Fantasy Football: Week 9 Start/Sit

It is time to start Tua!

Week nine is upon us and it is time for the weekly starts and sits. This is the ninth installment of the 17-piece series aimed to help you make the roster decisions to give you an edge over your opponent. Let’s jump into it and win some championships.

Quarterbacks

Start: Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow has thrown for three touchdowns in three consecutive games and I expect him to keep it going this week when he faces the Cleveland Browns. Ranked 27th against quarterbacks this season, Burrow and the Bengals should put up big numbers. Passing at a higher rate as of late, Burrow is a no doubt start this week.

Honorable Mentions: Tua Tagovailoa vs. HOU, Tyrod Taylor @ MIA, Jordan Love @ KC

Sit: Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans

Although Ryan Tannehill has produced the last couple of games, this week I am leaving him on my bench. Going up against a good pass defense in the Los Angeles Rams, the Titans will need to throw the ball to keep pace. Playing without Derrick Henry, the Rams can just focus on the passing game in this one. I can see Tannehill struggling this week.

Honorable Mentions: Matt Ryan @ NO, Justin Fields @ PIT, Trevor Lawrence vs. BUF

Running Backs

Start: Myles Gaskin – Miami Dolphins

After a pedestrian game against the Bills last week, I think Myles Gaskin will bounce back in week nine. Playing the Houston Texans, Gaskin finds himself in a juicy matchup. The Texans have allowed running backs to rush for at least 100 yards in seven of their eight games. Furthermore, they have allowed at least one rushing touchdown in five consecutive games. Start Gaskin with confidence this week.

Honorable Mentions: Boston Scott vs. LAC, Josh Jacobs @ NYG, Aaron Jones @ KC

Sit: James Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars

James Robinson has been great to start the season. However, after getting banged up last week and going up against a stellar defense in the Buffalo Bills, I am finding other options at running back. There is a good chance Robinson will see his workload limited due to the injury. In addition, the Bills have allowed just one 100-yard rusher this season and only three touchdowns on the ground. This is a matchup I am avoiding.

Honorable Mentions: Khalil Herbert @ PIT, Melvin Gordon @ DAL, Mike Davis @ NO

Wide Receivers

Start: Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers

Scoring at least 12 fantasy points in each game he’s played this season, Diontae Johnson makes for a good start in week nine. Facing the Chicago Bears that have allowed a total of 12 touchdowns to wide receivers, and four games of over 200 receiving yards, Johnson should be in line for a solid week. Set it and forget it with Johnson this week.

Honorable Mentions: Marquise Brown vs. MIN, Brandin Cooks @ MIA, Robert Woods vs. TEN

Sit: DeVonta Smith – Philadelphia Eagles

A stretch of quiet games and a tough matchup in week nine has me benching DeVonta Smith this week. Coming off a game where he had just one catch for 15 yards, week nine is not going to be a bounce-back week. Playing the Los Angeles Chargers who are ranked second against opposing wideouts, Smith is going to struggle yet again.

Honorable Mentions: Jakobi Meyers @ CAR, Marvin Jones vs. BUF, Julio Jones @ LAR

Tight Ends

Start: Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins

After a quiet start to the season, Mike Gesicki has really come alive. Scoring double-digit fantasy points in his next four of six games, he has a great matchup this week. Facing the Houston Texans that have allowed six touchdowns to opposing tight ends, there is a strong chance Gesicki will find himself in the endzone.

Honorable Mentions: Jared Cook @ PHI, Dallas Goedert vs. LAC, Albert Okwuegbunam @ DAL

Sit: Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams

Despite being on a high-powered offense, Tyler Higbee has not done much this season. Yet to top 50 receiving yards since week one, I am looking elsewhere for a tight end this week. The Rams go up against the Tennessee Titans who have been good against opposing tight ends. Having only allowed three touchdowns to tight ends and only two games of over 30 receiving yards, Higbee could disappoint this week.

Honorable Mentions: Dan Arnold vs. BUF, Zach Ertz @ SF, Dalton Schultz vs. DEN

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Fantasy Football: Week 8 Start/Sit

Start Hunter Henry in Week 8

By: Matt Gruber

Week eight is upon us and it is time for the weekly starts and sits. This is the eighth installment of the 17-piece series aimed to help you make the roster decisions to give you an edge over your opponent. Let’s jump into it and win some championships.

Quarterbacks

Start: Teddy Bridgewater – Denver Broncos

In seven games this season, Teddy Bridgewater was thrown at least two touchdowns in five of those games. He has also hit at least 250 yards in four of these games. This week he has a juicy matchup against the Washington Football Team. Ranked last against the pass, Washington has allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw for at least 250 yards in each game this year. Furthermore, they have given up at least two passing touchdowns in five consecutive weeks. Start Bridgewater with confidence this week.

