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 – Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions vs. KC)
Stafford generally doesn’t get much respect, but he’s been producing at a high level this season and deserves to be acknowledged for it as he’s thrown for 831 yards, 6 TD and 2 INT over the first three weeks. Maybe since things have been trending in the wrong direction? It makes some sense, coming off a day where he threw for just 201 yards and 1 TD.
That said the Lions are likely going to have to throw early and often in an attempt to keep up with Kansas City. The Chiefs’ defense against opposing quarterbacks looks good on paper, but the numbers are aided by a matchup with the Raiders (who they held to under 200 yards).
Stafford is not among the elite, but given the injuries around the league he’s a viable, low-end QB1.
Sit – Baker Mayfield (Cleveland Browns at BAL)
It has been an absolute disaster for the Browns and things don’t get easier in Week 4 as they travel to Baltimore for a tough matchup. Mayfield has thrown an interception in all three games in ’19 and has seen his completion percentage trend in the wrong direction:
- Week 1 – 65.8%
- Week 2 – 54.3%
- Week 3 – 50.0%
The Ravens have allowed well over 300 passing yards each of the past two weeks, though one of those came against the Chiefs so there’s a bit of a pass there. Also keep in mind that Mayfield threw 10 of his 14 INT on the road last season and the porous offensive line Cleveland has employed, and this is an impossible matchup to utilize in single quarterback formats.
Another Quarterback to Start
- Phillip Rivers (LAC, at MIA) – It almost doesn’t matter who the quarterback is, if they are taking on the Dolphins they are at least going to be worth considering. Rivers isn’t just any quarterback, with at least 293 yards throwing in all three games, and you could argue he’s currently a must start most weeks.
Another Quarterback to Sit
- Jameis Winston (TB, at LAR) – It would be easy to get excited off of his Week 3 performance (380 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT), but it came against the Giants so don’t make that mistake. Things are significantly more difficult this week against the Rams, who have allowed the second fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks (the only team better has been the Patriots).
Start – Will Dissly (Seattle Seahawks at ARI)
Dissly has gained some hype as he’s become an integral part of the offense over the past two weeks:
- Week 2 – 5 receptions for 50 yards and 2 TD
- Week 3 – 6 receptions for 62 yards and 1 TD
While he doesn’t make big plays he’s a go to target, and with the trade of Nick Vannett to Pittsburgh he clearly stands alone atop the depth chart. Throw in a matchup with an Arizona defense that’s allowed the most points per week to opposing tight ends (including 5 TD) and he’s a must start in all formats.
Sit – T.J. Hockenson (Detroit Lions vs. KC)
After Hockenson made a splash in his NFL debut everyone was jumping aboard the hype train, but things have taken a monstrous step backwards over the subsequent two games:
- Week 1 – 6 receptions for 131 yards and 1 TD
- Week 2 – 1 reception for 7 yards
- Week 3 – 1 receptions for 1 yard
He’s been targeted 7 times over the past two weeks, and while the Lions may be playing catchup is it a guarantee that Hockenson will be the target? There’s enough upside for him to be used as a backend option, but he’s hardly a must start depending on your alternative.
Another Tight End to Start
- Darren Waller (OAK; at IND) – While he has yet to find the end zone he’s been targeted at least 7 times in each game and is coming off a monster performance (13 receptions, 134 yards). Against an Indianapolis defense that’s allowed the sixth most points per week to opposing tight ends he’s a no-brainer.
Another Tight End to Sit
- O.J. Howard (TB; at LAR) – He showed signs in Week 3 with 66 yards, but is that really enough? It came against a questionable Giants’ defense and he draws a Rams’ team that’s allowed just 8 receptions on 21 targets to opposing tight ends this season.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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