Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Robert Griffin III, Jeremy Hill, Tony Romo & 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:


Andre Williams – Running Back – New York Giants
The team ruled Rashad Jennings out earlier in the week, leaving Williams to once again handle lead back duties. He struggled in the role heading into the bye week, however:

  • vs. Atlanta – 20 carries, 65 yards, 1 TD
  • at Philadelphia – 17 carries, 59 yards
  • at Dallas – 18 carries, 51 yards

That works out to 3.2 yards per carry and considering he’s a non-factor in the passing game is simple unacceptable. The Colts have allowed 4.3 yards per carry to opposing running backs, but could the Giants fall behind early and be forced to pass to keep up?

It’s not unthinkable and, as with the past two games, Williams could be dependent on a TD to deliver fantasy relevance.

Lineup Recommendation – Consider him a risky


Ronnie Hillman – Running Back – Denver Broncos
If you had any doubt about using Hillman today (which you shouldn’t), ESPN’s Matthew Berry posted the following stats in his weekly Love/Hate column:

Averaging 3.4 yards before contact per rush, (fifth-most in the league, just behind Jamaal Charles), he’s a few unlucky vultures away from being a superstar. Like him a lot on Sunday, as in the last two games without Jerod Mayo, New England has allowed 5.4 yards per carry (they were giving up 4.2 yards per carry in their first six games with him).

To further support the idea of playing Hillman, in last season’s matchup with the Patriots Knowshon Moreno took 37 carries for 224 yards and 1 TD as New England aimed to stop Peyton Manning and company.  Obviously we wouldn’t expect that many carries for Hillman, but look for him to have a big day.

Lineup Recommendation – An easy Top 10 play and shouldn’t be on any fantasy benches


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Charles Sims – Running Back – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With Doug Martin likely out, Sims is expected to make his 2014 debut today.  While he does have a favorable matchup against the Browns, it’s hard to predict exactly how much usage he’ll get as he easily could be limited in his first career game.

Bobby Rainey will be the more trustworthy option in Tampa Bay’s backfield this week, with Sims potentially rising to viability quickly.

Lineup Recommendation – Too risky to start in Week 9, despite the matchup, but is a must stash in all formats


Robert Griffin III – Quarterback – Washington Redskins
Listed as probable, Griffin is set to retake the starting QB job for the Redskins.  We all know the type of upside Griffin has, though he was unimpressive before getting injured (267 yards, 0 TD and 2 rushing yards in Week 1).  He also draws a Vikings’ defense that is currently allowing the second fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks.

The Vikings have allowed a league best 11 rushing yards to opposing QB, though we’d expect Griffin to better that mark.  That said, in his first game back there’s significant risk in utilizing him.

Lineup Recommendation – Best left for two-quarterback formats for this week


Jeremy Hill – Running Back – Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard is out, leaving Jeremy Hill to lead the way against the Jaguars (with Cedric Peerman & Rex Burkhead behind him).  The Jaguars are among the worst defenses against opposing running backs, including 801 rushing yards allowed (10th most in the league).

Hill has proven that he can produce behind Beranrd.  In the one game he was given over 10 carries he turned 15 rushes into 74 yards and 1 TD.  He also has at least 3 receptions in three of the past four games.

He’s not quite where Bernard would’ve been on the rankings, but that doesn’t mean he’s not usable.

Lineup Recommendation – Consider him a solid RB2


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Tony Romo – Quarterback – Dallas Cowboys
Romo appears to be a true game-time decision, after being forced from last week’s game with a back injury (though he ultimately returned).  Chances are the Cowboys play it safe with their franchise quarterback, so fantasy owners definitely want to have an alternative in place.  Even if he does suit up, the risk of re-injury is going to suppress his value.

Lineup Recommendation – Consider him nothing more than a high-risk option left for those with no alternative


Reggie Wayne – Wide Receiver – Indianapolis Colts
Wayne has been practicing and appears primed to return to the Colts lineup on Monday night against the Giants.  Of course, there’s the risk of a setback and that would leave you with few alternatives.  As it is this has become T.Y. Hilton’s receiving corps, with Wayne more of a WR2/WR3 in a normal week.

As for Donte Moncrief, the potential for a Wayne return leaves him as nothing more than a desperation play.

Lineup Recommendation – Consider Wayne a risky WR3, given the Monday night game


Crockett Gillmore – Tight End – Baltimore Ravens
With Owen Daniels listed as questionable and looking like he’s going to play, Gillmore has become too risky of a streaming tight end option.  With an 8:30 PM EST start, the chances of him playing a bit role, if that, is simply too great.

