With the NFL season about two-thirds of the way completed, Fantasy Football playoffs are coming up and I am sure there are many of you out there that have many questions on which player to play to help secure a win. Three starts and three sits will be provided for Qb, Rb, and Wr. If you have a top tier player at any of those positions, such as Tom Brady, David Johnson, and Antonio Brown, you surely start them no matter what. The players below are in lower tiers with the ability to provide Qb1, Rb1, and Wr1 numbers based on their matchups. Let’s get started!
Start ’em: Quarterbacks
(1) Start of the Week: Marcus Mariota (Titans)- Since Week 5, Mariota has averaged 3.2 touchdowns per game, making him the current #4 Quarterback as of Week 11. He squares off against the Colts who have a dismal defense plagued by injuries. I expect this to be a high scoring game with many touchdowns scored by both teams.
(2) Blake Bortles (Jaguars) – Bortles has shown pedestrian play all season by constant mistakes being made with poor throw after poor throw. However, he plays the Detroit Lions who have one of the worst pass defenses in the league. He has the chance to throw an interception or two because of his inaccuracy, but I expect another high scoring game where Bortles has a solid chance to score 3+ touchdowns with a ton of yards. I project top 10 Qb play from him this week.
(3) Alex Smith (Chiefs) – Smith faces the Tampa Bay Bucs D who have been destroyed by opposing Quarterbacks all season. I expect Smith to add himself to that list. Start him with confidence.
Sit ’em: Quarterbacks
(1) Sit of the Week: Carson Wentz (Eagles) – Wentz started the season fairly well for a rookie Qb. However, since Week 5, he has failed to score more than 12 points in any week. He faces Seattle on the road. His chances of continuing that streak are highly likely. Keep him on your bench.
(2) Carson Palmer (Cardinals) – Palmer has been a disappointment all year after posting one of the best years of his career last season. He matches up against the Vikings on the road who have a Top 6 passing defense. I expect a lot of running by both teams with a lack of a solid passing attack.
(3) Jameis Winston (Bucs) – Winston has been up and down all season, posting great numbers against porous secondaries and horrific numbers against top defenses. The Chiefs are at the top half of the league in their defensive rankings and are at home in this game. Expect Winston to be a turnover machine this week.
Start ’em: Running Backs
(1) Start of the Week: Latavius Murray (Raiders) – Murray posted fantastic numbers against the Broncos and their Top 5 defense in his last matchup. He faces the Texans who have a great secondary, but show below average defense when trying to stop the run. I project the Raiders to pound the ball with Murray getting several touches providing significantly high upside.
(2) LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) – Blount faces off against the 49ers who currently have the worst rushing defense in the NFL. Blount will likely run all over them.
(3) Lamar Miller (Texans) – Even though Miller has top tier talent and opportunity, he has been a disappointment this season with injuries and an inconsistent Qb. The Raiders have a below average defense who have given up great Rb numbers all season. Miller should have a great game.
Sit ’em: Running Backs
(1) Sit of the Week: Doug Martin (Bucs) – Martin is finally back from his nagging hamstring injury that has kept him out through most of the season. Unfortunately, he comes back against one of the best run defenses: The Chiefs. Martin will likely be held in check with a lack of upside.
(2) Ryan Matthews (Eagles) – The Eagles backfield has been a committee all season with a different Rb taking the most touches every other game. Matthews was the second best Rb last week. However, he plays the Seahawks on the road. Temper your expectations. It is going to be a long game for the Eagles offense.
(3) Terrance West (Ravens) – West has been the #1 back for Baltimore throughout the season. But, his numbers have dropped off significantly over the last months where he never produced more than eight points. Kenneth Dixon continues to feed into his workload. With Dallas having a solid defense and a great ball control game, West will likely produce average numbers at best.
Start ’em: Wide Receivers
(1) Start of the Week: Davante Adams (Packers) – I LOVE Adams this week. With Cobb limited by injuries and Nelson likely to be shadowed by Josh Norman, Adams has a high ceiling to get a ton of targets and yards. Expect a big game from this man.
(2) Allen Robinson (Jaguars) – Robinson started off the season poorly which scared his owners because of his high draft stock. He has made a comeback scoring over 30 points combined within the last two weeks. With him facing a poor Lions secondary, he should continue his dominance.
(3) Rishard Matthews (Titans) – As I said previously with Mariota, Matthews is playing a beat up Colts secondary who will likely give up plenty of yards to the Wide Receivers of the Titans. Matthews has been on a great page with Mariota over the last month-and-a-half scoring 6 TDs. I expect them to continue that against the Colts.
Sit ’em: Wide Receivers
(1) Sit of the Week: Amari Cooper (Raiders) – Cooper has been a boom or bust receiver all season making his ceiling against a great secondary of the Texans extremely limited. Lowe your expectations for Cooper this week by a good margin.
(2) Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals) – Fitzgerald has put up solid numbers all season. However, he is facing the Vikings on the road. His chances of posting a solid week are dismal. I recommend keeping him on your bench. If you play him, do not be surprised if he fails to get double digits.
(3) Marvin Jones (Lions) – Jones started the year leading in receiving yards for the first month. Since then, his play has been MIA. The Jaguars have a solid passing defense against teams’ top Wr. Expect Jones to continue his cold streak.