Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2015): Week 14: Start Tyrod Taylor, Sit Randall Cobb & 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 – Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at Philadelphia
Over the past four weeks the Eagles have been the worst defense against opposing quarterbacks, yielding 1,112 yards (fifth most) and 15 TD (the Saints have allowed the second most, with just 11 over this span).  Taylor has also been finding his stride, putting up strong numbers the past two weeks against very good defenses:

  • Week 13 (at Kansas City) – 291 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
  • Week 14 (vs. Houston) – 211 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT

He added a rushing TD against the Texans, just to add a little bit extra to his appeal.  When you couple the matchup with the way he’s been playing, it’s impossible not to have Taylor in your starting lineup this week.

Sit – Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Kansas City
He’s thrown for 202 yards or less, without a TD, in two of the past three games (including a matchup with the Chiefs).  Throw in the crumbling receiving corps around him, with both Dontrelle Inman (neck strain) & Stevie Johnson (groin injury) uncertain to play after being injured in Week 13, and things look that much worse.  Given the matchup and the uncertainty on who he will throw the ball to, it’s hard to trust Rivers for the coming week.

 

Running Backs
Start – Shaun Draughn – San Francisco 49ers – at Cleveland

He’s averaged 19.5 touches per game over the past four weeks, yielding 86.25 yards (despite matchups with the Seahawks and Cardinals).  He also finally found the end zone this past week and draws a Browns defense that has allowed the ninth most points to opposing running backs over the past two weeks (and the most rushing yards on the season, at 1,543).  San Francisco’s offense has been playing better of late and with no return in sight for Carlos Hyde continue to plug Draughn into your lineup.

Start – Latavius Murray – Oakland Raiders – at Denver
Murray finally came to life this past week, taking 20 carries for 86 yards and 1 TD against the Chiefs.  We all know how difficult the Broncos are to throw on, so it’s extremely possible that the Raiders instead focus on the running game.  He’s not a top option, as he’s had some poor performances of late, but he’s a workhorse and there should be enough opportunities that he yields some results.

Sit – DeMarco Murray – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Buffalo
We talked about the situation earlier in the week, but it’s becoming abundantly clear that Murray’s skill set simply isn’t a fit for Chip Kelly’s offense.  Last week he was out touched by both Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner, and now with Ryan Mathews seemingly set to return his role could shrink even more.  Given his poor performance this season and the risk of limited opportunities, it’s impossible to utilize Murray with your fantasy season on the line.

Sit – Antonio Andrews – Tennessee Titans – at New York Jets
The matchup is a difficult one and the Titans seem prepared to work David Cobb into the offense more and more (he had 13 carries in Week 13, the same as Andrews).  Is it unthinkable that Cobb is given even more opportunities?  Even in a time share, do we want to trust Andrews given the matchup?

 

Wide Receivers (Two-Receiver Formats)
Start – Eric Decker – New York Jets – vs. Tennessee

He’s the “second” receiver on his team, though exactly what does that mean?  He’s been targeted at least 9 times in five straight games, has 8 TD on the season and draws a Tennessee defense that has allowed the third most yards (728) and second most TD (7) to wide receivers over the past four weeks.  Exactly what is there not to love about his upside?

Sit – Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers – vs. Dallas
While the Cowboys have done well over the past few weeks against opposing wide receivers (they are ranked 27th), this is more about Cobb and his struggles.  Since Week 4 he’s had six games under 45 yards and seven games under 55 yards, scoring just 2 TD in the process.  The Packers offense simply isn’t what it used to be making it impossible to trust him in shallower formats.

 

Wide Receivers (Three-Receiver Formats)
Start – DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins – vs. New York Giants
There are questions hanging over Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins appear committed to establishing a running game, but Parker has scored in each of the past two games as Miami tries to get the rookie’s feet wet.  Over the past two weeks the Giants have allowed 401 yards to opposing wide receivers, seventh most in the league, as well as 2 TD.  As the Dolphins continue to evaluate what they have for the future, look for Parker to continue playing a significant role.

Sit – Dorial Green-Beckham – Tennessee Titans – at New York Jets
It would be easy to get excited and plug him into your lineup, given the huge game he’s coming off, but it’s just that…  One Game.  Sure there’s upside, but if Darrelle Revis is back the matchup isn’t going to be easy and Green-Beckham has been far too inconsistent to trust at this stage of the season.

 

Tight Ends
Start – Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans

While Seferian-Jenkins was limited in his first game back it really shouldn’t have come as a surprise, considering he hadn’t played since Week 2.  The Saints have been the worst team at defending tight ends this season, including a league high 1,016 receiving yards.  Look for Seferian-Jenkins to be a focus of the offense and he could be in store for a big performance.

