Week 9 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

Welcome to Week 9 of the NFL season. If you listened to me on the Top 2 Pod then I’m a genius for saying start Nick Mullens! Just kidding not even a psychic could have seen that coming but before we jump in, let’s recap from last week.

In the QB department I went 3 for 4 (thanks Jameis). Remind me to never trust a man who steals crab legs and eats W’s. In the WR department, my sit ‘em section went well but my starts were God-awful. Josh Gordon had 4 catches for 42 yards and Jordy Nelson…. well good ole Jordy Nelson disappeared against Indy and still hasn’t been found. Put him on a milk carton and let’s take a stab at Week 9.

Start ‘Em QB

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott VS Tennessee

Trying to prove a point here, but Dak and Dallas are in a good spot here. Monday night at home against a struggling Titans team. While Tennessee has played teams tough, I expect Dak and the Cowboys offense to make some plays. The Cowboys have been better at home than on the road by a wide margin and with Amari Cooper added to the mix; I expect the offense to become a lot more diverse. Start Dak with confidence this week.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield VS Kansas City

This has the potential to be a shoot out. While potential is great and all, the Browns seem to be having a fistfight with that word as of late. After firing Head Coach Hue Jackson and Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley, the Browns are in a state of flux. Some things just never change. However, the Browns have pieces on offense that make up a nice group. I believe in Baker Mayfield and the Browns will have to throw A LOT in this game. Baker should put up a nice stat line against a bad KC defense.

Sit ‘Em QB

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky @ Buffalo

I don’t like this matchup at all for Trubisky. The Bills, though hapless on offense, have actually been good on defense and especially so at home. Mitch could also be without top target Allen Robinson. Tre White, Kyle Williams, Jerry Hughes and more make up a great Buffalo defense and rookie Tremaine Edmonds is going to be one of the best linebackers in the league sooner rather than later. Stay away from the 10 God.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco VS Pittsburgh

The Steelers have been playing better defense as of late and I expect this game to be one of those ugly affairs. AFC North football can be pretty brutal and that is what you should expect in this game which will likely determine who has the inside track to the AFC North title. Flacco did well in the first matchup but my guess is the second one doesn’t go as smoothly.

Start ‘Em WR

Lions WR Kenny Golladay @ Minnesota

This will be the final time you see Kenny Golladay in this article. Simply put, guy is an absolute stud and Golden Tate has been given the boot. Golladay will now officially become the WR1 of the Lions and, honestly, he’s already been that this season. Expect Golladay to get even more targets and turn that into sure fire production against a Vikings defense that has struggled more than expected this season.

Broncos WR Courtland Sutton VS Houston

The start section for the wide receivers this week is has a new era feel. Out goes Demaryius Thomas, in steps Courtland Sutton. The Broncos love this kid and rightfully so. He has all the tools to be a bona fide star. He has had some good games this season but expect him to really make his presence felt this weekend in his first game as the starter opposite Emmanuel Sanders.

Sit ‘Em WR

Any Jets WR VS Miami

The Jets are insanely banged up at the moment and they released Terrelle Pryor. Sam Darnold might have to throw it to himself.

Welcome to Week 9 of the NFL season. If you listened to me on the Top 2 Pod then I’m a genius for saying start Nick Mullens! Just kidding not even a psychic could have seen that coming but before we jump in, let’s recap from last week. In the QB department I went 3 … Continue reading Week 9 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

Week 8 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

The saying goes that ‘you win some, you lose some’. That was the case with last week’s start/sit article. I won some (QB’s) and I lost some (WR’s). While all 4 suggestions at QB worked out well, only half of the WR calls worked out in some capacity. Take the wins with the losses and the ups with the downs and move along.

Start ‘Em QB

Bengals QB Andy Dalton VS TB

I called for sitting Dalton last week and if you listened, you were rewarded. This week, I expect a bounce back at home VS a bad Bucs defense. This game should have a good amount of scoring and I think Dalton will move the ball at will on the Bucs. Look for a big bounce back week for Dalton and the Bengals offense as a whole.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston @ CIN

This suggestion comes with a good amount of caution. I am worried about Winston going into Cincinnati because the Bengal usually play good defense at home. Couple that with the fact that Jameis is still pretty turnover prone and there is some cause for concern. My argument is that the weapons Winston has to work with will prevail and vault Winston into yet another week of QB1 territory. It’s risky, but it will be worth it.