Honorable Mentions: Daniel Jones @ KC, Kirk Cousins vs. DAL, Carson Wentz vs. TEN

Sit: Mac Jones – New England Patriots

Coming off his best week of the season, I am tempering my expectations for Mac Jones in week eight. He is going up against the Los Angeles Chargers who are ranked fifth best against quarterbacks. Allowing an average of just 15 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, I expect New England to focus on running the ball in this one. Look for other options at quarterback this week.

Honorable Mentions: Taylor Heinicke @ DEN, Tua Tagovailoa @ BUF, Jared Goff vs. PHI

Running Backs

Start: James Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars

Fresh off a bye, look for James Robinson to pick up right where he left off. He has put up at least 17 fantasy points in four consecutive weeks. This week, he faces the Seattle Seahawks who have been awful against opposing running backs. Allowing at least 23 fantasy points to opposing backs in six of their seven games, start Robinson this week and don’t think twice.

Honorable Mentions: Chuba Hubbard @ ATL, Joe Mixon @ NYJ, Darrel Williams vs. NYG

Sit: Leonard Fournette – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After a slow start, Leonard Fournette has been impressive these last few weeks. However, this week he plays against a stout run defense in the New Orleans Saints. Bottling up Seahawks running backs this past week, the Saints have yet to allow more than 85 rushing yards to opposing running backs. I think it will be a long day for Fournette. Look for an alternative at running back this week.

Honorable Mentions: Mike Davis vs. CAR, Myles Gaskin @ BUF, James Conner vs. GB

Wide Receivers

Start: Courtland Sutton

I am expecting a big game from Courtland Sutton this week. If the blurb on Teddy Bridgewater was not enough for you, then continue reading here. Facing the Washington Football Team, the matchup does not get any better. Washington is allowing an average of 38 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Giving up at least two touchdowns to receivers in three consecutive games, Sutton is in line to win some weeks.

Honorable Mentions: Emmanuel Sanders vs. MIA, Michael Pittman vs. TEN, Tyler Lockett vs. JAX

Sit: Tee Higgins – Cincinnati Bengals

While his 15 targets last week were an encouraging sign, I still need to see more from Tee Higgins to plug him into my lineup. Since returning from injury, he has yet to score double-digit fantasy points. Additionally, he has not eclipsed 65 receiving yards all season. To make matters even worse, fellow wideout, Ja’Marr Chase is popping off. I am looking for better options this week.

Honorable Mentions: Robert Woods @ HOU, Jakobi Meyers @ LAC, DeVante Parker @ BUF

Tight Ends

Start: Hunter Henry – New England Patriots

Hunter Henry has scored a touchdown four weeks in a row. While his receptions and yards may be a bit low, scoring is everything. I think there is a good chance he finds the end zone again this week. Not only is fellow tight end Jonnu Smith dealing with a shoulder injury, but he is going up against the Los Angeles Chargers. This is good news considering the fact the Chargers have allowed a touchdown to opposing tight ends in five of their six games. In a position lacking playmakers, you could do worse this week.

Honorable Mentions: Tyler Higbee @ HOU, C.J. Uzomah @ NYJ, Tyler Conklin vs. DAL

Sit: Ricky Seals-Jones – Washington Football Team

Facing the Denver Broncos this week, Ricky Seals-Jones will be staying on my bench this week. Ranked fourth best against tight ends, the Broncos have not allowed a single touchdown to opposing tight ends. I think for Seals-Jones to have a productive week, he will need to find the endzone. I am not too confident that he will be able to this week. Look elsewhere for tight end options.

Honorable Mentions: Dalton Schultz @ MIN, Jared Cook vs. NE, Mo Alie-Cox vs. TEN

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Fantasy Football: Week 7 Start/Sit

Sit Geno Smith this week

By: Matt Gruber

Week seven is upon us and it is time for the weekly starts and sits. This is the seventh installment of the 17-piece series aimed to help you make the roster decisions to give you an edge over your opponent. Let’s jump into it and win some championships.

Quarterbacks

Start: Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans

I know Ryan Tannehill has not given us much confidence to start him this year, however, I believe this week is different. At home, going up against the Kansas City Chiefs, it doesn’t get much better than this. The Chiefs are bottom three in the league against the pass and I expect the Titans will need to throw it a lot to keep up in this game. I’m starting Tannehill without hesitation.

Honorable Mentions: Matt Ryan @ MIA, Jameis Winston @ SEA, Sam Darnold @ NYG

Sit: Geno Smith – Seattle Seahawks

In what was a promising quarter and a half in week five, Geno Smith came back down to earth in week six. Scoring just 10 fantasy points, it won’t get much easier for Smith in week seven. Going up against the number two ranked pass defense in the New Orleans Saints, I am looking elsewhere for a streaming option this week.

Honorable Mentions: Jared Goff @ LAR, Joe Burrow @ BAL, Daniel Jones vs. CAR

Running Backs

Start: Chuba Hubbard – Carolina Panthers

Chuba Hubbard has strung together back-to-back productive weeks. Rushing the ball 16 times for 61 yards and a score in week six, I expect Hubbard to handle the bulk of the running back touches again this week. He has been a nice fill-in for the injured Christian McCaffrey and he has a juicy matchup against the New York Giants in week seven. Plug him into your lineup and don’t think twice.

