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Coach’s Office: Fantasy Football Start Sit – Week 14

JAGUARS @ TITANS – Andrew

Quarterbacks

START – None

SIT – Cody Kessler

SUB – Marcus Mariota

When in doubt Thursday is out right? Only play Marcus Mariota in deep leagues that can play multiple QB spots. If you are asking about starting Kessler, may God have mercy on your soul?

Running Backs

START – Leonard Fournette

SIT – T.J. Yeldon, Carlos Hyde, Dion Lewis, Derrick Henry

SUB – None

Fournette missed last week being suspended for fighting. I would assume he’s revving and ready to go run over a few Titans. Last week against the Jets, the Titans allowed Isaiah Crowell 98 rushing yards. I think Fournette is ready to smash that stat. I would rather start the waiver wire targets from this week over the rest of the running backs in this game. For example, Justin Jackson or Jeff Wilson JR.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

START – None

SIT – Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole, D.J. Chark, James O’Shaughnessy, Donte Moncrief, Tajae Sharp

SUB – Corey Davis, Jonnu Smith, Taywan Taylor

In deep, deep, deep leagues owners can consider Davis, Smith, and Taylor. It would be in everyone’s interest to get as far from this game as physically possible. Davis and Taylor are WR3 at best and Smith is a TE2. Eric Ebron was the top receiver last week for the Colts and Smith could be fairly productive for the Titans.

PANTHERS @ BROWNS – Andrew

Quarterbacks

START –Baker Mayfield

SIT – None

SUB – Cam Newton

Thank the Lord for Freddie Kitchens. Baker Mayfield and the Browns have a nice stretch of games to end the season and it begins with the Panthers. I am not comparing the two, but last week Russell Wilson was able to add more than 20 fantasy points on Carolina, Baker should be able to do the same if not better. Cam is dealing with a shoulder but should play. It’s Superman, you are playing him if you have him but I would try to look for a possible replacement this week if possible. I don’t like reading about Cam being sore and Newton having four interceptions against the Bucs.

Running Backs

START –Christian McCaffrey, Nick Chubb

SIT – Duke Johnson JR.

SUB – None

CMC has been playing out of his mind. You can basically bank on him getting 100 all-purpose yards each week, need I say more? Lamar Miller ran all over the Browns last week so I expect CMC to get fed. Nick Chubb is still the main man in the backfield, start him. It might be a difficult day for him because of the matchup, but we are all riding him to a championship, don’t get cute.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

START – D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, Antonio Callaway, Jarvis Landry, David Njoku

SIT – Devin Funchess, Ian Thomas

SUB – Rashard Higgins

All of the Browns receivers are WR2/TE2 moving forward except for Landry. I am going to go out on a limb as say that Baker and Jarvis are FINALLY clicking. If you are in a pinch at WR like I am in my Vampire league, go look for Curtis Samuel. He has gotten 20 targets in the last three weeks, yes, please! I am done with Funchess, and if I am wrong, I am wrong. Give me Moore and Moore and Moore! That’s an original joke. David Njoku is the only TE I would “trust” in this game and I hope he will get on back on track for the fantasy playoffs.

RAVENS @ CHIEFS – Andrew

Quarterbacks

START – Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes

SIT – None

SUB – None

Both of these quarterbacks are studs and this game is going to be a fun one. Jackson is clearly a better running QB and Mahomes is so awesome I am going to Mahomes the rest of this article. Yes, I am using Mahomes as a verb.

Running Backs

START – Gus Edwards

SIT – None

SUB – Ty Montgomery, Kenneth Dixon, Spencer Ware

The Ravens have one of the best, if not the best remain schedule in the league. Gus Edwards is clearly the man, he just needs to stay healthy. In the past two weeks, Gus has accumulated 41 carries. Please stay healthy Gus! Maybe he needs some ketchup on his steak like MAHOMES. In super deep leagues, Montgomery and Dixon are both RB3 as long as Edwards is the man. Dixon is interesting stash since he has “fresh legs”. I don’t want to, but try to get aware from Ware this week. The Ravens have a great rushing defense and will make it very difficult for Spencer on Sunday.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

START – Tyreek Hill. Travis Kelce

SIT – Mark Andrews, Sammy Watkins

SUB – Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Chris Conley, Willie Snead

I am so excited for this game! Can this defense stop Hill and Kelce? If you got these two you start them. I am hoping that Watkins is out again this week so more will go to these two. Mark Andrews is the only Raven TE that I would play, but only if despite. The Ravens WR core is all worth consideration because of the inability of the Chiefs defense to stop the pass. However, that would mean Jackson would be passing the ball. Try to get away from the Ravens receivers if possible. I would lean on Crabtree if despite, but again, look elsewhere.

