Pathetic! Week 8 was an utter disaster. Weather, injuries and ineffectiveness torpedoed last week’s start/sit recommendations. So suffice it say I am prepared to turn the page to Week 9. However, before I do so; one more look in the rear-view mirror at my start/sit recommendations from Week 8. It was bad, my worst week of the seasaon.
What I got RIGHT in Week 8 Start/Sit
- Tua Tagovailoa – Brian Flores has Sean McVay’s number (5.72 pts.)
- Brandon Aiyuk – WR6 Overall, all he needs now is a quarterback (23.1 pts.)
What I got Wrong in Week 8 Start/Sit
- Carson Wentz PHI – An abysmal performance against a completely overmatched opponent. Four turnovers attributed to Wentz (2 INTs; 2 fumbles lost). Dallas had only forced three turnovers thru the first 7 weeks of the season… Smh.. (10.62 pts.)
- Ryan Tannehill TEN – Finished outside of the Top 12 (QB13)… Another cake matchup in which the QB couldn’t take advantage (18.32 pts.)
- Darrell Henderosn LAR – Can’t predict injuries… (6.8 pts.)
- Le’Veon Bell KC – So much for salting the game away. The Chiefs blew the Jets out and had every opportunity to feed Lev Bell, but apparently it was a squeaky wheel game for Mahomes (6.8 pts.)
- Jerick McKinnon SF – Tevin Coleman got hurt…again. The Niners fell behind and McKinnon got more burn than I anticpated. Good for an RB2 performance. What a weird, stupid week (13.9 pts.)
- Henry Ruggs LVR – A Henry Ruggs TD was called back but I should have heeded the weather reports and faded the Raiders passing attack despite the favorable matchup (2.9 pts.)
- Michael Gallup DAL – Ben Dinucci > Andy Dalton? Gallup turned in a flex worthy performance. Hopefully more to come, he’s too good to be the forgotten man in that offense, Dak or no Dak (13.1 pts.)
- Huntery Henry LAC – Why does Justin Herbert hate Hunter Henry? (7.3 pts.)
Enough of that. Let’s get into Week 9 Start/Sit recommendations.
Quarterback Start/Sit Recommendations
START Ben Roethlisberger @ Dallas Cowboys
Not sure what Carson Wentz was doing last week. However, I expect Ben Roethlisberger to do what Wentz apparently couldn’t do. Protect the ball and cruise to a Top 12 fantasy finish. The Cowboys “forced” more turnovers in Week 8 (4) than they had thru Weels 1 – 7 total (3) yet still lost by two scores. Roethlisberger hasn’t pushed the football downfield much this season. However, Dallas gives up explosive plays by the bunches; I expect a few highlight worthy shots from the Steelers’ passing game. Start em.
START Drew Lock @ Atlanta Falcons
Coming off of an impressive comeback win in Week 8, I believe Drew Lock keeps it going in Week 9. The Atlanta Falcons have struggled to defend the pass and and allow the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (26.4 pts.). Lock appears to have knocked off the rust after missing time due to injury. The young weapons in Denver are gaining confidence each week. Denver (and Lock) could be in store for their best offensive performance of the season.
SIT Cam Newton vs. New York Jets
I think the Patriots keep the Jets winless. I also think Newton finishes outside of the Top 12 this week. Newton simply hasn’t been the same since contracting COVID-19. Cam’s rushing totals help solidify a decent floor. However, the passing game in New England is non-existent. Newton only has two passing TDs in 2020; the last coming in Week 3. Cam has only eclipsed 174 yards passing once in six games.
Could the Jets be the panacea Newton and the Patriots desperately need? Sure. However, the Patriots aren’t gonna flip a switch and become explosive on offense. The dearth of offensive talent around Newton isn’t changing any time soon. Sit em’.
