Our fantasy staff had a mixed bag of results in our starts and sits last week. That being said, if you listened to most of what we said on who to start and sit, you should have propelled yourself to victory. Tom Brady and the Patriots came out and redeemed themselves after an embarrassing week in Kansas City. This hurt Fee and Dunton on their sits. J.D, Ted Reed and I, however, didn’t miss on ours. Ted foresaw a dismal day by the Cardinals defense and J.D. nailed it with Alfred Morris and his two points. I told you to sit Colin Kaepernick. There were 15 quarterbacks who scored better than this over rated chump, so even if you were in a 14-team league, he didn’t fare as a starter. Montee Ball, Eddie Royal, Travis Kelce and the Bears defense (my other sits of the week) all registered under ten points. If you listened to me and started Greg Olsen, the Lions defense, Eli Manning and DeAndre Hopkins, you probably walked away with a win.
Last week was marred by some big time injuries. Calvin Johnson is highly questionable and very uncertain to play in Sunday’s bout against the Vikings. Donald Brown, Rashad Jennings, Montee Ball, Jake Locker, Zac Stacy, Jimmy Graham and Reggie Bush all left games hurt last week. This week, the Saints and Chiefs are on byes, and they are two teams with some explosive fantasy starters that will need to be replaced. So who do you turn to this week? You know we have your answers!
Start of the Week: Eli Manning, QB. This is a huge game and with the Eagles’ offense going against a questionable Giants’ defense, it could very well end up a shootout. Eli has shown that he is now comfortable at the helms of McAdoo’s offense and he could excel in a high scoring affair. Also, I know he is a must-start every week, but I really like Matt Forte. He’s playing the horrible Atlanta Falcons defense and he’s been as solid as it gets all season. Last week, he had a decent game on the ground, but showed his versatility by bringing in 12 catches for 105 yards.
Sit of the Week: Alfred Morris, RB. Morris couldn’t get it going against the Seahawks last week. Morris’s biggest problem right now is Roy Helu. Helu is so superior in the passing game that when the Redskins rushing attack is taken away, Morris rarely steps on the field. The Cardinals defense is very stingy at home and will take Morris right out of this game. I also wouldn’t start whoever the Rams throw out there at running back against the 49ers this weekend.
Start of the Week: Dwayne Allen, TE. I know The Wayniac is going to be pissed that I am picking against his Texans, but Allen is looking more and more like a legit Top Ten tight end. Houston will stuff Bradshaw and Richardson. That means Andrew Luck, arguably the best quarterback in football right now, will look to throw the ball to one of his favorite targets of late.
Sit of the Week: Cardinals Wide Receivers. It’s such a shame because Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd are game changers in fantasy. But until they know who is under center, they can’t be trusted. I mean, seriously, one pass? Logan Thomas completed one pass? Come on!
Starts of the Week: Lamar Miller, RB. I know Knowshon Moreno is back, but Lamar Miller should still see the bulk of the carries. And there are going to be a lot of carries to go around, because if the Dolphins have any chance in beating the Packers, it’s to keep Aaron Rodgers off the field. Miller has proven in his last two games that he doesn’t need a lot of carries to be productive (he’s averaging 5.4 yards per carry and 4.4 yards per reception), so even if he splits his time, he could wind up with 90 yards and a touch. I also agree with Fee that Eli should have a huge week. He pencils the Eagles’ game in every season and seems to shine year in and year out against them.
Sit of the Week: Rob Gronkowski, TE. The Bills defense is impressive. They are above average and have been better than a lot of people expected. That being said, after Gronk’s monster week, the Bills will probably stick double coverage on him. I can see Tim Wright sneaking a touchdown away from Gronk in two tight end sets. Also, don’t buy into DeSean Jackson‘s big week against the Seahawks. The Cardinals defense at home will crush him.
Starts of the week: I like 3 receivers that you may be considering for your flex, but should be a top 15 play this week.
Golden Tate – Megatron sounds like a longshot to play and Tate looks like he has finally become the accompanying wide receiver that Stafford has been looking for. Whether Calvin plays or not, Tate is putting up WR1 numbers with Calvin on the field. Without him, he could be fantasy gold!