Honorable Mentions: Cordarrelle Patterson @ MIA, James Conner vs. HOU, Damien Harris vs. NYJ

Sit: Khalil Herbert – Chicago Bears

Khalil Herbert got the job done last week when he was called upon to be the bell cow in absence of David Montgomery and Damien Williams. Rushing for 97 yards and a touchdown on 19 touches, many fantasy managers were left smiling. This week, however, he will remain on my bench. Playing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that have only allowed one rushing touchdown to opposing running backs all season, Herbert makes me nervous this week.

Honorable Mentions: Elijah Mitchell vs. IND, Devontae Booker vs. CAR, Alex Collins vs. NO

Wide Receivers

Start: Brandin Cooks – Houston Texans

After back-to-back disappointing weeks, Brandin Cooks turned things around in week six. Putting up 89 yards and nine catches on a massive 13 targets, I expect him to remain hot in week seven. Going up against the Arizona Cardinals that just allowed 36 fantasy points to wide receivers last week, Cooks is in line for another big game. Start him confidently this week.

Honorable Mentions: Chris Godwin vs. CHI, Jaylen Waddle vs. ATL, Darnell Mooney @ TB

Sit: Tee Higgins – Cincinnati Bengals

In his two weeks back from injury, Tee Higgins has let fantasy managers down. Recording eight catches for just 76 yards in his last two games combined, I have no choice but to leave him on the bench this week. He faces a Baltimore Ravens defense that has been solid against the pass. For Higgins to be of any use, we are hoping for a touchdown. I prefer a player with a higher floor in my lineup.

Honorable Mentions: Robert Woods vs. DET, Hunter Renfrow vs. PHI, Julio Jones vs. KC

Tight Ends

Start: Kyle Pitts – Atlanta Falcons

Kyle Pitts finally had his breakout game in week five. Going off for nine catches, 119 yards, and a touchdown, I expect the Atlanta Falcons to shift their game plan to revolve around this young star in the making. Fresh off the bye, Pitts will face the Miami Dolphins who have been susceptible against the pass. I am starting him this week and not thinking twice.

Honorable Mentions: Mike Gesicki vs. ATL, Dallas Goedert @ LV, Tyler Higbee vs. DET

Sit: Jonnu Smith – New England Patriots

In what continues to be a disappointing season from Jonnu Smith, I am looking at other players to throw into the tight end slot this week. Smith has given us no reason to believe that things will turn around. Recording just one catch for nine yards in week six, Smith is just not start-worthy.

Honorable Mentions: Gerald Everett vs. NO, Mo Alie-Cox @ SF, Robert Tonyan vs. WSH

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Fantasy Football: Week 6 Start/Sit

Sit Adam Thielen this week!

By: Matt Gruber

Week six is upon us and it is time for the weekly starts and sits. This is the sixth installment of the 17-piece series aimed to help you make the roster decisions to give you an edge over your opponent. Let’s jump into it and win some championships.

Quarterbacks

Start: Taylor Heinicke – Washington Football Team

Washington quarterback, Taylor Heinicke has a juicy matchup this week as he faces the Kansas City Chiefs. Ranked last against the pass, the Chiefs have allowed at least 28 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in the last three weeks. In a game where I expect Washington to have to throw in order to keep up, I’m plugging Heinicke into my lineups.

Honorable Mentions: Matthew Stafford @ NYG, Trevor Lawrence vs. MIA, Carson Wentz vs. HOU

Sit: Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans

Titans quarterback, Ryan Tannehill has been underwhelming this year. Things won’t get any easier this week as he goes up against the Buffalo Bills. Ranked first against the pass, the Bills have held opponents to under 13 fantasy points in three of their games so far. In fact, they have held opposing quarterbacks to under 300 yards in every game and have only let up a total of five passing touchdowns. I would look elsewhere for a quarterback this week.

Honorable Mentions: Kirk Cousins @ CAR, Mac Jones vs. DAL, Jared Goff vs. CIN

Running Backs

Start: James Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars

After a slow start to the season, James Robinson has scored at least 20 fantasy points in three consecutive weeks. He looks to keep the ball rolling this week against a Miami Dolphins team that has been suspect to the run all season. Allowing over 100 rushing yards to running backs in every game so far, Robinson should feast on Sunday. Start him with confidence.

Honorable Mentions: Myles Jaskin @ JAX, Antonio Gibson vs. KC, Javonte Williams vs. LV

Sit: Josh Jacobs – Las Vegas Raiders

Looking like a touchdown-dependent back, Josh Jacobs is a sit for me this week. He has yet to receive over 15 attempts and this week he faces a stout Denver Broncos defense. Prior to last week, the Broncos have held opposing running backs in check. Not allowing more than 75 yards per game after the first four weeks, I expect Jacobs to struggle in this game. If he doesn’t fall into the endzone, he could leave fantasy managers frustrated. Look for another option with a better matchup.

