Thursday Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 15 (2019): Should Mark Andrews Be Trusted, Sam Darnold & More


Thursday games are always tricky, though that’s not groundbreaking news.  Let’s take a quick look at some of the more questionable decisions for tonight’s game and try to decide who we should trust and who should be avoided:

Is Mark Andrews Worth Starting…

Andrews has been one of the best tight ends in the NFL this season, but there are a lot of factors working against him on a short week:

  1. Andrews left Sunday’s game early due to a knee injury, and while it’s considered a “minor” injury the Ravens are in a position to be cautious with their star (whether it’s sitting him completely or limiting his availability)
  2. The Ravens have other tight ends that will share the targets (Hayden Hurst, for example, had 3 receptions, 73 yards and 1 TD this past Sunday)
  3. The Jets have actually been among the best defenses against opposing tight ends all season, allowing the second fewest points per week (the Ravens have allowed the fewest)

Obviously the news leading up to game time will help make your final decision, but the risks may simply outweigh the rewards in this case.  He’s a borderline TE1 and with your fantasy title hanging in the balance, so taking the cautious approach makes sense.

Is There Any Value In The Jets’ Passing Attack…

Sam Darnold and the offense has been figuring things out as of late, with strong numbers over the past four weeks:

  • at Washington – 293 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT
  • vs. Oakland – 315 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
  • at Cincinnati – 239 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
  • vs. Miami – 270 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

Of course all of those teams are in the bottom half of the league in terms of points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, with Washington being “the best” of the bunch (13th most points/week).  The Ravens are a completely different story, allowing the second fewest points per week (the only team to allow less has been the Patriots).

Obviously in one-quarterback formats Darnold isn’t worth considering, and even in two-quarterback leagues he’s a bit of a stretch.  That risk also filters down to the wide receivers, with Jamison Crowder being a borderline WR3 while the others (Demaryius Thomas, Robbie Anderson) are too risky to consider.

Baltimore Ravens Start/Sit Decisions:

  • Lamar Jackson (QB) – Must Start
  • Mark Ingram (RB) – Must Start (should continue to get around 15 touches per game)
  • Gus Edwards (RB) – Sit ‘Em (touches are risky)
  • Marquise Brown (WR) – Sit ‘Em (borderline WR3, but has been more bust than boom lately)
  • Willie Snead (WR) – Sit ‘Em
  • Miles Boykin (WR) – Sit ‘Em
  • Mark Andrews (TE) – Sit ‘Em
  • Hayden Hurst (TE) – Sit ‘Em
  • Nick Boyle (TE) – Sit ‘Em

New York Jets Start/Sit Decisions:

  • Sam Darnold (QB) – Sit ‘Em
  • Le’Veon Bell (RB) – Start ‘Em
  • Jamison Crowder (WR) – Sit ‘Em (usable WR3, but high risk this early in the week)
  • Robbie Anderson (WR) – Sit ‘Em
  • Demaryius Thomas (WR) – Sit ‘Em
  • Ryan Griffin (TE) – Sit ‘Em

Sources –, ESPN


  1. Hi professor 1/2 ppr

    Out of these 5 players m Sanders Singletary Westbrook James white and higbee( if everett out) which 2 should I sit


  2. Hey Prof!

    The question with Lamar possibly not playing the whole game against the Jets, is Tannehil the better play against the Texans?

  3. Hi professor

    1/2 ppr out of these which 2 do I sit? Singletary White Miles Sanders (if Howard out) higbee (if everett out) and Westbrook( if chark out)?



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