Archive for Start or Sit

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 3: Sammy Watkins, Pierre Garcon & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Week 2 is in the books and for many of us it was disappointing, as there was a slew of disappointing performances and injuries.  Thursday games are often tricky as it is, 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:

 

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff – Quarterback
Goff has played well over the first two weeks, accumulating 530 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT, though it’s been a tale of two games: Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Jordan Howard, Odell Beckham, Stefon Diggs & 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:

 

Jordan Howard – Chicago Bears – Running Back
Battling a shoulder injury Howard has been limited in practice this past week and that has led to speculation that he could face a decline in playing time.  Considering the emergence of Tarik Cohen in Week 1, as well as what could be a tough Tampa Bay front to run against (they added DT Chris Baker in the offseason), and the game flow could easily help to limit Howard though if you were concerned about him sitting all together don’t be: Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 2: Dez Bryant, Ty Montgomery, 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:

 

Quarterback
Start – Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Chicago
Tampa Bay was forced to sit out Week 1 thanks to Hurricane Irma, but the passing game is in line for a huge 2017 debut in Week 2.  As it is the running game is in question, thanks to the suspension of Doug Martin and the uncertainty hanging over the other options.  There are no issues with Winston and company, however, as they should look to exploit a secondary that allowed 321 passing yards and 1 TD in Week 1 (they allowed big plays to tight ends, and lucky for Winston he has a pair to utilize as well as one of the elite receivers in the league). Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 2: DeAndre Hopkins, Joe Mixon & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Week 1 is in the books and for many of us it was disappointing, as there was a slew of disappointing performances and injuries.  Thursday games are often tricky as it is, 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:

 

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson – Quarterback
He’s expected to take over as the starter and presented himself well after relieving Tom Savage in Week 1 (12-23, 102 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT).  At the same time he’s a rookie starting on short rest and that itself brings an inherent risk that fantasy owners should not be looking to take.  Two quarterback formats are a different story, but if you only need one he’s not worth the risk until he proves otherwise.  This simply isn’t the week to trust him given the alternatives around the league.

Verdict – Too much risk Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Odell Beckham, Joe Mixon, Eddie Lacy & 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:

 

Odell Beckham – New York Giants – Wide Receiver
This is one of the more frustrating situations of the week as Beckham is listed as questionable, traveled with the team to Dallas and it appears like the Giants will give him a chance to suit up (depending on how he warms up) despite not practicing. That said, as Adam Schefter tweeted this morning:

 

With the Giants playing on Sunday night the replacements options, if you do opt to roll the dice and see if he’s ultimately able to play, are limited.  We do have the advantage of their being two Monday night games, expanding our options a little bit (think the Saints’ Brandon Coleman, for instance) but that doesn’t mean there are great choices. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 1: Dak Prescott, Mark Ingram, Kelvin Benjamin & 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 – at Detroit

Last season the Detroit defense allowed the second most passing TD in the league (33) while not getting many interceptions (10) or sacks (26).  They tried to address the situation in the draft, grabbing defensive help in the first two rounds (including a corner back, Teez Tabor, in Round 2), though does that mean there’s going to be a huge transformation?  Palmer may be 37-years old but he’s thrown for over 4,000 yards in four of the past five seasons and should continue to produce gaudy numbers with Larry Fitzgerald and company at his disposal. Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 1: Mike Gillislee, Kareem Hunt & More

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:

 

New England Patriots
You would think that the Patriots are a pretty cut and dry offense, with several obvious starting options.  That said, they also have questions after the elite, and with a Thursday start it could make for some interesting lineup decisions:

Mike Gillislee – Running Back
Do we ever really want to trust a Patriots’ running back?  While expectations are that he operates as the early down running back, assuming the LeGarrette Blount role, we all know that the Patriots generally zig when we expect them to zag.  Maybe they go pass heavy.  Maybe they give a bigger role to James White or Dion Lewis or Rex Burkhead.  Maybe they do something completely out of the ordinary.  Read more

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