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 – Russell Wilson (SEA, vs. NO)
The New Orleans Saints are tied for the fifth most points per week allowed to opposing quarterbacks, and they’ve been prone both to the pass and the run:
- Passing – 551 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT
- Rushing – 38 yards, 2 TD
Wilson may not use his legs often anymore, but he has the potential to (he rushed for 376 yards last season). He’s also thrown for 5 TD this season, despite a receiving corps that may not be overly impressive, making him a must start.
Sit – Andy Dalton (CIN, at BUF)
Dalton has been good this season, throwing for over 300 yards in each of the first two games. However Buffalo is a different story, especially with the game coming on the road. You can argue that the Bills haven’t truly been tested thus far, facing the Giants and the Jets, but don’t let that thought process alter your opinion.
Buffalo is going to be a tough test for Dalton, especially on the road, and the risk outweighs the potential reward (unless you are in a two-quarterback format).
Another to Start:
- Josh Allen (BUF, vs. CIN) – His ability with his arm and his legs has been put on display early on, throwing for 500+ yards and scoring a rushing touchdown in each of the first two weeks. Those are hard numbers to put on your bench, unless you have one of the truly elite.
Another to Sit:
- Kirk Cousins (MIN, vs. OAK) – We want to believe in Cousins, but playing in what has become a run first offense how can we? Even when he threw the ball 32 times in Week 2, he managed to complete just 14 passes for 230 yards while throwing 2 INT.
Start – Darren Waller (OAK, at MIN)
While the Vikings have been a good defense against opposing tight ends this season (9 receptions for 77 yards), Waller’s role in the offense is so big that he can’t be ignored. The fact that Tyrell Williams is banged up also adds to Waller’s importance, especially when you look at the breakdown of targets over the first two weeks:
- Darren Waller – 15
- Tyrell Williams – 14
- Hunter Renfrow – 11
- Ryan Grant – 9
So Waller has already proven to be Derek Carr’s favorite target, and if Williams is limited at all his role could grow even further.
Sit – Vance McDonald (PIT, at SF)
Many may believe that McDonald will become more important with Mason Rudolph taking over as quarterback. Of course it’s also possible that the team wants to add additional protection, keeping McDonald in to block a little bit more.
While McDonald is coming off a 2 TD performance, he also managed to turn 7 receptions into a meager 38 yards. Over the first two weeks he has 78 yards as he hasn’t proven capable of breaking big plays. He’s a TD dependent option, and while the desperate could consider him there are similar options likely available with more upside.
Another to Start:
- Greg Olsen (CAR, at ARI) – The Cardinals have allowed the most points per week to opposing tight ends, with 273 yards and 3 TD. Olsen, meanwhile has been targeted 9 times in each of the first two weeks and is coming off a 100+ yard game. The absence of Cam Newton could have a negative impact, but there’s enough to still consider him worthy.
Another to Sit:
- Eric Ebron (IND, vs. ATL) – He’s been targeted just 7 times over the first two weeks, though Jacoby Brissett isn’t targeting Jack Doyle instead (5 targets). The bigger problem is that this is basically an even time split between the two, and neither appear to be a significant player in this offense as of today.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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