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Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Danny Woodhead, Michael Crabtree & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With fantasy titles hanging in the balance every decision feels paramount.  Making decisions on who to use and who not to use, especially this early in the week, is that much more difficult because of the potential hole you can put yourself in with a poor decision.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the skill players ready to suit up tonight to try to determine if they should or should not be used:

Quarterbacks
Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers –
Sure the weapons around him are questionable, but Rivers continues to find ways to produce.  He delivered 311 yards, 3 TD and 2 INT in Week 15 and posted a similar line against the Raiders when they faced off earlier in the season (336 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT).  Of course the Raiders have allowed opposing QB to throw for just 1 TD over the past two games and have actually been a fairly good defense on the season.  Rivers is usable, depending on your alternatives, but he’s hardly a must use option.

Verdict – Maybe Start/Maybe Sit, it all depends on your options (must use in two-quarterback formats) Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Denard Robinson, Spencer Ware, Donte Moncrief & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 15 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:

 

Danny Amendola – New England Patriots – Wide Receiver
While Julian Edelman returned to practice this week he has already been ruled out for today’s game against the Titans.  That should leave Amendola in a featured role, where he’s thrived over the past four weeks:

  • at New York Giants – 10 receptions for 79 yards
  • vs. Buffalo – 9 receptions for 117 yards
  • vs. Philadelphia – 7 receptions for 62 yards and 1 TD
  • at Houston – 6 receptions for 46 yards Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2015): Week 15: Start Lamar Miller, Sit Emmanuel Sanders & More

by Ray Kuhn

You are making the same decision this week that you made in Week 7, but it feels completely different. With it being the playoffs the stakes are higher, as is your level of obsession. Let’s take a look at some of the roster decisions you might be making this week:

Quarterbacks
Start – Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at New Orleans
Last week was one to forget for Stafford, but even in a down game he still managed to throw for 246 yards and two touchdowns. Don’t fall victim to recency bias and miss out on Stafford’s date with the Saints’, who allow the most points to opposing quarterbacks. In 13 games Stafford has 24 touchdowns with nine coming in two games. Other than that, he doesn’t have any games with more than two touchdown passes. Here’s a bet that this week will be a third season defining game for Stafford. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Calvin Johnson, Rob Gronkowski, Ronnie Hillman & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 14 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:

 

Calvin Johnson – Wide Receiver – Detroit Lions
There was a little bit of concern after Johnson missed practice on Friday, but according to Tim Twentyman of detroitlions.com (click here for the article):

“Calvin Johnson didn’t practice Friday, as coaches continue to manage his workload on his injured ankle, but Megatron should be good to go for Sunday’s game in St. Louis.  He’s officially listed as questionable, but the Lions have listed him as questionable on their injury report for the last month and he’s played in every game this season.”

Johnson has been targeted at least 7 times in each game since Week 1 and, before posting just 44 yards in Week 13, he had posted 80+ yards in six straight games.  Fire him up as a must use option in all formats. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2015): Week 14: Start Tyrod Taylor, Sit Randall Cobb & 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 – Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at Philadelphia
Over the past four weeks the Eagles have been the worst defense against opposing quarterbacks, yielding 1,112 yards (fifth most) and 15 TD (the Saints have allowed the second most, with just 11 over this span).  Taylor has also been finding his stride, putting up strong numbers the past two weeks against very good defenses:

  • Week 13 (at Kansas City) – 291 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
  • Week 14 (vs. Houston) – 211 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Matt Forte, Sammy Watkins, David Johnson & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 13 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:

 

David Johnson – Running Back – Arizona Cardinals
Both Andre Ellington & Chris Johnson have already been ruled out, leaving David Johnson as the last man standing (more or less).  Concerned about the Cardinals limiting his touches?  Don’t be, especially given this tweet from Mike Jurecki (BA refers to head coach Bruce Arians):

“BA; RB David Johnson could get up to 25 touches on Sunday vs. Rams.” Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2015): Week 13: Start C.J. Anderson, Sit Brandin Cooks & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With the Thursday games behind us we are left to pick up the pieces and start setting our lineup for the rest of the week.  Who should we be trusting?  Who should we be avoiding?  Let’s take a look:

 

Quarterbacks
Start – Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Tennessee

Over the past four weeks the Titans are allowing the fourth most points per game to opposing quarterbacks, including the most yards (1,176).  Allen Hurns is unlikely to play and Bortles struggled just a few weeks ago against Tennessee (242 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT), which could cause some to be skeptical.  That said Bortles is still going to have Allen Robinson, his rapport with Julius Thomas is improving (9 completions, 116 yards, 1 TD in Week 12) and the Titans have done a good job of stopping the run.  With the way Bortles has played overall this season he’s well worth utilizing. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Spencer Ware, Tevin Coleman, Jarvis Landry & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 12 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:

 

Spencer Ware – Running Back – Kansas City Chiefs
With Charcandrick West looking unlikely to play, Ware will once again get an opportunity.  Sure he made a huge splash last week (11 carries for 96 yards and 2 TD), but that came against a horrific San Diego run defense.  While the numbers may indicate that the Bills have struggled a bit of late, they’ve actually done a good job of shutting down the starters:

  • Week 9 – Lamar Miller – 12 carries for 44 yards
  • Week 10 – Chris Ivory – 18 carries for 99 yards
  • Week 11 – LeGarrette Blount – 16 carries for 56 yards Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2015): Week 12: Start Chris Johnson, Sit Jameis Winston & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With the Thursday games behind us we are left to pick up the pieces and start setting our lineup for the rest of the week.  Who should we be trusting?  Who should we be avoiding?  Let’s take a look:

 

Quarterback
Start – Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Minnesota

He hasn’t been as good as we’d have expected this season, despite ranking fourth in passing yards (2,982), as he hasn’t generated a significant number of TD (15) and he’s thrown far too many INT (10).  While Minnesota’s defense has been good against opposing quarterbacks overall, things have turned over the past two weeks:

  • Derek Carr – 302 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • Aaron Rodgers – 212 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT

They also have just 6 INT, eliminating one of the bigger issues with Ryan (he had 3 INT in Week 11).  He’s definitely worth utilizing as a QB1. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Thanksgiving Edition: Eddie Lacy, Tony Romo & More

by Eric Stashin

Happy Thanksgiving!  Today is a day for family, food and football.  From a fantasy perspective, though, things get a little more complicated with a trio of games.  Do we take any gambles early in the week?  What if we are unsure if one of our players are going to suit up on Sunday?  This week is a little bit more difficult to maneuver around, but let’s take a look at a few of the decisions owners may be facing today:

 

Eddie Lacy – Running Back – Green Bay Packers
According to the Packer Report (via Twitter):

“MM says a one-two punch in backfield. No decision on who will start. Needs them both.”

While both Lacy and James Starks will be involved, Lacy is coming off a game where he severely outplayed Starks (in fact over his past four games Starks has totaled 38 carries for 104 yards, a 2.7 YPC): Read more