COLTS @ TEXANS – Andrew

Quarterbacks

START – Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson

SIT – None

SUB – None

Here we go again. Last time these two met this was one a crazy game with both QB getting more than 30 fantasy points. Let’s hope this happens again. Start’em both!

Running Backs

START – Lamar Miller

SIT – Alfred Blue

SUB – Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines

Mack, Hines and the Colts backs have a tougher matchup this week. Mack did not play in the Week 4 game, so maybe he will be the difference maker? Mack is the first choice for the Colts, just know, the Texans can stop the run. I am not a Miller fan and will never be one. But Lamar Miller is playing very well right now and I see that continuing this week. Something of note here, D’Onta Foreman is back and might play this season. Maybe that’s motivating Miller to run like a madman. We shall see.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

START – T.Y. Hilton, Eric Ebron, Demaryius Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins

SIT – Keke Coutee

SUB – Chester Rogers, Ryan Grant, Jordan Thomas

Chester Rogers and Grant are only worth consideration if T.Y. Hilton is out. If Hilton is in, play him, start him, make a t-shirt with his face and put in on during the game to channel more fantasy points. Sorry, I am just excited for the playoffs. Ebron should play this week and should continue to put of low-end TE1 numbers. DT is a WR2 at best and Hopkins is the WR version of MAHOMES. I told you I would do it. “Mahomes” Hopkins with confidence and consider yourself lucky you have him on your squad.

PATRIOTS @ DOLPHINS – Ciriaco

Quarterback

START – Tom Brady

SUB –  Ryan Tannehill

SIT – None

Tom Brady has not been an automatic start in 2018. Brady only has four 300+ games in 2018, something that used to be a weekly occurrence. It has been said more than a few times in the last few years but we may be witnessing the end of a great career. I’m giving Brady the thumbs up this week because Miami is an underrated yet familiar defense. Tannehill is one of the worst QB’s in the league but looks like a passable QB2 due to the Patriots questionable QB run defense. New England has given up the fifth most yards on the ground to opposing signal callers.

Running Back

START – Sony Michel, James White

SUB – Kenyan Drake

SIT – Rex Burkhead, Frank Gore

Giving up the fourth most yards on the ground and the ninth most yards in the air make both Michel and White strong starts in this game. Drake has been anything but consistent in 2018  with only seven games of 12 or more PPR points. Burkhead and Gore don’t have the PPR upside to comfortably start.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

START – Julian Edelman

SUB – Josh Gordon, Kenny Stills

SIT – Devante Parker

Versus an underrated Dolphins secondary, I believe Edelman will get the targets to support a solid start. Gordon has had some big moments but ultimately his problem is Brady has trouble with throwing deep at this point in his career. I like Stills this week but not enough to trust him with my season on the line. He could make his way into starting lineups as a risky WR3/Flex. Parker has to show a glimpse of consistent production to see my starting lineup.

GIANTS @ REDSKINS – Ciriaco

Quarterback

START – none

SUB – Eli Manning

SIT – Mark Sanchez

I would only start Eli if you were truly desperate. Most people starting Manning will see their season end this week. Sanchez is an utter joke and it’s shocking that a certain controversial figure did not get a call from Washington. The innovator or the “butt fumble” starting the rest of the season is the equivalent of the Redskins taking a crap on their fans.

