Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Joe Mixon, Alfred Blue, Marvin Jones & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 5’s Sunday action 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:


Joe Mixon – Running Back – Cincinnati Bengals
Mixon is going to return this week, and with Giovani Bernard out it would be easy to get excited about Mixon’s outlook. According to Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer (click here for the article):

Joe Mixon is returning this weekend, but Marvin Lewis doesn’t expect to fully unleash him as if he hadn’t missed any time three weeks removed from knee surgery. The coach said there will be some limits due to conditioning taking a hit during the rehab process.

Mixon’s upside, even in limited touches, is too high to consider sitting him against a Dolphins’ defense that has allowed the fourth most points per week to opposing running backs (and they’ve specifically been beaten up by running backs who can catch the football, with 269 receiving yards over the first four games). Mixon had 5 receptions for 54 yards in Week 1 and had 30 catches in his rookie season. A healthy Mixon would be a RB1, but we’d still feel comfortable deploying him as a RB2 in all formats.

Verdict – Start ‘Em


Alfred Blue – Running Back – Houston Texans
Lamar Miller is listed as questionable for Sunday night football, but things don’t look good for him to suit up. According to Adam Schefter (via Twitter):

The Cowboys have been solid against opposing running backs this season, though they will once again be without Sean Lee. They allowed the Lions to average nearly 5.0 yards/carry without Lee in Week 4 (96 yards on 20 carries), and while Blue doesn’t have the highest level of talent the opportunity and matchup should yield solid results. He’s not a must start, but consider him a viable FLEX option in all formats. Verdict – Start ‘Em (deep league RB2/FLEX play)   Latavius Murray – Running Back – Minnesota Vikings Battling a hamstring injury, which Dalvin Cook suffered a setback with on Thursday night, signs point towards Cook sitting out this week against the Eagles. According to Ian Rapoport (via Twitter):

That would leave Murray to operate as the team’s lead running back, though how inspiring of a play is he? On 19 carries this season he’s managed just 64 yards and 0 TD, while he draws an Eagles’ defense allowing the second fewest points per week to opposing running backs (and the fewest rushing yards, at 160 and 1 TD). Maybe Murray makes an impact catching the football, but that’s not enough of a reason to get excited. We’d expect Minnesota to go more pass heavy, with Murray getting enough chances to be a borderline FLEX play but nothing more. Verdict – Sit ‘Em (borderline FLEX play)   Matt Breida – Running Back – San Francisco 49ers He’s coming off one of his “worst” games of the season, taking 9 carries for 39 yards (4.3 yards/carry) while adding 3 receptions for 32 yards. The biggest question facing Breida is workload, as he hasn’t had more than 11 carries or 14 touches in a game, as he’s taken 41 carries for 313 yards and 1 TD (while adding 3 receptions in each of the past three weeks). Obviously he’s likely to be somewhat limited again, as he battles a shoulder injury, but according to Adam Schefter (via Twitter):

The Cardinals have allowed the most points per week to opposing running backs, and while he should continue to share touches with Alfred Morris there’s far too much upside to even consider sitting him. Consider Breida a borderline RB1 and a must start in all formats as he just needs to continue on the current touch trend to likely post a monster game.

Verdict – Start ‘Em (must start in all formats)


Marvin Jones – Wide Receiver – Detroit Lions
According to Adam Schfter (via Twitter):

Jones was added to the injury report on Friday, courtesy of an ankle injury, drawing a questionable tag and creating questions. Of course, Jones was already a questionable fantasy choice as he batters Golden Tate (44 targets) and the emerging Kenny Golladay (33 targets) for opportunities. With the potential that he’s limited and with the chance that opportunities go elsewhere, Jones becomes more of a desperation play for most owners this week.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em (unless you are desperate for a WR3)


Davante Adams – Wide Receiver – Green Bay Packers
The Packers’ receiving corps is banged up a bit in general, but we all know that if Adams is on the field he’s going to be a must start option in all formats. While Adams has been limited at practice this week all signs point towards him playing, as Ian Rapoport notes (via Twitter):

Don’t make the mistake of getting too cute, even against a Detroit defense that’s allowed the second fewest points per week to opposing wide receivers.

Verdict – Start ‘Em

Sources – ESPN,

Make sure to check out all of our Week 5 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
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  1. Eric says:

    PPR- Amari Cooper, Quincy Enunwa or Fitzgerald for flex spot

  2. OtisP says:

    Full point PPR – Chris Thompson or Mark Ingram?

  3. Trevor says:

    Standard flex-Chris Thompson or Aaron Jones

  4. RT says:

    RP – Dede Westbrook or Kenny Stills? Thanks!

  5. MasterCloud says:

    Whos has a better start with more upside. Corey Davis, Mike williams, or Paul Richardson full PPR

  6. J says:

    Hey professor,

    Trying to beat the waiver wire for next week. Who are your favourite stash candidates?
    Too early/risky for D’Onta Forman?
    Or should I just be happy with Chubb and R. Jones as far as speculating goes (considering I’ve somehow ended up at 1-3) and add Taywan Taylor?

    Also, would you drop T. Burton for Hurst as a backup TE (and possible trade bait)?

    Appreciate it!

  7. Start Allen or Powell at rb in PPR

  8. Neil says:

    Collins or K. Cole flex

  9. Vince says:

    Kittle or Rudolph at te in a pot league? Worried about the high winds in the sf game but not sure how much that can affect the game.

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