Sit – Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – vs. Washington
Bennett is banged up and draws a Washington defense that ranks 26th against opposing tight ends, including allowing just 2 TD.  It becomes an even tougher sell considering he has 58 total yards since Week 10.
Update — Bennett has since been put on season ending IR, so he obviously is not an option for the remainder of the season

 

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com, CBS Sports

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 14 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
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19 comments

  1. Sam says:

    playoffs this week.. line looks like this:
    RB: Gurley
    RB: Yeldon
    Flex: Amendola
    WR: Watkins
    WR: Cooks

    Got a deep bench with plenty of playable options including: Spiller (snagged him yesterday when the Ingram news broke), Langford, Hyde, Jordan Matthews, DGB, Michael Floyd and other less notable options at this point based on production — would you make any changes?

  2. Eric says:

    Note to self: check IR before posting article.

  3. Romo says:

    Hey roto! Who would u start between j Matthews, cooper, w Snead?

  4. Scott H. says:

    Standard league wanted to get your thoughts on who I should NOT start from the three below:

    S. Draughn
    L. Miller
    D. Thomas

  5. Sam – nope, as of today that’s how I’d roll things

    Romo – I’d roll with Cooper

    • Sam says:

      With the Cooks concussion scare yesterday, I pulled him out for Michael Floyd… which worked out, fortunately. Now I have a tough decision: 2 of Cooks, Watkins and Amendola — leaning Cooks and Watkins because of talent/upside and possibility that Gronk and or Edleman make a surprise return biting into Amendollers targets but thought I’d double check with you!

  6. craig says:

    Hey Prof,

    I have these 3 QB’s: Palmer, Tyrod, and Winston, who do I start?

    Then, Amari Cooper or Tedd Ginn Jr. ?

  7. Andy says:

    Professor,
    Should I drop Willi Snead for D Park, Anquan Boldin ? Next week is my play off
    – D Parker: week15-16 @San Diego, Indy
    – Anquan Bolin: week15-16 @Cincin, Detroit

  8. Foxy says:

    Sit a TE that has been placed on IR. Solid advice as usual. Yup, it’s sarcasm Sheldon!! You guys are just awful at football and baseball. Keep going though, you are generally good for a giggle at least.

  9. Sheldon says:

    Professor, I have an interesting situation going on. San Diego have all their WRs banged up, and I have Woodhead. The pundits are saying that Woodhead will be on the receiving end of plenty of targets as a result. Now I have Forte and Ware starting at RB. I have ASJ at FLEX. I also have Abdullah as a FLEX option. But I like ASJ over Abdullah as a FLEX. With the Woodhead situation developing, I wonder if he is more viable either at RB or FLEX over either Ware or ASJ. What are your thoughts and recommendation? Thanks.

  10. Eric says:

    Hey Prof– you’ve steered me straight and I need help again– my receiver Corp is Cooper,Cobb, and Desean Jackson (smh). Would you recommend starting two of these or picking up a Devante Parker or A. Boldin type (M. Wheaton and Reuben Randell also available). Thanks! Great advice on Tampa tight end- I’m starting him over Gates

  11. Andy says:

    Hi Professor,
    I need 3 Wrs and 1 Flex (non PPR 8 teams).
    Which 4 you will play out of 6 ?
    Dez Bryant, Doug Baldwin, Allen Hurns, Brandin Cooks, Devante Parker, Ryan Matthews
    Thanks.

  12. Sheldon – I’d consider him a bit of a better gamble than ASJ, but both are gambles (especially with Rivers reportedly sick as well)

    Eric – I would say Parker has a much higher upside than both Cobb & Jackson, but he’s also riskier. That said, I can’t trust Cobb in the least, so I’d probably roll the dice on Parker and cross my fingers.

    Andy – Baldwin/Hurns/Cooks/Bryant (he’s the “safest” gamble)

  13. Sheldon says:

    Professor, do you really think ASJ is a gamble? I was hoping that he would be the lynchpin of the Bucs offense. I am thinking of starting him over Woodhead, after researching all of FFTBL this week. Everyone’s on the ASJ bandwagon it seems like. What do you think? Is ASJ a gamble or sure thing?

    • Impossible to call him a sure thing. While I wouldn’t expect a “pitch count” this week, it’s also not impossible. The offense should also center around Doug Martin on an extremely favorable matchup,and you have a pair of good receivers who will also get chances. I Just can’t call him a lock

  14. Marion says:

    PPR league (starting Forte and D Hopkins) but need to pick 3 from:

    D Thomas
    Gurley
    Yeldon
    M Bryant

    So who do I sit? Thanks

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