Well Rush Nation, I am back with some more starts and sits as we try and get as many teams into the playoffs as we can. There is just a couple of short weeks left to make the difference. However, get the wrong line-ups in, and you will be staring down the barrel of missing the playoffs.
And that is why I write this column. To give you all the information so you can help yourself make the right decisions.
So, without further ado, lets look at those Starts and Sits for Week Twelve.
Danny Dimes has a nice schedule come in and he is coming off a bye. If that wasn’t enough, the Bengals have agreed with the general consensus on Finley and are starting Brandon Allen at Quarterback this week. Don’t be shocked to see the Giants make the postseason, led by Danny Dimes. You read it here first.
Tom Brady wasn’t good on Monday Night Football. Rarely is he bad in two consecutive outings. What also hindered him on Monday night was the pressure brought by the Rams. The Chiefs don’t have that in their locker. Expect Brady to find the 10-25 yard passes on Sunday he could not on Monday night.
We don’t know who will Quarterback the Chicago Bears this week. However, we do know that the Green Bay Packers just cannot stop the run. It was why they lost on Sunday, and why they will incur losses against good teams. I’m not saying the Bears win this game. However, their best path to victory involves David Montgomery.
Another team who cannot stop the run are the Detriot Lions. They were shut out Sunday by Carolina. Mike Davis had a good day vs team, as has every RB who has faced them this season. Johnson has no competition for touches in this backfield whilst David Johnson is on IR. Let last week go and watch Duke score at least RB2 numbers this week.
Did anyone watch D.J Moore on Sunday? He was open more often than a McDonald’s drive through that operates 24/7. As Will Fuller will get the Okudah shadow, Cooks will be left open to pick up chunk yardage frequently this Sunday. He could break the top 12 if everything breaks right for him.
Parker found the end zone Sunday with a nice pitch and catch in the corner of the end zone. Him and Tua finally showed some chemistry as well, which is great to see. Parker will find the end zone this week against the hapless Jets. It would be a shock if he didn’t.
Baker Mayfield has not thrown a Touchdown for 3 games. He should snap this streak this week. And it should be Hooper that will help him snap it. The Jacksonville secondary and Linebackers are amongst the worst in the NFL. They want the number 1 pick and are willing to lose at all costs. Mike Glennon is even playing this week to help ensure defeat. Bank on Hooper to score.
Matty Ice has been bad for a few weeks now. And things won’t get easier this week as he has to face the Las Vegas Raiders. With no Julio, the pass coverage will focus on shutting down Ridley and the Pass Rush will get into the face of Ryan quite a bit. Ryan doesn’t do well with constant pressure, so be prepared for another Matty Ice bust game.
I know I know! I have Lamar in the sits of a starts and sits column. However, he needs to be here this week, because he is playing the Steelers. They contained him well when they met earlier in the season. And 2020 Lamar is not 2019 Lamar. Teams have figured him out. With no great slot option, Lamar is going to potentially not be a top 12 QB option this week.
I never want to call a 2 Touchdown game with a 3rd chalked off a fluke. However, this was as close to a fluke without it being a fluke as it could get for Gordon on Sunday. Gordon had just 48% of the Running Back usage on Sunday, and barely played more snaps. Gordon is average being on the field just over 50% of the time in his last 3 games. The Saints will stop the run and force Lock to put it in the air. Gordon’s high-water game has been and gone.
In a committee v committee game, against two good run defenses, nobody is going to break out and dominate the touches. Therefore, fade everyone this week and live to fight for another day. A real starts and sits plethora of sits.
Brandon Allen literally ends any fantasy relevance Tee Higgins had. A.J. Green too. Not to mention they have James Bradberry to contend with. Tee Higgins is droppable now in season long. An easy sit in this starts and sits discussion.
Bradley Roby really did a number on Myers and didn’t allow him to get open. This mean Byrd was able to exploit and become a very attractive option for Josh McDaniels and Cam Newton. With Patrick Peterson covering Meyers, do not be surprised to see Byrd garner the majority of the targets again this week vs Arizona.
Tua is not using Gesikci. He prefers Shaheen in the red zone and Gesicki’s usage is pretty much in the toilet. The only meaningful targets he got this past Sunday was when Fitzpatrick completed to him down the stretch.
That will do it for this week. Make sure to check out the Waiver Wire column, and other work on the website. However, until next week, when I will be back with more Starts and Sits, Keep Rushing!
– Murf (@Murf_NFL)