Honorable Mentions: Chase Edmonds @ CLE, Chris Carson @ PIT, Miles Sanders vs. TB

Wide Receivers

Start: Brandin Cooks – Houston Texans

Recording at least 15 fantasy points in each of the first three games, Brandin Cooks appeared to have cooled off these last two weeks. This week, he plays against the Indianapolis Colts and I am expecting him to bounce back. In three of their five games this season, the Colts have surrendered at least 40 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Cooks is the obvious focal point of the Texans’ offense. I think we see him get targeted early and often.

Honorable Mentions: Diontae Johnson vs. SEA, Emmanuel Sanders @ TEN, Robert Woods @ NYG

Sit: Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings

As the touchdowns have slowed, so has Adam Thielen’s production. Yet to crack 60 yards in the last four weeks, we are banking on him to score for him to produce start-worthy fantasy numbers. I am not too confident in him this week as he faces the Carolina Panthers. Holding opposing wide receivers to under 150 yards each game in their last four weeks, this is a tough matchup for Thielen. I am leaving him on the bench.

Honorable Mentions: Robby Anderson vs. MIN, Cole Beasley @ TEN, Tyler Boyd @ DET

Tight Ends

Start: Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams

Tyler Higbee has a favorable matchup this week as he goes up against the New York Giants. Allowing at least 75 receiving yards or a touchdown in every game this season to opposing tight ends, I think Higbee will put together a nice game. In a position with not many viable options, I am starting Higbee and not looking back.

Honorable Mentions: Mike Gesicki @ JAX, Noah Fant vs. LV, Ricky Seals-Jones vs. KC

Sit: Robert Tonyan – Green Bay Packers

Failing to score more than two fantasy points in every game except one this season, Robert Tonyan is staying on my bench this week. Going up against the Chicago Bears, I think we see Tonyan struggle yet again. Holding opposing tight ends to under 10 fantasy points every week, I am looking at other options this week. Tonyan has given us no reason to trust him.

Honorable Mentions: Jonnu Smith vs. DAL, Austin Hooper vs. ARZ, T.J. Hockenson vs. CIN

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Fantasy Football: Week 5 Start/Sit

Here are the Week 5 starts and sits

By: Matt Gruber

Week five is upon us and it is time for the weekly starts and sits. This is now the fifth installment of the 17-piece series aimed to help you make the roster decisions to give you an edge over your opponent. Let’s jump into it and win some championships!

Quarterbacks

Start: Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings

After a down week last week, I expect Kirk Cousins to bounce back when he takes on the Detroit Lions. In his last four games against the Lions, Cousins has averaged 301 yards and just under three touchdowns. I am starting Cousins confidently this week as he should be in line for a quarterback one performance.

Honorable Mentions: Mac Jones @ HOU, Zach Wilson @ ATL, Daniel Jones @ DAL

Sit: Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers

Last week, Ben Roethlisberger saw his worst fantasy performance, scoring just over nine points. Still yet to break 14 fantasy points this season, he will remain on the bench for me. This week he goes up against a solid Broncos defense that has only given up three passing touchdowns all season. Until Big Ben can show us he can turn things around, I will not be starting him.

Honorable Mentions: Baker Mayfield @ LAC, Carson Wentz @ BAL, Jared Goff @ MIN

Running Backs

Start: Chase Edmonds – Arizona Cardinals

Coming off his best fantasy performance of the season in week four, I expect Chase Edmonds to continue producing. He has recorded at least four catches in every game so far and it is that passing work that provides a safe floor. Yet to find the endzone, Edmonds is due to score against a San Francisco team that has allowed a rushing touchdown in back-to-back games. Fire him up with confidence this week.

Honorable Mentions: Damien Williams @ LV, Nick Chubb @ LAC, Leonard Fournette vs. MIA

Sit: Melvin Gordon – Denver Broncos

Aside from his long touchdown in week one, Melvin Gordon has not been too impressive this season. Splitting carries with rookie running back Javonte Williams, his ceiling is severely capped. He faces the Pittsburgh Steelers that have not allowed a single rushing touchdown to running backs all season. With this in mind and the lack of volume, I am looking elsewhere at the running back position for week five.

Honorable Mentions: Latavius Murray vs. IND, Myles Gaskin @ TB, Miles Sanders @ CAR

Wide Receivers

Start: Marvin Jones – Jacksonville Jaguars

Back-to-back disappointing weeks have fantasy managers concerned for Marvin Jones. I am not one of them. Still an integral part of the offense, I expect his usage and targets to increase even more with fellow wide receiver DJ Chark out with an ankle injury. This week he has a nice matchup against the Titans that have given up eight touchdowns to wide receivers this season. I am starting him without hesitation.

Honorable Mentions: Emmanuel Sanders @ KC, Corey Davis @ ATL, Jaylen Waddle @ TB

Sit: DeVonta Smith – Philadelphia Eagles

Coming off his best performance of the season, DeVonta Smith finds himself on the sit list for me. This is solely matchup-based. This week, he faces the Carolina Panthers. While they have given up three touchdowns to wide receivers in the last two weeks, they have not allowed more than 135 receiving yards in either game. For Smith to be a solid play, I think he will have to find the endzone. If I have better options at receiver, I am playing them over Smith.

