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:
Ronald Jones (RB) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers’ RB Leonard Fournette, listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Packers, is expected to be active but limited, per source. It is not expected to be a regular workload for Fournette, who is improved from his ankle injury, but still not 100 percent.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 18, 2020
The return of Fournette clearly has more of an impact on Jones, as Fournette’s limited touches make him tough to trust. Jones, meanwhile, has thrived in Fournette’s absence:
- vs. LAC – 20 carries for 111 yards (5.6 YPC)
- at CHI – 17 carries for 106 yards (6.2 YPC)
Taking on Green Bay, who has allowed the second most points per week to opposing running backs, even if Fournette cuts into his touches there should be more than enough opportunity. Keep Jones locked into all lineups for another week.
Verdict – Start ‘Em
Alexander Mattison (RB) – Minnesota Vikings
In Week 5 Mattison erupted for 112 yards on 20 carries, while catching 3 passes for another 24 yards. Dalvin Cook will miss Week 6 leaving Mattison to lead the backfield against an Atlanta defense that’s been burned more by pass catching backs (317 yards and 4 TD) then any other team.
Mattison hasn’t shown much in that department over the past two years, so that needs to be kept in mind. It suppresses his ranking a little bit but he should still be considered a must start as the lead back.
Verdict – Start ‘Em
Odell Beckham Jr. (WR) – Cleveland Browns
Browns’ WR Odell Beckham Jr., listed as questionable for today’s game against the Steelers due to an illness, is expected to play, per source, as is WR Jarvis Landry (hip, rib).— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 18, 2020
After a big week against the Cowboys Beckham didn’t post big numbers in Week 5, with 5 receptions for 58 yards. He was targeted 9 times and has 6+ targets in all five games this season. While the Steelers aren’t an easy matchup, after not playing in Week 4 they were burned for 233 yards and 2 TD against the Eagles in Week 5. Overall they’ve allowed the fourth most points per week to opposing wide receivers (811 yards and 6 TD), and that keeps Beckham as a WR2 in all formats with Baker Mayfield also expected to start.
Verdict – Start ‘Em
Phillip Lindsay (RB) – Denver Broncos
Melvin Gordon didn’t travel with the team, leaving Lindsay inline to dominant the carries for Denver. That would make you think that Lindsay is a can’t miss option, however New England has allowed the fifth fewest points per week to opposing running backs. Lindsay also hasn’t played since Week 1, when he struggled against Tennessee (7 carries for 24 yards).
He’s not a player to completely avoid, but it fully depends on your alternatives. That said, he’s a low-end RB2/FLEX at best.
Verdict – Sit ‘Em (Risky RB2/FLEX)
D.J. Chark (WR) – Jacksonville Jaguars
Jaguars’ WR D.J. Chark, listed as questionable for Sunday with an ankle injury, is likely to play against the Lions, but Jacksonville first wants him to test him pregame before making any final decisions, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 18, 2020
We all know Chark’s potential, but he’s been targeted four times or less in three of the four games he’s played this season (including 25 yards or less in two of them). It’s easy to suggest that he’s a must play, but given the production and the potential for him to be limited is it so obvious?
He’s a WR2, at best, but under the circumstances it all depends on your alternatives. He’s a risky play, and a better fit as a WR3.
Verdict – Sit ‘Em (depending on your alternatives)
Mecole Hardman (WR) – Kansas City Chiefs
With Sammy Watkins sidelined for Week 6, there should be plenty of opportunities for Hardman. Watkins has averaged about six targets per game this season, and at least some of those should go to Hardman.
We’ve heard about Hardman’s upside since he was selected in the second round of the 2019 draft and he’s shown flashes (in Week 3 he turned 6 targets into 4 catches, 81 yards and 1 TD). There’s obviously some risk, but there’s enough upside that he’s a viable WR3/FLEX.
Verdict – Start ‘Em (High upside WR3/FLEX)
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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