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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

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Sammy Watkins, Wendell Smallwood, Rob Gronkowski & 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:

 

Sammy Watkins – Buffalo Bills – Wide Receiver
Mike Rodak of ESPN.com recently reported:

Bills OC Anthony Lynn pumped the brakes Friday on Sammy Watkins’ potential role Sunday, saying, “As far as implementing him in the game plan, I don’t know about that yet. We’ll evaluate the tape and we’ll see. … He wasn’t quite 100 percent, and after eight weeks [away], his conditioning is not where it needs to be. So we’ll see.”

Watkins hasn’t played since Week 2 against the New York Jets, so you would have to think that he’s going to be eased back into action.  While he’s going to be an important part of the offense, his snaps will likely be limited and that’s going to cap his upside potential.  With Jacksonville actually allowing the fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers over the past four weeks, the outlook gets even bleaker.  Watkins is going to be a tough sell in his first game back. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2016): Week 12: Jeremy Hill (Sit), Colin Kaepernick (Sit), Spencer Ware (Start) & 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 – Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Chicago

The last time Mariota failed to throw at least 2 TD in a game was October 2 against Houston, a streak of 7 games (and he’s had 3+ TD in four of them).  He’s also now thrown for 290+ yards in three straight games and has proven capable of making plays with his legs when needed (5.9 YPC on the season).  Remember when this was thought of as a run first offense?  He’s thrown the ball 37+ times in three of his past five games, so that clearly is no longer the case.  Continue using him with confidence. Read more

Thursday Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Kirk Cousins, Stefon Diggs, Jamison Crowder & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With three Thanksgiving Day games, there are certainly plenty of lineup decisions that need to be made.  Let’s take a look at some of the more intriguing ones, as we try to maneuver our squads into the playoffs:

 

{SIT} Matthew Stafford – Quarterback – Detroit Lions
Some people may consider starting him, but remember he hasn’t topped 280 yards since September and has 1 TD or fewer in three of his past four games.  He also gets a tough draw, as the Vikings have allowed the fourth fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks (a team that Stafford mustered just 219 yards against just three weeks ago).  There’s too much risk involved in this one, especially in single-quarterback formats.

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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Todd Gurley, Thomas Rawls, Jordan Matthews & 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:

 

Thomas Rawls – Seattle Seahawks – Running Back
John Boyle of the Seahawk’s official website (click here for the article) posted the following quotes from head coach Pete Carroll in regards to Rawls this week:

“I don’t have any problem with playing him quite a few plays,” Carroll said. “I have no problem with that. I just want to see how it’s going, how it is working. C.J. did a really nice job last week, he’s ready to go, so we’re in a good situation right now.

“There’s no easing in with him. He’s going. We’re just cutting him loose and he’s going.”   Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2016): Week 11: C.J. Prosise, Donte Moncrief, Derek Carr & 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. Chicago

Marcus Mariota would be a good fit here as well, and is a better play, but everyone who owns him is probably already using him.  Manning, on the other hand, isn’t likely to be a unanimous starting option.  That said, just looking at his home/road split should give you a little insight into his upside:

  • Home – 323.6 yards/game, 11 TD
  • Road – 215.8 yards/game, 4 TD

Taking on a Bears defense, at home, is an ideal spot for him to continue rolling.  Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 11: Mark Ingram, Brandin Cooks & 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 Orleans Saints

Mark Ingram – Running Back
Ingram should be a must start option, but he continues to share opportunities with Tim Hightower and that’s going to limit his potential appeal.  Granted, he’s been the more productive runner over the past two weeks (26 carries for 208 yards and 1 TD) and we also know that Ingram has upside potential in the passing game as well.  Carolina has been pretty stingy against the running game, yielding the third fewest points per week, which adds to the issues with utilizing him.  At this point, though, we’d consider Ingram the better option and a player worth utilizing as a RB2 depending on your alternatives. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Doug Martin, C.J. Prosise, Randall Cobb & 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:

 

Randall Cobb – Wide Receiver – Green Bay Packers
He’s been removed from the injury report and according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN:

No limitations on Packers receiver Randall Cobb (hamstring) this week. “He’s going to play as a full-time player,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

Cobb was limited last week, after it was thought that he was unlikely to play, turning 2 targets into 2 receptions and 14 yards.  That said he did find the end zone and has now scored in three straight games.  Prior to last week he had run off three straight games with 11+ targets and with the running game still a significant question (even if James Starks plays, he’ll be limited) Cobb should once again be among the focus of the offense.  Over the past four weeks the Titans have allowed the tenth most points per week  to opposing wide receivers, so consider Cobb a viable WR2 (depending on your alternatives) and a must use WR3.  Davante Adams, on the other hand, becomes a significantly questionable option. Read more