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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Sammy Watkins, Christine Michael, Brandon Marshall & 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:

 

Christine Michael – Running Back – Seattle Seahawks
With Thomas Rawls listed as doubtful and unlikely to play, Michael appears primed to operate as the lead back in what should be a favorable matchup with the 49ers.  That said, San Francisco has allowed 187 rushing yards to opposing running backs over the first two weeks, which puts them in the middle of the pack, and is only yielding 3.2 yards per carry.  They also have yet to allow a rushing touchdown, so don’t consider it a lock that Michael lights up the scoreboard.

Of course Michael has made the most of his chances thus far (25 carries for 126 yards), has proven capable of making plays in the passing game (5 receptions) and Russell Wilson is banged up.  That all comes together to help boost his stock, but he’s still more of a mid-tier RB2 this week. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2016): Week 3: Start Isaiah Crowell, Sit Doug Baldwin & 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 New Orleans
While the New Orleans Saints have somehow allowed just 1 passing TD, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before that number increases significantly.  After all, they have allowed the fourth most passing yards (682) and are one of just six teams to have allowed at least 650 yards over the first two weeks.

For his part Ryan has helped to expose a pair of defenses thus far:

  • vs. Tampa Bay – 334 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
  • at Oakland – 396 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: LeGarrette Blount (Start), Will Fuller (Maybe?!) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are often tricky, 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:

 

New England Patriots
Chris Hogan – Wide Receiver
He was a popular sleeper selection, but over the first two weeks of the season he hasn’t produced standout numbers (7 receptions, 119 yards, 1 TD). His 10 targets place him fourth on the Patriots, and he’s going to be the fourth or fifth option, at best, if Rob Gronkowski is healthy. With a tough matchup and significant quarterback questions, there’s simply no reason to take this kind of risk early in the week.

Verdict – Sit Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Demaryius Thomas, Chris Hogan (Must Start?!), T.J. Yeldon & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 2 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:

 

Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos – Wide Receiver
Thomas is looking like a game time decision, and with a 4:25 EST start time that’s not a good thing for fantasy owners.  The matchup complicates things further, as the Colts would appear to be a favorable situation to try and exploit.  If you have a late game alternative it makes sense to wait as long as possible, but at this point he’s looking like an incredibly risky option.  It’s not like Denver is void of alternatives, and it’s possible that even if he plays Thomas is utilized more as a decoy as opposed to a real weapon.

An obvious must start when healthy, there could be too much risk involved in this one and your decision has to come down to your potential alternative.  If you don’t have someone playing at 4 or later that you are comfortable plugging in, you are going to be forced to sit him down and use your alternative earlier in the day. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2016): Week 2: Start Larry Fitzgerald, Sit Gionvani Bernard & 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 Oakland

He’s not a “must start”, especially if you hold one of the elite in the game (like an Andrew Luck).  That said if you waited on quarterback and are now looking to piece things together, he’s a very good option to stream this week.  As it is Ryan is coming off a strong opening week against the Buccaneers (334 yards, 2 TD) and now draws an Oakland defense that was completely torched by Drew Brees and company (423 passing yards, 4 TD).  Is Ryan going to match that type of production?  Absolutely not, but with Julio Jones at his disposal (as well as others, which we will get to later on) it’s easy to envision another QB1-esque performance. Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Is Sammy Watkins Worth The Risk & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are often tricky, 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:

 

New York Jets

Ryan Fitzpatrick – Quarterback
You would think that he’d have potential, given the weapons he has around him, but that’s hardly the case.  He’s coming off a rather poor performance (54.3% completion rate, 189 passing yards) and didn’t do much in either of his matchups with the Bills in ’15:

  • November 12 – 15-34 (44.1%), 193 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • January 3 – 16-37 (43.2%), 181 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Thomas Rawls, Kevin White, Martellus Bennett & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 1 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:

 

Thomas Rawls – Seattle Seahawks – Running Back
While Rawls is likely to play, how extensive of a role is a significant question.  Christine Michael has already been dubbed the starter, and it’s likely he sees the bigger workload in Week 1 as he’s coming off a strong preseason and Rawls is still working his way back.  We want to suggest Rawls, especially against a potentially questionable Dolphins defense (they allowed the most points per game to opposing running backs a week ago), but we simply can’t.  While Michael figures to be a RB2/FLEX option, Rawls should be off radars this week as there’s far too much risk.

Verdict – Sit Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2016): Week 1: Start Latavius Murray, Sit John Brown & 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 Dallas
New York’s offense was dismal during the preseason, there are significant concerns about the offensive line and Manning had two of his worst games against Dallas in 2015 (failing to crack 200 yards or throw for a TD in either game). It’s fair to be a little nervous, but don’t let preseason struggles cloud your judgement. The Giants’ passing game has the potential to be among the elite in the NFL this season and when you have Odell Beckham Jr. at your disposal, a big game is possible at any time. Plus with the Cowboys without some significant pieces to their front seven, Manning could be afforded time to pick them apart. Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Should Emmanuel Sanders, Kelvin Benjamin & Others Be Used?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After weeks of preparation opening night is finally here!  Thursday games are often tricky, 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

Emmanuel Sanders – Wide Receiver
His second season in Denver wasn’t quite as good as his first, but it’s hard to get upset with a receiver who posted 76 catches for 1,135 yards and 6 TD.  Of course there was a distinctive split in his numbers:

  • First 8 Games – 46 receptions, 639 yards, 4 TD
  • Final 8 Games – 30 receptions, 496 yards, 2 TD Read more

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