Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (Week 13): Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Allen Robinson, Julio Jones & 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:

Cam Newton (QB) – New England Patriots

This was expected, though it still needs to ease any concerns fantasy owners had. The Chargers have allowed the eighth most points per week to opposing quarterbacks this season, including 21 TD vs. 6 INT through the air and 4 TD on the ground.

Newton is coming off a miserable passing game, going 9-18 with 84 yards and 2 INT, but he showed his potential the prior week against the Texans (365 yards, 1 TD). He’s also rushed for 9 TD, and it should be a fun showdown between Newton and Justin Herbert. He may not be a must start, but he’s an intriguing option depending on your alternative as a low-end QB1.

Verdict – Start ‘Em (low-end QB1)

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB) – Kansas City Chiefs

With an 8:20 PM EST start, this one is a little bit more complicated. While the matchup with Denver isn’t a terrible one (Denver is middle of the pack against opposing running backs), you have to wonder if:

  1. If he’s going to play
  2. If he does play, if the missed practice time will lead to an increased role for Le’Veon Bell

As it is Edwards-Helaire has averaged 3.5 YPC or worse in three of his past four games and has had 11 carries or fewer in five of his past seven games. If you have a viable depth option playing Monday or Tuesday he’s a viable FLEX, but for many he’s not worth the gamble.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

Julio Jones (WR) – Atlanta Falcons

The note that Jones is “still dealing with a hamstring injury” has to give fantasy owners some concern. While Jones is likely to play, you have to wonder if his role is going to be limited or if he’s going to be on a snap count. He hasn’t played since the Falcons’ last matchup with the Saints, a team that has been among the better defenses against opposing WR (ninth fewest points per week overall). Over the past two weeks they’ve actually been the best defense against WR, allowing just 225 yards and 0 TD.

Obviously if Jones is on the field it’s nearly impossible to sit him, and with a 1:00 PM EST start we’ll at least have some clarity ahead of the games. While there may be some risk, if he’s on the field he’s a must start.

Verdict – Start ‘Em

Allen Robinson (WR) – Chicago Bears

Whether it’s Nick Foles or Mitchell Trubisky under center, does it really matter? Robinson has been consistently targeted and capable of making an impact. He’s been targeted 9+ times each of the past three weeks, including turning 13 targets into 8 catches, 74 yards and 2 TD in Week 12.

The Lions have allowed the fifth most yards to opposing wide receivers (2,138 yards and 10 TD) and Robinson have consistently produced strong numbers against them:

  • 11/11/18 – 6 catches for 133 yards and 2 TD
  • 11/22/18 – 2 catches for 37 yards
  • 11/10/19 – 6 catches for 86 yards
  • 11/28/19 – 8 catches for 86 yards and 1 TD
  • 09/13/20 – 5 catches for 74 yards

Verdict – Start ‘Em

Tua Tagovailoa (QB) – Miami Dolphins

Tagovailoa draws a Cincinnati defense that’s been middle of the pack against opposing QB, though his actual production hasn’t been elite. Over his four starts he’s thrown 6 TD vs. 0 INT, but he’s averaged just 148.25 passing yards per game. He also hasn’t made an impact with his legs, and with Myles Gaskin back that potential is only further limited.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

Kalen Ballage (RB) – Los Angeles Chargers

Ballage struggled in his last game against the Jets (16 carries for 44 yards, averaging 2.8 YPC) and returns to the lineup with Austin Ekeler now back as well. Will Ballage even get enough carries to make an impact this week? That’s hard to bank on, especially if the Chargers opt to put the ball in the hands of Justin Herbert. There’s simply more risk than necessary.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

David Johnson (RB) – Houston Texans

Johnson is returning from a concussion, and with the questions surrounding the passing game it’s fair to expect a fairly big workload. Of course Johnson wasn’t impressing prior to his injury, though a matchup with the Colts could prove favorable.

Indianapolis has allowed the second most points allowed per week (279 yards, 4 TD) to opposing RB over the past two weeks. Hopefully Deshaun Watson and the remnants of the receiving corps can do enough to force them to stay honest and protect against the pass. That should allow Johnson to post some decent numbers.

Verdict – Start ‘Em (RB2/FLEX)

Myles Gaskin (RB) – Miami Dolphins

Gaskin is set to return for his first action since Week 8, and he returns to an extremely favorable situation:

  • Salvon Ahmed, Matt Breida and Deandre Washington are all set to miss Week 13, leaving the depth chart extremely thin
  • Cincinnati has been a middle of the road defense against opposing RB overall, and over the past two weeks they’ve allowed the eighth most points per week (277 rushing yards, 2 TD)

With the potential for 20+ touches in a favorable matchup, Gaskin returns as a RB2.

Verdict – Start ‘Em

Sources – NFL.com, ESPN

Make sure to check out all of our Week 13 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

18 COMMENTS

  1. Pick one, Half PPR… Gore, Sterling Shepherd, Gurley, or Kirk. Last starting spot on an otherwise solid lineup. Looking for 10-12 point floor. With a TD upside.

  2. 1/2 PPR
    I am Up 13.3 pts. and my opponent has RB A. Gibson WAS

    I can only insert 1 of the 3 below to counter: Who should it be???
    RB J.K. Dobbins BAL
    RB E Elliot DAL
    WR Deebo Samuel SF

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