Let’s cut the chit chat and get down to why you read this article… For my biased opinion of who to start and sit. If you have been a weekly reader then you would know that my starts and sits have been very 50-50 on being right or wrong. I looked over the entire process of who I pick and why. I also looked over what exactly qualifies someone as a sit and what qualifies someone as a start. For me if I start a QB I would want him to finish in the top 12 for that week because that is considered a “starting QB” in fantasy football. Who cares if he gets 15 points but finishes as the #20 QB for the week. The position at which he finishes is more important. So from now on the bar for a win, loss, and tie is as follows.
A win (for starts) and a loss (for sits) for a QB/TE/DEF is when they finish in the top 12 at their position for the week. A win (for sits) and a loss (for starts) is a 13th or worse finish. A win (for starts) and a loss (for sits) for a RB/WR is when they finish in the top 24 at their respective position. A win (for sits) and a loss (for starts) is when they finish 25th or below.
With that in mind let’s look at last week. Keep in mind that last week was an all sit article which was due to how I did in week 3.
Name (Weekly Finish/Win or Loss)
Matt Schaub – (8/L)
Mike Glennon – (30/W)
Le’Veon Bell – (7/L)
David Wilson – (35/W)
Willis McGahee – (38/W)
Stevan Ridley – (29/W)
Miles Austin – (DNP/W)
Mike Williams – (26/W)
Hakeem Nicks – (60/W)
Greg Jennings – (5/L)
Heath Miller – (13/W)
Brandon Pettigrew – (21/W)
49′ers D/ST – (5/L)
Giants D/ST – (18/W)
Record for the week (10-4)
Record for the season (29-24-3)
Note: When it comes to RB’s and WR’s I am focusing on the RB2/WR2/Flex spot since most people know who their top players are.
Sam Bradford – Sam Bradford is the #14 QB so far this season and I think he can make it into the top 12 after this weeks match up against the leagues worst team… The Jaguars who seem to be in line for the #1 draft pick at this rate. He is a perfect start for all RGIII owners.
Bilal Powell – He has been a pleasant surprise in New York as they thought Chris Ivory would be their main man, but due to the injuries I saw coming from a mile away Bilal is the man in New York. This week the Jets play Atlanta who has had a shabby start to the year with a record of 1-3. The Jets cannot be too dependent on Geno and will run as usual which is good news for the #13 RB this season.
Knowshon Moreno – Despite the team drafting Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball these past two years. Knowshon still somehow keeps coming back from the dead to be the Broncos number 1 guy. As long as he is starting and Peyton is at the helm then expect open running lanes and top 24 production for Moreno, especially when Peyton has everyone back in coverage 24/7 due to his crazy stats.
Josh Gordon – At this point it would be silly to sit Gordon. His suspension ended after week 2 and since then he has been the Browns number 1 target along with Jordan Cameron. He gets a lot of targets and receptions and the Browns have a hard time running the ball. This only means more throwing and more fantasy points for Gordon.
Alshon Jeffery – After that eye opening performance last week where he had 5 receptions for 107 yards and a TD I went back and looked at what he did previous weeks. Turns out Cutler is trusting him more and more and it is showing in the stat line as he continues to get more targets and Brandon Marshall’s stats suffer. I would play the hot hand this week with Alshon.
Dallas Clark – I am taking a bit of a risk here but Joe Flacco doesn’t have many targets besides Torrey Smith that he can rely on. This has made Dallas Clark relevant again and a good TE2. This week they play Miami who hasn’t been much more than average on defense. In turn I think Clark can be a low end TE1 this week.
Rams D/ST – They are playing against the Jaguars who have put up 31 points in 4 weeks (7.75 points per week). Definitely a solid play for any league.
Note: These are the players you should flat out avoid this week due to bad match ups.
Terelle Pryor – Despite him not being a top 12 QB so far this season, people still start him because he runs. He plays San Diego this week which is a good match up but chances are you have a better QB to play than Pryor. Essentially… start whoever your drafted QB was.
Rashard Mendenhall – He is in the doghouse after fumbling a twice last week and it looks like the Cardinals are giving more work to Andre Ellington, who apparently has out shined Stepfan Taylor since Ellington is seeing more snaps and touches. Mendenhall is not someone I would want starting for my team this week.
Willis McGahee – Despite being the Browns starter, he has not done much in his two weeks with Cleveland (22 touches for 55 yards). The Bills have yet to give up a rushing TD this year, and unless Josh Gordon or Jordan Cameron get stopped at the one yard line, I don’t see any reason why McGahee should stop the streak.
Mike Wallace – Let me first say that I am impressed by the Ravens D. I thought they would decline with Ray Lewis gone and a lacking offense but instead they have stepped up and kept the team in games. With that being said, Wallace has been nothing but underwhelming for those who drafted him (averaging 3.75 receptions for 44 yards a game) and this weeks match up against the tough Ravens D will do nothing to help him get out his slump.
Steve Smith – This week Carolina plays Arizona and that means that Patrick Peterson will be on Cam Newton’s only good receiver. This is more of a bad match up and less of Steve Smith being bad.
Coby Fleener – He is a very on again off again tight end. Since Dwayne Allen left in week 1, Fleener has averaged 17.8 ppr points in good match ups and 3.30 in bad match ups. This week Indianapolis faces the Seahawks who are a very good defensive unit. This is the week to play your originally drafted TE1.
Chargers D/ST – While they have a good match up with Oakland, and their mess of an offense. The Chargers unit has been below average (giving up an average of 25.5 points per game, the best game they had was 20 points to the Titans) and whether Flynn plays or Pryor plays I would want no part of this defense being in my line up.
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