Well Rush Nation, 25% of the season has been completed. That means we need to focus on the byes coming up and work out the best way to navigate another round of significant injuries. Starts and sits become even more crucial now.
But before I go through this weeks starts and sits, I wanted to offer some advice about what to do with Titans players. If you own Tannehill, I’ld keep him on the bench right now. If you own A.J. Brown, Jonnu Smith, Derrick Henry, and in deeper leagues Adam Humphries, then you should put them in bench spots, instead of starting spots. This will allow for maximum pivoting opportunity if their game is called off due to more confirmed cases of COVID.
I will leave out all Titans players in my starts and sits this week. It’s a judgement call and you will need to follow the news closely.
Deshaun Watson- QB Houston Texans
Let’s face it, if you defied the Quarterback late strategy and reached for Deshaun Watson in the 5th-7th round, you would be pretty pissed off right now. He’s not lived up to billing and I’ve had him as a sit a couple of times in this starts and sits column. However, this week, with Bill O’Brien fired, and a matchup against the Jags, he’s my start of the week lock at QB.
Justin Herbert– QB L.A Chargers
He’s playing the Saints this week, will be in negative game script throughout, and he has a cannon of an arm. As mentioned in the Waiver Wire column Monday, he missed being the second person in NFL history to throw for 300 yards in his first 3 NFL starts by 10 yards. He’s a top 10 option this week at the position.
Joshua Kelley– RB L.A Chargers
This might not be the best game script for him. However, with Ekeler out for 4-6 weeks it looks like, it’s time to fire up Josh Kelley. The Saints have already given up 5 touchdowns to Running Backs this season and lead the league in pass interference penalty yards this season by a long way. I expect Kelley to get into the end zone this week and get a lot more volume. He’s a start and sits sleeper start of the week.
Mike Davis- RB Carolina Panthers
Christian McCaffrey will be out for another week at least, meaning you can dial up Davis. If you paid up 20-30% of your FAAB for him, he has delivered for you in a big way. Davis might lose some touches to Bonnafon. However, Davis is the man to own in this team as they look to exploit one of the worst defences in the NFL in the Atlanta Falcons. Davis has RB1 return upside this week.
Justin Jefferson- WR Minnesota Vikings
Jefferson is coming on leaps and bounds but this could be another explosion onto the scene as he looks to break out. The Seahawks are giving up 39.5 Fantasy Points per Game to Wide Receivers right now, meaning both Thielen and Jefferson will eat. As easy a fantasy start for yours starts and sits as you will find this week.
John Brown- WR Buffalo Bills
Smokey John Brown has been great. People were worried about Diggs eating into his production. However, Brown is returning similar numbers to last year. And with Diggs taking all the primary coverage, Brown will have a field day navigating the space left by this haphazard Titans secondary. Expect a Touchdown and more here from Brown.
Mo Alie-Cox– TE Indianapolis Colts
Almost all Tight Ends are startable this week due to injuries and match-ups but you might as well ride the hot hand with Alie-Cox. He’s got a matchup against Cleveland which means he should find space and separation easy, given how many points they have given up this season. Also, he’s found the end zone in each of his last 2 games, and had a monster game before that where he went off for 111 yards. Should be a 4th significant week in a row for Alie-Cox.
Joe Burrow- QB Cincinnati Bengals
This is not the week to get cute with Burrow. He’s been terrific coming into the league. However, against this stingy Ravens defense, and the lack of quality of the Cincy O-line, leave Burrow on your bench this week.
Carson Wentz– QB Philadelphia Eagles
So Wentz had some production last week. He also had errors against a depleted 49ers team. Fact of the matter is Wentz has thrown more INTs in 4 games than he did in the whole 2019 season. If you haven’t dropped Wentz right now, bench him or drop him this week. The Steelers, with rest, are going to attack Wentz. The easiest sit in this weeks starts and sits column.
Melvin Gordon- RB Denver Broncos
Whilst Denver are down to their 3rd QB of the season, and have lost Courtland Sutton and many other players to injury, this is still a rough spot for Gordon. This week, he gets the pleasure of facing Bill Belichick and the Patriots, who will just take him out of the game and make Rypien beat them. Gordon might get a good amount of touches, but this isn’t the week for him.
David Montgomery- RB Chicago Bears
Mr RB2 has a tough matchup this week against the NFL’s best run defence last season. With the Bucs expected to put up points, and the Bears not, this could be a rough day for Monty.
Brandin Cooks- WR Houston Texans
I’m going to have to eat the L on Cooks. However I’m not even convinced he’s arrived in Houston. Perhaps he got lost or is in isolation. The one place he is currently not appearing is the stat columns for the Houston Texans. He’s a sit at all costs from this weeks starts and sits.
Jarvis Landry– WR Cleveland Browns
He’s just not got going this year and I reckon he is playing hurt. He’s not running as quickly and isn’t getting separation like he usually does. Not to mention, his QB isn’t the most accurate. And he plays the Colts D this week that is currently ranked Number 1. He also is an easy sit this week.
Jimmy Graham- TE Chicago Bears
Antoine Winfield Jr. has been a revelation since coming into the NFL and he bottled up Hunter Henry last week. Expect Graham to have a tough night against the Buccaneers on Thursday.
That will do it for this week. Thank you so much for reading. If you have any questions, then please do get in touch. However, until next week Rush Nation, and more starts and sits, Keep Rushing!
– Murf (@murf_NFL)