Honorable Mentions: Chase Claypool vs. DEN, Robby Anderson vs. PHI, Odell Beckham Jr. @ LAC

Tight Ends

Start: Dalton Schultz – Dallas Cowboys

Recording six catches in back-to-back games and scoring three touchdowns, Dalton Schultz has earned himself a spot on the start list. Putting up 15 fantasy points during this run, Schultz has become a dependable tight end to plug into lineups. This week he gets the New York Giants that have allowed a touchdown to tight ends in every single game. Start Schultz with confidence this week.

Honorable Mentions: Dawson Knox @ KC, Jonnu Smith @ HOU, Dallas Goedert @ CAR

Sit: Tyler Conklin – Minnesota Vikings

Tyler Conklin saw his best game by far in week three. Every other week he was not someone you would want in your lineup. This week, he will remain on my bench. He has not produced enough for me to be willing to plug him in. This week he plays the Detroit Lions and they have been good against tight ends. Only allowing one touchdown, I am looking for another option at tight end this week.

Honorable Mentions: Evan Engram @ DAL, Jared Cook vs. CLE, Maxx Williams vs. SF

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Fantasy Football: Week 4 Start/Sit

Sit Big Ben this week

Week four is upon us and it is time for the weekly starts and sits. This is the fourth installment of the 17-piece series aimed to help you make the roster decisions to give you an edge over your opponent. Let’s jump into it and win some championships.

Quarterbacks

Start: Matthew Stafford – Los Angeles Rams

Matthew Stafford is coming off a great week three performance where he threw for over 340 yards and four touchdowns. I expect this to continue in a week four showdown with the Arizona Cardinals. The point total for the game is set at 54.5, implying that this one could end up being a shootout. Plug Stafford into your lineup confidently this week.

Honorable Mentions: Joe Burrow vs. JAX, Baker Mayfield @ MIN, Jalen Hurts vs. KC

Sit: Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers

Yet to eclipse 14 fantasy points in any of his three starts, some would say Ben Roethlisberger is officially washed. Coming off a game where he threw almost 60 times, I expect the Steelers will try to run the ball a bit more to relieve some pressure from Roethlisberger. Nonetheless, I am happily keeping this seasoned veteran on my bench until he can show us he still has some gas left in the tank.

Honorable Mentions: Daniel Jones @ NO, Carson Wentz @ MIA, Jared Goff @ CHI

Running Backs

Start: Jonathan Taylor – Indianapolis Colts

It’s been a slow start for Jonathan Taylor. After back-to-back weeks of less than 10 fantasy points, I think this is the week Taylor turns it around. He goes up against the Miami Dolphins who have given up over 110 rushing yards every week and four rushing touchdowns in the last two. Taylor is too good of a player to be bottled up for this long. Not only is he due for a big game, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he finds the endzone more than once. Fire him up for week four.

Honorable Mentions: David Montgomery vs. DET, Miles Sanders vs. KC, Josh Jacobs @ LAC

Sit: Chuba Hubbard – Carolina Panthers

The replacement for running back Christian McCaffrey is expected to handle the bulk of the carries for Carolina this week. However, Chuba Hubbard is in for a tough matchup at Dallas. The Cowboys have yet to give up a rushing touchdown to running backs. Furthermore, no running back has surpassed 75 rushing yards against them. In his first time handling a big workload, on the road against a good defense, I am leaving Hubbard on the bench.

Honorable Mentions: James Robinson @ CIN, Chase Edmonds @ LAR, Mike Davis vs. WSH

Wide Receivers

Start: D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers

Coming off a game where he recorded eight catches for 126 yards, D.J. Moore is in a good spot to continue his hot start. The obvious favorite target for quarterback Sam Darnold, expect Moore to be busy against the Cowboys. No Christian McCaffrey could lead to even more targets for Moore. This bodes well for him as the Cowboys have let up at least 25 fantasy points to wide receivers in all three games. Stick him in your lineup and don’t think twice.

Honorable Mentions: Terry McLaurin @ ATL, Ja’Marr Chase vs. JAX, Odell Beckham Jr. @ MIN

Sit: Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens

Marquise Brown is coming off a game where he struggled and failed to produce. Logging just three catches for 53 yards, Brown also dropped multiple passes that would have led to touchdowns. This week he faces Denver who has been solid against the pass. In addition, after narrowly escaping with a victory last week, I think the Ravens will try to get back to their roots and run the ball. I’m looking for other options at receiver this week.

Honorable Mentions: Henry Ruggs @ LAC, Christian Kirk @ LAR, Sammy Watkins @ DEN

Tight Ends

Start: Noah Fant – Denver Broncos

It was a quiet week three for Noah Fant. Limited to just two catches for 15 yards on three targets, I expect him to right the ship this week. One of Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite targets, Fant will see more opportunities against the Baltimore Ravens this week. In a week where they will need to score to keep up, Fant should see plenty of looks.