Running back

START – Saquon Barkley, Chris Thompson

SUB – Adrian Peterson

SIT – None

Barkley is one of the best rookies in recent memory and will never sit when he plays. Barkley could eclipse 2000 yards from scrimmage in the next three games. Thompson will be Sanchez’s best friend as a back that can consistently get open on short high percentage passes. Peterson is an uninspiring start that will only be useful if he scores. I would look elsewhere.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

START – OBJ, Jordan Reed

SUB – Sterling Shepard, Jamison Crowder,

SIT – Rhett Ellison, Josh Doctson

Beckham starts every week regardless of matchup. I would not be scared of Josh Norman lining up across from Odell. He is not a shutdown corner and lives off of gambling for interceptions. Reed production has improved in the last month, last week’s dud notwithstanding. I feel safer with the options in the short area better than the outside threats. Those are the weapons that will get peppered with targets.

SAINTS @ BUCCANEERS – Ciriaco

Quarterback

START- Drew Brees

SUB – Jameis Winston

SIT – None

The first game of the season was a disappointment for Saints fans as the team was beaten 48-40 by the Bucs in the Superdome. Brees and company will have a chance at revenge this Sunday in Raymond James Stadium. Drew had his worst game of the season versus the Cowboys in last Thursday’s disappointing loss. I fully expect coach Sean Payton to turn up the volume in this game with 50 Saints points a strong possibility. This Saints defense is the best New Orleans has seen since the 80’s era “dome patrol.” I believe the volume will be there to start Winston in spots but the fear is multiple picks and a benching.

Running back

START – Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram

SUB – none

SIT – Peyton Barber

With my expectation of the Saints scoring numerous points I believe you can lock in both of the Saints starters in your lineup. At least three TD’s will be scored amongst them. The Saints defense has given up the least amount of yards on the ground in 2018. Barber is not gonna add much to that stat.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

START – Mike Thomas, Tre’quan Smith, Chris Godwin, Adam Humphries

SUB – Mike Evans, Cameron Brate

SIT – Keith Kirkwood

Be sure to check Thomas’s status before kickoff as he has an ankle injury coming into this game. If he does play he is an every week start and dropped 180 yards on 16 out of 17 targets in these teams first meeting. Smith has had nothing but dud performances outside of his two monster week-winning games. Against the beatable Bucs secondary, I believe he will have his third week winner. Godwin, with Desean Jackson injured, will eat against the second and third corners for the Saints. Humphries has been too hot to sit an also will often be matched up against beatable corners. Evans has the toughest matchup with Marshon Lattimore likely to shadow him for much of Sunday’s contest. Evans got the best of Lattimore for a long TD in the dome. In two 2017 game,s Evans had 6 catches for 68 yards with no scores against the Saints. Don’t expect a big game from him Sunday.

FALCONS @ PACKERS- Ciriaco

Quarterback

START- Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers

SUB – None

SIT – None

The Packers have not been a bad team against the pass, ranking 13th in fantasy points given up. That being said I would still start Ryan as a QB with a questionable running attack. He will be forced to pass in this game leading to a startable fantasy day. Aaron Rodgers has been anything but a locked and loaded QB1 this season. With coach Mike McCarthy out of the picture, I suspect Rodgers will have his best game of the season as a big FU to the departed coach. If the tundra is frozen I would temper expectations. Keep an eye on the weather reports in this one.

Running back

START –  Aaron Jones

SUB – Tevin Coleman, Ito Smith

SIT – None

Jones has been a huge producer with increased usage. The issue is he was still splitting time with an ineffective Jahmal Williams. Hopefully, the new coach will see what he has in Jones and feed him a workhorse type load. In a good matchup, he is a must start. Coleman and Smith have been uninspiring TD or bust options. Coleman has only had one huge week winner with the rest of his performances showing a stable if uninspiring floor. Both will only be startable if they score.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

START –  Julio Jones, Davante Adams, Austin Hooper

SUB – Calvin Ridley, Mohamed Sanu, Marquis Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St Brown

SIT – Jimmy Graham

Jones and Adams have been consistent every week options and should never leave your lineup. Hooper is a startable tight end in a sea of bad options. Sanu and Ridley are WR3 options that are hard to separate at this point. I’d lean Sanu but Ridley has more upside for big games. Scantling has been disappointing after he came across every fantasy gamers radar earlier this year. He could become more relevant with the coaching change but also has to deal with St Brown who has also found his way onto the field.

