Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few of the possible decisions you are facing:
Start – Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Jacksonville
After weeks of frustrating fantasy owners Stafford broke out in a big way last week, throwing not only for 352 yards but also 3 TD (the first time all season he had thrown for more than 1 TD pass in a game). Even with the injuries to Calvin Johnson, there appear to be more than enough weapons in Detroit in Titus Young, Ryan Broyles and Brandon Pettigrew. If Johnson ever gets on track? Watch out! With a much more favorable match-up this week against the Jaguars, it’s impossible to sit Stafford down.
Sit – Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
Flacco has struggled for three straight weeks, with yard totals of 147, 187 and 234, all while posting a 2-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. While the Cleveland defense hasn’t been all that impressive this season, they are coming off a shutdown performance against Philip Rivers (154 yards, 0 TD) and containing Andrew Luck the week before (186 yards, 0 TD). In other words, they are better than the numbers indicate and should pose a problem for Flacco and company.
Start – Willis McGahee – Denver Broncos – at Cincinnati
With Peyton Manning at the helm you would think that the Broncos’ running backs would be rendered virtually useless. However, McGahee already has 554 rushing yards and 4 TD. Against a Bengals’ defense that is allowing not only 124.0 rushing yards per game, but 9 TD (tied for second most in the league), it should be another strong performance.
Start – Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins – vs. Carolina
He is coming off a poor performance against the Steelers, but that should hardly be enough to deter you. The Panthers pose a favorable match-up and should allow Morris, who has 717 rushing yards this season, an opportunity to get back on track.
Sit – Fred Jackson/C.J. Spiller – Buffalo Bills – at Houston
Poor match-up + split carries = bad fantasy situation. It’s a pretty simple equation. I would consider them as FLEX options, but nothing more.
Sit – Donald Brown – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Miami
Despite a strong showing in his return to the lineup, the Dolphins are among the best rush defenses in the league (82.0 yards/game, 3 TD). Throw in the presence of Vick Ballard, who could easily eat into his carries, and this is a situation to avoid.
Wide Receivers (Two-Receiver Formats)
Start – Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders – vs. Tampa Bay
Moore has found the end zone in three straight weeks, with 96+ yards in two of the past three as well. The Buccaneers have allowed the second most passing yards per game (309.6), meaning there should be ample opportunities to make plays.
Sit – Kenny Britt – Tennessee Titans – vs. Chicago
I am a big supporter of Britt, but he just hasn’t been able to put things together yet this season as he works his way back from injury. Once he does it will be a different story, but for now it is impossible to trust him in shallower formats.
Wide Receivers (Three-Receiver Formats)
Start – Josh Gordon – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
The Ravens defense just is not what it once was and Gordon has proven that he can make plays in recent weeks. He’s not a suggested option for those in PPR formats, but it’s likely that he gets loose at least once or twice and is able to wreak some havoc.