Honorable Mentions: Logan Thomas @ ATL, Jonnu Smith vs. TB, Dallas Goedert vs. KC

Sit: Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins

After back-to-back duds to start the year, Mike Gesicki finally had himself a good game. While it was encouraging to see, I am still not confident in starting him this week. He goes up against the Indianapolis Colts who have shut down opposing tight ends. Yet to give up over 60 yards, while only surrendering one touchdown, I am keeping Gesicki out of my lineup. Look for other options with a better matchup.

Honorable Mentions: Dalton Schultz vs. CAR, Jared Cook vs. LV, Evan Engram @ NO

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Fantasy Football: Week 3 Start/Sit

Trust in Jalen Hurts

By: Matt Gruber

Week three is upon us and it is time for the weekly starts and sits. This is the third installment of the 17-piece series aimed to help you make the roster decisions to give you an edge over your opponent. Let’s jump into it and win some championships.

Quarterbacks

Start: Jalen Hurts – Philadelphia Eagles

Another week, another Jalen Hurts start appearance. Like clockwork. He has been everything fantasy managers had hoped through the first two weeks. In week one it was his passing. In week two it was his rushing. With his rushing ability, Hurts provides a high floor and a high ceiling. Next up in week three is the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night football. I expect Hurts to put on a show. With the over-under set at 52.5, it will be a high-scoring affair. The Cowboys are allowing an average of 360 passing yards after two weeks of the season. Jalen Hurts is set for takeoff.  

Honorable Mentions: Sam Darnold @ HOU, Daniel Jones vs. ATL, Kirk Cousins vs. SEA

Sit: Taylor Heinicke – Washington Football Team

After lighting up the New York Giants last week for over 330 yards and two touchdowns, things get a bit tougher for Taylor Heinicke when he travels to Buffalo. In week one, the Bills held Big Ben to under 200 passing yards and only one touchdown. In week two, the Bills held the Miami Dolphins to under 200 passing yards and no touchdowns. Facing an elite defense, on the road does not sound too enticing to me. I’ll pass on Heinicke this week.

Honorable Mentions: Joe Burrow @ PIT, Jameis Winston @ NE, Baker Mayfield vs. CHI

Running Backs

Start: Ty’Son Williams – Baltimore Ravens

In each of the last two games, Ty’Son Williams has seen at least 12 touches and turned that into at least 90 scrimmage yards. Averaging 6.5 yards per carry, Williams is in a smash spot against the Detroit Lions. While the backfield is not solely his and Lamar Jackson will take some opportunities away, Williams has been efficient. Sometimes that’s all it takes. With the Ravens currently favored by seven, I expect them to be in complete control the entire game. They will take to the ground and Williams will benefit.

Honorable Mentions: Saquon Barkley vs. ATL, Austin Ekeler @KC, Chris Carson @ MIN

Sit: Devin Singletary – Buffalo Bills

Devin Singletary has been a pleasant surprise so far through two weeks. Averaging 14.1 PPR points, he has helped many teams that went zero running back. Unfortunately, I am not confident starting him this week. He faces a stout Washington Football Team defense who has yet to give up 100 yards on the ground to running backs. Furthermore, they have only allowed one rushing touchdown to running backs. If you have other options, I would pivot from Singletary.

Honorable Mentions: Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs. LAC, Darrell Henderson vs. TB, James Robinson vs. ARZ

Wide Receivers

Start: DeVonta Smith – Philadelphia Eagles

After a hot first week, DeVonta Smith came back down to Earth. Way down. He recorded just two catches for 16 yards, letting a lot of fantasy managers down. This week, he is set to boom. Similar reasons as Jalen Hurts, Smith finds himself in a great matchup. The Cowboys have given up over 480 yards to wide receivers along with three touchdowns in just two games. Plug Smith into your lineup and don’t think twice.

Honorable Mentions: Marvin Jones vs. ARZ, Sterling Shepard vs. ATL, Robert Woods vs. TB

Sit: Corey Davis – New York Jets

Last week, Corey Davis was shut down by the New England Patriots. Logging two catches for just eight yards, he left plenty of fantasy managers disappointed. This week he faces the Denver Broncos. While it’s not a terrible matchup, the Broncos are coming off a game where they held Jacksonville wide receivers to just 71 yards and one touchdown. Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is coming off a bad game and I am willing to let Davis sit on my bench until Wilson can figure it out.

Honorable Mentions: Marquez Callaway @ NE, DeVante Parker @ LV, Henry Ruggs vs. MIA

Tight Ends

Start: Noah Fant – Denver Broncos

Noah Fant is currently averaging 12.8 PPR points per game. This is good for the tight end five. With the talented Jerry Jeudy nursing an ankle injury, Fant will remain a big part of this offense. This week, he goes up against the New York Jets who just allowed six catches for 70 yards to New England tight ends. As long as Teddy Bridgewater continues to pepper Fant with Targets, he should produce solid numbers.  