JETS @ BILLS – Ben

Quarterbacks

START – None

SUB – Josh Allen

SIT – All Jets QB’s

If you’re reading all our columns and checked in on the Scouting Room then you’ll know the answer to this question: who has the 2nd most fantasy points over the last two weeks among all quarterbacks? That’s right, it’s Josh Allen. Allen has 99+ rushing yards in each of his past two weeks and that makes 389 total on the year with 4 TD. He’s been up and down through the air and he won’t be able to convert on the ground forever, but the Buffalo Bills rookie is finding ways to compete. He’s a solid sub this week, but not someone I’m trusting outright without a lot more proof to this pudding. There’s simply no trustworthy option for the New York Jets right now.

Running Backs

START – None

SUB – Isaiah Crowell, LeSean McCoy

SIT – All Others

This game is full of massive question marks across all levels. The Jets offense is abysmal but Crowell broke out for 100+ yards last week. It’s unlikely it happens again, but the Bills defense isn’t really a juggernaut so who knows. McCoy has 2 total TD on the year and only one game with 100+ rushing yards – all of that production came against the Jets in their first meeting. He’s probably startable, but his year has been such a disaster I can’t fully endorse him, despite that first round of success. This is just a muddy, gross mess of a game.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

START – Zay Jones

SUB – Chris Herndon

SIT – All Others

Don’t look now, but Zay Jones is amassing some fantasy value late in the year. In Week 11 he had 8 catches on 11 targets for 93 yards and TD, then he went off the grid Week 12 before resurfacing last week for a 4/67/2 line. Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes were cut by the Bills and that means Jones is the new #1 in town and should see the targets to make him a volume play. Herndon is the only other option I’m considering playing and that is entirely due to inconsistency for everyone else. Herndon has flashed enough upside to be a reasonable flier at a weak tight end position if you need someone.

BENGALS @ CHARGERS – Ben

Quarterbacks

START – Philip Rivers

SUB – None

SIT – Jeff Driskel

Rivers continues to be a consistent source of fantasy production and a game against the pathetic Bengals defense should keep him in the Top 10. He’s a safe play across the board. Driskel might have a nice game here or there, but if you need to consider someone like this journeyman at this point, your season is already lost. My condolences.

Running Backs

START – Austin Eckeler (PPR), Joe Mixon

SUB – Justin Jackson

SIT – All Others

Eckeler actually got the bulk of the Chargers work in the backfield in Week 13 despite Jackson stealing the show late. He’s their primary passing down back and a solid PPR start, but Jackson could be just as valuable. I’m OK with you starting either guy, but not over your usual suspects. Don’t sit Mark Ingram, Aaron Jones or Sony Michel for these guys, don’t get too cute. Don’t sit Mixon either for them, he’s still the horse on a team that needs a horse. Stick with Joe.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

START – Keenan Allen, Tyler Boyd

SUB – Mike Williams

SIT – All Others

The two starts in this game at WR are simply machines. Allen and Boyd are both PPR masters and touchdown threats and both are Top 15 WR options. That’s really where this list ends although there will be more points in this game from the pass catchers. The problem is figuring out WHICH pass catchers. Mike Williams is still the next most talented guy in the field so if you’re desperate you can try him, but I’m not recommending it if you have other options. John Ross might break out, but that’s a risk. Most likely the Los Angeles Chargers pound the crap out of the Cincinnati Bengals on the ground.

BRONCOS @ 49ers – Ben,

Quarterbacks

START – Nick Mullen

SUB – Case Keenum

SIT – None

Denver has transformed into an opportunistic defense who’s entire strategy is harass the QB and cause turnovers, while also being vulnerable to big plays and a lot of yards allowed. Every QB who faces Denver seems to go for 350+ and that was with Chris Harris who is now out with a broken fibula. Mullens can toss the ball around the yard so he’s a reasonable value start this week in a game he’ll need to throw in.

