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Saturday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: A.J. Green, Sammy Watkins, Kenneth Farrow & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 16 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:

 

Sammy Watkins – Wide Receiver – Buffalo Bills
Over the past two weeks Watkins has totaled 10 targets (which he’s turned into 5 catches, 64 yards and 1 TD).  The Bills have clearly eased him back into the mix, so it’s fair to be concerned with how many opportunities he’ll see.  That said the Dolphins have struggled against wide receivers (seventh most points per week over the past four weeks), and the last time Watkins faced them (November 8, 2015) he exploded for 8 catches, 168 yards and 1 TD.  That makes him an intriguing WR3 play, and potentially usable as a WR2 depending on your alternatives. Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 16: Ryan Mathews, Jordan Matthews, Eli Manning & 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 Giants

Eli Manning – Quarterback
We all know just how good Manning and the Giants offense has the potential to be, but they continue to fall short.  While he has been throwing for TD, which helps, look at the yardage over the past five games:

  • vs. Chicago – 227
  • at Cleveland – 194
  • at Pittsburgh – 195
  • vs. Dallas – 193
  • vs. Detroit – 201 Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Adrian Peterson, Kenneth Farrow, Alshon Jeffrey & 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:

 

Adrian Peterson – Running Back – Minnesota Vikings
It was a shocking development that Peterson was going to return this week, but now it adds an intriguing twist for fantasy owners.  According to Bob Holtzman of ESPN:

I asked one of Adrian Peterson’s teammates how Peterson looked behind closed doors at practice this week and here’s what he said: “He looked ready to me. Looks like Adrian.”

Given the lengthy absence it remains to be seen exactly how much usage Peterson is going to get this week.  In fact there appears to be significant doubt in regards to his usage this week.  According to Mike Triplett of ESPN (click here for the article): Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2016): Week 15: Dak Prescott, Brandon Marshall, Doug Martin & 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. New Orleans

After back-to-back strong games, Palmer took a significant step backwards in Week 14 (18-33, 145 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT).  That said he did throw for multiple TD for the fourth straight game (and fifth time in six games).  Last week’s performance also came on the road, where he’s consistently struggled in ’16:

  • Home – 62.6% completion, 2,094 yards, 11 TD, 3 INT
  • Road – 58.5% completion, 1,282 yards, 9 TD, 10 INT

This week he returns home in what should be a shootout with a defense that’s allowed 6 TD vs. 1 INT to opposing QB over the past four weeks.  In other words, fire Palmer up in all formats. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Julio Jones, Mark Ingram, Jordan Reed & 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:

 

Mark Ingram – Running Back – New Orleans Saints
Listed as questionable, Ingram is expected to play today against Tampa Bay.  Of course that doesn’t make him a must use running back by any stretch, as the usage is going to be questionable and the matchup is not an easy one.  The Buccaneers have allowed the second fewest points per week to opposing running backs over the past four weeks, with the Ravens being the only team to have allowed fewer. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2016): Week 14: Todd Gurley, DeAndre Hopkins, Matthew Stafford & 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 – vs. Dallas

Keep in mind that he comes in at #10 on our quarterback rankings, so we don’t want to dub him a must start option.  The negative surrounding him is going to be his recent yardage, being under 200 yards in back-to-back games and having not topped 260 since the middle of October (10/16 against the Ravens, to be exact).  That said he has thrown 2+ TD in five straight games (14 TD vs. 6 INT) and draws a Dallas defense that has allowed a league high 1,379 yards over the past four weeks (overall 20 TD vs. 4 INT).  With Odell Beckham Jr. at his disposal we all know that Manning and the Giants offense can explode at any time, and given the matchup there’s reason to believe that they will in this one.  As a low-end QB1 he’s well worth utilizing. Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 14: Tyreek Hill, Jeremy Maclin, Latavius Murray & 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:

 

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr – Quarterback
He’s certainly a viable QB1, as he continues to fill the box score (7 TD vs. 1 INT in his past three games).  That said he posted one of his worst games of the season against the Chiefs (225 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT), and that’s not something we can ignore.  The Chiefs have been struggling, allowing the fifth most points per week to opposing quarterbacks over the past four weeks, so be prepared to dial him up.  He’s just a small step below the truly elite options (he ranked #8 for us for Week 14). Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Mark Ingram, Tyrell Williams, Jordan Matthews & 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?  Yesterday we took a look at the potential usage of Martellus Bennett & Vernon Davis (click here to view), but what about the other questionable situations? Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:

 

Mark Ingram – Running Back – New Orleans Saints
According to Nick Underhill (via Twitter):

Ingram said his toe felt good today. On Sunday: “We’ll see.” Said his toe was just sore.

Ingram is coming off a monster week, where he was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week, putting up 146 yards and 1 TD and adding 1 catch for 21 yards and 1 TD.  With Tim Hightower also in the mix it’s possible that Ingram sees a reduced workload, getting more in the 8-12 touch range.  That’s going to put Ingram’s usage into a little bit of question and completely depends on your alternatives on whether or not he’s in your lineup.  It’s hard not to use him, but at the same time he’s hardly a must trust option. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2016): Week 13: Cam Newton, Allen Robinson, Tevin Coleman & 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 – Phillip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Tampa Bay

It doesn’t seem to matter who is healthy and who is not, Rivers finds a way to produce each and every week.  With signs pointing towards Tyrell Williams being capable of playing, Rivers’ upside looks that much batter against a Buccaneer defense that has allowed 20 passing TD vs. 9 INT on the season.

Sit – Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Seattle
It’s easy to simply slide Newton into your lineup, given his pedigree and perceived value.  However the numbers haven’t been there this season, as he’s completed just 55.8% of his passes to go along with 13 TD vs. 8 INT (more than 2 TD in a game just once, all the way back in Week 2).  While he often does generate value with his legs, he’s rushed for 13 yards over the past two games.  Throw in the matchup with Seattle, who has allowed the sixth fewest points per game to opposing QB, and Newton is impossible to trust. Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 13: Dak Prescott, Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley & 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:

 

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott – Quarterback
He’s pretty close to a must use option, but Minnesota has allowed the third fewest points per week to opposing QB this season (though they’ve been a little bit worse of late).  Prescott is also coming off a game where he only attempted 24 passes, throwing for 195 yards and 1 TD.  With Ezekiel Elliot in the backfield there’s always the potential for a run-based attack, and that will help to limit Prescott’s upside.  He’s a QB1, but you can make the argument that he’s not one of the true elite.  Unless you have one of those, you are likely going to be utilizing him however. Read more