That’s more like it. My Week 9 Start/Sit recommendations were a significant improvement on that Week 8 abomination. In fact, I’m going to bask in it a little before we attempt to keep it going with my Week 10 start/sit recommendations.
What I got RIGHT in Week 9 Start/Sit
- Ben Roethlisberger PIT – QB7 Overall… slept walked thru the 1st half (25.04 pts.)
- Drew Lock DEN– QB4 Overall… if not for a slow start… whew (30.22 pts.)
- Chase Edmonds ARI – Nothing to write home about but good enough for an RB2 finish. The volume of carries and passing game involvement are secured, however we’re missing redzone touches. Kyler is the vulture unfortunately for Edmonds (11.8 pts.)
- DeeJay Dallas SEA – Considering that J.D. McKissic’s 17.2 fantasy points was good for RB3 Overall this week; if not for Seattle’s non-existent pass defense Dallas would’ve finished in the Top 12. Even on a “down” day Seattle’s offensive is ridiculously explosive led by Russell Wilson.
- Ezekiel Elliott DAL –Dallas’ offense showed signs of life in Week 8 but that’s four straight scoreless weeks for Elliott; his highest yardage total during that span was 80 yards in Week 6 (8.9 pts.)
- Marvin Jones DET – Eeeeeked out a WR3 finish (13.3 pts.)
- Sterling Shepard NYG – WR41 for those of you keeping track (11.7 pts.)
What I got Wrong in Week 9 Start/Sit
- Cam Newton NE – I have to give it to Cam, best he’s looked since his illness. The rushing TDs did the job. He’s still battling mechanical issues as a passer despite being a seasoned vet but it looks like he has a couple receiving options he actually trusts (24.56 pts.)
- Darnell Mooney CHI – The silver-lining is that Mooney is a great buy low candidate in Dynasty Leagues (9.3 pts.)
- Noah Fant DEN – The bad news… he got hurt. The good news.. he returned to the lineup; but he was clearly slowed by the re-aggravated ankle injury that forced Fant to miss time earlier in the season (7.5 pts.)
Onward! Let’s get into Week 10 Start/Sit recommendations.
Quarterback Start/Sit Recommendations
START Drew Brees vs. San Francisco 49ers
Let’s face it, these are two teams going in opposite directions. The Saints are getting healthy; and Brees has his full complement of weapons at his disposal. Meanwhile, the 49ers are a veritable M*A*S*H unit. Don’t get me wrong San Fran still has talent, particularly on the defensive side of the ball but the pass rush simply isn’t the same. How could it be after losing Nick Bosa (injury) and DeForrest Buckner (trade). I anticpate Brees taking what the defense gives him and metriculating the ball downfield for a tidy, efficient Top 12 finish. Start em.
START Jared Goff vs. Seattle Seahawks
I can’t seem to get it right, as to when to start Jared Goff. However, the Seahawks offer the perfect matchup to get an inconsistent passing game on track. Seattle allows the most fantasy points per game to the quarterback and wide receiver positions respectively. I’m banking on Sean McVay looking himself in the mirror, self-scouting and doing a better job of putting his players in a position to have success. I also believe this might be the week L.A. unleashes rookie WR Van Jefferson, to add a much needed vertical threat to the Rams offense.
SIT Matthew Stafford vs. Washington Football Team
No Kenny Golladay and now Stafford’s top target in 2020, T.J. Hockenson is battling a foot injury. I just don’t like it. Washington has a formidable pass defense as is and Detroit is certainly lacking in perimeter threats. Furthermore, I’ve little to no confidence in the Lions’ coaching staff. No need to deliberate on this one. Sit em.
START Nick Chubb vs. Houston Texans
Nick Chubb is back folks and I for one am NOT taking a “wait & see” approach to see how his knee responds to game action. First and foremost Chubb is a STUD; he leads the NFL in number of rushes of 20+ yards (6) despite not having played since Week 4. Secondly, offensive guard Wyatt Teller returns to the lineup having graded out as a top interior olineman this season. Finally, the Houston Texans are awful defensively, allowing the third most fantasy points per game to the running back position this season. Even if Chubb doesn’t get a full workload he has the ability to turn 12-14 touches into low end RB1 fantasy production. Start em.