Honorable Mentions: Dallas Goedert @ DAL, Kyle Pitts @ NYG, Tyler Higbee vs. TB

Sit: Logan Thomas – Washington Football Team

So far into the season, Logan Thomas has been a touchdown-dependent tight end. Yet to surpass 45 receiving yards, you are counting on a touchdown to inflate his numbers. It will be tough sledding this week as he goes up against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have held opposing tight ends to under 50 yards in each of their contests, while not letting up a score. I would look elsewhere this week.

Honorable Mentions: Mike Gesicki @LV, Gerald Everett @ MIN, Dawson Knox vs. WSH

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Fantasy Football: Week 2 Starts/Sits

Week 2 is almost here!

By: Matt Gruber

Week two is upon us and it is time for the weekly starts and sits. This is the second installment of the 17-piece series aimed to help you make the roster decisions to give you an edge over your opponent. Let’s jump into it and win some championships.

Quarterbacks

Start: Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers

After a week one shocker in which Aaron Rodgers let a lot of fantasy managers down, I expect a huge bounce back this week. Rodgers takes on the Detroit Lions, at home, in prime time. It doesn’t get much better than that. Dating back to 2019, in his four games against the Lions, Rodger has averaged 284 passing yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are going to make a statement on Monday night.

Honorable Mentions: Jalen Hurts vs. SF, Baker Mayfield vs. HOU, Matthew Stafford @ IND

Sit: Tua Tagovailoa – Miami Dolphins

Coming off a week one win in New England, Tua Tagovailoa finds himself on the sit list for the second straight week. If it wasn’t for his rushing touchdown, he would have had a disappointing Sunday. This week, he goes up against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills were able to hold quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to under 200 passing yards and only one touchdown in week one. Facing an elite defense, the Miami Dolphins passing attack could be in trouble.

Honorable Mentions: Jared Goff @ GB, Carson Wentz vs. LAR, Derek Carr @ PIT

Running Backs

Start: Najee Harris – Pittsburgh Steelers

The debut for the highly touted rookie running back did not go as planned. Recording only 5.9 fantasy points in PPR leagues, Najee Harris was on a lot of losing teams. However, there is a lot to look forward to. In week one, Harris played 100% of the offensive snaps. It was just a poor matchup. This week he goes up against the Las Vegas Raiders who just gave up 189 rushing yards and two touchdowns to the Baltimore Ravens. I am confidently starting Harris this week as a running back one.

Honorable Mentions: Jonathan Taylor vs. LAR, Aaron Jones vs. DET, Damien Harris @ NYJ

Sit: Josh Jacobs – Las Vegas Raiders

In week one, Josh Jacobs salvaged his day on the ground by scoring two touchdowns. If it weren’t for those scores, he would have ended the day much worse. This week, he goes against a tough Pittsburgh Steelers defense who held running backs to only 76 rushing yards in week one. Couple this with the fact Jacobs has been battling injuries the last few weeks and it is an easy pass for me. We saw how it was Monday night. Jacobs was coming in and out of the game, limping at times, changing shoes, or getting up slowly. He isn’t 100% and because of that, I will leave him on my bench.

Honorable Mentions: Mike Davis @ TB, Myles Gaskin vs. BUF, James Robinson vs. DEN

Wide Receivers

Start: Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams

Coming off a game where he logged 7 catches for 108 yards and a touchdown, Cooper Kupp will continue putting up numbers in week two against the Indianapolis Colts. It was evident that he and quarterback Matthew Stafford have a strong rapport as Kupp led the team in targets with 10. He will now face the Colts this week who just gave up over 150 yards and three touchdowns to Seattle’s wide receivers. Expect Stafford to continue to look Kupp’s way early and often.

Honorable Mentions: Chris Godwin vs ATL, Courtland Sutton @ JAX, Tee Higgins @ CHI

Sit: Robby Anderson – Carolina Panthers

Before saving his day with a long touchdown reception, Robby Anderson was trending towards a goose egg. Finishing week one with one catch for a 57-yard touchdown, some fantasy managers are a bit worried. Anderson was only targeted three times all game. This was even three fewer targets than fellow wide receiver and rookie Terrace Marshall Jr. Week two doesn’t get any easier as the Carolina Panthers take on the New Orleans Saints. The Saints are riding high from their victory against Green Bay where they dominated. Holding Aaron Rodgers to under 150 yards, while giving up no touchdowns, Robby Anderson could be in for a long day.

Honorable Mentions: Will Fuller vs. BUF, Corey Davis vs. NE, Brandon Aiyuk @ PHI

Tight Ends

Start: Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams

Although he did not manage to find the endzone, Tyler Higbee had an encouraging first week. Second on the team with six targets, he was able to produce five catches for 68 yards. Furthermore, his usage was unparalleled. He played on 100% of the offensive snaps, owned a massive 23.1% target share, and had an 80.8% route participation rate. It is clear the Rams want him on the field and with Stafford’s love for big pass catchers, Higbee will be a solid play this week.

