kind of rapport he’s built or knowledge of the offense he has
  2. Battling a hamstring injury, you have to wonder if he’ll be on a “pitch count” if he does play
  3. The Patriots play on Sunday night, meaning we won’t have clarity until most of the games have already ended

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2018): Week 3: Carson Wentz, Matt Breida, Keelan Cole & 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 – Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – at Kansas City

Russell Wilson was also considered for this spot, though it should be obvious that he’s a must start (shouldn’t it…).  Instead we’ll go with Garoppolo, who has disappointed over the first two weeks completing 55.9% of his passes for 467 yards, 3 TD and 3 INT.  Obviously part of the problem could be attributed to the receiving corps, but he thrived last year with a similar group.  All of his INT also came against the Vikings, who limited him to a 45.5% completion rate.  Things were much better against the Lions (69.2%) and that should continue against the Chiefs. Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 3 (2018): Sam Darnold, Carlos Hyde, Quincy Enunwa & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are often tricky as it is, because there isn’t necessarily a reason to take any undue risks with questionable options (which could set you back and spoil your week).  Who are the borderline players that should be in lineups?  Who should be sat down?  Let’s take a look at the skill players taking the field tonight and try to answer those questions:

 

Cleveland Browns

Tyrod Taylor – Quarterback
Taylor has had his issues throwing the football this season (52.9% completion percentage), but he’s proven he can offset any deficiencies with his legs.  He’s already run for 103 yards and 1 TD and that’s somewhere that you can beat the Jets (Ryan Tannehill took 8 carries for 55 yards in Week 2).  That keeps him on radars for those in two-quarterback formats, but without Josh Gordon does anyone feel comfortable trusting him in shallower formats? Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Leonard Fournette, Aaron Rodgers, Phillip Lindsay & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 2′s Sunday action 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:

 

Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – Quarterback
Despite returning to the game last week after suffering a knee injury there were significant questions whether or not Rodgers would start today against the Vikings.  Things appear to be heading in the right direction, though, as Ian Rapoport tweeted this morning:

Absent a setback, #Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will start today vs the #Vikings, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. He’s still sore and swollen because of a sprained knee, but sounded like practice Saturday impressed everyone. Should be good to go.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2018

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2018): Week 2: Deshaun Watson, Devin Funchess, Jay Ajayi & 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 – Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – at Pittsburgh

Mahomes was heavily hyped entering the season, but with little NFL experience it was hard to know exactly what the sophomore quarterback would bring to the table.  In Week 1 he showed off his big arm and ability to make plays, turning just 27 attempts into 256 yards and 4 TD.  His 9.5 yards/attempt put him third in the NFL:

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick – 14.9
  • Drew Brees – 9.8
  • Patrick Mahomes / Aaron Rodgers – 9.5 Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 2 (2018): Alex Collins, Andy Dalton, Michael Crabtree & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are often tricky as it is, because there isn’t necessarily a reason to take any undue risks with questionable options (which could set you back and spoil your week).  Who are the borderline players that should be in lineups?  Who should be sat down?  Let’s take a look at the skill players taking the field tonight and try to answer those questions:

 

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco – Quarterback
Flacco doesn’t have the upside potential of some other quarterbacks in the league, though he was solid in Week 1 (236 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT) while the Bengals allowed 319 yards and 2 TD in Week 1.  That said, just look at Flacco’s recent performances against Cincinnati:

  • 11/27/16 – 25-36, 234 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • 01/01/17 – 32-49, 267 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
  • 09/10/17 – 9-17, 121 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • 12/31/17 – 25-47, 203 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Josh Gordon, Greg Olsen, James Conner & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 1′s Sunday action 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:

 

Josh Gordon – Cleveland Browns – Wide Receiver
After battling a hamstring injury Gordon is healthy and ready to roll against the Steelers.  That said, there’s reason to be skeptical about utilizing him this week.  Head coach Hue Jackson was quoted by Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon Journal (click here for the article) as saying:

“My concern is if we give him too much [playing time], we might be leaving him out there for potential injury,” Jackson said. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2018): Week 1: Jimmy Garoppolo, Adrian Peterson, Devin Funchess & 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 – Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. New York Jets

This spot easily could’ve gone to Ben Roethlisberger, but we already discussed him and the rest of the Steelers given the Le’Veon Bell situation (click here for the article) so instead we’ll give the nod to Stafford.  It’s easy to call him “Mr. Consistent”, as his worst yardage over the past seven seasons is 4,262 (2015) and he has at least 24 TD in four of the past five seasons.  The Jets may be seen as a team with upside, but after allowing the fifth most points to opposing QB a year ago (28 TD tied for third most) did they do enough this offseason to think that anything will change?  Importing Trumaine Johnson helps and experience for their young safeties should help (though Marcus Maye is banged up), but it’s hardly enough to scare you away from utilizing Stafford. Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 1 (2018): Matt Ryan, Jay Ajayi, Tevin Coleman & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are often tricky as it is, because there isn’t necessarily a reason to take any undue risks with questionable options (which could set you back and spoil your week).  Who are the borderline players that should be in lineups?  Who should be sat down?  Let’s take a look at the skill players taking the field tonight and try to answer those questions:

 

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan – Quarterback
Generally we don’t go by the previous season when we are making a decisions as things change so quickly in the NFL.  However the Eagles have brought back the bulk of their starters from their Super Bowl winner, and that’s not a good thing for Ryan and company.  They allowed the tenth fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks while tying for the fourth most interceptions (19) and finishing middle of the pack in sacks (38). Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 16: Martavis Bryant, Demarco Murray, Blake Bortles & 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 – Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at San Francisco

It’s Week 16 and you are preparing to play for your fantasy title.  Five months ago if we had said that Bortles would nearly be a must play option, arguably a better choice than Tom Brady, we would’ve been called certifiable.  Today though?  It’s simply a fact and one that’s clear looking at his performances the past three weeks:

  • vs. Indianapolis – 309 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
  • vs. Seattle – 268 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
  • vs. Houston – 326 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT Read more