Sit ‘Em QB

Broncos QB Case Keenum @ KC

Last week was a nice little bounce back for a Broncos team that thinks they can make the playoffs. Well Denver, get ready to get smacked in the face by reality. I want no part of any mediocre QB going into Arrowhead stadium and playing a Chiefs team that can maul people on their home turf. Stay far away from Keenum this weekend.

Giants QB Eli Manning VS WAS

Hey Eli looked pretty great last week, almost throwing for 400 yards! That won’t happen again…maybe ever for poor Eli. Washington has done a very good job shutting down QBs not named Drew Brees this season. While Eli usually performs well against his division rivals, I think this game is going to be a low scoring affair. Look elsewhere if you have Eli rostered.

Start ‘Em WR

Raiders WR Jordy Nelson VS IND

That is new Raiders Wide Receiver number 1 Jordy Nelson thank you very much. Nelson will now take over as the top receiver on the Raiders’ depth chart and he has a pretty good matchup against a porous Colts secondary. I think Nelson already has pretty good chemistry with Carr and he will now get even more targets with Cooper gone.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon @ Buffalo

With his role growing more and more each week, Josh Gordon is starting to turn into the receiver I expected him to be. He’s also starting to turn into the receiver opponents of New England have feared. Gordon has earned Brady’s trust. He will draw Tre White at times during the Monday night game but I simply don’t care. I know the Gordon breakout game is coming and it practically happened last week (4 catches for 100 yards). I think Gordon breaks out on Monday Night with a huge game. Start him from here on out.

Sit ‘Em WR

Panthers WR Devin Funchess VS BAL

I want no part of any WR playing against what could be the best secondary in the league. The Ravens lost a heartbreaker last week and will be determined to impose their will on Carolina. This should be a defensive ball game so both offenses should be avoided.

Ravens WR John Brown @ CAR

Like I said before, this game will be all defense. The offenses are actually pretty good but defense springs eternal in this case. I’d avoid John Brown this week even in the midst of a great first season with Baltimore.

The saying goes that ‘you win some, you lose some’. That was the case with last week’s start/sit article. I won some (QB’s) and I lost some (WR’s). While all 4 suggestions at QB worked out well, only half of the WR calls worked out in some capacity. Take the wins with the losses and … Continue reading Week 8 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

Week 7 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

Last week, this column was an apology piece. This week it happens to be a victory lap because I did pretty good predicting who would boom and who would bust. I was 3 for 4 in the QB department, with Russell Wislon performing well along with Joe Flacco and Marcus Mariota posting mediocre stat lines. I was off on Baker Mayfield but you’ll see in a minute that I’m not shying away from Mayfield and the fabulous Baker Browns. I was also 3 for 4 in the WR department with Tyler Boyd exploding against the Steelers for 2 TDs while Kenny Stills and Robbie Anderson both provided duds. I said to start Keke Coutee and he didn’t perform as well as expected. With all of that out of the way, let’s move on to Week 7.

Start ‘Em QB

Browns QB Baker Mayfield @ TB

Last week, the Chargers’ resurgent defense abused Mayfield and it was NOT pretty. This week provides a much more comfortable matchup against an awful Bucs defense that may be missing All-Pro DT Gerald McCoy. Mayfield was in the process of getting into a groove before last week and I think this week he could have a coming out party.

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky VS NE

As a Patriots fan, I hope I’m wrong about this. I will gladly apologize if I am but the Bears under Matt Nagy are Chiefs-lite. They have a lot of similarities and I think Trubisky has the weapons to exploit a Patriots defense that isn’t playing their best ball just yet. I expect points to be plentiful in this game so Trubisky should have plenty of opportunity to sling it.

