Well Rush Nation, we have made it through to the final week of the fantasy football regular season. This week will be the most important to date for Starts and Sits. But don’t worry, because I have you covered as per usual.
But before we get into the Starts and Sits this week, don’t forget to check out the Waiver Wire and the I Streamed a Stream columns this week. A combination of all three articles are there to help you get the W this week and bank your place in the playoffs.
Now, lets dig into those Starts and Sits for Week Thirteen.
Tannehill is getting hot. A lot of this is to do with the ground game being established. However, the other part is he is playing against teams who will give up big plays and big YAC. The Browns are another team who fit into these categories. Expect Tannehill to put in a top 8 QB performance this week.
I’ve talked about him on the Waiver Wire Podcast and the DFS Podcast this week, so I won’t repeat myself. All you need to know is he has had consecutive 300 Yard/ 3TD games and faces a bottom 3 defense in the Jaguars this week. He should make that streak 3 in a row this week.
The debate about who the lead back in Arizona is well and truly dead after the last two weeks. It’s back to sitting Chase Edmonds on the bench every week and starting Drake wherever you have him. Against the Rams, he very much is a strong start in this strong week for starts and sits.
Houston cannot stop the run at all and have been trampled all season. What makes it worse is Deshaun Watson has no weapons left other than Brandin Cooks after seeing all his supporting cast disappear within the last ten days. This game suits the Colts and if Taylor returns, he will go big. If he doesn’t it will be Hines yet again taking all the glory.
Well I just mentioned it above. With Will Fuller being banned for PEDs for the rest of the season, Kenny Stills being released and Randall Cobb on IR, Cooks is the last man standing in Houston. Ok so Keke Coutee will make his annual appearance before he goes off injured in this one. However, Cooks is going to see so many targets. His hands areExc going to be busier with deliveries than your local Amazon driver this Sunday.
If he is healthy, Chark has a real relevance this week. He plays the Vikings, whose Cornerbacks have been in the bottom three in the position all season. Everybody has beaten them this season. Except the New York Jets (sorry Tom). In all seriousness though, Chark can find the end zone and have a high WR2/low WR1 week in the process.
Once again, it’s my man Mr. Burton in the Starts of the Starts and Sits column. Whilst this particular Mr. Burton might not help you with your stammer (check out popular Channel 4 show called Educating Yorkshire out for this reference), he can help your stuttering Tight End room as he will probably find the pay dirt yet against this week.
Whilst the Lions have fired Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn from their roles, this doesn’t change the fact that Matthew Stafford has been the second most disappointing Quarterback this season for Fantasy Football behind Lamar Jackson. I don’t feel confident Stafford will put up QB1 numbers again this season and I can’t see a way he makes the Bears defense pay.
Matt Ryan has also been disappointing this season. Last time out against the Saints, he failed to register a Touchdown. Whilst he might do this time around, he still isn’t someone to trust this week.
He might even be injured for this one. However, even if he isn’t do not feel the need to start him unless you are desperate. Whilst Touchdowns, even accidental ones, have been keeping Gurley afloat during a really bad spell, this run defense of the Saints will not be coughing one up to him. He is RB3 territory at best this week.
This will be a crushing one to many folks. However, you do know what they say about slots? “When the fun stops, stop”. And this particular slot receiver will be shut down against the Ravens this week. It won’t be fun for CeeDee Lamb. So stop putting him in your lineup this week and sit him for the sake of this starts and sits conversation.
Despite the points this secondary has allowed this season, it is surprisingly good. Every fantasy football analyst has probably trashed the Chargers D at some point this season. However, they have such a strong set of players. And this past Sunday, they showed Stefon Diggs just how good they are. Now, if Stefon Diggs and Josh Allen can’t find a way past them, do you really how much hope for Cam Newton and Jakobi Meyers to unlock this secondary? I don’t either.
I have said it before and I will say it again the Tight End landscape is bad. However, it’s not THAT bad that a committee of Tight Ends, with low volume, can be fantasy relevant. Maybe next year the floor will drop even lower to Tight Ends to consider such a putrid option. However, these guys negate each other, and their fantasy football relevance. Avoid at all costs.
That will do it for the Starts and Sits this week. If you have any questions, you know where to find me. Get in touch with us via twitter @5yardrush, or my personal handle below.
However, until next week Rush Nation, good luck securing those playoff berths. And don’t forget, Keep Rushing.
– Murf (@Murf_NFL)