Running Backs

START – Justin Wilson, JR, Phillip Lindsay

SUB – Royce Freeman

SIT – All Others

Lindsay is one of only five running backs to score double digit fantasy points in every game he’s played 4 quarters in, he’s a must start and a Top 10 back in a game where Denver will run the ball heavily. The loss of Emanuel Sanders will force the Denver Broncos to rely on Lindsay and Freeman even more and that makes Freeman a potential sub if you need someone, particularly in non-PPR formats. Wilson is also a strong play as Denver’s defense is aggressive, but not exactly stout and Wilson will be a primary feature with Matt Breida out. The San Francisco 49ers running back is a strong play this week in all formats, especially DFS.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

START – Dante Pettis, Courtland Sutton, Matt LaCosse, George Kittle

SUB – None

SIT – All Others

With Sanders out, Sutton is the WR1 in Denver and should get you at LEAST 10 points and probably more. He’s a premier, big bodied talent who can win the contested ball and should be a TD threat most weeks. Kittle continues he’s march to fantasy greatness and is only 7 targets away from 100 on the season. He should get well over 1000 yards and looks more and more like this leagues new Jason Witten. Pettis had a nice breakout against Seattle and is a former 2nd round pick this year. San Francisco invested in him and he’s starting to flash his upside which he’ll have ample opportunity to showcase more against a depleted Denver secondary. LaCosse is the bold call here, but I firmly believe Denver will go with a lot of heavy formations to run the ball in this game. In order to make the successful, they’ll have to throw in those formations and that means creative looks for the tight ends. LaCosse is the last TE standing in Denver and should reap the rewards. Look for the big man to find value as a bootleg pirate this week.

EAGLES @ COWBOYS – Ben

Quarterbacks

START – Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott

SUB – None

SIT – None

Frankly, I’m not wild about either of these two but both are solid fantasy players on a weekly basis. Wentz has far too many strong options to throw to for his fantasy output to fall below starter level. He may have a bad game here or there, and the Cowboys did just hold Drew Brees in check lat week, but this Philadelphia Eagles offense runs through Wentz. Trust the process here. Prescott has a high floor due to his ability to create with his legs, and the Philly secondary is a shell. Both guys should get you solid points in a conference showdown.

Running Backs

START – Ezekiel Elliott

SUB – Josh Adams

SIT – All Others

There’s no point in discussing Elliott, he’s a must start no matter what. Adams is where things get interesting. He’s the most talented back in Philly but they aren’t utilizing him that effectively. Adams should be getting 20+ touches a game, but he might have a hard time getting there this week against a vastly improved Dallas Cowboys defense. I have no problem starting the Notre Dame product, but temper expectations a tad this week.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

START – Amari Cooper, Zach Ertz

SUB – Golden Tate, Alshon Jeffery, Michael Gallup

SIT – All Others

Each week the numbers bail out Jerry Jones decision to trade for Cooper. He’s had 6 catches and 75 yards or a 5 catches and a TD in 4 of his 5 games for the Cowboys and he should be ready to feast on a weakened Eagles secondary this week. He’s a must start until further notice, as is the top fantasy tight end candidate – Zach Ertz. Ertz has 93 catches, 978 yards and 6 TD so far this year with no end in sight. After that pair, it’s a poo-poo platter of dice rolls starting with the Eagles Jeffery and Tate, and you can throw Matthews and Agholor into the mix for that matter. Some of these guys are going to have games, but it’s a risky bet who. My money is on Tate and Jeffery this week if you have to take a stab. 3rd round draft pick Michael Gallup FINALLY broke through with 5 catches for 76 yards including some big downfield plays. He should be the #2 option on this team and is a reasonable dart throw, if you have to throw a dart in a playoff week. Fade the rest of this lot due to consistency issues.

STEELERS @ RAIDERS – Josh

Quarterbacks

START – Ben Roethlisberger

SIT – None

SUB – Derek Carr

With the Pittsburgh Steelers going without starting running back James Conner this week, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger remains a high-end fantasy option as the team will rely on the pass against the Oakland Raiders. As was the case last week with the Raiders, quarterback Derek Carr remains a deep sleeper of sorts as he should be throwing all day with his team trailing.