Sit ‘Em QB

Texans QB Deshaun Watson @ JAX

Banged up and awful O-line play is a bad recipe for disaster against one of the NFL’s best defenses. I am legitimately worried for Watson’s health this weekend when he travels to Duval to play a very pissed off Jags defense. No run game, good weapons but the aforementioned putrid offensive line means a ton of sacks. Watson is a negative play this week.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton @ KC

I know some of you are probably looking at me sideways with this pick but hear me out here. The Bengals are traveling to Arrowhead, the loudest stadium in the league. It will be a Sunday night game, the first for Pat Mahomes in his home stadium. It will be VERY loud and even though Dalton has plenty of weapons, this has the makings of a massacre. I could be totally wrong and the Bengals could show up and play a bad Chiefs defense tough, but I think that place will be roaring and Dalton might be overwhelmed.

Start ‘Em WR

Browns WR Antonio Callaway @ TB

I’m going with the Browns stack this week simply because Tampa Bay is that bad in the secondary. Callaway had 10+ targets last week and they amounted to nothing (less than 10 yards) I expect the targets to continue but this week I think he’ll do more with them. I like Callaway and Mayfield against the Bucs.

Bears WR Taylor Gabriel VS NE

I will also be going with the Bears stack against my Patriots. One week after being burned by Tyreek Hill and his speed, the Patriots will face another speedster in Taylor Gabriel. I know Hill is on another level and Gabriel can’t compare but he is really fast and the Patriots tend to struggle with that type of speed. Couple that with the fact that I expect a lot of attention to go to Allen Robinson and Tarik Cohen and I think Gabriel will have a nice game worthy of a start.

Sit ‘Em WR

Titans WR Corey Davis @ LAC in Wembley Stadium

Traveling across the pond to Wembley, Davis will face a Chargers defense that seems to be getting its act together. Davis has had some solid games this season but this is a weird spot for him and the Titans. Nobody really knows much about Tennessee but one thing that is known is that Mariota just isn’t a quality NFL starter. He’s the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of quarterbacks. I think we get Mr. Hyde this week because it is spooky season after all.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins @ JAX

I know this is a very bold prediction because Hopkins is a top 3 WR in this league, but I really am worried about this matchup. I think Watson (as stated above) will have next to no time to throw the ball in this game. That means Keke Coutee might be the better bet for targets. I wouldn’t put it past Hopkins to make me eat my words here but I would at least think about looking elsewhere if you have the options.

Last week, this column was an apology piece. This week it happens to be a victory lap because I did pretty good predicting who would boom and who would bust. I was 3 for 4 in the QB department, with Russell Wislon performing well along with Joe Flacco and Marcus Mariota posting mediocre stat lines. … Continue reading Week 7 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

Week 6 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

I would like to apologize for my Week 5 start/sit article. Predicting sleeper starts and likely busts isn’t as easy as it looks; I knew that before I started this weekly set of articles. However, my Week 5 article SUCKED out loud to the highest degree. Apologies if you started Marcus Mariota who crapped out against the Bills. Apologies if you started Derek Carr who seems to be on a serious downward spiral. Apologies if you sat Russell Wilson because he got big points against the Rams and then some. Apologies if you started John Brown who disappeared along with the rest of the Ravens offense against Cleveland. Apologies if you sat Tyler Lockett who is emerging as the WR1 in Seattle.

I do not apologize if you started Mohamed Sanu because he had another great game. Ditto for sitting Jarvis Landry and Alex Smith, they performed about as I expected. With all of that apologizing out of the way, let’s make some more magic for Week 6.

Start ‘Em QB

Browns QB Baker Mayfield VS LAC

Baker SZN has officially begun and the Chargers are up next. The dawg pound is barking about Baker and the Browns are in the thick of the AFC North race after knocking off Baltimore last week. Baker has improved every week he has played and the Chargers present a matchup that should call for plenty of passing. I think if Baker can limit turnovers and maybe even run a bit more than he has (which he can do), then he can put forth a 20-point fantasy performance. He’s worth a start this week.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson @ Oakland (Wembley Stadium)

I don’t know why I’m focusing on Russell this week since this game will be played on the awful playing surface at Wembley Stadium but we’re reaching a fever pitch with Russell. A lot of fantasy players who drafted Wilson must be frustrated with the inconsistent performance he has put forth thus far. The Seahawks offense has had some growing pains but they’re now starting to find their way. They get the Raiders this week so not only will Russell have all day to throw but he should also be able to make some plays with his legs. This isn’t the week to get cute, start Wilson.