START J.K. Dobbins @ New England Patriots
The Baltimore Ravens of 2020 barely resemble the team of 2019. The offensive line is no longer a strength and there is a dearth of explosive plays. Furthermore, the Ravens are missing the heart & soul of their offense, Mark Ingram. However, I believe J.K. Dobbins is the injection of life the Ravens need in addition to committing to their power run game.
Prior to the the Ravens bye week, Dobbins did not have a single game with double-digit carries. However, since the bye week Dobbins has averaged just under 14 touts per game, including his 1st career 100-yard rushing performance in Week 8. I believe the fresh, young legs of Dobbins will help resotre some explosiveness to the Ravens offense.
This week’s matchup against New England isn’t nearly is a daunting as one may have thought prior to the season. In fact, the Patriots allow the 11th most fantasy points per game to the running back position. We all watched the Jets of all teams “run left” with considerable success on Monday night. A favorable matchup indeed.
SIT Mike Davis vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With Christian McCaffrey sidelined by injury once again I certianly can understand why you might start Davis. However, after the Buccaneers’ embarassment on national television last week I believe they will be playing with a new found sense of urgency. Furthermore, the Bucs have been among the best in the NFL in defending opposing running backs. Davis’ involvement in the passing game may solidify his floor as an RB2; but his lack of scoring opportunites and the matchup leave me fading him in Week 10.
Wide Receivers Start/Sit Recommendations
START Allen Lazard vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
After a Week 6 blip on the radar, Aaron Rodgers is back to putting up video game type numbers. It’s time for Allen Lazard to get in on the action. The last time Lazard was in the lineup he went for 6/146/1. Though Davante Adams wasn’t in the lineup at that time, it goes to show Rodgers’ trust in the 3rd year wideout.
To further substantiate my bullish outlook on the Green Bay Packers offense as a whole for Week 10 and beyond; All-Pro offensive tackle, David Bakhtiari is expected to return to the lineup after a three-game absence. It’s all systems go against an utterly overmatched Jaguars defense. Start em.
START Christian Kirk vs. Buffalo Bills
The DeAndre Hopkins/Christian Kirk dynamic is starting to look a lot like the former DeAndre Hopkins/Will Fuller combination. Hopkins’ presence makes those around him better, particularly if the complementary receiver can stretch defenses. Kyler Murray and Kirk appear to have superb chemistry. So much so, that Kirk has FIVE touchdown grabs over the last three contests. I’m anticpating a lot of points in this matchup; which should place Kirk firmly in the WR2 conversation, with WR1 upside.
SIT Justin Jefferson @ Chicago Bears
Justin Jeffeson has been one of the better rookie WRs in 2020; but it’s been feast or famine. Through no fault of his own. The Vikings offense is predicated on the success of their zone-running game. Dalvin Cook and the Vikings oline are dominating up front, even when facing 8-man boxes. This is furhter evidenced by Kirk Cousins’ total of 34 pass attempts over the last two weeks. This obviously limits Jefferson’s opportunities.
Monday night against the Bears stout defense, I anticpate a low scoring affair. This will afford the Vikings the wherewithall to continue to focus on running the ball. The Bears have been good against the run; but they are great against the pass. To date, Chicago has allowed the 3rd fewest fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position. Sit em.
START Eric Ebron vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Ebron has touchdown grabs in back-to-back weeks. He’s also averaging just over five targets per game. Furthermore, the matchup is quality, considering the Bengals allow the 2nd most fantasy points per game to the tight end position. It’s a crap shoot at TE beyond Travis Kelce seemingly; though this one looks like a winner on paper. Start em.
Best of luck this weekend. Remember always start your STUDS and I take ZERO responsibility if these Start/Sit recommendations are wrong. Also, if my calls are right make certain you tell a friend. Start/Sit.