Archive for Start or Sit

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

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Davis, JuJu Smith-Schuster & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 15′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:

 

DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – Wide Receiver
Adam Schefter (via Twitter) is reporting:

“Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins, questionable for Sunday’s game vs Jaguars due to a toe injury, will play, per source.”

It’s hard to justify sitting Hopkins, though everything appears to be stacking up against him:

  1. He’s clearly not 100%
  2. T.J. Yates taking over at quarterback
  3. Jacksonville has allowed the fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers on the season Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 15: Derek Carr, Alshon Jeffery, Greg Olsen & More

by Will Overton

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 – Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins vs. Arizona
The Washington Redskins season is over and it could be easy to say they’ll be mailing it in. However Kirk Cousins still has a pretty good reason to be going all out right now, and that’s his upcoming free agency. He is still looking to lock down a huge contract at the end of the season and certainly will still be looking for big numbers to pad his stats. The Cardinals have Patrick Peterson, but the secondary outside of him has been very bad and I expect Cousins to expose them this week in a pass heavy attack. Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 15: C.J. Anderson, T.Y. Hilton, Demaryius Thomas & 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:

 

Denver Broncos

Must Start:

  • None

 

Possible Start:

  • C.J. Anderson – Running Back – Everyone has been waiting for the Broncos to take a look at Devontae Booker, but instead they have turned back to Anderson (which does make sense, as they try to determine if he’s the long-term answer).  With a 3.9 yards/carry on the season it’s easy to say that he’s not a long-term solution and shouldn’t be considered for this week.  That said the Colts have been terrible against opposing running backs (5th most points per week), and with the opportunities being there he may be able to take advantage.  He’s not a must start, because the team could always turn to Booker, but there’s enough here to at least consider him. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Will Fuller, Giovani Bernard, Greg Olsen & 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:

 

Kerwynn Williams – Arizona Cardinals – Running Back
With Adrian Peterson out once again it will be Williams set to carry the load.  In a similar situation last week against the Rams Williams erupted for 97 yards on 16 carries, though the matchup is a significantly tougher one in Tennessee (they’ve allowed the sixth fewest points per week to opposing RB).  In fact the Titans have been stellar against the run:

  • 868 rushing yards (third fewest)
  • 4 rushing TD (tied for third fewest) Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 14: Tyrod Taylor, Kareem Hunt, Stefon Diggs & More

by Will Overton

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 –Josh McCown – New York Jets @ Denver
Sometimes matchups are all about timing, and the timing for McCown this week seems just right. He is on a roll after a huge game against the Chiefs last week. Meanwhile, the Broncos have been a tough team to go against this season but the wheels seem to be falling off, given they allowed 35 points last week to Miami. The Jets are pretty content being a pass heavy offense right now and McCown should keep piling up the fantasy points. Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 14: Tevin Coleman, Drew Brees, Ted Ginn & 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

Must Start:

  • Julio Jones – Wide Receiver – Jones is one of the elite players in the game and while he was contained in Week 13 (2 receptions for 24 yards), he’s a week removed from a 12 catch, 253 yards, 2 TD explosion.  Of course the numbers don’t matter, Jones is a must start no matter what. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Antonio Brown, Kenyan Drake, Aaron Jones & 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:

 

Aaron Jones – Green Bay Packers – Running Back
After missing two weeks Jones appears set to return.    However he returns to a different situation, as Jamaal Williams has stepped up in his absence:

  • vs. Baltimore – 96 total yards
  • at Pittsburgh – 135 total yards, 2 TD

Over the past three weeks, when Jones has gotten 18+ carries per game, he’s averaged a mere 3.2 yards per carry.  Jones was averaging a robust 5.3 yards per carry prior to getting hurt, and you would think he’d step back into the early down worth with Williams augmenting him and operating as the primary pass catcher.  Don’t be so fast to make that assumption, though.  According to Adam Schefter (via Twitter): Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 13: Drew Brees, Dion Lewis, Marquise Goodwin & 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 – Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cincinnati

Roethlisberger certainly wasn’t playing like a superstar early in the season, though he’s started to light things up in recent weeks.  Here’s just a few of his recent numbers:

  • 4 TD in back-to-back games
  • 2+ TD in four of his past five
  • 299+ yards in three of his past four Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 13: Dak Prescott, Josh Doctson, Alfred Morris & 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:

 

Washington Redskins

Must Start:

  • Kirk Cousins – Quarterback – Over the past two weeks the Dallas Cowboys have allowed 602 passing yards (third most in the league), 5 TD and 0 INT against opposing quarterbacks (Carson Wentz & Philip Rivers).  With Cousins himself playing well, he’s a Top 5 option this week. Read more