Sit ‘Em QB

Ravens QB Joe Flacco @ Tennessee

Last week was inexcusable for Flacco and the Ravens offense. Give credit where it’s due for a very strong performance from the Browns D but the Ravens laid an egg. This week they travel to Nashville where the Titans have started playing some very good defense as of late. It’s too dicey to start Flacco this week so look elsewhere.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota VS Baltimore

I clearly don’t think this game will be an offensive contest. It will be offensive to players on offense everywhere in the form of an ugly football game. I thought Mariota was getting it together going into last week and then he crapped out against the Bills. The Ravens have played great defense all year and that won’t change this week. Stay away, not only from the QBs in this game, but offensive players in general.

Start ‘Em WR

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd VS Pittsburgh

I hit last week targeting a weak Steelers secondary so I’ll try to double up. Tyler Boyd is having a breakout season for Cincinnati. As the Bengals’ WR2, he has had at least 7 targets in all but one game this season and that was Week 1. I expect Boyd to play a big role with Joe Haden checking AJ Green. If the Bengals want to win, Boyd needs to have some big plays. I think he’ll get them, start him up.

Texans WR Keke Coutee @ Buffalo

Coutee has been a sensation for the Texans in his first two weeks. With Tre White likely lining up against DeAndre Hopkins coupled with the fact that the Bills’ pass rush might be trouble for the Texans’ putrid O-Line, I expect Coutee to get a ton of targets on quick routes. He is a legit WR2 this week with WR1 upside.

Sit ‘Em WR

Dolphins WR Kenny Stills VS Chicago

The Bears are not to be trifled with on defense. That is bad news for a Miami team crashing back to Earth after starting 3-0. I expect the rough times to roll on this weekend when Khalil Mack brings a Bears attack currently ranked number 1 in fantasy. Stills is a great player but I don’t expect Tannehill to have enough time to get him the ball. If only Miami had a running back to nullify the pass rush (looking at you Gase, stop neglecting Kenyan Drake)

Jets WR Robbie Anderson VS Indianapolis

We’ll find out this week if Robbie Anderson has finally built up some chemistry with Sam Darnold or if last week was a fluke. I think Darnold can throw a decent deep ball and the Colts have been susceptible to the big play but Indy is getting healthy on the defensive side of the ball after being a skeleton unit in Foxboro last week. I think they’ll be prepared to stop the deep ball, making Anderson a sit candidate.

I would like to apologize for my Week 5 start/sit article. Predicting sleeper starts and likely busts isn’t as easy as it looks; I knew that before I started this weekly set of articles. However, my Week 5 article SUCKED out loud to the highest degree. Apologies if you started Marcus Mariota who crapped out … Continue reading Week 6 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

Week 5 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

Week 5 is underway (Go Pats) and the Sunday games pack some serious punch. Before we dive into whom to put into our lineups, let’s recap how last week went. I am pleased to announce that I will never trust Case Keenum again and I apologize if you listened to me and started him. He was trash against an equally trash KC defense. All of the yuck, Case, all of it. I will also put the nail in the coffin on Eli Manning. He looks lost, worn out and old like his brother before him. He has the weapons. He has a run game. He has an o-line that’s at least a little better than last year, but he just doesn’t have the arm strength any longer. While the starts were meh, the sit suggestions started off hot. I figured last week was the week the Fitz-magic would run out and indeed it did. Winston is now the starter in Tampa Bay after an awful performance from Fitzpatrick against the Bears. I suggested sitting Carson Wentz because I felt he would need a little bit more time to get back into a groove but he looked great against a good Titans defense on the road. If he can repeat that performance against the Vikings this week then feel comfortable starting Wentz going forward.

