Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Ryan Mathews, Jeremy Hill, Alfred Blue & 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:

 

Alfred Blue – Running Back – Houston Texans
Arian Foster will not play today, despite being listed as questionable on the injury report.  Blue is going to be a well hyped option for this week, but outside of one big game (13 carries for 78 yards) he really has failed to produce overall.  As it is he has averaged just 3.4 yards per carry, but if we take out that performance it tumbles all the way down to 2.8.

Cleveland has been a middle of the road defense against opposing running backs this season, allowing 980 rushing yards and 6 TD.  However, over the past two weeks they are tied for the second fewest points allowed to opposing RB (204 total yards and 0 TD) and over the past four weeks they have allowed the seventh fewest.

We’d want to think that the Texans will want to rely on their running game, with Ryan Mallett making his first career start, but that’s hard to predict.

Lineup Recommendation – Poor performance and a tough matchup leave him as a risky FLEX play

 

Kyle Rudolph – Tight End – Minnesota Vikings
He hasn’t played since Week 3, but we all know the Vikings have struggled at wide receiver and he draws a matchup that is prime to exploit.  The Chicago Bears have far and away been the worst defense against opposing tight ends, allowing 668 yards and 9 TD.  Even worse, seven of the touchdowns have come over the past four weeks.

There’s risk, given the time missed, but there was a lot of hype surrounding him entering the season and he still has the potential to breakout now that he’s healthy.

Lineup Recommendation – Consider him a viable TE1 immediately

 

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Ryan Mathews – Running Back – San Diego Chargers
He’s officially listed as probable and is going to return this week after sitting out since Week 2.  While Branden Oliver looked good after initially taking over, he has struggled mightily over the past two games (55 yards on 26 carries).

There’s no reason to think that Mathews isn’t going to immediately step back into a starting role against the Oakland Raiders.  Last season Mathews totaled 119 yards and 1 TD in a late season matchup against Oakland and should be in line for another big performance.  Obviously there’s some risk given the lengthy absence, but it’s hard not to like him this week.

Lineup Recommendation – Fire him up as a solid RB2

 

Rashad Jennings – Running Back – New York Giants
It has been tough sledding for Andre Williams in recent weeks, so don’t be surprised to see Jennings immediately return to leading the backfield.  Is he going to get a massive workload immediately?  That’s hardly a given, and the Giants could utilize both running backs a fair amount (maybe even a 50/50 split)…

Just complicating matters even more is the matchup with the 49ers, who are allowing the fourth fewest points to opposing RB overall this season.  Throw in the concerns about the Giants’ offensive line, which isn’t producing as well as it was when Jennings was thriving, and this is a tough matchup.

Lineup Recommendation – Consider him a risky FLEX play

 

Jeremy Hill – Running Back – Cincinnati Bengals
With Giovani Bernard out Hill will once again lead the way for Cincinnati’s backfield.  He has shown some promise, though the game against the Browns got away from the team and he was held to 12 carries (which he turned into 55 yards).  Don’t expect that to happen again this week.  At least we hope…

The Saints certainly have the potential to pull away early, especially with the game coming in New Orleans.  Then again the Saints have been prone against the run, allowing 1,244 total yards this season.  Look for the Bengals to try and control the clock, utilizing Hill in the process.

Lineup Recommendation – He’s a high-end RB2, at worst, and potential RB1

 

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Alfred Morris – Running Back – Washington Redskins
Matthew Berry of ESPN gave the following statistic in his Love/Hate column:

“In the two full games Griffin has played this season, Morris averages over 90 rushing yards a game and had two total scores. The threat of RGIII’s running opens up lanes for Morris”

Morris has disappointed overall this season, but we can’t ignore what he’s done over the past two weeks (165 yards and 3 TD).  Throw in a Tampa Bay defense that simply isn’t very good and Morris is a must use option.

Lineup Recommendation – He should be starting in all formats

 

Roddy White – Wide Receiver – Atlanta Falcons
He’s been producing as of late, with at least 5 receptions and 66 yards in three straight games (with 2 TD as well). Even better, look at his recent performances against Carolina:

  • 12/29/13 – 8 receptions for 91 yards and 1 TD
  • 12/09/12 – 9 receptions for 117 yards and 1 TD
  • 09/30/12 – 8 receptions for 169 yards and 2 TD
  • 12/11/11 – 7 receptions for 84 yards and 1 TD

That’s an average of 8 receptions, 115.25 yards and 1.25 TD, and that came when the Panthers were a good defense!

Lineup Recommendation – Lock him in as a potential WR2 this week

 

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 11 rankings:

Start 'Em or Sit 'Em (2014): Week 12: Start Josh Gordon, Sit Eric Decker and More
Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2014): Week 11: Start Ryan Mathews, Sit Rashan Jennings & More

17 comments

  1. Dave says:

    I have a bit of a tricky situation. I have Reuben randle, Doug Baldwin, Michael Floyd, and Martavis Bryant. Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon are available, but I can only pickup one. What three would you start?

  2. I’d start Bryant, Wayne and Garçon…lol

    If I had to pick I’d go Randle over Garcon, though I don’t love it

  3. dnz says:

    RB:
    Need to start two (Murray and Forsett on Bye):
    Sankey vs PIT, M. Ball vs STL, R. Helu vs TB, I. Crowell vs HOU.

    Not the best options but I have to put in someone. Leaning towards Sankey and Ball and Helu in Flex.

    WR:
    Need to start three:
    V. Jackson, D. Baldwin, W. Welker, P. Garcon, J. Jones.

    I could pick up Andre Roberts from the waivers. Is he any good?

    Flex:
    I just picked up Kyle Rudolph. I want to flex him together with Helu. Any other suggestions? Everyone not starting at RB or WR would be an option.

    Thanks!

    • Ray Kuhn says:

      I go Sankey for sure, and yeah Ball is likely the better option than the other two backs.

      Jackson, Baldwin, Garcon would be the three I’d go with. Roberts is mainly used as a quick hit deep threat, and not very often. Garcon is the better receiver against a weak TB secondary.

      I probably go Welker, Rudolph, Helu in that order for Flex

      Ray

  4. Randy says:

    I’m in a must-win in a 10-team standard league, and need to pick 3 from the following: Ryan Mathews, R Jennings, West, CJ Anderson, and J Matthews. I could also pick up Sankey or Gray (by dropping an RB on this list if you think I should). There seems be risk with everyone…what do you think? Also, Cutler, Sanchez, or Eli for this week? And which 2 ROS? Thanks!

    • Ray Kuhn says:

      Yeah there is risk all around. I go Jennings, Anderson, Matthews. It’s close to go with West or not, but that 3-headed platoon just drives me crazy and Sanchez clearly has chemistry with Matthews.

      This week and QB I go Sanchez and Eli. Cutler has the most potential as far as ROS, but I’d want to see what he does today before making that decision

      Ray

  5. Hometown Hero says:

    Pick two for a standard league. Blue, Vereen and CJ Anderson.

  6. Vijay says:

    In a must win situation, any way I consider Sankey over Jennings in PPR?

  7. ScottO says:

    Reading what you wrote about Blue above got me rethinking my lineup. Have to pick 3 running back from Lynch, Bradshaw, Blue, & CJ Anderson. Help!!!!

  8. Greg says:

    Don’t really want to start Blue, but only other option is Montee Ball. Who would you start?

  9. Steve L says:

    Riddick or J. Stewart???

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