Archive for Start or Sit

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 16: Start Fred Jackson, Sit Kerwynn Williams & 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
Ryan proved last week that he could perform regardless of if Julio Jones was playing or not, as he threw for 310 yards and 2 TD. He now has three straight games of 300+ yards and four straight of 2+ TD. The Saints offer a favorable matchup, allowing the fourth most points to opposing QB on the season (second most over the past four weeks). Ryan also torched them in Week 1, throwing for 448 yards and 1 TD. With Jones expected to play (though not a guarantee), things look that much more appealing. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Julio Jones, Eddie Lacy, Jamaal Charles & 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:

 

Julio Jones – Wide Receiver – Atlanta Falcons
When asked about the severity of Jones’ injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter (via Twitter) responded by saying:

“he ‘d be a decoy. Can barely run”

Atlanta plays at 1:00 PM EST, so at least we’ll have clarity early in the day.  Regardless, it’s going to be extremely difficult to trust him.

Lineup Recommendation – Coming off a monster game it’s going to be difficult to sit him, but at this point fantasy owners have little choice Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 15: Start Jonathan Stewart, Sit Johnny Manziel & 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. Washington
When he faced the Redskins earlier in the season he racked up 300 yards and 4 TD…  And that was before Odell Beckham stepped onto the field.  Obviously it’s hard to expect him to match those types of numbers (specifically the TD), but there’s a lot to like in the matchup.  The Redskins have allowed the most points to opposing QB this season (though part of that is due to only having 5 INT).

Sit – Johnny Manziel – Cleveland Browns – vs. Cincinnati
I know people are excited about the idea of him starting, but it’s absolutely impossible to trust him in what will be his first start.  As it is Cincinnati isn’t an easy matchup, but what Manziel is able to do is a complete unknown.  There’s simply way too much risk involved. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Rashad Jennings, Latavius Murray, Desean Jackson & 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:

 

Keenan Allen – Wide Receiver – San Diego Chargers
It’s hard to recommend sitting a guy after he goes off for 11 receptions, 121 yards and 2 TD last week (and 17 catches, 235 yards and 3 TD over the past two games). So, let’s not call him a “sit”, but he also isn’t a must start. Just take this tidbit from ESPN’s Matthew Berry:

“Allen caught two of his three touchdowns in the past two games when working out of the slot. Darrelle Revis and the Patriots have limited opposing slot receivers to a 55 completion percentage, the lowest in the league this season.”

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 14: Start Matthew Stafford, Sit Giovani 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 – Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Tampa Bay
Overall it’s been a disappointing season for Stafford, throwing for just 15 TD to go along with 10 INT.  Injuries to his weapons have helped to play a role, though everyone is healthy now and he’s coming off a big day (390 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT).  Taking on a Buccaneers defense that is middle of the pack against the pass, Stafford is a QB worth using with your fantasy season on the line. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Arian Foster, Roddy White, Julius Thomas & 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:

 

Odell Beckham Jr. – Wide Receiver – New York Giants
Beckham is listed as probable with a back injury, but there was never a doubt that he was going to suit up against the Jaguars.  Beckham’s unbelievable catch this past week finally grabbed the masses attention (as did his career best line of 10 catches, 146 yards and 2 TD), but he’s now had 93+ yards in four straight games (with at least 6 receptions per game).

Jacksonville is among the bottom third in the league at stopping opposing wide receivers, and they’ve allowed the fourth most passing plays of 20+ yards (42).  It definitely is a matchup worth exploiting. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 13: Start Denard Robinson, Sit LeGarrette Blount & 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 – Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
He was hyped as a potential breakout candidate heading into the season and, quietly, he’s lived up to it.  His 20 TD places him 11th in the league and his 8 INT are fewer than some of the biggest names in the league.  He’s been even better over the past four weeks, with 963 yards, 9 TD and 2 INT, placing him as the third best QB in the league.  Now you put that against a Jets’ secondary that has allowed the most points to opposing quarterbacks this season?  It’s a no-brainer to have him in your lineup. Read more

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