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Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Martavis Bryant, Duke Johnson, J.D. McKissic & 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:

 

Martavis Bryant – Pittsburgh Steelers – Wide Receiver
The Steelers have ruled JuJu Smith-Schuster out for Week 12, which should give Bryant an opportunity.  Of course he’s been a bitter disappointment thus far and even with Smith-Schuster sidelined there is no guarantee that the targets flow his way (Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell are going to remain the main focus of the offense).  On the other hand there are a few key things working in Bryant’s favor:

  • The matchup with the Packers is a favorable one (they’ve allowed the sixth most yards per week to opposing wide receivers)
  • Ben Roethlisberger is averaging nearly 36 passing attempts per week over the past three weeks
  • Over the past three weeks Smith-Schuster has averaged over 8 targets per week Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 12: Marcus Mariota, Michael Crabtree, Greg Olsen & 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 –Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay
Matt Ryan has not been a must start this season the way we all expected. That said, this week I really don’t think you can bench him unless you have one of the elite. After throwing just one TD in five of his first six games, Ryan has thrown two TD in each of his last four games with only two INT in those games. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers pass defense is one of the worst in the league (in about one half of play last week Matt Moore racked up over 250 yards). Ryan should finish this week as a top 5 QB. Read more

Thursday Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 12: Dak Prescott, Latavius Murray, Samaje Perine & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

First of all Happy Thanksgiving!  It’s amazing to think that the season is already nearing completion, isn’t it?  As the fantasy playoffs near, every lineup decision becomes magnified even more and with a trio of Thursday games those decisions are that much more difficult.  Who should we be trusting today?  Who should we be benching?  Let’s break it down game-by-game:

 

Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions

Must Start

  • Stefon Diggs (WR, Min)
  • Golden Tate (WR, Det)
  • Adam Thielen (WR, Min)

Possible Start

  • Eric Ebron (TE, Det)
  • Marvin Jones (WR, Det) – He’s topped 85 yards in four of his past five games and has 8+ targets in five of his past six.  That means the opportunity may be there, though he’ll likely be behind Golden Tate on the depth chart.  That keeps him as more of a WR3 and not a must play, but in most cases we’d have him out there. Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Sterling Shepard, Jamaal Williams, Leonard Fournette & 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:

 

Sterling Shepard – Wide Receiver – New York Giants
Any time a player is added to the injury report late in the week there is tremendous skepticism, though “illness” doesn’t generate the same concerns.  However, according to Adam Schefter (via Twitter) the news doesn’t appear good for Shepard:

“Giants’ WR Sterling Shepard, added to team’s injury report Saturday with illness, is unlikely to play vs Chiefs, per source. But team wants to first test him in pre-game warmups before making any determination.” Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 11: Derek Carr, Chris Thompson, Emmanuel Sanders & 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 – Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. New England

Carr has not lived up to expectations overall this season, but let’s not overlook that he was lighting up the box score prior to the Raiders’ bye week:

  • vs. Kansas City – 417 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
  • at Buffalo – 313 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
  • at Miami – 300 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 11: Marcus Mariota, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Derrick Henry & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

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:

 

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota – Quarterback
Many will want to believe that he’s a viable option, given the name, but the numbers tell a completely different story.  Thus far he’s thrown for 1,783 yards, 7 TD and 6 INT, with his overall value being buoyed by running the football (3 TD).  With that being the sole “value”, it’s hard to get excited considering the Steelers have allowed the third fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks and limited them in all aspects: Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Joe Mixon, T.Y. Hilton, Charles Clay & More

by Will Overton

Week 10 is set to kick off in just a few hours now, and if you’re like me you are spending the morning drinking your coffee and agonizing over fantasy football lineups. We will try and help you get caught up with some players I like or don’t like based on recent news:

 

Bilal Powell – New York Jets – Running Back
News broke on Friday that Matt Forte wouldn’t be playing this week due to the continued swelling in his knee. The last few weeks Forte has been the Jets featured back, but now Bilal Powell should get a chance to win the coaching staff over. Powell will almost certainly still share snaps with Elijah McGuire, but the Bucs run defense has been pretty average this season, and Powell is also a better than average receiver out of the backfield and Josh McCown loves to throw to RB’s. This is a good opportunity for Powell and fantasy owners should take advantage. Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 10: Josh McNown, Alfred Morris, DeSean Jackson & More

by Ray Kuhn

Each week is a struggle. Filling out a starting lineup is not easy, and at times it feels like you might be better off just flipping a coin. However, we know that is not the case (at least most of the time), and there is a real science to making lineup decisions. Let’s take a look at some potential choices we might have for Week 10:

Quarterbacks:

Start – Josh McNown – New York Jets – at Tampa Bay

Yes, this feels weird to me as well. Before the season started, it was questionable whether or not McNown would even still be starting at this point in the season. Instead, here we are advocating for the Jets’ quarterback against Tampa Bay. Personally, I found myself grabbing McNown in a few leagues to replace Carson Wentz, and it is well deserved. The Jets have been moving the ball better than expected so far this season, and so far this season, McNown actually ranks as a borderline QB1 so far this season based solely on point production. So far this season, Tampa Bay has allowed the fourth most points to opposing quarterbacks, so he stands to be in for another good week. You aren’t going to get a spectacular outing from McNown, but he has been averaging two touchdowns a game over the last five weeks, and will continue to be a dependable option. Read more

Thursday Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Adrian Peterson, Thomas Rawls & More

by Will Overton

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:

Arizona Cardinals

Drew Stanton – Quarterback
You’ve got a career backup quarterback taking on one of the better defenses in the league, this is a pretty cut and dry one here I think. There’s a chance that the Cardinals get down big and Stanton is forced to throw more than they would like, but even then the results probably won’t be very good. Let’s just keep moving… Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Jay Ajayi, Corey Davis, Emmanuel Sanders & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 9 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:

 

Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos – Wide Receiver
Sanders is expected to return after missing the past few games, though there is obviously a lot of risk hovering over him.  For one he’s going to have Brock Osweiler playing quarterback, though how much of a downgrade over Trevor Siemian he is would be debatable.  Osweiler was able to get productive days out of both Sanders and Demaryius Thomas when he was starting for the Broncos down the stretch in ’15:

  • Sanders – 30 receptions, 496 yards, 2 TD
  • Thomas – 44 receptions, 559 yards, 5 TD Read more