What do Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, Jay Cutler, Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy, Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Martellus Bennett, Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, Golden Tate, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Matt Forte all have in common? Clealry it isn’t that they are all mature leaders on their teams because Jay Cutler is listed in the mix. No, these are all big-scoring guys that all have a bye this week. Picking the right people to start is leaps and bounds more imperative than picking who to sit this week. One of my teams has six people on a bye this week, for crying out loud. What that basically comes down to is if you are on the schedule, you are suiting up for my Fighting Blue Hose.
Last week, I called out our three worst statistical fantasy gurus. I told you that their first half of their rookie fantasy expertise was under par. How did they respond? Dunton was perfect last week as his Start of the Week, T.Y. Hilton, dropped 26 points and his Sit, Marshawn Lynch put up a meager seven points. Fee also went perfect, getting 30 points out of his Golden Tate start and a mere 16 from his Matt Ryan sit. Ted Reed responded by pulling a Larry Fitzgerald 32-point performance against a tough Eagles defense out of nowhere, and agreeing with Fee on the Matt Ryan Sit of the Week. Six-for-six, folks. If you had doubt in us before, that should erase any left.
Fee: First off, as The Wayniac mentioned, with six byes this week, you may unfortunately have to start some sits this week. If you have the option to avoid these guys, I suggest you do so, and if you have to start one, god speed fellow Wayniacs.
Starts of the Week:
I like Russell Wilson this week at QB. I know he stunk it up last week, but this is the perfect bounce back game against the lowly Raiders, especially at home. Giovani Bernard is a must start against Jacksonville because… well, because Jacksonville is awful. Jeremy Maclin against The Wayniac’s Texans isn’t going to make him happy, but he has to know that their secondary is ripe for the taking against the Eagles high-flying offense. Lastly, go with Ahmad Bradshaw on Monday night back in New York. He has revenge on his mind plus he has 8 touchdowns already on the season, including one in each of his last three games.
Sits of the Week:
Doug Martin at the Browns. I don’t care who he is playing, as the Browns rush defense is very suspect, I would start Andre Williams over Doug Martin. I would also sit Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart this week. DeAngelo Williams is going to eat at Stewart’s stats and the Panthers are on a downward spiral against a Saints’ team coming off of a big win looking to jump into first place. Lastly, sit Percy Harvin. The Jets equal disaster.
Starts of the Week: Andrew Hawkins has been having a fantastic season as a sleeper wide receiver and finally found the end zone last week. I expect that to continue against the Bucs. Shane Vereen is also a good start. He does a lot of little things and against the Broncos, the Pats are going to go experience over Jonas Gray or James White.
Sits of the Week: The Rams Running Back Core. I want nothing to do with this mess and neither should you. Zac Stacy is their most talented back and he is getting the least touches. Stay clear.
Start: Ronnie Hillman looked like Arian Foster last Thursday and had two long TD’s called back and two others sharked by Juwan Thompson. Going against a poor Patriots run defense in this shootout should allow him to put up some points. Monitor the Monte Ball situation, but Hillman has looked a lot better in Ball’s absence than Ball ever did this year. Keep an eye on Martavis Bryant as he could be a possible start in the future if he catches on to the hot Pittsburgh offense.
Sit: Torrey Smith has reeked havoc on our friend, Cochran’s team this year. Sit em and he blows up. Start em and he gives him a goose egg. I don’t see him doing much this week, but that all depends on if Cochran starts him or not…
QB: Ryan Tannehill. It’s not so much what Tannehill has done (because it hasn’t been a lot), but more so what the Chargers haven’t done on the road: stop touchdowns through the air. The Chargers have allowed 10 passing touchdowns in four road games this season, including one to E.J. Manuel who doesn’t even start anymore and four to rookie Derek Carr.
RB: Branden Oliver. He had a bad week in reality against the Broncos last week but still put up 11 points. Now he faces a Dolphins team that has allowed 11 touchdowns on the ground at home.
WR: DeAndre Hopkins. It surprised me he isn’t a must start yet, but he is still just started 69 percent of the time in my CBS leagues and not even 50 percent in my ESPN leagues. Hopkins has gotten to double-digits in all but one week this season and against a team that just allowed a 75-yard touchdown to John Brown last week, Hopkins will serve you well.
TE: Vernon Davis, for no other reason than we have been waiting for that signature Vernon Davis week all season. The Rams are a good bet to have that happen against.
Defense: Chiefs. Have you watched a Jets’ game yet this season?
QB: Andy Dalton. There are a lot of big QBs resting this weekend, and Tony Romo is a game-time decision. You will have to dig deep this week, but I think you should stay clear of Dalton. Bernard has been banged up and if he doesn’t play, I don’t care if it is the Jaguars, when all of the attention is on Dalton, he struggles. The guy hasn’t thrown a touchdown in two weeks and has two games this season in which he didn’t eclipse 200 yards passing. Fantasy is a QB-driven game now. You can do better than Dalton.
RB: The Muscle Hamster. I’m agreeing with Fee on this one, and not only that, I’ll take it a step further and say that Martin should be dropped in most leagues.
WR: Torrey Smith. Catchless? Smith was held without a catch last week in a game for the lead in the AFC North? This week he plays the Steelers whom he has always struggled against. Don’t drop him just yet, but he has certainly taken a step backwards this season.
TE: Zach Ertz. This one is simple math. Ertz has failed to top six points in four of his outings this season. The Texans are allowing fewer than 8 points per game to tight ends. Ertz hasn’t eclipsed 50 yards in five straight games, that shouldn’t change this week.
Defense: Patriots. The Pats have been solid this season, already breaking double-digits five times. Simply put, it’s always best to bench any defense squaring off against Peyton Manning.