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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Lamar Miller, Giovani Bernard, Alfred Blue & 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:

 

Trent Richardson – Running Back – Indianapolis Colts
Ahmad Bradshaw has been lost for the season to a broken leg, leaving Richardson as the lead back for Indianapolis. He has averaged 3.4 yards per carry overall and has had 13 total carries over the past two games (including a 6 carry, 0 yard performance against the Patriots).

Of course, the news comes at an ideal time for Richardson who draws the porous Jaguars defense (who are allowing the seventh most points per week to opposing running backs, fourth most over the past two weeks). Richardson also arguably had his best game of the season against them, with 80 total yards and averaging 4.1 YPC. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 12: Start Josh Gordon, Sit Eric Decker and 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 – Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Tampa Bay
The Chicago Bears are an absolute mess of a football team so far this season, but through it all Jay Cutler has remained a top 10 – 12 quarterback and his weapons are getting healthy. He’s clearly good enough that he should be torching a bad secondary in Tampa Bay.

Recently we’ve seen a little bit of life from the Tampa defense, but there is still a whole lot of shakiness there. The Bucs also don’t get many interceptions, just eight total this season, which makes me feel a lot better about using Cutler who can be undone by interceptions. Cutler just has so many weapons from his two big receivers to his tight end to Matt Forte out of the backfield, there’s just no way the Bucs can cover all of them. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Ryan Mathews, Jeremy Hill, Alfred Blue & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 11 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:

 

Alfred Blue – Running Back – Houston Texans
Arian Foster will not play today, despite being listed as questionable on the injury report.  Blue is going to be a well hyped option for this week, but outside of one big game (13 carries for 78 yards) he really has failed to produce overall.  As it is he has averaged just 3.4 yards per carry, but if we take out that performance it tumbles all the way down to 2.8.

Cleveland has been a middle of the road defense against opposing running backs this season, allowing 980 rushing yards and 6 TD.  However, over the past two weeks they are tied for the second fewest points allowed to opposing RB (204 total yards and 0 TD) and over the past four weeks they have allowed the seventh fewest. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 11: Start Ryan Mathews, Sit Rashan 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 – Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
A lot has been made regarding Ryan and his home/road splits.  It certainly is fair, when you look at the numbers:

  • Home – 1,233 yards (9.72 yards/attempt), 9 TD, 2 INT
  • Road – 1,292 yards (6.30 yards/attempt), 7 TD, 6 INT

That said, any QB taking on the Panthers is going to be a player worth using right now.  On the season they have allowed the sixth most points to opposing QB, having allowed 2,692 yards, 19 TD and 9 INT.  Simply, this isn’t the same Panthers defense we’ve come to know so the matchup isn’t a reason to stay away. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Lamar Miller, Mark Ingram, Percy Harvin & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 10 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:

 

Percy Harvin – Wide Receiver – New York Jets
After hardly producing in Seattle, why should we have expected anything to be different in New York? Well he showed us in Week 9 as he went off for 11 receptions (on 13 targets) for 129 yards. Still not sold? ESPN’s Matthew Berry, in his Love/Hate column, gave us this tidbit:

“Harvin is crushing the short stuff (10 of his 11 receptions last week were within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage) and that’s where Pittsburgh struggles. Opponents have completed 69 percent of their short passes (and scored three times) the past three weeks.”

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 10: Sit Ryan Tannehill, Start Justin Forsett & 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 – Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. St. Louis
Palmer has played five games this season and has thrown for at least 2 TD and 249 yards in all of them. The Rams’ passing defense actually hasn’t been too bad this season, with their 1,889 passing yards allowed as the sixth fewest in the league, but that’s hardly a deterrent. Worried since St. Louis piled up 8 sacks this past Sunday? Arizona has allowed just 13 all season, so don’t be.

Sit – Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at Detroit
While the Dolphins are coming off an impressive performance against the Chargers, don’t get too caught up in it. The Lions are allowing the fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks, including just 9 TD passes. Tannehill has also gotten a boost with his legs, running for 47+ yards in four straight games. Of course, Detroit has allowed 53 rushing yards to opposing QB all season, while also registering 23 sacks. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Robert Griffin III, Jeremy Hill, Tony Romo & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 9 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:

 

Andre Williams – Running Back – New York Giants
The team ruled Rashad Jennings out earlier in the week, leaving Williams to once again handle lead back duties. He struggled in the role heading into the bye week, however:

  • vs. Atlanta – 20 carries, 65 yards, 1 TD
  • at Philadelphia – 17 carries, 59 yards
  • at Dallas – 18 carries, 51 yards

That works out to 3.2 yards per carry and considering he’s a non-factor in the passing game is simple unacceptable. The Colts have allowed 4.3 yards per carry to opposing running backs, but could the Giants fall behind early and be forced to pass to keep up? Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 9: Giovani Bernard, Colin Kaepernick, DeAndre Hopkins & 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. St. Louis
The Rams have been atrocious at stopping opposing quarterbacks this season, allowing the fifth most points per week. Even more important, it’s been running quarterbacks that have hurt them most as they’ve allowed the third most rushing yards (197) and are tied for the most rushing touchdowns (3). While Kaepernick hasn’t shown it consistently, nor has he found the end zone, he has rushed for over 50 yards three times this season and we all know what he’s capable of. Just as an added bonus, he torched St. Louis for 343 yards and 3 TD through the air just a few weeks ago. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Jimmy Graham, Joique Bell, Sammy Watkins & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 8 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:

 

Denard Robinson – Running Back – Jacksonville Jaguars
According to Mark Long (via Twitter):

“No surprise, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley says @DenardX will start at RB vs Dolphins. Toby Gerhart (foot) will get some reps though”

It shouldn’t be surprising, as Gerhart was abysmal as the lead back early in the season and Robinson is coming off a 22 carry, 127 yard, 1 TD performance. Of course the sledding is going to be a lot tougher this week as Miami has allowed 494 rushing yards to opposing running backs (sixth fewest in the league). Where they have been burned is 3 receiving TD to RB, and Robinson has just 11 receptions for 37 yards. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 8: Carson Palmer, Ronnie Hillman, Andre Johnson & 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 – Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Philadelphia
We knew it could take some time for Palmer to round back into form, but he now has two games under his belt and an assortment of weapons to choose from. While his numbers haven’t been electric quite yet (503 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT), the Eagles have allowed the fifth most points to opposing QB this season (1,669 yards, 13 TD, 3 INT). Unless you have one of the elite, he’s as good of a bet as there is this week. Read more