As for wide receivers, Tyler Boyd had another big game while Christian Kirk had a rookie letdown game. 1 for 2, .500 gets you into the hall of fame folks. I said to sit Quincy Enunwa and while he performed better than expected (4 catches for 66 yards) he still wasn’t start worthy. I said to sit Kelvin Benjamin and I ended up scoring as many points as the Bills while I was sitting on my friends couch watching so that tells you all you need to know about that. With that said, on with the action!

Start ‘Em QB

Titans QB Marcus Mariota @ Buffalo

Mariota played well against a pretty good Eagles defense last week and this week he’ll take on the Bills. Mariota is always a risky start because he’s a bit injury prone but if he can make it through this game then he has a great match-up. Corey Davis continues to emerge and I think Mariota is heating up in Matt Lafleur’s new offense. Start Mariota this week.

Raiders QB Derek Carr @ LAC

While Oakland has mostly been in turmoil this season, their offense has been sneaky good through the first 4 weeks. Derek Carr is currently 5th in the league in passing yards and, while his touchdowns are low (6), he’s looked pretty solid. This week he’ll face a Chargers defense that has been somewhat of a disappointment thus far this season. You need to score points to keep up with LA so Carr will have a good game flow and plenty of chances to make some plays with his arm. Trust Carr this week.

Sit ‘Em QB

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson VS LAR

He’s playing the Rams. He has a gimpy Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett. I could continue but I don’t think I should. Stay away from Russ this week.

Washington QB Alex Smith @ NO

Monday Night Football in New Orleans at the Dome and the crowd will be hyped up for Brees becoming the all time leader in passing yards equals a rough time for the opposing team. Washington currently lacks a bit of an identity but I just don’t like this spot for Alex Smith. Couple that with the fact that the Saints defense might be turning a corner and I would advise against getting ballsy and starting Smith this week.

Start ‘Em WR

Falcons WR Mahamed Sanu @ Pittsburgh

Sanu has become the forgotten man in Atlanta thanks to the emergence of rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley. Sanu seems to be coming around as he had 100 yards receiving last week and a touchdown the week before that. I think Falcons-Steelers is going to be a very high scoring affair. Sanu is a sneaky good flex play this week and should have plenty of opportunities to make plays.

Ravens WR John Brown @ Cleveland

John ‘Smokey’ Brown has been white-hot this season. After being hyped up in the preseason, he has lived up to his lofty expectations thus far and should continue to do some damage for the Ravens. This week the Ravens travel to Cleveland to face a much-improved Browns defense. Even with the improvements, I still like Brown this week and would expect him to get the volume of a WR1. Fire him up.

Sit ‘Em WR

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett VS LAR

If you haven’t noticed, I really don’t like the Seahawks’ chances this week against the Rams. I know Kirk Cousins just roasted the Rams but I expect a bounce back effort against a much weaker offense in Seattle. Lockett has actually been solid this season but the Rams defensive line might not give Russell Wilson enough time to even get the ball to him. Stay away from Lockett and all Seahawks pass catcher’s this week.

Browns WR Jarvis landry VS Baltimore

I know it’s tough to sit juice but that’s what you’ll have to do this week. He’s a little hobbled AND he is facing a very good Ravens secondary that will get Jimmy Smith back this week. This is not the week for Jarvis and the Browns offense. I’d steer clear of them and look elsewhere.

Week 5 is underway (Go Pats) and the Sunday games pack some serious punch. Before we dive into whom to put into our lineups, let’s recap how last week went. I am pleased to announce that I will never trust Case Keenum again and I apologize if you listened to me and started him. He … Continue reading Week 5 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

Week 4 Start’ Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

Week 4 is upon us and the Bye Week season has begun unfortunately. It’s time to figure out who to start and who to sit at the QB and WR position. Before we get into it, let’s take a look back at last week’s suggestions. If you took my advice and started Deshaun Watson and Jimmy G, then you were pleased with the performances of QBs 9 and 11 in Week 3. I said to sit Philip Rivers and Andrew Luck and they both finished as QB 15 and 20 respectively. A good week for the QB portion of the article but the WR portion was a different story. I suggested Emmanuel Sanders and he finished at WR17. I suggested Golden Tate and he finished at WR 36. Not great but if you listened to the sit portion of the article then you were pleased to hear that Josh Gordon didn’t even play and Corey Davis only had 2 receptions for 34 yards. With Week 3 in the books, on to Week 4!

