Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (Week 15): James Conner, Julian Edelman, Josh Jacobs & 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:

Josh Jacobs – Oakland Raiders – Running Back

Obviously Jacobs is going to be a little bit risky since we know he’ll be playing hurt, though Jacksonville has struggled against opposing RB this season (fourth most points/week overall, most over the past four weeks). Obviously the late start further complicates things, in case Jacobs suffers a setback during warm ups, but the upside is that of a RB1. It all depends on your alternative, but consider him a worthy play.

Verdict – Start ‘Em

James Conner – Pittsburgh Steelers – Running Back

Conner has 5 carries since October 28 and he hasn’t played since November 14, so there obviously is a extra risk in utilizing him. However no one has stepped up and seized the role in his absence making you think that he’s going to have to share the load (Benny Snell has 32 carries for 104 yards & 1 TD the past two weeks, including averaging 2.6 YPC in Week 14). Buffalo doesn’t pose an easy matchup for any running back, and they haven’t allowed a TD to an opposing RB in the past three weeks, but Conner is still usable as a FLEX (with more upside than that).

Verdict – Start ‘Em (good FLEX, viable RB2)

Devante Parker – Miami Dolphins – Wide Receiver

This is great news for fantasy owners, as Parker gets a matchup with a weak Giants secondary that is now without Janoris Jenkins (even with him the Giants had allowed the sixth most points per week to opposing wide receivers on the season). As for Parker, he had been playing exceptionally well prior to the injury:

  • vs. Buffalo – 7 receptions for 135 yards
  • at Cleveland – 6 receptions for 91 yards
  • vs. Philadelphia – 7 receptions for 159 yards and 2 TD

Verdict – Start ‘Em as a WR2 in all formats

Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – Wide Receiver

Monitor the news just in case, but Edelman has been one of the few bright spots in the Patriots’ offense:

  • He has been targeted 10+ times in eight straight games (10 times in 13 games)
  • He has 90+ yards in three straight (78+ yards in five of his past six games)
  • He has a TD in back-to-back games

With the Bengals not being a defense that you need to avoid, fire Edelman up in all formats as long there isn’t bad news this morning.

Verdict – Start ‘Em

T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – Wide Receiver

The uncertainty of his availability just further complicates what was already going to be a difficult situation:

  1. Hilton would likely be covered by Marshon Lattimore
  2. Hilton could easily play on a snap count (regardless of what they are saying) or used for different routes than normal

You put it all together and the risk outweighs the reward.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

Will Fuller – Houston Texans – Wide Receiver

Fuller had one huge game (14 catches, 217 yards and 3 TD), but has managed just 28 catches, 381 yards and 0 TD in the other eight he’s appeared in. The Titans have been a middle of the road defense against wide receivers over the past few weeks, and while Fuller has the upside to explode do you really want to trust that? You can argue that he’s a boom or bust who has had more bust than boom this season, leaving him as nothing more than a desperation play.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

Ty Johnson – Detroit Lions – Running Back

The addition of Hills isn’t good news for Bo Scarbrough and his likely availability for today’s game. That doesn’t mean that Johnson or any of the Lions running backs will be worth utilizing against a Tampa Bay defense that’s allowed a league best 763 rushing yards this season. Maybe Johnson assumes the role, though he likely won’t, and even if he does he should be avoided.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

LeSean McCoy – Kansas City Chiefs – Running Back

With Williams out many will look towards McCoy as a viable option, but Spencer Ware and Darwin Thompson are going to be in the mix. This is an impossible situation to predict, and one to be avoided.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

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  1. Hello Professor! Please your help if possible:

    Pick 2 in ppr: lockett, futzgerald, perriman, conley or duke johnson??

    Fitzpatrick or ryan??

    Pick 2 in ppr: fuller, aj brown, golden tate, pascal or oj howard??

    Pick 1 in ppr: Laird or drake??

    Pick 1 in ppr: deebo samuel or aj brown??

    Thank you again and good luck in the semi-finals!

  2. Pick 2 in ppr: lockett, futzgerald, perriman, conley or duke johnson?? — Lockett & Johnson (but ugh)

    Fitzpatrick or ryan?? — Allen (coin flip_

    Pick 2 in ppr: fuller, aj brown, golden tate, pascal or oj howard?? — Brown / Pascal

    Pick 1 in ppr: Laird or drake?? — Laird

    Pick 1 in ppr: deebo samuel or aj brown?? — Brown

  3. Pick three ppr Darius Slayton, Amari Cooper, Davante Parker, Michael Gallup ?

    Russell Wilson or Ryan Tannehill?
    4-pt QB

    Non-ppr flex pick 1 Darius Slayton, Adam Thielen, Marlon Mack, Devin Singletary, Raheem Mostert

    • Pick three ppr Darius Slayton, Amari Cooper, Davante Parker, Michael Gallup ? — Parker & Cooper (even though I really want to say Slayton)

      Russell Wilson or Ryan Tannehill? — Tannehill
      4-pt QB

      Non-ppr flex pick 1 Darius Slayton, Adam Thielen, Marlon Mack, Devin Singletary, Raheem Mostert — Singletary

  4. STD, flex Perriman or Ian Thomas?
    .5 ppr, pick 2: A.J. brown, kupp, Higbee or Waller?
    Ppr flex: o.j. Howard, perriman or ian Thomas?
    Std flex: mostert, slayton or miles Sanders?
    Ppr, rb2, Montgomery or mostert? Pick 2 wr: obj, kupp, fuller?

    Thanks!

    • STD, flex Perriman or Ian Thomas? — I’d actually go Thomas
      .5 ppr, pick 2: A.J. brown, kupp, Higbee or Waller? — Kupp & Waller
      Ppr flex: o.j. Howard, perriman or ian Thomas? — Thomas
      Std flex: mostert, slayton or miles Sanders? — Sanders
      Ppr, rb2, Montgomery or mostert? — Montgomery
      Pick 2 wr: obj, kupp, fuller? — I’d sit Fuller

  5. Hi Professor,

    Standard.

    Mostert, Mixon, or Laird.

    Thielan, Pascal, Anthony Miller, Shepherd, D. Slayton, Justin Watson, or Beasley.

    Chiefs, Seahawks, Browns, or Bengals.

    Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott, Goff, or Ryan Fitzpatrick.

    Thanks.

    • Mostert, Mixon, or Laird. — Mixon

      Thielan, Pascal, Anthony Miller, Shepherd, D. Slayton, Justin Watson, or Beasley. — Pascal

      Chiefs, Seahawks, Browns, or Bengals. — Seahawks

      Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott, Goff, or Ryan Fitzpatrick. — Prescott

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