Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2019): Quarterback/Tight End Edition: Week 7: Kyler Murray, T.J. Hockenson, Philip Rivers & More

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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:

Quarterbacks

Start – Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals at NYG

If Christian Kirk is ready to play he’s going to look even better (though that appears unlikely), but even without him the matchup with the Giants screams of an opportunity. Murray showed his upside last week against the Falcons, throwing for 340 yards and 3 TD, and has also showed his ability with his legs (he had scored TD in the two previous games).

The Giants have been bad against opposing quarterbacks all season long:

  • Passing – 1,822 yards (second most) and 10 TD
  • Rushing – 3 TD (one behind the league leaders)

In a matchup between 2019 first round picks, Murray will have a lot to prove and should be ready to step up and thrive.

Sit – Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers at TEN

Rivers hasn’t been great over his past two games, throwing 4 INT in the process. The matchup doesn’t help give optimism for a turnaround, as the Titans have allowed the eighth fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks. That’s not a good combination, even with the return of Hunter Henry helping to give Rivers another weapon.

The fact that the team could easily take a run heavy approach, behind the combination of Melvin Gordon & Austin Ekeler, just further hurts his stock. It’s not that Rivers is completely unusable, but with others having more favorable matchups he’s a much better fit as a QB2.

Another Quarterback to Start:

  • Josh Allen (BUF vs. MIA) – Pick on the Dolphins! It’s been a running theme this season, and this week should be no different. Miami has allowed the most points per week to opposing quarterbacks, and Allen’s ability to make some plays with his arm, and more importantly his legs, should allow him to shine. He’s not a high-end QB1, but as a bye week fill-in there aren’t many better alternatives.

Another Quarterback to Sit:

  • Sam Darnold (NYJ vs. NE) – While Darnold showed off his upside in his return in Week 6, does anyone want to trust him this week against a Patriots defense that’s allowed the fewest points per week to opposing QB? Maybe if the group of receivers/tight ends were more enticing, but given his situation the risk far outweighs the potential reward.

Tight Ends

Start – T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions vs. MIN

Hockenson isn’t a high-level option, but we all know that we should be starting Mark Andrews, Hunter Henry and Austin Hooper (as well as the other elite options). That brings us to Hockenson, who ranked #10 on our weekly rankings so it’s easy to consider him a viable bye week fill-in.

After a big debut the rookie has struggled in the subsequent four games, amassing 9 total receptions and 56 yards. However the matchup with Minnesota may be the perfect thing to get him right. They’ve allowed the eighth most points per week to opposing tight ends, despite not yet allowing a TD. That includes giving up 102 yards a week ago to Philadelphia’s tight ends, and while he’s not a great gamble he’s one worth taking.

Sit – Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts vs. HOU

He continues to share the opportunities with Jack Doyle, who is siphoning off half of the tight end chances:

  • Eric Ebron – 20 targets (9 catches for 136 yards and 2 TD)
  • Jack Doyle – 20 targets (14 catches for 128 yards and 1 TD)

Put that against a Houston defense that’s allowing the fourth fewest points per week to opposing tight ends and why would you want to take the chance?

Another Tight End to Start:

  • Jason Witten (DAL vs. PHI) – Here’s your desperation start of the week. Ranked #12 on our weekly rankings, Witten has 50+ yards in three of his past four games and is coming off a week where he was targeted 7 times. Considering the questions at the position, his floor at least makes him worth rolling the dice on if you are desperate.

Another Tight End to Sit:

  • Jared Cook (NO at CHI) – He would’ve been a questionable option, even with the byes, but he’s injured and ruled out. Obviously he can’t be used.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

4 COMMENTS

  1. What’s up man? PPR Miles Sanders or Devin Singletary?
    Does N’Keal Harry produce and have any value once activated in PPR?
    If Kirk is out do you go MVS OR Robby Anderson? If he plays do you go Kirk as well? Thanks

    • Sanders is “safe”, but Singletary has the upside. I’d lean with the high-risk upside here

      Harry should have value, but it’ll take time for him to find his footing/role

      Kirk is out it would appear, so I’d roll MVS assuming he’s playing. I don’t trust Anderson against the Patriots.

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