Week 13 is finished. Furthermore, it’s playoff time! I get to enjoy two of three first round Byes. The other league, I’m off to a good start with Allen Robinson helping me out. Hopefully you’re in a good place, and I will do what I can to get you in a solid spot and not cause you to over think.
Last week’s article was pretty balanced, some with bad calls, others with great calls. However, I still want to do better. So let’s get to it!
Quarterback Starts of the Week
Ryan Tannehill @ OAK – I told you in last week’s article Tannehill will be here throughout. I’m playing him this week and so should you if you have non-elite options at the position.
Baker Mayfield vs CIN – Part of this is dependent on which O-Line shows up for Cleveland. However, given the division matchup on top of this being a must-win for Cleveland, I’d roll the dice on Baker these playoffs.
Honorable Mention: Jacoby Brissett @ TB
Quarterback Sits of the Week
Derek Carr vs TEN – Carr is too inconsistent for me. Although the Titans allow the sixth most passing YPG, they only allow a seventh best 19.5 PPG, thus capping Carr’s ceiling. Find a better option.
Kyler Murray vs PIT – In summary, the Steelers defense is pure fire. That’s all there is to it.
Running Back Starts of the Week
Devonta Freeman vs CAR – The Panthers have the fourth worst rushing defense. However, the Falcons O-line isn’t all that great either. I’d still start Freeman based on his added reception potential.
Miles Sanders vs NYG – Sanders did exceptionally well last week. He’s got the below-average Giants opponent this week. Play him again with confidence as a solid RB2 with upside.
Honorable mention: Austin Ekeler @ JAX
Running Back Sits of the Week
Any Chiefs RB @ NEP – Don’t bank on the Chiefs backfield no matter who is in or injured. New England is fifth best against the run as it is, let alone a banged up LeSean McCoy and a hardly-playing Darwin Thompson.
Marlon Mack @ TB – The Bucs are still the 2nd best against the rush in the league. Mack may be a volume‑based low-end RB2, but I’m not taking that risk in the playoffs. Find another option.
Wide Receiver Starts of the Week
Cole Beasley vs BAL – I’m looking for Marlon Humphrey to focus on John Brown, which should open up more opportunities for Beasley in the slot. Although Beasley has been more of a floor guy, the Bills have unlocked another level to Beasley even if it’s a slight upgrade.
DeVante Parker @ NYJ – Parker has been balling out. Look for him to keep it going against a weak Jets defense.
Courtland Sutton @ HOU – Drew Lock and Courtland Sutton looked in sync last week. They now get a nice matchup against a weak Texans secondary.
Honorable Mentions: Jamison Crowder vs MIA
Wide Receiver Sits of the Week
Hollywood Brown @ BUF – Hollywood got shut down last week against a tough Niners defense. Going against the Bills this week, Hollywood should see a lot of Tre White.
Calvin Ridley vs CAR – Don’t get fooled by Ridley’s inflated numbers. Austin Hooper is returning this week and so is Julio Jones. For fantasy playoffs, I won’t trust TD-dependent players. It’s up to you, but there are better options this week.
Tight End Starts of the Week
Austin Hooper vs CAR – I’m aware this is a no-brainer, but in case you weren’t aware, he is back from injury. Even if he is on a snap count this week, he’s the better option over 90% of the other options out there.
Ian Thomas @ ATL – I’m not overly crazy about this streamer, but Olsen is likely out with a concussion.
Honorable Mention: Kaden Smith (if Engram ultimately sits out); Tyler Higbee vs SEA
Tight End Sit of the Week
Jonnu Smith @ OAK – Although it may be tempting, Smith hasn’t shown well enough to be relevant. This is too much risk in the playoffs. Stay away from him.
Jesse James @ MIN – It’s too early to stream James with Hockenson on IR.
Defense Starts of the Week
PIT DST @ ARI – As I mentioned above, the Steelers defense has caught fire. It is time to pick on Murray as the imbalanced Cardinals continue to struggle.
PHI DST vs NYG – Eli Manning is back. I know Philadelphia’s defense isn’t great, but it’s Eli Manning. I’d take my chances if I don’t have a starting-worthy defense.
Defense Sits of the Week
SEA DST @ LAR – This is more of a gut reaction, but it’s a must-win and I think Coach McVay will be better prepared this go around. Goff does better at home than away also.
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