START Chase Edmonds vs. Miami Dolphins
Kenyan Drake is out with a multi-week injury therefore Chase Edmonds is the next man up. Edmonds has been the best running back in Arizona all season long. The preferred back in the passing game, Edmonds also averages over six yards per carry. For addiitonal perspective, Drake is RB26 (85.1). Meanwhile, Edmonds is currently ranked as RB27 (83.8) despite having 70 fewer touches than Drake. Edmonds faces the upstart Dolphins who allow the 7th most fantasy points to the running back position (21.8 per game). You do the math.
START DeeJay Dallas @ Buffalo Bills
Injuries have plagued many a backfield and the Seahawks have not been spared. Top ball carriers Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde will miss yet another week; thrusting youngsters Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas into continued spot duty. Dallas got his first extended run last week and finished as RB3 overall. There was no efficiency to be found but he did find the endzone twice in an explosive offense led by Russell Wilson.
Considering that Dallas is the healthiest between he and Homer I believe DeeJay has low end RB2 value this week. Furthermore, the Bills have allowed the 2nd most rushing touchdowns (11) this season; and have been a swinging gate against opposing rushing attacks allowing 134.5 yards on the ground per game.
SIT Ezekiel Elliott vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
I typically recommend that you start your studs no matter the matchup. However, context is important and in the case of Ezekiel Elliott, can we truly call him a stud? No quarterback, a below average offensive line and a tweaked hamstring has me looking for other options. Particularly against a Steelers defense that was gashed a week ago for over 200 rushing yards; yet are still Top 5 against the run statistically. That Pittsburgh defense will be highly motivated.
In the first five games with Dak Prescott in the lineup, Elliott was the RB3 overall averaging 22.3 fantasy points per game. Since Prescott’s season came to an end, Elliott is RB28 averaging a paltry 8.8 fantasy points per game. Elliott doesn’t have a single 100-yard rushing game this season. His fantasy production was buyoed by touchdowns thru those first give games. However, Elliott has not scored since Week 5. And now a hamstring and game-time decision designation. Yeah, I’m out this week.
Wide Receivers Start/Sit Recommendations
START Marvin Jones @ Minnesota Vikings
Marvin Jones appeared to be marginalized, a forgotten man in Detroit but has shown signs of life over the past two weeks. A Week 8, two TD performance certainly invokes confidence. A Week 9 matchup against the Vikings who allow the 2nd most fantasy points to the WR position piques my interesst as well. Kenny Golladay OUT due to injury has me sold on Jones this week assuming Matthew Stafford is under-center (COVID-19). Start em’.
START Darnell Mooney @ Tennessee Titans
I debated whether I should recommend Darnell Mooney or Jerry Jeudy here. For what it’s worth I think you should start both players in Week 9. That being said, Mooney is a really intriguing option. There is a cerain level of boom or bust potential considering the offensive line and quarterback play in Chicago. However, the flashes have been impressive and his role in the offense appears solidfied.
Over the last two weeks Mooney’s snap rate has been 81% and 93%. Mooney has been targeted (13) more than Allen Robinson (11) over that span. The Titans have been susceptible to the pass allowing the 6th most fantasy points to the WR position (29.1). A midseason shake up to the roster may change the Titans’ fortunes defensively. However, I believe Nick Foles if given time will connect with Mooney and take advantage of Tennessee as the Titans search for answers.
SIT Sterling Shepard @ Washington Football Team
Since returning to the lineup in Week 7, Shepard has been the Giants best wide receiver. He’s averaging nine targets per game over the past two weeks, scored in Week 8 and been a WR3 over that span. However, I simply do not like his matchup this week. The Washington Football Team is the stingiest team against opposing wide receivers in fantasy football. New York has issues along the offensive line and Washington boasts one of the most talented defensive lines. And then of course, there’s Daniel Jones’ inconsistencies. It just doesn’t feel right. Sit em.‘
START Noah Fant @ Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons pass defense is bad. Plain and simple. Fant is a mismatch nightmare and a focal point in the Broncos passing attack. I’m not a fan of Albert Okwuegbunam siphoning Fant’s redzone looks but Fant offers considerable upside at a wasteland of a position. Furthermore, his floor remains in-tact, considering his role in the offense and expected game script. 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.