Start them and sit them, let's go!
Everybody always wants to know which guy they should put into their fantasy football lineup. Generally, if you draft someone via a high pick, you want them to be your lead dog to just plug and leave in. However, there are some cases that you might want to avoid an elite defense that will give you trouble; the same thing goes for wanting to exploit a terrible defense. I don't subscribe to the "Never sit your studs" philosophy. Draft well, do the work, and exploit plus matchups.
|Big Ben needs to take a seat in fantasy lineups this week.|
What you won't find in this column are obvious players to start. You will see borderline guys who you're likely to consider leaving on your bench who I feel should produce solid stats for the upcoming week
Kirk Cousins - The new kid on the block who is a better fit for Jay Gruden's offensive system than Robert Griffin III is. If you don't have one of the top tier quarterbacks in your starting lineup, Cousins is a good option because of Philadelphia's deficiencies in their pass defense.
Joique Bell - Green Bay has a leaky run defense. Bell is part of an explosive offense who is giving him the majority of touches out of the back field. Look for a bundle of dump off passes and an opportunity to get carries in the red zone.
Andre Johnson - Many people have forgotten about Andre because Houston has taken the air out of the ball versus inferior teams in the first two games. The Giants are also inferior but are playing in a game that can end the season if they lose. I expect Johnson to receive the boat load of the targets in this game with a good chance to see the end zone.
As I stated with my Starts, you won't find obvious players that you drafted in late rounds. These are bold choices that would have you questioning me but glad that you made the choice at the end.
Ben Roethleisberger - This isn't the week for Mike Tomlin to let the play of Big Ben decide the outcome of the game because the Panthers have a pass rush that is relentless. Pittsburgh should expect this to be a low scoring game and force feed their running backs to try and control field position.
Montee Ball - Points won't come easy against a determined Seattle defense on their home field. Ball owners will need him to be a tote the pigskin often to be worthy of a start in this matchup. Placing him on the bench isn't an easy call to make if you don't have a worthy replacement but starting him this week is not a good look.
Michael Crabtree - The guy throwing him the ball was real suspect while facing a soft defense in week 2. This week Crabtree lines up against one of the elite secondaries in the league, known as "The No Fly Zone", who aren't happy about their play in the early going.