Lineup Recommendation – Move on to the next option


Sources – ESPN,

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  1. Randy says:

    Better flex in standard league…Gates or Rueben Randle? If have to drop Gordon to pick up Randle. Thanks!

  2. dnz says:

    Need your help again!

    I have to start one of the following: Wes Welker vs NE, James Jones vs SEA or Jonas Gray vs DEN. I have absolutely no idea. I’m leaning towards James Jones?! Help me out, please!


  3. Sizzle says:

    Shane Vereen looks like the NE back to start against DEN based on precedent, game flow, and weather, but I have this awful feeling he’ll put up a dud. Am I overthinking it, or should I play Taliaferro instead? Standard scoring.

  4. Dave says:

    Flex……Reuben Randle or Brandon Oliver, I know Oliver’s getting touches, randle is still unproven in my mnd. Thoughts?

  5. druz – I can’t trust Welker, given what he’s done and the other options. Jones is also a risk, taking on Seattle, though I can see the appeal. As for Gray, anyone on NE is risky but you have to think that he’s going to get some touches as the Patriots try to keep the ball away from Peyton Manning & company. I’d probably roll with the RB, albeit a risky one, given the other options.

    Sizzle – I’d go wit Vereen over Taliaferro, though I don’t have much faith in either honestly (it’s close enough, that I’d say go with your gut).

    Dave – I like Randle and he has upside with Cruz out, but I have to go with Olver as he’s going to remain the leader in the backfield.

  6. Isaac says:

    torn on a couple tough choices this week. at RB2- Andre Williams or Jonas Gray (or T-Rich) and my WR3- Cordarrelle Patterson or Martavius Bryant? leaning towards williams & Bryant. thanks

  7. sahel kazemi says:

    Mistah Professor,

    A very unlikely question from yours truly. 14 team .5 ppr league, the wire is utterly barren of quarterbacks. I have Arm-Rod on the bye, I begrudgingly have the choice between Vick or Weeden. I already picked Vick while kicking rocks. Should I stay the course or go with The ole Oklahoma State connection of Weeden to Dez?

  8. pete says:

    Have Maclin and Thomas at WR – flex Beckham or Michael Floyd? Saw Davis is back for the Colts tomorrow night. Thanks

  9. kmm says:

    Who is the better flex option (.5 ppr) – Bobby Rainey or Brandon LaFell?

  10. Randy says:

    Going back to my first question of Randle vs Gates, I could drop Jonas Gray for Randle…would you do that? My other RBs are McKinnon, Ryan Mathews, Rashad Jennings, and Rainey. Thanks again!

  11. Brian says:

    Which one of these would you bench today in PPR?


  12. kmm – With Martin out, I’d go Rainey

    Randy – Nah, I’d keep Gray as he could be a useful option at times given your otherbacks. Randle/Gates is close enough I’d stay te course

    Brian – Seems odd, but probably Sanu since Green is back. If you want to use him, I’d sit Baldwin

  13. Matt says:

    Need two running backs: Morris ivory Oliver taliaferro

    Thank you

  14. Andy says:

    Should I drop Romo to pick Big Ben or Eli Manning or Carson Palmer or B. Weeden ? ro use Monte Ball to picl extra QB ? I already have Matthew Stafford on bench. Thnaks

  15. Matt – Oliver is the lock for me. For the second, I’d go Morris. It’s possible the team tries to protect Griffin a bit.

    Andy – In a one-QB league, you probably don’t need to carry 2 QB so if you aren’t going to use Romo just move on (as hard as that is with the way he’s played). Ball doesn’t have much value moving forward, but is worth stashing if you need a RB. As for who I’d pick up, I’d go Manning as my top choice with Palmer as a close second

  16. sahel kazemi says:

    Mistah Professor,

    With reports of Sims being dressed in street clothes today, would you stash the lottery ticket, or yet again pick-up A.Blue to handcuff Foster?

  17. Andy says:

    Prof, I already have Arian Forster and Lamaar Millers now i need 2 Flex from 3 Rbs, which 2 will you line up for Flex?

    Shane Vereen, Justin Forsett and Jerick McKinnon


  18. Smidge says:

    Would you drop Crabtree for A Robinson or M. Bryant? I have Maclin Nelson and Marshall so I don’t need him after this week

  19. Randy says:

    My RBs are Forte, Foster, Jennings, Ingram, Sims, West. With Foster’s groin injury, would you drop Rueben Randle for Stephen Jackson to get greater depth? My other WRs are Dez, Calvin, Wallace, and Andre J. (S-Jax may just be temporary, as I would probably try for Blue on waivers, but curious what you think of this move for now, since I can make it before MNF). Could also drop Sims/West too, thought I just recently got them. Thanks!

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