Mohamed Sanu – Looks like AJ Green is out along with Tyler Eifert and Marvin Jones. The Bengals and Andy Dalton aren’t going to just stop throwing the ball and Sanu is the only productive receiver available. Gio Bernard is going to go large, but he is a given for a start.
Odell Beckham – Remember when Victor Cruz was the Giants WR3 and he seemed like he he slowly gained speed to being a stud receiver? Well, Beckham is Victor Cruzing Victor Cruz! In a limited role last week he had 4 grabs and a score (not to mention the penalties he drew). His role will increase week-by-week and soon he’ll be a given a start. Get him on your team and in your lineup.
Sit: Cam Newton, QB. Well, Cam is one of my least favorite athletes since Paul O’Neil, sorry Wayne. He has no running back and a weak O-line and facing a Bengals team that got embarrassed last week coming home. The Panthers shouldn’t be 3-2 and they will show it this week as Cincy limits Carolina’s offense to less than 2 TD’s. Also, sit Ronnie Hillman.Everyone is scrambling to add Hillman. Let’s wait and see how this situation between Hillman, CJ Anderson, and Juwan Thompson plays out before you put Hillman in your lineup. Much safer plays are out there.
Starts of the Week:
QB: Blake Bortles – Yea, maybe I’m crazy, but the Titans are awful. They have allowed seven touchdowns through the air in the last two weeks alone, three of which were from from Brian Hoyer. Bortles has shown flashes of what made him a top priority in this years draft. If Marqise Lee is finally active, Bortles could shred this defense. Also look to Joe Flacco this week against Tampa’s abysmal pass defense.
RB: Andre Williams – Two weeks ago the Eagles let 85-year old Frank Gore run all over them. Andre Williams looked good the past two weeks in a part time role and seems to have a nose for the end zone. This week, the show is all his, and he could get close to 100 yards with another touchdown.
WR: Steve Smith – The Bucs have allowed nine touchdowns through the air over the last three games. These are the match-ups Flacco lives for, and his new favorite receiver should benefit greatly. Torrey Smith has seemingly disappeared, so start this Smith with confidence.
TE: Delanie Walker – Walker has been playing like the tight end I thought he would be when I drafted him last year (you bastard). Whether it is Locker or Whitehurst, Walker is becoming the safe target underneath. He can easily sneak a touchdown in this week.
Defense: Cardinals – Yea, they got crushed by Peyton Manning last week. Who hasn’t?
Sits of the Week:
QB: Tony Romo – I totally think with DeMarco Murray playing as well as he is that Romo will have a decent day against the Seahawks. I also think he will toss several picks, which in fantasy is detrimental. This is a bigger game than anyone anticipated at the season’s onset and you can be sure the Legion of Boom will be bringing it.
RB: Matt Asiata – Asiata has done very admirably in AP’s stead. Last week was not only the first time this season he didn’t find the end zone, it was also his first fumble. When Asiata doesn’t score and turns the ball over, he does very little fantasy wise. You can be sure the Lions front four will eat him up on Sunday.
WR: Terrance Williams – Williams has had back-to-back huge games. I tell you to sit Williams with the same warning I gave you about Eddie Royal last week. He may have a decent game, even against the Seahawks, but if you are banking on a third straight multi-touchdown, 30-point performance, you’re in trouble.
TE: Zach Ertz – Ertz has all of the tools and is in the right offense to be great. The problem is that he isn’t. He is terribly inconsistent, as he either throws up a stinker or goes bananas. He only has one touchdown on the season, and with the Eagles offense struggling, this may not be the week he returns to pay dirt.
Defense: Packers – They have been a good start the past few weeks against the Vikings and the Bears. The Pack always step up against their NFC North, however. This week they travel to Miami, and although I don’t foresee an upset by any means, I can see the Dolphins offense making it a game. Their offense is full of playmakers in Mike Wallace, Lamar Miller, Charles Clay and the return of the dynamic Moreno. The Dolphins may sneak a few scores past them.