Honorable Mentions: Rob Gronkowski vs. ATL, Noah Fant @ JAX, Jared Cook vs. DAL

Sit: Gerald Everett – Seattle Seahawks

Coming into week two, Gerald Everett may be the fifth pass-catching option on his team. He did manage to snag a touchdown catch in week one, however, it was done on only two targets. This was behind wide receivers Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf, tight end Will Dissly, and running back Chris Carson. Playing the same number of snaps as Dissly, in addition to receiving one fewer target, I am not confident with Everett in my starting lineup. While I do like his potential, I need to see more from him before I am willing to roll him out there. Pivot to another tight end option if possible.

Honorable Mentions: Mike Gesicki vs. BUF, Tyler Kroft vs. NE, Juwan Johnson @ CAR

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Fantasy Football: Week 1 Starts/Sits

Sit Tua Tagovailoa

By: Matt Gruber

Week one is just hours away and it’s finally time for the weekly starts and sits. This is the first installment of the 17-piece series aimed to help you make the roster decisions to give you an edge over your opponent. Let’s jump into it and hopefully win some championships.

Quarterbacks

Start: Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles start their season on the road against the Atlanta Falcons. This is a juicy matchup as the Falcons were ranked dead last in the league in passing yards allowed. Furthermore, they surrendered 34 passing touchdowns last season which would rank them 27th in the league. Couple this with Hurts’ ability to run and he should be in for a big day.

Honorable Mentions: Matt Ryan vs. PHI, Trevor Lawrence @ HOU, Baker Mayfield @ KC

Sit: Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins head to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots. This is a definite avoid for me. Last season, the Patriots were 8th best when it came to passing yards allowed. In addition, this defensive unit gave up the fifth least amount of passing touchdowns to opponents. The last time Tagovailoa faced the Patriots he threw for a measly 145 yards and one interception. Leave him on your bench this week.

Honorable Mentions: Andy Dalton @ LAR, Daniel Jones vs. DEN, Jared Goff vs. SF

Running Backs

Start: James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

Second-year running back James Robinson should be in for a huge day on the ground. He is going into Houston to face the Texans who were brutal against the run last season. Ranking last in rushing yards allowed and 30th in rushing touchdowns allowed, Robinson needs to be in your lineup. In his last game against the Texans, he gashed them for 99 yards and one touchdown. I am expecting similar results.

Honorable Mentions: Gus Edwards @ LV, Miles Sanders @ ATL, Raheem Mostert @ DET

Sit: D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions find themselves in a home matchup versus the San Francisco 49ers. Ranked inside the top seven for the least amount of rushing yards and rushing touchdowns allowed, this is going to be a tough matchup for Swift and the rushing attack. On top of the stout defense he faces, he was dealing with a groin injury. Although he should be good to go, I will err on the side of caution here and keep Swift on the bench for this one.

Honorable Mentions: Zach Moss vs. PIT, Josh Jacobs vs. BAL, Melvin Gordon @ NYG

Wide Receivers

Start: Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans

This may be a bit of a surprise since their starting quarterback is Tyrod Taylor, but someone’s got to catch the ball. Cooks is the top target on this team and has a great matchup against one of the worst pass defenses in the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ranked 27th in yards and touchdowns allowed last season, this Jaguars defense is a funnel. I am plugging Cooks into my lineup with confidence.

Honorable Mentions: Tee Higgins vs. MIN, Laviska Shenault Jr. @ HOU, DeVonta Smith @ ATL

Sit: Kenny Golladay, New York Giants

After missing a good portion of training camp and the preseason with a hamstring injury, it doesn’t get any easier for Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay. He will be going up against a solid pass defense in the Denver Broncos. Pair this with the fact Golladay will be playing in his first game with a new team and system, with little practice reps, and this is a no-brainer for me. Leave him on your bench.

Honorable Mentions: Michael Gallup @ TB, Chase Claypool @ BUF, Mike Williams @ WSH

Tight Ends

Start: Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams

I know what you’re thinking. Yes, the Rams are playing the Chicago Bears who have a good defense. However, last season, this Bears team gave up the second-most fantasy points per game to tight ends. In addition, they gave up the third-most touchdowns to the position. Matthew Stafford loves his big pass catchers and when this team gets into the red zone, bet on Stafford to look for his 6’6” tight end in Higbee.

Honorable Mentions: Zach Ertz @ ATL, Tyler Kroft @ CAR, Austin Hooper @ KC

Sit: Gerald Everett, Seattle Seahawks

In his Seahawks debut, Gerald Everett finds himself going up against the Indianapolis Colts. An overall solid defense, the Colts are exceptionally strong against tight ends. Ranked third last season in the least amount of fantasy points per game allowed to the position, Everett may find himself having a quiet day. I wouldn’t bank on a touchdown catch to salvage a disappointing day either, as the Colts only allowed three touchdowns to tight ends last season. I would look elsewhere for a tight end this week.

Honorable Mentions: Mike Gesicki @ NE, Dawson Knox vs. PIT, Eric Ebron @ BUF

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