Archive for Start or Sit

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

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Kelvin Benjamin, Jimmy Graham, Bishop Sankey & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 6 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:

 

Bishop Sankey – Running Back – Tennessee Titans
Shonn Greene will be out for the second consecutive week (he’s officially listed as “doubtful), leaving Sankey to operate as the team’s lead back once again.  Last week he was the only running back to have more than two carries, picking up 18 rushes for 61 yards.  Of course a lot of his production came courtesy of one 22 yard rush, so it was hardly an impressive performance.

Dexter McCluster could see an increased role and the Redskins have been among the best rushing defenses in the league (they are allowing just 3.9 yards per carry tied for ninth fewest).  It’s certainly not a favorable situation despite Greene’s absence. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 7: Matt Ryan, Jerrick McKinnon, Ruben Randle & 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 – at Denver
It hasn’t been a big season for Kaepernick, but he showed what he can do when needed this past Monday night (343 yards, 3 TD). Throw in his ability to make plays with his legs (40.3 rushing yards per game) and it’s an added benefit that can’t be ignored. While Denver’s defense has been good this season, this game has the makings of a high scoring affair and Kaepernick should be right in the middle of it. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Bishop Sankey, Joique Bell, Ronnie Hillman & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 6 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:

 

Storm Johnson – Running Back – Jacksonville Jaguars
Johnson has been gaining a lot of hype in recent days, with expectations that he could get his chance to operate as the lead back. Toby Gerhart is out, but it’s not a given that it’s Johnson that emerges.

The team also has Jordan Todman and Denard Robinson who will factor into the mix, just as they have when Gerhart has been active. Could Johnson see an increased role? Absolutely, but it’s hardly a given that he not only assumes all of Gerhart’s touches (he’s averaging just over 11 per game). Just keep on mind what NFL.com said about him prior to the draft: Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 6: Cam Newton, Zac Stacy, Percy Harvin & 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 Philadelphia
Would anyone have predicted this? It’s certainly hard not to be on the Eli Manning bandwagon right now, as he continues to play well and finally has rookie Odell Beckham Jr. on the field (and he looked like a potential difference maker last week). Over the past three weeks (all Giants wins) he has 8 TD vs. 1 INT and has 2+ TD in four straight games. Couple that with an Eagles defense that is allowing the second most points per game to opposing quarterbacks, including 13 TD vs. 3 INT, and Manning should be entrenched in most lineups this week. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Arian Foster, Reggie Bush, Ben Tate & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 5 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:

 

Reggie Bush – Detroit Lions – Running Back
It’s not a great matchup against the Bills, who have allowed 244 rushing yards and 0 TD to opposing running backs this season. That said, with Joique Bell expected to miss the game Bush’s workload should increase considerably. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 5: Cam Newton, Sammy Watkins, Rashad 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 – Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Jacksonville
The Jaguars are simply a team fantasy owners should exploit whenever possible. They are currently allowing the most points to opposing quarterbacks, having yielded 1,377 yards, 11 TD and 1 INT (well ahead of the second worst, the New York Jets, who also should be exploited with Philip Rivers this week). Roethlisberger has thrown 5 TD over his past two games, completing over 72% of his passes in each of those games. Couple the way he’s been playing with the matchup and he should be in store for a big day. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Doug Martin, Arian Foster, T.Y. Hilton & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 4 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:

 

Doug Martin – Running Back – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Listed as probable on the injury report, expectations are that Martin will be back in the lineup against the Steelers.  While Pittsburgh has given up just the 18th most points to opposing running backs, they’ve actually allowed the sixth most yards (360).  They simply haven’t allowed many TD to date (two total), though that could change in a hurry.

With Bobby Rainey struggling last week, including losing a pair of fumbles (he’s lost three on the season), it’s easy to imagine Martin stepping right into lead back duties.  Given the matchup, that’s a very good thing.  While his struggles earlier in the season keep him from RB1 status, he should be considered a very good play as a RB2 in all formats. Read more