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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Eddie Lacy, Ryan Mathews, Randall Cobb & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 17 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:

 

Eddie Lacy – Running Back – Green Bay Packers
Tyler Dunne (via Twitter) is reporting that:

“Lacy says ankle sprain still hurts. Feels about the same it has. Adds he’ll ‘try to get as close to 100 (percent) as possible.’”

While Lacy is fully expected to play, it sounds like he’s going to be a huge risk.  Still, with the playoffs on the line and a very favorable matchup in his sights (the Bears’ are allowing a league worst 161.5 rushing yards per game and 21 rushing TD) Lacey is a must play option.  In his first meeting with the Bears he had 22 carries for 150 yards and a TD.

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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Ryan Tannehill, Jordan Todman, Larry Fitzgerald & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 16 (for most teams anyways) 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:

 

Ryan Tannehill – Quarterback – Miami Dolphins
There has been a lot of love for Tannehill over the past few weeks, and for good reason. However, before you lock him in for your championship game today consider these stats from ESPN’s Matthew Berry:

“So, this stat you probably know. No quarterback has been sacked more than Tannehill this season. This stat you might not: When under duress, Tannehill has completed only 38 percent of his passes. And I bet this one takes you by surprise: The Bills lead the league in sack rate (sacks per opponent dropbacks) this season. In fact, over the past five weeks, only the Seahawks have allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Bills.”

Also keep in mind that in their first matchup Tannehill managed to go just 19-for-37 with 194 yards and 2 INT (though he did throw 3 TD). It’s been a great run, but this isn’t the matchup to try and exploit.

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 16: Jordan Todman, Rueben Randle & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

A format Start/Sit column doesn’t make as much sense this week, given how few fantasy owners are going to be competing. Instead, lets highlight some recent news from around the league and see where there could be players worth using:

 

Ben Tate placed on IR
Tate has been playing with four broken ribs for some time, but there have been reports that he broke a fifth rib and that ultimately ended his season. Dennis Johnson should get the start and, with Tate being a free agent at seasons’s end, he certainly has motivation to produce. Denver’s defense has struggled against opposing running backs (644 total yards and 6 TD over the past four weeks), but there’s always the threat of Houston going down big early and needing to go pass heavy. In other words, Johnson should be considered a much better play in PPR formats this week, but could have value regardless of the format as he will see the bulk of the backfield touches.

Verdict – Dennis Johnson – Start ‘Em as potential FLEX, but there’s some risk

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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush, Jay Cutler & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 15 (for most teams anyways) 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/Toby Gerhart – Minnesota Vikings – Running Back
According to Adam Schefter (via Twitter) this morning):

“#Vikings are expected to be without star RB Adrian Peterson (foot) today, as well as without backup Toby Gerhart (hamstring), per source”

The Vikings play at 1:00 PM EST, so we’ll have definitive word early in the day.  That said, fantasy owners need to scramble and find a viable alternative immediately.  The only other running backs on the roster are Matt Asiata and Joe Banyard (just promoted from the practice squad), meaning neither are very trustworthy options.

If you had to gamble on one it would be Asiata, but fantasy owners would be better served to look elsewhere.

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 15 (2013): Colin Kaepernick, Chris Johnson, Roddy White & 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 – Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – at Minnesota
Would anyone have expected Foles to emerge as a must start option this season? He finally threw his first interception of the year in Week 14, leaving him with 20 TD vs. 1 INT. While he has thrown for under 250 yards each of the past two weeks (including 179 through inclement weather last week), he clearly has been playing like one of the elite.

Now, factor in the matchup. The Vikings are just behind the Cowboys in points allowed to opposing QB, including a league leading 28 TD passes and the third most yards (3,850). The Eagles have shown a willingness to throw the ball, even with LeSean McCoy, and there’s no reason to think Foles won’t rip them to shreds.

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Week 14 Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em: Rashad Jennings, Michael Floyd and More

by Will Overton

If there was ever a crucial time to choose wisely who you start and who you sit in fantasy football it’s this week. Making the playoffs is all well and good, but who wants to make the playoffs and be eliminated in the first round. The decisions can be grueling, but we are here to hopefully help.

Here are some of the guys I like as a starter this week and some that I’d rather be sitting.

Quarterback

Start – Joe Flacco – Baltimore vs. Minnesota
This hasn’t been a real good year for Joe Flacco who signed that massive contract in the offseason after winning a Super Bowl. Typically I would tell you that he shouldn’t be anywhere near your lineup, but not this week. This week Flacco and the Ravens are set to square off with the woeful Vikings and their awful secondary. In their last eight games the Vikings have averaged 21.8 fantasy points given up to QB’s per game. Flacco has been struggling to reach double digits even lately, but if he ends up with less than 15 this year it’d be a joke. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Knowshon Moreno, Zac Stacy, Andrew Luck & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 12 (for most teams anyways) 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:

 

Knowshon Moreno – Running Back – Denver Broncos
According to Irv Moss of The Denver Post (click here for the article):

“Del Rio reported that Moreno did all of his work in practice Friday. He is listed as probable for Sunday’s game. Rookie Montee Ball has been backing up Moreno.”

Moreno’s production had been down in general, but he’s coming off a monster week (37 carries for 224 yards and 1 TD) and Monte Ball continues to struggle with fumbles.  If Moreno plays he’s a must use option, even against the Kansas City defense (he had 79 total yards against them in their prior meeting in Week 12).

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 13 (2013): Shane Vereen, Michael Crabtree, Philip Rivers & 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 – Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Cincinnati
The Bengals are a good defensive team, but so were the Kansas City Chiefs and we all saw what he did to them last week (392 yards and 3 TD). The week before he had the Dolphins, who also were a good team, and he posted 298 yards and a TD against them. Rivers has thrown for 3,381 TD, 22 TD and 8 INT on the season, and at this point it’s hard to argue against using him regardless of who he’s facing.

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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Adrian Peterson, Julius Thomas, Keenan Allen & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 12 (for most teams anyways) 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
Earlier in the week Tom Peliserro tweeted (click here to view):

“#Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who’s been hobbled, says he’s planning to play Sunday vs. #Packers”

There is a good chance he plays, and at least we will know early enough with the Vikings set to take on the Packers at 1 PM EST. The problem is, what should fantasy owners do? The injury certainly limited him in Week 11, as he rushed the ball 21 times for 65 yards.

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Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 12 (2013): Colin Kaepernick, Zac Stacy, Torrey Smith & 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 – Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Denver
It should go without saying that Brady is a must start option, but overall this season the results simply haven’t been there.  His 2,552 yards place him 12th in the league.  His 14 TD place him in a tie for 13th in the league with QB like Sam Bradford (injured), Ryan Tannehill and Carson Palmer.  In other words, it’s hardly impressive company.

That said, he’s thrown for 728 and 5 TD over his past two games and has his biggest weapons back (Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola & Shane Vereen).  This week’s game is almost guaranteed to be a shootout with the Broncos, who have allowed 279.1 passing yards per game and 18 TD.  Brady is trending in the right direction and has a juicy matchup.  Get him active in all formats.

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