Disclaimer: You will never find names like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. in this article. If you drafted them then you don’t need to think twice about starting them. The purpose of this article is to uncover weekly gems and strong plays.

Start ‘Em QB

DEN QB Case Keenum VS KC

This game is going to be a shootout. I know whenever we say that, it tends to be the opposite but points will be scored at an alarming rate in this game. Keenum looked a bit rattled against a good Ravens defense last week. He’ll gladly welcome a matchup against a Chiefs defense currently giving up a ton of points to opposing QBs. Keenum is a big time start this week plus it’s on a Monday Night, so you can relax knowing you have a 20 point player going in the last game of the week.

NYG QB Eli Manning VS NO

What on earth is wrong with the New Orleans defense??? They can’t be THIS bad and yet they have been the first 3 games of the season. Last year looks to be an aberration and a matchup against Eli Manning and the Giants does not make things look much better. I know Eli may be on the tail end of his career here, but he had a great game against an equally porous pass defense last week against Houston. This is another game that should be a shootout. I expect Eli to be a QB1 this week.

Sit ‘Em QB

TB QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

I know I know, Fitz-Magic is alive and well. However, last week we saw a team blitz the ever-living hell out of Fitzpatrick and he turned back into a turnover machine. Enter the monstrous Chicago Bears defense and this matchup is very unappealing for the beard. This is going out on a serious limb because Fitzpatrick has thrown for 400 yards in 3 straight games. I think this might be the week the wheels fall off. Khalil Mack will feast this week.

PHI QB Carson Wentz @ TEN

I know some people have been stashing Wentz on the bench until his return, which came last week in an underwhelming game against the Colts. I just don’t think Wentz is all the way back yet. He will get WR Alshon Jeffery back this week, which should provide a nice boost, but I’m not ready to put Wentz into my fantasy lineup just yet. Combine that with the fact that the Titans seem to be finding their way on the defensive side of the ball and it adds up to a sit week for Wentz.

Start ‘Em WR

CIN WR Tyler Boyd @ ATL

Boyd has shined as the Bengals’ number 2 wide out and that will continue this week against a banged up Falcons secondary. Improving in every week so far, Boyd exploded to the tune of 6 receptions for 132 yards and a TD last week against the Panthers. He’s a very solid flex play with high WR2 upside this week.

ARI WR Christian Kirk VS SEA

This is an absolute dart throw but I like Kirk a lot and have liked him since the draft. He clicked last week and has shown a rapport with new Arizona starting QB Josh Rosen. He’s the only person other than David Johnson who can take some pressure off of Fitz and I think he can get it done. This is a plus matchup against a weak Seattle secondary and they’re home. I think Kirk is a solid flex play with WR2 upside in PPR leagues.

Sit ‘Em WR

NYJ WR Quincy Enunwa

As much as I love Enunwa, this week is not the time to get cute. Playing against Jacksonville in Florida with a rookie QB is a recipe for disaster. I’d stay away from any and all Jets players this week in fantasy. This game will not be pretty.

BUF WR Kelvin Benjamin

Let’s not get caught up in the fact that Josh Allen did most of the damage with his legs last week and that the disaster in Minnesota was mostly a full-scale implosion on the Vikings’ part. Don’t get tricked into thinking Benjamin is now fantasy relevant. He is still touchdown dependent and he’s going up against a much-improved GB secondary. No love for the Bills this week.

Week 4 is upon us and the Bye Week season has begun unfortunately. It’s time to figure out who to start and who to sit at the QB and WR position. Before we get into it, let’s take a look back at last week’s suggestions. If you took my advice and started Deshaun Watson and … Continue reading Week 4 Start’ Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR