The Word: Fantasy Football Start em’ Sit em’
There are always difficult decisions that you have to make on a weekly basis so I wanted to take you through some of the difficult decisions that I'm making this week with my lineups. Hopefully, by having an idea of what I'm thinking with my lineup choices this can help you make sense of some of the difficult decisions that you face.
Of course, if you have any questions about a specific match-up or decision that you're facing feel free to reach out to me on any of my social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) or via email.
Start em' Sit em'
Starting: Matt Ryan (ATL), Sitting: Aaron Rodgers (GB)
If you know me or have listened to the show before you know this is an extremely difficult decision for me and Saints fans don't be too upset with me for starting an Atlanta Falcon.
First of all, the Falcons defense has been decimated by injuries and that's forced the offense to air it out more than they probably anticipated coming into this season. Minus the week one dud against the Philadelphia Eagles, Matt Ryan is averaging 33 fantasy points over his last three games and he's got a great matchup facing a Pittsburgh Steelers defense that has been more like a velvet curtain than a steel one. I'm expecting this game to be a shootout between two offenses that can be very dynamic.
On the other side of things, Rodgers has looked a little bit out of synch dealing with the knee injury, he's moving around better as the weeks go by but his receivers have also caught a case of the drops. Speaking of those receivers, the Packers top three targets are questionable heading into a divisional game at Detriot this week. If all three miss the game Rodgers will be throwing to three rookies that have a combined two career catch between the three of them.
Starting: T.J. Yeldon (JAX), Sitting: LeSean McCoy (BUF)
Things this year have been a mess for the Buffalo Bills, the odd win against the Minnesota Vikings as the outlier, but McCoy has a rib issue. Now, he's been toughing it out and playing through but the team has been down a lot this year so whichever QB has been in there they've had to throw the ball a lot. Generally, McCoy would be heavily involved in the passing game as well but the rib cartilage injury has really hampered his game. I'm not ready to dump him but he's been relegated to the bench until he shows us that he can be healthier and more efficient.
As far as Yeldon goes, he's been terrific this year and the Jacksonville Jaguars have needed that because their horse, Leonard Fournette, has been hampered by a hamstring injury. Credit to Yeldon for staying ready for his second chance with the Jags after being a disappointment in his first few years with the team. He's dealing with a bit of an ankle injury himself but they say he should be able to manage in order to play again this week. He's averaging 14 fantasy points per contest thus far in 2018.
Starting: Calvin Ridley (ATL), Sitting: Devin Funchess (CAR)
Okay, I know Saints fans another Falcon how dare I! I'm sorry but I've gotta do it. Calvin Ridley was quiet the first week of the season but since then he's been a real weapon in the Atlanta attack taking advantage of secondary cornerback match-ups because honestly who's not playing their top guy on Julio Jones.... Over the last three weeks, he's averaging just about 24 fantasy points per game and has exploded for six touchdowns. As I had mentioned in the first segment, the Falcons are facing a Steelers team that hasn't played great defensively this season, I'm rolling with Ridley for at least another week.
Now, for Devin Funchess, I like him as a player and he's Carolina's top receiving threat, not named Christian McCaffrey of course, with Greg Olson on the shelf but I'm not starting him with the option to start Ridley instead. If I didn't have Ridley I wouldn't mind starting him, I'm starting him in another league where there are three flex option spots. Here's the negative spin on why you should shy away from Funchess this week if you have a better option. The Panthers are facing the New York Giants, while the Giants haven't been anything special they still have the Jackrabbit in Janoris Jenkins and Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins. We saw the Saints and Michael Thomas struggle to get going against the Gmen last week and I'm thinking Funchess will draw the Jackrabbit early and often in this matchup which could make for a tough day.
Best of luck this week! Maybe the fantasy gods be with you.