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:
Start – Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
No one is going to argue that Griffin is the same quarterback he was in his rookie season, but that also doesn’t mean he has necessarily been bad either. He has thrown for over 1,200 yards in four games this season and draws a Dallas defense that has allowed the second most passing yards per game (326.4) and the most passing TD (14). Of course the numbers are somewhat skewed, thanks to the shootout with the Broncos last week, but the numbers weren’t good before that.
In two games against the Cowboys last season he went 28-45 for 404 yards and 4 TD (he had 100 yards and 0 TD on 18 attempts the final week of the season). Everything appears to be shaping up for a good performance from Griffin this week.
Sit – Geno Smith – New York Jets – vs. Pittsburgh
There may be people getting overly optimistic after Smith threw for 3 TD on Monday night. Don’t let the one performance make you forget about how sloppy he had previously been with the football. Throw in a Steelers defense that has allowed just 199.0 passing yards per game (and 4 TD) and Smith is a rookie QB you don’t want to trust.
Start – Danny Woodhead – San Diego Chargers – vs. Indianapolis
The Colts own one of the worst rushing defenses in the league (129.0 rushing yards per game). While Woodhead is thought of as more of a receiving threat, he’s coming off a game where he had 9 carries and Ryan Mathews is no lock to play after suffering a concussion in Week 5. While Woodhead will share the load with Ronnie Brown, he has the higher upside and well worth using as a RB2 in all formats.
Start – Darren Sproles – New Orleans Saints – at New England
Don’t get cute and look at Pierre Thomas’ Week 5 production and assume Sproles has been replaced. This will likely be a shootout and Sproles ability to make plays in the passing game should generate ample opportunities.
Sit – Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
There is going to be a lot of hype surrounding him, with good reason. He should be a hot commodity, but this isn’t the week to trust him. Bruce Arians has said that he views Ellington more as a 30-32 snap running back and he draws a tough matchup this week. Outside of a deep FLEX play, don’t trust him.
Sit – Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Denver
The fact that Jones-Drew has struggled this season would be enough to scare us off, outside of being a FLEX option. Couple that with knowing that the Jaguars are going to have to throw if they have any shot of keeping up (they don’t) and this just isn’t a good pairing.
Wide Receivers (Two Receiver Formats)
Start – Justin Blackmon – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Denver
The exact reason why Jones-Drew isn’t a good option is why Blackmon almost has to be in all lineups this week. The Jaguars are going to make plays on a defense that has allowed the most passing plays of 20+ yards this season (32). He was a risk in his first game back, but now he’s worth trusting.
Sit – Stevie Johnson – Buffalo Bills – vs. Cincinnati
The Bills called up someone from their practice squad and are immediately starting him. Do we really need to know anything else? Well, if you need a little bit more reinforcement, remember that Robert Woods has been playing more snaps recently.
Wide Receivers (Three Receiver Formats)
Start – Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – at Minnesota
People are down on the Panthers passing attack, and rightfully so, but this is a very favorable matchup. Minnesota is allowing 326.0 passing yards per game and have already yielded 10 TD (in just four games). In shallower formats I could see considering benching Smith, but not in deeper leagues.
Sit – Tavon Austin – St. Louis Rams – at Houston
He’s simply not producing and, until he does, there’s just too much risk in using him in any format.
Start – Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Minnesota
Olsen has only found the end zone once this season, which likely has frustrated fantasy owners (especially as other options have routinely scored). That said he’s been targeted often and picked up at least 54 yards in all four of his games this season. The Vikings defense has struggled against the pass this season (326.0 yards per game) and Olsen is among the top options in Carolina. It should be another strong performance.
Sit – Brandon Myers – New York Giants – at Chicago
Myers has upside, but the problem is the Giants just haven’t used him much. With an offensive line that is in shambles, he’s been forced to block more than he did in Oakland. The Giants also have a much better receiving corps, and a quarterback itching to make plays (to a fault this season). Despite his potential, it’s impossible to trust Myers this week.
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