Running Backs

START –

SIT – Stevan Ridley, Doug Martin, C.J. Anderson, James Conner (OUT)

SUB – Jalen Richard, Jaylen Samuels

With James Conner sidelined, many flocked to the waiver wire this week to add Jaylen Samuels, who figures to have a pass-catching role with the Steelers this week. A word of caution, however, as Stevan Ridley also will be a factor in the running game, limiting Samuels’ workload. While most are high on Samuels this week, I view him as a low-end flex option in PPR formats – unless, of course, you’re playing on Yahoo where he can be deployed as a tight end. The only other startable backfield asset is Jalen Richard of the Raiders, who should see more work with Doug Martin banged up.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

START – Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Jaylen Samuels (Yahoo only)

SIT – Seth Roberts, Ryan Switzer, Jesse James, James Washington

SUB – Jordy Nelson, Marcel Ateman, Jared Cook, Vance McDonald

Steelers wideouts Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster are must-starts each week. Other startable options in this contest are Raiders receivers Jordy Nelson and Marcel Ateman, both of whom could see enough volume to deliver on a lineup gamble. At the tight end position, both Jared Cook of the Raiders and Vance McDonald of the Steelers are worthy of lineup consideration, pending other options. Of course the best tight end asset in this contest – only on Yahoo, however – is Jaylen Samuels, who has RB/TE designation.

LIONS @ CARDINALS – Josh

Quarterbacks

START – None

SIT – Josh Rosen, Matthew Stafford

SUB – None

The matchup between the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals has the makings of a fantasy wasteland. Cardinals rookie Josh Rosen has topped 16 fantasy points just once this season, and that was in Week 8. Lions signal-caller Matthew Stafford has been nothing short of a fantasy disappointment this season, failing to eclipse 18 fantasy points in all but three games – a stretch from Week 2 to Week 4.

Running Backs

START – David Johnson

SIT – Chase Edmonds, Kerryon Johnson (likely OUT)

SUB – Theo Riddick, LeGarrette Blount

One of the only two solid starts in this contest is David Johnson of the Cardinals. Managers are understandably frustrated after his backup, Chase Edmonds, found the end zone twice last week. However, Johnson was the feature back throughout the contest, out-touching Edmonds 21-7. Johnson gets the volume, and Edmonds’ efficiency from last week is unsustainable, making him an easy sit. For the Lions, the early signs point to rookie Kerryon Johnson missing another game. If he’s out of action, LeGarrette Blount becomes a nice flex option because of his touchdown upside. Theo Riddick, with the Lions thin at receiver, remains a viable asset in PPR formats.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

START – Kenny Golladay

SIT – Brandon Powell, T.J. Jones, Levine Toilolo, Luke Wilson, Chad Williams, J.J. Nelson, Trent Sherfield

SUB – Larry Fitzgerald

Fantasy wasteland. With both offenses struggling and neither quarterback producing solid numbers, it’s nearly impossible to trust a pass-catcher in this contest. However, the talent and volume of Lions’ star receiver Kenny Golladay keep him in the start category. And Cardinals’ legend Larry Fitzgerald is on the fringe of WR2 territory given that Rosen simply doesn’t have anywhere else to go with the football.

RAMS @ BEARS – Josh

Quarterbacks

START – Jared Goff, Mitchell Trubisky

SIT – None

SUB – None

Before considering benching any of your Los Angeles Rams assets in this matchup with the Chicago Bears, consider these three things: 1. The fantasy playoffs are no time to get cute. 2. The vaunted Bears defense has allowed 20 touchdown passes this season, so there is room for a solid outing. 3. Rams coach Sean McVay. What these three things tell us is that Jared Goff, who is the QB6 on the season, should be deployed with confidence. You made it this far on the arm of Goff and the schemes of McVay, so there’s no reason to doubt it now. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was a full participant in practice on Wednesday. As long as he does not regress in subsequent practices, he can be a sneaky play in a game in which the Bears could be looking to open up the offense in order to make a statement.

Running Backs

START – Todd Gurley, Tarik Cohen

SIT – John Kelly

SUB – Jordan Howard

Todd Gurley. Must-start. Don’t be cute. Tarik Cohen of the Bears is also a must-start given his prowess for making plays and the Bears’ apparent need for big plays in this matchup. On the low-end flex, radar is Jordan Howard, who still sees a decent workload. He’s touchdown-dependent, but the Bears could be looking to get the ground game going against a defense allowing 5.1 yards per carry, which is tied for worst in the league.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

START – Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods

SIT – Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett

SUB – Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Taylor Gabriel, Trey Burton, Josh Reynolds

This is the same potion as was delivered with the quarterbacks. The Rams are great at scheming and getting their players in position to move the ball, win games and put up fantasy points. Trusting Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods in lineups is as simple as answering “yes” to the question “Do you trust Sean McVay to find a way to score on the Bears’ defense?” The Bears’ assets in fantasy are dependent on the expected game flow of the Rams finding the end zone and the Bears trying to keep up or make a statement with their own offense. As such, receivers Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller and Taylor Gabriel, and tight end Trey Burton find themselves on the radar for fantasy lineup consideration. Of course, of these, Robinson may have the highest risk given the Rams just got back corner Aqib Talib.

VIKINGS @ SEAHAWKS – Josh

Quarterbacks

START – Russell Wilson

SIT – None

SUB – Kirk Cousins

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is on a hot streak, and fantasy managers should not be deterred by the matchup with the Minnesota Vikings this week. While Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been somewhat of a fantasy disappointment this season, the team’s lack of commitment to the ground game makes him a volume-driven fantasy option this week.

Running Backs

START – Dalvin Cook

SIT – Mike Davis, Latavius Murray

SUB – Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has looked as explosive as ever in recent weeks, and he is an easy start against the Seahawks this week. In addition to his involvement in the passing game, he excels at running outside, which as James Koh pointed out with Next Gen Stats, is where the Seahawks struggle against the run. On the Seahawks side, Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny are on the flex radar. Carson is a solid volume-dependent option. However, he is dealing with a hand injury, which could allow Penny to see more volume while Carson sees a reduction in work. Neither are particularly attractive fantasy options while both are active, but desperate fantasy managers could do much worse.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

START – Tyler Lockett, Adam Thielen

SIT – Laquon Treadwell, Aldrick Robinson, Nick Vannett, Jaron Brown

SUB – Doug Baldwin, David Moore, Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph

Both Tyler Lockett of the Seahawks and Adam Thielen of the Vikings have been solid throughout the season and remain starting fantasy assets now that the playoffs are here. While Stefon Diggs should be in this conversation, he is battling a knee ailment. With a track record of disappointing when playing through an injury, Diggs is a risky option this week if not up to 100 percent. Doug Baldwin is a great option to turn to in the flex or WR3 spot this week, as he could find plenty of room to work underneath the defense. Those seeking an ultimate boom-or-bust candidate can look no further than David Moore, who is just as capable of scoring 20 PPR points as he is 0. Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has not been heavily involved on offense for parts of the season, but he’s had some solid outings along the way as well, putting him in the conversation for a starting spot this week.

KICKERS – Josh

START – Adam Vinatieri, Ka’imi Fairbairn, Brett Maher

SIT – Matt Bryant, Dan Bailey, Matt Prater

Mother Nature can be brutal this time of year for kickers. The frigid air takes the life out of kicks, and wind and snow are fearsome enemies. So if you’re in the market for a streaming kicker in fantasy this week, stay indoors where it’s warm and roll with Adam Vinatieri (Indianapolis Colts), Ka’imi Fairbairn (Houston Texans) or Brett Maher (Dallas Cowboys). Each of their teams have at least decent matchups, and there’s no snow nor wind to mess with their kicks. Some options to avoid are Matt Bryant (Atlanta Falcons), who is playing outdoors in Green Bay where it’s going to be about 20 degrees; Dan Bailey (Minnesota Vikings), who is kicking on the road in Seattle – a difficult venue to kick in for visitors – and then Matt Prater (Detroit Lions), whose team could struggle to reach scoring range even in a good matchup indoors.

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I'm a budding writer who's passion is for fantasy football. I love every NFL team but especially the Browns and what that franchise is creating on offense. I'm have two kids who I absolutely adore.
Andrew Liang

Andrew Liang

ProFootball Free Lance Writer at Sports Talk Line
Lucky Husband, Fantasy Football wannabe expert, and travels for food. Colts fan, NFL fan, fan of life. Been playing Fantasy Football for 15 years.

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